The Morning After: Jamal Murray says “I don’t let other people get under my skin” while countering hostile crowd in Denver Nuggets’ loss at Los Angeles Lakers

The Denver Nuggets dropped a critical contest Tuesday, surrendering a 13-point second-half advantage to fall 112-103 at the Lakers. Here are six takeaways from the defeat: 1. Public Enemy No. 1. The boos began for Jamal Murray when he was the last Nuggets starter introduced before the game and continued throughout the contest. Eventually, they evolved into a unified, derogatory chant of his name. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said was pleased with how Murray responded to the noise — he scored eight consecutive points in the first quarter and finished with 18 — and did not believe the hubbub impacted the rest of the team. Murray also seemed unfazed by it all after the game, but also did not shy away from talking about it: “I don’t let other people get under my skin,” Murray said. “I just play the game. I’m used to trash talking. I used to watch Kobe (Bryant) in this very arena play, playing with Luke Walton. So I see where Luke got it from. I love playing with that competitiveness.” Malone also called Murray “the best point guard on the floor” Tuesday. For comparison’s sake, here are the point guards’ final lines: Murray: 18 points, 5-of-11 field goals, six rebounds, four assists, four turnovers (two in fourth quarter) And even with the extra juice from the crowd, Nikola Jokic said it was “not even close” to the loudest environment he’s played in. That distinction belongs the arena in Belgrade in his home country of Serbia. As for the NBA? “Utah is loud. Golden State is loud,” Jokic said. “It was nice to play in front of this many people and these fans, but I think it’s not the loudest (crowd).”2. Missing Jokic. Jokic put together another efficient outing, with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds and five assists. But his battle with foul trouble — he picked up his third early in the second quarter — clearly disrupted the Continue Reading

A’s let Brandon Moss go; Moss says he’ll retire if he doesn’t find big-league job

By Susan Slusser Updated 1:53 pm, Sunday, March 4, 2018 Photo: Susan Slusser/The Chronicle Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A's first baseman/DH Brandon Moss wearing the Stoneman Douglas High School hat all major-leaguers are wearing for their spring openers. A's first baseman/DH Brandon Moss wearing the Stoneman Douglas High School hat all major-leaguers are wearing for their spring openers. Photo: Susan Slusser/The Chronicle A’s let Brandon Moss go; Moss says he’ll retire if he doesn’t find big-league job 1 / 1 Back to Gallery PEORIA, Ariz. - Outfielder-first baseman Brandon Moss, one of the most popular players from the A’s recent playoff teams, was designated for assignment Sunday and, he told The Chronicle, if he does not find a job elsewhere, he will retire from baseball. Moss, 34, said on The Chronicle’s weekly A’s Plus podcast that if he didn’t make the A’s roster and if he isn’t offered a major-league job elsewhere, he will hang it up rather than accept a minor-league assignment and he reiterated that in a text to The Chronicle on Sunday, “That’s definitely still the case,” Moss said. “I’ve spent enough of my career in the minor leagues.” As Moss noted on the podcast, there are numerous free-agent outfielders and DHs still available, greatly reducing his chances of finding another job. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith joins Cheddar to discuss the latest NFL news. He reacts to Cam Newton's comments, and subsequent apology, that a female reporter asking about routes was "funny." Smith says the comment was not appropriate but that the apology was real. He hopes the reporter and women around the world will accept Newton at his word. Smith's Continue Reading

Let My People Vote: Adrian Fontes’ Fight to Fix Maricopa County’s Broken Election System

