April 19, 2013 |
OXFORD, Miss. - A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge days after the Boston Marathon bombings. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis. It was not immediately known where he was being held.
April 12, 2013 |
With his Devo-esque brand of electronic music and highly physical live performances, Dan Deacon has been a Philly favorite since 2007's Spiderman of the Rings . Deacon thinks as much of this town as its fans do of him. "It's a major DIY city, with a good scene and a lot of community-based spaces that remind me of Baltimore," says Deacon, recalling his hometown. Deacon returns to Philly this weekend, not only to hype his Record Store Day exclusive, "Konono Ripoff No. 1," an homage to the legendary Congolese band Konono Nº1 ("I've been playing that music live for years and tried to record it, unfinished, until this," he says)
March 31, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service slogan is: "If it fits, it ships. " Evidently, however, a Philadelphia man learned the hard way that some restrictions apply. On Tuesday, police in Cheltenham Township received a tip that a delivery to an apartment complex would contain a "large amount of drugs. " They were alerted that the package would be picked up by a man driving a white Infiniti, police said in a statement released Friday. When Lawrence Rowe Graham, 31, of Philadelphia, the driver, showed up to claim the package at the Towers of Wyncote apartment complex in the 8400 block of Limekiln Pike, police with a drug-sniffing dog were on hand to greet him. Police said the parcel contained 17 pounds of high-grade marijuana that they valued at more than $150,000.
March 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides are contending with long lines to get inside their offices and fewer prospects of a raise. Such are the indignities thrust upon the men and women who this month brought the country $85 billion in government spending cuts. There probably won't be much sympathy for a senator or Congress member making $174,000 a year who is in no danger of being furloughed or laid off, at least until the next election.
March 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The spending bill passed by Congress on Thursday appears to continue the requirement for six-day mail delivery, but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut Saturday service should proceed. The financially troubled Postal Service announced last month that it would switch in August to five-day service for first-class mail and continue six-day package delivery. The government at the time was running on a temporary spending measure and postal officials invited lawmakers to spell out the way ahead in the 2013 spending bill.
March 17, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I are in our 20s and have been dating for five years. We're renovating a home that we will live in once it's completed. We have never lived together before. During the renovation, I have come to the house to find that he has opened packages that were addressed to me. The first time, I didn't say anything because I thought he might have thought it was his. After the second and third times, I mentioned - nicely - that they weren't his to open. He claims he "knew" they were things for the house, which is why he opened them.
March 5, 2013 |
A truck carrying mail this morning lost its load on Route 611 in Warrington, Bucks County. The accident at Rout 611 and Bristol Road occurred shortly after 7 a.m. and during the start of rush hour, hampering local traffic. Only one lane was getting by as crews at the scene worked to remove the truck and gather the mail. Hundreds of pieces of the multi-colored envelopes and other mail scattered across several lanes.
February 12, 2013
With the U.S. Postal Service losing tens of millions of dollars a day, neither snow nor rain - nor the required congressional approval, it seems - has stopped the agency from finally delivering on its threat to end the mailman's Saturday rounds. The announcement last week by Patrick R. Donahoe, the postmaster general, prompted understandable protests, but also shrugs from millions of Americans. After all, some have long since switched from affixing stamps to hitting the send button on an e-mail or text message to speed their personal greetings on their way. In this era of electronic communication, first-class mail volumes have declined by nearly a third.
February 11, 2013 |
The Secret Service is investigating a hacker's apparent theft of a trove of personal e-mails and photos belonging to the Bush family after they were posted late Thursday by the Smoking Gun website. A report by the Smoking Gun said the e-mails covered the period from 2009 to 2012, and that a total of six accounts appeared to have been compromised. Among those hacked were Dorothy Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. Bush and sister of President George W. Bush; as well as sportscaster Jim Nantz, a Bush family friend.
February 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.3 billion in the final three months of last year, despite a blizzard of campaign advertising for the fall political elections and a big holiday mail and shipping season. The loss announced Friday was far less than the $3.3 billion in the comparable quarter the previous fiscal year, but still showed the effects of a continued decline in first-class mailing as customers continue to flock to the Internet for e-mailing, bill paying and the like.