CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 |
The first time the two Los Angeles Police Department officers walked to the backyard of an off-campus house party near USC, they had no problem with the crowd as they told the organizer to turn off the music and begin shutting down the party. The officers walked across the street to another party in the area of West 23rdand Hoover streets, told them to shut it down, but returned to the first party when it seemed their instructions had been ignored. But when they went into the house to question the organizer the second time, about 2 a.m. Saturday, they and two other officers who arrived were surrounded by an angry crowd that yelled at them and tried to keep them from taking the now handcuffed and detained organizer outside, according to the LAPD.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 |
Dozens of USC students gathered on the steps of the Tommy Trojan statue in protest of what they said was racial profiling by police. The students staged the sit-in after a clash early Saturday morning with Los Angeles Police Department officers at an off-campus party. Dozens of LAPD officers wearing protective gear broke up the party, composed of a majority black crowd. Six people were arrested. Partygoers said police shouted expletives, wielded their batons and displayed Tasers.
April 11, 2013 |
Pat Haden always seemed like a well-scrubbed character from your mother's favorite musical, so when he showed up last week in USC's big spring production — actors, crew and musicians outnumbering the football team — it wasn't surprise casting. Indeed, it might be yet another new career for the guy who vertically leaps from one thing to the next the way you and I leap from tee box to tee box. If this keeps up, he'll soon be running Paramount. Still, the other night he used the word "fidoodled," in his role as Postman No. 2. As in: "the way he's got this place all fidoodled up for you. " Musical theater may never be the same.
November 28, 2012 |
This might be the worst sports bar in the world. Traditions, or colloquially, Traddies, resides down four flights of stairs, below Middle-earth, on the cramped but still-sexy-after-all-these-beers USC campus. As sports bars go, the vibe is just OK - neither unpleasant nor pleasant. The service is a bit noncommittal as well: 40 minutes for a beer, an hour for a burger. Guess they weren't expecting such a big crowd for a USC-Notre Dame game. Would somebody horse-collar that waitress?
November 23, 2012 |
Question: Where do you put USC's chances of knocking Notre Dame off? Chris Larsen Answer: I put the chances smack dab between my bobbleheads of Tommy Trojan and Lou Holtz. Seriously, I think USC has a decent chance. My colleague Gary Klein made an interesting point this week about USC's defense. Coordinator Monte Kiffin has had nightmarish results trying to defend spread offenses in the Pac-12 Conference, but Notre Dame takes a more traditional, straight-forward approach.
November 14, 2012 |
In the last 15 years, I've covered nearly every USC road game where the Trojans marching band performs on the field, and there's always a moment in those games that makes me cringe. It's the moment before the pregame show in which the USC drum major majestically - or is that tauntingly? - plants a sword in the middle of the opponent's field. I hate it. I'm stunned other schools allow it. It feels like more than just a piece of metal digging into grass, it feels like a lack of respect burrowing under the stadium's skin.