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The Real Housewives of Orange County: A $36,000 dinner party turns ugly
Source:  LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:38

There’s a cost to all the bad behavior in which “The Real Housewives of Orange County” indulge each week, with tears, insults and hangovers among them.

And on Wednesday’s episode, when a gossip grenade tossed by housewife Shannon Storms Beador blew up housewife Heather Dubrow‘s fabulous dinner party, we got an actual dollar amount for the damage done, too.

“You know what sucks about it,” Heather told her reality TV star husband Dr. Terry Dubrow the morning after the party. “Not to (tick) you off, but it’s expensive.”

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Gina Kirschenheiter, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Jen Armstrong, Emily Simpson, Noella Bergener, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Nicole James and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Storms Beador, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson, Jen Armstrong, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

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Oh yeah? Terry replied, mostly with his eyebrows. How much?

“All in, I think Nobu was probably 10ish,” Heather answered. “Alcohol, five.”

Add in such incidentals as party favors and decorations, and the total was 36, she continued, casually omitting the zeros to remind us normals that housewives live on an entirely different planet.

“$36,000? And you didn’t even get to dinner?” Terry replied. “That is infuriating.”

It really is, Terry! Your missus spent the equivalent of a year’s salary for someone making $17.31 an hour — or $10 an hour more than federal minimum wage — on a dinner party for 11 women that stalled out between the sushi and the steak courses.

The episode picked up where the Season 16 premiere had left us cliff-hangin’ a week earlier.

Shannon had a secret: That Heather’s friend Nicole had allegedly sued Heather’s plastic surgeon husband years earlier. And that, given Shannon’s apparent inability to keep a secret on TV, meant housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter soon knew the rumor too.

At the party Gina was beside herself over the gossip, appointing herself the Miss Marple of Newport Coast.

“Fact: Nicole has a long history with plastic surgery, specifically regarding her boobs,” Gina declared, index finger raised high, in a camera confessional. “Was it Terry? We don’t know.”

Of course, Gina’s not much better than Shannon at, you know, minding her own business, so off she went to find Heather and spill all the tea. Shannon sees her reputation being drained like a glass of expensive champagne and rushes over, prompting Heather to get up and leave.

And by leave, we mean, leave the show. In a rare glimpse of the production crew filming the housewives, we see Heather hold up a hand to block the shot. “No, no, no,” she says as she turns to find her husband upstairs. “There’s no filming, show’s over.”

Meanwhile, Emily is grilling Nicole over what happened, and at first, it’s friendly enough, as Nicole says on camera that as a young model she’d been “forced” to file a lawsuit against Terry over complications from her procedure.

But Emily can’t stop serving unwanted advice so Nicole tells her, “Right now I don’t need your advice,” which sets Emily off for some possibly champagne-related reason.

“Don’t get in my (bleepin’) face and start saying (stuff) when I have been your friend the whole night!” Emily shouts.

Nicole, accurately, points out that they’ve known each other approximately 20 minutes. Then she orders Emily, who is seated, to sit down.

“I am sitting,” Emily replies

“Sit!” Nicole insists.

“I am sitting,” Emily repeats.

“Sit! (Bleepin’) sit!” Nicole says louder, because that always works.

These are grownups, mind you, and they’re not done yet. When Emily, a lawyer, starts to call Nicole stupid, we’re getting close to something really bad erupting.

“Go eat your sushi!” barks Nicole, who adds on an unpleasant term, and if there’s not a T-shirt with that on it by morning someone isn’t doing their job.

Emily replies in a depressingly similar manner, before Gina, bless her heart, tries to calm them down.

“You know what, I feel like there’s still potential here,” she tells Emily and Nicole, who surprisingly don’t unite to tell her to get lost in so many words.

Then Heather and Terry appear, looking serious, and for a moment it looks like things are going to get worse. But then the couple both prove themselves to be something you don’t often see on “The Real Housewives”: reasonable adults.

