On March 26, 2021, Kody’s first wife, Meri, lost her mother, Bonnie Ahlstrom. She was 76. The reality TV couple was joined by Christine and Janelle for a “very solemn” service that same month.
Bonnie had previously appeared in a few episodes of Sister Wives and fans quickly realized the strong bond she had with her daughter, especially with helping her realize her dream of owning her grandparent’s house, Lizzie’s Heritage Inn in Parowan, Utah.
Meri grieved the loss of her mother on Instagram, detailing how blessed she felt to be raised by a strong and resilient woman who always thought of others.
“This woman whose life mission was to give, to love, to serve,” the TLC personality wrote in her caption on Instagram. “This woman who would drop everything for you … This woman who was a safe place to land, no matter where, no matter when. This woman, this beautiful woman, my mom. She left us suddenly, unexpected, and extremely way too soon, and I literally don’t know how I’m going to do the rest of my life without her,” Meri continued.
“You are missed, and I know you are so happy celebrating on the other side with dad, hugging your daughter and son who left us too soon, reuniting with your parents, and getting to know your dad,” the reality star added. “Love them all, hug them all, and be happy. Or rather, just continue filling that space around you with the light that you always do.”
“I will miss [Bonnie] so much!” Janelle commented on Meri’s post. Her own mother, Sheryl Lee Brown, died in December 2020. “She has been such a big part of my life all these years.”
“Missing Grandma Bonnie now. So sad,” Kody tweeted during the airing of an episode of season 15. “I love seeing her here on the show. Rest in Peace, Grandma! I will miss your kind way, smile and wisdom. Your passing breaks my heart.”
But this wasn’t the first time the cast mourned the loss of a family member while the show was on the air. In June 2013, Kody lost his brother, Curtis Brown, due to a tragic motorcycle accident. He was 34. Curtis had previously appeared on the show in the season 3 episode, “Brown Boys Do Vegas.”
During the episode, Kody and Curtis are joined by their two other brothers, Scott Brown and Michael Brown. The four men are shown bonding over drinks, spending time at a shooting range and riding motorcycles.
“You only have to miss him this lifetime, you’ll have him forever,” Meri tweeted. “The love you share is an inspiration to me! Love you Erica.”
As for Janelle, she remembered her late mother on the one-year anniversary of her death, what would have been Sheryl’s 77th birthday.
“December 7,” she wrote via Instagram in 2021, describing it as a “mixed emotions day” alongside photos of her mother and daughter Savanah.
“So happy to celebrate Savanah’s 17th birthday and bittersweet to remember my mom on this day. It was her birthday also!” the mom of six wrote, adding, “Today also marks the one-year anniversary of [her] death.”
“Savanah has a watch of my mom’s and she proudly wore it today,” Janelle gushed. “I recognized it immediately this morning and felt mom close by.”
Not long before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wanted Queen Mary’s bandeau tiara fitted while her own private hair stylist was in London.
The only problem, according to a new book about behind-the-scenes tensions between the Palace and Meghan and Harry, was that the Crown Jewels can’t be picked up and tossed around like costume jewelry from Target.
The Queen’s dresser, Andrea Kelly, had to explain to Meghan and Harry the strict protocol around the Crown Jewels and how adjustments could not be made without arrangements done carefully in advance.
The pair did not take it well, the Sun reported, citing the upcoming book, “Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown,” by veteran Times of London royal correspondent Valentine Low.
Harry reacted badly, according to the book, spewing vitriol at Kelly using “fairly fruity language,” the Sun said.
A Florida high school teacher has been removed after video showed him berating a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
A TikTok video of the incident had amassed more than 1.4 million views as of Saturday.
“You are gonna sit there on your butt?” the unnamed teacher at Bradenton High School angrily asked the student. “If you want to do something, just get up and do it … I will defend my country to the very end.”
The student responded, “I won’t hurt you.”
The teacher then told the student to “go back … where you are from. Mexico or Guatemala? Where?”
When the student said he was born in the United States, the teacher reacted in disbelief.
