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December 27, 2012 | By Gary Klein
EL PASO - USC Coach Lane Kiffin, who delivered several apologies for missteps during the regular season, offered another Thursday for etiquette slips by the Trojans in the run-up to Monday's Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech. On Wednesday night, the Trojans arrived late for a kick-off dinner that was to involve both teams and bowl officials. Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson and his team were leaving as the Trojans arrived. The perceived slight, fueled by a photo of an empty dining room, became a hot topic on Twitter and news outlets.
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December 22, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Max Wittek would not mind a little snow before the Sun Bowl. USC's redshirt freshman quarterback was scheduled to board a flight for Connecticut on Saturday after the Trojans completed their final campus workout in preparation for their Dec. 31 game against Georgia Tech. Wittek grew up in Connecticut but moved to Orange County to attend Santa Ana Mater Dei High. He is one of several out-of-state players who will travel home for a three-day holiday visit before meeting the Trojans in El Paso on Wednesday.
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December 20, 2012 | By Gary Klein
USC's Sun Bowl game against Georgia Tech is more than a week away. Spring practice does not begin until March. But a new addition to the Trojans' 2013 roster practiced for the first time Thursday and others are readying for a January arrival. Receiver Darreus Rogers, who signed a national letter of intent last February but was not cleared by USC or the NCAA in time for the season, finally got onto the field and participated in USC's midday workout. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule Rogers, a former Carson High standout, could practice because final exams at USC ended Wednesday.
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December 7, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: Imagine how USC fans are going to feel after a 6-7 Georgia Tech team wins the game. Larry Diaz Answer: How could USC fans feel any worse? The Trojans were picked to win the national title, lost five times and have been "rewarded" with a Sun Bowl matchup against an insect-nicknamed team with a losing record. The good news for USC fans is El Paso is only an 11-plus-hour drive from Newport Beach. In fact, Newport is closer to El Paso (796 miles)
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December 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
At a USC game last month, Hyundai Sun Bowl officials distributed to the media a brochure that featured the headline: "AN EVENT LIKE NO OTHER. " After losing four of their last five games, the Trojans will get a firsthand look. USC will play Georgia Tech in the 79th Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, it was announced Sunday. It's not the destination USC had in mind after opening the season ranked No. 1 in several polls and with designs on playing in South Florida in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
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October 28, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
EL PASO - One of his clients, a Mexican waitress and widowed mother of three, says she played dead under a pile of bodies to survive a massacre in Ciudad Juarez led by men she recognized as federal police. Another client says Chihuahua state police hacked off his feet after he refused to pay them bribes. They came to El Paso seeking Carlos Spector, 58, a burly, hard-charging immigration attorney who has developed a strange specialty in this Texas border city. His clients, instead of crossing into the United States illegally and hiding out, are seeking asylum.
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October 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The former superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District was sentenced to 42 months in prison on charges he was involved in a conspiracy to inflate the district's test scores, officials said. Lorenzo Garcia was sentenced in federal court on Friday after pleading guilty in June to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In addition to the testing scandal, Garcia pleaded guilty to a fraud count in connection with the award of a no-bid contract of $450,000 to a lover.
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June 17, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Saturday night's middleweight boxing championship at El Paso's Sun Bowl proved far tamer than some had expected. The match between reigning World Boxing Council champion Julio César Chávez Jr. and Irish challenger Andy Lee was nearly canceled by the University of Texas system's chancellor in April because of security concerns -- specifically, Chavez's girlfriend's connections to the Sinaloa drug cartel. But the city that bills itself as the safest in America mustered civic forces to get the chancellor to reverse himself, promote ticket sales and keep the fight in town -- albeit without alcohol.
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June 14, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
EL PASO - The fight is on to defend the reputation of America's safest city - this time, through boxing. Last year, publications christened the desert city of 650,000 near the Mexico and New Mexico borders the safest municipality of its size in the country. Then this spring, the University of Texas chancellor called off a championship boxing match to be held at El Paso's Sun Bowl stadium, citing security concerns. UT System Chancellor Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa cited security concerns after a federal assessment showed the boxing match posed a higher than normal security risk, with members of Mexican drug cartels expected to attend.
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February 27, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details.  A retired British businessman was expected to make his first appearance in a federal court in El Paso on Monday after he was extradited last week on charges that he tried to sell missile batteries to Iran in 2006. Christopher Tappin, 65, turned himself in Friday after fighting extradition for two years and was taken to El Paso by federal marshals. Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, told The Times that Tappin was scheduled to have an initial hearing on Monday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castañeda.
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