Kurtenbach: Does the Warriors’ star trio have another magical playoff run to make?

LOS ANGELES — The partnership of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green transformed the Warriors’ organization and the league. But now they’re facing something even more powerful than their NBA rivals: Their own basketball mortality. The Warriors rode those Hall of Famers to incredible heights. But one more loss could bring a giant fall. So do the Warriors’ Big Three – each pulling his own weight – have one more incredible run in them? Nothing less than that will do now that they’re down 3-1 to the Lakers. This is a new feeling for the Warriors, who have not lost a Western Conference playoff series since 2014 and are undefeated in the conference playoffs under coach Steve Kerr. They know how to beat LA. They just can’t seem to do it. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) walks off the court after being defeated during Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal playoffs at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Calif., on Monday, May 8, 2023. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Golden State Warriors 104-101. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Aging

Quick Fix: Curried Chicken with Peppers

Linda Gassenheimer | Tribune News Service Very sadly my longtime friend and renowned curry expert Raghavan Iyer passed away shortly after I interviewed him about his new book, “On the Curry Trail.” I feel privileged to have known him for so many years and have great admiration for his work. After our chat, I was hungry for a quick curry dinner. One of his points was that he made his own curry powder mixture. I asked him about using prepared curry powder from the market, and he gave his OK. But he said it’s important to make sure the bottle is new for maximum flavor. I’ve adapted one of his recipes for this easy dinner. By the way, you can make the dinner in advance or make extra for another meal. It tastes great the next day. Using microwaveable brown rice helps speed the preparation. Helpful Hints: — You can use madras curry powder instead of curry powder. It will bring more heat to the dish. — You can use broccoli, peas or green beans instead of snow peas. — You can use 4 garlic

Video game review: The top 5 ‘Redfall’ tips to help you jumpstart your game

“Redfall” is deceptively simple but the gameplay is surprisingly deep as you fight an army of vampires, cultists and mercenaries. The developers at Arkane Studios Austin throw players into that meat grinder without too much explanation. The campaign can be difficult at first as players’ powers are severely limited, but over time, they level up and amass better weapons. Here are five tips to make that process run a little smoother: 1. Choose your hero wisely: “Redfall” offers four playable characters at launch, and each hero offers their own distinct brand of gameplay. Whomever you chose, you’ll be attached to them through the campaign, so it’s best to choose wisely. Players can’t switch their hero on the fly and continue the story. Each hero is tied to their own campaign, and if you decide to play multiplayer, the host is the only one that retains the narrative progress. That means if you beat a boss with your buddy and she’s the host, you’ll have to do the same on your account for that specific protagonist. Personally, I spent a few hours with each character before

Donald Trump found liable for battery and defamation in E. Jean Carroll case; jury concludes he sexually abused her

By Molly Crane-Newman | New York Daily News A Manhattan jury Tuesday found Donald Trump liable for battery and defamation in the civil trial of E. Jean Carroll, finding he sexually abused her but not reaching a definitive conclusion on the allegation of rape. The jury awarded Carroll damages in the case of $5 million. The verdict, delivered after the jury was deliberating for only a few hours, comes more than five years after Carroll first levied sexual assault allegations against then-President Trump, who responded by calling her a liar from the White House and proclaiming she was not his “type.” Trump didn’t attend or testify at his trial. His lawyers didn’t put on a defense case, relying instead on trying to discredit Carroll’s account by aggressively cross-examining her and her witnesses. The verdict adds to Trump’s mounting legal woes. He was recently indicted in the Stormy Daniels hush money probe and is facing investigations over election issues in Georgia and classified documents found at his home in Florida. Carroll spent almost three days on the witness stand, where she emotionally testified about being attacked in a changing room

For these stars, a mom’s influence helped give rise to a stellar career

Luaine Lee | Tribune News Service With Mothers’ Day arriving Sunday we often think about the women who raised us and the profound influence they had on us. And celebrities are no different. Some of their mothers were encouraging, others proved examples – still others left their offspring to their own devices. Jay Hernandez’s mother urged him to follow up on a possible job as and actor. He did. But he as about to quit acting when he landed the part of Thomas Magnum on the CBS’ resurrection of “Magnum, P.I.” (Francis Specker/CBS/TNS) Jay Hernandez, star of “Magnum P.I.,” recalls, “My mom was the one that pushed me toward acting. She knew I had an interest in it. And my dad was NOT into it. He’s like, ‘This is not a good career path you need.’ He didn’t shut it down, but he definitely let me know that it wasn’t a smart thing to do; it was kind of a waste of time. After high school in junior college I took my first drama class. I met a guy who was a manager and worked

