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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 6, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it. Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable. It wasn't just that the gorgeous chestnut horse from trainer Art Sherman's barn ran away with the $1-million Grade I race. Based on the horse's previous outings, the victory was no surprise. Nor was the winning margin of 51/4 lengths, making his last four victories, all under rides by veteran Victor Espinoza, total 241/4 lengths of daylight.
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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 5, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday's Santa Anita Derby is an eight-horse race, but the kind of buzz that has accompanied California Chrome, ever since he blew the field away in the March 8 San Felipe, makes it difficult for the other contenders to get any attention. California Chrome not only runs like the wind -- he has won his last three races by a total of 19 lengths -- but he and his connections present several stories that are hard to ignore. There is much talk that he would become only the fourth-ever Cal-bred to do so if he won the Kentucky Derby.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Shaun Hillmann's career as a Los Angeles police officer appeared to be over after he was caught on tape outside a bar uttering a racial slur, and later denied it to his superiors. High-ranking police officials recommended that Hillmann be fired, according to internal LAPD records. A disciplinary board agreed, voting unanimously in January that he should be kicked off the force. Police Chief Charlie Beck decided otherwise, sparing the career of an officer whose father and uncle worked for the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By David Colker
Comedian David Brenner, who vaulted to fame through his appearances on the "Tonight Show" in the 1970s, died at home in New York on Saturday. The cause was cancer, said his former publicist, Jeff Abraham, who issued a statement on behalf of Brenner's family. He was 78. Brenner was working as recently as December, with club dates in Toronto and other spots, Abraham said. The comedian was a favorite of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson at a time when appearances on the late-night program could ensure success for a comic.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
POMONA, N.J. - His state wrecked and reeling from Superstorm Sandy, Chris Christie made himself the face of New Jersey's comeback effort with a take-charge tour de force that became a cornerstone of an expected run for president. But the made-for-campaign-ads story of resurrection is now riddled with failures: poor performance by contractors, accusations of insider deals and increasing frustration from homeowners still waiting for recovery funds. In the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Christie and top members of his administration also face questions about whether he and his aides used disaster relief funds to reward friends and punish enemies.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The Big West's automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament must be considered up for grabs if only for the fact the favored team has never been to the NCAA tournament. UC Irvine opens tournament play Thursday at Honda Center without a reliable read of the expectations. The Anteaters (22-10, 13-3) won the Big West regular-season title, but the tournament's three-day format somewhat nullifies all that has been achieved. The top Big West teams don't receive byes, they jump straight into single-elimination frays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
The field of contenders became clearer Friday for Los Angeles County government's June election, the first in decades that will have no incumbent on the ballot, as a period for candidates to file papers closed. Term limits are forcing out two county supervisors, and the sheriff and the assessor chose not to seek reelection amid corruption scandals involving their agencies. Topping the list of contenders seeking to replace Zev Yaroslavsky as a western county representative on the Board of Supervisors are former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, a former Santa Monica mayor and a member of the Kennedy political dynasty.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"Lucky Bastard" is a bold little thriller - and deft cautionary tale - involving a website (called Lucky Bastard) that awards average Joes the chance to have sex with a porn star. The caveat: These trysts will be filmed for the site's subscribers, so the more awkward or humiliating the contestant's experience, the better - at least for the viewer. At the core of this particular circus is the website's tough but equitable impresario, Mike (a terrific Don McManus), who oversees a mini-stable of talent including performers Ashley (Betsy Rue)
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000
Addressing allegations of judicial misconduct for the first time, a retired Orange County judge on Monday admitted acting inappropriately at times but denied giving favorable treatment to defendants represented by a longtime friend. The defense by Judge Luis A.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
The rallying cry in West Coast Conference basketball? Same as usual: Break up Gonzaga. Gonzaga men's and women's teams swept the conference regular-season championships and are heavy favorites to repeat in the WCC postseason tournament as it begins Thursday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs men are 25-6 overall and finished 15-3 in WCC play to win the regular-season title for the 13th time in 14 years. The Bulldogs women's team is 26-4 overall, 16-2 in conference play.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Last night's Oscars paid tribute to 2013's best films -- and to 2013's word of the year . The latter being, of course, the selfie, which was on full display all over social media as celebs took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post pics of themselves, shot by themselves, at the awards show. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 With more than 3 million retweets on Twitter -- making it the tweet with the most RTs ever -- host Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity-packed selfie was undoubtedly the winning selfie of the night.
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