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• Clinton Portis’s McLean mansion sold for $1.65 million — a sizable loss for the former Redskins running back, who purchased the home for $1.95 million in 2004. He got his money’s worth in press, though. The property made regular blog headlines (and an episode of “MTV Cribs”) with its eye-searing color scheme (burgundy, violet, electric chartreuse) and its exotic amenities (pool, spa, theater room, stripper pole). By February, the football player, 29, was ready to move on, listing the house for $2.5 million.
• The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” occasional cast member Russell Armstrong a suicide, Us Weekly reports. The 47-year-old was found dead Monday in his L.A. home. Armstrong appeared in several episodes during the show’s first season alongside his wife, Taylor Armstrong, who, according to court records, filed for divorce in July.
• Phil Spector was denied an appeal on his 2009 murder conviction by the California Supreme Court on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Earlier this year, the record producer (who worked on albums by George Harrison, the Righteous Brothers and the Ramones) sought a review by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal but was denied, causing his lawyers to reach out to the higher court. No luck, though. The eccentric music legend’s conviction — for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson — is being upheld.
Quoted: “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.”
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. via Twitter, trying to create some distance between himself and fellow Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry called evolution “a theory” with “some gaps in it” during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Thursday.