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June 27, 1991 | TRACY WOOD and RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The route from USC's fraternity row to the 901 Club on Figueroa Street is marked by broad painted stripes running three blocks, a symbol of the bar's importance to the social life of the campus' affluent "Greeks." The "9-Oh," as the raucous college bar is affectionately known, is where inhibitions, like IDs, are checked at the door. For one fraternity--the prestigious and well-connected Alpha Tau Omega house--it is a path well traveled.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
For all the Donald Sterling issues surrounding the team, the Clippers still have a critical game to play Sunday -- and several gambling sites have them as slight, two-point favorites in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers squeaked out a 98-96 win in Oakland on Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the series against the Warriors. But the Clippers have lost 15 of 18 games against the Warriors in the Bay Area. BetUS.com expects a big game from Blake Griffin, with his over-and-under in combined points scored and rebounds at 36 in Game 4. The gaming site also expects a big contribution from Stephen Curry, setting his points scored over-and-under at 23-1/2 for the Warriors' All-Star point guard.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1985
As the wife of one of pianist John Perry's students, I must express my anger and disgust at Michael Fleming's outrageous slur on Perry's character ("Playing It Safe at the Cliburn Competition," June 16). To accuse Perry or the Fort Worth jury of "favoritism" shows a blatant lack of knowledge for the methods and difficulties in chosing a field of competitors and is a smear on the good name of Van Cliburn and the Van Cliburn Competition. Perry was not the only jurist selecting the pianists for the competition.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - At 21, Matt Nieto still looks very much like a college student talking about coming home for Christmas or spring break. But while Nieto happens to be employed by a successful hockey team, he still opts for comfort when he comes home to Long Beach. Where does he go first? "In-N-Out," Nieto said, smiling, answering without hesitation. "Every time I go home, the first place I go is In-N-Out. " You can take the kid out of Southern California, but you can't quite take all of Southern California out of the kid. Never mind that they have plenty of those burger spots in Northern California and San Jose.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2013 | By Becca Clemons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats trade daily charges over who is to blame for the government shutdown, the White House has come under sharp attack for how it has shuttered services. The administration's critics, among them conservative websites and groups, see politics or favoritism in the choices the administration has made about what is essential and what is less so, suggesting that some of the decisions were intended simply to inflict pain that would draw media attention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1986
Public officials keep pointing at what they say is a fine line that separates awarding contracts and taking campaign contributions given by winners from the realm of wrongdoing or favoritism. The line is so fine hardly anyone else can see it. The fine line was in the news again last week in Orange County with Supervisor Bruce Nestande denying that the more than $13,000 contributed to his election campaign for secretary of state by the brokerage firm of Smith Barney Harris Upham & Co. Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1991 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lockheed Corp. financial officer has complained to Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates that he was assaulted by the vice president of the police pension commission, who he says struck him in the head and knocked him off his feet during an altercation after a traffic accident in Chinatown. But police investigators, who twice reviewed the case, have determined the incident was a "mutual combat," despite the fact that Commissioner Leland Wong and Ronald H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2007 | STUART PEIFFER, Times Staff Writer
The sheriff who sprang Paris Hilton is no stranger to Hollywood. He has attended the Academy Awards and Golden Globes shows. He's golfed with actor Michael Douglas, given a concealed weapons permit to Ben Affleck, hired Lou Ferrigno as a reserve deputy, taken campaign contributions from Sylvester Stallone. Serving as sheriff in Hollywood's home county makes the spotlight difficult to avoid.
NEWS
August 25, 1989 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writers
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Samuel R. Pierce Jr. on Thursday defended his performance at HUD, denying allegations of political favoritism and contending that his actions during eight years in the Ronald Reagan Cabinet have been misinterpreted.
