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SAN FRANCISCO, California - Next month the U.S. Postal Service is holding its national forum. Despite the fact the postal service is dealing with financial issues right now, officials are planning to spend $2 million on the forum. The National Postal Forum Conference in March will tee off with a golf outing at Harding Park in San Francisco. The 4-day conference will draw 4000 people to the Moscone Center. 400 of them will be staffers of the U.S. Postal Service, including the Postmaster General. Documents obtained by our Washington, D.C. bureau show the travel, $220,000 in exhibit space and other incidentals will cost the Postal Service $2.2 million. The advertised hotels, such as the Marriott Marquis and the Intercontinental, go for nearly $300 a night before the government discount. Internal Postal Service documents show beyond meetings and a golf tournament there will also be music entertainment and a Taste of San Francisco Banquet at the Marriott, featuring the foods of Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. At a time when the Postal Service is under fire for losing money and scrapping some Saturday mail service, one watchdog group says the government shouldn't pay to fly executives into town.
"They need to be concerned about the optics of this," says Citizens Against Government Waste's Leslie Paige. "They need to be concerned about ratcheting back some of what could be perceived as luxurious activities."
The Post Office says the conference in San Francisco will make money by creating future business and new sales leads. The other attendees are giants in the shipping world. The Postal Service says its execs would have to pay their own fees for the golfing, and will shoulder other costs. Organizers of the National Postal Forum say the event is designed to educate businesses about the services and products they offer. The Postal Service also says it earned $73,000 for every dollar it spent to send employees to a conference with clients at an Orlando resort last year.
Tuesday, February 19 2013, 09:47 PM CST
Sheriff says deputy sneaked in drugs, smokes
May 22, 2013 18:50 GMT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rutherford County sheriff has fired a deputy who he said was sneaking in contraband to jail inmates.
Sheriff Robert Arnold terminated the employment of Deputy Keith Knowles on May 10. The sheriff said he was disappointed to find a deputy with a long career was supplying inmates with forbidden items.
The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/12MorCe ) reported the department launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving reports that an officer brought a cellphone and tobacco to inmates. Marijuana was also reportedly brought in.
Arnold said Knowles gave a statement that resulted in his firing.
The sheriff's office will turn over its investigation to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed.
Information from: The Daily News Journal, http://www.dnj.com
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