“You sued me,” Terry says, and Nicole, looking miserable, sighs as she says she felt pressured to do so.

“It is OK,” he continues. “You dropped it. It went away. It’s fine.

“By the way, can I just say something? Thank you for dropping it,” Terry says. He and Heather burst out laughing at that, and Nicole looks like she’s starting to realize she might make it to another day.

“It’s not a big deal,” Heather says in a camera confessional. “Nicole is our friend. She’s allowed to have a fresh start; we all are.”

Terry asks if they can “hug it all out and move on,” and that’s exactly what they do, unserved wagyu and all.

The rest of the episode squeezed in small bites of screen time for new housewives Noella Bergener and Dr. Jen Armstrong. Noella emerged as Shannon’s new friend, and by the looks of it, maybe her only friend left.

And Jen and her husband Ryne went out to dinner with Mr. Puppers, the chihuahua we see Ryne kiss more than his wife.

“I met Ryne shirtless with a chihuahua and I go home and he’s still shirtless with a chihuahua,” Jen tells the camera. “All the time!”


The Real Housewives of Orange County: A $36,000 dinner party turns ugly
Source:  Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: http://www.dailybulletin.com
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:38

There’s a cost to all the bad behavior in which “The Real Housewives of Orange County” indulge each week, with tears, insults and hangovers among them.

And on Wednesday’s episode, when a gossip grenade tossed by housewife Shannon Storms Beador blew up housewife Heather Dubrow‘s fabulous dinner party, we got an actual dollar amount for the damage done, too.

“You know what sucks about it,” Heather told her reality TV star husband Dr. Terry Dubrow the morning after the party. “Not to (tick) you off, but it’s expensive.”

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Gina Kirschenheiter, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Jen Armstrong, Emily Simpson, Noella Bergener, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Nicole James and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Storms Beador, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson, Jen Armstrong, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

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Oh yeah? Terry replied, mostly with his eyebrows. How much?

“All in, I think Nobu was probably 10ish,” Heather answered. “Alcohol, five.”

Add in such incidentals as party favors and decorations, and the total was 36, she continued, casually omitting the zeros to remind us normals that housewives live on an entirely different planet.

“$36,000? And you didn’t even get to dinner?” Terry replied. “That is infuriating.”

It really is, Terry! Your missus spent the equivalent of a year’s salary for someone making $17.31 an hour — or $10 an hour more than federal minimum wage — on a dinner party for 11 women that stalled out between the sushi and the steak courses.

The episode picked up where the Season 16 premiere had left us cliff-hangin’ a week earlier.

Shannon had a secret: That Heather’s friend Nicole had allegedly sued Heather’s plastic surgeon husband years earlier. And that, given Shannon’s apparent inability to keep a secret on TV, meant housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter soon knew the rumor too.

At the party Gina was beside herself over the gossip, appointing herself the Miss Marple of Newport Coast.

“Fact: Nicole has a long history with plastic surgery, specifically regarding her boobs,” Gina declared, index finger raised high, in a camera confessional. “Was it Terry? We don’t know.”

Of course, Gina’s not much better than Shannon at, you know, minding her own business, so off she went to find Heather and spill all the tea. Shannon sees her reputation being drained like a glass of expensive champagne and rushes over, prompting Heather to get up and leave.

And by leave, we mean, leave the show. In a rare glimpse of the production crew filming the housewives, we see Heather hold up a hand to block the shot. “No, no, no,” she says as she turns to find her husband upstairs. “There’s no filming, show’s over.”

Meanwhile, Emily is grilling Nicole over what happened, and at first, it’s friendly enough, as Nicole says on camera that as a young model she’d been “forced” to file a lawsuit against Terry over complications from her procedure.

But Emily can’t stop serving unwanted advice so Nicole tells her, “Right now I don’t need your advice,” which sets Emily off for some possibly champagne-related reason.

“Don’t get in my (bleepin’) face and start saying (stuff) when I have been your friend the whole night!” Emily shouts.

