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And our flag was still there…

Wendy offers a history in brief of the the U.S. national anthem, and a note of the bedrock love of country that guides so many of us.

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New music vid: ‘I became an American,’ by Jennie Simpson

Australia-born Jennie Simpson's new "I Became an American" single is about what it means to her to be a citizen of the United States after making her working life here as an owner-operator.

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The French press riders

Beware the French press: "I made a little pot of delicious smelling, inky-black coffee ... I was immediately inspired to clean the bathroom, walls, floors, dogs, picture frames and window caulk in every room of our home."

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At — and out of — risk in Illinois

Could an abundance of risk be a good thing? If IL state lawmakers and the guv don't reach a budget deal today, $2 billion worth of construction projects could halt. But if the state can't pay for the construction, who's to say whether it'll pay to remove all the barrels ...

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The secret is out – and so is the book!

"In her new book, 'Gut Instinct,' Carolyn O'Byrne has captured the ability to impart detailed health information in easily digestible language. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) She's got a very compelling personal journey to back her science with."

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Downtown Chicago on the Dan Ryan: Bad place for a motorbike breakdown

Enter self-described "Johnny Be Good," or the Youtube nom de plume of a fashion behind the JBG Travels channel. Mr. Be Good captured this recent moment on his dashcam, giving new meaning to the "good samaritan" term.

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A poem for a truck-driving father, from a son

"What I Mean When I Say Truck Driver," by writer Geffrey Davis, is one any father or son will be able to appreciate.

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Kryptonite and snakes

"Let's talk about fear. Have you ever been so scared that things around you grayed out a little, and you heard a rush of water going the speed of light through your head? ... Some days, the road is scary."

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Driver shortage? That don’t make no sense

In my pursuit of daily trucking news, I read probably 15 – 20 trucking specific articles. Among these, I would say roughly half cite or have cited the ever elusive and unicorn-like “driver shortage.” These articles usually tick me off, and about 99% of them quote Beelza Bubba and his buddies over at trucking association, who strive to keep wages as low as possible so the giant fleets can keep on raking in the ...

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Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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