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By Los Angeles Times Knight-Ridder News Service contributed to this article | January 5, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Rate Commission agreed yesterday to raise the cost of mailing a first-class letter to 29 cents, a 4-cent increase, clearing the way for higher rates to go into effect next month.The independent commission pared a penny off a 30-cent rate that the U.S. Postal Service had requested last March. It also authorized use of a 27-cent stamp on most envelopes provided by utilities, department stores, insurance companies and similar firms for paying bills.The rate for postcards, now 15 cents, is scheduled to rise to 19 cents -- also a penny lower than the Postal Service had requested.
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By Doug Miller | February 12, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service last week announced it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in an effort to curtail losses it has seen in recent years. The changes, set to begin Aug. 5, should save the agency $2 billion annually at a time when the Postal Service lost $15.9 billion in the last fiscal year, according to a statement by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe posted on the agency's website. Congress has stunted attempts to change the delivery process in the past, and this time lawmakers in Washington confronted this decision with opposition as soon as it was announced.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2012
Updated with comments from Harris and Bartlett. In a rare intra-delegation, across-the-aisle nudge, Sen.Barbara A. Mikulskion Tuesday called on the state's two Republican lawmakers in Washington to support a Senate version of an overhaul of theU.S. Postal Servicethat would save a pair of mail sorting facilities that just happen to be located in the lawmakers' districts. The move instantly put Republican Reps. Andy Harris and Roscoe Bartlett on defense, forcing them to either support the bipartisan Senate version of the postal legislation -- which is not popular with Republican House leaders -- or acknowledge that the Postal Service must be allowed to trim costs and close plants, even if the cuts are made in their own districts.
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By Michael Precker and Michael Precker,DALLAS MORNING NEWS | July 1, 1999
If you need to pack up your hippopotamus, the U.S. government is here to help. Don't forget, says Uncle Sam, soothing hippo music and a 1-pound sedative.The U.S. Postal Service Web site at www.usps.com includes a section of earnest, useful hints on packing and moving various items you might have around the house.But right there between Glasses and Teacups ("Put a layer of peanuts or newsprint on the bottom of the box") and Kids' Stuff ("Have your kids seal the boxes and write their names or put their favorite stickers on each box")
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By Tricia Bishop | tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 17, 2010
The U.S. Postal Service, which is charged with screening mail for safety, failed to detect bullets that were sent with threatening letters to at least two Baltimore judges in the past week. And it's unclear if it could. There appears to be no technology in place to identify the ammunition sent in the mail. The oversight raises questions about mail security and who is responsible for ensuring recipients' safety in the wake of five suspicious mailings, some with a powdery substance inside, that were delivered to City Hall and Baltimore Circuit Court on Friday and Monday.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1999
A U.S. Postal Service police officer, who led city officers on a brief chase into Anne Arundel County yesterday, was arrested and charged with holding up an auto parts store in Baltimore.Postal Officer Leonard William Bryant, 31, was charged with armed robbery, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit robbery, and first-degree assault.A Postal Service spokeswoman said disciplinary action is pending.The holdup occurred shortly after 8 a.m., when two men armed with guns walked into an Advance Auto Parts store in the 2100 block of Patapsco Ave. and threatened a cashier, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1999
A U.S. Postal Service police officer who led city officers on a brief chase into Anne Arundel County yesterday was arrested and charged with holding up an auto parts store in Baltimore.Postal Officer Leonard William Bryant, 31, was charged with armed robbery, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit robbery and first-degree assault.A Postal Service spokeswoman said disciplinary action is pending.The holdup occurred shortly after 8 a.m., when two men with guns walked into an Advance Auto Parts store in the 2100 block of Patapsco Ave. and threatened a cashier, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2010
Federal postal investigators say that when mail employee Andrew Walsh saw a greeting card, he saw an opportunity. The 51-year-old night-shift supervisor at the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center in Baltimore has been charged with theft of mail after Walsh was seen during covert surveillance opening greeting cards at a conveyor belt, according to authorities. A search of his vehicle recovered about 450 gift cards. Federal prosecutors said the investigation was launched after officials received reports that more than 1,200 greeting cards were rifled through over the past three months.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1998
After 10 years, a tiny post office in Lutherville -- a friendly gathering spot for scores of residents -- has closed, leaving its customers without a nearby branch.All because of a mailbox.Lucy Smith, an independent contractor who operated the satellite branch at Ridgely Road and Kurtz Avenue for the U.S. Postal Service, wanted to have a regulation blue box on the property moved closer to her office for safety reasons.But M. L. Jain, owner of the professional building where the post office was located, refused.
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