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May 23, 2012
Re "2 held in slayings of USC grad students," May 19 I was a USC graduate student in the 1970s. I had come from Ohio car-less and poor and was forced to live off campus because USC could not provide housing. When a late class required me to walk home at night, I made sure that morning to wear tennis shoes and dark clothing so my footsteps would be softer and my body less visible. Gang members confronted us routinely; one student in my complex was beaten up as he was running for safety.
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April 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
When 18 USC students staged a sit-in Tuesday outside the office of university President C.L. Max Nikias to protest the school's business dealings with a vendor - the parent company of which has ties to factories in Bangladesh - school officials took a tough stance. The students were told that if they didn't pipe down or get going by the end of the business day, they would be given “a letter of interim suspension,” as Ainsley Carry, the vice provost of student affairs, said later in a statement.
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SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
There was an Extra! on the UCLA campus Tuesday. UCLA officials this week took steps to protect statues on campus from USC pranks. The school's bear statue was in a box, as was the statue of former basketball coach John Wooden. So USC students went William Randolph Hearst on UCLA, striking at the fourth estate. USC students, presumably the crosstown ink-stained wretches, hit the UCLA campus early Monday morning, dumping out the Daily Bruin from newspaper racks and leaving UCLA students with the Daily Trojan for their reading pleasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Jerry Lockenour couldn't predict what lay ahead for him 25 years ago when he stashed the Los Angeles Times' Magazine on a cabinet shelf. The April 3, 1988, magazine's cover illustration showed bubble-shaped cars traveling in "electro lanes" on a double-decked, high-rise-lined 1st Street in downtown's Civic Center area. The cover's headline was "L.A. 2013: Techno-Comforts and Urban Stresses - Fast Forward to One Day in the Life of a Future Family. " Inside was a lengthy essay that described a day in the life of a fictional Granada Hills family in April 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police Friday afternoon arrested the man suspected of fatally shooting two USC students from China in a botched robbery and a second man believed to have some involvement in the killings, several LAPD sources said. The man suspected of being the killer in the case that has garnered international attention and turned a harsh spotlight on the elite campus set among some of the city's roughest neighborhoods was taken into custody about 4 p.m. Dozens of detectives, plainclothes officers and members of the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit descended on the 1200 block of 91st Street in South Los Angeles, residents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Thursday that it had not dropped charges against six USC students arrested during an off-campus party , contesting statements made earlier by an attorney for the students. “No decision has been made on filing the case,” officials said in a statement. “The city attorney's office is gathering evidence and the case remains under review.” The statement came shortly after attorney Fred Dorton “conveyed the impression that the case against his clients had been dropped,” the city attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
Dozens of USC students gathered on the steps of the Tommy Trojan statue in protest of what they said was racial profiling by police. The students staged the sit-in after a clash early Saturday morning with Los Angeles Police Department officers at an off-campus party. Dozens of LAPD officers wearing protective gear broke up the party, composed of a majority black crowd. Six people were arrested.  Partygoers said police shouted expletives, wielded their batons and displayed Tasers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Rosanna Xia
On the eve of final exams, more than 700 students and others at USC and neighboring communities gathered on campus to discuss issues raised from a clash between students and police over how the LAPD responded to an off-campus house party over the weekend. "You have my pledge to commit the time and effort to make sure that this will not happen again," said L.A. police Capt. Paul Snell of the Southwest division. He was joined by the chief of campus security, an inspector general and other officials.
