October 2022



SAN JOSE — An internal San Jose Police Department bulletin reveals that officers working the midnight shift over the Halloween weekend were so occupied by a late-night homicide and other emergency calls that they couldn’t send anyone to respond to a disturbance call for a house party that became the site of another deadly shooting.

The police union later distributed the bulletin and seized on its contents to repeat a chronic refrain about understaffing at SJPD, as they continue contract negotiations with the city and attempt to flex their political muscle a week before a contentious mayoral election.

The bulletin, which was reported to commanders in the Bureau of Field Operations that oversees street patrols, stated matter-of-factly that officers were not sent to a music disturbance complaint made just after 11 p.m. in the 500 block of Madera Avenue off North 10th Street. It further states that officers were already handling higher-priority calls, which soon came to include a fatal shooting reported at 11:25 p.m. about three miles away, at Melbourne Avenue and Kauffmann Court off McLaughlin Avenue.

Officers would be dispatched to Madera Avenue a short time later, after a fatal shooting was reported there around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. The union contends that the lack of available resources deprived police of the chance to intervene or break up the house party before the shooting unfolded.

“The homicide that began as a music disturbance call could have been prevented, shame on those who continue to lie about our understaffing,” Sgt. Sean Pritchard, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, said in a statement.

What the city can do about police staffing has been a heated issue in the mayoral election. Santa Clara County Supervisor and former councilmember Cindy Chavez and current councilmember Matt Mahan have traded barbs over who is to blame for SJPD’s staffing levels, which remain at least 200 officers short of its peak in the late 2000s and hiring is struggling to keep up with retirements and other attrition.

Pritchard also called for an investigation into why mutual aid agreements with adjacent police agencies were not invoked to bring outside personnel to help patrol city streets during the weekend crush. The police department had a terse response to that proposal, with spokesman Sgt. Christian Camarillo asserting that drawing on mutual aid is reserved for large-scale incidents.

“We don’t think these events rose to the level of calling for mutual aid,” he said.

Camarillo did outline the available staffing between Saturday night and Sunday morning, which consisted of 72 patrol officers assigned to the midnight shift, plus 13 officers initially held over from the swing shift because of an anticipated increase in calls because of Halloween activities. Several dozen more officers were called on to extend their shifts because of the two shootings and later a double stabbing at a downtown nightclub.

The initial shooting occurred after a group of four men went to a home looking for a man who lived there, and moments assaulting him, according to a source familiar with the investigation. A relative of the man being beaten came out with a gun and opened fire, hitting two members of the group. Both wounded men were taken to the hospital, where one died from his injuries.

Police said the relative was arrested in connection with the shooting, and that they plan to present an investigation to the district attorney’s office this week to determine whether he will be charged.

Camarillo said a large contingent of at least 40 officers was dispatched to this shooting because of the number of victims involved, a large number of potential witnesses, and the need to secure the crime scene.

But Camarillo also said it was arguable at best whether the large number of resources devoted to the first shooting and other emergency calls sapped the department’s ability to break up the Madera Avenue house party before the shooting there occurred.

He noted that even if officers were available, the nature of the house party call, which reported a music disturbance only, might not have drawn an immediate response.

“All our calls our prioritized based on crimes in progress. Because we had that homicide, that depleted nearly half our available resources,” Camarillo said. “There’s more than likely other calls occurring, and a music call gets a lower priority.”

Camarillo did not dispute the overarching claim of police understaffing, which he said was reflected in the number of officers whose shifts were stretched this past weekend. As of mid-October, he said the sworn officer staffing number is 1,173, of which 1,092 are officially filled. But he added that after accounting for officers in the police academy, field training, and on medical or other type of leave, 952 officers are full-duty ready to serve a population of over 1 million residents.

The City Council approved 20 new officers and 15 a year over the next five years, and both mayoral candidates agree the city needs more. Chavez argues Mahan, who joined the council two years ago, and current Mayor Sam Liccardo, who endorses him, haven’t done enough to expand the force. Mahan argues Chavez and other earlier council members approved benefits the city was unable to afford, forcing cuts later.

The weekend shootings marked the 31st and 32nd homicides of the year investigated by San Jose police. The department investigated 31 homicides in 2021. Violent crime has risen in San Jose as well as other Bay Area cities in the last decade. But property crimes in San Jose have declined.