“You were born here? And you won’t stand up for the flag?”
A rep for Manatee County Schools told Insider that the teacher had been removed and an investigation was underway.
“The School District of Manatee County strongly condemns any language or behavior that degrades, humiliates or insults any individuals — most especially the young people, families and community we have the privilege of serving,” the district said in a statement.
A professional angler is out nearly $200,000 in prize money from a Rhode Island fishing tournament because officials don’t believe his nearly 200-pound catch was above board, according to a lawsuit.
Edward Pollner, 58, and his captain, Rudolf Bonicelli, failed a lie-detector test administered by tourney officials.
The fishermen’s defense? They were too drunk to pass it.
Pollner says the test was unfair — and invalid — because he and his buddy were drinking like fish in celebration of the giant bigeye tuna they caught.
He is now suing competition host Tri-State Tournaments, claiming it was wrong to administer the polygraph so soon after they returned to dock. Rules allow seven days for a test to be administered. Such tests are given after fishing tournaments to ensure winners have followed all the rules.
“Both Mr. Pollner and Mr. Bonicelli had consumed alcohol provided by Tri-State at the post-tournament ceremony, and Mr. Bonicelli informed the polygraph examiner that he had not slept the night before,” Pollner said in court papers. “Despite the fact that their alcohol consumption and Mr. Bonicelli’s fatigue made them unsuitable examinees under widely accepted polygraph standards, Tri-State proceeded with the polygraphs.”
The fish tale began July 24, when the annual four-day Tri-state Canyon Shootout in the waters off Block Island kicked off.
Competitors battled to see who could catch the largest wahoo, mahi mahi or tuna. Bigeye tuna can grow to 500 pounds and eight feet long.
Pollner, of Miami, set off aboard his 46-foot Westmac, christened Ragnar and piloted by Montauk fisherman Bonicelli. On the final day of the competition, they claimed they snagged a fintastic catch: a 195.6-pound bigeye.
The whale of a fish was big enough for fourth place for the largest tuna in the competition and earned Pollner $199,880 in side bets overseen by Tri-State, known as calcuttas.
But instead of letting Bonicelli and Pollner take their polygraphs days later, competition organizers Kerry and Kyle Douton allegedly insisted the tests happen immediately, Pollner carped in legal papers.
Bonicelli was quizzed on whether he’d followed “tournament rules concerning” equipment, had witnessed or knew about any tournament infractions, and whether Ragnar broke any rules. The examiner claimed his responses “indicated deception,” according to the litigation.
Though Bonicelli and Pollner passed later lie-detector tests given by a polygraph examiner they’d hired, Tri-State rejected the results and has refused to release the winnings, according to the lawsuit.
A lawyer for Pollner declined comment. Tri-State did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
The 2022 Milan Fashion Week brought all the classiest fashions, from the Versace runway to the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk. Celebrities such asKim Kardashian, Bellaand Gigi Hadid, Paris Hilton, Emily Ratajkowski and several more made their grand entrances while modeling high-end brands. While they looked undeniably stunning, some stars didn’t quite make the cut under the best dressed list, and instead, appeared as some of the worst dressed.
Paris, 41, strutted in a unique pink ensemble on Friday, September 23, at the Versace show. She rocked a hot pink veil and matching high heels and cuffs to complement her scoop neck mini dress.
The following day, Kim, 41, stopped hearts when her silhouette was seen walking down the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana show on Saturday, September 24, alongside the two fashion designers themselves! The Kardashians star was seen in a simple but dazzling black spaghetti strap, floor-length gown, which sparkled under the spotlight.
In the days prior to her epic runway moment, Kim teased her Instagram followers with fun promotional videos and photos of her embracing what appeared to be a true Marilyn Monroe-inspired look.
“An appetizer before the show. #CiaoKim,” the Skims founder captioned a black and white video on Friday, September 23, featuring her sitting in the back of a car eating pizza and being photographed by a crowd of paparazzi. She had her platinum blonde hair curled into a shorter cut, reminiscent of the late Some Like It Hot actress.
