Kristen Bell Discusses Potential Return to ‘Gossip Girl’

Now that Gossip Girl is officially getting its reboot at going off the air in 2012, many fans are wondering if Kristen Bell will be reprising her role as the narrator. In an interview with E! News, she seemed like she’s ready to get back in the game, but still kept mum on if she’ll be returning.

“Maybe,” she said, “I’ll never tell.”

Just in case Bell is busy, she did offer one potential name to fill her place.

“James Earl Jones. It’s gotta be, yeah,” she added.

This week HBO Max announced that it has a reboot for the series in the works, picking up 10 hour-long episodes. It’s unclear if any of the original cast members will return as it sounds like the new series will have a new group of New York teens to stir up drama.

“Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.” reads a plot description. “The prestige series will address just how much social media—and the landscape of New York itself—has changed in the intervening years.”

Since rumors of a Gossip Girl reboot have been swirling for years, Leighton Meester recently addressed the idea of her own character, Blair Waldorf, making a return.

“No one’s ever asked me,” she told E! News back in May. “No one’s ever talked to me about it except for in interviews and I always say the same: I never say never, so I don’t know. No one’s sent me that information, it’s coming from you.”

A lot has changed in a few months, but for now we’ll just have to keep pestering the old cast for more clues.

Erika Harwood Erika Harwood is a New York-based freelance writer covering fashion, beauty, pop culture, and politics.

Selena Gomez Was a Stunning Maid of Honor in a Black Off-the-Shoulder Dress at Her Cousin’s Wedding

Selena Gomez spent one of her final days being 26 celebrating the marriage of her cousin and close friend Priscilla DeLeon. Gomez was in Dallas last night, where she served as maid of honor during DeLeon's wedding to her now-husband Jay Cosme. Gomez wore a gorgeous off-the-shoulder black gown for the wedding and playfully posed in photos taken by family and guests at the ceremony:

Gomez was also recorded giving a speech to her cousin and her new husband during the reception. "You taught me to be strong," she told DeLeon at one point, going on to praise DeLeon and Cosme. She finished her speech by telling DeLeon, "I love you," and giving her cousin a hug.

Gomez has been a big part of DeLeon's wedding. She bought her cousin her dream wedding dress, DeLeon revealed back in December 2017.

Gomez also threw her cousin's bachelorette party early this month. Gomez took DeLeon and her friends on vacation to Four Seasons in Punta Mita, Mexico. DeLeon shared some shots from the trip, including one of her and Gomez together. "I wouldn’t want anyone else standing next to me at the alter (even the two pregnant ones that couldn’t attend)," she wrote alongside a shot of her and Gomez on the beach. "My maid of honor really showed out this weekend and threw me the bachelorette party of my dreams. I am forever grateful."

Before her wedding, DeLeon shared one last photo from her bachelorette weekend with Gomez and their whole group posing in matching black bathing suits. "Marriage license day. So it’s only right to post a bachelorette picture since I’m almost a married woman!" she wrote on July 8.

Alyssa Bailey News and Strategy Editor Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).

Everything We Know About Veronica Mars Season 5

Veronica Mars has some of the most vocal and devoted fans around—what other show could get a reboot, twice? After the original teen-detective series was left hanging back in 2007, a film was crowd-funded in 2014. That in itself is a nice effort, but this year, Marshmallows finally got to catch up with Veronica in a new fourth season, a mere 12 years after the original show ended.

"People are wondering what Veronica Mars is doing," Kristen Bell said in an interview on SiriusXM's EW Radio when asked about the hunger for the show. "There's never been a lapse in the fanbase."

Perhaps with that in mind, Hulu surprise dropped all eight episodes on July 19, a week ahead of its announced premiere date. What with all the bingeing to come, some fans are wondering—will there be a season 5?

Here's what we know.

Is a fifth season of Veronica Mars confirmed?

Nothing has been confirmed yet, and given that the fourth season just landed—and early, to boot, it's a little too soon to tell if a fifth season is a sure thing. (Lots of viewers could nudge that decision along.)

There are plenty of good signs, though. Creator Rob Thomas has shown an unflagging devotion to the show, bringing it through two rebirths to date. Hulu's Craig Erwich said at the Television Critics Association winter press tour: "Rob Thomas came into our office and explained very passionately about why he wanted to do this, how he was going to do this."

Would Kristen Bell be involved?

Bell is as much a fan of her plucky character as any audience member, and she told TVLine she thinks Veronica has “an endless life” because of Thomas’ “commitment to reinventing the story.” Her commitment is just as high, Bell said: “As long as the fans want more I will try to do it again.”

“I will do Veronica Mars until it’s Murder, She Wrote,” Bell said. “I will keep doing this show until everyone in Neptune is dead. And then the big reveal is that Veronica‘s the criminal; she killed everyone!” (Just kidding, Kristen…right?)

While Bell was joking around about her involvement in future iterations of Veronica Mars, she did seem pretty serious about it, saying it “was a big decision to come back to the show because it’s a huge undertaking. And that means I’m going to miss a lot of [my kids’] bedtimes. But I said to myself, ‘If we can do it right, it will be worth it because Veronica will be out in the world again as an inspiration.’ I want my girls to have that. And I want people to say, as I do, ‘What would Veronica do?'”

Estelle Tang Senior Editor Estelle Tang is the Senior Editor covering culture and entertainment at—including TV, movies, books, music, and Adidas tracksuits.

Heat Bakes the Nation, Here Are Some Safety Tips

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The heat is on.

Across two-thirds of the United States, over 115 million Americans live where some level of heat alert is already in effect, and 290 million will see temperatures soar past 90 degrees at some point in the next week, USA Today reported Wednesday.