After he’d been in office for just a little over a month, Adrian Fontes learned about the boxes. For more than a decade, Arizona has required anyone who wants to register to vote to prove that they’re a citizen. But every year, thousands of people overlook that section of the voter registration form, or don’t have the right documents handy. In theory, they’re supposed to get a letter reminding them to send in proof; in reality, that letter often ends up in the trash. Or at the last apartment complex where they lived. Or under a pile of bills. The rejected forms piled up at the Maricopa County Recorder’s tabulation center on South Third Avenue, a bleak, beige warehouse located across the street from a power plant and next to the railroad tracks. For years, the forms were shoved into cardboard boxes that sagged and cracked with their weight and had to be held together with masking tape, and then were promptly forgotten. By late February 2017, no one knew exactly how many failed voter registration applications were sitting in the waist-high stacks of boxes scrawled with the word “REJECTED,” though employees would later put the total count at close to 100,000.But, in most cases, the county recorder’s office didn’t need those people to prove that they were citizens. The staff simply could have checked with the Motor Vehicle Department, which verifies people’s citizenship status when they apply for a driver’s license. A quick search of the MVD’s database — which the county recorder’s office has access to — would have answered the question.Fontes, a brash, outspoken attorney who took over the top elections job in January 2017, immediately told his staff to start opening up the boxes. If the database showed that the person who had filled out the form was a citizen, he told them, he wanted them registered to vote.From his perspective, it seemed like the obvious thing to do. He’d Continue Reading

Going to your first Passover seder? Here is our handy primer on what to expect

It’s Passover and you’ve been invited to your first seder. Oy vey, what have you gotten yourself into? Take it from this Jew — as the Passover haggadah itself declares, this night is different from all other nights. So you need my handy, dandy “A Nice Jewish Boy’s Complete Non-Jews Guide to the Seder.” Let’s start at the beginning. A Passover seder celebrates the flight of Jewish slaves from their Egyptian bondage to the Promised Land. Yes, Aunt Ida, we know it was made into a great movie with Charlton Heston. Yes, I know he’s a gun nut. Where was I? Oh, yeah, the seder. Did I mention it’s going to be a long night? Anyway, for many years, the story of Passover has been told by our greatest Jewish sages. I’m of course talking about the people at Maxwell House. About 80 years ago, the caffeine-creating giant wanted to market coffee as a Passover product because many Jews wrongly thought a coffee bean was a legume, which would make it unsuitable for Passover (more on that later!). As the Forward reported a few years ago, an ad wizard came up with the idea of creating a company branded haggadah, the book that contains the Passover story that is read at every seder table in America. That’s why every Jew in America makes a Maxwell House joke at the start of the seder. It’s in our DNA at this point. Yes, Cousin Schmuel, I know that Maxwell House coffee isn’t that good. And, yes, I know Jackie Mason’s whole routine about how Starbucks. Can we move on here? There are non-Jews at the table! So what IS the story of Passover? Keep your shirt on, I’m getting there. It all started about 5,000 years ago in a little village on the banks of the river Nile... But we’re getting ahead of ourselves! The word “seder” doesn’t mean “delicious meal with delightful stories.” It means “order,” as in, Continue Reading

Prince Harry returns from Afghanistan, says he has no remorse about taking out enemy fighters – but nude Las Vegas photo scandal ‘let my family down’

While Britain’s Prince Harry said he had no hesitation killing enemy fighters in Afghanistan, he does seem to have regrets about nude pictures snapped of him partying in Las Vegas, which he says let his family down.    Returning from a second tour of duty as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, Harry told reporters that he had no remorse when it came to taking out Taliban fighters.    "Our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground, and if that means shooting someone who is shooting at them, then we will do it," the prince told reporters from several media outlets.    The Associated Press Prince Harry said the nude photo incident was too much army and too little prince, but he does feel he should have been afforded a greater measure of privacy.    The first member of the royal family to go on combat missions since his uncle, the Duke of York, served in the Falklands War, Prince Harry said that he was often faced with the choice of whether to “take a life to save a life,” CNN reported.    PHOTOS: PRINCE HARRY IN ACTION, STRAIGHT FROM AFGHANISTAN   "If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game,” said Harry, who is known in the military as “Capt. Wales.”    Deployed with the British Army Air Corps’ 662 squadron, 3rd Regiment, for the past five months, Harry served as a co-pilot gunner in missions over Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.    The Associated Press Prince Harry thinks his older brother, Prince William, would fight right in on the front lines and doesn't understand the fear of placing him there. 'People back home have issues with that,' he said. 'But we're not special - the guys out there are. Simple as that.   Though his routines at Camp Bastion included playing video games and developing a rapport with his fellow soldiers, the seriousness Continue Reading

Movie reviews: ‘My Best Enemy,’ ‘Clandestine Childhood,’ ‘Let My People Go’

