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April 11, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who played on two NCAA championship teams at USC and starred in the WNBA, has been hired as USC's women's basketball coach, the school announced. Cooper-Dyke, who coached last season at Texas Southern, replaces Michael Cooper, whose USC team finished 11-20 last season. Cooper-Dyke has also coached at UNC-Wilmington and Prairie View A&M. She has an eight-year record of 150-106. Last season, Texas Southern finished 20-12 and won the Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season title.
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.
January 15, 2013 | By Susan King
The authors and screenwriters of "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln,"  "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have been nominated for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.  Usually only five films are nominated, but a tie resulted in six contenders this year. Unlike the other feature film awards, the Scripter honors both the screenwriter or screenwriters of an adaptation as well as the author of the written work on which the screenplay is based.  GOLDEN GLOBES 2013 :  List  |  Red Carpet  |  Winners  | Show moments | Quotes The nominees announced Tuesday morning:  "Argo": Screenwriter Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman, author of the article "The Great Escape," and Antonio J. Mendez, author of "The Master of Disguise.
November 28, 2012 | Chris Erskine
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 | 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.
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