As a dome of high pressure settles over much of the eastern and mid-Atlantic states, the heat indexes (the real-feel temperatures) in many places will top 100 and approach 110 degrees or higher, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

What to do when the temperatures soar so high that heat-related illnesses start to take their toll? One expert offers some sage advice.

"Weekend athletes exercising in the heat need to remember to keep ahead of their fluids. It's vital to stay ahead of your thirst during these heat extremes, not just to drink when you are thirsty," said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Taking breaks is essential when intensely exercising in the heat for more than one hour. This includes rest, finding shade from the sun, and drinking water mixed with sugar and electrolytes. Salty pretzels, fruit and nuts are always a good option if you don't have access to a drink with sugar and electrolytes," Glatter noted.

If you exercise in the heat, try to do so early in the morning when humidity and heat from direct sunlight is low.

During heat waves, seniors are at greatly increased risk for heat stroke due to their reduced ability to sweat and therefore cool their bodies. They also may be taking medications to treat blood pressure, which can reduce their ability to sweat, Glatter said.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Call 911 in such cases.

Medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin) do not reduce high core body temperatures, and could even be harmful. Patients need rapid cooling to reduce high core temperatures.

Along with blood pressure medications, antihistamines and medications to treat anxiety and depression may also increase the risk for heat stroke by reducing a person's ability to sweat, Glatter noted.


"Hypertension, coronary artery disease and kidney disease — common in the senior population — all elevate the risk for developing heat stroke, due to reduced cardiac reserve and plasticity of blood vessels. These are major risk factors for heat stroke," he explained.

During heat waves, check on seniors to see how they're feeling. Make sure they have access to air conditioning, plenty of cool fluids, and create a heat response plan to help reduce the risk of heat stroke, Glatter advised.

Children are also at increased risk for heat stroke because they can't regulate their body temperature as well as adults, and they may not drink enough in hot weather.

Everyone should drink plenty of cool fluids in the heat. Water is the best choice, but low-sugar sports drinks are recommended if you're working in the heat or exercising for more than one hour. Don't drink alcohol or sugary drinks, such as soda, in the heat because they can cause dehydration due to excessive water loss, Glatter said.

"Never leave a child or a senior in a parked car in the hot sun. In temperatures as low as 70 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of the car can reach 90 to 100 degrees in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. When it's 90 degrees outside, the interior can heat up to 110 to 120 degrees in 30 minutes and be lethal in that short time frame," Glatter said.

Residents Unaware of Cancer-Causing Toxin in Air

This story is jointly reported by Brenda Goodman of WebMD and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News.

July 19, 2019 — Ann Singley was trying to muscle her lawnmower out of a ditch in front of her home in Covington, GA., when she felt a tug in her breast. It was a hard lump, and in the days after she discovered it, it didn’t go away.

It was stage III breast cancer. Singley, who was 33, was just beginning what would be a long and desperate fight to survive. Her youngest child, Gene, was only 3.

“She told me, all he’s going to remember about her is her being sick,” said Singley’s mother, Velma Slaton.

The year Singley was diagnosed with breast cancer, 2007, a company now called BD Bard, which sterilizes medical devices, reported releasing more than 9,000 pounds of a gas called ethylene oxide into the air about a half-mile from her home.

Ethylene oxide is used on about half the medical products in the U.S. that need sterilizing, according to industry estimates. It’s also used to make other chemicals, like antifreeze.

As Singley began her treatment, scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had just begun a 10-year study to better understand the risks of ethylene oxide to human health.

By 2016, the agency had made its decision: Ethylene oxide was far more dangerous than the scientists had understood before. The agency moved it from a list of chemicals that probably could cause cancer to a list of those that definitely caused cancer. The EPA also updated a key risk number for the chemical to reflect that it was 30 times more likely to cause certain cancers than scientists had once known.

Two years later, in 2018, the agency used that new risk value for a periodic report that assesses health risks from releases of airborne toxins in the U.S. That report, called the National Air Toxics Assessment, or NATA, flagged 109 census tracts across the country where cancer risks were higher because of exposure to airborne toxins. Most of the risks were driven by just one chemical: ethylene oxide.

The highest risks were in 12 census tracts in “cancer alley,” in Louisiana, near facilities that make ethylene oxide or use it to make other chemicals. Other states with affected areas included Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Delaware, New Jersey, and Illinois, according to an analysis of the NATA data by The Intercept, an investigative reporting site.

Georgia has three affected census tracts, all in metro Atlanta — two in the Smyrna area, and one in Covington where Ann Singley lived. The report estimated that around Smyrna, ethylene oxide causes 114 extra cases of cancer for every million people exposed over their lifetimes. In Covington, it estimated the gas causes 214 cases for every million people exposed. The EPA considers the cancer risk from pollution to be unacceptable when it tops 100 cases for every million people who are exposed to a chemical over the course of their lifetime.

In the neighborhoods that have been impacted in Georgia, people are just hearing about the hazard –from Georgia Health News and WebMD nearly a year after the federal government released its official list of the hot spots. The EPA decided not to put out a news release, and state regulators did not issue one either.

“EPA is not issuing a press release,” wrote Larry Lincoln, director of the EPA’s office of external affairs for Region 4, which covers the Southeastern U.S., in an email message to state officials.

As a result, few people who live in the impacted census tracts in Georgia and elsewhere are aware of the threat, which goes back decades.

Companies that release ethylene oxide have largely continued to do business as usual. Many are legally allowed to release thousands of pounds of ethylene oxide each year because they received state permits before the EPA lowered the risk threshold for the chemical.

“No one wants to believe something irresponsible is going on,” said Tony Adams, a former board member of the homeowners association at the Chadsworth at Vinings Townhomes in Smyrna.