MY BEST ENEMY — 3 stars World War II thriller about former childhood friends (1:46). Not rated: Disturbing themes. In German with subtitles. IFC. A strong central performance overcomes some clumsy plotting in this German thriller from Wolfgang Murnberger. Moritz Bleibtreu (“Run Lola Run”) can always be counted on to infuse some interesting shades into a story, and so he does as Victor Kaufmann, a Jewish art dealer in 1938 Vienna. His parents are rich enough to trust in their own safety, even after the appearance of ominous signs, like the Star of David spray-painted outside their gallery. When Victor’s best friend, Rudi (Georg Friedrich), tells the Nazis about the family’s Michelangelo sketch, they must think quickly to save themselves. The script relies on too many unlikely twists, but Bleibtreu manages to sell them all. CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD — 3 stars An Argentine child must hide his parents’ anarchism in 1979 (1:50). Not rated: Violence, disturbing images. In Spanish with subtitles. Lincoln Plaza, Quad. Writer/director Benjamin Avila based this urgent coming-of-age story on his own experiences in 1970s Argentina. As the son of activists, 12-year-old Juan (Teo Gutierrez Romero) has watched his parents spend years planning to overthrow the country’s post-Peron government. But until they set their task in motion, he didn’t realize the extreme sacrifices required from the entire family. Avila has a tough task, visualizing violent and complicated events through a child’s eyes. The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective. LET MY PEOPLE GO — 1 star Farce about a quirky Jewish family in Paris (1:26). Not rated: Sexuality, violence. In French with subtitles. Quad. It would appear that for his first feature, Mikael Buch wanted to leave nothing to chance. So he threw Continue Reading

After ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ shooting, a question for parents: Should I let my kid go see the movie?

My 14-year-old son has so been looking forward to seeing “The Dark Knight Rises” that he watched “Batman Begins” on FX and “The Dark Knight” on DVD two nights ago. “But the third in the trilogy is going to be the best ‘Batman’ yet!” he assured me. He and his friends got advance tickets for a showing at Regal Battery Park Stadium, usually a safe, hidden gem of a theater, for the Friday showing at 4 p.m. They wanted to see it on opening day. That was before Aurora where a 6-year-old girl and 11 other people were killed at a movie theater when a crazed gunman shot 71 people during the midnight showing. Police say James Holmes — armed to the teeth and dressed for battle — opened fire about 20 minutes into the movie. The 24-year-old shattered the sense of calm that most people associate with a simple trip to the movies. Questions raced through my mind as my son’s friends gathered to go on Friday. Should I keep my kid home? Are we all going to be afraid to go to the movies now? I want to be a tough New Yorker and say, if I do, the psychos will have won: He’s going. But it’s my kid. He’s all I’ve got. Do I put him at risk to take a stand? Could it happen here? New York State bans assault weapons like the high-powered assault rifle police say Holmes used. Colorado does not, according to Richard Aborn of the Citizens Crime Commission. But crazoids have a way of getting the weapons they want. We used to have a national ban on assault weapons; our fearless leaders in Washington let the ban lapse in 2004. And what if some nut with a handgun wants to do a copycat? All nations have insane people; we’re the only one that arms them. Even the cops in England don’t carry guns. But then a real superhero came to the rescue. Our police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, announced that he has stationed police officers at theaters in New York Continue Reading

Illinois lawmaker explodes in anger on statehouse floor; quotes Moses from biblical film, ‘Let my people go!’ (VIDEO)