NEWS
December 1, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calvin P. Schmidt, Orange County's longest-sitting judge, was publicly scolded by state judicial authorities Thursday for giving preferential treatment to a wealthy friend's stepdaughter and making improper campaign contributions. But he was cleared of doing legal favors for a prostitute.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | David Colker
Mark Shand - brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - was a modern version of the eccentric, slightly bumbling British adventurer. And he came by it honestly. He once walked and canoed across Indonesia for 12 days to get to a place where he could phone his mother. "And after all this enormous trouble," Shand told the Evening Standard in London in 2010, "I got through to the home number and said, 'Hi, Ma, it's me,' and she said, 'I can't talk to you now, I'm watching "Coronation Street.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
In California, Kobe is king. But in the favorite-athlete game of thrones, Bryant is a puny ruler. Best Tickets laid out the most popular athletes by state, based on Google search data, and found that LeBron James of the Miami Heat was the most searched in fully half of the 50 states. There's a steep drop-off to No. 2: Peyton Manning. The Denver Broncos quarterback was most searched in seven states.  Third is a tie between the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson and New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Just kidding! No way are the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat as bad as they've looked the last six weeks, when the presumed Eastern Conference finalists resembled teams that couldn't get out of the first round of their local rec-league playoffs. Three-peat? The Heat has had trouble winning three games in a row since early March. Indiana has gone 10-13 since March 4, failing to top 100 points 17 times and stumbling its way to that regrettable 23-point first half against Atlanta.
TRAVEL
April 14, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: On March 7, I flew to Sacramento from L.A. for an overnight trip. I packed light - just a dress, belt, shoes, sweats, nightshirt, a bag of toiletries and my iPad. When I arrived at my hotel and opened my bag, there was a notice that the Transportation Security Administration had gone through my luggage. When I was getting dressed, I noticed my belt was missing. I had carefully packed it in the see-through zipper compartment of my suitcase, as I didn't want it to fall out. It was my favorite belt, old, vintage, worn and funky.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
During the Q&A session of a Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "The Fault In Our Stars," author John Green revealed two favorite lines that he's written. Both are from his first book, "Looking for Alaska. " The first is from the character Miles "Pudge" Halter feeling inadequate in the face of the girl he admires, Alaska Young: "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. " The author revealed two additional secrets about that line. He almost cut it out of the final version of the text, thinking it was too cheesy, and the original version compared people to 'precipitation" instead of "rain.
NEWS
July 14, 1989 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
House investigators Thursday summoned U.S. Trade Representative Carla Anderson Hills to testify next week at hearings on political favoritism at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hills, a secretary of housing in the mid-1970s, will be asked about her intervention in 1985 with top officials of the agency on behalf of DRG Funding Corp., a troubled mortgage lender that was suspended by HUD recently after defaulting on mortgage loans.
NEWS
August 2, 1990 | Douglas Frantz, This article was reported by Douglas Frantz, Ronald J. Ostrow and Douglas Jehl, and written by Frantz
The FBI has launched a major investigation into allegations of political favoritism and influence peddling in connection with the government's sale to private investors of dozens of insolvent savings and loans in Texas, knowledgeable sources said Wednesday. One federal regulator said in an interview that he was offered immunity by an FBI agent in return for testimony about deals in which billion-dollar taxpayer subsidies went to "political favorites."
TRAVEL
April 13, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Here's a website that can help you keep tabs on travel deals for your favorite destinations around the globe. Name: http://www.Dealscoopr.com What it does: It's a search tool for discovering travel deals, including airfare and hotels. What's hot: The site remembers your home airport, so even if you don't like what you see on your main dashboard of "favorite" destinations, additional travel inspiration is just a click away. On the left nav bar you'll find topic lists such as "most amazing beaches," "top honeymoon destinations," "foodie cities," "family & kid friendly cities" and more.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you like participating in hotel loyalty programs, you're going to be happiest with Marriott Rewards, according to a study release Friday by J.D. Power. Marriott's program ranked first among such programs with a score of 707 based on a 1,000-point scale. Marriott includes such brands as Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Ritz-Carlton. Second was IHG, which includes Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo, Intercontinental Hotel & Resorts, among others.
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