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Todd Dills

The gullible 3.2 million

| November 16, 2007

You may ask yourself, as you're deleting yet another junk e-mail about a foreign-lottery windfall, "How many people actually would fall for this?" Well, the Federal Trade Commission has an answer for you: approximately ...

Brother of the Bridge to Nowhere

| November 16, 2007

Now that Alaska apparently has given up on its federally funded Bridge to Nowhere, a.k.a. the Gravina Island bridge, iParade magazine has christened another proposed span in Alaska the ">brother of the Bridge to Nowhere": ...

Built by the New Deal

| November 16, 2007

Five former Civilian Conservation Corps members, all in their 80s and 90s, attended their annual reunion at Maryland's Gambrill State Park, reports iThe Frederick News-Post in this story.How does this pertain to trucking? As ...

The world’s most famous trucking executive …

| November 13, 2007

... is suddenly Nancy Shevell, a 47-year-old vice president at New England Motor Freight, because she reportedly is dating Paul McCartney. Check out her Google News roundup.The news was broken by the iThe Sun ...

Writers and teamsters

| November 08, 2007

In this IGN Entertainment article on the Hollywood writers' strike, Judd Apatow, writer-director of the movies iKnocked Up and iThe 40-Year-Old Virgin, explains why writers are sore they aren't getting money from new media such ...

Fat Mudflap Girl

| November 05, 2007

Today some stickers and T-shirts arrived from the folks at -- all of them, unsurprisingly, featuring Fat Mudflap Girl.My wife was there when I pulled them out of the envelope. Her initial remark ...

Twinkie reassurance

| November 05, 2007

If you've heard the truck-stop legend that Twinkies last forever, don't believe it, says the invaluable This article explains that Twinkies actually have a shelf life of 25 days.The company that makes Twinkies, Interstate ...

The Federal Trade Commission isn’t after you

| November 05, 2007

If you receive an e-mail purporting to be from the Fraud Department of the Federal Trade Commission, claiming a customer has filed a complaint against you, don't worry. Thousands of people are getting the ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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