June 30, 2005 |
A newly issued series of postage stamps showing a once-popular black comic book character with exaggerated thick lips has reignited controversy over racial attitudes in Mexico, six weeks after President Vicente Fox was forced to apologize for remarks perceived as insensitive toward black Americans. The five new stamps show a cartoon figure named Memin Pinguin, a picaresque urban child who gets by on wits and moxie, that has been one of Mexico's best-selling comic book characters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2005 |
Czeslaw Slania, an engraver who created more than 1,000 postage stamps for countries around the world -- depicting coronations, moon landings, heads of state and movie stars -- has died. He was 83. Slania, who also served as the official court engraver for Sweden, Denmark and Monaco, died March 17 in Stockholm, his home since 1956. He had been in failing health for some months, but the cause of his death was not given in the announcement by the Swedish postal service.
July 12, 2004 |
Almost since John Highet, a local doctor, and James Dickie, a builder from Glasgow, came up with the idea of forming a small golf club in 1878 on the Ayrshire shore, the Postage Stamp -- the infamous eighth hole at Royal Troon, 123 yards of mayhem, bedlam and bogeys -- has been delivering lickings to golfers. The best in the world will try it again at Royal Troon when the British Open begins Thursday.
April 12, 2004 |
The gutsy, driving jazz of "Peter Gunn." The plaintive harmonica melody of "Moon River." The smart-aleck saxophone riffs of "The Pink Panther." The lush string elegance of "Mr. Lucky." The boogie-woogie silliness of "The Baby Elephant Walk." Henry Mancini created all of those musical moods over a six-year period in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Nowadays his tunes are frequently dismissed as "lounge music," the obnoxious and often inaccurate label for so many popular songs of that era.
July 24, 2003 |
Personalized postage stamps -- featuring the kids, the dog, the company logo -- may be in Americans' future. Such special issue stamps, sold at a premium, were among the recommendations issued Wednesday by the President's Commission on the Future of the Postal Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2003 |
An El Segundo man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1 million in postage stamps from trains at Union Station. Former Amtrak worker Elpidio De La Cruz, 43, was sentenced this week for his role in a theft ring that worked out of the Union Station Amtrak yard, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Two other men have already been sentenced.
October 2, 2001 |
A new postage stamp reflecting the surge of patriotism in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks was to be unveiled today by the U.S. Postal Service. The design reportedly will include a large American flag above the words "United We Stand." Although the stamp is planned for the standard 34-cent first-class rate, some members of Congress are proposing a 6-cent surcharge to raise money for the families of those killed at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1999 |
Would you believe that a full 40% of U. S. farms are owned and operated by women, and that about 65% of the world's agricultural work--translate that to "your food"--is produced by women? The U.S. Postal Service neither knows nor cares, apparently. It summarily turned down a request from American Agri-Women for a stamp honoring farm women because "there is a lack of national interest, and historical perspective to support such a stamp."
August 29, 1999 |
Suzy Brazney carefully takes the collection of stamps from her bag. There is one U.S. postage stamp representing each of the sports that were contested at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and when she pulls them from their plastic protective cover, her eyes turn just a little sad. It is the softball stamp Brazney points to. The girl on the stamp, a catcher, has long, curly hair that falls below the batting helmet. She is without shin guards.