News that ethylene oxide might be a problem touched off heated debate on the neighborhood’s Facebook page. Maps made in June by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) — which did its own modeling to examine risks from the toxin — show that releases in both the Covington and Smyrna areas exceed the state’s level of a chemical where health risks begin to rise. That level is known as the acceptable area concentration, or AAC.

The AAC for ethylene oxide represents one additional case of cancer for every 1 million people exposed.

In Smyrna, the state estimates ethylene oxide emissions are 27 to 61 times higher than the AAC. In Covington, concentrations of ethylene oxide in neighborhoods around the plant range from 17 to 97 times the AAC.

“Oh my,” said Stephanie Cargile, as she looked at the state’s maps.

“So what do I need to do? Move? I’m not going to jeopardize my children,” said Cargile, 59, who lives in Covington with her two grandsons.

The state maps offer only educated guesses about the pollution in the affected areas. That’s because they are based on estimated emissions that are self-reported by the companies. No air testing for ethylene oxide has been done in the neighborhoods around the plants. In an interview, Georgia EPD said it has no plans to do air testing. It also said it has no immediate plans to require the companies to cut their emissions.

“It’s far too early for that,” Karen Hays, chief of Georgia EPD’s Air Protection Branch, said in an interview with Georgia Health News and WebMD. “We’re trying to figure out what is actually going on, on the ground. This is modeling. We’re looking at this. This is what we have come up with so far.”

When asked whether the EPD had any plans to talk to people about the pollution near their homes, Hays said, “We have not so far.”

Cancer Risks Around Georgia Plants

Proving that cancers have been caused by environmental pollution is difficult, and there has been no specific health investigation of the Georgia census tracts that are at risk.

But data compiled by the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry show at least one of the cancers tied to ethylene oxide , non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has risen significantly over the last decade, especially among men, in the 30014 ZIP code around the sterilizing plant in Covington. That’s the same pattern seen in studies of exposed workers. The EPA’s risk review noted that men who worked with ethylene oxide in sterilizing plants were more vulnerable to “lymphoid” cancers — including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — than their female co-workers.

A lawmaker says he is troubled by the state’s response.

“I’d like to see independent air quality testing in the area around Covington that the EPD study says is impacted,” said U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat who represents Georgia’s 4th District, which includes Covington and the BD Bard Plant. “The fact that state and federal agencies have known the dangers of ethylene oxide and have not informed residents is unacceptable. Federal, state, and local officials should work together to assess the dangers these emissions pose to our communities and determine next steps to protect the health and well-being of our citizens.”

State Sen. Brian Strickland, a Republican who represents the Covington area, declined to comment.

An Airborne Menace

Ethylene oxide is a stealthy poison. It’s an invisible gas with no noticeable odor in outdoor air.

It’s used to sterilize medical equipment because it penetrates cardboard, paper, and plastic, laying waste to microbes like bacteria and fungi that can cause infections or spoil foods.

The chemical can snip and scramble DNA, the instructions for how living cells work. Errors in DNA can cause cells to grow out of control, leading to cancer.

Workers exposed to the gas on the job got breast, leukemia, and lymphoma cancers at higher-than-expected rates, according to a 2004 study of more than 18,000 employees at sterilization plants.

Besides breast and blood cancers, rats and mice that were dosed with ethylene oxide to study its toxic effects got lung and brain tumors, uterine cancers, and cancers of their connective tissue. They also had more miscarriages and breathing problems than unexposed mice.

Ethylene oxide molecules disperse in outdoor air, but they don’t disappear for a long time. The chemical has a half-life of about 200 days in air, or almost 7 months. That means it takes that long for just half of the chemical to break down.

“It’s enough time that an ethylene oxide molecule that’s released will probably go around the world two or three times before it’s destroyed,” says Richard Peltier, PhD, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In communities where ethylene oxide is steadily released “you’re being exposed to this continuously 24 hours a day,” he says.

Documents obtained through lawsuits against chemical companies show the industry had heard about the cancer risks related to ethylene oxide as early as the 1980s.

At a toxicology conference in Galveston, TX, in 1981, Marvin Legator, PhD, briefed the audience on emerging cancer risks from chemicals. “The biggest problem chemical we have right now is ethylene oxide,” he said.

It would be 35 more years before EPA policy caught up to Legator’s warning.

Outrage in Illinois

There was one place where news about ethylene oxide exploded: the Village of Willowbrook, IL, an affluent suburb of Chicago.

The EPA has a regional office in Willowbrook. There, EPA staff had been working for months behind the scenes, before the air toxics report’s public release, to learn whether the cancer risks predicted by that upcoming assessment existed in the real world.

The EPA’s air toxics assessment is a cancer risk screening tool. Its conclusions are based on data modeling, not a measurement of chemicals in the air. The regional EPA staff wanted to know how much ethylene oxide they were actually breathing. For them, the threat was personal.

They ordered air testing in 39 locations in the neighborhood that surrounds a medical sterilizing plant run by a company called Sterigenics, which had reported releases of hundreds of thousands of pounds of ethylene oxide to the outside air there over more than 2 decades. The results of that sampling confirmed higher levels of ethylene oxide in the air around Willowbrook.

The regional EPA staff then asked the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a specialized division of the CDC, for help. ATSDR reviews the latest science and likely exposures to understand specific health risks to communities from toxic pollution.

Based on the levels of ethylene oxide found in the air around Willowbrook, ATSDR’s calculations showed the extra cancer risk for residents was roughly 6,400 cases of cancer for every million people. The EPA considers the cancer risk in a community to be too high when it tops 100 cases for every 1 million people exposed to a pollutant.