Emily, 31, also gave her fans a sneak peek into her Milan Fashion Week lewk, which was an all-black outfit. The brunette model donned a leather miniskirt, a matching Moto jacket, knee-high boots and a purse during the Versace show.
“VERSACE MOTO MAMI tonight for my @versace family,” the mom captioned an Instagram video on Friday, September 23, of her posing for pictures in her edgy outfit.
Emily gave off major single girl vibes as she confidently walked the Versace runway that day, as In Touch confirmed on September 9 that she filed for divorce from her estranged husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard. The two had split earlier in the summer, In Touch confirmed on July 18.
Multiple insiders later told In Touch that Sebastian’s alleged infidelity ultimately led to their breakup.
“[Sebastian] strayed on multiple occasions,” one source claimed on August 22, whereas a second source alleged that Sebastian was also unfaithful while Emily “was pregnant” with their 18-month-old son, Sylvester Apollo Bear.
Scroll down to have a look at the best and worst dressed celebs from Milan Fashion Week.
But when Harry found out that William’s private secretary would be made aware of the meeting, Harry bailed on the idea because he was afraid intel from the chat might be leaked to the press, according to the book.
New York City school kids are losing their minds over the zonked-out drug addicts and raving vagrants they encounter every day – and are flocking to therapists to find ways to cope with the stress, The Post has learned.
In neighborhoods such as Hell’s Kitchen “a lot” of kids are now in therapy, according to mom Katie Hamill, 43, whose 7-year-old daughter is being treated for anxiety.
“My daughter has seen everything from fornication, masturbation, defecation, urination, you name it, she has seen it. … consistently and constantly. She is in this constant state of panic,” said Hamill, who works in real estate.
The little girl gets upset when she sees “the dying people” — the junkies who look dead whom she thinks no one is helping, the mom said. And she sees far too much vile behavior from adults, including one addict trying to rip out his hair after getting high at a West 42nd Street playground.
“My kid asks me to move,” Hamill said. “We have considered leaving the city. It’s hard.”
Exacerbating the qualify-of-life decline is state bail reform, which has caused the release of scores of dangerous accused criminals, as well as the decriminalization of drug paraphernalia which prompted the NYPD to stop detaining junkies shooting up in public.
Major crimes in all three precincts that cover Hell’s Kitchen are up this year, with the surge nearing 60 percent in Midtown North and South. Robberies are up 57% in Midtown South and 20% in Midtown North. There have been 10 murders so far this year in the three precincts, double the number during the same period in 2021.
In Chelsea, mother Cindy Sanders, 47, said her daughter, who attends the city’s Professional Performing Arts High School, saw a therapist through a school program last year for a combination of concerns, including spiraling crime and the sudden proliferation of unhinged hobos.
“I think everything after COVID has added to the amount of stress on them. So it’s very unclear what exactly is causing the stress and anxiety,” Sanders said. “Since they just got back from COVID, the crime rate was higher, and the number of homeless on the streets was higher as well. All of it, I think, in combination created a lot of anxiety.”
Sanders drives her daughters to the West 48th Street school to keep them safe from the legion of aggressive vagrants, but even that didn’t stop them from being harassed recently.
“A woman … started yelling at us in the car. My daughter was nervous about getting out of the car and crossing the street to go to school,” she said.
Christine Capolupo, 38, a stay-at-home mom who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, and her father, Alex Vado, called police Wednesday when they saw a vagrant asleep on a bench at the Ramon Aponte Playground on West 47th Street near Ninth Avenue.
“It’s terrible especially like this street, in this vicinity, it’s gotten so freaking bad,” Capolupo said. “It’s like in broad daylight you see them shooting up and crazy stuff. It wasn’t like that. It was pretty decent, the neighborhood. I don’t know what’s going on.”
The neighborhood’s current state of affairs is worse than the bad old days, said one lifelong resident and mom whose two daughters are also in therapy.