Nicole, accurately, points out that they’ve known each other approximately 20 minutes. Then she orders Emily, who is seated, to sit down.

“I am sitting,” Emily replies

“Sit!” Nicole insists.

“I am sitting,” Emily repeats.

“Sit! (Bleepin’) sit!” Nicole says louder, because that always works.

These are grownups, mind you, and they’re not done yet. When Emily, a lawyer, starts to call Nicole stupid, we’re getting close to something really bad erupting.

“Go eat your sushi!” barks Nicole, who adds on an unpleasant term, and if there’s not a T-shirt with that on it by morning someone isn’t doing their job.

Emily replies in a depressingly similar manner, before Gina, bless her heart, tries to calm them down.

“You know what, I feel like there’s still potential here,” she tells Emily and Nicole, who surprisingly don’t unite to tell her to get lost in so many words.

Then Heather and Terry appear, looking serious, and for a moment it looks like things are going to get worse. But then the couple both prove themselves to be something you don’t often see on “The Real Housewives”: reasonable adults.

“You sued me,” Terry says, and Nicole, looking miserable, sighs as she says she felt pressured to do so.

“It is OK,” he continues. “You dropped it. It went away. It’s fine.

“By the way, can I just say something? Thank you for dropping it,” Terry says. He and Heather burst out laughing at that, and Nicole looks like she’s starting to realize she might make it to another day.

“It’s not a big deal,” Heather says in a camera confessional. “Nicole is our friend. She’s allowed to have a fresh start; we all are.”

Terry asks if they can “hug it all out and move on,” and that’s exactly what they do, unserved wagyu and all.

The rest of the episode squeezed in small bites of screen time for new housewives Noella Bergener and Dr. Jen Armstrong. Noella emerged as Shannon’s new friend, and by the looks of it, maybe her only friend left.

And Jen and her husband Ryne went out to dinner with Mr. Puppers, the chihuahua we see Ryne kiss more than his wife.

“I met Ryne shirtless with a chihuahua and I go home and he’s still shirtless with a chihuahua,” Jen tells the camera. “All the time!”


The Real Housewives of Orange County: A $36,000 dinner party turns ugly
Source:  The Daily Breeze: http://www.dailybreeze.com
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:38

There’s a cost to all the bad behavior in which “The Real Housewives of Orange County” indulge each week, with tears, insults and hangovers among them.

And on Wednesday’s episode, when a gossip grenade tossed by housewife Shannon Storms Beador blew up housewife Heather Dubrow‘s fabulous dinner party, we got an actual dollar amount for the damage done, too.

“You know what sucks about it,” Heather told her reality TV star husband Dr. Terry Dubrow the morning after the party. “Not to (tick) you off, but it’s expensive.”

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Gina Kirschenheiter, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Jen Armstrong, Emily Simpson, Noella Bergener, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Nicole James and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow, Shannon Storms Beador, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Noella Bergener, and Heather Dubrow. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Heather Dubrow and Noella Bergener. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Shannon Storms Beador, Heather Dubrow, Emily Simpson, Gina Kirschenheiter, and Jen Armstrong. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

  • Seen here on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” are, left to right, Emily Simpson, Jen Armstrong, and Gina Kirschenheiter. (Photo by Nicole Weingart/Bravo)

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Oh yeah? Terry replied, mostly with his eyebrows. How much?

“All in, I think Nobu was probably 10ish,” Heather answered. “Alcohol, five.”

Add in such incidentals as party favors and decorations, and the total was 36, she continued, casually omitting the zeros to remind us normals that housewives live on an entirely different planet.

“$36,000? And you didn’t even get to dinner?” Terry replied. “That is infuriating.”

It really is, Terry! Your missus spent the equivalent of a year’s salary for someone making $17.31 an hour — or $10 an hour more than federal minimum wage — on a dinner party for 11 women that stalled out between the sushi and the steak courses.

