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Ex-boyfriend accused of murdering Drew Carey’s former fiancée Amie Harwick appears in court

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The ex-boyfriend of a famed Hollywood marriage and sex therapist appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, as a judge ruled he has to stand trial for her murder after his defense attorney argued he had ‘sufficient opportunity’ to use a syringe filled with nicotine on the victim – but didn’t.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli on Wednesday rejected defense attorneys’ claims that there was insufficient evidence presented at a hearing before another judge last September in which Gareth Pursehouse, 43, was ordered to stand trial for the February 15, 2020 death of Amie Harwick, who until 2018 was engaged to The Price Is Right host and actor Drew Carey.  

Defense attorneys have claimed that DNA evidence found at the scene of Harwick’s Hollywood Hills home linking Pursehouse to her death could not be accurately dated – and neither could the scratches and bruises found on Pursehouse after he was caught by police. In fact, they argued, the DNA may have been contaminated.

And on Wednesday, one of his two defense attorneys argued that Pursehouse had ‘sufficient opportunity’ to use a syringe filled with a ‘lethal’ amount of nicotine that he brought to her house that night if he had wanted to kill her, but ‘she wasn’t killed by a syringe, she was killed by a fall.’

‘If he had the intention to kill her, he could have killed her within a minute or two, because he is so much larger than her,’ the defense attorney argued in footage of Wednesday’s hearing obtained by DailyMail.com.

Prosecutors, however, have pointed to testimony from some of Harwick’s friends, and her roommate who heard what ‘sounded like bodies hitting the ground’ and the ‘sound of women choking’ to prove he threw Harwick, 38, off a third-floor balcony at her home.

Pursehouse is charged with one count each of murder and first-degree residential burglary, along with the special circumstance allegation of lying in wait.

If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Gareth Pursehouse, 43 (right), will stand trial for the February 15, 2020, death of Amie Harwick, who until 2018 was engaged to The Price Is Right host and actor Drew Carey

One of his defense attorneys, left, argued that Pursehouse had 'sufficient opportunity' to use a syringe filled with nicotine that he brought to her house the night she died, but 'she wasn't killed by a syringe, she was killed by a fall'

One of his defense attorneys, left, argued that Pursehouse had ‘sufficient opportunity’ to use a syringe filled with nicotine that he brought to her house the night she died, but ‘she wasn’t killed by a syringe, she was killed by a fall’

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli on Wednesday rejected defense attorneys' claims that there was insufficient evidence presented at a hearing before another judge last September

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli on Wednesday rejected defense attorneys’ claims that there was insufficient evidence presented at a hearing before another judge last September

Amie Harwick (pictured) was pronounced dead on February 15, 2020, after she was found 'struggling to breathe' after apparently falling from the third-floor balcony of her Hollywood Hills home

Amie Harwick (pictured) was pronounced dead on February 15, 2020, after she was found ‘struggling to breathe’ after apparently falling from the third-floor balcony of her Hollywood Hills home

Gareth Pursehouse, 43, was ordered on Wednesday to stand trial for his ex, Amie Harwick's, alleged murder

Gareth Pursehouse, 43, was ordered on Wednesday to stand trial for his ex, Amie Harwick’s, alleged murder

Pursehouse had previously dated Harwick, but after they broke up in 2011, Harwick got a protective order against him. Friends have previously told DailyMail.com that Harwick described Pursehouse as her ‘crazy ex’, while LA court records show she petitioned for a second restraining order in 2012, though the second order was dismissed after she did not follow up her application.

Her restraining order had recently expired when she saw him at a pornography industry awards party run by industry magazine XBIZ and hosted by porn legend and Donald Trump’s alleged mistress, Stormy Daniels, just one month before her death.

Harwick was reportedly at the January 16 party due to her work for a charity providing mental health support to women in the sex industry, while Pursehouse was there working as a photographer.

Pursehouse and Harwick allegedly got into an argument at the party, as he told her that she ruined his life, and called her a ‘bitch.’

Nearly one month later, police responded to Harwick’s home on Mound Street at around 1.15am, following a call by Harwick’s roommate, who reported hearing screaming.

The roommate has testified that he went to the back patio with police and found her ‘struggling to breathe.’

Harwick was then taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. In the days that followed, the LA coroner ruled that the former Playboy model died from blunt-force injuries to her head and torso, though they also noted ‘evidence of manual strangulation.’

Pursehouse was later arrested at his Playa Del Rey home, released on a $2 million bail, but was re-arrested two days later and formally charged with murder and burglary.

