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December 24, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 24, 2013

Oakland teen Jahi McMath, who suffered complications from tonsil surgery earlier this month, has been declared brain dead by a judge, but that doesn’t mean the hospital will get its wish to stop life support for her until December 30 at the earliest. The case has drawn criticism for the hospital’s treatment of McMath and her family, which is still holding out hope.

A philanthropist and hedge fund millionaire jumped to his death yesterday in New York City, after giving away nearly all of his wealth in recent years.

The U.S Postal Service has a lump of coal for everyone this year: They’re raising prices in a last-ditch effort to stay solvent.

Sprint and T-Mobile, the two also-rans of the mobile industry, are close to a deal to merge.

When the porn industry shuts down over HIV scares, porn stars aren’t without options for work.

19:12 // 7 months ago
September 25, 2013

Snail mail could get just a little bit more expensive next year

  • 49¢ could soon be the new cost of a postage stamp, if a new Postal Service proposal is approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If allowed, it would be the first time in more than four decades that the Postal Service requested an increase higher than the rate of inflation, and the new prices would take effect in January 2014. source
16:15 // 10 months ago
April 16, 2013
18:50 // 1 year ago
April 10, 2013
11:24 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013
nbcnews:

Congress wants Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery
(Photo: David Goldman / AP)
WASHINGTON - The financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service suffered a setback in its plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail as Congress on Thursday passed legislation requiring six-day delivery.
Read the complete story.

"The Postal Service could run out of money by October if Congress does not provide legislative relief, some experts have estimated."

nbcnews:

Congress wants Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery

(Photo: David Goldman / AP)

WASHINGTON - The financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service suffered a setback in its plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail as Congress on Thursday passed legislation requiring six-day delivery.

Read the complete story.

"The Postal Service could run out of money by October if Congress does not provide legislative relief, some experts have estimated."

0:16 // 1 year ago
March 5, 2013

It’s 2002, and your name is Jimmy Tamborello. You’re looking for a singer to fill out your electronic project, tentatively named “The Postal Service.” And the Sub Pop Records dude is holding auditions. Here’s what happens … according to Funny or Die. (Special treat: Weird Al covers a Postal Service song in this.)

(Source: funnyordie.com)

12:37 // 1 year ago
February 6, 2013
breakingnews:

US Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery
JUST IN: The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce later today that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week, The Associated Press reports.The plan is aimed at saving about $2 billion. Photo: U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow places letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route on July 30, 2009, in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images North America)

This sucks!

breakingnews:

US Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

JUST IN: The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce later today that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week, The Associated Press reports.

The plan is aimed at saving about $2 billion.

Photo: U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow places letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route on July 30, 2009, in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images North America)

This sucks!

8:08 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2012

medilldc:

POSTAL WORKERS GO HUNGRY ON CAPITOL HILL — Postal workers staged a hunger strike outside the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington Monday to protest a prefund requirement they say is bankrupting the U.S. Postal Service. A 2006 law requires the Postal Service to pay $5.5 billion annually toward retiree health benefits.

The Postal Service Protection Act of 2011 seeks to eliminate the prefund requirement and place restrictions on postal office closures. Some, however, are opposed to refunding what the USPS calls “overpayments.” Instead, the Heritage Foundation says Congress should make comprehensive reforms to adjust to the new realities of the organization, which could be in danger of defaulting if action is not taken.

— Simone Del Rosario/Medill News Service

This is actually a longtime issue; we’ve covered it a few times ourselves.

12:10 // 2 years ago
December 6, 2011

buntsfromaleftcoastgirl says: Regarding the Postal Service announcement yesterday about slow-downs, my local Oregon NPR station noted this morning that the slow-down would effect Oregon's vote-by-mail as ballots have to be returned--not just postmarked--by election day. Oregon officials are pushing to get voter's pamphlets and ballots to Oregon voters sooner so they can be returned with enough time to slog through the USPS.

» SFB says: Good to know. Here’s the story, for the curious. This is another example, to us, about how a one-day delay in receiving mail will cause a ripple effect far beyond the Postal Service. To put this in Netflix terms: This is the U.S. Postal Service’s Qwikster— Ernie @ SFB 

10:32 // 2 years ago