Man received USPS package five years after ordering item

Record south-eastern Brazil rainstorms kill 30

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL (AFP) – At least 30 people have been killed by intense storms in south-eastern Brazil, the Civil Defense office in Minas Gerais state said on Saturday (Jan 25).

The toll was a jump from the 11 reported by the same office earlier in the day.

Seventeen people are also missing, seven injured, and some 3,500 have been forced to move in more following a series of landslides and house collapses, Civil Defense officials said.

Margo Lion Dies: Producer For ‘Hairspray’ And ‘Angels In America’ Was 75

Margo Lion, the producer behind the Tony-winning musical adaption of Hairspray, died January 24 at age 75. She had a brain aneurysm, according to her son.

Lion was an independent producer with eclectic tastes, backing everything from revivals to new musicals, many of them award-winners.

“When Hairspray happened—it was just a miracle,” she told Playbill. “The first reading of Hairspray was at New York Theatre Workshop. And I thought it would take the kind of journey of Rent, because it was John Waters and I wanted to retain his voice. But when I heard that first reading, I said, ‘This is not for New York Theatre Workshop.’”

The show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 2,642 performances.

Lion was born October 13, 1944 in Baltimore. She worked for Robert F. Kennedy, but gave up politics after his assassination.  She instead immersed herself in the theater, becoming a producing director of Music-Theater Group.

Her producing credentials include Jelly’s Last Jam, Angels in America, Elaine Stritch at LIberty, Caroline, Or Change, Radio Gold and Seven Guitars.

She is survived by her son and two grandchildren.


Wuhan virus: Canada identifies first case

TORONTO (REUTERS) – Canada declared on Saturday (Jan 25) that Toronto Public Health has received notification of first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus in a resident who recently returned from Wuhan, the government said in a statement.

“The individual is stable and is hospitalised” the statement added.

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The Des Moines Register Endorses Warren Ahead Of Iowa Caucuses

The editorial board of Iowa’s influential Des Moines Register newspaper on Saturday endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president.

“Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic presidential candidate with the vision and temperament to push an unequal America in the right direction,” the board wrote.

“She is a thinker, a policy wonk and a hard worker,” the endorsement stated. “She remembers her own family’s struggles to make ends meet and her own desperation as a working mother needing child care. She cares about people, and she will use her seemingly endless energy and passion to fight for them.”

The endorsement was posted online late Saturday afternoon, and will run in the Sunday paper just days ahead of the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus.

The endorsement noted that Warren “is not the radical” some believe her to be. Rather, her ideas “are right,” the editorial said, warning that voters’ choices are critical as the “very fabric of American life is at stake.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Canadian Forces plane, crew heading to Australia to fight bushfires

Canada is sending a military transport plane and about 15 personnel to help fight bushfires in Australia.

The Canadian Forces say the CC-17 Globemaster is leaving Monday.

The plane and crew are to transport fire retardant from the United States, free up Australian airlift capacity and take images of fires from the air to measure them and predict how they might spread.

They’re going as part of Operation Renaissance, a standing mission that sends military help to other countries coping with natural disasters.

Tree near power lines chopped down without permission, mess left behind, says B.C. woman

A B.C. woman says she has a big mess in her yard after a tree was cut down without permission.

Leigha Hamelin of Castlegar says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon and involved a large tree on the edge of her downtown property that was also near power lines.

Hamelin says while she understands the need to cut down trees near power lines, not being forewarned of what was going to happen, and the resulting big mess, was “shocking.”

China's Tianjin city to shut all inter-province buses to curb virus outbreak: state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s northern city of Tianjin will shut all inter-province shuttle buses from Jan. 27 in order to curb the coronavirus outbreak, the official People’s Daily reported on Sunday.

The report, which cites a decision by the Tianjin Municipal Transportation Commission, did not say when bus services would resume.

The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak in China has climbed to 56 as of Saturday, while nearly 2,000 infections in China have been confirmed.

Man received USPS package five years after ordering item

Dear John: I read your blurb regarding the US Postal Service black hole, and it made me chuckle.

About 10 years ago, I sold an item on eBay and it was shipped from Philadelphia to Toronto. It was a routine sale, and I had countless overseas sales arrive successfully — but not this one.

Forty-five days after mailing the item, I received an annoyed email from the customer (who hadn’t received the item).

I apologized and refunded without question.

How this man even remembered me, but five years later I received an email thanking me for the item. It had arrived, and in one piece. I still wonder where it sat for five years. D.K.

Dear D.K.: I hope it wasn’t a fruit cake. I hear those things are only good for 4 ¹/₂ years.

Thanks for the laugh.

The post office prides itself on deliveries, even if they are a bit late — “neither snow, nor rain nor heat nor old age stays these couriers from the eventual completion of their appointed rounds.”

Seriously, I love the post office. And the IRS. And the FBI. And any other government agency that can make my life miserable. And you should, too.