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November 23, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The greatest quarterback show I have personally witnessed this year occurred not on a football field, but in a banquet room. Last summer, I was emceeing a charity event for Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Galen Center on the USC campus. At the end of the evening, in an unscripted surprise, organizers brought up this giant smiling kid who wore a crew cut and seemed to be suffocating under an ill-fitting suit. The kid was carrying a bag of footballs. For a $200 donation, he would throw you a football from the podium.
November 1, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The Halloween party was going strong at the heart of the USC campus. Inside the student center, about 400 people danced to a DJ under rave lighting while more than 100 milled around outside trying to get into the event, which boasted tight security. "Strict off-duty officers plus campus [police] = no worries," one online ad for the party said. But about 11:45 p.m., gunshots were fired in the crowd outside, not far from the university's Tommy Trojan statue. Students screamed and ran for safety.
August 17, 2012
How many of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs were working out of a food court? Yet that's just what Ricardo Zarate accomplished at his first hit restaurant, Mo-Chica, which was located in Mercado la Paloma near the USC campus. Since then, of course, he's gone on to posher places. Zarate and business partner Stephane Bombet opened Picca at the south end of Beverly Hills in 2011, which was instantly honored as one of the best new restaurants in the United States. This year he re-opened Mo-Chica in a nicer space downtown.
August 10, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora had his own two-a-day Thursday. It began with a morning defense of controversial comments and ended in the afternoon with an apology. Mora, in discussing recruiting, said Wednesday that he makes a point to tell parents how safe it is at UCLA, adding, "We don't have murders a block from our campus. " He stood by those comments Thursday morning. The killings of two Chinese graduate students near the USC campus in April became international news. By afternoon Thursday, Mora had reconsidered his words.
August 9, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora apologized before practice Thursday for comments he made during a radio show Wednesday. Mora, in discussing recruiting, said he makes a point to tell parents how safe it is at UCLA, adding, “We don't have murders a block from our campus.” The slayings of two Chinese graduate students near the USC campus in April became international news. Mora stood by his comments Thursday morning, saying that he was not referring to a particular campus. In the afternoon Mora said, “After learning the details of the shooting downtown earlier this year, I can understand how my comments on the radio yesterday could be interpreted as insensitive to the victims and their families.
June 25, 2012 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
EUGENE, Ore. - Stunned after he was shot three times in the legs as he left a party near the USC campus, fearful that he might not walk again much less run at a world-class level, Bryshon Nellum's instinctive thought was to continue moving. "It's crazy because I never did fall to the ground. I kept going, just to run to safety," said Nellum, who was targeted by two gang members who mistook him for a rival in the early hours of Oct. 31, 2008. "I hopped and skipped on one leg to safety.
May 19, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
Shell casings and signals from one of the victim's cellphones led police to arrest two men in the slayings of two USC graduate students from China - a botched robbery that focused a harsh global spotlight on the campus that is a magnet for foreigners. At a news conference Friday evening, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck identified the suspects as Bryan Barnes, 20, of Los Angeles and Javier Bolden, 19. Barnes was taken into custody Friday afternoon by a team of LAPD SWAT officers, along with FBI and other federal agents, who raided an apartment near the USC campus.
April 22, 2012
Panel: Fiction: The Dream Deferred When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday Where: Bing Theater on the USC campus Who: Ayad Akhtar, Mona Simpson, Hector Tobar, Jesmyn Ward, moderated by Joy Press For more information:
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