October 13, 2014 |
JOSEPH HIGHTOWER says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent. But no one in the Postal Service can tell Hightower when he'll be refunded the cash he paid to a postal worker at the 30th near Chestnut Street branch on Nov. 23. "That's a lot of money," says Hightower, an occupational therapist who works with kids. The money order was apparently counterfeit. It bounced. "That made me short for Christmas. I've been trying to catch up. " When Hightower told me his story, I presumed he'd bought his money order from postal worker Felicia Townsend, who was charged last week with stealing $28,642.31 customers paid for money orders.
April 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The beleaguered U.S. Postal Service backed down from its cost-saving plan to eliminate Saturday mail delivery, acknowledging that Congress barred a move that supporters said was essential to addressing the agency's dire financial condition. Despite the retreat, the governing board said Wednesday that it was not possible for the Postal Service to meet its goals for reduced spending without altering the delivery schedule. Delaying "responsible changes," the board said, only makes it more likely that the Postal Service "may become a burden" to taxpayers.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet. But Congress has voted in the past to bar the idea of eliminating Saturday delivery, and this announcement immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. The plan, which is to take effect in August, also brought vigorous objections from farmers, the letter carriers' union and others.
November 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery. Teaming up with major retailers, the post office will begin the expedited service in San Francisco on Dec. 12 at a price similar to its competitors'. If things run smoothly, the program will quickly expand next year to other big cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York.
August 7, 2012 |
Bomboy is Editor-in-Chief of the National Constitution Center As the United States Postal Service misses key financial payments, critics and supporters speculate about bankruptcy or worse for an institution that predates the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. USPS officials have said they will miss two benefit payments mandated by Congress, which has caused a whirlwind of speculation about the future of the Postal Service. The United States Postal Service is one of the few current government institutions spelled out in the Constitution.
May 23, 2012 |
Former basketball star Melissa Rotz will receive her doctor of Pharmacy degree and deliver the valedictory speech at the University of the Sciences graduation ceremony on Wednesday night at the Mann Center. Rotz, a graduate of Central Dauphin High School, was the women's basketball player of the year on the 2011 Inquirer all-academic team, chosen from the Philadelphia region's Division II and III schools. A four-year starter on the women's basketball team, Rotz has the distinction of graduating from University of the Sciences with the most individual academic honors ever won by a student-athlete at the institution, earning a dozen such awards over her career while performing as the team's starting point guard, the university said.
May 8, 2012 |
CONTRARY TO what you may have heard, I don't enjoy kicking people when they're down. The U.S. Postal Service is down — in employees, post offices, revenue and first-class mail it moves — but I'm not kicking here. I'm reporting on the minority of USPS employees who don't seem able to put on a hat without instructions. Most people I asked (through Facebook and personal conversations) are satisfied with the post office, and some say they have warm relations with their letter carriers.
April 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery. By a 62-37 vote, senators approved a measure that had divided mostly along rural-urban lines. Over the past several weeks, the bill was modified more than a dozen times, adding new restrictions on closings and cuts to service that rural-state senators said would hurt their communities the most.
March 10, 2012
A story Friday about changes in the U.S. Postal Service did not provide full context about USPS employment figures. The Postal Service is the core of a broader trillion-dollar mailing industry that employs more than eight million people. That industry includes, among others, private envelope manufacturers, suppliers, and mailing houses - companies that help other organizations prepare their mail for Postal Service delivery. In its 2011 annual report, the Postal Service said it employed 645,950 people.
March 2, 2012 |
IT BEGAN with a column that Donald Hunt penned in the Philadelphia Tribune . Four years later, he and the committee he helped form have collected 55,000 signatures on a petition and have received letters from an array of high-profile figures in support of their objective: to persuade the United States Postal Service to commemorate basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain with a stamp. Given that it was 50 years ago today that Chamberlain became the only pro player ever to score 100 points in a game, Hunt had hoped a stamp would be issued this year in honor of the former Overbrook High School and 76ers star.