Harwick was engaged to The Price Is Right host and actor Drew Carey until 2018. They are pictured here at a holiday party in December 2017

Harwick was engaged to The Price Is Right host and actor Drew Carey until 2018. They are pictured here at a holiday party in December 2017

Prosecutors allege that Pursehouse broke into Harwick’s Hollywood Hills home that night and waited for about four hours for her to return in an attempt to ‘catch her by surprise’ while he was carrying a syringe containing a ‘lethal’ dose of nicotine.

‘With his strength, he throws her over the balcony,’ Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila told a judge last September, according to City News Service, noting that Harwick, at five-foot-four-inches and 120 pounds likely fought back against Purehouse – who is six-foot-three-inches and 100 pounds heavier than she was.

He further claimed that DNA evidence found underneath her fingernails and on a French door in her living room linked Pursehouse to the scene, but one of his lawyers, Jannet Santiso said the DNA evidence could not be dated, and neither could the scratches and bruises found on Pursehouse in the aftermath.

She questioned whether the DNA may have been contaminated, City News Service reports, while another defense attorney, Robin Bernstein-Lev, told the judge that just because Pursehouse appeared emotional and distraught when they met up outside the January 16, 2020 awards show, it did not prove anything other than he was trying to talk to her.

Bernstein-Lev claimed there is ‘no evidence Mr. Pursehouse ever made a threat of harm’ and ‘no evidence of a homicidal intent.’

‘There is no evidence that she was thrown from a balcony,’ she claimed, adding prosecutors are ‘asking this court to speculate.’

One month before her death, Harwick attended a pornography industry awards party run by industry magazine XBIZ and hosted by porn legend and Donald Trump's alleged mistress, Stormy Daniels

One month before her death, Harwick attended a pornography industry awards party run by industry magazine XBIZ and hosted by porn legend and Donald Trump’s alleged mistress, Stormy Daniels

Pursehouse (circled) also attended the awards ceremony as a photographer. He reportedly got into an argument with Harwick at the party, saying she ruined his life, and calling her a 'bitch'

Pursehouse (circled) also attended the awards ceremony as a photographer. He reportedly got into an argument with Harwick at the party, saying she ruined his life, and calling her a ‘bitch’

Harwick was found unconscious after falling from a third-floor balcony in her home, pictured

Harwick was found unconscious after falling from a third-floor balcony in her home, pictured

But Harwick’s friends have said Pursehouse was dangerous, and had apparently scared Harwick at the pornography awards reception.

Jasmin St. Clare claimed that Harwick told her just days after the party that when Pursehouse saw her there, he began screaming at her.  

‘She had never mentioned him before,’ said St Clare. ‘He wasn’t like a Drew Carey where she’d mention him, or any of her other exes who were more significant.

‘The first I heard of him was that a psycho ex of hers started screaming at her at the XBiz awards.

‘I spoke to her a few days after that. She was just like ”yeah I saw my crazy ex there”, it was just an over-the-head thing. She doesn’t see the bad in people. But was she concerned? Yes.’

Even Evans said she heard the alleged altercation from another room at the party.

‘There was an argument. Someone was screaming at their other half, that was what people perceived of the argument. You could hear loud voices. But I’m not somebody who’s going to walk towards a problem,’ she said.

Hernando Chaves, who was on hand at the XBiz Awards Ceremony, also testified that Harwick discussed safety plans after talking with Pursehouse, and later texted him that she rebuffed Pursehouse’s subsequent attempt to reach out to her after finding her phone number online.

Another, Robert Coshland, testified that Harwick told him that Pursehouse behaved very irrationally at the awards show and told him: ‘If anything ever happens to me, it would be Gareth who did it.’

The friends have also testified that they had never seen Harwick smoke cigarettes, vape or inject herself – and do not know why she would have a syringe full of nicotine with her at her death. 

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Hailey Bieber Details Terrifying ‘Life-Altering’ Mini-Stroke She Suffered And Procedure To Close Hole In Her Heart

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Hailey Bieber has spoken out in her “own words” about the “life-altering,” “scariest moment” of her life she had after suffering what she called a mini-stroke, and later underwent a procedure to close a hole in her heart.

The 25-year-old supermodel and wife of superstar singer Justin Bieber took to her YouTube channel Wednesday and opened up about the terrifying experience of being hospitalized last month after she suffered a blood clot to her brain that traveled through a hole in her heart between 12 and 13 millimeters, reported People magazine.

“I had, like, a very scary incident on March 10, basically,” Bieber shared. “I was sitting at breakfast with my husband, having a normal day … and all of the sudden, I felt this really weird sensation that kind of like traveled down my arm from my shoulder all the way down to my fingertips. And it made my fingertips feel really numb and weird.”