“My kid is like lunging and attached to me like she wants me to carry her and she is 8 years old. It’s not a way for anybody to live, especially kids,” said the stressed mama, who said her children don’t want to go outside.
The 43-year-old woman recalled, “a lot of acts of violence when grew I up here.”
“But it was murderers murdering each other. They weren’t attacking innocent people walking in the street – women, kids, elderly,” she said. “It felt safer then.”
Sara Pashmforoosh, 40, an architect, who lives in the East Village, said her 19-month-old son constantly sees people smoking crack on their building’s stoop but is unaware of what is happening.
“When he gets older, I’m like, how am I going to explain what they’re doing?” she said.
Therapists say the toxic combination of pandemic stress and daily doses of depravity is creating a veritable Generation Angst in the Big Apple.
“It’s a lot of change and having these people in the neighborhood — that’s a part of that change,” said Dr. Judith Fiona Joseph, a Manhattan psychiatrist who treats children from all over the city. “I do think it’s one of the stressful changes that the post-pandemic era has brought to the city.”
Joseph also noted that children are naturally more empathetic and that “It can be stressful, especially with the sensitive children in my practice — they do voice concerns about seeing people suffering in the streets, people who are not getting treatment and they feel that they want to do something about it.”
Therapist Dawn Adjei Jackson agreed that the street mayhem “contributes to the already existing anxiety that’s running prevalent in the younger clients.”
Psychologist Taylor Chesney, director of the Feeling Good Institute on the Upper East Side, said the worsening street conditions take a toll on parents, too.
“Their environment and where they chose to raise their families is changing so It makes sense that they’re stressed about it,” Chesney said. “And so if they’re going to feel stressed about it, the kids are gonna feel stressed in that way.”
Some families are coping by picking up and leaving.
One study found that families with young kids led the flight from major US cities in the first two years of the pandemic. Manhattan saw a 9.5% decline in children under 5 since 2019. Total New York City public school enrollment has dropped by 73,000 since the start of the pandemic.
Justin McShane, 38, who works in finance and development, left Hell’s Kitchen for New Jersey in February after a rent increase and the surge in violence and drug use in the neighborhood.
“There’s almost like a blissful ignorance within the leadership. It starts with the mayor obviously and no one wants to prosecute anybody. So, you know, everyone feels like they can just run amok without any disincentives,” McShane said.
Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD detective sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College, said the city is seeing the impact of moving away from enforcing quality-of-life concerns.
“Yes, the little things do matter, because the impact on other people — whether it’s crime, or in this case psychological — these things can be avoided,” Giacalone said. “There’s always a cost to something, whether it’s a cost in crime or a cost in therapy. This is what many of the reformers don’t understand.”
Kimyra Garel, 32, a chef, and partner Ernesto Santana, 34, a delivery driver, moved from the Big Apple to Newark last year with their twins, “just to get out of New York because it’s too much craziness.”
The couple returned Friday and brought the boys, who are 8, to play at Washington Square Park, but kept them close.-
“Usually they run around. We don’t hold their hands. I have not let go of their hands. I’m so scared. You don’t know what’s going on now,” Garel said.
A veteran Los Angeles police captain claims she was so distraught when co-workers shared a fake nude photo of her that she had to check herself into a hospital on Christmas Eve.
Greg Smith, a lawyer for LAPD Capt. Lillian L. Carranza, told jurors Thursday that when the 33-year department veteran learned about the circulated doctored photo, her blood pressure skyrocketed, landing her in a hospital bed on the holiday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Carranza alleges in a 2018 lawsuit that department brass knew the “deeply humiliating” naked image was being circulated within the force, along with disparaging comments about her, but never alerted her. The trial on her suit began this week, and she’s slated to testify Tuesday.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore testified Thursday the image was intended to “ridicule, embarrass or harass or smear” Carranza. However, he said that after Carranza sued the department in late 2018 and asked him to notify the 13,000 members of the force the photo was a fake, he declined because doing so might create “a viral interest, human or otherwise” and a “potential for further embarrassment,” with others potentially seeking out the image.
