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Netflix quietly switches to five day delivery

Engadget and several other media outlets report that Netflix has quietly stopped processing DVD shipments on Saturdays- going to a five day a week schedule for mailing the discs to customers.

netflixThe USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn’t waiting. A few customers have noticed it’s no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead. Company spokesman Joris Evers tells Engadget that it’s been transitioning in that direction over the past year and ended Saturday processing (usually a low volume day) entirely in early June.

Read more: Netflix already stopped mailing DVDs on Saturdays, but you probably didn’t notice.

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At BOG confirmation hearing, Kennedy warns against further USPS service cuts

At her confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday, Vicki Kennedy suggested that she opposed the USPS plan to cut mail delivery to five days:

Mrs. Kennedy expressed her commitment to helping the Postal Service survive and warned that further cutbacks could hurt the already embattled agency.

“Anytime you have a cutback in service in any way, whether its delivery standards, whether its daily delivery, you know six days a week…I think it’s a black eye. I think it hurts us, and we want people to feel that the postal service is excellent in every way,” Kennedy said.

Read more: 630WPRO.COM | The Voice of Rhode Island – Vicki Kennedy Testifies on Capitol Hill [From ABC News].

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Issa claims he has veto power over six day delivery provision in appropriations bill

issaAPWU News July 9, 2014 – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, can’t seem to give up his quest to eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

On July 8, upset that the House Appropriations Committee restored protection for six-day delivery to a funding bill, the California Republican tried to employ a parliamentary maneuver to derail the measure.

In a message to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Issa claimed jurisdiction over all issues related to the Postal Service, and asserted that the six-day delivery provision should be subject to a House Rule that prohibits “legislation” in general appropriations bills.

“Rep. Issa’s complaint would be comical if it wasn’t such a serious attack on the people’s Postal Service,” said Legislative and Political Director John Marcotte. “In addition to protecting six-day delivery, the appropriations bill reverses the District of Columbia’s laws on marijuana possession, dictates how its locally-generated tax monies can be used, and takes away health care choices for women in the district.

“No matter how you feel about these issues, the irony is that they all fall under the purview of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But Rep. Issa didn’t let out a whimper of protest against these examples of ‘legislating’ via the Appropriations Bill. The hypocrisy is stunning but not unusual for Mr. Issa,” Marcotte said.

“Mr. Issa is not satisfied with using his authority as chairman to damage the USPS by blocking quality postal reform,” he added. “He is now trying to use parliamentary tricks to overturn a bipartisan vote saving six-day delivery. The public pays little attention to the House Rules Committee, but Issa’s moves are critically important because he is leading the charge in the House to dismantle the Postal Service.”

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House Committee Passes Amendment Restoring Six Day Delivery Requirement

Washington, DC – June 25, 2014 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano succeeded in restoring language to an annual appropriations bill requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six day delivery. The bipartisan amendment, which Congressman Serrano sponsored with Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), passed and was added to the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. Read More

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Video: Connecticut postal workers in court on fraud, larceny charges

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.(WTNH)– Seven New Britain postal workers accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits are facing larceny and fraud charges.

The state of Connecticut is cracking down on unemployment fraud in general. They say they have made 60-70 arrest since they started their sting operation but now that the are looking at postal workers. They say some may be working together to milk the system.

The mug shots of these seven alleged scammers look like a dysfunctional Brady Bunch minus two, but the way they became a bunch was due to a high tech investigation

“Sometimes just computer cross matches are done one database, that’s employers reporting that they paid wages to certain people. We had people who were collecting wages and then they just cross match and those names come up for us to investigate,” said Marcia Pillsbury, Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney.

Read more: Postal workers in court on fraud, larceny charges | WTNH.