“Justin [her husband] was like, ‘Are you okay?’” she added, as she explained that she tried to respond to him, but she “couldn’t speak.” “The right side of my face started drooping; I couldn’t get a sentence out.”

“Obviously, immediately, I thought I was having a stroke,” the supermodel continued. “He thought I was having a stroke. Right away, he asked for somebody to please call 911 and get a doctor.”

Hailey said that where they were, there happened to be a medic who started asking her lots of questions and testing her arms, calling it definitely the “scariest moment” of her life. The model talked about how the “facial drooping lasted for probably like thirty seconds.” Her speech did came back, but her “anxiety” about what was happening just made “everything worse.”

“By the time I got to the emergency room, I was pretty much back to normal – [I] could talk, [I] wasn’t having any issues with my face or my arm,” Bieber explained.

She said scans revealed she had, in fact, suffered a “small blood clot” to her brain which was labeled a “TIA” [Transient Ischemic Attack]. Hailey told her followers it was basically like having a “mini-stroke.”

Doctors still weren’t sure what caused it, but she said it was widely believed it was a combination of birth-control issues, recently having COVID-19, and having just traveled “to Paris and back in a very short amount of time,” calling it a “perfect storm.”

Further testing at the University of California, Los Angeles, revealed Bieber had a Grade 5 PFO [a small opening in the heart that usually closes after birth]. The outlet said the hold measured between 12 and 13 millimeters. She later underwent a procedure to close the hole, and said it went “very smoothly” and she’s recovering.

“The biggest thing I feel is I just feel really relieved that we were able to figure everything out, that we were able to get it closed, that I will be able to just move on from this really scary situation and just live my life,” Hailey shared.

“If there’s anybody that watches this that has gone through the same thing or something similar, I definitely really empathize with you,” she concluded. “And I understand how life-altering and scary it is.”

Bieber, who’s the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Kennya Baldwin, married her husband Justin in 2018.

Related: Hailey Baldwin Credits Christian Faith For Marriage To Justin Bieber

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Wikipedia’s Left-Wing Bias

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I love Wikipedia. I donated thousands of dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Before Wikipedia, all we had were printed encyclopedias—out of date by the time we bought them.

Then libertarian Jimmy Wales came up with a web-based, crowd-sourced encyclopedia.

Crowd-sourced? A Britannica editor called Wikipedia “a public restroom.” But Wales won the battle. Britannica’s encyclopedias are no longer printed.

Congratulations to Wales.

But recently, I learned that Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger now says Wikipedia’s political pages have turned into leftist “propaganda.”

That’s upsetting. Leftists took over the editing?

Sadly, yes. I checked it out.

All editing is done by volunteers. Wales hoped there would be enough diverse political persuasions that biases would be countered by others.

But that’s not what’s happening.

Leftists just like to write. Conservatives build things: companies, homes, farms.

You see the pattern comparing political donations from different professions: Surgeons, oil workers, truck drivers, loggers, and pilots lean right; artists, bartenders, librarians, reporters, and teachers lean left.

Conservatives don’t have as much time to tweet or argue on the web. Leftists do. And they love doing it. This helps them take over the media, universities, and now, Wikipedia.

Jonathan Weiss is what Wikipedia calls a “Top 100” Wikipedian because he’s made almost half a million edits. He says he’s noticed new bias: “Wikipedia does a great job on things like science and sports, but you see a lot of political bias come into play when you’re talking current events.”

Weiss is no conservative. In presidential races, he voted for Al Gore, Ralph Nader, and Barack Obama. Never for a Republican. “I’ve really never identified strongly with either political party,” he says.

Maybe that’s why he notices the new Wikipedia bias.

“People on the left far outweigh people on the center and the right … a lot [are] openly socialist and Marxist.” Some even post pictures of Che Guevara and Lenin on their own profiles.

These are the people who decide which news sources Wikipedia writers may cite. Wikipedia’s approved “Reliable sources” page rejects political reporting from Fox but calls CNN and MSNBC “reliable.”

Good conservative outlets like The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and The Daily Wire are all deemed “unreliable.” Same with the New York Post (That’s probably why Wikipedia called Hunter Biden’s emails a conspiracy theory even after other liberal media finally acknowledged that they were real).

While it excludes Fox, Wikipedia approves even hard left media like Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, and Jacobin, a socialist publication.

Until recently, Wikipedia’s “socialism” and “communism” pages made no mention of the millions of people killed by socialism and communism. Even now, deaths are “deep in the article,” says Weiss, “treated as an arcane academic debate. But we’re talking about mass murder!”

The communism page even adds that we cannot ignore the “lives saved by communist modernization”! This is nuts.

Look up “concentration and internment camps” and you’ll find, along with the Holocaust, “Mexico-United States border,” and under that, “Trump administration family separation policy.”