The episode picked up where the Season 16 premiere had left us cliff-hangin’ a week earlier.

Shannon had a secret: That Heather’s friend Nicole had allegedly sued Heather’s plastic surgeon husband years earlier. And that, given Shannon’s apparent inability to keep a secret on TV, meant housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter soon knew the rumor too.

At the party Gina was beside herself over the gossip, appointing herself the Miss Marple of Newport Coast.

“Fact: Nicole has a long history with plastic surgery, specifically regarding her boobs,” Gina declared, index finger raised high, in a camera confessional. “Was it Terry? We don’t know.”

Of course, Gina’s not much better than Shannon at, you know, minding her own business, so off she went to find Heather and spill all the tea. Shannon sees her reputation being drained like a glass of expensive champagne and rushes over, prompting Heather to get up and leave.

And by leave, we mean, leave the show. In a rare glimpse of the production crew filming the housewives, we see Heather hold up a hand to block the shot. “No, no, no,” she says as she turns to find her husband upstairs. “There’s no filming, show’s over.”

Meanwhile, Emily is grilling Nicole over what happened, and at first, it’s friendly enough, as Nicole says on camera that as a young model she’d been “forced” to file a lawsuit against Terry over complications from her procedure.

But Emily can’t stop serving unwanted advice so Nicole tells her, “Right now I don’t need your advice,” which sets Emily off for some possibly champagne-related reason.

“Don’t get in my (bleepin’) face and start saying (stuff) when I have been your friend the whole night!” Emily shouts.

Nicole, accurately, points out that they’ve known each other approximately 20 minutes. Then she orders Emily, who is seated, to sit down.

“I am sitting,” Emily replies

“Sit!” Nicole insists.

“I am sitting,” Emily repeats.

“Sit! (Bleepin’) sit!” Nicole says louder, because that always works.

These are grownups, mind you, and they’re not done yet. When Emily, a lawyer, starts to call Nicole stupid, we’re getting close to something really bad erupting.

“Go eat your sushi!” barks Nicole, who adds on an unpleasant term, and if there’s not a T-shirt with that on it by morning someone isn’t doing their job.

Emily replies in a depressingly similar manner, before Gina, bless her heart, tries to calm them down.

“You know what, I feel like there’s still potential here,” she tells Emily and Nicole, who surprisingly don’t unite to tell her to get lost in so many words.

Then Heather and Terry appear, looking serious, and for a moment it looks like things are going to get worse. But then the couple both prove themselves to be something you don’t often see on “The Real Housewives”: reasonable adults.

“You sued me,” Terry says, and Nicole, looking miserable, sighs as she says she felt pressured to do so.

“It is OK,” he continues. “You dropped it. It went away. It’s fine.

“By the way, can I just say something? Thank you for dropping it,” Terry says. He and Heather burst out laughing at that, and Nicole looks like she’s starting to realize she might make it to another day.

“It’s not a big deal,” Heather says in a camera confessional. “Nicole is our friend. She’s allowed to have a fresh start; we all are.”

Terry asks if they can “hug it all out and move on,” and that’s exactly what they do, unserved wagyu and all.

The rest of the episode squeezed in small bites of screen time for new housewives Noella Bergener and Dr. Jen Armstrong. Noella emerged as Shannon’s new friend, and by the looks of it, maybe her only friend left.

And Jen and her husband Ryne went out to dinner with Mr. Puppers, the chihuahua we see Ryne kiss more than his wife.

“I met Ryne shirtless with a chihuahua and I go home and he’s still shirtless with a chihuahua,” Jen tells the camera. “All the time!”


Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait
Source:  Chico Enterprise-Record: http://www.chicoer.com
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:36

SAN FRANCISCO — With Steph Curry, anything is possible. But with each subsequent misfire it became clearer that a new 3-point king would not be crowned Wednesday at Chase Center.

Airfare will now be required to witness history.

