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These 14 sectors were hopping in May

Manufacturing slowed down last month, but it’s still growing.

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What a woman says and what she really means!

Dear Carolyn, My girlfriend is obviously mad at me. Every time I ask her what's wrong, she's says, "nothing." Why can't a woman just say what she means? When she say's "nothing," I say, "fine." Bruce Dear Bruce, How's that working out for ya? You can tell how mad a woman is by how fast she answers "nothing," to the annoying question, "what's the matter?" I can't fix this for you Brucie Baby. I suggest you figure out how ...

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Eight Tips for Finding Time to Exercise

Hints for getting over the hurdle and making exercise a part of your daily routine.

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Why Winning Isn’t Everything

What motivates me is knowing that my life is much better now and can only get better if I keep it up.

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Age old question

Dear Carolyn, Are you still around? I remember reading you when you were Dear Betty. You must be super old by now! Pete Dear Pete, Put it this way: in dog years, I'm dead! (and you don't look so hot yourself!) I'm just say'n, Carolyn

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New website aggregates links to free stuff

Ever wonder how you might get free coffee at McDonald's, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Free Trucker Stuff, launched in May as a portal into free services useful to the American long-hauler, has the answer. Created by a truck stop manager to benefit drivers, the site aggregates various truck stop freebies, industry information, free entertainment and productivity resources such as various online route-planning options. The website also provides truck drivers with a menu of one-click lists of truckstops, ...

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On Memorial Day: A trucker to remember

Minnie Spotted Wolf never encountered combat in World War II, yet she blazed trails as, most likely, the first Native American woman to serve in the Marines – as a truck driver, nonetheless. A native of Heart Butte, Mont., she sits proudly atop a 1940s-era supply truck in a photo, courtesy of her daughter Gerardetta England, for a story in the Great Falls Tribune that commemorated her service. She joined the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in September ...

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Trucking continues coming to Joplin aid

The stories about relief efforts in Joplin keep coming in. Before I get to a couple more, I thought I'd take a moment to note that I will be out of the office through June 7, though Channel 19 will continue to bring all manner of side routes and byways into the industry in my time away. Definitely keep ears on Monday for an awesome Memorial Day dispatch by Overdrive managing editor Lucinda Coulter. (If ...

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Vietnam gives first-hand appreciation of trucking

Overdrive Equipment Editor John Baxter learned to drive a 5-ton truck in Vietnam, a country whose war he recalls vividly.

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Driver accountability under CSA: a video talk with owner-operator Robert Shumate

I met Robert Shumate researching my two-part feature on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, in the April and May editions of Overdrive. In the vid, selected from the in-person portion of our interview, conducted at the Rush Truck Centers location in Nashville where Shumate had stopped in on his way home to Union City, Tenn., to visit with dealer personnel, Shumate echoes many owner-operators in his position, leased to a ...

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