With relaxed rules, truckers find themselves kings of the road as coronavirus erases traffic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In this upside-down coronavirus world, commercial truck drivers suddenly find themselves kings of the road.The federal government has given haulers of key goods a green light by dropping some long-standing restrictions on work hours. And truckers report their job, in a bizarre way, is easier than ever: Congestion on California’s notorious freeways has disappeared because so many commuters are at home under state and local orders to shelter in place.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers of essential goods such as healthcare supplies and food supplies...
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Will Bunch: Will a coronavirus mirage of clean air, water inspire climate action — or make things worse?
OK, let’s be clear about one thing: Dolphins aren’t actually frolicking in the canals of a deserted Venice, a city on lockdown like the rest of Italy because of the global pandemic. But — as is sometimes the case — those misleading or faked viral tweets are an exaggerated version of something that is true, and also compelling: The shutdown of scores of tourist-packed gondolas has cleaned the murky waters of the ancient city to the point where fish are now visible.And that’s not the only remarkable vision — practically a mirage, really — as the coronavirus crisis shutters the developed world’s ...
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