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By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | January 2, 2006
Get those 2-cent stamps ready. Starting Sunday, the price of a U.S. Postal Service first-class stamp will rise to 39 cents, the first rate increase since June 2002. The move is part of an across-the-board increase, averaging 5 percent, that will affect the cost of almost all domestic mail delivery and services. It includes bulk, priority and express mail, and delivery confirmation, return receipt and certified mail services. International rates will go up about 6 percent. Unlike previous increases associated with rising operating costs, revenue from the domestic price jump will go toward a $3.1 billion escrow account as required by law, according to the Postal Service.
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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 Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
The U.S. postmaster general told an audience of area business people yesterday that the city has the nation's most improved mail service over the past three months.Marvin Runyon, speaking at a Baltimore Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, said Baltimore's mail delivery, considered dismal just a few months ago, has improved considerably.For every 100 pieces of mail delivered here, he said, 77 of them were delivered on time.Last year at this time, only 66 pieces of mail out of 100 were delivered on time.
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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 Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
Wanda Feagen pulled on her blue United States Postal Service coat and a pair of thick black gloves shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, blinking against a hard wind and waiting for her mail delivery truck to fill up on gas. "Hoo hoo!" she said of the cold weather. Feagen had just set out from the Gwynn Oak post office after cataloging mail since the start of her day at 7:30 a.m., and was on her way to the rolling residential hills nearby to begin her regular weekend delivery route.
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March 7, 2013
We average people vote but we don't get much respect from our government these days nor from some of our representatives. The government gives our taxpayer money and tax breaks to big companies and corporations that don't pay taxes and often don't pay their share of local government costs. Remember the companies with large water bills or the developers who get vacant property at bargain prices while ordinary people are losing their homes. Our representatives often do not allow ordinary people like us to know how they voted on certain issues.
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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 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 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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