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The short-lived $2 dry van

Dry van rates topped $2 in June — the first time since 2005 — and then toppled.

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PHOTOS: Cover shoot outtakes with crude hauler

Find a photo gallery of Overdrive's July 2012 cover shoot with crude-hauling owner-operator Jimmy Lessley in Texas -- and more about how the owner-operator got into the oil business.

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High-altitude jumper was also a …

Yeah, you guessed it. Today over on the CCJ blog find the story of onetime New Jersey-based truck driver Nick Piantanida (pictured), who also holds the distinction of being a 1960s pioneer of extreme high-altitude skydiving -- and who holds the unofficial record for the highest-ever manned balloon flight, 123,500 feet. He was trying to beat a U.S. Air Force colonel's jump record on that flight, though things went awry. Ever persistent -- and "a self-styled adventurer who ...

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ObamaCare: Love it? Or repeal it?

As you'll likely be aware, on June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the president’s health care act, including a provision that requires Americans to prove they have health insurance or pay a fine. Also under the law, those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, children up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ insurance, and states must set up online “exchanges” where consumers can buy subsidized insurance policies. Presumptive Republican ...

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Paccar MX tough-tested with Louisville aggregate hauler

Keith Redden’s retirement dream was to start a trucking firm. “I said if I owned six trucks, I could make a living,” he says. After a start in 2003 with three used Kenworths from a home base in Floyd’s Knob, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, his K Redden Trucking business is up to a total 24 power units at present, “and I enjoy it more every day,” he adds. In 2005, he began purchasing ...

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VID: Police chase ruins a container hauler’s day

Yesterday I suspect had to be the worst day in memory for the container hauler you see in the video below. A police chase of a suspected child molester in Los Angeles began when the suspect told police he was suicidal and sped away from their attempt to arrest him. Performing a maneuver to stop him shortly afterward, police spun his pickup into the rig. Here's hoping L.A. County picks up the tab on the damage ...

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Bill Mack still in ‘friendly negotiations’ over return to SiriusXM

The latest on Bill Mack's plans for getting back in the saddle as the Midnight Cowboy on overnight radio.

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UPDATE: Bill Mack not back yet

The day after we published the following look-back through some of the videos we've done with trucking radio legend Bill Mack, SiriusXM ran this July 2 update on the status of Mack's reported return as overnight D.J. on the Willie's Roadhouse channel -- as some of you commented on our Facebook page, quite rightly, he hasn't returned yet. Find the latest via this page.

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The ‘Time Bandit’ electric cargo-strap roller

Sometime flatbedder and former small fleet owner Johnny White finds inspiration in day-to-day problems -- that might not be the best way, however, to describe the occasion that spurred him on to his latest solution, the new TimeBandit electric cargo-strap winder (pictured). As he tells it, "I was up in St. Cloud, Minn., when it was minus 6 degrees," delivering a flatbed load of HVAC units to a Home Depot in the middle of a snow ...

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Midnight Cowboy Bill Mack back in the saddle

If you haven't heard, the trucking radio giant is back on overnight radio via Willie's Roadhouse on SiriusXM Channel 56, broadcasting Sunday through Friday in the midnight-3 a.m. Eastern time slot. A couple of years back, Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine interviewed Mack leading into Overdrive's 50th anniversary coverage. Check out the two vids below, a small portion of that interview, with Mack telling the story in the first of a reptilian "gift" some haulers brought ...

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