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RHOP's Robyn Dixon on if Gizelle Lied About Chris, Wendy's Hot Mic Moment, and Shades Karen's Lie, Plus Reveals Summer House Star Who Went Barefoot at BravoCon

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Robyn Dixon was questioned about the ongoing drama between Gizelle Bryant and Chris Bassett during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Sunday night.

As Chris continues to be accused of acting inappropriately with a number of women on The Real Housewives of Potomac, Robyn was asked if she believed Gizelle was being honest after hearing that Chris had accused her of suggesting they go into the bedroom where she claimed to have been so triggered.

“Gizelle’s not lying but I could see, time has passed, and Chris was probably inebriated. I’m sure he doesn’t remember the facts,” Robyn said on the October 30 episode of WWHL, confirming she felt Candiace overreacted to the allegations against her husband.

“I do because if you take the cameras away, I feel like that’s a natural conversation to have, and she can receive it differently. I just think it’s cuz of the cameras that it’s just kind of hurtful,” she explained.

As for the other potential mistruths on the show, Robyn suspected Karen Huger was lying about being able to control Ray Huger‘s kiss with her tongue and said she didn’t believe Candiace was being dishonest about the color of Chris’ penis. And when asked if she believed the BravoCon attendee who claimed to have slept with Ashley Darby‘s estranged husband, Michael Darby, Robyn said, “I think he just did it for attention.”

Robyn also didn’t believe Ashley was lying when she said she didn’t give in to her coochie craving for Michael.

Then, when she was asked about when she and Juan Dixon would be tying the knot, Robyn attempted to play coy.

“Oh, Andy. You know the answer: You have to watch the show to find out,” she teased.

But Andy quickly shut that down, saying, “It’s not on the show this season.”

“We talk about it quite a bit, so you have to watch and find out,” Robyn insisted.

Also, on the live broadcast, Robyn was asked for her thoughts on Wendy Osefo‘s hot mic moment.

“I was like, ‘Thank you,’ because you know, I kinda knew that everyone was feeling the same way that we were feeling and I didn’t appreciate that Robyn and Gizelle were being made out to be the bad people in that situation for speaking the truth,” Robyn stated. “And that was the whole reason for why I even said something at the dance class [was] because I was just so frustrated.”

According to Robyn, she has “of course” not heard from Wendy since the moment aired. And when Andy suggested Wendy took accountability for her statements on Twitter, Robyn said she was simply trying to “save face.”

“[And] she didn’t own that she was lying and pretty much trying to paint Robyn and Gizelle as the bad guys,” she added.

Later, on the WWHL: After Show, a caller wanted to know who Gizelle was referring to on her and Robyn’s podcast when she said one of the Summer House girls was walking around a bathroom at BravoCon with no shoes.

“Who was it? It’s not a big deal,” Andy noted.

“That’s disgusting Andy, in the bathroom?” Robyn replied. “[There could be] urine, feces germs… Yeah, gross.”

“And so it was Amanda. Sorry,” she confirmed.

The Real Housewives of Potomac season seven airs Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo.


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For the second consecutive year the Miami Heat have been part of NBA action regarding premature contact with a free agent.

Eleven months after the Heat were stripped of their 2022 second-round pick for what the NBA deemed early free-agency contact with former Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during the 2021 offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday were docked a second-round pick for premature free-agency contact regarding former Heat forward P.J. Tucker.

As with the pick lost by the Heat, the lost pick will result in a vacated draft slot, without compensation to the team losing the free agent.

The 76ers also were docked a second-round pick for premature contact regarding former Houston Rockets guard Danuel House Jr.

The penalties will leave the 76ers without their second-round picks in 2023 and ‘24.

The NBA issued a similar sanction to the Chicago Bulls for their premature free-agency contact regarding former New Orleans Hornets guard Lonzo Ball in the 2021 offseason, with that pick still due to be forfeited due to the lack of a Chicago 2022 second-round pick.

Tucker spoke in the wake of his free-agency signing of a goal of previously wanting to play alongside former Rockets teammate James Harden in Philadelphia.

Money, more than timing, ultimately stood in the Heat’s way of retaining Tucker, with the team unwilling to spend its full mid-level exception, which would have put the Heat under a hard salary cap for 2022-23.

The 76ers made such a commitment, leaving Tucker, 37, with a three-year, $33 million contract, starting at $10.5 million this season.

