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Best love songs of all time?

Do you have a favorite romantic love song? Send me your favorites and I'll put a top ten list together. Mine is, When a Man Loves a Woman. I'm just say'n, Carolyn

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Android ‘Freight Finder’ app from TQL

ATTN: Owner-operators. Yesterday, Total Quality Logistics announced functionality and availability of a new "Freight Finder" app for Android-based smartphones. The free application enables quick searches from current location or other location of available loads, by trailer type and within an adjustable radius of up to 300 miles. I've downloaded and done a quick run-through with the app, and a particularly nice feature is one-touch calling of the load's agent after search, likewise the ability to customize ...

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Ties that bind: three generations of produce haulers

Owner-operator Ed Kimball created a family legacy when he hauled bananas from Florida in the 1950s.

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‘Safety Belts Save Lives’ — an art contest for the kids

Here's an opportunity for the arts-prone grade-schooler in your life to show his/her stuff to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, a wide a collaboration of the FMCSA and various work safety and law enforcement organizations. The “Be Ready. Be Buckled” art contest for children is now in its fourth year, asking children to enter with some kind of expression in artwork of the importance of the basic safety practice of buckling up. Winning posters ...

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700,000 prophylactics yanked from cargo container

You just can't discount the humor in some cargo thefts -- long as, of course, it's not your load getting boosted. While in the cases of the zoo-bound camels and tiger heisted in Quebec or the stolen load of green highlighters in South Carolina there was at least a probability, albeit a small one, that a reader may have felt picked on, I feel pretty certain no one reading this post was the victim of ...

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Banks find way to win card game

“Interest rates are now hovering near record highs, at an average rate of 14.72%,” reports CNNMoney.com, which explores this topic in more detail. “And if your credit is bad enough, you could even end up with a rate as high as 59.9% APR.”

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‘Showing Severe’ w/ Texas dump fleet

I met the Redwines of Nederland, Texas, at the Great American Trucking Show last year by the back bumper of Jerry Redwine's prize-winning 2007 Peterbilt 378 tri-axle dump (pictured). The labor of love is a hardworking truck in Redwine construction business. Powered by a Caterpillar C13 boosted to 600 hp and an Eaton 8 LL off-road transmission, the tri-axle main unit is evidence of a “bad habit” the young Redwine inherited from his father and ...

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International, Kenworth dealership owners give name — and more — to medical tower

A $5 million gift from Marshall and Katherine Cymbaluk of Everett, Wash., owners of the Motor Trucks three-location International dealership in Western Washington state and Kenworth Northwest, with six locations in Washington and Alaska, made possible the new medical tower of Providence Regional Medical Center in the Cymbaluks' hometown. The center thanked them for what ranks as the largest philanthropic gift Providence Everett has ever received by naming the tower after them.  "It is also ...

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

Single again!

Dear Carolyn I’m recently single and having a hard time getting back into the dating scene. My main problem is that when I tell a woman that I’m a trucker, she gets that look on her face. You know the one. Like when you step in dog excrement? That look! I own my truck, have a million safe miles, all kinds of driving awards and am a clean-cut, not bad looking guy. What am I supposed ...

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Action-packed memoir about more than broken bones

Hal Needham, stuntman and director of the "Smokey and the Bandit" trilogy, relates career high points in a just-released memoir.

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