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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1994 | JOHN O'DELL and ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The price of a first-class postage stamp will probably rise to 32 cents next month, adding more than $500,000 to the cost of mailing cards, letters, advertising materials and packages in Orange County next year, mailing industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
In honor of trailblazing newsman Ruben Salazar's relentless efforts to chronicle the complexity of race relations in Los Angeles, the U.S. Postal Service in 2008 will issue a commemorative stamp of the former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist. "He was a groundbreaker for Latinos in this country, but his work spoke to all Americans," Postmaster Gen. John E. Potter said Monday. "By giving voice to those who didn't have one, Ruben Salazar worked to improve life for everybody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. The television series "Dragnet," which first aired more than 50 years ago, ensured the Los Angeles Police Department's place in Hollywood lore. Now the department is helping return the favor by hosting an event Tuesday at the Police Academy in Elysian Park to commemorate the release of a "Dragnet" postage stamp, authorities said. A program will include the widow of actor Jack Webb, who played LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday; actor Harry Morgan, who played Friday's partner; and LAPD Chief William J. Bratton.
NEWS
July 29, 1986 | From Reuters
Sixteen million postage stamps with a face value of $400,000 are being destroyed in Kampala because they inaccurately depict some of Uganda's fish.
WORLD
July 5, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A group representing about 50,000 black people on Mexico's Pacific coast demanded that President Vicente Fox apologize for a set of postage stamps featuring a black comic book figure that U.S. civil rights groups have called racist. In a letter, the group said that the character "Memin Pinguin rewards, celebrates, typifies and cements the distorted, mocking, stereotypical and limited vision of black people in general."
BUSINESS
September 30, 2004 | From Bloomberg
Stamps.com Inc., which sells postage stamps over the Internet, said the U.S. Postal Service had asked it to suspend its trial PhotoStamps program for evaluation. Stamps.com will stop taking orders Friday for PhotoStamps, which allow customers to turn their photographs into postage stamps, the Santa Monica-based company said. The Postal Service will decide within 90 days whether to allow the program to continue, the company said. Trading was halted before the announcement.
NEWS
November 7, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A block of "penny black" postage stamps, issued in 1840, were sold at auction today for about $442,680, an auction house said. The 36 stamps, depicting the young Queen Victoria and originally selling for one pence each, were bought by the Royale Stamp Co. for a private collector who was not identified. When the set last changed hands in 1934, it sold for about $2,400, said Ray Haffner of the Harmers auction house. The "penny black" and the "two-penny blue" were the first British postage stamps.
NEWS
October 30, 1996 | Associated Press
More than a dozen dinosaurs, a pair of swans and an ox will appear on U.S. postage stamps next year, the Postal Service announced Tuesday. The 1997 offerings will also feature this country's first triangular stamps, classic dolls, airplanes, composers, coaches and the African American holiday Kwanzaa.
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