What? Former President Donald Trump’s border controls, no matter how harsh, are very different from the Nazi’s mass murder.

Wikipedia does say “anyone can edit.” So, I made a small addition for political balance, mentioning that President Barack Obama built those cages.

My edit was taken down.

I wrote Wikipedia founder Wales to say that if his creation now uses only progressive sources, I would no longer donate.

He replied, “I totally respect the decision not to give us more money. I’m such a fan and have great respect for you and your work.” But then he said it is “just 100% false … that ‘only globalist, progressive mainstream sources’ are permitted.”

He gave examples of left-wing media that Wikipedia rejects, like Raw Story and Occupy Democrats.

I’m glad he rejects them. Those sites are childishly far left.

I then wrote again to ask why “there’s not a single right-leaning media outlet Wiki labels ‘reliable’ about politics, [but] Vox, Slate, The Nation, Mother Jones, CNN, MSNBC” get approval.

Wales then stopped responding to my emails.

Unless Wikipedia’s bias is fixed, I’ll be skeptical reading anything on the site.

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Public Health England to blame for sending patients to care homes without Covid tests

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, Whitehall officials alleged that Prof Duncan Selbie, the former PHE chief executive, was ultimately responsible for informing Mr Hancock of the risks.

Prof Selbie is working as a senior adviser to the DHSC. Neither he nor the department responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Mr Hancock, who was replaced by Sajid Javid last year, claimed the High Court ruling had exonerated him and the had been cleared “of any wrongdoing” because PHE “failed to tell ministers what they knew about asymptomatic transmission”.

The High Court judges concluded that care home policies in March and April 2020 were “irrational” because they failed to advise that those discharged from hospitals “should, so far as practicable, be kept apart from other residents for up to 14 days”.

“Since there is no evidence that this question was considered by the secretary of state, or that he was asked to consider it, it is not an example of a political judgment on a finely balanced issue,” they said. “Nor is it a point on which any of the expert committees had advised that no guidance was required.”

After the ruling, Boris Johnson said he wanted to “renew my apologies and sympathies” to relatives who lost loved ones, adding: “The thing we didn’t know in particular was that Covid could be transmitted asymptomatically in the way that it was.”

However, the risks of asymptomatic transmission had been highlighted by Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser for England, who said it was “quite likely” as early as March 13 2020. Varying levels of risk had been outlined in papers from late January, the ruling said.

The judicial review was brought by Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris, whose fathers, Michael Gibson and Donald Harris, died after testing positive for Covid.

‘Opens the floodgates for potential claims’

Paul Conrathe, a solicitor at Sinclairslaw who was instructed by both women, said: “It’s possible that care home providers and relatives who lost loved ones in the first wave could bring compensation claims. The Government was found to have acted ‘irrationally’ – that’s a very high legal hurdle.”

Nadra Ahmed, who chairs the National Care Association, said the ruling “opens the floodgates for potential claims to be brought against government policy”.

“This will be especially pertinent where the individual was not given a choice,” she said. “There will be a lot of people assimilating to the information as they consider if the loss of their loved one was premature, and holding the Government to account is the only way forward for them.”

Helen Wildbore, the director of the Relatives and Residents Association, said that the ruling proved “the protective ring around care homes was non-existent” and that older people were “abandoned at the outset of the pandemic”.

A government spokesman said it had been a “very difficult decision” to discharge hospital patients into care homes, taken when evidence on asymptomatic transmission was “extremely uncertain”.

The spokesman added: “We acknowledge the judge’s comments on assessing the risks of asymptomatic transmission and our guidance on isolation, and will respond in more detail in due course.”


‘He was in a home and should have been safe’

They stood outside the Royal Courts of Justice, two women unknown to each other before the Covid pandemic but brought together by tragedy, writes Tom Ough.

Cathy Gardner spoke first, delivering a steely reading of a statement. Matt Hancock’s boast of a “protective ring” encircling care homes, Dr Gardner said, was “a despicable lie of which he ought to be ashamed and for which he ought to apologise”.

Fay Harris, more downcast in demeanour but no less forthright, told journalists: “I have lost precious years with my wonderful Dad.”

Both women lost their fathers in early 2020, arguing that they might still be alive were it not for hospital patients having been discharged into care homes without having been tested for Covid.

Michael Gibson, born in 1931, had been a superintendent registrar of births and deaths. “He was in a home and should have been safe,” Dr Gardner told The Independent after his death.

Mr Gibson, who had advanced dementia, had fallen ill a couple of weeks before the first lockdown. Staff at his care home were unable to procure tests for Covid, but the virus is believed to have struck him down.

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