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  • Postmaster general: Agency looking for new revenue sources

    02/04/2015 12:09:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 1:08 PM EST | Tom Raum
    The nation’s new postmaster general says the Postal Service is looking beyond its regular mail and package delivery for new sources of revenue. That means building on what Megan J. Brennan calls its “core competency”—the delivery of goods. So what is the agency doing? “We’re testing grocery delivery in San Francisco,” Brennan said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re also delivering water, cases of water in Manhattan and the boroughs” of New York City. …
  • Mail carrier accused of delivering cocaine on route

    09/14/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 13, 2012 | Amy Pavuk
    A 24-year postal employee was arrested Thursday on charges he was delivering cocaine that was shipped from Puerto Rico to Orlando. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service began investigating Robert Hunt Jr. last week, when inspectors at an Orlando processing and distribution center found four parcels they suspected contained drugs.
  • Postal Service plans to keep rural post offices, cut hours

    05/09/2012 7:30:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2012, 6:43 p.m. | Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
    The U.S. Postal Service backed off from a proposal to close thousands of rural post offices, opting instead to cut opening hours in a bid to stem devastating financial losses. The postal service estimates that the new plan will save $500 million a year once it is fully implemented in 2014. The previous proposal would have closed more than 3,000 rural post offices to save $200 million a year. Under the plan outlined Wednesday, 13,167 post offices will open for two to six hours a day. A spokeswoman for the postal service said that no community would be required to...
  • Living people on U.S. stamps: Who would you choose?

    09/26/2011 9:43:02 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 101 replies
    AP via Seattle Times ^ | September 26, 2011 | HOPE YEN and STACY A. ANDERSON
    WASHINGTON — Who would you put on a stamp? Charlie Sheen? Lady Gaga? Yourself? Hoping to boost sagging revenue, the U.S. Postal Service on Monday abandoned its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still alive and is asking the public for suggestions.
  • Some Iowa postal workers could be paid for no work

    09/26/2011 5:26:31 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-25-11 | ap
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Some workers at a Sioux City mail processing center could be paid even if they don't work after the facility closes. The U.S. Postal Service is closing the center on Friday and transferring the work to Sioux Falls, S.D. Spokesman Richard Watkins said that about 100 workers have taken other mail jobs and 40 others are on standby status. Those standby workers will have to take other postal service jobs before their contract expires in 2015. In the meantime, Watkins said, they could be asked to report to the Sioux City post office and sit in...
  • Obama's Postal Service plan would cut Saturday mail

    09/19/2011 12:33:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 109 replies
    Obama's Postal Service plan would cut Saturday mail By Emily Stephenson 15 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration's plan to rescue the U.S. Postal Service would allow the agency to end Saturday mail delivery and sell non-postal products, according to documents released on Monday. The plan, introduced alongside a deficit-reduction package, also would restructure a massive annual payment to prefund retiree health benefits and refund $6.9 billion the mail carrier says it overpaid into a federal retirement fund. The White House says its plan would save the Postal Service more than $20 billion in the next few years....
  • White House to Propose Plan to Help Postal Service (Unions stick to no-layoff clause)

    09/07/2011 3:53:24 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    ny times ^ | 9/7/2011 | steven greenhouse
    The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would seek to save the deficit-plagued Postal Service from an embarrassing default by proposing to give it an extra three months to make a $5.5 billion payment due on Sept. 30 to finance retirees’ future health coverage. Speaking at a Senate hearing, John Berry, director of the federal Office of Personnel Management, also said the administration would soon put forward a plan to stabilize the postal service, which faces a deficit of nearly $10 billion this fiscal year and had warned that it could run out of money entirely this winter. “We...
  • USPS running out of cash; may default on pensions

    09/05/2011 9:37:00 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 131 replies
    KGO ^ | 9/5/11 | KGO
    The postal service says it's running out of cash and may not be able to make a $5.5 billion pension payment this month. In fact, the postmaster general says things are so tight, the postal service may have to shut down this winter unless congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
  • Postal Service Facing Default, Shutdown Without Congressional Intervention (Save yourself!)

