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POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013, 3:55 PM
Kevin Pownall delivering mail in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)

Conservatives in the U.S. have to be looking longingly at the English, who earned the equivalent of $2.75 billion this week by privatizing their postal system and then selling its shares in an IPO.

Portugal now plans to do the same thing, but hopes to retain a minority share.

By comparison with the British, our postal service defaulted last week on a $5.6 billion payment for retiree health benefits, is forcing a 3-cent hike on stamps and wants to end Saturday mail delivery.

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POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8:28 PM

As Detroit prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford's invention of the moving assembly line, AFPTV visits the historic factory where the world-changing innovation took place. (2:19)


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POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 1:48 PM

Burger King is changing its name, kind of, sort of. To promote the chain's new Satisfries, the flame-broiled royalty is changing signs on some restaurants to read Fries King.

Big woop!

Sorry, but the sole redeeming quality to BK's fries in the past has been that Emineminem (sic) hasn't rapped about spitting on them like he did the onion rings.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 2:48 PM
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn

I've put up way too many stories in recent months about uber capitalist Carl Icahn, the poster child for angry activist investors everywhere.

He's been fighting all year with fellow billionaire Bill Ackman for the multi-level marketing soul of Herbalife. Then, he pushed up the stock price of Dell against company founder Michael Dell's push to take it private again. (Some say he backdoored Ackman in JC Penney to keep him out of the Dell fracas.) Finally, with the media monkeys all dazzled by two shiny new iPhones, he's still being a royal pain in the tuchus to Apple CEO Tim Cook for a stock buyback program.

It's easy to dismiss him as just another pig at the trough, until you read the motto he uses on his Twitter page: "Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity."


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POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:56 PM
What's the worst that could possibly happen? They're not British. (Photo from Fox6now.com)

More than half of British airline pilots surveyed say they have fallen asleep in the cockpit, Reuters reports.

But the news service kind of buried the real lead by adding this little ditty to the end of the second paragraph, "...nearly one in three said they had woken up to find their co-pilot also asleep." Presumably that means no one was flying the plane but Otto the auto-pilot.

Where's Ted Striker when you need him? Turns out, he was "flying" in Wisconsin last week, according to FOX6 in Milwaukee. The perfect place for a "pilot" recovering from a drinking problem.


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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 2:00 PM

A friend just reminded me that it's now been 30 years since Jim O'Brien, beloved Channel 6 weatherman and on-air personality extraordinaire, died in a parachuting accident. It was a watershed moment for many in the region.

I especially miss his weather forecasts, which usually went something like, "You've got a bad guy here and a good guy there...." He was a true original.


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POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 10:57 AM

Short of signing your name on a check or some form, when was the last time you used cursive writing?

My own chicken scratch is so bad that in a dozen years of news reporting, I've repeatedly had doctors complain they couldn't read it. But hey it's accuracy that matters in my profession, not neatness.

According to this report, if you want your child to learn cursive, then you better know it pretty well yourself. Instead, kids today are being taught tablets and how to type. What do you think? Is this skill still necessary?


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