The ATSDR report came out August 21, 2018. The EPA released its National Air Toxics Assessment the next day.

News of the cancer risks spread rapidly.

“We found out about the ATSDR report the day after it was published,” said Margie Donnell, a real estate attorney who lives in Willowbrook. “We were told it was never supposed to be made public,” she says. “The village freaked out.”

Residents in Willowbrook quickly mobilized, forming a nonprofit called Citizens 4 Clean Air. They raised money and started a Facebook group called Stop Sterigenics to spread the word about the pollution.

Three days after the report came out, the group was protesting in front of the Sterigenics plant. They enlisted the help of Illinois legislators, including Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

By October, the Illinois attorney general had sued Sterigenics in state court. In February 2019, after more air testing, the Illinois Department of Environmental Protection issued an order that shut the plant down.

Sterigenics says that the amounts of ethylene oxide it released were tightly controlled and always within legal limits.

Just this week, though, state and company officials announced that Sterigenics will resume its operations at its Willowbrook facility after installing new equipment intended to cut its ethylene oxide emissions. The company will face no fines from the state but will set aside $300,000 during the next year for “environmental improvements, or educational scholarships or programs,” in the Willowbrook area, according to reporting by the Chicago Tribune.

“Sterigenics has a proven track record of complying with and going above and beyond what the regulations require in the safe use of EO [ethylene oxide] to sterilize critical medical products and devices,” said the company in a statement posted on the Sterigenics Willowbrook website.

Donnell says the EPA’s air testing suggests that the emissions the company was reporting to the EPA were wrong.

“Self-reporting [by a company] is a guess. It’s abundantly clear that the numbers are just a guesstimate or whatever the company wants to submit,” she says.

In other public responses, Sterigenics has questioned whether its operations were the sole source of emissions measured near the plant. It says the EPA failed to account for ethylene oxide from background sources like traffic and construction around the canisters that took air samples.

Scientists don’t dispute that ethylene oxide can come from sources other than sterilization plants. But they note that EPA air testing showed that levels of ethylene oxide fell by an average of 50% after the company ceased operations, according to the Chicago Tribune. The emissions plunged by more than 90% in air monitors that were closest to the plant.

Sterigenics and other medical sterilizers also take issue with the EPA’s new risk value for ethylene oxide, which finds that the chemical can cause cancer in minuscule amounts. They say the threshold set by the EPA is unreasonable, because it’s a level of ethylene oxide that is lower than the amount found in healthy human bodies.

Independent experts don’t doubt that our bodies make some ethylene oxide. But they say even if it comes from normal body processes, that doesn’t mean it is without harm.

Peltier says ethylene oxide from industrial pollution adds to what we already have in our bodies. And he says airborne ethylene oxide is a cancer source we should be able to protect people from.

“We can control the outside environment exposures. We can’t control the ones on the inside,” he says.

Sterigenics in Georgia

In Smyrna, GA, another Sterigenics plant sits tucked into a low-slung industrial area next to The Light Bulb Depot and a doggie daycare. The Garden, a shelter for homeless women and children, is across the street.

Smyrna is one of Atlanta’s closest suburbs. New townhomes in the area, which has become a hot location because it’s close to Atlanta highways, are selling for $500,000 and up.

There, residents are just learning from reporters that a toxic gas is drifting through their neighborhood.

Cassandra Saffold started shaking when a reporter from WebMD showed her a map made by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The map estimates concentrations of ethylene oxide near the Chadsworth at Vinings Townhomes, where she lives, at 27 times the annual safe level determined by the state.

“This is my major investment,” she said, speaking of her home’s resale value. “What if we can’t get it shut down?”

Saffold alerted her homeowners association, and within 3 days, members were posting on the Stop Sterigenics Facebook page, looking for more information.

Adams, a massage therapist who also lives in the townhomes, said he, too, was worried about his home’s value, but “I’m more concerned about my health than money. And I like money.” He says he and his neighbors “want to have peace of mind that the air we’re breathing is not toxic.”

To come up with its maps, the state worked for months with BD Bard and Sterigenics, using numbers reported by the companies for the modeling. Unlike in Willowbrook, no follow-up air testing has been done.

Emails obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act show that as the companies worked with state regulators, they dramatically lowered their own emissions estimates, dropping them from thousands to hundreds of pounds.

Sterigenics says it was able to lower its emissions, in part, by better controlling “back vent” emissions that escaped when plant workers opened the door of the sterilizing chamber after a cleaning cycle.

Bard says its numbers dropped because testing showed its pollution control equipment removes more ethylene oxide than the company had first estimated.

Even using the companies’ lower figures, data modelers at the state EPD found that the estimated ethylene oxide emissions from the Sterigenics and BD Bard plants exceeded the state’s yearly acceptable levels.

Smyrna resident John Keller says he is troubled that the state has relied solely on the company for information about its releases.

“That’s a mistake,” says Keller, 83, a retired dentist. “They need to do their own testing. Depending on the company to admit to their own pollution is like depending on Philip Morris to tell you about cigarettes.”

State Goes Easy on Business

The state of Georgia consistently ranks high on lists of the best states for businesses. One reason, according to surveys, is a friendly regulatory environment.

According to state guidelines, a company seeking a permit to operate in Georgia has to demonstrate that its releases will not exceed acceptable concentrations of certain toxins. And even though the models the EPD made followed the same process the state uses to set limits on releases of toxic air pollutants, the EPD said these models won’t be used for that purpose.

Emails obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act suggest how the state has been reluctant to provide information to assist federal investigations into Georgia’s ethylene oxide pollution. EPD Air Protection Branch chief Karen Hays pushed back at EPA staff who requested more information on medical sterilizers in Georgia, including how companies were making their estimates for ethylene oxide emissions. Hays said the work was unnecessary and burdensome, emails show. The EPA backed off the request.

