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British chocolate and the Virgin River Gorge

This morning's lesson on British chocolate was followed with a drive through the spectacular Virgin River Gorge.

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Trucker finds real Facebook friends

Dear Carolyn, I have been going through a really rough time lately. Believe it or not, I have found strength through other truckers I have met online. These "strangers" have given me good advice, prayed for me and helped me make it through the darkest time of my life. I know you don't believe that they can be "real friends" but compared to the people in my so-called "real life," these people are way better. I think ...

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White House aims to protect consumers from oil speculation

President Barack Obama took oil speculators to task last week, asking both his staffs and Congress to take measures to prevent speculators from cheating consumers.

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Truck safety flames fanned in Ind.; columnist banks dinner with police chief

When Jerry Davich, columnist at the Post-Tribune of Chicago-area Merrillville, Ind., wrote about the case of an Indiana truck-car accident in which a death occurred recently, an area police chief challenged him to sit for an hour at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 500W between Valparaiso and Merillville and count the number of trucks running the red light there on 30. If the columnist didn't count "at least five trucks per hour" running ...

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No freight today

We were ready to haul freight today but none was offered.

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More trucks, scenes from Knoxville show last week

Cinderella sleeper storyI was stoked at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend when, on Saturday morning, this yellow Mack pulled into the lot with none other than my childhood hometown of Rock Hill, S.C., lettered on the doors. The unit is the four-year project, completed when he put the truck in service in 2001, of 41-year-old owner-operator John Randolph, who lives in nearby Blacksburg, S.C., but whose shop for his and his ...

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More detail on driver stuck in a Mexico jail

A US truck driver mistakenly drove a truck loaded with ammunition across the border into Mexico and now sits in a Mexican jail. Why does he not have an attorney?

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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News to me: Charlie Brown and Snoopy went to the moon

I learned today that there is a small natural history museum in the big shopping mall in Las Cruces, N.M. Learned by stumbling onto it while taking a walk. Diane and I are on a run from Texas to California. She drove her usual shift last night. We have time to spare on this run since the delivery is Monday, but instead of staying in bed, I got up to do more ...

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Big fleet earnings could mean bigger paychecks

Carriers who have seen big growth over the last year could be passing some of it on to owner-operators.

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