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No foolin’

Public radio program Marketplace, in a Monday spot about this summer's boost in public transit ridership, dropped this nugget in the segment's lead: ">Last time oil prices were this low it was April Fool's Day." True, but diesel's average for last week, down more than six cents from the previous week, was still a dime or so above the April Fool's Day average, and on that practical jokester's minefield of a day, truckers and national ...

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The more-than-hungry among us

Talk about some hot pie: The Associated Press reported Sunday on the arrest of a truck driver, Anthony Herbert Lee, of Hammond, Ind., not far from his home after Lee reportedly ran into mechanical trouble and tried to offload a reefer full of frozen pizzas on a cargo-salvaging company, for cash. The pizzas, of course, didn't belong to him -- he was running under contract to a Chicago pizza company, itself a subsidiary of Nestle.This ...

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UPS van driver reaches million mark

Congratulations to UPS veteran Brent Boyd, who, according to the Associated Press, "surpassed one million miles on his UPS delivery van," the same 1987 GMC he's driven for 22 years in East Texas. Boyd told the news service that he has replaced the engine three times and repainted his van.br /br /He joins the legions of long-haul owner-operators, of course, honored over the years for having often more than 3 million miles, accident-free.div class="blogger-post-footer"Channel 19 ...

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Biden on the boards / Teamster at the DNC

Joe Biden's remarks over the years have included references to the truck driver who was driving the tractor-trailer that collided with his wife's car in the early 1970s, killing her and Biden's daughter and injuring their two sons. Some drivers were surprised to learn of the reality of that wreck from Inside Edition's August 27 story on the incident. Biden, see, has often referred to reports that the truck driver had just come from a ...

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Have you seen this sasquatch suit?

According to a recent eTrucker.com poll that probed truckers’ experience of the supernatural, 5 percent of drivers reported having at one time or other seen a “Bigfoot” out on the road. In July, Clayton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy Matthew Whitton was shot in the wrist while pursuing a suspect into a wooded area after said suspect robbed a Krystal burger joint, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A month later, Whitton was back in the ...

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Google targeting truck customizers?

Attendees of and participants in Overdrive's Pride amp; Polish truck beauty competitions -- or readers of our new Custom Rigs magazine -- might have raised an eyebrow or at least ground a gear or two at the news of the name of Google's proprietary browser, now officially out in an open-source beta version for Windows Vista and XP users. ">Google Chrome," as it's called, seems to reflect the prevailing "less-is-more" trend in custom-truck design, with ...

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Snowman, R.I.P.

It's a sad day. From the wires...: The Snowman has passed.pAccording to AP writer John Gerome: NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jerry Reed, a singer who appeared in the 'Smokey and the Bandit' movies, has died of complications from emphysema at age 71, his longtime booking agent said Tuesday. Carrie Moore-Reed, who is no relation to the star, said Reed died early Monday morning. Reed was a gifted guitarist who later became a songwriter, singer and ...

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A vote for stool consistency

The latest factors proclaimed to increase “the odds ratio for a car crash,” according to a report from Melbourne, Australia, newspaper The Age titled "Truckers ignoring their mental health," are depression and other brain issues. The Australians’ concern over depression as a crash-risk exacerbater seemed to one-up late U.S. worry over sleep apnea, use of the drug Chantix, road rage, putting on makeup, talking on cell phones and CBs, and other vanguard crash-risk-increasing factors, leading ...

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Fill in the blank

strongIdeal mate/strongstrong/strong“I’ll admit it: I like a guy who drives a big ____.” -- Cathy Day, a University of Pittsburgh assistant English professor, writing in her memoir, “Comeback Season: How I Learned to Play the Game of Love,” Free Press, 2008. If you guessed “tank,” you guessed wrong. Guys, reports suggest she’s still single.strongRoad rage /strong">My major problem with ______ is when they get too close up on you, and they jump in front of ...

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When Overdrive (briefly) went Hollywood

Now on DVD is perhaps the oddest trucking movie ever made: iMoonfire, the long-unseen low-budget 1972 release written, produced and directed by iOverdrive founder Michael Parkhurst. Hard to follow and hard to forget, it’s about a lost space capsule, a gang of Mexican bandits and a fortune hidden inside a load of lettuce. The DVD has no audio commentary track, alas, but here’s our poor substitute, based on the scene-by-scene notes we took as the movie ...

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