In April, ATSDR, a division of the CDC, reached out to see if the state had modeled any health impacts from ethylene oxide sterilizers. Emails show that Hays suggested that ATSDR file an open records request to get more data, though her staff had, in fact, been working on those models for months.

An EPD manager who works on finding out health risks to people from environmental pollution questioned that federal agency’s report on Willowbrook. “My concern with ATSDR’s recommendations is the assumption that a causal relationship can be easily drawn between chronic exposure to [ethylene oxide] air emissions and elevated cancers in the population surrounding a facility under routine monitoring,” the manager wrote.

It’s unclear if the state of Georgia will require either company to take any corrective measures.

Sterigenics says it is installing new pollution control equipment in its Smyrna plant, which will make its operations even safer.

Hays says she has asked a different department of the EPD to study what its maps mean for the health of residents around the plants. She has given it a deadline of August 1 to report back.

State regulators say they are waiting before they take further action, because the EPA may roll back the new, stricter risk value for ethylene oxide at the request of the American Chemistry Council.

When Hays read the news that the EPA might be reconsidering its new risk value for ethylene oxide, she responded to a colleague with just one word: “Yeah!”

Though the state doesn’t plan to test air in the impacted neighborhoods, the EPD is testing a single sample of air for ethylene oxide at its monitoring site in south DeKalb County. The site is not near any plants that release ethylene oxide. Instead, Georgia wants to see if ethylene oxide may be present in the air from sources like traffic.

Georgia state Sen. Jen Jordan, who represents part of the impacted Smyrna area, questions whether enough is being done.

“This is bad,” says Jordan, a Democrat for the 6th District. “I’m incredibly troubled that it sounds like they were trying to manage the situation instead of being transparent,” she says.

“When we have modeling and a memo that shows elevated cancer risk, why that would not somehow have some kind of regulatory or legal impact on a company, especially when we know what they’re doing is hurting the people that live around them,” Jordan says.

Cancer Risks Around Medical Sterilizers

At the request of WebMD and Georgia Health News, the Georgia Department of Public Health looked up cancer rates in the ZIP codes around the plants in Smyrna and Covington.

The 30339 ZIP code sits next to the Sterigenics plant in Smyrna. The ZIP code covers a slightly different area from the one the pollution was projected to impact, so there’s no way to make a direct comparison.

Cancer rates in this ZIP code appeared to be on par with those in the rest of the state. In 30339, the latest data show 474 cases of cancer were diagnosed for every 100,000 people, the same as the statewide rate.

While rates of breast cancer were slightly higher in 30339 than in the rest of the state, the difference is not statistically significant, meaning it could be due to chance alone.

While higher levels of cancer haven’t shown up in state data in the Smyrna area, the numbers tell a different story in Covington.

People who live in the 30014 ZIP code are diagnosed with more cancers than residents in Newton County overall and in the state as a whole. In 30014, there were 527 cases of cancer diagnosed for every 100,000 people, compared with an average of 474 cases of cancer diagnosed for every 100,000 people statewide. The difference between the cancer rate in 30014 and the state is statistically significant, meaning that the increase is not likely due to chance alone.

Rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer linked to ethylene oxide exposure, have recently been higher in the 30014 ZIP code, compared with the Georgia average.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma rates have been rising an average of nearly 7% each year from 2007 to 2016 in this ZIP code. The increases are statistically significant, according to public health officials.

Rates of breast cancer, another type of cancer linked to the toxin, have varied. The latest data show rates in the ZIP code are close to the state average of 127 cases diagnosed for every 100,000 people. But historical data indicate that they peaked in this ZIP code between 2010 and 2014, when 139 cases were diagnosed for every 100,000 people. Over the same time frame, Georgia’s breast cancer rate was 127 cases per 100,000.

In a written statement, the Department of Public Health cautions that it is extremely difficult to find out if an environmental exposure has caused cancer. The department says its data shouldn’t be seen as a link between any particular environmental exposure and a specific type of cancer. That’s particularly true in some of the impacted neighborhoods in Covington, which have had documented exposures to other types of toxic chemicals in addition to ethylene oxide.

Longtime Company

Ann Singley had lived in the same neighborhood of neat wooden row houses for much of her life. The homes were built to house workers at the old Covington Mill.

Singley grew up, for a time, in a house on Wheat Street, where she lived with her mother and four brothers. She moved back in 1991 when she married her husband, Kelly, a deputy for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Bard has a longstanding presence here, too. The company has been using ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment in the area for decades.

Federal records show the plant, which sits about half a mile as the crow flies from the yellow house where the Singleys lived, has been emitting ethylene oxide to the outdoor air since at least 1987, the first year companies were required to report releases of toxic chemicals to the federal government. That year, the plant reported releasing more than 76,000 pounds of ethylene oxide. By 1991, when the Singleys moved in, that number was down to 35,700 pounds.

Those numbers are much higher than current reported releases, but experts say that when the releases were made years ago, less was known about the risk, which means communities impacted by ethylene oxide may have been exposed for decades.

The state’s model shows the risks from the ethylene oxide emissions span a wide area in Covington — more than 15 miles from the facility. Data mapping company ESRI estimates more than 18,000 people are impacted there.

In the Covington Mill neighborhood, ethylene oxide emissions exceed the state’s annual safe level by an average of 23 to 34 times. In 2015, the average concentration of ethylene oxide in a neighborhood on the other side of Bard, called Settlers Grove, was 97 times higher than the state’s safe level. That means ethylene oxide in the air could be expected to cause 97 cases of cancer for every 1 million people exposed over the course of their lifetimes.