Caleb Martin has replaced Tucker as the Heat’s starting power forward, with the Heat finding limited contribution during the 2-5 start to their season, after last season finishing within a game of the NBA Finals with Tucker starting at power forward.

The NBA’s Monday statement:

“The NBA announced today that the Philadelphia 76ers violated league rules governing the timing of this season’s free agency discussions and that the league has rescinded Philadelphia’s second-round pick in each of the 2023 and 2024 Drafts. The rescindment of two Draft picks reflected findings, following an investigation, that the 76ers engaged in free agency discussions involving two players (P.J. Tucker and Danuel House, Jr.) prior to the date when such discussions were permitted.”



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Carolyn Bryant Donham was never held legally responsible for her alleged role in the horrific kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi, and, at 88, has reportedly lived out her final years in relative tranquility in Kentucky.

In her unpublished memoir, however, Donham said she “always felt like a victim as well as Emmett” and “paid dearly with an altered life” for what happened to him.

The acclaimed new film, “Till,” makes the case for why Donham deserves no sympathy and instead should have been prosecuted for the lynching, one of the most brutal moments in America’s history of racial segregation. Donham set the tragic events in motion after she accused the boy from Chicago of making improper advances to her when he stepped into her rural grocery store on Aug. 24, 1955 to buy bubble gum.

(L-R) Danielle Deadwyler as Mamie Till Mobley and Jalyn Hall as Emmett Till in “Till,” directed by Chinonye Chukwu. (Photo credit: Orion Pictures) 

Today, Donham lives in a small apartment community in Kentucky, with her son and a small dog, the Daily Mail reported. The Daily Mail, which published photos of her over the weekend, reported Donham suffers from cancer, is legally blind, and is receiving end-of-life hospice care.

“She has good days and bad,” the Daily Mail said. She and her son declined to be interviewed when a reporter contacted them at home.

This weekend’s release of “Till,” which co-stars Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg as Till’s mother and grandmother, comes two months after a Mississippi grand jury declined to indict Donham on charges of kidnapping and manslaughter. The jurors heard differing accounts from Donham and others about Till’s interactions with her at the grocery store and to what extent she was complicit in how her then-husband, Roy Bryant, and others chose to retaliate. In the view of these White men, Till had violated an unwritten racist code in the Jim Crow South about how Black men were supposed to behave around White women.

“Till” shows that the teenager, raised in the North and not familiar with that code, did nothing more than pay Donham a compliment. In the film, Till, played with youthful innocence and exuberance by Jalyn Hall, tells the 21-year-old mother of two that she looks like a movie star. After he leaves the store, he whistles at her.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 28 1955, Roy Bryant, his half-brother, J.W. Milam, and at least one other person burst into Emmett’s relatives’ home, looking for the “boy that done the talking,” to Bryant’s wife, according to an FBI memo.

The armed men left with Till after a person in a waiting car with a “lighter voice than a man’s” identified him as that boy, the memo said. The movie portrays that the person in the car was Donham.

Three days later, Till’s body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. In an interview they later gave to Look magazine, Bryant and Milam confessed to beating Till and shooting him in the head. To dispose of the body, they fastened a 75-pound metal fan, used for ginning cotton, to his neck with barbed wire, and then pushed his body into the river.

In a landmark moment in Civil Rights history, Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till, decided to hold an open casket funeral. She allowed a photographer to publish images of his brutally beaten body on the cover of Jet magazine and invited thousands of Chicagoans to see what happened to her son as they came to the church to pay their respects.

Danielle Deadwyler plays Mamie Till Mobley in the film”Till,” directed by Chinonye Chukwu. (Photo credit: Lynsey Weatherspoon / Orion Pictures) 

Two weeks after Till’s burial, the trial opened for Bryant and Milam. As part of an evidentiary procedure, Donham testified, though not in front of the jury made up of 12 White men.

Given “Till’s” earlier depiction of the teenager’s interaction with Donham, the movie strongly suggests she lied on the stand when she testified that he “caught” her hand with “a strong grip” when he reached out to pay for his gum. Donham also claimed he asked, “How about a date, baby?”

After Donham said she “jerked” her hand away, she said he came toward her at the cash register, and put “both hands on her waist” asking, “What’s the matter, baby,” according to the FBI memo. As Donham said she tried to free herself, she said the teenager told her that she “needn’t be afraid of” him because he  had been “with white women before.”

