November 21, 2011 |
There is pomp and circumstance on one side and paranoia on the other. This is the UCLA-USC football rivalry — even away from the field. The Trojans and Bruins face off in their annual game Saturday night at the Coliseum. But the games relating to the game have already begun. USC and UCLA students are playing offense and defense, keeping a close eye on statues of Tommy Trojan and the Bruin Bear. This marks the 70th anniversary of the first hostilities. So, on a stormy Sunday afternoon . . . Three Trojan Knights, one in a suit and bow tie, dance in the rain to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk," part of an hourly ritual that includes ringing the Victory Bell and bellowing a USC chant.
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August 14, 2011 |
The calls started without warning. Every line on every phone in the Compton sheriff's station lighted up at once, hundreds of calls pouring in for hours. One sheriff's official compared the scene to the aftermath of a major earthquake or a mass shooting. But the cause of the deluge wasn't violence or natural disaster. It was Twitter. At 5:23 p.m. Friday, the Twitter feed for Compton rapper The Game posted a message encouraging his 580,000 followers to call the posted number if they wanted an internship.
August 4, 2011 |
Peyton Manning isn't all business with his backups. He has a lot of fun with them too. "Peyton," said his father, Archie, "has some prank in him. " That's putting it mildly. Manning is notorious for pulling pranks on teammates, and his understudies are certainly no exception. Kelly Holcomb, a Colts backup quarterback early in his career, remembers the time Manning stopped by his dormitory room at training camp for a chat. "I told him, 'Man, I've got to go get something,' and I left him in there," Holcomb said.
June 1, 2011 |
In an interview Wednesday, Rep. Anthony Weiner said he could not say "with certitude" that a photo of man's crotch posted to Twitter -- a picture that has become the center of a small-scale media storm -- was not, in fact, a photo of him. Weiner, a New York Democrat, maintained to MSNBC that he was the victim of a prank and that his Twitter account had been hacked by outsiders -- and that he had nothing to do with an apparent attempt to send the...
February 23, 2011 |
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been punk’d, his office confirmed Wednesday. Walker, the Republican governor who wants to end collective bargaining for his state’s public employees, was at the wrong end of a prank telephone call with a person he was led to believe was David Koch, a conservative businessman who is one of Walker’s major campaign contributors. But in reality it was Ian Murphy, a blogger from Buffalo, N.Y. In the call, Murphy as Koch makes inflammatory statements on unions and Democrats.
December 26, 2010 |
Rarely had a Rose Bowl seen such flawless execution. The preparation was inspired, the key players unwavering and a national television audience enthralled. Fifty years ago this Sunday, an intrepid interloper made an uninvited, unprecedented and unforgettable appearance in the so-called Granddaddy of Them All. Caltech made the Rose Bowl. A small band of ingenious Caltech students made it happen, surreptitiously altering a University of Washington halftime flip-card routine so that it would spell out "CALTECH" in what became known as the Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961.
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April 23, 2010 |
Riverside County prosecutors announced Friday they would charge two men of Canadian descent with misdemeanor charges for allegedly desecrating the U.S. flag. The men were booked earlier this week on suspicion of desecrating a U.S. flag that had flown on a La Quinta mountaintop to honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They allegedly replaced the flag with a Canadian flag following Canada's victory over the United States in hockey during the Winter Olympics. The U.S. flag had been displayed for several years near Highway 111 and Washington Street after it was put there by a local resident, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.
April 16, 2010 |
Subversive, provocative and unexpected, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" delights in taking you by surprise, starting quietly but ending up in a hall of mirrors as unsettling as anything Lewis Carroll's Alice ever experienced. Even when you think you've figured this film out, you can't shake the notion that maybe you haven't. No director or screenwriters are listed in "Gift Shop's" credits, just the words "A Banksy Film," which refer to the notoriously secretive British street artist and master provocateur who's become world famous without giving up his anonymity.
April 12, 2010 |
Starting late this month, airlines that leave passengers stranded on a tarmac in a delayed plane for three hours or more can face a hefty fine under new rules adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. If carriers don't let passengers out of the plane before the three-hour mark, the agency can fine them up to $27,500 per customer. At least three domestic airlines have announced plans to avoid the penalties. But that won't necessarily cut down on delays. US Airways and Continental Airlines have both unveiled procedures to return the plane to the gate if it can't take off before the three-hour limit.
February 8, 2010 |
Loosely tied to a rivalry that often splits loyalties in the Southland, it is a decades-old tradition celebrating fraternity, faith, sports and a shared experience. And it started, its organizer notes, with a prank -- an act of deception by a group of would-be Catholic priests. Basketball, it seems, pulled them from the righteous path. It was February 1971 and, like thousands of other hoops-loving Southern Californians, some sports-minded students at St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo were galvanized by a midseason showdown between unbeaten USC and once-beaten UCLA, the four-time defending national champion.