2 (Reuters) – As the U.S. economy firms, with
consumer demand and housing starts rising, trucking companies
are finding themselves scrambling to find drivers to bring goods
The industry is short about 35,000 truck drivers, according
to industry lobby group the American Trucking Associations
(ATA). The shortage has left major carriers struggling, pushed
up freight rates, and could contribute to an increase in
inflation, analysts said. The shortfall could grow to around
240,000 drivers by 2020 if it is not addressed, the ATA said.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Package delivery company FedEx Corp should enjoy a record holiday peak season thanks to the continued rise of online consumer sales in the United States, company officials said on Wednesday.
Executive vice president Michael Glenn said on a conference call with analysts after FedEx reported better-than-expected quarterly results that the company would add more than 50,000 seasonal workers to handle the anticipated spike in shipping.
LOUIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Family and supporters of
Michael Brown on Monday celebrated the life of the black
teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri,
in a music-filled funeral service ringing with calls for peace
and police reforms.
Brown’s body lay in a black and gold casket at the Friendly
Temple Missionary Baptist Church, topped with the St. Louis
Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was shot dead on
LOUIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Family and supporters on
Monday celebrated the life of Michael Brown, a black teenager
slain by police in Ferguson, Missouri, with a music-filled
funeral service and calls to remember him with peace and
Brown’s body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist
Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis
Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug.
9 in nearby Ferguson by a white police officer.
LOUIS (Reuters) – Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer.
Brown’s body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
By Nick Carey and Edward McAllister
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, appealed for calm as family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest.
The sometimes violent protests have spawned headlines around the world and have focused attention on racial issues in the United States. Local police have been criticised for mass arrests and the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear.
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – When the call came just after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in this St. Louis suburb, Reggie Jones didn’t hesitate. He packed his bag, took time off work and came straight to Ferguson, Missouri.
A friend had asked the 40-year-old screen printer to make the trip from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and produce a T-shirt to help support the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson.
ST LOUIS (Reuters) – Rev. Al Sharpton and the father of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white officer on August 9 appealed for peace as they led a rally against police violence on Sunday, the day before Michael Brown Jr’s funeral in Ferguson, Missouri.
At the rally, which drew hundreds of people to Forest Park in St Louis on a sweltering summer afternoon, Michael Brown Sr was joined by the parents of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012.
ST LOUIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of people gathered in a St Louis park on Sunday for a rally against police violence that is expected to bring together the family of Michael Brown, killed by an officer in Missouri this month, and the parents of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012.
The Peace Fest rally in Forest Park takes place one day before the funeral of Brown. The slaying of the 18-year-old black youth by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9 led to days of unrest and drew global attention to race relations in the United States.
By Nick Carey and Edward McAllister
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Two weeks after a white policeman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, smaller, quieter street protests prevailed at the weekend, while supporters of the officer rallied separately and called the shooting justified.
Saturday marked the fourth night of relative calm for the St. Louis suburb following nightly spasms of unrest since Michael Brown, 18, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The area’s main street was open to traffic and police presence was down sharply from just 24 hours earlier.