Anchorage letter carrier helps wandering toddler find his mother

From USPS News Link:


Anchorage, AK, Letter Carrier Doua Vang was on his route when he noticed a young boy walking alone in the middle of the street. Concerned for the child’s safety, Vang asked him where he lived. The toddler pointed to a nearby apartment complex. Vang escorted the boy back to the complex where the boy’s mother was looking for him. She said he had wondered off and thanked Vang for bringing him home

Read more: USPS News Link – Heroes Corner Archive – July 2014.

Texas Woman Sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin letters

TEXARKANA, TX—A 35-year-old New Boston, Texas woman has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on a biological weapons charge in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin today.

On December 10, 2013, Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with possession of a toxin for use as a weapon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. Richardson was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on June 27, 2013, charging her with threatening the President of the United States, mailing a threatening letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and mailing a threatening letter to Mark Glaze in Washington, D.C. Continue reading Texas Woman Sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin letters

“Letter carrier” tops list of endangered jobs

To make room for the new, the old sometimes has to go. The job landscape is bustling with new opportunities in the information technology sector, but the proliferation of these distinctly 21st century jobs comes at the expense of other industries.

Take mail carrier, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered.

Mail carrier finished No. 200 out of 200 careers examined in the CareerCast 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook, with an expected decline of 28% by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, a shrinking market for newcomers to a profession doesn’t diminish its quality for those already working in the field. For example, when the U.S. Post Service reached its $15 billion borrowing limit in late 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers issued a statement pointing out their $25 billion surplus in pension funds. That’s great for current mail carriers, but the profession is rapidly contracting for postman wannabes.

Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper.

Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a report.

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