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October 8, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Two robbers posing as police officers abducted a man at gunpoint Thursday morning as he was preparing to deliver pharmaceuticals to a San Fernando Valley drugstore, Los Angeles police said. The victim, who was not immediately identified, had just gotten out of his delivery truck in front of the Rite Aid pharmacy in the 13300 block of Riverside Drive in Sherman Oaks when he was confronted by two men armed with semiautomatic handguns and wearing sweatshirts with the word "police" on them.
August 28, 2010 | David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The industry group that challenged Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's clean truck program at the Port of Los Angeles said Friday that it would appeal a federal court ruling that upheld the initiative in its entirety. Thursday's decision, issued by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder in Los Angeles upheld the harbor department's right to require concession agreements for each truck that carries cargo through the port. Those agreements are a cornerstone of the mayor's clean-air initiative to replace older diesel trucks at the port with newer, cleaner-burning ones.
March 5, 2010 | By Dan Simmons
For about 11 miles, the two truckers dueled recklessly down Chicago-area expressways, swerving in front of each other and riding each other's bumpers. Then one of them barked into his CB radio: "Let's do it!" With that, they pulled over and began a fistfight that ended when one allegedly plunged a buck knife into the other three times. David Seddon of Racine, Wis., has been charged with first-degree murder. Several truckers said they didn't find the Jan. 15 incident surprising.
November 14, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Hundreds of protesting truck drivers slowed traffic Friday on the 710 Freeway and blasted their horns while driving past Los Angeles City Hall to draw attention to new environmental rules they say threaten their livelihoods. "We all want to go green," said Sofia Quinones of the National Port Drivers Assn., which represents thousands of independent truckers. "But the devil is in the details." More than 400 truckers protested new restrictions in the year-old Clean Truck Program, a pollution-reduction effort credited with cutting diesel truck emissions by 70% at the Port of Los Angeles and a similar amount at the Port of Long Beach.
August 26, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Several of the nation's biggest trade associations have fired a warning shot across the bow of the Port of Los Angeles, urging it to cease lobbying efforts to change a federal law that could greatly affect the way cargo is hauled into and out of the nation's seaports. The warning came Tuesday in a letter signed by 24 groups representing U.S. retailers, agricultural interests, apparel and textile firms, trucking groups and logistics officials. It's a response to the port's recent hiring of Atlanta-based Gephardt Group to try to change part of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act to help reduce air pollution at the port.
July 24, 2009 | Mitchell Landsberg
The 57 Freeway in Fullerton was closed in both directions Thursday night after a fatal accident involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle, the California Highway Patrol said. The accident occurred about 7 p.m. at the Chapman Avenue exit near Cal State Fullerton. One person, believed to have been the driver of the truck, was killed, according to the CHP. Four people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals, according to Fullerton Fire Chief Gary Dominguez.
July 21, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
After he was laid off last fall from his job driving a delivery truck, Ricardo Lara couldn't find another full-time position that would pay the bills. So he went into business for himself driving an ice cream truck. At first, he was making as much money peddling Heath bars, Bomb Pops and ice cream sandwiches as he did at his old job. But that didn't last. As the economy melted down, so did sales, despite his seven-day workweek plying the streets of South Los Angeles.
June 20, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
A commercial truck driver whose runaway big rig hit several cars in La Canada Flintridge in April, killing a man and his 12-year-old daughter, has been indicted on two counts of murder, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday. A county grand jury returned the indictment June 11 against Marcos Barbosa Costa, but it was unsealed Friday after Costa was arraigned before Judge Patricia Schnegg in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Bail was set at $2.09 million. Costa, 44, had earlier been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for the April 1 deaths, but was released on $200,000 bail and allowed to return home to Massachusetts, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
April 3, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein, Jia-Rui Chong and Rich Connell
The double-decker car-hauling truck crawled up twisting Angeles Forest Highway, its driver choosing a rush-hour shortcut used by many commuting between the high desert's Antelope Valley and the Los Angeles Basin. Riding with another out-of-state co-driver, he passed a sign with a truck and a red line through it, prohibiting trucks of his vehicle's weight, officials said. Cresting the range, which has peaks of nearly 8,000 feet, he wheeled the huge vehicle south onto Angeles Crest Highway.
February 21, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, will pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that the company discriminated against African Americans in recruiting and hiring truck drivers. The lawsuit was filed in 2004 by Daryal Nelson, who claimed that he was rejected for a truck driver position because of his race. The lawsuit was given class-action status in May 2007. Wal-Mart's motions to dismiss the case or decertify the class were denied last month.
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