Cancer is common, to be sure. According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people will get cancer in their lifetime, and most will never know exactly what caused it. Some of the risk for cancer can be inherited, through genes. Cancer can also develop because of exposure to something in the environment.

Experts who have studied the issue believe that environmental cancer triggers have been overlooked.

In 2010, a federal report from the President’s Cancer Panel concluded that “the true burden of environmental induced cancer has been grossly underestimated” and that human exposure to cancer-causing chemicals is widespread in the U.S., where chemicals are untested and “largely unregulated.”

In response to questions from WebMD and Georgia Health News, BD Bard issued a written statement:

“BD cares deeply for our employees and the communities in which we operate. We are an important part of the Covington community and take our responsibility to be a good corporate citizen very seriously. We continue to take all steps necessary to ensure the safe operation of our facilities.”

The company further says that the EPD’s maps are based on computer modeling and not actual air testing.

“Neither Georgia EPD nor U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked BD to take any actions as a result of this report, as our ethylene oxide levels … are well below all required levels.”

Resident’s Asthma, Breast Cancer

On the other side of the BD plant, in apartments maintained by the Newton County Housing Authority, state regulators predict concentrations of ethylene oxide are 42 times higher than the acceptable limit. Resident Cynthia Newsome was not surprised to learn her air quality could be compromised.

“You just walk outside and your lungs say, ‘Nope!’” she says.

Newsome, who is 49, has gotten asthma since moving to the unit she rents there. Her daughter and her two grandsons, who live with her, have it too. They require an arsenal of pills and inhalers to manage their breathing problems. She runs an air purifier inside the house, and she has stopped sitting on her front porch because of her health problems.

“I stay sick all the time,” she says. In addition to her breathing problems, she says she has symptoms like skin rashes that she attributes to “weird allergies.”

She’d like to move, but three bouts of breast cancer have wiped her out financially. She was first diagnosed at age 29, when she lived 12 miles away from the BD Bard plant at the Salem Glen apartments. That neighborhood is just outside the state’s impact zone for ethylene oxide. She said she has no history of breast cancer in her family and no known risk genes for it. Many different things can contribute to having cancer and asthma. It would be almost impossible for doctors to pinpoint what led to Newsome’s health problems.

Still, it’s rare for a woman to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20s or 30s. According to the National Cancer Institute, the chances of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer between the ages of 30 and 40 are just .4%. That translates to about 1 case for every 227 women. (Ann Singley was also diagnosed in her 30s).

Velma Slaton says her daughter always wondered how she got breast cancer. Tests failed to find any genes that would have increased her risk.

“I would have traded my life so she could be here with her family and her kids, because my kids were grown. Hers weren’t,” Slaton said.

The year after doctors found Ann’s breast cancer, Velma and her twin sister were diagnosed with it, too. They both live in Covington. They survived, but Ann was not so fortunate.

After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation put the cancer into remission, it returned in 2010. Her bones were riddled with it. Her doctor hoped she would make it to Christmas of 2012, but she didn’t. She passed away on Dec. 10 at home. Her youngest son, Gene, was 8.

“It was a horrible experience. I’ve been alone ever since. I guess I’m afraid to start over because something like that could happen again,” says her husband, Kelly. Ann died the day before their 21st wedding anniversary.

When told by reporters about the ethylene oxide near his home, he said the information was concerning. He recalled his birth mother worked at the Bard plant in the 1970s. She died of a brain tumor when he was 3.

“If that’s something that’s going on, if something is causing a problem, they need to stop that particular part of the operation and move it out to unincorporated areas where people won’t be affected by it,” he said.

“If they knew about it, if they knew there was a possibility that it could cause cancer and they allowed it to continue anyway, those people should be punished.”

It’s Our Favorite Time of the Year—Nordstrom’s Epic Sale is Here

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Nordstrom's anniversary sale gives more reason to celebrate than most wedding anniversaries. Starting today, you can get over 50 percent off on products like Dior sun glasses, Tory Burch flats, and a perfect lace dress that has over 1,200 positive reviews. Don't feel overwhelmed but all the goodies, because we combed through hundredsof pages and narrowed the sale down to the very best steals. Click through for our faves.

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How to Watch Hulu’s Veronica Mars Season 4 Online

The last time we saw intrepid investigator Veronica Mars on the small screen, it was 2006. Sure, we got a Kickstarter-funded movie in 2014, but even considering that bonus, it's been a long time between sips for Marshmallows.

Luckily, the fourth season is coming soon. Or rather, I should say, it has arrived—a whole week sooner than the announced date of July 26. Every season of Veronica Mars is now available to stream on Hulu, including the new eight-episode installment. Everything you loved about Neptune's most curious and tenacious resident is back and ready for weekend bingeing.

Here's how to watch the show.

Watch on Hulu

Hulu is the new home of Veronica Mars, and if you have an account, feel free to log in and get started right away!

For those of you who don't have a Hulu account yet, you can begin your free month-long trial right now. The basic plan is $5.99 a month. Alternatively, you can opt for a Hulu + Live TV plan—you'll get a seven-day trial, and it'll cost you $44.99 once that trial period is over.

You can also watch via the Hulu app on:

  • Android phone and tablet
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablet
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • iPhone and iPad
  • LG TV and Blu-ray player
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick
  • Samsung TV and Blu-ray player
  • Sony TV and Blu-ray player
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Inside Elizabeth Holmes’s New Courtroom Style Strategy. Will It Backfire?

