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Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

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Inbound/outbound: Trucking news Monday

Strange days on the road A New Jersey-based driver last Thursday jackknifed his rig under murky circumstances on I-805 during rush hour in San Diego, Calif. He then exited the cab, laid down on pavement just next to the center highway divider and, when police arrived, asked to speak to President Obama, reported Hailey Persinger of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Law enforcement reps noted he didn't say what he wanted to talk to the president ...

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A GMC Astro’s part in a ‘giant leap for mankind‘

A GMC Astro hauled a national exhibit of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight, commemorating the moment when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

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FMCSA listens: PSP update clarifies co-driver inspection violations

While I'm on the subject of CSA, I thought I'd share a bit of an update to this month's Truckers News CSA cover story. In it, during dicussion of the DataQs system and Ed Webb's case (which I wrote about yesterday), OOIDA's Joe Rajkovacz raises a very particular problem with Pre-Employment Screening Program driver inspection/crash history reports that team drivers were noting. Here's the relevant text from the story, after a summary of Webb's particular ...

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One driver’s war: Taming CSA and the DataQs challenge process

I finally got the the opportunity to meet Boonville, Ind.-based driver Ed Webb (pictured) in person yesterday afternoon at the newly reopened downtown TA here in Nashville (speaking of which, Aaron Tippen's performing tomorrow morning there at 10 a.m. and 12 noon if you're headed down Tennessee way today). Webb was a source in my reporting for the Truckers News cover story this month, just released, about the new CSA compliance program. Before and since ...

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Transport equipment a big part of factory growth

In ISM indices that measure growth in manufacturing and manufacturing employment, “transportation equipment” was the third fastest growing segment in February.

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Truckstops = Coffeehouses with copious rig parking?

A new index tracking sales of goods and services at highway truckstops, the McLane-NATSO quarterly index, recently tracked an interesting rise in the sale of hot beverages like coffees, cappucinos and teas at truckstops. That category of sales jumped 34 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, suggesting to me at least a little more than freight picking up. Turns out NATSO thinks so, too -- in some sense, anyway. "Truckstops ... are continuously diversifying ...

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Roadside Attractions

Chinese play hardball, a philanthropic gift, freight stabilizes and other industry news items are featured.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

‘American Trucker’ rebroadcasts; my interview with the host

If you missed the debut episodes of the "American Trucker" series last Thursday on the Speed Channel, it's being rebroadcast tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET, and 8 a.m. tomorrow. The next new episodes follow on Thursday, with "Bandit and the Snowman" and "Robb and the Bear," the latter likely to include sneak-peek material about Paul Sagehorn's B.J. and the Bear rig I've written about so much here. Catch a clip from the sneak-peek ...

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Give Fartlek a Chance

Fartlek: Most people laugh at the word, but it’s actually a good way to change your workout routine.

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