These are the 30 hottest rental markets in the country

Amidst a market still unaffordable for many renters, RentCafe ranked the 150 largest cities in the U.S. in terms of rental activity. To calculate the most active rental markets, RentCafe looked at a few metrics: availability of apartments to measure overall demand, listing views, apartments saved as favorites and saved personalized searches. Rental markets taking the top spots in terms of activity: Atlanta, Georgia, took the top spot, followed by Kansas City, Missouri, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The state of the South Florida rental market Fort Lauderdale took the 25th spot out of the 150 largest cities in the United States in terms of rental activity, jumping five spots in less than a month, according to RentCafe. “Fort Lauderdale is among April’s top 30 cities in the U.S. in terms of rental activity, mainly due to a decrease in available apartments, as well as the considerable increase in the number of apartments that renters added to their favorites list — more than double the number in April 2022,” noted Alexandra Both, author of the report. Here is where Fort Lauderdale stood: There were 15% less

2023 high school grads could take on $37K in college debt

As millions of Americans with federal student loan debt hang in the balance, waiting to learn whether some of what they owe will be forgiven, the machine that has churned out this debt for decades is ready to welcome a new class of college students. This year’s high school graduates could take on $37,300 in student loan debt in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree, according to NerdWallet analysis of data from the Department of Education. These graduates-turned-freshmen may not see alarming tuition increases, but any improvements won’t compensate for the doubling of higher education costs over the past 30 years. Costs are down, but potential student loan debt is still excessive The average tuition, fees, room and board at public four-year colleges was $23,250 in the 2022-2023 school year, down 5.4% from the year prior after adjusting for inflation, according to the latest data from the College Board. College costs have been growing more slowly for a decade now, and decreasing for the past few years. These lower costs are reflected in how much students are borrowing. New college freshmen may take on less debt

Ukiah woman hid mother’s death for 10 years; mom’s skeletal remains found, police say

Authorities have found skeletal remains of a Ukiah woman whose death was concealed for as long as a decade by her now-deceased daughter in order to use the mother’s bank account, police said Monday. The matter, which Ukiah police are investigating as a suspicious death, was discovered April 24 in the 700 block of El Rio Street after police were contacted by the elder woman’s son, according to a news released issued by authorities. No names have been released and no arrests are expected to be made because the lone suspect is now dead, officials said. The man, who told police he lived out of state, said his mother lived with his sister in Ukiah. He returned to Ukiah last month because his 58-year-old sister was hospitalized and later died. He told police he last communicated with their mother before she died in August 2013. The sister claimed their mother’s remains were transported to a “medical research facility” as per her wishes and no alarms were raised because the mother had been in poor health, police said. Following the sister’s death last month, the man

SF Giants calling up high-level prospect Schmitt; Ruf designated for assignment

The Giants are getting younger. Tuesday morning, the club announced it was promoting infielder Casey Schmitt, their second-round pick in 2020 who is considered by Baseball America to be the team’s third-best prospect. Schmitt comes to the Giants hitting .313 with 10 doubles and one home run in 32 games with Triple-A Sacramento. He wasn’t originally known as a power hitter, but some mechanical adjustments led to a big season last year, when he hit 21 home runs in 526 plate appearances across three levels. While Schmitt is primarily a third baseman who projects as a future Gold Glover, he’s also spent about 30% of his minor league innings at shortstop, where he is likely to find playing time as Brandon Crawford works his way back from a calf strain. Schmitt also has three games of experience at second base. Thairo Estrada has played every game at shortstop since Crawford’s injury, but with Schmitt on the squad, Estrada could move back to second base. J.D. Davis (.875 OPS) has been the hot hand at third base while David Villar (.567 OPS) has struggled to start

Mangoes and agave in the Central Valley? California farmers try new crops to cope with climate change

In a world of worsening heatwaves, flooding, drought, glacial melting, megafires and other calamities of a changing climate, Gary Gragg is an optimist. As California warms, Gragg — a nurseryman, micro-scale farmer and tropical fruit enthusiast — looks forward to the day that he can grow and sell mangoes in Northern California. “I’ve been banking on this since I was 10 years old and first heard about global warming,” said Gragg, 54, who has planted several mango trees, among other subtropical trees, in his orchard about 25 miles west of Sacramento. Gragg’s little orchard might be the continent’s northernmost grove of mangoes, which normally are grown in places like Florida, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Northern California’s climate, he said, is becoming increasingly suitable for heat-loving, frost-sensitive mango trees, as well as avocados, cherimoyas and tropical palms, a specialty of his plant nursery Golden Gate Palms. “Climate change isn’t all bad,” Gragg said. “People almost never talk about the positives of global warming, but there will be winners and losers everywhere.” Mangoes may never become a mainstream crop in the northern half of California, but change