How a little-known 1980 law slashed pay for millions of truck drivers and created big-box retail as we know it

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An Illinois truck driver in 1940.
An Illinois truck driver in 1940.

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  • Today’s network of big-box retailers and online shopping likely wouldn’t exist without the deregulation of the trucking industry 40 years ago this month.

  • The Motor Carrier Act of 1980, passed by President Jimmy Carter, slashed the cost of moving goods by truck.

  • It also eroded one of America’s great blue-collar jobs: truck driving.

  • A truck driver’s salary has decreased by as much as half since deregulation.

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When Larry Heine was a working man he drove a truck eight hours a day. He saw his family every night, owned his home, sent both his kids to college, and took his wife on vacation to Hawaii whenever he could land some overtime.

As a member of the Teamsters, Heine was guaranteed good health care and a pension. He retired at 51, receiving a cake

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11 tips for first-time car buyers, from establishing the right budget to how to have a perfect test drive

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New Chevys for sale fill the lot at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Illinois, July 17, 2014.
New Chevys for sale fill the lot at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Illinois, July 17, 2014.

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  • Lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic are making first-time car buyers out of many.

  • Whether you’re buying new or used, it’s important to do your research before you commit to anything.

  • Vehicle maintenance is also an important thing to remember.

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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, taking public transportation or flying might not seem so safe right now.

For many, the next logical step is to consider car ownership. People who have never owned a car before now suddenly find themselves endeavoring on the daunting task of car buying for the first time ever.

Car dealerships, in response to a drastic decline in foot traffic in their showrooms, have adopted virtual tours and car deliveries to make the process easier for those wishing to stay

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Norwegian Elvis impersonator sets world record

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Oslo (AFP) – A Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record on Saturday by singing the legendary entertainer’s songs for more than 50 hours straight in an online competition.

Kjell Henning Bjornestad, whose stage name is Kjell Elvis, sang non-stop for 50 hours, 50 minutes and 50 seconds, smashing the previous record, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, by more than seven hours.

The title of the previous Elvis champion, a German by the name of Thomas “Curtis” Gaethje, had remained intact for more than 16 years.

“I’ll never do this again”, Bjornestad, dressed in an Elvis costume, told Norwegian television after completing his performance early Saturday in an Oslo bar.

His manager said Kjell Elvis, who sang through two days and two nights, had been told to go easy on the coffee, and to rely instead on smoothies, fruit and energy snacks to keep his voice in

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Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

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NEW DELHI (AP) — The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind.

The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of the Bollywood elite, laying bare the simmering fault lines between the haves and have-nots of the Hindi-language movie industry.

“Dil Bechara,” or “Helpless Heart,” Sushant Singh Rajput’s final movie, was released Friday on the Disney+ Hotstar streaming platform, six weeks after the 34-year-old was found dead in his apartment.

Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, the film is a Hindi-language remake of the teen romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” based on John Green’s bestseller that was adapted into a 2014 Hollywood movie.

“We are going to love and celebrate you my friend. I can visualise you with your beautiful smile blessing us

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Business groups urge for action on fake social media ads

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Some fake adverts receive 250,000 views before they are identified as selling counterfeit goods, says new report. Photo: Getty
Some fake adverts receive 250,000 views before they are identified as selling counterfeit goods, says new report. Photo: Getty

Business groups are calling on social media platforms to tackle fake adverts selling counterfeit goods.

Some 70 major brands have been targeted by false ads on Facebook (FB), Instagram, YouTube and Google (GOOG) according to a report by the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).

The fake adverts can receive up to 250,000 views before they are detected says the report.

 “It’s alarming that people are exposed to fraudulent advertisements for counterfeits while they’re thumbing through their social media accounts,” said TRACIT director general Jeffrey Hardy.

“The ads are so professional that they easily deceive consumers into thinking they’re getting a great deal. Instead, they’re being diverted to a rogue website that was built specifically to sell and distribute counterfeits.”

The report

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This is how you get one of those mortgage rates under 3%

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You’ve seen the headlines: With the economy in a COVID-19 tailspin, mortgage rates that have been falling and falling have now reached depths below 3% for a 30-year loan.

