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  1. The attempted murder of a New York police officer. .
  2. It seems to me there is no way that all of these protests, happening nationwide simultaneously, could have been organized within four days in grassroots fashion. I suspect the protests were organized.
  3. Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) / June 1, 2020 Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling approximately 2,987 model-year 2019-2021 Western Star 4700 and 5700 vehicles. A particular wire in the ground harness may be undersized, possibly resulting in a melted connector in the ground circuit harness, according to the recall. If the connector becomes damaged, under certain circumstances, the engine may stall without the ability to restart. DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ground harness, free of charge. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at (800) 547-0712. This recall is expected to begin July 16, 2020. DTNA's number for this recall is FL-852.
  4. The dramatization of it all by CNN makes me hate the post Ted Turner news organization even more (if that is at all possible). News should only be a reporting of facts, without opinion. Opinions are reserved for editorials.
  5. Ryder severs exclusive hydrogen electric truck partnership with Nikola Jason Cannon, Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) / May 31, 2020 Ryder System and Nikola Corporation announced Friday the termination of their more than three-year-long exclusive partnership on Nikola’s forthcoming hydrogen electric semis. Ryder in late 2016 inked a deal to serve as the exclusive distribution and maintenance provider for Nikola Motor Company (NMC), which unlocked Ryder’s North American network of more than 800 service locations to lessors and owners of Nikola tractors. That deal has been mutually called off, enabling both companies “to explore emerging opportunities within the rapidly growing commercial transportation industry,” Nikola said via release last week. “As the market evolves, each of us are now free to expand our operations to other partners,” said Nikola Corporation CEO Trevor Milton, “something the previous agreement did not allow us to do. We look forward to finding ways to continue to work with Ryder in the future as a customer and have found them to be a great partner.” Milton said his company will now be working with “major truck dealerships” to sell and service Nikola trucks. Nikola this week expects to complete a merger with VectoIQ Acquisition Corp., a publicly-traded “special purpose acquisition company” [????], that once closed will see the hydrogen and battery electric truck maker listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker NKLA. Milton will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company.
  6. The rear suspension appears to be a 4-leaf Volvo RADD-TR1 with Volvo planetary hub reduction axles (26 tonne RTH2610F or 32 tonne RTH3210F?).
  7. Bloomberg / May 30, 2020 One farm in Tennessee distributed Covid-19 tests to all of its workers after an employee came down with the virus. It turned out that every single one of its roughly 200 employees had been infected. In New Jersey, more than 50 workers had the virus at a farm in Gloucester County, adding to nearly 60 who fell ill in neighboring Salem County. Washington state’s Yakima County, an agricultural area that produces apples, cherries, pears and most of the nation’s hops, has the highest per capita infection rate of any county on the West Coast. The outbreaks underscore the latest pandemic threat to food supply: Farm workers are getting sick and spreading the illness just as the U.S. heads into the peak of the summer produce season. In all likelihood, the cases will keep climbing as more than half a million seasonal employees crowd onto buses to move among farms across the country and get housed together in cramped bunkhouse-style dormitories. The early outbreaks are already starting to draw comparisons to the infections that plunged the U.S. meat industry into crisis over the past few months. Analysts and experts are warning that thousands of farm workers are vulnerable to contracting the disease. Aside from the most immediate concern -- the grave danger that farmhands face -- the outbreaks could also create labor shortages at the worst possible time. Produce crops such as berries have a short life span, with only a couple of weeks during which they can be harvested. If a farm doesn’t have enough workers to collect crops in that window, they’re done for the season and the fruit will rot. A spike in virus cases among workers may mean shortages of some fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, along with higher prices. “We’re watching very, very nervously -- the agricultural harvest season is only starting now,” said Michael Dale, executive director of the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project in Portland, Oregon, and a lawyer who has represented farm workers for 40 years. “I don’t think we’re ready. I don’t think we’re prepared.” Unlike grain crops that rely on machinery, America’s fruits and vegetables are