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Video: Robber steals Florida letter carrier’s master key

Investigators hope surveillance video will lead them to the man who robbed a postal employee.

Thousands of mailboxes may be in jeopardy after a robber stole a valuable postal key from a mail carrier Monday in Lauderhill.

The robbery happened about 5 p.m. Monday as the letter carrier was delivering mail at the Continental Apartments, 1761 NW 46th Ave, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Read more: Robber steals Lauderhill mail carrier's postal key – Sun Sentinel.

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Wisconsin rural carrier sentenced for stealing mail

A former Janesville postal carrier was sentenced Tuesday for stealing mail, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Kristy Hollibrush, 43, was sentenced to two years’ probation and $1,225 in restitution for the theft, officials said. Hollibrush pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 13.

Hollibrush worked as a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Janesville since 1999, according to the release. From late 2011 through September 2012, Hollibrush took items from the mail that she was supposed to deliver.

Read more: Former postal carrier sentenced for stealing mail | Crime | Rock County News.

TV reporter claims PANIC AT THE POST OFFICE! as Salinas PO closes at normal time on tax night (just like it did last year…)

With 90 percent of Americans filing their taxes electronically, the days when post offices were beehives of tax night activity right up until midnight are a distant memory- but not, apparently, in Salinas California.

A California television station claims hundreds of Salinas residents “panicked” last night when they discovered their local post office wasn’t open until midnight. Reporters claimed that it was the first time in “recent memory” that the office wasn’t open late on tax night, and showed customers insisting that the office was always open until midnight on April 15.

As is the norm with the news media these days, however, the “reporters” didn’t bother to do any research to back up their claims- if they had, they’d have discovered that this was the second year in a row that the Salinas office closed at its normal time on tax night. According to a 2013 press release from the USPS, the Salinas PO closed at 5PM on tax night last year, although the office did accept returns at curbside until 8 PM. Two years ago the office was open late, but only until 10 PM, not midnight. This year, the USPS issued a press release announcing that post offices in the area would be open normal hours on tax night with the exception of San Jose and Oakland.

As for the “PANIC” people were supposedly experiencing, the TV station’s own web site had previously carried a story pointing out that the tax deadline is pretty much meaningless if, like most taxpayers, you’re expecting a refund. (Late filing penalties are based on the amount you owe the IRS- if you’re getting a refund, there’s no penalty).

Never let the facts get in the way of a snappy headline!

SALINAS, Calif. –Hundreds of people failed to file their tax returns on time in Salinas Tuesday, showing up at the post office and expecting it to be open late, only to find it closed at 5 p.m.

The post office on Post Drive is known for being open late on tax day. In past years postal workers have been out here in the parking lot collecting and post marking the returns until midnight. However for the first time in recent memory, hours were not extended, much to the surprise of all those who showed up.

Read more: Panic at the post office as hundreds fail to file taxes on time | Local News – KSBW Home.

USPS introduces same day delivery service in New York City

The Postal Service has introduced Metro Post — a new option for New York businesses that need same-day package delivery service in the city.

New York is the second test market for Metro Post, which began in San Francisco in 2012.

In New York, businesses pay a fee to have packages picked up in the afternoon and delivered anywhere to customers in Manhattan by that evening.

New York District Customer Services Supervisor Jesse Garrett supervises five City Carrier Assistants who handle pickups and deliveries.

“Franklin Delano Roosevelt Station Post Office is excited to be at the forefront of the Postal Service’s newest innovation that blows our competition out of the water,” Garrett said. “Everyone is working hard to meet customer and operational expectations with the new service.”

Metro Post is part of the Postal Service’s strategy to grow its package delivery business. USPS said its package business increased 15 percent during the holidays. It also delivers packages on Sundays to Amazon customers in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas.

Postal workers alliance sends letter to Issa opposing latest reform proposal

The four unions representing rank and file postal workers have sent the following letter to Darrel Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member:

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Dear Mr. Issa and Mr. Cummings:

We write to share our views on the hearing held on April 8, 2014 on the President’s proposals in the FY 2015 budget regarding the U.S. Postal Service. We write on behalf of nearly 500,000 postal employees who live and work in every Congressional District in America and who belong to our unions. We respectfully request that this letter be included in the record of the hearing. Read the rest of this entry »

New Royal Mail stamp issue chronicles the history of Buckingham Palace

buck_634x323Royal Mail today launches a ten-stamp issue that celebrates the history of Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of The Queen.
Six stamps explore the different appearance of this iconic building over the centuries while a four-stamp miniature sheet celebrates the opulence of its interior.

