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Netflix Postal Advantage Comes to an End

(CN) – The D.C. Circuit approved the Postal Commission’s plan to end DVD-mailer discrimination – and Netflix’s favored status at the U.S. Postal Service – by equalizing the postage for DVD flats and letters.

Last year, the D.C. Circuit ended the U.S. Postal Service’s favoritism toward Netflix mail, which sorted Netflix DVD-mailers by hand, free of charge, while sending other companies’ DVD-mailers through automated processing machines.

GameFly, a video game rental service, challenged the Post Office’s bias in court, claiming that automatic processing often damages DVDs, requiring Gamefly to package their discs in heavier – and therefore, more expensive – cardboard packaging.

Read more: Courthouse News Service.

Deadly Letters: Connecticut Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks

For weeks Ottilie Lundgren hadn’t been able to shake a pesky cold, so when her niece Shirley Davis visited her Oxford home on a Friday morning and found the 94-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing, they went to the hospital.

“I remember she kept telling me, ‘I don’t know why I am so sick. What could have happened to me that I’m still sick?’ I’ve never had anything like this before,’ ” Davis recalled recently. “Oh Lord, if she only knew the truth.”

Lundgren loved to read a good mystery but seemed an unlikely candidate to become a central character in one.

But that is exactly what happened after Davis brought her to Griffin Hospital in Derby on Nov. 16, 2001. For days doctors did tests trying to find out what was making Lundgren so sick. It wasn’t until one doctor tested for anthrax that the reality set in — somehow a mostly housebound elderly woman had been poisoned with the same anthrax that had been sent to U.S. senators and media outlets.

Read more: Deadly Letters: Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks – Courant.com.

Man sentenced for robbing postal worker

Brandon B. Handy of Opelousas has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for assaulting and robbing a U.S. Postal Service contract carrier.

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said that sentence against Handy, 33, was handed down by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. Handy was also sentenced to five years of supervised release once he serves his prison time.

During a two-day trail, Finley said witness testimony and documents admitted into evidence established that Handy and another individual wearing masks and armed with a pistol robbed a U.S. Postal Service contract driver on Aug. 13, 2011, at the Lawtell Post Office.

Read more: Man sentenced for robbing postal worker | Daily World | dailyworld.com.

California letter carrier arrested for Workers’ Comp fraud

13768258403_046574a541_mLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wayne Lu, 53 of Torrance is in custody on charges of alleged workers’ compensation fraud associated with an injury received during his employment with the U.S. Postal Service. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, with the assistance of U.S. Postal Inspectors, arrested Lu on Tuesday, April 8 in Manhattan Beach.

“Workers’ compensation fraud is not a victimless crime,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Fraudulent claims inflate premiums for all consumers and cast unnecessary doubt on workers that are truly injured and deserve timely treatment and rehabilitation.”

California Department of Insurance Detectives and United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agents conducted a joint investigation and learned that Lu was working as a massage therapist despite his claims of shoulder injury. Surveillance and undercover operations by Fraud Division Detectives proved that Lu was a working massage therapist and failed to report said employment or improvement of condition to the United States Department of Labor, the entity that handles workers’ compensation for the U.S. Postal Service.

Detectives from CDI’s Fraud Division are currently part of a task force operated by the Office of Inspector General – Postal Inspection Unit, focused on investigating and arresting postal employees who are suspected of committing insurance fraud in the State of California. Wayne Lu is charged with one felony count of insurance fraud and the case will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editor Charles Snee discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.This week’s stories for April 14, 2014, include:

  • April Fools’ Day USPS press release backfires
  • Stamp shortage strikes Nicaragua
  • Scott catalogue update
  • Vintage Circus Poster stamps set for May 5

Read more: Linns Stamp News

Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 10

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 20 years.

Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

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Maine Congressman Calls on Speaker Boehner to Bring Postal Reform Legislation to the Floor after Recess

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to prioritize legislation that would promote the stability and sustainability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Rep. Michaud has sent a letter to the Speaker urging him to take action following the April recess. If Speaker Boehner refuses to act, postal facility hours will be cut, service standards will be reduced, and thousands of postal jobs will be lost. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s winning the shipping war?

Stamps.com recently compiled an infographic revealing new data on how UPS, FedEx and the USPS compare in package tracking events, delivery times and overall costs. Stamps.com staff shipped 144 packages to all eight shipping zones across the U.S. from three separate locations.

Below is the full infographic. Learn more about carrier tracking scans, speed of delivery and total shipping costs (including surcharges) by downloading the free Who’s Winning the Shipping War? white paper.

Can’t see the UPS vs. FedEx vs. the USPS infographic? View it here (use your browser zoom to enlarge).

[Infographic] Shipping Carrier Comparison: UPS vs. FedEx vs. the USPS - An Infographic from Stamps.com Blog

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Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be Dedicated at White House May 22

milkWASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House May 22.

Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.

His remarkable career was tragically cut short nearly a year after he took office, when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.

In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

May 22 is Harvey Milk Day in California.

The stamp image will be previewed at a later date and a public dedication ceremony will take place in San Francisco May 28. Additional details will be forthcoming.

 

Video: Throwing parcels from a motorcycle in Australia

A postman in Victoria has been caught on CCTV throwing mail into the bushes.