Donham said Till only stopped when another person came into the store and pulled him out, the FBI memo said. She said she ran out the door to get her pistol from a car. That’s when she heard Till whistle at her. She claimed that the interaction with Till  “scared [her] to death.”

The case drew international outrage when the all-White jury delivered a not-so-surprising verdict after deliberating for only 67 minutes, PBS reported. The jury voted to acquit Bryant and Milam. The two men celebrated by posing for  photographers, lighting up cigars and kissing their wives. In an interview with Look magazine, Milan justified killing Till by saying, “(W)hen a (n-word) gets close to mentioning sex with a White woman, he’s tired o’ livin. I’m likely to kill him,” the FBI memo said.

Milam died in 1980, and Bryant died in 1994, and the world mostly lost track of Donham, according to the Daily Mail. In 2004, the year after Mamie Till died, the FBI reopened the murder as a federal civil rights investigation to find out if any others could be prosecuted, the FBI memo said. However the U.S. Justice Department determined there was no basis for a federal prosecution at that time. Based on evidence provided by the FBI, including an interview with Donham, a Mississippi grand jury in 2007 also declined to prosecute her or others

Public interest in Donham — and particularly her testimony — was sparked again in 2017, when author and historian Timothy Tyson was promoting his new book, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” the FBI memo said. He told several media outlets that he had twice interviewed Donham in 2008 and she had recanted her trial testimony about Till physically accosting her.

Tyson said she handed him a transcript of her sworn testimony and claimed, “That part’s not true.” She said she “honestly” didn’t remember what happened decades earlier, Tyson wrote. “You tell these stories for so long that they seem true, but that part is not true,” Tyson said Donham said. “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”

The FBI launched a new investigation in 2018 into whether Donham lied on the stand, as Tyson suggested. The agency agreed there’s “considerable doubt” about the credibility of Donham’s testimony, however, agents hit a roadblock in proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Donham committed perjury, the FBI memo said.

Tyson didn’t record the portion of his interview when he said she recanted her testimony, and gave inconsistent explanations about why no recording existed, the memo said. His notes about when Donham supposedly recanted her testimony also were sparse and don’t directly point to this conclusion.

In Donham’s unpublished memoir, “I am More Than A Wolf Whistle,” obtained by the Associated Press this summer, she insisted that she didn’t know what would happen to Till after her husband and brother-in-law kidnapped him. She said she tried to help him after they brought him to her in the middle of the night for identification.

“I did not wish Emmett any harm and could not stop harm from coming to him, since I didn’t know what was planned for him,” Donham said in the manuscript, which she gave to Tyson, the AP reported.

“I tried to protect him by telling Roy that ‘He’s not the one. That’s not him. Please take him home,’” she said. Donham claimed Till spoke up and identified himself.

The AP published the memoir after Till’s family and filmmaker Keith Beauchamp unearthed an unserved arrest warrant for Donham, along with her late husband and his half-brother, CNN reported. A note on the back of the warrant, dated August 29, 1955, said she was not arrested at the time because she could not be located.

Prompted by the warrant, a grand jury again was convened to hear evidence from the case in 2004 but declined to indict Donham, citing insufficient evidence, the district attorney for Leflore County said in a statement. “The murder of Emmett Till remains an unforgettable tragedy in this country and the thoughts and prayers of this nation continue to be with the family of Emmett Till,” District Attorney Dewayne Richardson.


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SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors on Monday charged the man accused of breaking into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with attempted kidnapping and assault in the attack of her husband, Paul, authorities said.

David DePape, 42, of Richmond, is accused of breaking into the Pelosi home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood armed with zip ties, rope, tape and two hammers early Friday morning, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds of the Northern District of California.

Paul Pelosi remained hospitalized Monday while recovering. The attack happened in the 2600 block of Broadway about 2:25 a.m. on Oct. 28.

DePape is charged with one count of assault on an immediate family member of a U.S. official with the intent to retaliate against the official because of the performance of official duties, authorities said. That charge carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence. The attempted kidnapping charge carries a maximum 20-year sentence.

The complaint said that Paul Pelosi called 911 himself, and that two San Francisco police officers encountered Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer and when Pelosi released it, DePape swung it and hit Pelosi in the head, the complaint said.