    09/05/2011 10:57:27 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/5/2011 | fox news
    The head of the U.S. Postal Service said in an interview that the organization will default -- perhaps as early as this winter -- unless Congress intervenes. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's comments reflect a well-known reality that the Postal Service is in dire financial straits. The rise of email and online bill-paying has steadily eroded its profits over the years while labor costs soar. Donahoe is calling for a host of changes, including the elimination of Saturday delivery, to close a deficit projected to top $9 billion this year. But he said Congress needs to step in to help keep...
  • USPS proposes cutting 120,000 jobs, pulling out of health-care plan

    08/11/2011 3:05:42 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies ^ | August 11, 2011 | Joe Davidson
    In an attempt to stem its financial hemorrhaging, the U.S. Postal Service is seeking to reduce its workforce by 20 percent, including through layoffs now prohibited by union contracts. USPS also wants to withdraw its employees from the health and retirement plans that cover federal staffers and create its own benefit programs for postal employees. This major restructuring of the Postal Service’s relationship with its workforce would need congressional approval and would face fierce opposition from postal unions. But if approved, eliminating contract provisions that prevent layoffs and quitting the federal employee health and retirement programs could have ramifications for...
  • Post Office Warns of Default; Wants Help From Congress

    08/05/2011 10:49:48 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 66 replies
    Internation Business Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | IB Times Staff Reports
    The U.S. Postal Service lost $3.1 billion in the third quarter and warns it will default on payments to the federal government if Congress does not step in with help. [snip] Total mail volume for the quarter that ended June 30 fell to 39.8 million pieces, a 2.6 percent drop from the same period the previous year. [snip]Also, it is required to make an annual payment to the federal government of $5.5 billion. The postal service says high payroll and retiree costs and declining volume has put it in a severe bind. [snip] The postal service says it lost $5.7...
  • US Postal Service warns it could default

    08/05/2011 6:03:09 PM PDT · by GQuagmire · 70 replies ^ | 8/5/11 | AFP
    The US Postal Service warned on Friday that it could default on payments it owes the federal government, just days after the US government itself narrowly averted a default. The government's mail service said it lost $3.1 billion in the period from April to June, blaming "the anemic state of the economy" and the growing popularity of electronic communications over old-fashioned letters. As a result of its mounting losses, the US Postal Service said it would not be able to make a legally required $5.5 billion payment in September to a health-benefits trust fund. "Absent substantial legislative change, the Postal...
  • USPS Posts $3.1 Billion Loss In Q3, Warns Of Default [More Stimulus Money Needed?]

    08/05/2011 9:22:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 50 replies
    YahooNews ^ | August 05, 2011
    USPS Posts $3.1 Billion Loss In Q3, Warns Of Default By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of $3.1 billion in its third quarter and warned again it would default on payments to the federal government if Congress did not step in. Total mail volume for the quarter that ended June 30 fell to 39.8 billion pieces, a 2.6 percent drop from the same period a year earlier, as consumers turn to email and pay bills online. The mail carrier, which does not get taxpayer funds, has struggled to overhaul its business as...
  • U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices

    03/24/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 105 replies
    U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices 31 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said on Thursday it would cut 7,500 jobs and close seven district offices and 2,000 post offices as it handles less mail and faces greater staff costs and competition from FedEx and United Parcel Service. "It's critical that we adjust our work force to match America's changing communications trends as mail volumes continue to decline," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. In November, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal year 2010, its fourth...
  • Woman Tries To Mail Puppy

    02/02/2011 5:46:11 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 20 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | February 1, 2011 6:45 PM | Sonya Goins
    They’re calling it the parcel puppy. A Minneapolis woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she tried to send a puppy through the mail. The poodle-mixed pup is being held temporarily at the animal control office in Minneapolis but still belongs to the woman who allegedly tried to mail it — 39-year-old Stacey Champion. “Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,” said Sgt. Angela Dodge with the Minneapolis Police Department. Dodge said last Tuesday Champion took the puppy to the Loring Post Office. The puppy was in a box with a priority sticker...
  • Minneapolis Woman Accused of Mailing Puppy (Idiot Alert!)

