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Virginia rest area closures hit the mainstream

The long-planned Virginia rest area closures, which began last week, have been on the trucking radar for months now, ever since the tragic murder of N.Y. hauler Jason Rivenburg in South Carolina focused driver efforts on raising awareness about the dearth of overnight parking in spots nationwide. But yesterday, July 22, a feature on National Public Radio's afternoon All Things Considered program by Adam Hochberg showed the full measure of public concern over the rest ...

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Truck stop chain CEO’s vacation home featured in ‘Traditional Home’

iBy land, sea or air/i could be the motto of Pilot Travel Center CEO Jimmy Haslam III. Not only does the truck-stop tycoon know a lot about trucking lanes, he also has a bird's-eye view of one of American history's great maritime centers. Featured in the June/July issue of iTraditional Home/i magazine, Haslam's vacation home (pictured, with interior detail) rests atop a bluff on Nantucket Sound, where, in the 1700s, more than 125 ships docked ...

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Latest at-fault auto

Thursday last week a pretty common thing with uncommon results happened on I-75 on the "9-Mile Curve" section through Detroit. A wreck ended up destroying a Honda Civic, a tractor pulling a tanker, another tractor-trailer and a large section of bridge over the freeway, which succumbed during the subsequent fire. As the Detroit Free Press reported the story, "Saied Haidarian-Shahri, 27, of Clawson, who’d just received his license in May, apparently lost control of ...

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A salute from Good magazine

With the first of the month came this post to the website of Good magazine -- a charitable magazine about "good" things, generally (they match subscription prices with a contribution to the charity of your choice) -- about photographerrtist John Bakos' series of truckstop portraits (one is pictured here) taken mostly in the Northeast. It's a small paean to the truck drivers of America from and to the general public. As the folks at Good ...

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Landstar shows how to make it work

Anyone who thinks the owner-operator business model can’t rebound from the prolonged downturn, rising costs and other factors should take note of Landstar System. The nation’s largest owner-operator carrier reported its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. Of course, business was down, as it has been everywhere. Revenue dropped 30 percent from a year ago, and earnings dropped from 56 cents per share to 35 cents per share. But this isn’t a business model that compels its owners to fly ...

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If you thought our roads were bad…

A fascinating look at the state of roads in Russia comes this week from span style="font-style: italic;"L.A. Times/span writer Megan K. Stack -- link here -- and it's told largely from the point of view of that country's truckers, who paint a picture of a world where, once you leave major cities, you're running on bone-jarring two-lane multi-patched pavement that might call to your mind the most bumpy haul you've ever endured. The story's ...

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The truck-grinch that crashed Christmas

Shoppers at the back of a Christmas supply store in St. Pete Beach, Fla., may have wondered if Rudolph's nose was off-track yesterday afternoon when they heard what must have been a one big noise. It could have sounded like a deer-guided sleigh and a jolly old elf gone wrong, but it was really a white county utility truck that crashed through the plate glass window, damaging a support beam of K. Kringle's Christmas amp; ...

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

When the white collar turns blue

This AP Story, picked up by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, drips with the sort of unintended condescension often seen in mainstream media's brushstroke treatment of the subject of working, but all the same it presents a fascinating portrait as its jumping-off point: a Bear-Stearns purchasing manager laid off in July of last year after that company's rescue from implosion by government-brokered purchase by J.P. Morgan. That manager, Patrick Greene of New York, is today ...

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Now that’s a ‘hot load’

A story in the July 5 Leaf Chronicle, the newspaper of Clarksville and Fort Campbell, Tenn., gave new meaning to the term "hot load," oft used by dispatchers to the chagrin of truck drivers certain to be waiting in line outside a shipper's facility in the near future. As intrepid Leaf reporter Ann Wallace wrote, a Montgomery County Sherriff's Department deputy happened to take note of a truck driver's load of timber on state highway ...

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