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  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    BERNER: Addressing mailbox obsolescence

    Hiking magazine rates would hasten the Postal Service's demise

  • **FILE** The tail end of a SUV is perched on top of a postal mailbox in the aftermath of floods from Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island, N.Y., on Oct. 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Hurricane Sandy roughed postal service fleet: Report

    Hurricane Sandy, the massive super-storm that pounded the East Coast in 2012 and caused billions of dollars worth of damage, also managed to destroy or damage 110 delivery vehicles used by the U.S. Postal Service.

  • ** FILE ** In this July 19, 2009, file photo, Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Verbier, Switzerland. Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, reversing more than a decade of denial. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

    Lance Armstrong was 'unjustly enriched,' Justice Dept. says

    The federal government is going after Lance Armstrong's money. As much as it can get.

  • "We cannot put our head in the sand and say, 'Let's hope this problem goes away.' Hope is not a strategy," said U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. (Associated Press)

    Postal chief expects fight on Saturday delivery halt

    U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's historic decision to end Saturday mail delivery drew mixed reaction on Capitol Hill — and outright anger from the letter carriers union, which called for his resignation.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Healthy Postal Service up to Congress

    Your editorial "Delivering debt" (Jan. 3), about the long-term funding of health benefits of postal retirees, suggests that the Postal Service sought to "hide this mound of debt" and seeks to "push off" this problem to another day. The opposite is true.

  • Illustration: Broken Post Office

    EDITORIAL: The mailman vs. FedEx

    The Postal Service is coming to grips with its diminished relevance in a digital society. The question is whether Congress will follow suit.

  • **FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, announces July 31, 2012, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington that he and GOP House Speaker John Boehner have reached an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. (Associated Press)

    Unproductive Congress skips town until November

    The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington so lawmakers can make their case for voters to re-elect them.

  • Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

    Postal Service reports $5.2B loss in 3rd quarter

    The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported losses of $57 million per day in the last quarter and warned it will miss another payment due to the U.S. Treasury, just one week after its first-ever default on a payment for future retiree health benefits.

  • **FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe sits onstage during a Sept. 15, 2011, press conference. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Postal Service: House must act to stem mail losses

    With financial losses mounting, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is urging the House to quickly pass legislation that would give it wide authority to close thousands of low-revenue post offices, reduce labor costs and end Saturday delivery.

  • Postal Service to push retirements hard

    More than a quarter-million U.S. Postal Service workers are eligible for retirement, and a restructuring plan proposed Thursday relies heavily on getting many of them to quit.

  • ** FILE ** Transportation Security Administration chief John S. Pistole. (Associated Press)

    Feds use video surveillance to catch fraud for workers' comp

    The husband and wife postal workers at a North Carolina mail-sorting plant were out of work and collecting disability benefits when they first came under surveillance.

  • **FILE** Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Postal Service reports $5.1B loss

    The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday reported a $5.1 billion annual loss, but the figure would have been more than twice as high if Congress had not postponed a $5.5 billion bill to fund retiree health benefits.

  • Illustration: Hell stamp by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    SUMMERS: Only way to save USPS: Privatization

    The average American home received a personal letter through the mail just once every seven weeks last year. With business dwindling, the U.S. Postal Service lost $8.5 billion in 2010, and losses for fiscal 2011 are expected to be about $9 billion. The USPS doesn't have the $5.5 billion needed for its retiree health care fund payment due this month and is so close to its debt limit that it won't be able to pay its bills later this fiscal year.

  • When Benjamin Franklin was in charge of the mail, letters bound Americans together. For the typical household today, nearly two months can pass before a personal letter shows up. The letter has been largely replaced by email, Twitter, Facebook and the like. (Library of Congress via Associated Press)

    You never write anymore; well, hardly anyone does

    Mom might get a quick note in the mail. Sister might get a birthday card. But that's about it. For the typical American household these days, nearly two months will pass before a personal letter shows up.

  • Postal Service ready to make 'tough choices' regarding post offices

    Facing an increasingly bleak bottom line, the Postal Service is considering closing more than 10 percent of its retail outlets.

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