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Rolling out to Dallas ‘Too Hot to Trot’ 5K

Well, folks, I finished -- no surprise to regular readers, I'd guess, since you've seen a little proof I can do some long-distance running. Get over a couple miles, though, for me, and it hurts. Add to that the constant walking around the show floor at the Great American Trucking Show (picture from the bobtail lot) here in Dallas I've been doing for past couple days and a 5K run isn't perhaps the most relaxing way I could have spent the ...

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Put your CD player in ‘Overdrive’ — hauler Joe Lee Smith reissues record

Sitting outside Overdrive sister mag CCJ's Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas yesterday and typing away on a story, one of the presenters, with whom I've talked in years past, walked by and nodded my way with a quip I've heard near countless times over the years from folks who know who I work for. "Put it in 'Overdrive,'" he said. I laughed, for what I was at that exact moment looking at on my laptop screen made the ...

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In defense of food transport

Tip of the hat to Marathon Trucker Jeff Clark for this one (and, readers, if you'll be at the Great American Trucking Show, beginning this coming Thursday, join Clark and I and Jazzy Jordan, among so many others, at Truckers News' Fit for the Road program's Too Hot to Trot 5K Friday morning).... Self-described “liberal curmudgeon” and historian Stephen Budiansky, writing in the New York Times last Friday, took on stats commonly wielded by champions ...

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Tune in tonight!

It's going on a year since I chatted with Daniel Audet of Truckstar Radio for my Truckers News "Exit Only" piece about TruckStar Radio, his online radio show. Audet, formerly a hotshot boat hauler and industry blogger, is still going strong with TruckStar, and tonight I'll visit with him on his show to talk about my August Overdrive story about the new PreExisting Condition Insurance Plan, one of the first pieces of the health-care-reform-bill puzzle ...

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Wiper blades with a cause

The folks behind the AutoTex Pink wiper blades tell me the blades are sized to fit 85 percent of heavy-duty trucks on the road, as well as all manner of autos -- but that's not the most interesting thing about them. The idea behind the blades comes from wiper-blade manufacturer Wexco Industries cofounder Paula Lombard, who wanted to create an automotive product that would benefit breast cancer. “I wanted to create something that benefits women and breast ...

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Honeybees get revenge on bear

North Carolina Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Jenkins had to sit in his cruiser for upwards of 15 hours yesterday after a truck driver under a load of honeybees had been disabled west of Raleigh. "The truck driver," CNN reported, was on his way to Rocky Mount, N.C., and "had been hauling the bees at night, when they are quiet and not apt to fly." Jenkins responded to a report of someone "possibly being attacked by ...

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Ice roads to Dallas; truck lot entertainment schedule for GATS

Next week, it's safe to say that all roads in the North American trucking world lead to Dallas, even the Canadian ice roads -- or at least those typically run by Yellowknife, Canada's Alex Debogorski, past "Ice Road Truckers" star, who will be on hand at the Dallas Convention Center for the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 26-28 at the Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions booth #16089 as part of the Firestone Truck Tire Team. He'll ...

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WNBA star and her mother, a former trucker, recognized by industry organization

Did you know that the most decorated player in the WNBA (and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner besides), former L.A. Sparks star Lisa Leslie, grew up the daughter of a career truck driver? I didn't, that is, until last week, when at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during a game between the Sparks and the Indianapolis Fever Christine Leslie-Espinoza was recognized by Women in Trucking. Lisa Leslie, see, credits her mom as being her ...

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

Jazzy's quest started far away from the spotlight

The photo of Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan crossing the finish line at Times Square in New York City a few weeks ago and another taken with her holding flowers and smiling immediately afterward is reminiscent of another athlete who accomplished a remarkable achievement. It brings back images of U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.  The similarities are not drawn from their gender or age. Instead it’s because they both share a ...

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‘Monster train’ and other freight supersizers

You might have missed news of Union Pacific testing to see just how long a train can be. I didn’t know of it until reading a Wall Street Journal story this week. Writer Jennifer Levitz cites the train as an example of pressures in rail and ocean shipping, as well as trucking, to haul more freight per trip. The proponents in all three modes cite the potential for using less fuel, and thereby less pollution ...

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