Elizabeth Holmes is known for many things: A now-defunct blood testing company once valued at $9 billion, a possibly faked deep voice, and a signature look of bleached-blonde hair, Kohl-rimmed eyes, and, of course, a Steve Jobs-esque black turtleneck. Much like any exec who adopts a uniform, these pieces told a story about Holmes, one that added to an air of confidence about her company, Theranos, and where it would be going in the future.

But ever since cracks in her supposed genius-veneer began to show (and the tech empire she spent years building subsequently came tumbling down) the mogul has done a fashion 180. Now a fixture on the courtroom scene, her style has softened, in favor of a new, less-tightly wound look. At a status hearing earlier this week, the reported newlywed wore a black crew-neck tank and blazer, her now-highlighted locks in beachy waves.

Holmes at a status hearing on July 17, 2019.

Last month, during a pre-trail hearing in federal court in San Jose, Holmes—who faces fraud charges and up to 20 years in prison—donned a light grey blazer, teamed with a dewy complexion and highlighted hair styled into large, ready-for-reality-television curls. She was almost unrecognizable, more Barbie doll than beleaguered entrepreneur. One Twitter user even likened her new hair to, "child beauty pageant curls."

What could her ping-ponging sartorial efforts mean?

Tara Trask

According to Tara Trask, a courtroom style expert and trial consultant who has worked with a number of high-profile female clients including Oprah Winfrey, the shift in appearance could certainly be a deliberate ploy to alter public opinion of the accused scammer.

“I'm assuming what Elizabeth was thinking was, ‘Well, I'm going to soften my look,” Trask tells “I'm going to soften the way I appear to people. I want to appear more feminine, as if I need saving and maybe that'll get me out of this mess." The expert continues, “There's nothing wrong with cleaning up your act and trying to look more professional, but the swing makes it seem like she's thinking, ‘If I play to my feminine qualities, that's going to help me get out of this jam.’ ”

Is it working?

Trask believes the opposite—the strategy will backfire when her case goes to trial next summer. “First of all, the jurors will Google her,” she says. “The court tells them not to, but they will. They’ll see what she looked like before, and compare that to how she looks today. In my opinion, it almost looks like she's putting on costumes, which makes the jury question, ‘Who are you really? Which one is your true self?’”

“It's pretty clear,” she adds, “that nobody who is a professional and nobody who does this for a living is advising Elizabeth [on her courtroom style].”

Holmes in her signature black turtleneck.

In high-profile cases, for better or for worse, a courtroom appearance can sometimes seem like a runway show. Paparazzi camp out in front of courthouses to capture photos, and a defendant's image often ends up as Internet fodder.

Take, notorious grifter Anna Sorokin, who recruited former Glamour magazine staffer Anastasia Walker to select her trial outfits in March. At the time, Walker told that she was dressing the now-imprisoned criminal in Saint Laurent, Michael Kors, and Victoria Beckham because, “[trial] photographs can be saved, potentially, forever." Walker was right, it didn't take long for Sorokin’s looks to garner their own Instagram account.

And, let's not forget about that infamous white Kimberly Ovitz dress Lindsay Lohan wore while pleading not guilty to stealing a necklace in 2011. "Lindsay Lohan's Courtroom Outfit Inappropriate?" read one CBS News headline. (“what i wear to court shouldnt be front page news. it’s just absurd,” she tweeted in response.)

Just last week, Cardi B responded to a New York Post article likening her appearance at the Queens Supreme Court in a two-toned designer suit from Barneys to a "glamorous red-carpet photo op, dressing—and preening—for the eyes of a worldwide audience." In a since-deleted Instagram video, the rapper vented: "Where am I supposed to get my suits from bro?! H&M?! I don’t dress inappropriate when I go to court. I dress like a f–king lady.”

Scrutiny over courtroom style is exactly why Trask suggests a defendant take every precaution to avoid drawing attention to themselves. “An outfit really just needs to be appropriate for the setting," she explains. "And you need to look nice, but it shouldn't be memorable. If it's memorable, it was probably too much."

Before a big case, Trask sits down with her clients to go over their appearance, suggesting handbags without logos for women, paired with dresses or pantsuits in muted colors like gray, charcoal, and navy. It’s always better, she adds, to wear a blouse over a starched Oxford.

“It can look too severe,” she explains. “You want to look professional and you want to look like you're paying deference to where you are. A scarf or a blouse gives an outfit the perfect slight feminine twist.”

Hair should generally be pulled back from the face and look clean. In fact, according to Trask, the more natural it looks, the better.

“If I had a client that had so many photographs and things out there in the world that could be seen, I would never suggest a 180 in style of this degree,” says Trask. “It makes a jury question, ‘Who are you, which one are you?’ Then, it can lead a jury think, ‘Well, if you're neither one, then who are you really?’ ”

Rose Minutaglio Staff Writer Rose is a Staff Writer at covering culture, news, and women's issues.

Pot Use During Early Pregnancy on the Rise

By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Pot use and pregnancy hardly go hand-in-hand for health reasons, but more American women are using marijuana just before and right after they become pregnant, new research warns.

"These findings should alert women's health clinicians to be aware of potential increases in daily and weekly cannabis use among their patients," said lead study author Kelly Young-Wolff. She is a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif.

In the study, the investigators analyzed data on self-reported marijuana use among nearly 277,000 pregnant women (about 367,000 total pregnancies) in Northern California over nine years, from 2009 to 2017. California legalized recreational marijuana in 2018.

During that time period, the use of marijuana in the year before pregnancy rose from close to 7% to 12.5%, and the use of marijuana in early pregnancy (up to 8 weeks' gestation) rose from nearly 2% to 3.4%, the findings showed.

Frequency of marijuana use also increased.

Among those who used marijuana in the year before pregnancy, daily users rose from 17% to 25%, weekly users increased from 20% to 22%, while monthly-or-less users fell from 63% to 53%, according to the report.