mostly picked and packed by hand, in long shifts out in the open -- a typically undesirable job in major economies. So the position typically goes to immigrants, who make up about three quarters of U.S. farm workers. A workforce of seasonal migrants travels across the nation, following harvest patterns. Most come from Mexico and Latin America through key entry points like southern California, and go further by bus, often for hours, sometimes for days. There are as many as 2.7 million hired farm workers in the U.S., including migrant, seasonal, year-round and guest-program workers, according to the Migrant Clinicians Network. While many migrants have their permanent residence in the U.S., moving from location to location during the warmer months, others enter through the federal H2A visa program. Still, roughly half of hired crop farm workers lack legal immigration status, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  8. City of Tulsa, IC Bus Announce New 20-Year Agreement For Bus Manufacturing Plant TULSA, Oklahoma, May 28, 2020 -- The City of Tulsa, Mayor G.T. Bynum and IC Bus announced that a new 20-year agreement has been reached to keep the IC Bus school bus manufacturing facility at Tulsa International Airport. The new agreement builds on the City's efforts to grow and expand its economic base of manufacturing operations. "This agreement establishes a win-win partnership between the City of Tulsa and IC Bus for decades to come," Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "The industry leader in school bus manufacturing will have a home to build products that are trusted all around the world, while local jobs are secured and the taxpayers' facility is properly maintained for the long term. I am excited for the future of IC Bus in Tulsa." The nearly mile-long, 1-million-square-foot plant is the world's leading producer of school buses. Bus production is currently at its peak, and approximately 75 vehicles are typically produced daily. "We'd like to thank Mayor Bynum for his personal involvement in resolving these negotiations," said Phil Christman, president of Operations for Navistar International Corporation, the parent company of IC Bus. "Thanks to his leadership, we have a decades-long framework to stay, invest and grow the IC Bus plant and our supply chain in Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. Tulsa is a great community with a talented workforce. We're very pleased to be remaining in Tulsa, and look forward to keeping it what it is today – the school bus capital of the world." Mayor Bynum's agreement with IC Bus retains the following economic benefits in Tulsa for years to come: More than 1,600 men and women have careers manufacturing and assembling the safest, most technologically advanced school buses ever made. Manufacturing jobs provide economic opportunity and stable careers for Tulsa families, and the IC Bus plant provides annual direct income of more than $60 million annually. The average team member has worked at the plant for 6.5 years. The IC Bus plant spends $750 million each year on vendors and suppliers, including more than 100 Oklahoma-based businesses. An IC Bus supplier, IMMI, is building a 45,000-square-foot greenfield manufacturing plant, specializing in the manufacturing of seating systems, in Tulsa to support the assembly of school buses at the IC Bus Plant. The new lease prioritizes current and long-term investments in plant maintenance and improvements and creates an automatic process for establishing a multi-year investment program every 5-years of the lease.
  9. Ford Trucks International / May 27, 2020 F-MAX’s smart connected vehicle technology: ConnecTruck Save time and money with Cloud-Computing technology that collects driver and vehicle data. #SharingTheLoad #ConnecTruck #FordTrucks
  10. VW board OKs Ford alliance projects Jan Schwartz and Paul Lienert, Reuters / May 28, 2020 Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford, a city delivery van to be developed by VW and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW's EV architecture. FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen said Thursday its supervisory board had approved several projects in a multibillion-dollar alliance with Ford Motor that was first announced in July. The German automaker said various contracts between the two companies were nearing completion and would be signed soon. Among the shared projects specified by VW are a midsize pickup to be developed by Ford; a city delivery van to be developed by VW; a larger commercial van to be developed by Ford, and a new electric vehicle for Ford of Europe, to be built on VW's electric vehicle architecture. Regarding official approval of the agreements, a Ford spokesman said Thursday, "We look forward to jointly providing an update soon." VW's statement said "further projects are to follow, as is the investment in Argo AI," the self-driving software company backed by Ford and which eventually will be jointly controlled with VW. VW's planned $3.1 billion investment in Argo "remains on track and is expected to close soon," Argo said on Thursday.
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