During an interview with San Francisco police, DePape said he planned to hold Speaker Pelosi hostage and would let her go if she told him the “truth,” according to a court affidavit. If Pelosi lied, he was going to “break her kneecaps” so she would “then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other members of Congress there were consequences to actions,” according to court records.


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The four teams atop the Pac-12 have not dominated the point spread to the degree they have whacked around opponents.

Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah are 27-5 overall this season but only 20-12 against the number, which is hardly surprising given how the lines are set to draw equal action on each side.

To maintain their winning ways with the betting public, the Big Four must cover some huge spreads in Week 10

Here are records against the spread for each Pac-12 team, according to

6-2: Oregon State and Oregon
5-3: Arizona, UCLA, USC and Washington State
4-4: ASU, Cal, Utah and Washington
2-6: Colorado and Stanford

To the details for Week 10 …

Lines from Bovada
Trends from and Phil Steele’s College Football 2022

Oregon State at Washington (Friday)
Line: Washington -4.5 (total: 60.5)
Comment: No edge in preparation with both coming off a bye. The teams have split the previous two meetings with three points separating their total scores. The Huskies have covered the spread once in their past five games overall. The Over has been the right call in OSU’s past six road games and in seven of UW’s past nine (anywhere). The Huskies have the No. 1 passing offense (by yards) in the country while the Beavers own the top pass defense in the conference. Last OSU victory in Husky Stadium: 2008. Early forecast: 90 percent chance of rain in Seattle.

Oregon at Colorado
Line: Oregon -31 (total: 61.5)
Comment: A whopper of a point spread for a matchup that places an irresistible force (Oregon’s offense) against a highly moveable object (Colorado’s defense). The Ducks have covered the spread in seven of the past nine meetings and slapped the Buffs around for 52 points last year. For both teams, the Over has covered in six of the past seven games overall. That said, this could be a look-ahead situation for Oregon with rivals Washington and Utah looming the next two weeks.

Washington State at Stanford
Line: WSU -4.5 (total: 48.5)
Comment: A low total, and for good reason: Stanford has scored 16, 15 and 13 points in its past three games while the Cougars have managed 14, 10 and 17. If neither offense can reach 20, which team has the better defense? WSU, by far. The Cougars are allowing a full yard-per-play less than the Cardinal this season. In the series specifically, WSU has covered the past six games and won five in a row outright. Slight chance of rain in the Bay Area this weekend, which could push the total even lower.


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Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll.

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from Oct. 24-29.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and, starting Sept. 30, in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Ella Duong, Burlingame volleyball: In Burlingame’s regular-season finale against Half Moon Bay, Duong had 13 kills, four aces, 15 digs and 11 receptions. Burlingame’s fantastic regular season resulted in being the seventh seed of the CCS open division playoffs. 

Sophie Hall, Berean Christian volleyball: The junior outside hitter had a great all-around game in the first round of the NCS D-V quarterfinals against Sonoma Academy. Hall had nine kills, three serving aces, four digs and five receptions, and will play against No. 1 seeded Urban in the next round.

Mary Howard, Silver Creek cross country: Silver Creek dominated the STAL East #4 2.74 mile event at Montgomery Hill Park, getting four of the top five finishers. Senior Mary Howard set her personal record by almost a minute and finished first at the meet with an 18.55 time. 

Kyle Jiang, San Mateo volleyball: Jiang was part of a fantastic rally against Sobrato to help San Mateo advance to the next round of the CCS D-II playoffs. The libero’s team went down 2-1 before winning two straight matches to clinch its trip to HIllsdale for the semifinal. 

Chloe Khachadourian, Carlmont tennis: Khachadourian did her part to get Carlmont the 7-0 win against San Mateo. She defeated her challenger from San Mateo 6-2, 5-7, and then 10-5.

 Tiana Osuna, Archbishop Mitty field hockey: Mitty’s junior standout only took one shot at Los Altos, but she made the most of it by scoring the only goal of her season in the 3-0 win. That result closed out a 17-2-1 regular season for the Monarchs.  

Ella Ralston, Los Gatos water polo: Ralston scored her 43rd, 44th and 45th goals of the season in a 14-8 win against Castilleja. She also handed out two assists and grabbed one steal in the match too.

Sam Riter, Amador Valley volleyball: When the Amador Valley Dons swept Dublin 3-0 in the first round of the NCS D-I quarterfinals, the team had 47 assists. Setter Sam Riter had 41 of those assists in a dominant performance. Riter also had nine digs, three kills, an ace and a block.

