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March 6, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Built Custom Burgers, a new burger joint by The Counter will open by March 15 near the University of Southern California campus. Like The Counter, the new 1,800-square-foot space that seats up to 40 people will offer customizable creations with a lower price point and a fast-casual format. But the new Built Custom Burgers lets guests  choose their burger toppings while the burger's being made. You can also create your burger online and swing by to pick it up. All the burgers will be quarter-pound patties, as opposed to The Counter's third-pound, two-thirds-pound and 1-pound burger options.
April 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Brandon Spencer ought to be considered an object lesson by wannabe gangsters carrying guns. The 21-year-old was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting into a crowd waiting in line for a Halloween party on the USC campus in 2012. He wounded four people - including his target - but seems to think he ought to get leniency because nobody died. Spencer threw a tantrum in the courtroom when the judge announced his sentence, crying and banging his head on a table, like a 2-year-old sentenced to time-out.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A suspect led officers on a wild car chase across Los Angeles streets before bailing from his vehicle on the USC campus. The male suspect was taken into custody by officers who searched the campus, the California Highway Patrol said. The scene played out as the Trojans football team was battling Arizona in the Coliseum. CRAZY CAR CHASES ACROSS L.A. The driver was momentarily trapped as several California Highway Patrol vehicles executed a so-called PIT maneuver, which forces a fleeing vehicle to turn sideways and stop.
April 19, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus sobbed in court Friday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to calm Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February on four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first on the campus in decades. Four people were shot and injured. Nearly 50 friends and family members sat behind Spencer as he tried to compose himself and ask the judge for a second chance.
June 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Latino man in his early 20s was killed in a shooting less than half a mile from the USC campus Saturday, authorities said. The shooting took place in the 200 block of East 30th Street, a residential area of apartments and houses, about 10 p.m., Sgt. Chris Gomez of the Los Angeles Police Department said. Homicide detectives were canvassing the area late Saturday night.
June 11, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The news that USC's football team faces severe NCAA penalties, including a two-year ban on bowl games, spread across the campus Thursday like word of a death in the family. But as with many days of mourning, there was also a sense that life somehow would continue in Troy. USC film student Tyrone Edmond, who recently bought football season tickets, likened the sanctions and their impact on the school to "cutting the nervous system out of the USC body." "I think it will hamper the lifestyle and spirit of the campus when football season comes around because every college wants that promise of the bowl game," he said outside a campus library.
August 10, 2009
A memorial service for U.S. District Court Judge Robert M. Takasugi will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Town and Gown on the USC campus, 665 Exposition Blvd. Takasugi died Aug. 4 at the age of 78. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Robert M. Takasugi Pro Bono Bar Review. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the JEF - Pro Bono Bar Review, Japanese American Bar Assn., P.O. Box 86063, Los Angeles, CA 90086.
April 29, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Whether it's rock goddess Patti Smith speaking with literary genius Dave Eggers or graphic novelist Daniel Clowes talking pictures with fellow artists Dash Shaw and Jim Woodring, this weekend's L.A. Times Festival of Books is a literary smorgasbord, featuring a broad array of bestselling authors and celebrities, poets and chefs, book signings and performances — all of it offered free. What's different is the location. Now in its 16th year, the annual two-day festival is moving from the UCLA campus in Westwood to the USC campus south of downtown L.A. Attendees who will be driving to the festival on Saturday and Sunday can either take the 10 Freeway, exiting on Vermont Avenue south to Jefferson Boulevard, or take the 110 Freeway to Exposition Boulevard.
July 27, 1991
Why did the Olympic Festival fail to meet the expectations of its organizers? Mayor Bradley blames The Times, others blame Los Angeles itself, I blame the organizers. Case in point: On Friday, July 19, I called the Olympic Festival information number to find out the times for gold medal games in water polo. I reached a a tape recording that provided no information other than how to buy tickets. Earlier in the week, we had attempted to reach friends housed in the dorms at USC. The people in charge were completely unaware that there were over 50 women water polo players on the USC campus.
