Monthly Archives March 2018

White House cleaner Emma Gray worked under 6 U.S. presidents

WASHINGTON — Each night for 24 years, Emma Daniel Gray would diligently clean the White House. When she came to the president’s chair, she would pause, cleaning materials in hand, and say a quick prayer.

The prayers asked for blessings, wisdom and safety for each of the six presidents she served.

It’s a “Backstairs at the White House” moment, a story that could have come from the 1979 Emmy Award-winning miniseries about the professional household staff to the presidential families. Like the characters in that television show, Gray took great pride in her work, traveling each day by public transportation from her home here to the residence of one of the most powerful men in the world.

She worked nights, in the executive offices...

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A NATION CHALLENGED: THE DISEASE; CHIEF OF C.D.C. SAYS ANTHRAX IS LIKELY IN ADDITIONAL MAIL

A top public health official said today that it was likely that more than one letter containing anthrax went through the government’s mailrooms, and the authorities announced the discovery of anthrax spores in mail centers serving the C.I.A., the Supreme Court and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and its research lab.

After days in which officials theorized that the spreading anthrax contamination could be traced to one letter mailed to Senator Tom Daschle’s office, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that contamination of a State Department postal worker by the letter ”would be highly unlikely to virtually impossible.”

The director, Dr. Jeffrey P...

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