December 21, 1994 |
Woe and misery seemed inevitable. Going to a post office at Christmastime is a little like visiting Disneyland--except that there, after you spend eternity in line, at least you get to go on a ride. At the U.S.
March 28, 2000 |
The U.S. Postal Service has tentatively agreed to sell historic Terminal Annex in downtown Los Angeles to a Texas developer, which plans to transform the former postal facility into a giant telecommunication and high-technology center. Officials from Dallas-based Nexcomm Properties, the Postal Service and the city of Los Angeles are expected to unveil plans today for the $60-million project, which could attract as many as 1,000 new workers to the central city.
September 19, 1986 |
Return to sender . . . 42 years later? Yes, but this time it was not the post office's fault, authorities pointed out Thursday, as they returned two undelivered letters to Joe Torres of East Los Angeles. Torres had written them during World War II. What happened, postal spokesman David Mazer said, was this: Torres was among 92 servicemen stationed in Algeria who handed more than 235 pieces of mail to a buddy going home in 1944. The buddy was instructed to drop them in a mailbox.
July 24, 2013 |
Endurance is a staple of performance art. In 1971, Chris Burden locked himself inside a small school locker at UC Irvine for five days. Three years later, Linda Mary Montano performed "Three Day Blindfold," groping her way around San Francisco with her eyes shrouded by a blindfold. That same year, for eight hours a day over three days, German artist Joseph Beuys was locked inside a New York gallery with a wild coyote. Marina Abramovic and Ulay Laysiepen spent 90 days in 1988 walking the length of the Great Wall of China from opposite ends until, finally meeting in the middle, they said their goodbyes and ended their 12-year collaboration.
January 23, 1987 |
Postal clerk Oree Gaither has a simple philosophy about calling in sick: He never does. He hasn't in about 42 years. It's been so long since Gaither missed a day because he was ill, in fact, that he has accumulated more than 3,800 hours of sick time--more than two years' worth, the way the U.S. Postal Service figures things. He was recently honored as one of 15 postal workers who've been sick so infrequently, they have each reached at least the 3,000-hour plateau.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1989 |
In the last seconds before everything degenerated into tourists' shrieks, mariachi bands and great hisses of steam that made words impossible, two of the great old locomotives of the past met Friday afternoon on railroad tracks northeast of downtown. One coming from the west, the other from the east, the two steam locomotives traveled side by side Friday for the last half-mile of railroad tracks into Union Station to kick off the terminal's 50th anniversary celebration. The locomotives had thundered through mountain and desert to get to Union Station, where a crowd of about 1,000 railroad buffs, spectators and workers cheered as the two pampered survivors of the age of steam came to rest.