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September 14, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The newspaper that introduced the world to the infographic is getting a makeover. Thirty years after the launch of the new national newspaper, USA Today unveiled a new logo, a more colorful look and bulked-up coverage of technology and travel. It also unveiled a digital redesign that gives the news operation a consistent look on its relaunched website and on mobile devices. “We're trying to reinvent news here,” said Larry Kramer, who took over in May as president and publisher of USA Today.
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March 7, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
In a game full of stars, Jordin Canada of Los Angeles Windward shined the brightest Friday night at Azusa Pacific University. The UCLA-bound senior point guard ran the Wildcats' offense to perfection, finding open teammates to the tune of nine assists, and scored 14 points of her own in a shockingly one-sided 61-46 upset of top-seeded Santa Ana Mater Dei in the CIF Southern Section Open Division championship game. Canada had plenty of help from her friends, as USC-bound center Kristen Simon scored 15 points, Macchi Smith had 14 and freshman guard Chelsey Gipson contributed 15 for the second-seeded Wildcats (24-2)
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August 13, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
More surprising than Monday's news that USC Coach Lane Kiffin was pulling out as a voter in the USA Today coaches' poll was the fact he agreed to do it in the first place. What was Kiffin thinking? It was like Newt Gingrich becoming a pollster for the Democrats. USC and the coaches' poll have a history -- and it isn't pretty. Former USC Coach Pete Carroll never voted -- and maybe now you know why. The coaches, you may hideously recall, named LSU its top team in 2003 even though USC was its clear-cut No. 1 entering a Rose Bowl game it won. The 2004 BCS trophy, awarded by the American Football Coaches Assn., was later taken from USC in the wake of NCAA sanctions.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before erasing the Oscars from my already packed DVR. The Skinny: I'd love to tell you I was at all the hot parties last night. While I was certainly in demand - sorry, Graydon and Madonna - I opted to stay home and watch the way the little people do, which is with a bag of Doritos on my lap. Today's Fix includes all the Oscar recaps and reviews you'll need. Also, the box=office report and the latest on Comcast, Charter and Time Warner Cable. Daily Dose: Dodger fans who are not Time Warner Cable subscribers won't be totally out of luck if the team's new channel is unavailable from other area pay-TV distributors.
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December 6, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
"USA Today: The Television Show," the dismally rated light-news series, is about to breathe its last on KCBS-TV Channel 2, but the 12-week-old magazine program will soon be resurrected on KNBC-TV Channel 4. Channel 2 said Monday it plans to replace "USA Today," which was the lowest-rated program in the 7 p.m. time slot during the recently concluded November sweeps, with the new tabloid-style news magazine "Inside Edition" on Jan. 9.
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August 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
In one of the least shocking announcements of summer, two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll . UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
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September 9, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Last week, USC fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll but rose one spot, to No. 2, in the USA Today coaches' index. This week, USC stayed at No. 2 in the AP but dropped to No. 3 in the coaches' poll behind Alabama and Louisiana State. UCLA, which debut at No. 22 in the AP on Sunday, checks in at No. 23 in the coaches' poll following the Bruins' upset win over Nebraska at the Rose Bowl. Oregon is No. 4 in the latest USA Today rankings, followed by Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Michigan State.
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February 7, 1988 | Ellen Farley \f7
"USA Today"--that is, the TV version scheduled to hit the air in September on a daily half-hour schedule--already has three of its four anchors signed, sources tell us. And staffers from the newspaper version, who had hoped for a shot at video fame, can return to their desks. The jobs went to network pros. Bill Macatee of NBC Sports will anchor the Sports section. Also inked: former ABC White House correspondent Kenneth Walker and Robin Young, who contributed to the "Today" show.
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January 12, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
USA Today, the Gannett Co. Inc.'s national newspaper, has signed on as an "official sponsor" of President Reagan's inauguration and given inaugural planners free space for 12 full-page advertisements in its pages, inaugural officials say. A USA Today official said Friday that the national newspaper's unprecedented move presents no conflict of interest. "The inauguration is not a partisan event; it's not a government event.
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September 22, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
The critically panned "USA Today: The Television Show," which billed itself as TV of the future, is being made "a little more traditional," its executive producer said Wednesday. But Steve Friedman said the alterations do not constitute "a change of format. . . . We're moving things around, working hard to get the stuff that works in the show and eliminate the stuff that didn't work." The changes won't be sudden, he added in a phone interview from the show's offices in Rosslyn, Va.
