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Mail Carrier Admits to Fudging Absentee Ballot Requests

USPS contractor in W. Va. pleads guilty, confesses to switching voter party affiliations

(Newser) - To boost mail-in voting amid the pandemic for the June 9 primary in West Virginia, absentee ballot applications were sent to all registered voters. At least eight of those ballot requests ended up with unwelcome changes, all at the hands of a mail carrier who now says he was just... More »

5 Mail Carriers Attacked With Paintballs

Postal workers attacked during 3-hour period over Memorial Day weekend

(Newser) - Over a period of three hours on Saturday, five US Postal Service mail carriers were shot with paintballs in what police are calling a series of attacks carried out by two men. The USPS' law enforcement division is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the paintball gunmen,... More »

John Oliver Wants to Help the USPS. So Now ... Stamps

'Last Week Tonight' launches branded stamp set to raise money for beleaguered agency

(Newser) - John Oliver is worked up about the current financial struggles of the US Postal Service —so his show has launched what Mashable calls a "glorious stamp collection" featuring Bolivian zebras, Mr. Nutterbutter the giant squirrel , and Japanese mascot Chiijohn. On Sunday's Last Week Tonight , Oliver reported that... More »

Trump Donor Will Be New Postmaster General

President has been pushing for big changes at USPS

(Newser) - President Trump, who recently slammed the US Postal Service as a "joke," will soon have an ally leading the agency. Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser and staunch Trump supporter, will take charge as the new postmaster general on June 15. The USPS says the board of governors has... More »

Report: Treasury Looking at 'Unprecedented' Control of USPS

'WaPo': Administration may use $10B loan as leverage for more sway over Postal Service

(Newser) - As part of its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief effort, Congress has authorized the Treasury Department to extend an emergency $10 billion loan to the struggling US Postal Service. But now the Trump administration is reportedly mulling tacking on conditions to that loan that would put some aspects of the... More »

White House to USPS: No Bailout for You

Lawmakers knocked aid down to a loan

(Newser) - The Postal Service is in serious need of money; marketing and first-class mail have dried up since the pandemic began. And the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package obliged, until President Trump found out. Administration officials told lawmakers the president wouldn't sign the legislation, which at the time included... More »

Trouble Looms for USPS Amid Virus Outbreak

Democratic lawmakers warn the agency may shut down by June if it doesn't get more funding

(Newser) - Lots of things we used to take for granted—going to work and school, gathering with friends at a party or bar, even making a trip to the grocery store—have all but disappeared during the coronavirus pandemic. There may soon be another addition to that list: getting mail, as... More »

Postal Carrier Felt Overworked, Came Up With a Plan

Jason Delacruz pleads guilty to delay of mail after dumping it into a storage unit

(Newser) - Jason Delacruz didn't have time to deliver all the mail on his route, so ... he put it in a storage locker. The United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to delay of mail after more than 200 pieces of first- and second-class mail were found in a storage unit... More »

Postal Service Worker Fatally Shot on Her Mail Route

Reward offered in murder of SC mail carrier Irene Pressley

(Newser) - Authorities in South Carolina are looking for whoever shot and killed a US Postal Service worker who was on her delivery route. Irene Pressley, 64, was killed Monday while working in Williamsburg County, per the AP . Coroner Harrison McKnight tells WCSC that Pressley was inside her SUV on Morrisville Road... More »

At 91, He's Retiring. With a Perfect Record

Jack Lund was a mail carrier for 69 years

(Newser) - A Utah mail carrier is retiring with a perfect record after an incredible 69 years on the job—and attributes his longevity to the fact that he actually enjoyed it, Fox News reports. "Nobody has ever accused me of being smart, and I didn't know you had to... More »

Midwest Is Colder Than Much of Antarctica

Even postal service has been called off in places

(Newser) - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service. It doesn't say anything about wind chills as low as -65 Fahrenheit. The USPS says it will... More »

USPS Shuts Down to Honor Bush

NYSE, Nasdaq will also be closed

(Newser) - The US Postal Service "will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity" on Wednesday, declared a national day of mourning for former President George HW Bush. "Out of respect for the 41st President," USPS says it will provide only limited package delivery "consistent... More »

Cocaine and Bribes: How Atlanta Letter Carriers Went 'Corrupt'

16 USPS employees sentenced in drug trafficking scheme

(Newser) - Federal officials say postal workers in metro Atlanta weren't just delivering mail but also cocaine on behalf of drug traffickers in exchange for bribes as low as $250. When the gavel came down Tuesday, a mail clerk and 15 letter carriers had been sentenced to between three and nine... More »

USPS Just Had One of Its Biggest Inside Thefts Ever

It involves more than $630K worth of stamps

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who makes about $70,000 a year lost more than $650,000 gambling over the past seven years, casino records show—and federal prosecutors now say they know how he got the money to support his habit, the Times-Picayune reports. The DOJ is calling it "one... More »

3 Months Later, Answer in Case of Mail Carrier Found Dead

Peggy Frank died of hyperthermia

(Newser) - The coroner's office says a Los Angeles mail carrier found dead inside her postal truck amid scorching temperatures died primarily from overheating, the AP reports. Temperatures reached 117 degrees during the week in July that Peggy Frank died in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The Orange County Register reports that... More »

Here's How to Thwart the USPS From Its Mission

An 8-foot boa constrictor on this Kansas mailbox seemed to do the trick

(Newser) - Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found an eight-foot-long red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox. The letter carrier was delivering mail Friday in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, when he spotted the huge... More »

A Brazen USPS Scheme: One Worker, a Stolen Printer, 3 Helpers

Neglected printing machine was what jump-started fraud that cost the agency at least $100K

(Newser) - A neglected printing machine and nearly 200 blank money-order forms caught the eye of Marc Saunders sometime after he started working at the Postal Service's New Lisbon, NJ, branch in 2014. Four years later, Saunders has been hit with a five-year probation and ordered to pay the agency back... More »

Statue of Liberty Goof Costs the USPS $3.5M

It used an image of a Las Vegas version in its 2011 stamp

(Newser) - The United States Postal Service's money woes just got $3.5 million worse, and the Statue of Liberty is to blame. A judge ruled last week that the agency did commit copyright infringement when it used an image of Robert S. Davidson's Statue of Liberty on a stamp... More »

USPS Announces First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps

They'll feature the 'sweet scent of summer'

(Newser) - Letter writers will soon be able to express their sentiments in words and smells. The US Postal Service announced Monday that it will soon issue its first scratch-and-sniff stamps. The stamps feature illustrations of ice pops. The agency says the stamps will "add the sweet scent of summer" to... More »

Trump to Postal Chief: Do What I Say With Amazon

President urged her to change packages contract

(Newser) - Turns out President Trump isn't just attacking the Postal Service on Twitter. In off-the-book meetings, he's been urging US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to hike package-delivery charges for Amazon and other companies by 100%—a change that could add billions to their bills, insiders tell the Washington Post... More »

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