Royal Mail commissioned the artwork used for the 2014 stamp. The watercolour of the present day exterior of the Palace was painted by the artist Chris Draper.

The stamps are available from www.royalmail.com/buckinghampalace Opens in new window, by phone on 08457 641 641 and in 10,000 Post Offices throughout the UK

ASBPlargeBuckingham Palace is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world today and provides the setting for ceremonies and formal entertaining, as well as the Prime Minister’s weekly audience with The Queen.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail spokesperson, said; “This stamp issue illustrates the development of Buckingham Palace from the private house built by the Duke of Buckingham 300 years ago to one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

“Buckingham Palace is one of the most recognised landmarks in the UK and is a source of pride to the nation; it forms a huge part of our heritage, so it’s fitting Royal Mail has been able to dedicate a stamp issue to this most famous of addresses.”

MZBPlargeThe history of Buckingham Palace can be traced back to the early 17th century, when a mulberry garden was established on the site to breed silk worms. A house built near the garden for Lord Goring in 1633 was replaced, after a fire, on a larger scale by the next occupant, Henry Bennet, Secretary of State to King Charles II and later first Earl of Arlington. In 1698, Arlington House was acquired by John Sheffield, who was created Duke of Buckingham in 1703.

It was the Duke of Buckingham who transformed the site by demolishing the existing building and erecting an ambitious brick house with a three-storeyed central block and flanking pavilions.

This basic plan of Buckingham House formed the core of the future palace and dictated all subsequent development. Facing the Mall – the grand tree-lined avenue running along the north side of St James’s Park – and with a large formal garden at the back, it was an impressive residence benefitting from an excellent location and magnificent views.

In 1761, King George III bought the house as a private residence following his marriage to Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburgh-Strelitz. However, it did not make for a comfortable home. By this time, many features of Buckingham House were out of fashion. To adapt the house to his tastes and needs, King George III put architect Sir William Chambers in charge. After Queen Charlotte settled in the upstairs rooms in 1775, the residence was known as the Queen’s House and became the centre of royal life.

The main developments by John Nash in the early 19th century to transformed it into a Royal Palace, and Queen Victoria’s expansion of the building created a new front facing the Mall.

The 20th century saw King Edward VII set about redecorating much of the interior in its distinctive white and gold décor.

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Vancouver Park Board says no mailboxes in city parks

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Canada Post is moving towards community mailboxes as it gets out of the home delivery business.

The question is where are they going put them?

Now, the Vancouver Park Board is making sure that wherever they do go, it won’t be in any of the city’s green spaces.

Read more: Park Board says no mailboxes in city parks | News1130.

Burnley: Easter postal strike threatened

Talks to avert a possible Easter strike are ongoing between Burnley postal workers and Royal Mail.

The Burnley Express understands that workers at the Burnley sorting office in Bank Parade are threatening to withdraw their labour this Thursday, Saturday and the following Tuesday.

It is believed that workers are angry over the dismissal of two long-serving colleagues, one of whom is former Burnley Borough Council leader Stuart Caddy.

Read more: Easter postal strike threatened – Burnley Express.

New chief for Poste Italiane

From the Wall Street Journal:

Francesco Caio was named new chief of Italy’s postal service, Poste Italiane, which is controlled by the state. He will replace Massimo Sarmi, who has turned the company around since taking the helm in 2002. Mr. Sarmi has more than doubled the postal service’s revenue to 26 billion euros ($36 billion) between 2002 and 2013, by aggressively pushing financial services, which now account for more than 80% of revenue.

The government plans to sell up to a 40% stake later this year in the postal service, hoping to raise as much as 5 billion euros in one of the biggest Italian privatizations in years.

And from the New York Times:

Italy’s postal service, which is due to be partially privatised, could also have a chairwoman if the government’s candidate, former European Parliament member Luisa Todini, is confirmed in the role.

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Mysterious postcard becomes window into past

The postcard’s message is brief, written along its edge in fading pencil: “Arrived in Portland at 8 o’clock. Having a fine time. Be home sometime Sat. — Blanche.”

But the writing on the postcard, addressed to Florence Marion of Butte Falls, isn’t its defining characteristic. The date it was sent — and the date it finally arrived — all but redefine the term “snail mail.”

Postmarked from Portland: 12:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 1940.

Arrived in Butte Falls: July 2013.

Formally delivered to Florence Marion’s great-grandson, Alan Marion of Phoenix: April 14, 2014.

Read more: Mysterious postcard becomes window into past | MailTribune.com.