The national average rate dropped earlier this month to an all-time low 2.98%, according to mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which has been tracking rates since 1971. On Thursday, Mortgage News Daily reported that the average sank to an even more jaw-dropping 2.87%.

But if you’re a homeowner wanting to refinance or a homebuyer ready to make a purchase, you can’t assume that a mortgage lender will always give you one of those spectacularly low rates.

In some cities, different lenders can offer rates that vary by close to one full percentage point, a recent study from LendingTree found.

In other words, Lender X might want to give you a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.9%. But you might discover that Lender Y

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This Netflix Film Eerily Predicted a Real-Life Political Assassination

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Netflix

“Truth is the most important thing,” says Tomasz (Maciej Musiałowski) midway through The Hater, and of all the falsehoods this habitual liar spews, none is more shameless. Still, while deception is Tomasz’s stock-in-trade, there’s plenty of authenticity to be found in writer/director Jan Komasa’s Netflix feature (premiering July 29), whose release was temporarily delayed because its fictional story wound up echoing a real-life tragedy that shook Komasa’s native Poland.

Three weeks after filming wrapped on The Hater, liberal Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz was assassinated on stage at a Christmas charity event by a right-wing hatemonger—a shocking crime that eerily echoes the plot of Komasa’s latest, which builds to a similar massacre involving a left-leaning homosexual politician who, by total coincidence, is also named Paweł. That campaigning candidate is not, however, the material’s protagonist; instead, the focus is squarely on Tomasz, a twentysomething student introduced being kicked out

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Become the ultimate project manager and data analyst with this $40 online training

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Become the ultimate project manager and data analyst with this $40 online training
Become the ultimate project manager and data analyst with this $40 online training

TL;DR: Improve your skills with The Ultimate Data and Project Management Certification Bundle for $39.99, a 98% savings as of July 25.

While everyone else is sitting around complaining about the current state of affairs on Twitter or making up silly dances on TikTok, you could be using this time to get ahead. In your career, we mean.

Staying home means you have a lot of free time on your hands, and you have the choice of how you want to spend that time. If you’re looking to make some moves in the workplace, we’ve got just the right mix of content for you in the Ultimate Data and Project Management Certification Bundle.

As the name suggests, this 10-course bundle features 49 hours of guided content on making project delivery and data analysis more efficient. It covers

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Moms and dads rally behind Portland protesters

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Portland (AFP) – Bev Barnum never imagined what she was setting in motion when she posted a message online last week after coming across a video of federal officers in Portland, Oregon, pulling a protester into an unmarked car.

“It said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever protested before, but I haven’t,” the 35-year-old mother of two told AFP.

“‘I really think we need to do something… what if you knew 100 moms were behind you and they could make a difference?'” the message said.

Within hours, her inbox was overflowing with messages from mothers rallying behind the idea that led to the so-called Wall of Moms in the western US city rocked by protests for social justice.

Waving sunflowers and standing arm-in-arm to form a human barrier between police and protesters, the movement offered a way for middle-aged white women eager to show solidarity

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what are my rights and what should I do with my money?

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<span>Photograph: Audtakorn Sutarmjam/Alamy</span>
Photograph: Audtakorn Sutarmjam/Alamy

Every day the coronavirus-related job loss announcements mount up. British Airways is looking at axing possibly 12,000 posts; Boots is to cut 4,000, Pret a Manger 1,000, the owners of Upper Crust and Ritazza another 5,000. Airbus is talking of 1,700, Royal Mail 2,000 and Swissport, which handles airline baggage, about 4,500. When the furlough scheme ends, economists fear another huge wave of redundancies. We look at your rights and what you can expect financially.

What are my rights if there are redundancies where I work?

First, there are rules around consultation. In a big company (one with more than 100 employees) there has to be collective consultation, with at least 45 days before the first dismissal. During this period the employer has to tell you what is going on and give you a chance to ask questions and raise objections. Shorter consultation periods apply to smaller

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