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January 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Medical ethicists are criticizing the unnamed facility that agreed to keep the body of 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator after transferring her from an Oakland hospital, saying it will only delay the inevitable while potentially causing long-term financial and emotional harm to her family. Jahi's case has been widely criticized by medical experts who have emphasized that people who are declared brain-dead are no longer alive. At least three neurologists confirmed Jahi was unable to breathe on her own, had no blood flow to her brain and had no sign of electrical activity three days after she  underwent surgery Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at Children's Hospital Oakland and went into cardiac arrest, causing extensive hemorrhaging in her brain.
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November 12, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
It's too bad we can't junk the last year of the BCS and move right to the four-team playoff. While it may not be contractually possible, the 13-members of the new selection committee are ready for the challenge. The group met formally for the first time Monday  in Washington, D.C. It was mostly a photo-op for the media and a chance for members to meet. The selection committee, starting next year, will pick the top teams for a four-team playoff. Committee chairman Jeff Long, the AD at Arkansas, said the panel will not use this year for any mock simulations.
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October 11, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: (In last week's Washington-Stanford game) What did you think of all the injuries on defense? And how Stanford's medical staff healed them so quickly? Rails Warner Answer: We've already been through this. Stanford Coach David Shaw said Stanford would never fake injuries. "We don't condone it, we don't teach it, we don't allow it," Shaw said. Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian basically accused Stanford players of faking injuries to slow down his team's up-tempo offense.
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August 24, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
CHIVAS USA VS. NEW YORK When: 2 p.m. Where : StubHub Center. On the air: TV: UniMas; Radio: 690. Records: Chivas USA 4-14-6, Red Bulls 11-8-6. Record vs. Red Bulls (2012): 0-0-1. Update: Chivas USA, last in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, has its work cut out against New York, which is tied with Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference. This is the only regular-season meeting between the clubs, as was the case last year, when they played to a 1-1 tie at Red Bull Arena.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
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August 1, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC is ranked No. 24 in the USA Today preseason college football coaches poll. The Trojans were ranked third going into last season in the coaches poll and first in the Associated Press media poll before stumbling to a 7-6 record. Two-time defending national champion Alabama is ranked No. 1 . USC is one of five Pac-12 teams in the top 25. Oregon is ranked third, Stanford fourth, UCLA 21st and Oregon State 25th. USC does not play Oregon in the regular season, but the Trojans will face four teams ranked in the preseason poll: Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State and No. 11 Notre Dame.
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March 2, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT
The fate of the new, still-struggling "USA Today on TV" may depend on how it did in the February ratings sweeps that ended Wednesday, although its demise doesn't seem imminent. That was the word Wednesday from Steve Friedman, creator and the first executive producer of the syndicated news series that was revamped and retitled in mid-season after its much-criticized start last September. What will happen now, Friedman said, is that the stations carrying the half-hour program will study the Feb.
SPORTS
August 11, 2000
The top 25 teams in the USA Today/ESPN preseason college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 1999 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking: *--* Rec. Pts Pvs 1. Nebraska (36) 12-1 1,442 2 2. Florida State (21) 12-0 1,426 1 3. Alabama (1) 10-3 1,266 8 4. Michigan 10-2 1,196 5 5. Wisconsin (1) 10-2 1,192 4 6. Miami 9-4 1,110 15 7. Florida 9-4 1,065 14 8. Texas 9-5 997 23 9.
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August 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA fans will be pleased to know that the Bruins are ranked heading into the 2013 football season. They may also remember that it didn't work out so well last time. UCLA is ranked 21st in the USA Today poll, released Tuesday. USC is ranked 24th, making this the first time since 2011 that the Bruins enter the season ranked ahead of the Trojans. It is the first time the Bruins have been ranked in the preseason since 2007. The Bruins were 14th in the Associated Press poll that season and got as high as 11th.
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August 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
In one of the least shocking announcements of summer, two-time defending national champion Alabama has opened at No. 1 in USA Today's preseason college football poll . UCLA, coming off a 9-5 season, is No. 21 and USC, 7-6 last year, is No. 24. Alabama is followed in the USA Today coaches' poll by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia. Rounding out the top 10 is Texas A&M, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and Florida. The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven BCS titles, has five schools in the top 10. Alabama, which picked up 58 of the possible 62 first-place votes, has never won a national title when it debuted at No. 1 in the coaches' poll.
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