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November 20, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Postal Service is telling Bob Hope: Thanks for the memories. The beloved entertainer will be honored on a U.S. postage stamp next spring. The design will be unveiled Monday at a ceremony on New York's Ellis Island, the entry spot for thousands of immigrants like Hope, who was born in England. Hope died in 2003 and becomes the first person to benefit from a postal rule change allowing individuals to be honored on a stamp five years after their death. Before the rule change in 2007, people other than ex-presidents had to wait 10 years.
April 24, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Members of the American Postal Workers Union are launching protests Thursday in 27 states to decry a partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and office supply company Staples Inc. to run postal counters at its retail stores.   The agreement between the Postal Service and Staples, announced in November, created a pilot program to operate 82 postal counters at Staples locations across the country. The quick-service counters will be staffed by Staples employees.  Organizers plan to demonstrate at a Staples location in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, one of four protests planned in California.
September 12, 1999
There isn't any better example of how this country values its women than the article about the rejection by the U.S. Postal Service of a stamp commemorating the American farm woman ("The Goal: A Stamp of Their Own," Aug. 24). Postal officials cited "a lack of national interest." The same day, the post office unveiled a stamp, covering half the side of a building, commemorating Barbie! Wake up ladies and smell the stench of misogyny and devaluation. There's actually a guy in the administration named James Tolbert dumb enough to say: "There is a lack of national interest and historical perspective to support a postal stamp honoring farm women."
April 22, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The stamp's issue will coincide with Milk's birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered . The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco.
July 20, 2002
Regarding "Check's in the Mail" [July 17], why is Lance Pugmire giving press to a man as stupid as Tom Schatz? Mr. Schatz is upset that the U.S. Postal Service is spending .04% of its annual budget to sponsor the No. 1 cyclist in the world, Lance Armstrong, and his team. Yes, that's .04% not 4%. Nevertheless, Mr. Schatz complains that even this minuscule devotion of resources is wasteful government spending. However, as the article itself clearly states, the U.S. Postal Service is not government subsidized nor has it been since 1971.
February 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports Inc. is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, the online retailer disclosed in the annual report it recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Seattle-based Amazon said it learned in January that postal inspectors were investigating the company's "compliance with postal service rules." The company said it was cooperating, but provided no elaboration. Peter Rendina, an inspector in the postal service's law enforcement arm, said the investigation was ongoing, but he declined to comment further.
May 6, 2008
'Postal': A listing of upcoming summer films in Sunday's Calendar section said the movie "Postal" was being distributed by Freestyle. The distributor is Event Films.
September 17, 2000
With the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx Corp. discussing shared deliveries ["UPS Questions FedEx, Postal Service Alliance," Sept. 8], what's next? The IRS and the Mafia aiding each other with collections? LEWIS H. COHEN Riverside
June 24, 1989 | From Reuters
Telecommunication and postal workers, defying the government's declaration of a state of emergency to halt a bus strike, walked off their jobs Friday, paralyzing the country's communications.
April 9, 2001
Before Saturday delivery goes, the U.S. Postal Service needs to get with it and simplify. It should not be in the stationery business, nor the clothing business or accommodate stamp collectors all over the world. And I cringe every time I see an ad or hear a postal commercial. It's enough that it just be the post office, and it's time to have the bulk mailers pay the full rate. FRAN VERA Arcadia
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
February 20, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - The independent watchdog for the U.S. Postal Service has raised new concerns about an exclusive contract with real estate giant CBRE Group Inc. to handle leases and sales of postal properties nationwide, saying the arrangement presents “potential financial risks.” The office of inspector general has also sought an independent real estate firm to review all appraisals tied to transactions under the 2011 contract to ensure that...
January 8, 2014 | By David Zucchino
DURHAM, N.C. - - Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson was serving overseas with U.S. special forces when he received a letter from his civilian employer, the U.S. Postal Service. In the 2000 notice, the agency informed him that he was being fired from his job as a postal clerk in Florida for taking too much time off to serve with the National Guard. "I thought it was a joke," Erickson said this week from Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he serves with the Army's Special Operations Command. But when he called the Postal Service, he was told that he had been terminated for taking "excessive military leave.
December 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It was about 3:45 p.m. Monday when Ron Ross told his wife to call 911. Outside their Angelino Heights home off Douglas Street and Calumet Avenue, a chaotic scene was unfolding. A geyser of water was shooting into the air, flooding the sidewalk. A postal truck lay on its side. And its driver, a petite woman who had been on the job only since May, was injured, bloodied and pinned underneath. And off to the side, according to witnesses, stood a 13-year-old boy who police later said was responsible for it all. "It was like something from a movie," said Rita Olivera Ross, the 32-year Angelino Heights resident who dialed 911. "There's this young Latina, and this truck is on top of her. It was a really bad scene.
December 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Wanted: Elves to answer letters to Santa Claus from Southern California's needy children. The U.S. Postal Service's Operation Letters to Santa needs more volunteers to adopt letters sent by low-income children asking Santa for coats, food, clothes, shoes and other gifts. Elves choose a letter and return it to the post office so workers can deliver the reply and gift to the child's family.   The program, in its 101styear, answers letters nationwide, with 17 branches participating this year, according to its volunteer website, . In 2011, 75 branches participated; in 2012, 25 branches offered letters.
December 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney
BERKELEY, Calif. - Plenty of communities have resisted the U.S. Postal Service's sweeping real estate sell-off, battling to keep open historic buildings that speak of bygone civic grandeur and to guarantee old-fashioned mail service for the public. Few have succeeded. But this is Berkeley, home of the Free Speech Movement and protracted protests over civil rights, Vietnam and more. So when the postal service announced plans to sell Berkeley's 1914 Second Renaissance Revival-style main post office, decorated in New Deal-era art and situated in the heart of the liberal city's Civic Center, the town rose up. Opponents staged a 33-day encampment on its steps, and the mayor and entire City Council joined forces to block the sale, with backing from U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland)
November 12, 2001
Re "Anthrax Fears in a 911 Call," Nov. 8: Having read the sad case of the postal worker who died of anthrax after his doctor doubted his story, I am astonished that postal workers, especially in Washington, are not provided with surgical masks, disposable gloves and disposable caps and gowns while at work and instructed to shower before leaving work if possible. This should provide a great deal of protection. Milton Kunin MD Los Angeles
November 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Two Sundays ago I was roused from my midday stupor by the doorbell. I staggered to the door to discover a big box from Amazon deposited on the stoop, and a U.S. Postal Service truck just rounding the corner on its way to make another Sunday delivery. "What the --?" I asked. The delivery, as I was presently to learn, was the harbinger of the Postal Service's new deal with Amazon for Sunday delivery of the online retailer's packages in big cities. It's a brilliant move that serves both the partners and customers too. It builds on the Postal Service's reach in parcel delivery -- the USPS performs the same last-mile service in many communities for UPS and FedEx -- and provides it with a new source of revenue.
November 15, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a $5-billion loss in the last fiscal year and again urged Congress to take legislative action that would help the agency shore up its finances. The $5-billion loss during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 comes even as revenue and productivity have improved, the agency said. It's the seventh-straight yearly net loss for the agency, which has seen mail volume drop precipitously in recent years. Since 2006, the agency has cut its expenses by $15 billion annually, but first-class mail volume has continued to drop.  "We've achieved some excellent results for the year in terms of innovations, revenue gains and cost reductions, but without major legislative changes we cannot overcome the limitations of our inflexible business model,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said.
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