Trump’s lease of Washington’s Old Post Office raises ethics issues

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — With sirens blaring, a fleet of limousines and security personnel raced down Pennsylvania Avenue twice in less than the last 24 hours to deliver Donald J. Trump to inauguration events.

But he was not heading to the White House. He was going to Trump International Hotel.

It was a telling destination for those visits Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Perhaps more than any other location in Mr. Trump’s far-flung real estate empire, this 263-room hotel epitomizes the convergence of Donald Trump the global businessman and Donald Trump the president-elect.

Conflicts that for months have been theoretical are now about to become real — most immediately a possible challenge by the federal government. It owns the building that houses Mr. Trump’s hotel and has granted him a 60-year lease. From the moment he is sworn in as president at noon Friday, Mr. Trump may be in violation of that lease, given a provision that appears to prohibit federal elected officials from renting the Old Post Office building, the Pennsylvania Avenue landmark that houses the hotel, from the government.

Read more: At Trump Hotel in Washington, Champagne Toasts in an Ethical ‘Minefield’ – The New York Times

South Carolina: Post office armed robber gets seven years in prison

Columbia, South Carolina—- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Cory Thomas Sargent, age 23, of Barnwell, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Brandishing a Weapon During a Crime of Violence, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs, of Columbia, sentenced Sargent to 7 years. Continue reading

Royal Mail shares hit after sharp drop in letter volumes

From the Financial Times:

Shares in Royal Mail dropped more than 5 per cent after the group reported a drop in letters delivered before the festive period as business uncertainty in the UK hit junk mailings.

Rising parcel numbers failed to make up for the chronic decline in paper-based correspondence at the postal service’s core British business, pushing the division’s revenue down 2 per cent in the nine months ending on Christmas Day.

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Covina CA police look for suspect who attacked postal worker, tried to burglarize home

COVINA — Covina police today sought public help to find a suspect who assaulted a U.S. Postal Service employee and tried to burglarize a residence.

Officers were sent to the 300 block of East Cypress Street about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a possible burglary and a person down at the location.

“The first officer on scene found a USPS mail carrier on the ground bleeding from a head wound (in) front of a residence,” according to a police statement. “The USPS employee was lying at the curb line next to his USPS truck, and was conscious. … He told officers he was struck before he knew he was under attack and he had no idea what he was struck with or by whom.”

The postal worker, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Source: Covina police look for suspect who attacked postal worker, tried to burglarize home

Wild Winter: Employees delivering in unusual conditions

From USPS News Link:

Mother Nature is shaking things up this winter, delivering extreme weather to areas that are usually spared from her wrath.

States such as Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina have experienced snow, sleet and hail in recent weeks, while California, Nevada and Oregon have been hit with blizzards.

Despite these challenges, Postal Service employees are keeping the mail moving where it’s safe to do so. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton to speak at de la Renta stamp ceremony

In a recent article on Hillary Clinton’s activities since the election, The New York Times mentions that she’ll speak at the Oscar de la Renta stamp ceremony next month:

And on Feb. 16, Mrs. Clinton will speak at a ceremony at Grand Central Terminal to mark the issuing of a stamp honoring the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a close family friend.

Source: Wait. Is That Hillary Clinton? Let’s Go Say Hi. – The New York Times

Canada Post welcomes Lunar New Year with stamp issue

OTTAWA – Canada Post will greet the Year of the Rooster with a two-stamp issue, the ninth in its most recent series honouring the Lunar New Year.

A Permanent™ domestic-rate stamp featuring a rooster image, with its chest proudly puffed out, is paired with an international-rate stamp offering a close-cropped profile view of the rooster’s stately face. Both images are created from lines of gold foil. Continue reading