And among women who used marijuana early in pregnancy, daily users increased from 15% to 21%, weekly users rose from 25% to 27%, while monthly users decreased from 60% to 52%.

"The actual numbers are likely higher, as women may be unwilling to disclose their substance use to a medical professional," said Young-Wolff.

There is significant evidence that marijuana exposure during pregnancy is associated with having a low-birthweight baby, the researchers said.

And women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should not use marijuana because it may impair fetal neurodevelopment, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

"There is still much that is unknown on the topic, including what type of cannabis products pregnant women are using, and whether the health consequences differ based on mode of cannabis administration and frequency of prenatal cannabis use," Young-Wolff said in a Kaiser news release.

The findings were published online July 19 in JAMA Network Open.

According to senior study author Dr. Nancy Goler, "There is an urgent need to better understand the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure as cannabis becomes legalized in more states and more widely accepted and used." Goler is associate executive director of The Permanente Medical Group.

"Until such time as we fully understand the specific health risks cannabis poses for pregnant women and their fetuses, we are recommending stopping all cannabis use prior to conceiving, and certainly once a woman knows she is pregnant," she added.

Jessica Alba Critiques 10 of Her Best, So ’90s, and Most Dramatic Beauty Looks

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As an actress who has been in the limelight since the age of 12, Jessica Alba has been on countless movie sets, red carpets, and photo shoots. It's made her a beauty expert, and even more of a trusted creator of beauty products at her own brand, Honest Beauty. Unlike many companies, the clean skincare and makeup brand does everything in-house—including product formulation. The latest innovation? Liquid lipstick. It took seven tries before nailing it, but now there are seven universally flattering pink, berry, and neutral shades (currently on sale at Target and

Liquid lipsticks get a bad reputation for being drying, but Alba has managed to introduce a lipstick that not only has major color payoff, but is long-wearing and moisturizing. The vegan formula feels silky and velvety on the lips—but not too goopy or glossy—and dries down demi-matte. Hyaluronic acid, avocado oil, and coconut keeps lips looking juicy over time at an affordable $13 per tube.

Out promoting L.A.'s Finest with Gabrielle Union, Alba told that it had been a long time since she did a press tour and that effects her approach to beauty. "Frankly, doing the 14, 16, and 18 hours days and the 12 hours of press is not very glamorous, but when I go on press tours, for me, it's a time to dress up and [experience] the fantasy, glamorous side of entertainment," she says. "I'll put together a Pinterest board of movie stars who inspire me. I'll put together muses and fashions of that time and then hair and makeup and then I'll collaborate with the makeup artists and the hairdresser to bring it to life."

Considering she's tried so many looks through the years, we decided to walk down beauty memory lane with Alba and get her take on her hair and makeup moments of past and present. Read on for her thoughts on being blonde, having bangs, and the one time she had to chop off all her hair.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 1 1998: So '90s image

"Oh those eyebrows. I didn't even bother with an eyebrow pencil! And the Victoria's Secret water bra! You're basically looking at chicken cutlets, water bra. I did it all."

2 2003: Green Eyeshadow image

"Oh! Look at her. I have no idea who she is, she feels so long ago. That's before I had a stylist and before I had a makeup artist. I 100 percent did my own makeup and hair on that. I always did—my mom went to cosmetology school."

3 2005: Marilyn Monroe 2.0 image

"I could have done better! You know what happened is my hair was so blonde, and it was so broken that I cut it all off to start all over. I should've just had my tape-ins. I felt like with the blonde it looked better long than short on me—especially with that baby face."

4 2005: Bright Blonde

"I remember those days. I've been blonde a few times. I feel like I look a lot like my mother Cathy Alba and my daughter Haven. Haven and I look very similar with the lighter hair!"

5 2009: Blunt Bangs

"Those are real bangs! I had my hair so many different ways over the years—you can't be too attached. I don't mind the lip matching the dress and the earrings and all the things. Sometimes I feel like you either need a really strong eye or a strong lip, wearing such a bold primary color."

6 2011: Crown Braid and Red Lips

"Doing a double braid is always fun. It makes it a little bit more interesting and adds a little bit of that volume. I originally did a nude lip and it just didn't work because the dress was such a bright blue. It kind of overpowered everything. So, I needed something punchy. I think that's a good lesson: If you're going to do a yellow or a blue dress, experiment with a bright red-orange color on your lips."

7 January 2013: Classic Red Carpet Glam

[In real life] the lip matched the dress. I originally had a nude lip and then I was like, "What if we…?" It was last minute. I felt like it was so old Hollywood glam and the dress was very much that as well. I think we were going for that, but adding that little punchy color to the lip and having it coincide with the coral in the dress just made me feel a little more modern."

8 June 2014: Sleek Hair and Smoky Eyes

"The straight hair was fun. I put, like, 70 tracks in my hair because I don't want to look like a wet dog. When I do the straight hair, I put in many tracks so that it still has volume and doesn't look like I just came out of the water. I remember we added a lot of sea salt spray to get light, good texture and make it kind of puffed up and cool."

9 2016: Blue Smoky Eyes

"The dress was a lot, so doing nothing with my hair and makeup wouldn't have been right. I wanted to do a strong eye, so then of course I did a nude lip and really glowy skin. I like having a good, clean skin canvas and then you choosing to pop my lips or my eyes."

10 May 2019: Girly Black Bow

"Catherine Deneuve [was the inspiration for this look]. Classic. Feminine. Beautiful. The strong brow, and the bow, and the diamonds, and the dress: It was all chic and timeliness. I feel like you can wear that 50 years ago or 50 years from now and it'll always work."

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