One dead after crash between car and motorcycle on Te Matai Rd, Te Puke

Los Angeles Lakers to delay making White House visit to celebrate 2020 NBA title

The Los Angeles Lakers won't visit the White House and President Joe Biden to celebrate their 2020 NBA championship during their upcoming road game in Washington because of the league's COVID-19 protocols and scheduling challenges, a person familiar with the details confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. 

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to share the Lakers' plans — which were first reported by ESPN — publicly.

The Lakers, including star player LeBron James, expressed interest in visiting the White House to celebrate their NBA title. The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors had declined to make the customary visit the past two years because of Donald Trump's racially divisive rhetoric. But before the 2020-21 season started, James said "it would be great" to visit the White House under the Biden administration before expressing uncertainty whether it would happen.

The Lakers remain open to a White House visit, but they decided to take a pass during their upcoming trip because of various logistical challenges.

Peloton Fights Back Against U.S. Warnings of Treadmill Dangers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of 38 injuries and one death related to Peloton’s Tread+ machine. The company said its product is safe.


By Jesus Jiménez

Pensioner tucked into stranger's bed after ambulance took her to wrong house


Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s foundation serves 16 million meals for Oakland families

After learning many families in Oakland, California, have dealt with food insecurities since the beginning of the pandemic, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha, got to work to addressing the issue. 

Their foundation, Eat. Learn. Play. was launched in July 2019, with the mission to, "end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to a quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active."

Now one year later, the foundation has served 16 million meals to families in Oakland, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"We’ve been able to mobilize quickly. We didn’t expect to have such an impact — we only launched a year and a half ago. But so many kids were hanging in the dark. It was alarming," Stephen Curry said. “We are excited about the work we’re doing but it’s hard to celebrate because it means the need is so great. That’s the dichotomy.”

Opinion | Ron DeSantis Is the Republican Autopsy

As their theory of how to move past Donald Trump, G.O.P. insiders have the governor of Florida.

By Ross Douthat

Opinion Columnist

Golf latest updates: Lydia Ko leads final round of Lotte Championship

Live updates of the final round of the LPGA’s Lotte Championship as Lydia Ko eyes her first win since 2018.

Ko has a four shot lead at the turn after picking up two birdies in the opening nine holes.

The Kiwi has had a great week so far with scores of 67, 63 and 65.

PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter protest and march in downtown Denver

Black Lives Matter supporters protested and marched in downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon April 17, 2021.

The protest was held to stand in solidarity with Minnesota after the killing of Daunte Wright.

Photos by Rachel Woolf, Special to the Denver Post

Herald afternoon quiz: April 18

Test your brains with the Herald’s afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow.

To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

Serious crash between car and motorcycle on Te Matai Rd, Te Puke

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash between a car and a motorbike near Te Puke.

Police said in a statement, the crash happened about 3.34pm on Te Matai Rd between Mark Rd and Waimea Dr.

Initial indications are that there are serious injuries, the statement said.

An update on injuries will be provided when possible.

The Serious Crash Unit is attending and diversions are being put in place.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and to expect delays.

One dead after crash between car and motorcycle on Te Matai Rd, Te Puke

A motorcyclist has died after a crash near Te Puke.

Police said in a statement, the crash between a car and motorcycle happened about 3.34pm on Te Matai Rd between Mark Rd and Waimea Dr.

Police remain at the scene, completing an examination, and diversions are still in place.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and to expect delays.