It was not for a lack of effort on the part of Curry, who hoisted 17 attempts from deep — making six for a game-high 22 points — in a 104-94 win against Portland, the Warriors’ (21-4) final home game for almost two weeks, all but guaranteeing Curry’s record-breaking shot will come on the road.

Curry entered Wednesday needing to break Klay Thompson’s single-game record (15) to reach Ray Allen’s all-time mark of 2,973; he’s now within nine, a total he has hit in a game 38 times in his career.

The crowd was riding with Curry every time he touched the ball, and the lifeless play on the court didn’t give the home fans much else to get excited about.

Wednesday’s matchup took on a different tune than most of the Warriors’ showdowns with Portland in recent years. Damian Lillard, an Oakland native and one of Curry’s primary contemporaries, was ruled out with an ongoing abdomen injury, and Portland was without its other backcourt star, CJ McCollum.

It quickly became apparent that not only would this not be a record-breaking night, the fans at Chase Center also weren’t in for the typical gun-slinging affair between Western Conference foes. Golden State struggled to hit from the field (17-of-50 — 34% — first-half shooting), while Portland couldn’t hang on to the basketball (11 first-half turnovers).

Portland entered Wednesday night allowing more points per possession than any team in the NBA; at 47.6%, opponents were making shots against the Trail Blazers at the second-highest rate in the league.

Yet, the Warriors managed only 102 points on 33-of-83 shooting (39.8%), despite scoring 118 points while making 54% of their shots in their first meeting last month. It took until free throws in the final 2 minutes for the Warriors to eclipse 100 points, a mark they’ve been held below only once this season.

Golden State never trailed — its third end-to-end win of the season — but it took until the fourth quarter before the Warriors held a lead larger than 10 points.

Otto Porter Jr. acted as the Warriors’ lone hot hand, hitting four 3-pointers after halftime to finish with 15 points. Kevon Looney, who made the most of his opportunities close to the basket, added 11 points, while Andrew Wiggins (12) and Jordan Poole (14) joined them in double figures.

Besides Porter and Kevon Looney, however, no Warrior connected on half his attempts from the field; without their contributions, Golden State was limited to 27 baskets on 67 shots, a 35.8% success rate.


Warriors overcome dud vs. undermanned Blazers, but Curry’s record has to wait
Source:  Daily Democrat: http://www.dailydemocrat.com
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:36

SAN FRANCISCO — With Steph Curry, anything is possible. But with each subsequent misfire it became clearer that a new 3-point king would not be crowned Wednesday at Chase Center.

Airfare will now be required to witness history.

It was not for a lack of effort on the part of Curry, who hoisted 17 attempts from deep — making six for a game-high 22 points — in a 104-94 win against Portland, the Warriors’ (21-4) final home game for almost two weeks, all but guaranteeing Curry’s record-breaking shot will come on the road.

Curry entered Wednesday needing to break Klay Thompson’s single-game record (15) to reach Ray Allen’s all-time mark of 2,973; he’s now within nine, a total he has hit in a game 38 times in his career.

The crowd was riding with Curry every time he touched the ball, and the lifeless play on the court didn’t give the home fans much else to get excited about.

Wednesday’s matchup took on a different tune than most of the Warriors’ showdowns with Portland in recent years. Damian Lillard, an Oakland native and one of Curry’s primary contemporaries, was ruled out with an ongoing abdomen injury, and Portland was without its other backcourt star, CJ McCollum.

It quickly became apparent that not only would this not be a record-breaking night, the fans at Chase Center also weren’t in for the typical gun-slinging affair between Western Conference foes. Golden State struggled to hit from the field (17-of-50 — 34% — first-half shooting), while Portland couldn’t hang on to the basketball (11 first-half turnovers).

Portland entered Wednesday night allowing more points per possession than any team in the NBA; at 47.6%, opponents were making shots against the Trail Blazers at the second-highest rate in the league.

