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Channel 19 – July 2009

Putting a loved one's ash in gear These urns, resembling scaled-down versions of external air cleaners, are sealed to protect your de...

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On-highway politics, take two

When the Springfield, Mo., neo-Nazi National Socialists group moved to adopt a section of the West Bypass around the town from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine (and thus have their organization's name plastered on signage along the road), state legislators exercised a tactic they'd employed before, as evidenced by this "Rosa Parks Highway" sign on a section of I-55 in the state (thanks, Missouri DOT, for the picture). They voted to dedicate the National ...

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J.B. Hunt driver John Coster-Mullen on film

Since I wrote about the J.B. Hunt driver whose book Atom Bombs essentially reverse-engineered the first atomic bombs in the May edition of Truckers News and in this space here, John Coster-Mullen has made some strides getting the book out to the scientific community, and the bombs' designs thus in the historical record. Featured in the final section of the 16-minute documentary below, which just went live at online TV network VBS.tv, is his talk ...

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‘Ice Road Truckers’ iPhone app now available

The Truth About Trucking folks don't have the only truck-driving-related app for the iPhone anymore: the folks behind the 'Ice Road Truckers' television reality drama have released a lite version of their own app (out in full version June 28), which admittedly probably isn't of much use to you as a diversion or much else. The ice-road app engages users in a game that is your daily reality -- trying to beat the clock on ...

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Australian trucker’s resume includes more than just hauling

This 1989 Kenworth W900L is one of a few built and painted to resemble a KW used in the filming of the James Bond flick "License to Kill," brought back up to pristine condition and customized by the folks at Klos Custom Trucks in Geelong, Australia, and photographed by Truckers News Photo Group member and down-under trucker Robbie Rose. Rose now also freelances as a photographer for the biggest trucking magazine on the southern continent, ...

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Expecting the unexpected

Wednesday started with bad news/good news economic reports for trucking. Both involve May numbers. New orders for durable goods were up by 1.8 percent, says the Commerce Department. That’s better than expected, and a welcome report for any business related to manufacturing. On the down side, sales of new homes fell, which also wasn’t expected. They were down almost a third from a year ago, reports the Commerce Department. The market placed more weigh on the durable goods ...

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Trucking from the roots up

Score an at least partial victory for drivers and owner-operators this week. Many had a whole lot to do with the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board's recent decision to go ahead with proposed closures of 19 rest areas in the state but to suspend the two-hour parking time limit, which has seen truckers hassled on their 10-hour federally mandated breaks in Virginia rest areas for years. Blogging about the issue yesterday was Linda Sunkle-Pierucki, the Detroit ...

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Trucker a ‘walking miracle’

Local refuse hauler Robert Jay Leffer (pictured with his son, Robert Jr.) of Sanford, N.C., is slowly getting better in the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in the Triangle area, where he's being treated for wounds sustained during a January accident when a reckless driver caused his truck to overturn and catch fire on I-40 in the state. The Raleigh News-Observer reported his story last Thursday on news the Leffer family was planning an event ...

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Hometown Spreckels, Calif., cafe not just for truckers

But I'm sure they're happy, if the Tamp;A Cafe in Spreckels, Calif., just south on Salinas on the Tanimura and Antle produce company's campus is anything like it was described at TheCalifornian.com by food writer Ricardo A. Diaz. Diaz was writing for the local news audience -- "...today my Volvo is darting around semis and trying to negotiate a parking lot teeming with 18-wheelers. I feel tough rubbing elbows with truckers and guys in coveralls."The ...

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Urine disposal, or ‘P bottle’ redux

Trucker Fernando Rimando puts a cap on an ongoing back-and-forth on the Truckers News letters page we noted in this post from March, about proper disposal of bottles of urine at truckstops. Rimando's e-mail to the office spells his process out in detail, and came with this quite illustrative picture. I read a lot of articles regarding pee bottles, and while all of them are against it I never read anything giving a solution ...

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