Business & Finance: Helen's Headache

The new ODT trucking regulations were an awful blow to a pretty, 33-year-old redhead from Detroit named Helen Slocum. If no trucks can come home less than 75% loaded, what will happen to the specialized operators (beer, ice cream, etc.) whose equipment is designed for one-way delivery? Helen is such a case. Her specialty is so important that an exception may be made. An off-center Alger heroine, she delivers Navy boats.

Helen Slocum's husband Lawrence delivered new cars on a haul-away trailer out of Detroit ten years ago, and business was terrible. One day she "read in the paper about some boat...

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