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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Panning for gold in the local cesspool is always lucrative, but it's been one fat nugget after another lately. We've got Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa marketing himself for his next job before he finishes this one; City Atty. Carmen Trutanich insisting he's not the liar he appears to be; auto painters at the DWP making $109,192 a year while the agency guns for a rate hike; and Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez under investigation for an alleged scandal involving tax breaks for clients represented by his friend.
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SPORTS
September 2, 1990
Richard (Itchy) Jones, Southern Illinois University baseball coach, has been hired by the University of Illinois to replace Augie Garrido as coach. Garrido is the new coach at Cal State Fullerton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The parent company of a troubled Pasadena psychiatric hospital where multiple patient deaths and the rape of a teenage girl have come under scrutiny is being criticized for a corporate culture said to breed safety problems. An independent review by the University of Illinois at Chicago for that state's Department of Children and Family Services found that Corona-based Signature Healthcare Services has "corporate-level quality of care issues. " Those include inadequate staffing, sexual assaults among patients, mishandling of medication doses and poor oversight of patients.
SPORTS
February 12, 1988
The University of Illinois football program was put back on probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. Thursday for a recruiting violation. The latest penalty will run until July 1, 1989. Illinois, which last week hired John Mackovic as football coach to replace Mike White, was put on two-year probation in 1984. The NCAA said that while serving the previous probation, the school violated regulations in its attempt to recruit a "highly sought-after" student athlete.
SPORTS
June 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Legislation requiring the NCAA to follow courtroom-style rules when investigating Illinois college athletic programs won final legislative approval in the state Senate. The legislation was sponsored by lawmakers critical of the NCAA's investigation of the basketball program at the University of Illinois for alleged misconduct.
NEWS
October 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Hundreds of University of Illinois students held a candlelight march and rally to protest a series of sexual attacks on campus. The rally Wednesday night was called to "raise the awareness" of students to a string of 13 sexual attacks since April by what police have labeled a serial rapist, officials said.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2010 | By Jodi S. Cohen
Faculty leaders at the University of Illinois-Chicago are weighing whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider its controversial decision to deny emeritus status to retired professor William Ayers. It's the latest twist in a showdown 40 years in the making between Ayers, a Vietnam War-era radical who later joined the university faculty, and Christopher Kennedy, the university's board chairman, who was 4 when his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated. With a passionate speech last week, Kennedy voted against Ayers' appointment, saying he was guided by his conscience and could not support someone who had dedicated a book to the man who assassinated his father.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2009 | Mark Milian
When cryptic posters portraying President Obama as the Joker from "The Dark Knight" began popping up around Los Angeles and other cities, the question many asked was: Who is behind the image? Was it an ultra-conservative grass-roots group or a disgruntled street artist going against the grain? Nope, it turns out, just a 20-year-old college student from Chicago. Bored during his winter school break, Firas Alkhateeb, a senior history major at the University of Illinois, crafted the picture of Obama with the clown makeup using Adobe's Photoshop software.
SPORTS
August 9, 2008 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time: No. 20 Illinois An informal poll conducted by Rankman found Ron Zook to be the Big Ten coach most likely to crush a beer can on his head. The man is intense . . . and he could use singing lessons. His mangling of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at a Cubs game at Wrigley Field last spring was Zook's worst performance since last January's rendering of "Take Me Out to the Rose Bowl."
SPORTS
January 2, 2008 | Mike Hiserman, Times Staff Writer
There was a lot of talk about what could have been and should have been surrounding USC's season after the Trojans' 49-17 Rose Bowl victory over Illinois on Tuesday. And then there was the buzz around Joe McKnight, the conversation turning to the future. As in, how good could this guy get?
SPORTS
December 31, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
There is something about the act of bursting across the line of scrimmage, sprinting toward the punter, stretching for the ball. Vontae Davis says he was made for blocking punts. "I've just got a knack for the football," he said. "It's just something that comes natural." The Illinois cornerback made himself a star on special teams this season, beginning with the opening game against nationally ranked Missouri when he blocked a punt, grabbed the ball and ran two yards for a touchdown.
SPORTS
December 31, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
The stadium sits between a cemetery and railroad tracks where long chains of boxcars rattle past at midday. A few nearby businesses -- but not too many -- put out signs wishing the team well. Only a scattering of orange-and-blue shirts can be seen among the crowds at the shopping mall off Interstate 74. Though the people of Champaign are loyal fans of Illinois football, this is not a town in the manner of Lincoln or Baton Rouge where life revolves around Saturday afternoons.
SPORTS
December 29, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
For all the variations in the Illinois offense -- the option plays, the traps and long passes -- maybe the biggest trickery occurs before the snap. About 80% of the time, the Fighting Illini skip the huddle and go straight to the line of scrimmage. Sometimes they snap the ball quickly, other times they hesitate to look over the defense and signal adjustments from the sideline. Either way, the no-huddle attack forces opponents to line up right away and limits defensive substitutions.
SPORTS
December 28, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Clusters of reporters gathered around Juice Williams and Ron Zook as the Illinois football team came off the practice field Thursday afternoon. It only makes sense that the media would want to hear from the quarterback and the coach who will lead the Fighting Illini against USC in the Rose Bowl. But off to the side, someone equally responsible for the team's success this season tried to slip quietly away.
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