April 11, 2012
Panel: Go the F— to Sleep When: April 21, noon Where: Taper Hall on the USC campus Who: Panelists Ricardo Cortes and Adam Mansbach ------------------------------- Panel: Graphic Novel, Mythic Stories When: April 21, 3:30 p.m. Where: Salvatori Computer Science Center on USC campus Who: Panelists Ed Brubacker, Adam Mansbach and Douglas McGowan; moderated by Leslie S. Klinger Information: ...
April 18, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus, injuring four, sobbed uncontrollably in court Friday after he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to restrain Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February of four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first at the campus in decades. While prosecutors argued that Spencer should serve his four terms consecutively, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr. ordered Spencer to serve his sentences concurrently, which means he will eventually be eligible for parole.
April 12, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band held up one hand each, making the “V” for victory sign Saturday morning at the opening ceremony for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Five cheerleaders clutching pompoms did the same. And it was almost like looking in a mirror for the performers as dozens of children and adults in the crowd followed suit. It was a "victorious" kickoff to the 19th festival sponsored by The Times. Children sat on parents' shoulders for a clear view of the band; other parents bounced their toddlers on their hips to classic fight songs and even a 1980s favorite, Pat Benatar's “Heartbreaker.” Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein and USC Senior Vice President of Media Relations Thomas Sayles welcomed the crowd, promising two days of exciting events from authors, poets, artists and more.
March 27, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Just in case anybody wonders, Don King is alive and well. Actually, more so than ever. He is 82 going on 50. The hair doesn't quite stand on end in its salute to electrical shock treatments as it once did. That's because there isn't enough of it anymore. But the faded American flag jacket, and the big cigar that he just kind of chews on, and the five or six layers of jeweled necklaces, and the American flag tie, remain standard props. Also standard is the hilarious babble with which he promotes a boxing match from a podium.
February 10, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire on a rival gang member in the first shooting on the USC campus in decades was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors argued that Brandon Spencer, 21, was seeking retaliation for his own gunshot wound -- suffered a year earlier -- when he shot at Geno Hall in October 2012. The shooting escalated from feuding on Twitter with Hall, the City Section high school football player of the year in 2009 . On Halloween night, among a crowd waiting to enter a party, Spencer shot six times in Hall's direction with a black revolver.
January 2, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The accident that left Ryan Williams paralyzed from the neck down could have ended his promising career as a robotics researcher. Recovering at his parents' home in southwest Virginia, with limited mobility, there was no way he could return to USC full time to complete his engineering graduate studies. But from his study nearly 2,500 miles away, Williams was able to complete his course work and participate in classes as if he were right there on the USC campus. Now the 31-year-old roboticist, already internationally recognized for his research into undersea robots, is on the cusp of receiving his doctorate this spring.
December 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Steve Sarkisian said Tuesday that he was "honored and humbled" to be the new head football coach at USC. "I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Sarkisian told a crowd of nearly 100 members of the media, family members and others at the McKay Center on the USC campus. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "I can't tell you the feeling I have. " Sarkisian, 39, replaced popular interim coach Ed Orgeron, who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record after taking over for Lane Kiffin earlier this season.
April 15, 2012
Panel: California Literature: The Big Picture Participants: Ralph Lewin, Tom Lutz, Carol Muske-Dukes, moderator Oscar Villalon When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday Where: Seeley G. Mudd building on the USC campus * Carol Muske-Dukes reads from "Twin Cities" When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Poetry stage on the USC campus For more information:
November 6, 2013 | By Susan King
Conan O'Brien, Betty White and Lisa Kudrow will be featured at USC's School of Cinematic Arts' Comedy@SCA Festival this Saturday and Sunday at USC. The second annual festival is part of the film school's Comedy@SCA initiative, an interdisciplinary program that trains students in the creation of comedic entertainment in film, TV and interactive media. The festival will feature panel discussions, including one on the Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood with O'Brien, producer Greg Daniel, ("The Office")
October 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Even if they didn't have any other reason, USC and Notre Dame should play football every year just so we can tell John McKay stories. He coached the Trojans from 1960-75 and you don't need a record book to know he was successful. Just wander onto the USC campus. There you will find a $70-millon state-of-the-art athletic facility named the John McKay Center. At the south entrance is a statue of a man, his hand on his chin as if pondering his next one-liner. Legends get statues.
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