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SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Ed Orgeron tried to be Pete Carroll. When he left USC to become Mississippi's head coach in 2005, Orgeron said he attempted "to do everything we did here with Coach Carroll. " It did not go as planned. "Some of them worked and some of them did not," said Orgeron, who compiled a 10-25 record. "I thought about it long and hard, waiting for my shot again. I really evaluated myself. " Orgeron now has an opportunity to show what he learned. On Sunday, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Lane Kiffin and selected Orgeron as the Trojans' interim coach.
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NATIONAL
September 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Here's one excuse to goof off on the Web while at work: A Mississippi man found a stolen SUV while browsing photos of his land on Google Earth. A spokeswoman for the George County sheriff in southern Mississippi laid out the odd tale in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Times. "On Monday morning, a local resident came in and said, 'You know, this weekend I was at work, working the night shift, and I decided to check out my hunting land,'" spokeswoman Shonna Pierce said Thursday.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The Blackshirts are in the hands of greenhorns. Nebraska's defense, long known as the Blackshirts and once the monsters of the Midwest, slipped in recent seasons, then hit a free fall in the opener against Wyoming two weeks ago. A 37-34 survival seminar with Wyoming rolling up 602 yards? It was time to send in the cub scouts. Linebackers Josh Banderas and Nathan Gerry , both first-year freshmen, were rushed into the starting lineup last week. The No. 23 Cornhuskers routed Southern Mississippi, 56-13, holding the Golden Eagles to 284 yards.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson were raised on Memphis blues, soul, R&B and rock 'n' roll. Their late father, Jim, is an unsung hero of rock 'n' roll who worked with, among others Big Star, the Rolling Stones and the Replacements. (Jim's interviews in the documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” are some of the film's highlights.) For nearly two decades his Grammy-winning sons have explored similar musical terrain while expanding the conversation - no small feat for a music born in these same woods nearly a century earlier.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Jesmyn Ward's heart-wrenching new memoir, "Men We Reaped," is a brilliant book about beauty and death. The beauty is in the bodies and the voices of the young men she grew up with in the towns of coastal Mississippi, where a kind of de facto segregation persists. There is C.J. Martin, one of her many cousins. "He was small and lean, angled all over with muscle," writes Ward. "His face was shaped like a triangle, and the only things that were dark about him were his eyes, which were so deep in color they were a surprise.
SPORTS
August 30, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
ATLANTA - What a tremendous break it was that the hotel I checked into did not have cable access to Thursday night's USC game at Hawaii. It meant not having to watch a game most Trojans fans probably turned off. It freed my remote to explore the exciting sights and sounds of Mississippi at Vanderbilt and then, more incredibly, Rutgers at Fresno State. If the first 24 hours of college football is going to be like this, we'll all be on medication by the end of September. You felt sorry for the NFL trying to counterattack with meaningless exhibition games, knowing no one feels sorry for the NFL once the real games start.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Senior pitcher Aaron Dominguez of Chino Hills has committed to Mississippi State. He throws in the 90s mph. He's one of four Chino Hills players from the class of 2014 who have committed. Cody Sporrer is headed to UC Riverside, Izzy Fuentes to San Diego State and Josh Walker to Grand Canyon. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Naomi Nix
Willie Louis, a witness to the murder of Emmett Till who testified in court in the case that opened the nation's eyes to the dangerous discrimination facing African Americans in the 1950s, died of intestinal bleeding July 18 at a hospital in a Chicago suburb, his family said. He was 76. After the trial, fearing for his life in the South, Louis fled to Chicago, changed his name and slipped out of the public eye for nearly 50 years. Louis was born June 14, 1937, in Greenwood, Miss., and lived with his grandparents, who worked as sharecroppers, said his wife, Juliet.
TRAVEL
June 30, 2013 | By Millie Ball
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War. "Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln. "This war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.... " There's a reason Natchez, Miss., an hour and a half south of Vicksburg, has more stately antebellum mansions today than Vicksburg, which has a few lovelies of its own. When Union troops knocked at Natchez's door in the spring of 1862, it practically laid down and rolled over.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman
Only three teams in the history of the College World Series gave up one run or less in its first four CWS games. Arizona State did it in 1972 and Holy Cross in 1952. And UCLA this season. For the Bruins, that's simply the continuation of a trend. UCLA has given up one run or less in 21 of its 65 games, including the last five. At the College World Series, Bruins starters have pitched a total of 26 innings and given up just 16 hits, four walks and three earned runs. That's a 1.04 earned-run average.
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