Yet, the Warriors managed only 102 points on 33-of-83 shooting (39.8%), despite scoring 118 points while making 54% of their shots in their first meeting last month. It took until free throws in the final 2 minutes for the Warriors to eclipse 100 points, a mark they’ve been held below only once this season.

Golden State never trailed — its third end-to-end win of the season — but it took until the fourth quarter before the Warriors held a lead larger than 10 points.

Otto Porter Jr. acted as the Warriors’ lone hot hand, hitting four 3-pointers after halftime to finish with 15 points. Kevon Looney, who made the most of his opportunities close to the basket, added 11 points, while Andrew Wiggins (12) and Jordan Poole (14) joined them in double figures.

Besides Porter and Kevon Looney, however, no Warrior connected on half his attempts from the field; without their contributions, Golden State was limited to 27 baskets on 67 shots, a 35.8% success rate.


Berkeley activist Wayne Hsiung charged with stealing North Carolina goat
Source:  The Daily Californian
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:20

Berkeley activist Wayne Hsiung charged with stealing North Carolina goat

photo of protestors
Jenna Wong/File
Animal rights activists have begun partaking in "open rescue," in which they take animals they perceive to be in distress from slaughterhouses and labs.

Longtime Berkeley activist Wayne Hsiung was convicted of larceny and breaking and entering Monday for taking a sick goat from a North Carolina meat farm in February 2018.

Hsiung, a lawyer and co-founder of the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere, or DxE, represented himself at the trial, where he was sentenced to two years probation. The trial is the first in the United States to examine the concept of “open rescue� — a form of direct action in which activists remove animals they believe to be distressed or in pain from factory farms, slaughterhouses and laboratories to provide them with medical care without concealing their identities, according to a press release by DxE.

“Open rescue is a powerful expression of animal rights and animal rescue,â€� said DxE spokesperson Matt Johnson. “You’re not hiding what you’re doing, you’re very proud of what you’re doing and feel like it’s the right thing to do. And if it comes down to it, you’re prepared to meet the consequences of that if it’s deemed to be criminal.”

As part of the open rescue operation, DxE broadcast the theft live on Facebook. This is not the first such operation, and DxE is facing trials across the country.

But the picture painted of the farm by its owners is a far cry from the factory farms Hsiung and DxE have targeted in their open rescues since 2018, according to an article by the Transylvania Times, the newspaper from the county where Hsiung was tried.

The 15-acre homestead farm typically raises between eight and 12 goats at a time. The goat Hsiung filmed himself taking was less than a week old, and at the time was housed inside a stall with a heater alongside the goat’s brother and mother, the article states.

Hsiung’s argument in court hinged around two concepts. The first, animal personhood, argues that animals should not be seen as property by the law and that their interests must be seen alongside those of the owner. As such, the charge of larceny, which involves stealing property, should not hold.

“We live in a system where the distinction between a chair and a dog is nonexistent under the law. Any child understands there is a huge difference between a chair and a dog,� Hsiung said. “You kick the chair, the chair does not cry. You kick the puppy, the puppy does cry.�

The second argument, which Hsiung considered more likely to prevail in court, is that of the necessity defense. Under this defense, which some states, including California, have adopted into law, an individual can break a window to, for example, rescue a dog sitting in a hot car.

North Carolina, however, does not have this provision. Hsiung, who is appealing the conviction, hopes to take this issue to the state appeals court.

Because Hsiung represented himself, he was able to make these nontraditional legal arguments that push the envelope, he said.

“There’s value in having defendants in activist cases represent themselves because the jury, the courtroom, the judge, even the prosecutors, when they hear directly from the defendants, it has a different effect,â€� Hsiung said. “It makes the arguments and the cause more real because the person who did the actions speaks directly about why they did that.â€�

The trial was lost, but Hsiung emphasizes that it set “political precedents.�

In the first place, the trial was able to get a conversation going, Hsiung said. He noted that the trial drew extensive media coverage that was largely critical of the prosecution. Beyond that, Hsiung, who was faced with a range of charges that carried with them hefty prison times, was only sentenced to two years probation. Hsiung credits this as a win for the animal rights movement.

