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July 11, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Ashley Powers and Paloma Esquivel
The Saudi princess and her family had crossed the globe in May with a passel of servants and settled into one of the labyrinthine luxury communities that dot Orange County. In the earth-toned towers of Irvine's Central Park West, where valets park the BMWs of Saudis and Qataris, a wealthy clan with an entourage spread over four condo units did not seem out of place. Then, early Tuesday, one of the servants darted past the gates and flagged down a bus. The Kenyan woman clutched a suitcase and an unlikely pamphlet.
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November 8, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Manfred Rommel, the former mayor of the German city of Stuttgart and the son of the World War II field marshal dubbed the "Desert Fox," has died. He was 84. Rommel died Thursday, local authorities said in a statement on Stuttgart's official website. He had Parkinson's disease. Rommel, who served as mayor from 1975 to 1996 in the city of his birth, came to prominence as a municipal politician who earned international respect for his tolerance and liberal policies, standing up for the fair treatment of immigrant workers who helped rebuild Germany's automotive industry in the postwar years.
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January 8, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although the new year is just days old, we have a winner in the 2011 Worst Timing in Television Award: KCET, which dumped PBS mere months before Masterpiece Classic launched possibly the best show of the year. "Downton Abbey," which premieres Sunday, is this generation's "Upstairs, Downstairs," both in theme ? the daily dramas of a titled British family and their many servants ? and in stature. So popular in the U.K. that "Vanity Fair's" Graydon Carter felt obligated to mention a local run on velvet jackets in a recent editor's note, "Downton Abbey" is all that "Upstairs, Downstairs" was, and more.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Morgen Witzel
That the experience of military leadership offers some useful lessons for leaders in other fields has long been understood. Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is still read by business leaders and sports coaches, and more recently Norman Dixon's "On the Psychology of Military Incompetence" offers lessons from military failure. The latest crossover book that draws from military experience is author Donovan Campbell's "The Leader's Code: Mission, Character, Service and Getting the Job Done," published by Random House.
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April 9, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Cathy Kirk had been in India only two months when her cook, a woman Kirk had once lovingly described as an "angel of mercy," locked herself in her room and refused to come out. After more than a month, the cook emerged from the room, but only under threat of police action. During the siege, the family's other servants--the laundryman, the sweeper, the gardener--feuded among themselves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993
Politicians in high places instead of being our servants are slowly becoming our masters. MARY A. RAYMOND North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel, Ashley Powers and Jill Cowan
The Saudi princess and her family had crossed the globe in May with an entourage of servants and settled into one of the labyrinthine upscale communities that dot Orange County. In the earth-toned towers of Irvine's Central Park West, where valets park the BMWs of Saudis and Qataris, a wealthy clan spread over four condo units did not seem out of place. Then, early Tuesday, one of the servants darted out of the complex and flagged down a bus. The Kenyan woman clutched a suitcase and a pamphlet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
The rich get richer: At election time the majority elect public servants who favor this minority. The dumb get dumber. KEN JOHNSON Pinon Hills
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April 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Explosives experts early today defused a letter bomb sent to a top civil servant, and police said the package was identical to five IRA letter bombs delivered to government officials in the last week. Police have defused all the bombs and there have been no injuries. Scotland Yard warned civil servants and political officials returning today from the long Easter holiday to be especially careful when looking through their mail.
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November 7, 1988 | United Press International
Haitian police have arrested the ex-wife and servants of the notorious retired Col. Jean-Claude Paul for allegedly poisoning his pumpkin soup, radio stations reported today. Port-au-Prince Police Chief Col. Georges Valcin said officers arrested Mireille Delinois, Paul's former wife, and two servants shortly after Paul's death Sunday. Paul, 49, who was forced into retirement Sept.
WORLD
August 1, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava
ATHENS - Greece's Parliament last month approved the first official culling of the country's bloated public sector. The move, opposed by government workers but viewed by many economists as long overdue for an indebted economy, will push 25,000 civil servants into a "mobility scheme," giving them eight months to find work in another state department or get fired. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the young Harvard-cum-Stanford educated economist who fills the country's least coveted government job - as minister of administrative reform, a stuffy-sounding title that puts him in the thick of controversy - spoke last week to The Times about efforts to pare back public employment, the controversial closure of the state broadcaster and the tough austerity measures demanded by international lenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The Kenyan domestic servant who worked for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking was not mistreated but instead flew first class, had her own cell phone and was given access to the spa and gym, attorneys for the princess said. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking on Monday offered a starkly different take on the life of a Kenyan domestic servant who prosecutors said was forced to work long hours for little pay. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013
On Thursday a Saudi princess accused of human trafficking posted $5 million bail and was freed. The princess, 42-year-old Meshael Alayban, is one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the case and human trafficking with Times reporter Paloma Esquivel. Prosecutors said Alayban "did unlawfully deprive and violate the personal liberty" of a Kenyan woman by forcing her to cook, clean, do laundry and perform other household chores for meager pay. Authorities are investigating whether four other servants working for the princess' family were also victimized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Paloma Esquivel
The Kenyan woman who allegedly was kept against her will as a servant for a Saudi princess has at least one child still living in Kenya, Irvine police said. The woman, who has not been identified, allegedly left the Irvine compound where she was kept as a servant on Tuesday, flagged down a passing bus and drew the attention of a passenger, who helped her alert police. Meshael Alayban, identified by authorities as a royal Saudi princess, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of human trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Jack Dolan, Ashley Powers and Paloma Esquivel
The Saudi princess and her family had crossed the globe in May with a passel of servants and settled into one of the labyrinthine luxury communities that dot Orange County. In the earth-toned towers of Irvine's Central Park West, where valets park the BMWs of Saudis and Qataris, a wealthy clan with an entourage spread over four condo units did not seem out of place. Then, early Tuesday, one of the servants darted past the gates and flagged down a bus. The Kenyan woman clutched a suitcase and an unlikely pamphlet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1985
The last sentence in Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates' letter (May 4), "Chief Gates Defends Civil Service System," reads: "We humble civil servants, believe it or not, are committed to excellence." I believe Gates' commitment, but if he is humble, apple pie is hemlock! BOB MILES San Diego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1989
After reading Zsa Zsa's husband's comments (Sept. 28) on justice in Los Angeles, perhaps the most appropriate punishment for her would be to scrub the floors of every one of the 600 rooms of their European castle on her knees with a toothbrush while her 200 servants sing the "Marseillaise." Vive la liberte, egalite, fraternite . LIZ KERANEN Bakersfield
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel, Ashley Powers and Jill Cowan
The Saudi princess and her family had crossed the globe in May with an entourage of servants and settled into one of the labyrinthine upscale communities that dot Orange County. In the earth-toned towers of Irvine's Central Park West, where valets park the BMWs of Saudis and Qataris, a wealthy clan spread over four condo units did not seem out of place. Then, early Tuesday, one of the servants darted out of the complex and flagged down a bus. The Kenyan woman clutched a suitcase and a pamphlet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A woman whom Orange County authorities described as a Saudi royal princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant against her will. Meshael Alayban, 42, was taken into custody early Wednesday by police at her Irvine home in a gated community. Orange County prosecutors allege that Alayban forced the woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week for $220 a month. Authorities say she was unable to flee because Alayban kept the woman's passport and documents.
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