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8.21.2020

USPS drafting ‘ambitious plan’ to cut delivery network costs after Nov. election

"...DeJoy said the Postal Service oversees 40,000 trips a day and that 12% of those trips were late, costing the agency up to $4 billion annually. “FedEx, UPS — everybody runs their trucks on time. That’s what glues the whole network together, our collection process to our delivery process. That was not my schedule,” he said...Postal Service will continue to allow overtime where needed..."   
Source: federalnewsnetwork.com

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8.09.2020

Mississippi trooper fatally shot working part-time job driving USPS mail truck

"... A man found fatally shot in a USPS delivery truck has been identified as a Mississippi Highway Patrol lieutenant. Local media reported Saturday that three individuals were taken into custody in connection with the shooting death the day after Lt. Troy Morris, 58, who worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service, was found..."   
Source: www.foxnews.com

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8.08.2020

Why Stamps.com Stock Skyrocketed 120% in the First Half of 2020

"... In 2020, Stamps.com stock is up 145% through July 8, compared with the broader market's negative 1% return so far this year. That makes it the year's second best-performing mid-cap tech stock..."   
Source: www.fool.com

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7.14.2020

Postal worker pleads guilty to election fraud after changing voters' party affiliations

"... Thomas Cooper, a mail carrier in Pendleton County, W.V., pled guilty to one count of "Attempt to Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election" and one count of "Injury to the Mail" after he was found to have altered absentee ballot requests using a black pen..."   
Source: www.msn.com

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6.13.2020

Man indicted for shooting Memphis postal worker last year

"... The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. September 4, 2019 in the employee parking lot at the Memphis Priority Mail Annex in the 3300 block of Jet Cove. Investigators say Jones shot the worker several times, then took off with a woman..."   
Source: www.localmemphis.com

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4.30.2020

Indianapolis mail carrier fatally shot over stimulus check, union says; suspect arrested

"... He said the union believes this is over the person inside the home not receiving their stimulus check from her deliveries. Their mail had been stopped for about two weeks, requiring residents to pick it up instead. The measure was instituted after several notes left by Summers, urging the owners of a small dog to keep it away from her while she delivered mail..."   
Source: www.hawaiinewsnow.com

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4.25.2020

Postal Workers Were Already Worried About Getting Sick — Now Their Jobs Could Be on the Line, Too

Postal Workers Were Already Worried About Getting Sick — Now Their Jobs Could Be on the Line, Too

"... roughly 600,000 other U.S. Postal Service employees find themselves in the unique position of facing a two-pronged crisis: trying to stay healthy on the frontlines of an unprecedented health crisis while their organization inches toward a fiscal cliff..."   
Source: time.com

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3.24.2020

House panel warns coronavirus could destroy Postal Service by June

"... Maloney, who was joined in the statement by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), indicated that the Postal service has seen a "drastic" reduction in mail volume and could shutter by the summer..."   
Source: www.politico.com

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2.11.2020

Cutting employee pay didn’t help USPS...

USPS’s cost savings estimates are likely overstated...

"... “USPS estimates a savings of about $9.7 billion from fiscal years 2016 through 2018 as a result of paying new employees less, among other efforts. GAO substantiated about $8 billion in savings, and found that USPS’s cost savings estimates are likely overstated..."   
Source: www.federaltimes.com

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9.02.2019

Postal worker killed in Texas shooting, was on phone with twin sister when attack occurred

"... postal worker was on the phone talking to her twin sister when her mail van was hijacked by the West Texas gunman, who shot and killed her. Mary Granados, 29, was identified by the United States Postal Service..."   
Source: www.nydailynews.com

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8.24.2019

This couple fought $25,000 in fraudulent credit-card charges after falling prey to identity theft — then things got even worse

"... Thanks to a forwarding address printed on bank correspondence and some help from the local post office, she later discovered their mail was traveling to a low-income housing complex about five miles away from their home, though she was unable to narrow the address down to one of the dozens of units. Amy would describe at a 2017 FTC conference how “quick and easy” it was to change a person’s address without much personal information..."   
Source: www.marketwatch.com

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7.15.2019

Madison man’s moon photo on USPS stamp

Madison, Alabama -

"... the U.S. Postal Service first noticed the shot. “A couple of years ago, they called me and asked if I wouldn't mind if they used my photograph,” he said with a laugh, “Absolutely, be glad to.” That put Revera over the moon. “It’s pretty exciting for an amateur photographer to have a photograph put on a U.S. postal stamp..."   
Source: whnt.com

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7.11.2019

Actor Danny Glover: My parents proudly worked for the US Postal Service. Don't destroy it.

