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August 22, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California is the No. 1 state in the United States for discouraging applicants for food stamps. The cause isn't ideology, it's confusing paperwork and bureaucracy. ALSO: Area 51: The real cover-up Can you hold the fries for one day for a fast-food wage protest? Georgia shooting: We tamper-proof Tylenol, but gun control is a no-go Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
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.
May 29, 2013
Re "The case for food stamps," Opinion, May 24 The proposed reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps) are more evidence of the inequality between rich and poor in the United States. There are some 50 million Americans who are "food insecure," including roughly 17 million children, according to the charity Feeding America. The cuts are more than an economic misstep - they are a moral failing. The average food stamp benefit is a little more than $4 a day, about what one pays for a latte at Starbucks.
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
There was no contesting yet another Russian annexation Monday night. Rather than the supposed 93% majority in Crimea that voted to succeed from Ukraine a week earlier, what appeared to be 100% of the audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall vociferously cheered in favor of Evgeny Kissin Russianizing Schubert. The occasion was a fabulous, if highly personal, performance by the Russian pianist of Schubert's big, outgoing Sonata in D Major, D. 850. That was followed by the most commanding Scriabin playing I've ever heard accorded the Russian mystic composer in concert.
December 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Proficiat Postaliosa! If Harry Potter commemorative stamps can cast a solvency spell on the U.S. Postal Service, that's some magic we can get behind. Tradition-bound philatelists should back off from their complaints. The stamps, depicting scenes from the movies based on J.K. Rowling's books , went on sale in late November despite vehement opposition from some serious stamp collectors, who objected that they were both un-American and crassly commercial. Michael Baadke, the editor of Linn's Stamp News, summarized the collectors' arguments when he wrote that Harry Potter postage was "dismissing significant established U.S. stamp traditions without explanation.
October 1, 2013 | By David Lauter
Government agencies have shut down because Congress has failed to pass the necessary money bills, known as appropriations, needed to keep them open. What's the impact? Q: Will mail delivery and post offices keep operating as usual? A: Yes. The Postal Service is a quasi-independent entity and does not depend on annual appropriations, so its business will continue as usual. Q: How about Social Security, Medicare and Medi-Cal? A: Those programs will also continue, with checks being sent out as normal.
March 10, 1990
At the rate our esteemed Postal Service keeps hitting the public with its boosts in the cost of stamps, it won't be long before only the rich are able to afford writing letters to The Times. Suggestion: Instead of nickel-and-diming its customers to death with its incremental increases, why doesn't the Postal Service oligarchy just raise the price of first-class stamps to $5 and be done with it for awhile? At least this would do wonders for the sale of fax machines. ED JAMES Los Angeles
July 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Princess Tam-Tam," a 1935 film starring Josephine Baker, is one of five movies recalled on a set of U.S. postage stamps being released today to honor vintage black cinema. Ceremonies marking the sale of the stamps will be held at the Newark Museum in New Jersey, which is holding a black film festival. Other posters in the set of 42-cent stamps are: "Black and Tan," a 19-minute film released in 1929 featuring Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra. "Caldonia," an 18-minute film released in 1945.
August 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
TheĀ U.S. Postal ServiceĀ didn't do itself any favors with Homer and the rest of the Simpsons -- less than a third of the 1 billion stamps created to commemorate the cartoon family have been sold. The USPS wasted $1.2 million in printing costs overproducing 682 million stamps, according to an audit from the agency's inspector general. Just 318 million Simpsons stamps, which were created to mark the characters' two-decade stint on television, were sold in 2009 and 2010. ( Hat tip to Bloomberg )
May 16, 2007
Re "Stamp acts," editorial, May 14 Yes, stamps are increasing in price. If 41 cents is too expensive, then use Federal Express or UPS, because both have lower labor costs, as the editorial suggested. But it will cost more than 41 cents to send a letter. The rising price of gas was just glossed over as a reason for rising postal rates. The question that needs to be asked is: How often have FedEx and UPS raised their rates during the same period? I'll bet as much if not more, but it isn't a news story when they do. Yes, UPS and FedEx have lower labor costs because they don't deliver to every address in the U.S. on a daily basis.
March 24, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class. Wal-Mart's annual report , issued late last week, puts a different spin on things. Buried within the long list of risk factors disclosed to its shareholders--that is, factors "outside our control" that could materially affect financial performance--are these: " changes in the amount of payments made under the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Plan and other public assistance plans, (and)
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
February 17, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
California's egg-laying hens soon will come home to more comfy roosts. Voters in 2008 approved a statewide initiative requiring that cages have plenty of room for the birds to lie down, stand up, turn around and fully extend their wings, starting Jan. 1, 2015. Supported by 63% of voters, the measure applies to all chickens in California in commercial egg production. And in 2010, a state law expanded the mandate to cover any chickens laying eggs sold in California. After losing several legal attempts to overturn the upcoming henhouse rules, farmers in the Golden State are busy remodeling coops and building so-called cage-free systems, said Debra J. Murdock, executive director of the Assn.
February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA is certainly Jim Mora's team. His third - and arguably least successful - recruiting day came and went. The players he recruited now outnumber the ones he inherited - although quarterback Brett Hundley is a handy guy to still have around. So where the Bruins are now headed has Mora's coaching DNA. "We talked last year about consistency," Mora said. "Now I'm looking to go win some games that people don't think we can win on a more consistent basis. I don't want to make excuses about going to Stanford and losing or going to Oregon and losing.
February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
February 2, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
February 28, 1990 | Associated Press
The first Latino to serve in the U.S. Senate will be honored on a postage stamp next year, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday. The stamp, in the Great Americans series, will honor Dennis Chavez, who served as a senator from New Mexico from 1935 to 1962.
September 14, 1987 | United Press International
Four 30-year-old Iranian stamps bearing an upside-down likeness of the deposed shah sold for $200,000 today, a price a New York stamp dealer said was the result of a recent CIA inverted stamp scandal. An unnamed dealer paid $50,000 each for the four stamps, the last unsold portion from a sheet of 100.
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Friday that U.S. sales figures for its fiscal fourth quarter would probably come in below earlier forecasts when they're announced Feb. 20 due to the effects of volatile weather and cuts to the federal food stamp program. The world's largest retailer said in November that for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, it expected sales at American Wal-Mart stores open at least a year to be relatively flat. So-called same-store sales at its warehouse chain Sam's Club were projected to be anywhere from flat to up 2%. But on Friday the company said that sales would likely miss the mark, pushed down from stronger-than-expected pressure from a government reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that went into effect Nov. 1. Winter storms also caused store closings during the period, according to Wal-Mart, which has more than 11,000 units in its system.
January 27, 2014 | By Richard Simon and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - California's egg law survived a congressional effort to scramble it as key lawmakers from both parties announced an agreement Monday on a multiyear farm bill. That means beginning next year, all eggs sold in California will have been laid by hens that had plenty of room to flap their wings. The compromise farm bill, which could come up for a House vote Wednesday, would avert deep cuts sought by Republicans in the federal food stamp program and end direct payments to farmers - a controversial provision under the previous farm bill in which farmers received federal subsidies regardless of their output.
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