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Update: Tony the tiger will stay

Owners of the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., have won their battle at least temporarily to keep their tiger on the premises. Since we blogged about the case in January, Iberville Parish councilmembers voted 11-1, FoxNews.com reported, to allow truck stop owner Michael Sandlin to qualify for ">a permit from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that will enable him to legally keep the 550-pound tiger — that he has raised since it ...

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Channel 19 live on national TV

From Comedy Central's satirical news and commentary show the Colbert Report With Stephen Colbert comes the video below, based on a incident I blogged about in October, when Texas-based Dan Linscomb was arrested after being charged for a second meal because he allowed a companion to have a few bites of his food from the buffet. If the embedded vid's not working click here to visit the Colbertnation.com main site. Enjoy. . .div class=">cc_box" ...

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Memorializing the Alaskan ‘haul road’

In a Feb. 12 report for the Fairbanks, Alaska, Daily News-Miner, Jeff Richardson tells the story of a commemorative plaque dedicated to the truckers of the Dalton Highway, or the ">haul road," as it's known to most residents, connecting Fairbanks with the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. The commemoration now graces the site of the Fairbanks Hilltop Truck Stop, listing the names of various and sundry of the truckers who've run the road and have now ...

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‘Virtual deputies’ log long border hours

South Texas-based truck driver Robert Fahrenkamp made an appearance on National Public Radio's All Things Considered news program yesterday in a piece about Blueservo.net, the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition's effort to ramp up illegal immigration enforcement along the border by enlisting citizens. Fahrenkamp, a regular watcher of the Blueservo.net webcams (a still from one is pictured), set up at various points on the Rio Grande, told reporter John Burnett, ">This gives me a little edge ...

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Kenworth featured in ‘Fortune’ mag

Fortune magazine's Tech Transformations series last week detailed the supercomputing power harnessed via the web as part of truck maker Kenworth's efforts to design the ultra-fuel-efficient T660 tractor currently on offer. Senior writer Jon Fortt leads with a chronicle of the exposure of the seemingly mundane mudflap to intense design effort. ">Most people don't spend much time thinking about mudflaps -- those strips of rubber behind a big rig's wheels that repel grime and maybe ...

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Monster mash

Considering that a majority of truckers polled recently at eTrucker.com think space aliens may have visited sections of U.S. highway, it's easy to imagine that a few drivers in big rigs may have felt an energy rush Monday morning when they and other motorists along Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas, slowed down after seeing digital roadsigns that warned, ">Zombies in area! Run."Instead of running, law enforcement and Texas Department of Transportation officials were hunting the ...

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High-culture sailing… I mean, trucking

It's not often truck drivers and truck driving show up in the New Yorker, a magazine associated most often with upscale urban types and lonely fiction writers. Until recently, the last time to my recollection was writer John McPhee's ride with tank-hauling owner-operator Don Ainsworth, published in February 2003, which later was included in McPhee's great book about various transport modes and the people who run them, Uncommon Carriers.But in this week's issue, whose cover ...

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A long-haul legend

A new book by former Truckers News staffer and contributor James Beach chronicles the history of Peterbilt trucks, from the birth of the diesel engine to the recent end of production of the flagship Model 379. Featured on the hardcover's front is the Outlaw Customs "Dead Man's Hand" 2001 custom 379, which won best limited mileage truck at the Great American Trucking Show in 2007, and inside are a host of other beauty shots of ...

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Poetry of the road

The Huffington Post has this story about the Australian Red Room Company poetry group's search for three Australian haulers to collaborate with three mainstream poets on poems about life on the road. Red Room's "Dust Poems" project hinges on a live event at the Overflow in Olympic Park in Sydney March 21 and, according to the organizers, is aimed at capturing the reality of ">often ignored, repudiated and misunderstood truckies," in Aussie parlance, who "see ...

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Tippin tips his hat

Aaron Tippin's new record, featuring covers of various trucking songs, puts a shout out to the magazine this blogger is dispatching from. In Overdrive, available for preorder here, has been in the works for a while, says Tippin. ">I’ve had my heart set on doing this album for a long time. Now, with the current economic state, I’m reminded of the unsung heroes of the road, that legion of devoted Americans, some 4 million strong, ...

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