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Government Postal Delivery
Unions concerned about postal workers' safety

Postal unions are concerned that fewer full-time mail carriers and mail-sorting facilities means more letter carriers out after dark in unsafe conditions. Those worries have grown with the shooting death of a carrier on his route in Prince George's County after sundown Nov. 23. Twenty-six-year-old Tyson Barnette of Upper Marlboro was gunned down on the job about 7:20 p.m. in Cheverly. Prince George's police and U.S. postal inspectors have released few details. They have identified no suspect and no motive. They would not say last week whether Barnette had been robbed of mail or personal possessions. Postal Inspector Frank Schissler said investigators are "exploring all...