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Long-haul heist

Well, not exactly, but what might be the next best thing is the story of 43-year-old tow driver Ollie Ray Whitworth of Fort Worth, Texas, and his 18-year-old son, Ollie Ray Jr., who were directed out of their two truck at gunpoint in the yard of Abandoned Vehicle Enforcement, 6831 Old Randol Mill Road in Fort Worth during a robbery last week. Two burglars, their identities concealed by bandanas and skull caps, took a "cash ...

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New highway hero

"I don't wear a cape, I don't have a mask. I can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. I'm no hero." Such were the words of Pennsylvania-based trucker George Lantzy in a March 18 broadcast segment from ABC 7 news in Arlington, Va. (video is embedded below). He was responding to reports hailing him as a hero for a daring move he made in his rig to keep unconscious Joanne Haplin of Steubenville, ...

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Ice road drivers on ‘Today’ show

Seems no one can get enough of the truckers who run the ice road to diamond mines in far northern Canada. If you hadn't gotten enough of the ice road truckers via the History Channel's TV show, check out the video below, which ran on NBC's Today program this morning. Follow this link if the video doesn't load.br frame src=">http://www.msnbc.msn.comd/22425001/vp/29911988#29911988"> frameborder="0" width="425" scrolling="no" height="339"frame p style=">MARGIN-TOP: 5px; FONT-SIZE: 11px; BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% ...

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New ‘Trucker’ app for iPhone

Allen Smith, webmaster of the TruthAboutTrucking.com site/blog and author of the e-book of the same name, has introduced the Trucker app for the iPhone, now available in a ">Lite" version via Truckerapp.com and the Apple online store. The app combines social and business functions, including a Twitter button, mileage and routing applications, a special trucking Youtube channel and more. Widely anticipated March 10 among the on-highway iPhone set, the app arrived last week, and real-time ...

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No ‘speeding ticket frenzy’ in Michigan

Contrary to the dire warnings of a widely circulated e-mail, says the Michigan Department of Transportation, there is no 31-day speeding-ticket bonanza in the offing on the Great Lakes State's highways. The e-mail is a version of a sort of serial hoax foisted upon truckers and other citizens as early as 2005, according to Snopes.com. Follow that link and you'll find the original warning of a ">30-day speeding ticket frenzy" barked upon to collect a ...

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Local news

Draeger Oil Co. fuel hauler Bob Stickney of Antigo, Wis., was featured in the "Day in the Life" series of reports on local WSAW news channel 7. Right with him throughout the story, in which reporter Liz Hayes got the opportunity to ride along in his daycab, was his dog Willow, a bernice mountain dog puppy. "Pretty much sleeps all day," Stickney told Hayes, "but it's pretty neat to have someone to glance at once ...

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For fear of a turkey

On authority of the Associated Press, turkeys have turned into trucker chasers. See this report in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune about a recent incident in Jackson, Mich., in which a trucker falls just short of chicken-dancing away from three uncommonly aggressive birds outside the Tri-County International Trucks dealership and service location. As the AP reports, ">Tri-County International Trucks employee Dave Dodes told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that three of the birds scared a truck ...

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What’s your mpg walking?

Brad Templeton, founder of Internet publishing pioneers ClariNet Communications Corp., recently posted to his blog about research geared toward quantifying the mpg of all sorts of transport activity -- not just those requiring diesel or gas engines. Yes, we're talking about walking, riding bicycles, running, etc. The post -- "Holy cow: Walking consumes more gasoline than driving!" -- elucidates the high volume of petroleum use in U.S. agriculture and animal husbandry toward quantifying an average ...

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Spring greening

I'll be away from the computer today, folks, gone to NYC to (hopefully) claim an award with Truckers News editor Randy Grider in the Neal Awards best special issue category -- our "green issue" is one of three finalists. Wish us luck, eh?Since we're talking about green trucking... As part of the package of stories we planned and published for that issue -- toward building the quintessential "green truck" -- I got the opportunity to ...

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Worst roads redux

This message incoming from owner-operator Zak Hargraves, who I talked to about the problem of roads in America on the occasion of Overdrive's 2008 Worst Roads survey and attendant story (out this past January), which begs the quesiton: did we miss it?">The worst road in the U.S.?" Hargraves asks. "For sure it is I-78 in New Jersey, mile marker 1 thru 3.">Yes, they are 'working on it' and yes, it is a 'construction zone,' but ...

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