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Elaborate Insurance Scam Ends in Housekeeper's Death

Cops: Dad, son planned murder of Anita Fox, 72

(Newser) - A father and son in Texas committed the ultimate crime of "greed," police tell NBC DFW . Cops say Gerard Gorman, 48, and his son Bernard Gorman, 27, allegedly followed 72-year-old housekeeper Anita Fox on her rounds for a few days last September, then murdered her in her employer'... More »

Cleaning Lady Discovers IED in Teen's Room: Police

Joshua Prater, 18, arrested after bomb determined to be legit

(Newser) - Think of all the things you imagine a cleaning woman might find in an 18-year-old male's room. An IED probably wasn't on your list. But that's exactly what police say an Arizona housecleaner discovered this week in a Tempe home. After spotting a suspicious-looking device with wires... More »

NYC Hotel Housekeepers Will Get Panic Buttons

They'll be able to summon help in a hurry while in a guest's room

(Newser) - The Dominique Strauss-Kahn saga may have resulted in dropped charges , but hotel staff in New York City will soon get little reminders of the case in the form of personal panic buttons, reports the New York Times . As part of a proposed new contract, the city's major hotels will... More »

3 Theories About the Strauss-Kahn Incident

There was definitely a sexual encounter, but what kind?

(Newser) - The criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn sure looks like it’s imploding, but we still don’t really know what happened in Room 2806. Physical evidence shows there was a sexual encounter, but it doesn't reveal which kind. The New York Times breaks down the possibilities:
  • A forced encounter:
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Meg Whitman: Deport My Housekeeper

How that her house is clean, 'the law is the law,' says Calif. candidate

(Newser) - Meg Whitman, in an effort to fire up the Republican base, has been taking a harder line on immigration—or, at least, on one illegal immigrant in particular. The California hopeful had previously declined to comment on whether her former maid, who was in the country illegally during her employment... More »

Maid to Reveal 'Explosive' Allegations Against Whitman

Housekeeper to open up today, file claim, says TMZ

(Newser) - TMZ, the gossip site that first broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death, is reporting that “explosive” allegations are about to be leveled against California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman . Whitman’s former housekeeper and her lawyer ( Gloria Allred —who else?) will hold a news conference today... More »

Media Playing Dirty in Brown Expenses Flap

PM's sister-in-law hits back after fiasco over housekeeping

(Newser) - British politicians have endured four days' worth of brutal press coverage after a newspaper published leaked parliamentary expense accounts, which include claims for everything from major home renovations to a Kit Kat bar. Gordon Brown, normally thought of as a frugal preacher's son, expensed $10,000 for cleaning—made payable... More »

Housekeeper Sues Kobe Over Dog Poop

Wrongful termination suit alleges his wife made her handle it

(Newser) - A former housekeeper for Kobe Bryant is suing the NBA star and his wife for wrongful termination, the Orange County Register reports, alleging that Vanessa Bryant “badgered, harassed, and humiliated” her and, as punishment for a laundry mistake, made her pick up dog droppings with bare hands. Maria Jimenez,... More »

In Today's Economy, Nannies Must Multitask

(Newser) - As affluent Americans downsize their household staffs, the once distinct lines between nannies and housekeepers are getting a little fuzzy, the Los Angeles Times reports. More and more, nannies are being asked to scrub the toilets along with watching the kids, and housekeepers are being asked to vacuum with a... More »

Chertoff's Cleaner Hired Illegals

Fined owner says he's a 'scapegoat,' blasts Homeland Security system

(Newser) - A cleaning service whose illegal workers got past Secret Service checks to scrub Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s home is facing fines for hiring undocumented laborers, the Washington Post reports. The owner calls the enforcement uneven, saying his small business may go under while customers and large companies enjoy... More »

Hotel Pays Staff to Sniff Out Smoking Guests

Chicago's Swissotel turns its housekeepers into detectives

(Newser) - That chocolate on your pillow may be a bit of a Judas kiss: Chicago's Swissotel isn't the first hotel to fine sneaky smokers who break its puff-free policy, but it is the nation's first to pay staff to sniff out offending guests, reports the Chicago Tribune. Spraying air freshener won't... More »

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