    02/01/2011 7:19:42 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 48 replies
    KSTP-TV (ABC Affiliate in Minneapolis/St Paul) ^ | 2/01/11 | Katie Lynn - Staff Reporter
    A Minneapolis woman has been cited for animal cruelty after postal workers say they discovered a puppy in a box she was mailing to Georgia. Police say the box was taped shut and had no air holes. And, had it been sent for delivery, the box would have been put in an airplane's unheated and non-pressurized cargo hold. Sgt. William Palmer says the Postal Service told police the dog would have died. Postal Service spokesman Pete Nowacki says post office employees became suspicious when the box fell off the counter after the woman left last Tuesday. Postal inspectors were summoned,...
  • Stop Junk Snail Mail

    11/30/2009 4:53:10 PM PST · by Tango Whiskey Papa · 19 replies · 602+ views
    Stop Junk Snail Mail I want to stop my daily Junk Snail Mail deluge from clogging up my US postal box (Not E-Mails). The FTC has a National Do Not Call Registry for telemarketing telephone calls but I am dubious about some of the Do Not Mail websites that I have found: 1. National Do Not Mail List; 2. The Direct Marketing Association's DMAchoice ( Anyone have a silver bullet to stop this junk snail mail?
  • Postal workers didn't deliver, but still got paid

    09/18/2007 2:41:52 PM PDT · by MichiganMan · 25 replies · 248+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | 9/17/07 | Theresa D. Mcclellan
    GRAND RAPIDS -- If not rain nor snow nor dark of night, what did prompt reports last winter that mail went undelivered on the Northwest Side of Grand Rapids? The Postal Service isn't saying, even though nearly half of the 59 letter carriers from the postal station at 1625 Walker Ave. NW faced suspensions ranging from two days to nine months. The last of the suspensions of 29 workers ended in August. But officials refused to reveal details. In fact, with the help of their unions and arbitration, all of the workers received back pay for their time off, said...
  • Estridge jury set for deliberations

    10/13/2006 5:22:01 AM PDT · by bert · 10 replies · 1,708+ views
    Kingsport Times News ^ | 10/13/06 | Steven Igo
    WISE - Following final arguments by the defense and prosecution and jury instructions, a Wise County jury is expected to begin deliberations today to decide if a retired mail carrier assisted a scheme to steal absentee ballots during the 2004 town elections in Appalachia.
  • Plan to Let F.B.I. Track Mail in Terrorism Inquiries

    05/21/2005 12:40:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 381+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/21/05 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    WASHINGTON, May 20 - The F.B.I. would gain broad authority to track the mail of people in terror investigations under a Bush administration proposal, officials said Friday, but the Postal Service is already raising privacy concerns about the plan. The proposal, to be considered next week in a closed-door meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would allow the bureau to direct postal inspectors to turn over the names, addresses and all other material appearing on the outside of letters sent to or from people connected to foreign intelligence investigations. The plan would effectively eliminate the postal inspectors' discretion in deciding...
  • Pentagon Checked for Chemical Agents

    03/14/2005 2:55:34 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 30 replies · 828+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 3-14-05 | unknown
    WASHINGTON - A hazardous materials team on Monday investigated an alarm triggered by sensors that detected the presence of chemical or biological agents at the Pentagon (news - web sites)'s mail delivery building, a military spokesman said. Officials shut down the facility, which is in a separate structure on the northwest side of the Pentagon grounds, shortly after the sensors were triggered around 10:30 a.m. EST, spokesman Glenn Flood said. It was expected to remain closed until at least Tuesday while the investigation continued.
  • U.S. to Enforce Rules for Mail to Canada (Why that birthday card from Grandma is a tool of Al-Qaeda)

    10/20/2004 1:37:48 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 3 replies · 595+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 20, 2004
    Posted on Wed, Oct. 20, 2004U.S. to Enforce Rules for Mail to CanadaWASHINGTON (AP) - Most mail to Canada must bear the complete name and address of both sender and recipient or it won't be allowed into the country, the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday. The tighter addressing requirements are in response to increased security. Even such sender or recipient identifications as "Grandma" or "Aunt Ruth" can result in mail being rejected, the agency said. All mail, except post cards, that does not show the complete name and address of sender and recipient - in Roman letters and Arabic numerals...

