July 24, 2013 |
On a Tuesday night in which big, bouncing booties battled bedroom synth pop for supremacy, there were few losers at the Greek Theatre save for the uptight or boring. Co-opener Big Freedia, a shockingly charismatic New Orleans party starter with a combo mohawk/pompadour and known for a regional style of gay rap called sissy bounce, set the Greek ablaze -- with the help of three women and their miraculously nimble, and bawdy, butt dancing....
July 20, 2013 |
The members of the electro-pop group the Postal Service have slightly different recollections about what exactly they were doing just before playing this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But they each remember the night clearly. Keyboardist and arranger Jimmy Tamborello was "lying down trying not to think about it. It was the most stressful show I've ever played, but it was almost a relief right before going onstage, because it was so close to being over. " Vocalist Jenny Lewis said she was "backstage looking at Ben [Gibbard]
July 10, 2013 |
Britain is privatizing its Royal Mail postal service through a public stock offering within the next nine months. The step is expected as the British government has been giving the Royal Mail a big overhaul in preparation for going public, including paying its whopping $6.9-billion pension fund deficit and bolstering its profit. So far, so good. Revenue from parcel deliveries was up 13% in the last fiscal year, thanks to the growing popularity of online shopping. Overall profit climbed to $600.5 million, from $226.5 million in the previous year.
May 31, 2013
Re "Ailing Postal Service may yet fail to deliver," May 28 If the Department of Defense is the only other federal agency that pre-funds future retiree health benefits, it seems only right that the U.S. Postal Service should receive funding from taxpayers the same way as the Defense Department does: as a fixed allocation, not a loan from the Treasury, as the Postal Service's current status as a government corporation requires. The Postal Service fulfills a vital need, and it should be funded fairly.
May 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With a wide grin and a quick step, letter carrier Kenny Clark brings more than the day's mail to the people on his route in suburban Maryland. Clark, 49, greets nearly everyone he sees by name. He puts packages under eaves on overcast days to keep them dry, reminds people to retrieve keys they might have left in keyholes, and shouts a quick "You OK?" at the doors of seniors. "He's a neighborhood icon - him and his truck," said Amy Dick, who lives on Clark's route.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 |
Sometimes when dog bites man, it is news. The United States Postal Service released Wednesday its "top dog attack city rankings" with a "most vicious" Los Angeles topping the list. The City of Angels saw 69 dog attacks on postal employees in the 2012 fiscal year, according to an agency statement. San Antonio and Seattle tied for second with 42 incidents each. Two other California cities made the 14-spot list : San Francisco, which came in fourth with 38 attacks, and Sacramento, which tied Baltimore for eighth place with 29. Wichita, Kan., rounded out the rankings with 20 incidents.