Archive for January, 2009

Post Office Returns Cash Envelope Accidentally Mailed

NEW YORK – A Jersey City couple are grateful the post office returned one of their letters accidentally sent out with the mail. Michael Yun, owner of Garden State News in Jersey City, says his wife mistakingly put the envelope containing the days earnings from the shop in the mail. “I was rushed, I just […]

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This Week in Gaming History

This week in videogame history, we’re going to take a look at several things that have left an undeniable stamp on the industry and in our minds including the hard work of inventor Ralph H. Baer, various videogame patents (and the lawsuits that came with them), World of Warcraft, and an actual commemorative videogame stamp. […]

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Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial

It’s the year of Edgar Allan Poe. January 19th is the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth, and in four East Coast cities with connections to the scribe the occasion is being heralded in a big way. This week Boston College is holding a two-night celebration called The Raven Returns to Boston. (Poe was born in […]

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U.S. Postal Service’s new rates in effect

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service’s rate changes that were announced last fall went into Jan. 18. They include rate hikes ranging from 3.9% for priority mail to 8.5% for some international shipping services. Other price increases include: parcel select (5.9%), express mail (5.7%) and parcel return service (5.3%). Overall, shipping services prices will increase an […]

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Crime Takes No Holiday

Keeping the Mail Safe Even though the holiday season is behind us, as the old saying goes, “crime takes no holiday.” In fact, as the economy dips, crime generally moves in the other direction. A recent crime data report by a retail trade group showed an 84 percent increase in shoplifting as the economy weakened, […]

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Technology, availability alter how mail is sent, received

Swift changes have come in recent years to the ways people must send letters and packages to one another — affecting everything from pickup locations to lengths some locals must go to purchase postage stamps. It’s been especially acute for older residents forced to travel out of the way to handle mailing needs. “That’s the […]

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Va. man faces marijuana charges

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A Monticello man is behind bars accused of being part of a multi-national Internet-based marijuana distribution ring. Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Lt. David Wells says 27-year-old David Allen Haney was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute. Wells says authorities with the […]

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The Most Important Opt-Out to Prevent Identity Theft

by Tom Fragala I just found out I was victimized by ID theft again. The same MO: stolen “convenience” checks from my mailbox. This time it was convenience checks for my Citibank credit card, similar to the Wells Fargo convenience checks on my home equity line which were used fraudulently (and neither of which I […]

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Ponzi Scheme Targeted Catholics

AP Buffalo: The U.S Postal Inspection Service is taking information from people who believe they are victims of a nationwide Ponzi scheme allegedly masterminded by a Buffalo area man. Richard Piccoli, 82, appeared in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with mail fraud. Federal investigators say he got most of his clients for […]

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After 50 years with postal service, Grahn still going strong

Norman Grahn sorts the mail before hitting the streets for his postal route. Grahn has worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Beaver Dam for 50 years, with no end in sight. According to some online sources, the average person entering today’s job market can expect to change jobs between nine and 13 times. That […]

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