    10/09/2004 6:39:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 1,030+ views
    Private Email | OCTOBER 9, 2004 | RAYMOND S. KRAFT
    Senator John Kerry c/o Democratic National Committee 530 S. Capitol St. SE Washington DC 20003 An Open Letter to John Kerry US Constitution Article 14 Section 3 Disqualifies You From the Presidency Dear John In April 1971 you testified as a Naval officer before Congress, giving the North Vietnamese what they hadn't gotten from American POWs in Hanoi: a confession of war crimes. According to Senator John McCain (14 May 1973 US News & World Report) your testimony was "the most effective propaganda they had to use against us." Your photograph is displayed in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum...
  • Hatfill Sues U.S. Over Anthrax Probe

    08/26/2003 11:40:15 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 74 replies · 284+ views
    Associated Press Writer ^ | August 26, 2003, 2:26 PM EDT | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON -- The bioterrorism expert under scrutiny in the 2001 anthrax attacks filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Attorney General John Ashcroft and other government officials of trampling his constitutional rights and using him as a scapegoat for their failure to make an arrest in the case. Dr. Steven J. Hatfill claims that, by labeling him a "person of interest" in the case, Ashcroft and other federal authorities have destroyed his reputation and ruined his job prospects.
  • Anthrax Fallout Hits Postal Service

    08/20/2003 6:25:49 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 13 replies · 294+ views
    Insight on the News ^ | 8/19/2003 | Timothy W. Maier
    HEADLINE: Anthrax Fallout Hits Postal Service; Anxious about costs if cavalier about people, managers at the Brentwood Road postal center sent 'volunteers' back into the formally closed facility to retrieve mail. BYLINE: By Timothy W. Maier, INSIGHT BODY: Management of the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center on Brentwood Road in Northeast Washington, which serves the nation's capital, not only ignored its own policies by failing to shut down operations immediately upon learning that the building tested positive for anthrax, but Insight has learned that managers also secretly sent postal volunteers into the facility on Oct. 22, 2001, to...
  • 'OVER MY DEAD BODY' Post office refuses to take patriotic poster down

    10/30/2002 11:47:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies · 1,508+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 30, 2002, 11:50PM | CINDY HORSWELL
    What is good for the U.S. Mint is evidently not acceptable to the U.S. Postal Service. A post office in Montgomery north of Houston recently learned that it had to remove a framed poster of the national motto "In God We Trust" because it violates postal regulations. The donated 16-by-20-inch poster, which is matted and secured in a gold frame, displays "In God We Trust" in large white letters over the American flag colors. It states at the bottom that the "national motto was approved by Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956." Retired chemical engineer Frank P. Williamson...
  • San Antonio pipe bomb not related to others

    05/08/2002 7:34:35 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 5 replies · 184+ views
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | Wednesday, May 8, 2002 | Associated Press
    Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002 5:10 a.m. CT The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A suspected pipe bomb was found in the parking lot of a San Antonio apartment complex on Tuesday, but authorities say they don't believe it was part of a series of similar devices found recently in Amarillo and four other states. A paper bag with a fuse sticking out was discovered by a resident of the Timbercreek Apartments at about 9 a.m., said Sgt. Gabe Trevino, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department. "It was very apparent that it was some sort of...
  • EU wants to bid on U.S. mail

    04/27/2002 7:39:28 AM PDT · by gitmo · 10 replies · 173+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2002 | Carter Dougherty
    <p>According to a draft copy of its demands obtained by The Washington Times, Europe also wants access to American markets for municipal water and waste services. It also will call for foreign companies to be given access to Small Business Administration loans.</p>
  • LP says, "Privatize the Post Office".

    03/26/2002 1:16:13 PM PST · by EBUCK · 109 replies · 653+ views
    Libertarian Party ^ | 03/26/2002 | LP
    Latest increase in stamp prices is proof that it's time to privatize the Post Office WASHINGTON, DC -- Instead of raising the price of first-class stamps to 37 cents, the federal government should lower mailing costs by opening up the Postal Service to free-market competition, Libertarians say. "It's time to stamp out the monopoly at the Postal Service, which costs consumers billions of dollars," said Steve Dasbach, Libertarian Party executive director. "The price of first-class mail will continue to move in one direction -- up -- as long as it's a crime to compete with this inefficient, government-created monopoly." The...