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Larger mailboxes are not a good thing for rural carriers

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By Ruralinfo.net You might have seen an article I posted yesterday about the Postal Service approving new larger mailbox standards.  While it will not affect boxes currently on rural routes, (unless a customer voluntarily goes to the larger box) it will NOT be good for the craft as a whole. I hope most of you […]

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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 6:41 pm

Firefighters battle three-alarm fire at USPS distribution center late Friday 

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Firefighters in Dallas battled a three-alarm fire at a large warehouse off Interstate 30 late Friday.The fire reportedly began about 11:40 p.m. at the U.S. Postal Service’s distribution center on I-30, between Hampton Road and Westmoreland Road. Fire investigators determined something caught fire on a conveyor belt, causing smaller fires as the belt moved through […]

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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 5:33 pm

Pharmacists say Postal Service closure delays medication 

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Local pharmacists said the closure of the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center on Flandro Drive has caused delayed delivery of medication for people in outlying counties. Lorri Shaver, the pharmacy manager at Shaver Pharmacy, said deliveries that used to take two days now take twice as long. “One patient came in on Aug. […]

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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 5:31 pm

Newlywed Postal worker wins $4 million lottery jackpot

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A just-married Massachusetts man has hit the jackpot — but it’s not only his newlywed wife bringing a smile to his face. Timothy Sullivan, a postal worker from Raynham, claimed a $4 million prize from the Massachusetts State Lottery’s Braintree headquarters on Friday, just one day after getting married to his wife Tanya. The winning […]

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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 5:29 pm

New Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors

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Paul Newman seems like a natural choice for the United States Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood commemorative series, but the new forever stamp honoring the late film star is not a Legends of Hollywood issue. Instead, the stamp is being issued Sept. 18 in a simple pane of 20 vertical stamps showing photographer Steve Schapiro’s […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:24 pm

Napans reject alternative locations for downtown Post Office

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Approximately 50 people attended a meeting Wednesday night hoping to hear about the future of the earthquake-damaged Franklin Station post office building. But to their frustration, few details about the fate of the property were provided. The United States Postal Service hosted the meeting, held at City Hall, to discuss the permanent relocation of the […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:22 pm

Richmond CA post office temporarily closed due to mold found in basement

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The U.S. Postal Service temporarily closed its main Richmond branch Thursday after discovering mold in the building’s basement, a spokesman said.Postal service spokesman Augustine Ruiz said the basement at the agency’s 1025 Nevin Ave. location experienced a water leak several weeks ago. The mold, an apparent byproduct of the leak, was discovered recently during a periodic […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:20 pm

Hidden treasures: The New Deal post office art of Palm Beach County

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More than 80 years ago, with the Great Depression crippling the country economically and emotionally, President Franklin D. Roosevelt recruited an army of artists to fight the blues. Armed with brushes, palettes and pigments in every color, these talented men and women were deployed to almost 1,200 post office lobbies from coast to coast, leaving […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:19 pm

NRLCA: No National Count of All Routes in September

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The NRLCA was notified under Article 9.2.C.3.a.(5) that the USPS does NOT intend to “conduct a national count of mail for all rural routes during the last twelve (12) working days in September of any year. The Employer agrees to notify the Union at the national level at least thirty (30) days in advance of […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:18 pm

How the Postal Service Managed a Remarkable Response During Katrina

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In the buildup and response to Hurricane Katrina, there is a lot the U.S. government got wrong.At the local, state and federal level, agencies’ actions were uncoordinated, resources were mismanaged and communication was severely deficient. The U.S. Postal Service, however, avoided many of those pitfalls, navigating the disaster while delivering not just the mail, but […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:17 pm

Postal carrier claims dog’s owner waved her onto property before attack, sues for $310,000

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A former U.S. postal carrier who claims she suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and can no longer deliver mail after a German Shepherd bit her has filed a $310,000 lawsuit against the dog’s owner. Tiffany Norman claims she entered Jeryl Cannard’s North Portland yard on Sept. 3, 2013, to deliver Cannard’s mail. The suit […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:15 pm

Postal Service truck slams into laundromat

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A U.S. Postal Service truck slammed into the exterior of a laundromat in Port Richmond on Friday, according to a worker at the shop. The glass windows of Clean Rite at 357 Port Richmond Ave. were shattered in the accident, which was reported at 9:56 a.m., according to an FDNY spokesman. The worker said the truck […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:13 pm

Man charged for attacking mail carrier in Harrisburg

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A man accused of assaulting a mail carrier twice in Harrisburg is now in police custody.Todd Johnson, 24, was arrested and charged with simple assault.Police say Johnson attacked a mail carrier on July 31 near the 1200 block of Cumberland Street. He grabbed the postal worker by the throat and threw him to the ground. […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:11 pm

Amazon Offers Seattle First One-Hour Booze Delivery in U.S. 

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Amazon.com Inc. is offering one-hour delivery of wine, beer and spirits in a U.S. city for the first time through its Prime Now program, adding a new twist to on-demand delivery starting in the Seattle area. Seattle also is the only U.S. location where Amazon customers can order liquor and beer. In the rest of […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:10 pm

Postal Service approves new larger mailbox standards

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The Postal Service has approved new design standards for curbside mailboxes, a move that will allow customers to purchase bigger boxes than can accommodate packages. Under the new rule, mailboxes must be able to fit a minimum sized mail item 7 inches high by 13 inches wide by 16 inches deep. The rule will take […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:04 pm

Video shows how USPS scans packages

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This new video is giving Facebook users a glimpse of the important role scanning plays in package processing. The 13-second production shows a Priority Mail parcel being scanned inside a USPS facility. Through time-lapsed editing, the package then zooms throughout the plant. The accompanying message: “Our scanners help us deliver billions of packages per year. By […]

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Posted on 28 August 2015 | 7:02 pm

More than one-third of back-to-college shopping will take place online this year

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More than one-third of back-to-college shopping will take place online this year, the National Retail Federation recently reported. Nine in 10 shoppers plan to take advantage of free shipping. Other consumers plan to choose ship-to-store or in-store pickup services, two options that are especially popular among younger shoppers.Total spending on college items this year is […]

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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 6:45 pm