Carranza said in recent court documents she believes parts of her face were Photoshopped onto the nude image, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I noted that the facial features of the woman in the picture bore a striking resemblance to me, although the photograph was not actually of me,” she said in a declaration. “In fact, I concluded that my own eye appears to have been Photoshopped into the picture.”
She also said she felt “hurt, abandoned and devalued by my superiors … who took no steps to prevent known harm to me from occurring and who stood by and watched, encouraged or simply looked the other way as I was ridiculed, humiliated and degraded by fellow LAPD employees, despite my persistent pleas for help.”
Carranza, who now heads the agency’s Gangs and Narcotics division, also claims she was victimized in 2013 when a detective supervisor was captured on audio telling her that she was a “very cute little Hispanic lady” who had been “swapped around a bunch of times,” according to her lawsuit.
The incidents are part of a sexist culture within the department that subjects women to ongoing verbal harassment, Carranza maintains.
A 2024 rematch between President Biden and former President Trump would be a virtual dead heat, according to a new poll from Emerson.
The survey published Friday found Biden with the support of 45% of potential voters, while Trump came in with 44%. A total of 6% would vote for someone else, and 5% are undecided — a potentially decisive bloc of voters.
The poll also found voters split down the middle on the recent FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago, with 33% saying it made them more likely to support Trump in 2024, while another 33% said it made them less likely. The remaining 34% of voters said the raid made no difference.
As the midterms approach, President Biden’s approval ratings remain underwater with 45% of voters approving his performance, and 49% disapproving. Still, the numbers are Biden’s highest from Emerson all year and have been steadily improving.
A generic 2022 midterm House ballot showed voters equally divided between Democrats and Republicans with 45% each — a steady improvement for Democrats despite record-high inflation.
“Biden’s increase in approval appears to be driven by women voters. Since July, women voters’ approval of the President has jumped 10 points, from 39% to 49%.” said Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College polling. “Women voters support the Democratic congressional candidate over the Republican candidate by 10 points, while men break for the Republican candidate by 12.”
The economy remains a prime concern, with 39% of voters saying it was one of their most important issues. That was followed by threats to democracy (15%), and abortion access (10%).
The national poll quizzed 1,368 very likely voters between Sept. 20-21.
Ciao, Kim. Kim Kardashian turned heads as she strutted down the catwalk at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show during Milan Fashion Week on Saturday, September 24.
The Kardashians star, 41, slayed in a sparkling black spaghetti strap, floor-length dress as she made her grand entrance down the runway. Her silhouette was the first sighting before the lights revealed the stunning ensemble the designers chose for her.
The reality TV queen wore a fitted black with attached gloves and a plunging neckline paired with the brand’s signature Falkon Pantaleggings. Kim completed the look with her then-blonde locks pulled back into a low bun with face-framing strands left loose.
Fashion houses have seemingly been shying away from strictly using high fashion models for their runway shows as the Kardashiansstar was joined by singer Dua Lipa and actress Nicole Kidman during her July appearance in Paris.
Kim teased her Milan Fashion Week debut and exciting new collab in the days leading up to the show as she channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe with vintage-inspired black and white videos shared via Instagram. In the footage, the SKIMS founder can be seen stepping off her private jet and being handed white roses, as well as a clip of her in the back of a limo eating pizza.
“Ciao Milano,” her caption from September 21 read, with the hashtags, “Ciao Kim” and “Dolce Gabbana.”
The SKNN founder’s friends and family received press kits ahead of her big moment with branded Italian-themed goodies including a tomato can with Kim’s face, a Dolce & Gabbana bandana, a white T-shirt with pictures of Kim eating gelato and pasta and a black clutch purse with a photobook inside.
The Poosh founder and her Blink-182 husband tied the knot for the third time at Villa Olivetta, the fashion houses Portofino, Italy, estate while donning head to toe Dolce & Gabbana. The bride wore a white corset style mini gown with a cathedral length veil that had the Virgin Mary embroidered on it – similar to a tattoo Travis has on the top of his head – while the groom rocked a class black tuxedo.