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The saga of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger is over as tiger passes at age 17

After a long battle between Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin in Louisiana and animal rights activists, tiger Tony, who spent his life at the stop, was euthanized Monday at age 17 and in ill health after repeated attempts at improving the big cat's health.

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‘It’s time somebody starts looking out for the little guy’ — more voices from the ELD protests

On Overdrive Radio: As ripples continue to emanate from a renewed sense of camaraderie among many of the ELD-mandate-protest participants in D.C. and around the country, a run through a variety of conversations during protest days 1 and 2 a week and more back, and more from the mailbag.

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Dawdling digits and thumbtastic things

As the #ELDorMe tweetstorm continues, Wendy weighs in: "if you have to yell loud and long to get someone to pay attention to the people who helped put this administration into office, then I say keep yelling. As a matter of fact, yell louder."

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Can I get the 411?

The story behind the Dock411 app, which combines crowdsourced reviews and information about shipper and receiver locations with research-based info -- all verified by a team of bona fide truckers.

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After ATA-organized event, Trump is getting an #ELDorMe tweetstorm

The ELD or Me Facebook group is tweetstorming at the President following another appearance at an event organized in part by the ATA, with nary a mention of ELDs, hours of service and other top operator concerns. Also: A reminder from an operator to take special care with cigarette butts.

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Bait and switch in mammoth proportions

"This here's a stick-up. Put all your money into magic clocks and making those magic clocks safe, or you can't earn money" ... in which an org pushing ELDs for safety purposes plans to offer up a service intended to help keep public safe from hacking threat.

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Rates up: A result of last week’s ELD protests?

Rates haven't been as good as they were last week since the Snowpocalypse of 2014, notes DAT's Ken Harper. But before you attribute that to the number of owner-operators who shut down last week in solidarity with ELD protests around the country, consider truck posts on DAT boards weren't off by much. Reefer, van demand updates here.

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Broad, sweeping statements are all poppycock

After last week's anti-ELD mandate demonstrations: "'You can't get two truckers to agree the sky is blue.' Honey, hush. I guess that broad, sweeping statement can be put to rest."

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The double-billion burger they refuse to eat

"Pro-ELD propaganda does not address the true safety issue in the industry, and that is the sense that every driver is disposable. There's always another. (Thin mint, sir? No thank you. Bring me a bucket.)"

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From the scene in D.C. and around the country as grassroots groups press against the ELD mandate

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast: Anti-ELD demonstrators in D.C. met with officials at FMCSA offices Thursday after spending Wednesday spread across the city in small groups. Tony Justice on tactics. A sampling of calls from around the country about events this week.

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