Natalia Szczerba, Sacred Heart Prep water polo: Szczerba is only a sophomore, but she might have had the highlight of her high school career against Menlo School. With the game tied 8-8, Szczerba fired in her fifth goal of the game as time expired to win the WCAL championship. 

Delaney Weiler, Leigh field hockey: Leigh’s sophomore scored the team’s only goal of the game against Westmont. She has scored 16 goals in 17 matches and given out eight assists, scoring 40 points. 


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RHOBH Alum Lisa Vanderpump Confirms She and Kathy Hilton Are "Friends," Says She Reached Out to Her About What She Endured Amid Season 12

Lisa Vanderpump reached out to Kathy Hilton amid the 12th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Over the weekend on Twitter, as fans continued to discuss the drama that unfolded between Kathy and Lisa Rinna on recent episodes, Vanderpump was questioned by one of her followers, who wanted to know if the two of them had discussed their similar experiences on the show.

“Hey [Lisa Vanderpump] did you let [Kathy Hilton] know that you absolutely understand what she feels since you have experienced the same thing as she did?” the fan asked.

“Yes we are friends,” Vanderpump confirmed.

During the three-part RHOBH reunion special for season 12, Kathy accused Rinna of bullying a number of women off of the show, including Vanderpump.

RHOBH Lisa Vanderpump Confirms She and Kathy Hilton Are Friends

Just like Rinna targeted Kathy amid season 12, claiming her RHOBH castmate trash-talked her sister, Kyle Richards, and threatened to destroy her family amid a meltdown in Aspen, Rinna took aim at Vanderpump during the ninth season of the show, which ended up being Vanderpump’s last.

As fans will recall, Rinna and other members of the show accused Vanderpump of being behind the “Puppy Gate” scandal, which saw Dorit Kemsley face allegations of abandoning a dog she adopted from Vanderpump’s Los Angeles animal rescue center, Vanderpump Dogs.

In addition to maintaining a friendship with Kathy, Vanderpump has also grown close to RHOBH cast member Garcelle Beauvais in recent weeks, and she even gave her son, Oliver Saunders, a job at her Las Vegas restaurant, the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden.

But despite her relationships with the ladies of the show, Vanderpump recently told Page Six that she was not open to the idea of making a return to RHOBH, shading the reality show as a “nightmare.”

“I’m happy I left. I tried to leave three or four times,” she admitted. “I would never go back. That’s a hot mess that I could do without.”

No word yet on a start date for production on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 13.


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By MADDIE BURAKOFF | The Associated Press

NEW YORK  — A new study finds that some people really are “mosquito magnets” and it probably has to do with the way they smell.

The researchers found that people who are most attractive to mosquitoes produce a lot of certain chemicals on their skin that are tied to smell. And bad news for mosquito magnets: The bloodsuckers stay loyal to their favorites over time.

“If you have high levels of this stuff on your skin, you’re going to be the one at the picnic getting all the bites,” said study author Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University in New York.

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There’s a lot of folklore about who gets bitten more but many claims aren’t backed up with strong evidence, said Vosshall.

To put mosquito magnetism to the test, the researchers designed an experiment pitting people’s scents against each other, explained study author Maria Elena De Obaldia. Their findings were published Tuesday in the journal Cell.

They asked 64 volunteers from the university and nearby to wear nylon stockings around their forearms to pick up their skin smells. The stockings were put in separate traps at the end of a long tube, then dozens of mosquitos were released.

“They would basically swarm to the most attractive subjects,” De Obaldia said. “It became very obvious right away.”

Scientists held a round-robin tournament and ended up with a striking gap: The biggest mosquito magnet was around 100 times more attractive to the mosquitoes than the last place finisher.

The experiment used the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads diseases like yellow fever, Zika and dengue. Vosshall said she’d expect similar results from other kinds, but would need more research to confirm.

By testing the same people over multiple years, the study showed that these big differences stick around, said Matt DeGennaro, a neurogeneticist at Florida International University who was not involved with the research.

“Mosquito magnets seem to remain mosquito magnets,” DeGennaro said.

Out of the favorites, the researchers found a common factor: Mosquito magnets had high levels of certain acids on their skin. These “greasy molecules” are part of the skin’s natural moisturizing layer, and people produce them in different amounts, Vosshall said. The healthy bacteria that live on the skin eat up these acids and produce part of our skin’s odor profile, she said.