Black employees make up 28.6% of the postal workforce — more than double their share of the U.S. population

"... Today, the U.S. Postal Service is under pressure to slash costs in ways that would be devastating for customers and employees of all races — but especially African Americans. For black families like mine, the Postal Service has long been one of the few reliable paths to the middle class..."   
Source: yahoo.com

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5.21.2019

Man Charged With Puposely Ramming Mail Truck, Injuring Postal Worker

"... complaint states that, while in the hospital, Birt admitted to investigators that he had intentionally run into the mail truck, admitting, “Yeah, I killed that f****** useless mail carrier.”

When told that he did not actually kill her, he replied, “Well, someone should...."   
Source: minnesota.cbslocal.com

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4.23.2019

Harlequin duck painting picked for 2019 U.S. junior duck stamp

"... The junior duck stamps sell for $5 each at the U.S. Postal Service’s online postal store and at select national wildlife refuges. The money collected is used for conservation education, including awards and student scholarships. Jeon received $1,000 for her first-place win..."   
Source: www.linns.com

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3.13.2019

The fentanyl risk for postal workers: health and safety is not a given

"... Postal workers’ union calls for safety measures to address possible exposure ..."   
Source: www.macleans.ca

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3.11.2019

USPS spending grew to $15.9 billion in 2018

USPS spending grew to $15.9 billion in 2018

"... Together, Fedex, UPS and 65 other air transportation vendors accounted for 18 % of fiscal 2018 USPS spending..."   
Source: postandparcel.info

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2.08.2019

U.S. Postal worker killed in one of two shootings on major Illinois highway

"... was traveling along the northbound lanes of I-57 when a gunman fired three shots inside her vehicle..."   
Source: www.nydailynews.com

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1.22.2019

Retired postal worker plays same numbers for 25 years, hits $343.9M Powerball

"... Fox News reports that Robert Bailey, a retired postal worker, won with perseverance and the lucky combination of 8-12-13-19-27-4 on Oct. 27, The New York Times reported. On Wednesday, he collected..."   
Source: www.wdrb.com

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1.09.2019

How did FedEx fare against UPS, U.S. Postal Service during the holidays?

"...rival UPS and the U.S. Postal Service edged out the Memphis delivery giant in that department, new data shows. ..."   
Source: www.commercialappeal.com

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1.05.2019

When does cost of Forever stamp go up? Buy soon to save big on postage

"...The United States Postal Service announced that the cost of its Forever stamps will rise five cents apiece on Jan. 27 from 50 cents to 55 cents. The 10 percent spike in Forever stamps is the largest price leap since 1991 ..."   
Source: www.oregonlive.com

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1.04.2019

Postal Worker Shot 3 Times While Delivering Mail: Reports

The suspect's family members told investigators the shooting "sounds like something (he) would do

"... Ruebusch then began firing at Casazza, prosecutors say, according to the report. Casazza heard the gun firing, then felt a warm and wet feeling in his shoulder. He was hit three times in the torso and arm, according to reports..."   
Source: patch.com

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12.14.2018

Porch pirates beware! Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves

"...locations for cameras and boxes were selected using the city's own crime statistics and mapping of theft locations provided by Amazon. "Most of the package thefts we've made arrests on revolve around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image ..."   
Source: www.wrcbtv.com

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12.08.2018

First issue dates for U.S. 2019 stamps revealed


"...The United States Postal Service has announced issue dates for five of its stamps or stamp sets planned for early 2019. Those five issues are all nondenominated forever stamps, which currently have a postage value of 50¢. That postage rate for domestic letters will increase to 55¢ on Jan. 27, 2019 ..."   
Source: www.linns.com

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Key holiday shipping deadlines for UPS, FedEx, USPS and Amazon

"...These are the dates you'll need to be mindful of if you're doing your shopping online or buying gifts and shipping them..."   
Source: www.bizjournals.com

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12.07.2018

U.S. Postal Service patent dispute heads to Supreme Court

"... Return Mail argued that since the Postal Service, a self-supporting independent federal agency, cannot be sued in the same way as private companies it should not be eligible to ask the patent office to review a patent’s validity like private companies can. The Trump administration, backing the Postal Service, asked the Supreme Court not to hear the case..."   
Source: www.reuters.com

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11.28.2018

16 U.S. Postal workers took bribes to deliver cocaine in metro Atlanta

"...They each received sentences between three and nine years, federal officials said. Federal agents first learned of the crimes in 2015 while investigating a drug trafficking organization in Atlanta ..."   
Source: www.ajc.com

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10.24.2018

Secret Service Statement Regarding Interception of Suspicious Packages

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees. Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC. The packages were immediately identified during routine mail scre ening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them . The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will l everage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.   
Source: www.secretservice.gov

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10.18.2018

As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A 'Free Ride'

"...These super low shipping rates are being subsidized by the U.S. Postal Service. Yes, the United States and, in a roundabout way, the U.S. taxpayer is footing the bill so that Chinese merchants can ship their products to the USA for dirt cheap ..."   
Source: www.forbes.com

