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January 28, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
The news Tuesday that college athletes are seeking representation by a labor union brought a knowing smile to academics who operate far from the field house. The move by Northwestern football players to join the United Steelworkers union is unprecedented by college athletes, but old news among University of California system graduate student instructors. "We've been there, done that, and it works," UC Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken said. Shaiken teaches an undergraduate labor relations course called "The Southern Border," a class that contains 400 students and eight graduate student instructors.
January 9, 2014 | Times wire services
Longtime Northwestern University professor Dale T. Mortensen, who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences with two other Americans for their work explaining how unemployment can remain high despite a large number of job openings, has died. He was 74. Mortensen died Thursday at his home in Wilmette, Ill., said his personal assistant and close family friend, Sue Triforo. Northwestern President Morton Schapiro paid tribute to Mortensen, saying "his groundbreaking work is especially relevant to policymakers attempting to address unemployment today.
November 29, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
LAS VEGAS - The last time UCLA scored at least 100 points in at least three consecutive games was in December 1971, when the Bruins did it seven straight times to open the season. That team went 30-0, was coached by John Wooden and had Bill Walton as center. This UCLA team might not approach such perfection and couldn't quite hit triple digits for the third time in a row Friday night, but the Bruins did improve to 7-0 with a 95-79 victory over Northwestern in the final game of the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena.
November 2, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Did Nebraska really beat Northwestern, 27-24, on a last-second touchdown pass? Hail yes. In the day's most exciting conclusion, and believe us this won't be topped, Nebraska pulled out a victory with no time left on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp. Nebraska avoided a home loss that might have severely imperiled the future of Coach Bo Pelini. Nebraska would have dropped to 5-3 with consecutive losses to Minnesota and Northwestern. Instead, defeat sends Northwestern reeling back to Evanston, Ill., with its fifth loss in a row after a 4-0 start.
October 16, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No. 1, 2 and 3 in various stages of NCAA inquiry. Alabama prays an ineligible player won't force vacation of its last two titles, Oregon has been given a scholarship haircut thanks to Chip Kelly, while Ohio State is just now out of bowl jail after getting tattooed by the NCAA.
October 4, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Count this as a huge Saturday for three ranked schools looking to update their status from nice story to national story. It doesn't get bigger, ready or not, for Washington, Northwestern and Maryland: •No. 15 Washington is at No. 5 Stanford in the most important game involving the Puget Sound players since the 2000 Rose Bowl season led by Rick Neuheisel. There is a buzz in Seattle that hearkens to the days of Don James and Warren Moon, the sweet smell of a national title chase and, yes, even probation.
September 29, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A massive car bomb in Peshawar, the third in a particularly bloody week for the northwestern Pakistani city, killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 100 on Sunday in a crowded market about 350 yards from where a memorial service was being held for the victims of last week's church bombing. Shafqat Malik, the head of the local bomb squad, said the bomb was planted in a car parked in front of a small hotel in the Qissa Khawani bazaar, the city's oldest and one of its biggest.
April 28, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali, Los Angeles Times
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At least 12 people were killed and 43 injured Sunday in bomb blasts targeting a candidate's convoy and the election offices of two others in northwestern Pakistan. They were the latest in a series of terrorist strikes that have cast a shadow over parliamentary voting scheduled for mid-May. In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by bombings directed primarily at candidates and backers of three liberal, secular parties, including President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, which has led the civilian government for the last five years.
March 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
No. 6 UCLA (25-9) vs. No. 11 Minnesota (20-12) Friday, Erwin Center, Austin, Texas How they got here: UCLA was the Pac-12 regular-season champion and reached the conference tournament final. Minnesota finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten and lost in the first round of the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Minnesota 3-7. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 6-4; Minnesota 6-7. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Arizona three times, including a 66-64 victory in the Pac-12 tournament, but the Bruins lost to Cal Poly at home, 70-68.
February 8, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There will be big doings for USC athletics Saturday at the Coliseum. And no, Matt Barkley did not get another year of eligibility. This has to do with lacrosse, which brings to mind one of two things for most of us: a medium-sized city in Wisconsin or a sport with sticks. Sticks it will be. Also, a beginning. USC will play its first-ever NCAA game, at 3 p.m., in a sport that is a big deal in the East and barely on the radar in these parts. It will be women's lacrosse, 12 scholarships spread among 26 student athletes.
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