USPS moves forward on sale of historic Northfield MN post office

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The U.S. Postal Service's pending sale of Northfield's downtown post office has been a long and, at times, frustrating process for multiple local groups.  Now the Postal Service is doing a fresh appraisal and rethinking the selling price.  In the meantime, a survey of downtown businesses reports that they use the facility often for sending and receiving mail and rate the … Read More

Protestors occupy private airport mail facility; five arrested

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Five protestors, calling themselves “postal protectors," were arrested today in an occupation of a private air cargo facility slated to handle and process US mail.  “Postal mail handlers and mail processing clerks are losing their jobs to profiteering, private corporations,” declared Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier who joined the civil disobedience action at the Matheson Flight Extenders facility, just … Read More

Postal Service caught snooping on the mail

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Snail mail is subject to the same kind of scrutiny that the National Security Agency has given to telephone calls and e-mail.  Under the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States. Read more at the New York Times.  (Source for cartoon)

Historic Carnegie post office repurposed as cafe

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The historic post office in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, got repurposed this week as the Carnegie Coffee Company.  The post office closed in 2008, and retail services were relocated to smaller quarters in the back of a Family Dollar store.  At that time, postal officials cited "competition from private mail firms, a need to keep costs in line with services and a desire … Read More

Historic Plant City, FL post office closed on one day’s notice

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The 1936 post office in downtown Plant City, Florida, has been closed due to deteriorating conditions in the basement, discovered in a routine inspection. Postal spokeswoman Enola C. Rice said the building is expected to reopen but she didn't know when.  In the meantime, all postal services, including post offices boxes, have been moved to the Plant City Walden Woods Post … Read More

Panel on how the press is (not) covering the destruction of the Postal Service

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San Francisco, July 11: Gray Brechin and a panel of journalists will discuss how the press is (not) covering the story of the destruction of the Postal Service and what has happened to investigative journalism as the mass media has become increasingly corporatized, commercialized, and monopolized. Read more.