A Republican Illinois state lawmaker blew his top on the statehouse floor on Tuesday, unleashing a frothing tirade that would have made Howard Beale blush. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) tossed a copy of a Democratic-led pension reform bill in the air in disgust, complaining that the bill had arrived on the house floor before lawmakers had a chance to read it. “I'm sick of it!” a red-faced Bost screamed, according to footage posted on YouTube. “These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second! I’ve got to try to figure out how to vote for my people? You should be ashamed of yourselves!” The bill — officially Senate Bill 1673 — was approved by a state pension committee just a few hours before it arrived on the floor for debate, according to local reports. The bill included a plan to shift the burden of the state’s pension costs from Chicago residents to suburban and downstate districts, a plan the Republicans oppose, the Herald & Review newspaper reported. Bost went after Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan for submitting the bill at the 11th hour, and slammed the legislature for giving him too much power. “I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!” Bost bellowed, quoting Moses from the 1965 Charlton Heston Epic “The Ten Commandments.” “My God, they sent me here to vote for them!” he said, referring to his constituents. Bost ended the rant by slapping the microphone away and slumping in his chair. A vote on SB 1673 was expected on Wednesday. In a radio interview after the video of the event went viral, Bost said that several state Democrats called him to complain about Madigan. “When I left the floor, many Democrats from around the state, even Chicago Democrats, came in and said, ‘We want to say this but we can’t,’ because such power controls Continue Reading

Let all my people go

As a Cuban-American, President Obama’s lifting this week of Bush’s cruel travel restrictions for Cuban families is good news — at least for half of me. The Cuban part is delighted to be able to visit relatives at least once a year, instead of every three years, and to send help when needed. The American part feels cheated. Why can’t my non-Cuban friends visit the island of my birth to see for themselves what I’ve been talking about for 48 years? You tell me. With our American passports, they — and I — can travel anywhere, even to Axis of Evil countries but not to a neighboring island that has done nothing to us, except send hundreds of thousands of people who, for the most part, have become successful, model citizens and contributed a great deal to this country. What are we afraid of? That Cuba, as a Miami Herald blogger puts it, "swamps the used car market with their abundance of 1950s Chevys?" So, forgive my lukewarm jubilation. To make it complete, and make me whole, I want more. In fact, I want it all. Let Congress lift that ridiculous, ineffective embargo that belongs in the Cold War Games Museum, along with the CIA’s dirty tricks, such as trying to make Fidel Castro’s beard fall off, and invasions planned by the Keystone Kops. Unfortunately, it looks like lifting the embargo for good is not in the cards right now. Winning the Cuban-American vote in Florida is still important to all politicians — although it’s mostly a waste of time for Democrats because the majority of that voting bloc is Republican. It’s too bad that a foreign policy issue has been held hostage by a domestic lobby for almost 50 years. But hope springs eternal for a second Obama administration to end the embargo and bring Cuban-American relations into the 21st century. Meanwhile, let all my people go and visit. I am encouraged by all the talk about Cuba as Obama heads to the Summit of the Americas this weekend Continue Reading

Roy Jones: I let my dogs fight

Roy Jones Jr. has been an outspoken critic of the prosecution of Michael Vick for his participation in a dogfighting ring, and has boasted in the past about raising roosters for cockfighting on his 88-acre ranch in Cantonment, Fla., where he also houses pit bulls, horses and cows. On Friday, after practicing with the Knicks in Greenburgh to promote his Jan.19 fight with Felix Trinidad at the Garden, Jones admitted he'd allowed the pit bulls he breeds on his property to fight. "I was (letting them fight) to a degree, but not like that serious," Jones Jr. told the Daily News after reporters had peppered the light-heavyweight with questions about the Knicks and his fight with Trinidad. "I just let my dogs get down five, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. Maybe like the longest I let them go was a half-hour, but I never let them fight to the death 'cause I can't take that. "I knew about it, but I wasn't going to take it that seriously. I couldn't see my dogs fight to the death 'cause they were too close of friends to me." John Goodwin, the deputy manager of animal fighting issues for the Humane Society of the United States, said it is a felony under Florida law to allow dogs to fight on one's property. "If you put your dogs down there for 10, 15 minutes, that's a felony in Florida," Goodwin said. It is unclear when Jones last allowed his dogs to fight on his property, but by talking openly about the subject, he may have opened himself up to a criminal investigation, according to Goodwin. "If he's admitting that he's fighting his dogs, then they need to go down there with a search warrant and confiscate those dogs," Goodwin said. In a 2003 interview with Esquire, Jones indicated that he prepares roosters to engage in cockfighting, which is a felony in 49 states, including Florida. Jones also owns a cockfighting ring in Louisiana, where attendees bet on staged fights between roosters, according to the Humane Society. Louisiana is the last state to allow Continue Reading