Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs stands under the team’s four Championship banners while playing the Miami Heat during Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals on June 16, 2013 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
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The end of the Postal Service?
Neither snow nor rain nor heat are supposed to keep mail carriers from doing their duty, but the current crisis facing the postal service is a bit more of a man-made problem.
The U.S. Postal Service lost a mind-boggling $15.9 billion last year, and currently loses $25 million every day. Employee numbers have been cut down, facilities have been consolidated and delivery standards have been lowered - but the organization is still hemorrhaging cash.
It may be run as a corporation, but the Postal Service still faces congressional oversight, which has hampered its reform efforts.
Postal officials recently tried to end Saturday letter delivery, which could have saved $2 billion per year, but Congress blocked it. A legislative proposal to replace doorstep delivery with curbside delivery, which would save $4.5 billion, failed last year. A plan to close thousands of rural post offices was abandoned after postal officials deemed the closures would “upset Congress a great deal.”
And then there’s the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund the health benefits of future retirees 50 years into the future. The yearly cost of that measure? About $5.6 billion.
Read more to learn about some measures in the works to save the 238-year-old service before it collapses in financial ruin.
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Tim Henderson- Game Saver and BAMF
Called “Anthestreria” by the local teens, and their parents, it was a festival dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and whoopee and just about every excuse to party. For three days, people would dance, singers would perform, women would deck themselves with flowers, and Greek men would compete to see who could be the fastest to drain a cup of red wine.
Two thousand years later, practically nothing has changed except our taste in chugging alcohol.
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“There’s always something we can do.”
Civil rights legend Rosa Parks was honored earlier today with her own statue in the U.S. Capitol. Revealed in a ceremony led by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, the statue is the first of an African-American woman to be housed in the Capitol.
From Obama’s remarks:
Like the bus driver, but also like the passengers on the bus, we see the way things are — children hungry in a land of plenty, entire neighborhoods ravaged by violence, families hobbled by job loss or illness — and we make excuses for inaction, and we say to ourselves, that’s not my responsibility, there’s nothing I can do.
Rosa Parks tell us there’s always something we can do.
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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been one of the most prominent pieces of civil rights legislation. Today, the Supreme Court will revisit this landmark law’s constitutionality.
Our oral history project collected stories from people who witnessed the passage of the act and who share their memories of its impact on the civil rights movement. Take a listen to their stories here.
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