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Rearview: Overdrive takes on the Teamsters

From the early 1960s to the early ’80s, rarely did an issue of Overdrive leave the printer without one or more articles accusing the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters of widespread corruption, misuse of truckers’ dues and violent bullying tactics aimed at its detractors.

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Making the ‘Road Hunter’ app

Created by Mikhail Dzarasov, Road Hunter's a route-planner at heart, with map views that piggyback on Google's map-, street- and satellite-view capabilities to deliver 100,000-foot and on-the-ground intelligence.

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Trying to fix the detention problem

I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out,” Johnson said when he finally figured out the bungled paperwork situation at his drop, learning it would cost him another two or three hours. “Guess who gets screwed in the meantime.”

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Podcast: One driver’s bounce-back after two years lost to ‘suicide by truck’

After the head-on collision, Brian Rudisell needed reconstructive ankle surgery, but the physical rehabilitation wasn't the toughest thing: "The more you talk about the problem, the faster you heal," he says.

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If it looks like a polished turd, it’s probably a polished turd

"Everyone has to start somewhere, even if it's with the polished turds. It's learning the difference and sticking with it that helps create professional drivers. Invest in your future by helping them get there."

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Pieter Williams’ ‘Almost Chrome’ custom polishing business

The journey from motor coach to truck polishing -- Nashville-based Pieter Williams' work can be seen on J.D. Terry's custom KW, which I wrote about earlier this week. (Bonus: More Rolling CB interviews from Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie.)

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Inspirations in integrity

Blindside back through a gate and around some cars to position the trailer against the side of a building? No problem for this owner-operator, illustrating the value of integrity over all the money in the world ...

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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Notes on being the boss

"For those of you who have unpleasant boss stories, or are living an unpleasant boss story, know that you're not alone, and there are people who understand your desire to watch your boss be rolled in honey and planted in an ant hill."

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‘Gone Green’: The Kuhnle Bros. project ’05 Kenworth of driver Brian Rudisell

Driver Brian Rudisell's second place finish at the last Pride & Polish won't keep him away from the Dallas show coming up, he says. He's doing the entire Pride & Polish circuit this year with his showpiece working KW, built in collaboration with his employing Newbury, Ohio-based tank fleet.

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