You can’t get rid of these acids without damaging your skin health too, said Vosshall, who is paid by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and serves as its chief scientific officer. The institute also supports The Associated Press’ Health and Science Department.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — The survival of affirmative action in higher education appeared to be in serious trouble Monday at a conservative-dominated Supreme Court after hours of debate over difficult questions of race.

The court is weighing challenges to admissions programs at the University of North Carolina and Harvard that use race among many factors in seeking a diverse student body.

The court’s six conservative justices all expressed doubts about the practice, while the three liberals defended the programs, which are similar to those used by many other private and public universities.

Arguments in the North Carolina case topped 2 hours and 45 minutes, having been scheduled for 90 minutes.

Following the overturning of the half-century abortion precedent of Roe v. Wade in June, the cases offer a big new test of whether the court now dominated 6-3 by conservatives will jolt the law to the right on another of the nation’s most contentious cultural issues.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the court’s second Black justice who has a long record of opposition to affirmative action programs, noted he didn’t go to racially diverse schools. “I’ve heard the word ‘diversity’ quite a few times, and I don’t have a clue what it means,” the conservative justice said at one point. At another, he challenged defenders: “Tell me what the educational benefits are.”

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, another conservative, pointed to one of the court’s previous affirmative action cases and said it anticipated a halt to its use in declaring that it was “dangerous” and had to have an end point. When, she asked, is that end point?

Justice Samuel Alito likened affirmative action to a race in which a minority applicant gets to “start five yards closer to the finish line.” But liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court’s first Hispanic justice, rejected that comparison saying what universities are doing is looking at students as a whole.

Likewise, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the court’s newest justice and its first Black woman, also said that race was being used at the University of North Carolina as part of a broad review of applicants along 40 different factors.

“They’re looking at the full person with all of these characteristics,” she said.

Justice Elena Kagan called universities the “pipelines to leadership in our society” and suggested that without affirmative action minority enrollment will drop.

“I thought part of what it meant to be an American and to believe in American pluralism is that actually our institutions, you know, are reflective of who we are as a people in all our variety,” she said.

The Supreme Court has twice upheld race-conscious college admissions programs in the past 19 years, including just six years ago.

But that was before the three appointees of former President Donald Trump joined. Jackson was chosen this year by President Joe Biden.

Lower courts have upheld the programs at both UNC and Harvard, rejecting claims that the schools discriminated against white and Asian-American applicants.

The cases are brought by conservative activist Edward Blum, who also was behind an earlier affirmative action challenge against the University of Texas as well as the case that led the court in 2013 to end the use of a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

Blum formed Students for Fair Admissions, which filed the lawsuits against both schools in 2014.

The group argues that the Constitution forbids the use of race in college admissions and calls for overturning earlier Supreme Court decisions that said otherwise.

Colleges and universities can use other, race-neutral ways to assemble a diverse student body, including by focusing on socioeconomic status and eliminating the preference for children of alumni, Students for Fair Admissions argues.

The schools contend that they use race in a limited way, but that eliminating it as a factor altogether would make it much harder to achieve a student body that looks like America.

The Biden administration is urging the court to preserve race-conscious admissions. The Trump administration had taken the opposite position in earlier stages of the cases.

UNC says its freshman class is about 65% white, 22% Asian American, 10% Black and 10% Hispanic. The numbers add to more than 100% because some students report belonging to more than one category, a school spokesman said.

White students are just over 40% of Harvard’s freshman class, the school said. The class also is just under 28% Asian American, 14% Black and 12% Latino.

Nine states already prohibit any consideration of race in admissions to their public colleges and universities: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

In 2020, California voters easily rejected a ballot measure to bring back affirmative action.

Public opinion on the topic varies depending on how the question is asked. A Gallup Poll from 2021 found 62% of Americans in favor of affirmative action programs for racial minorities. But in a Pew Research Center survey in March, 74% of Americans, including majorities of Black and Latino respondents, said race and ethnicity should not factor into college admissions.

Jackson and Chief Justice John Roberts received their undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard. Two other justices went to law school there.

Jackson is sitting out the Harvard case because she was until recently a member of an advisory governing board there.

A decision in the affirmative action cases is not expected before late spring.


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