“We think this is a case about compassion and the common decency idea that animals who are in distress should receive care and that ordinary citizens should have the power to help those animals when our system fails them,� Johnson said.

David Villani is a city government reporter. Contact him at dvillani@dailycal.org, and follow him on Twitter at @DavidVillani7.

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CSUB slide continues with 60-50 loss to Sacramento State
Source:  The Bakersfield Californian - All Stories
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 21:15

Against Pacific, it was the second quarter; Pepperdine, the third; UNLV, the first. Throughout the Cal State Bakersfield women's basketball team's losing streak, it has been plagued by quarter-long offensive slumps.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RALLIES TO WIN AT CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 78-77
Source:  East County Magazine
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 20:50

Source:  goaztecs.com

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December 8, 2021 (Riverside) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (5-4) scored a season-high 78 points and gave California Baptist (5-2) their first home loss since Feb. 19, 2020, with a 78-77 win Wednesday evening.


Best websites to buy Instagram followers in the upcoming years
Source:  The Daily Californian
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 20:42

Best websites to buy Instagram followers in the upcoming years

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Berkeley City Council moves forward with parks department pier proposal
Source:  The Daily Californian
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 20:36

Berkeley City Council moves forward with parks department pier proposal

photo of a boat in Berkeley Marina
Katie Lee/File
At Berkeley City Council's first hybrid in-person meeting since the pandemic, the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department’s proposal for a recreation and ferry pier at the Berkeley Marina was supported by four City Council members and Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín.

Berkeley City Council moved forward with the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department’s concepts for a recreation and ferry pier at the Berkeley Marina during the council’s meeting Tuesday.

In the city’s first attempt at an in-person meeting since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a few council members and mayor Jesse Arreguín were back in the City Council chambers while others joined via Zoom. The meeting was part of a “one-time test� to help determine the practices the city must put in place to routinely hold City Council meetings in person again, according to Arreguín.

“After 20 months, it’s really exciting to be back here in the city council chambers,� Arreguín said during the meeting.

Discussion of the pier proposal dominated much of the meeting. Current plans estimate an $83.5 million price tag for the pier’s overall construction, according to Nelson Lam, who works in the parks department’s planning and design unit. Lam added current plans include parking spaces, a restaurant, an event space, a plaza, shoreline, bike lockers and a paved trail.

Parks deputy director Christina Erickson said during the presentation that they hope this proposed project will create a safe, accessible and enjoyable waterfront for Berkeley residents.

In response to community concerns about investing in ferries as transit, Erickson replied that the ferry system would serve people who are not currently serviced by AC Transit or BART.

While he voiced support for the plan, City Councilmember Rigel Robinson acknowledged concerns that the plans might hurt the marina’s “magic.”

“Many people I’ve met on the water are concerned,� Robinson said during the meeting. “What we have in the Berkeley Marina is truly special, and it would be a tragedy if through this project we lost even an ounce of that magic.�

Public comment at Tuesday’s meeting revealed many of these concerns. Several Berkeley residents took issue with the plan’s proposal to build 250 parking spaces.

Berkeley Parks and Waterfront Commission member Claudia Kawczynska said she was initially a fan of the proposal but is now skeptical.

Jim McGrath, chair of the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, also spoke against the proposal during public comment.

“This is a park,� McGrath said. “The land that you are talking about exists only because it was filled for recreation. It was not filled for parking for a ferry terminal.�

In response to concerns about parking spaces, City Councilmember Susan Wengraf said while access issues create challenges, she does not see them as reasons to abandon a project she finds “most exciting.�

By the end of the meeting, four City Council members and the mayor said they would support an effort to pursue federal funding for the project moving forward.

Rachel Barber is the lead city government reporter. Contact her at rbarber@dailycal.org, and follow her on Twitter at @rachelbarber_.

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