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9.24.2018

Trump USPS Privatization Plan Opposed By Bipartisan Senate Group

"...Defenders of the USPS say it effectively delivers mail and parcels to every ZIP code – increasingly including Sundays for Amazon and others – and does so at a lower cost for shippers. It also provides last-mile service for both FedEx and UPS. The USPS has been encumbered by the retiree benefit albatross, a legacy of the 2006 Postal Reform Act, draining millions annually. Each quarter, the USPS reports a decline in mail volume but a double-digit rise in parcel delivery as ecommerce booms ..."   
Source: multichannelmerchant.com

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9.22.2018

Feds say postal funds from Jacksonville credit union stolen over 10 years

"... According to the indictment, between from 2007-2017, some of the checks Sikes stole outright and he took others that were made out to the U.S. Postmaster to the main post office downtown and bought rolls of stamps -- $3.6 million worth of stamps -- and sold them to..."   
Source: www.news4jax.com

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9.13.2018

How the USPS Uses Data Analytics to Sniff Out Fraud

"...As it relates to audits, Pappaioanou told Federal News Radio that the OIG has used data analytics to make recommendations to the USPS to prevent future problems. For example, the office detected several local post offices that, rather suspiciously, would always have perfect financial counts ..."   
Source: fedtechmagazine.com

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9.11.2018

Federal agents use GPS tracker in pretend package to take down suspected mail thief

"...In early February, agents recovered counterfeit postal "arrow" keys in various stages of completion, illicit narcotics, 500 rounds of ammunition, a .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol and U.S. mail belonging to people other than Jeffries at the home. Jeffries told investigators he stole mail over the past year and made counterfeit postal keys in an effort to find gift cards he could steal ..."   
Source: www.ksat.com

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9.05.2018

USPS worker arrested after breaking into woman's home, exposing himself

"...The victim noticed something was off immediately. Her normal mailman hadn't been working and the new one, for some reason, brought some mail directly to her door. MJ Flatley has lived in her house for decades. She knew something was up as soon as she met her new postal worker ..."   
Source: www.abc6.com

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8.10.2018

Postal service tight-lipped on closure of Muscle Shoals post office

"...no one is telling the public what the “unsafe conditions” are. Public relations personnel for the postal service say they haven’t been told why the post office has been closed and local employees say they are not allowed to say ..."   
Source: www.shoalsinsider.com

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8.08.2018

Why Amazon And Rival Retailers Are Uniting To Defend The U.S. Postal Service

"...The U.S. Postal Service has 157 million delivery points,” McHugh said. “No other organization in America has that kind of reach and penetration. Particularly in rural environments, it’s absolutely essential. In the era of e-commerce, it’s even more crucial. For rural community residents and small businesses, the only way they can afford to get that is through the Postal Service ..."   
Source: www.forbes.com

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7.15.2018

San Antonio man who carjacked and shot postal worker gets 20 years for crime spree

San Antonio man who carjacked and shot postal worker gets 20 years for crime spree

"... Sebastian told the judge that on the morning of Feb. 11, 2017, she arrived an hour earlier to a cluster of mailboxes in Spring Branch, north of San Antonio, to deliver mail when “the Holy Spirit” told her to look up. She saw a man, later identified as A’Hearn, put on a “scary mask” in preparation to rob her. The pair struggled over her cellphone, and A’Hearn shot her once in one leg, shattering her femur as the bullet went into her other leg. She had been a postal employee for more than four years. That morning was to be her last day delivering mail. She was about to start a new job with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she said..."   
Source: www.expressnews.com

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7.11.2018

California Postal Worker Found Dead in Truck Amid Scorching Heat Wave

Officials Investigating Death of Postal Worker Found in Truck in Woodland Hills Amid Scorching Heat Wave

"...Peggy Frank of North Hills had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years and was nearing retirement. She had just returned to work for the first time in months on Friday after suffering a broken ankle ...carrier vehicles have no air conditioning..."   
Source: ktla.com

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US Postal Service scratch-and-sniff stamps

Smells Great! US Postal Service makes history with scratch-and-sniff stamps

"... the United States Postal Service makes history again with the debut of this country's first Frozen Treats Forever Scratch and Sniff postal stamp. “The Frozen Treats stamps offer the latest innovation in stamp design, which means you can add the sweet scent of summer to your cards and letters..."   
Source: www.wdtn.com

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7.01.2018

USPS suspends delivery in Cincinnati neighborhood after mailman attack

"...People who live on Hawaiian Terrance in Mt. Airy now have to find a way to get to the post office for their mail after a postal worker was reportedly assaulted there. Cincinnati police said a group of young people attacked the postal worker from behind while he was working in the area earlier this month, punching him to the point the carrier used mace to defend himself. For USPS officials, the recent crime is the last straw, prompting them to suspend delivery service in the area ..."   
Source: www.fox19.com

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