Movie stunt plays on fears

The recent Sandra Bullock movie Premonition is about a time traveler trying to prevent her husband’s death in a spectacular tanker wreck.

The recent Sandra Bullock movie Premonition is about a time traveler trying to prevent her husband’s death in a spectacular tanker wreck. At the wheel for the stunt was veteran truck racer Mike Ryan, who calls this the first controlled full 90-degree jackknife to a tractor’s right side. Ryan is right to be proud, but the scene is unlikely to win truckers any new fans among four-wheelers.


FROM POWER HAULS TO HALLS OF POWER?
Karl Krueger of Sioux Falls, S.D., a union driver for YRC Worldwide, is running for president in 2008 on a platform of energy independence. The Vietnam veteran and self-described conservative Democrat says war in Iraq and disputes with Iran and Venezuela are symptoms of a problem, America’s reliance on foreign oil, which comes from some of the most violent places on earth. His campaign website is www.k08org.org.


ROUTE TO SAFETY IS A WIDE ONE, STUDY SHOWS
As a class project, University of Alabama industrial engineering major Michelle McGaha developed nationally recognized software that picks not the fastest route through Tuscaloosa, Ala., but the safest, based on factors such as traffic volume, visibility, turning lanes and signals. Least safe, she found, were narrow residential streets. McGaha interns this summer in Honolulu, where she hopes to work on tsunami evacuation routes.


IT’S ALL GREEK TO THIS AUSTRIAN
“We are the modern equivalent of the ancient city-states of Athens and Sparta. California has the ideas of Athens and the power of Sparta.”
– In his State of the State address, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says California can enact whatever regulations it pleases, including emissions laws

DOING UNTO OTHERS
“Someday, if something happens to my kids, I hope someone would stop for them.”
– John Christner Trucking driver Jim Hoffman explains why he stopped to rescue four college-age victims of an early-morning wreck on I-84 near Scranton, Pa.


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