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February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
One of the two men charged in the slayings of two USC graduate students from China pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in exchange for the prosecution not seeking the death penalty. He will instead serve two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole. Bryan Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and admitted the special circumstances of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery in the killings of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, which rocked the USC community and drew international media attention in the victims' native China.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
In recent years, Bill Murray has created quite a sideline for himself in odd one-off appearances. Yes, he still makes movies. (He was just at the Golden Globes ceremony with a nomination for playing FDR in "Hyde Park on Hudson. ") But it could be argued that his real fame lately has come from doing things like jumping into a kickball game amongst friends in New York City, jumping behind the bar to serve drinks in Austin, Texas, or crashing a house party in Brooklyn and doing the dishes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
A fraternity member won the USC student body president election Tuesday night, continuing a pattern of male undergraduate leaders at the school. Andrew Menard, who serves in student government and is the social chair of Sigma Chi, and his running mate, Rini Sampath, who is not a member of a Greek organization, received 44% of the vote, according to student media. Another ticket headed by a fraternity member finished second with about 29% of the ballots. It's unclear how the third team on the ballot did. The presidential candidate on that ticket, James White, is not part of the Greek system but his running mate was. The complete election results will be available later in the week.  Fraternity members have generally claimed the USC student presidency recently, which is not unusual at large campuses with Greek systems.
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February 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
James White hesitated before deciding to run for USC student body president, knowing he'd be a long shot because of his background. Because he's black? "No, not that," White said, adding that race isn't the biggest deal in campus presidential elections. "It's other forms of diversity that aren't appreciated. "  FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said that USC student government presidential candidates have been exclusively male since 2005. That is the case since 2006.
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February 6, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The parents of two slain USC graduate students from China called on the university Thursday to pay restitution and help their families set up a scholarship in the victims' names. It was their first statement to local media since Bryan Barnes, 21, pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting 23-year-old engineering students Ying Wu and Ming Qu as they sat in a parked BMW about a mile west of the campus. Xiyong Wu, a police officer, and Wanzhi Qu, an insurance salesman, flew in from China to speak at the hearing, where they demanded the death penalty for the defendants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
One of the two men charged in the slayings of two USC graduate students from China pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder in exchange for the prosecution not seeking the death penalty. He will instead serve two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole. Bryan Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and admitted the special circumstances of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery in the killings of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, which rocked the USC community and drew international media attention in the victims' native China.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The fathers of two USC graduate students who were shot to death in April 2012 stood before a judge Wednesday and asked for the most severe penalty for their children's killer, whom they described as a "ruthless murderer" and "cold-blooded criminal. " "In China, where I come from, it is only a matter of course that a killer pays a life for a life," XiYong Wu said. But Bryan Barnes, 21, escaped the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances in exchange for two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's basketball team has been playing in a less-than-half-full Pauley Pavilion through five games this season, with an average announced attendance of 5,673 in the 13,800-seat arena. A possible contributing factor is ticket prices. In a report by Vividseats.com, a secondary ticket broker, UCLA has the sixth highest-priced tickets in all of college basketball, with the median price $95. Kansas is No. 1 at $265, followed by Kentucky at $200, Duke at $179, Gonzaga at $110 and Indiana at $100.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The deaths of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two USC graduate students from China, puzzled investigators. The two had been fatally shot while sitting in Qu's parked BMW on a rainy April night in 2012, and authorities struggled to find a motive. Both, however, were missing their phones. In the end, prosecutors said, it was Wu's stolen black iPhone that led investigators to the suspected shooters. On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Bryan Barnes, 21, and Javier Bolden, 20, will stand trial for the students' deaths.
BUSINESS
September 4, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In a small office in Hollywood, three USC students scan social media sites to see what's trending. They're looking not at Facebook or Twitter, but at Chinese websites such as Sina Weibo, Youku, Renren and Qzone. The hot topics: soccer star Didier Drogba's move from London's Chelsea club to Shanghai's Shenhua and the latest news on "Iron Man 3," the upcoming U.S.-China co-production starring Robert Downey Jr. "People love Iron Man in China very much," Cecilia Wu, a 20-year-old native of China and student at USC's Marshall School of Business.
SPORTS
November 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
There was an Extra! on the UCLA campus Tuesday. UCLA officials this week took steps to protect statues on campus from USC pranks. The school's bear statue was in a box, as was the statue of former basketball coach John Wooden. So USC students went William Randolph Hearst on UCLA, striking at the fourth estate. USC students, presumably the crosstown ink-stained wretches, hit the UCLA campus early Monday morning, dumping out the Daily Bruin from newspaper racks and leaving UCLA students with the Daily Trojan for their reading pleasure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the death of a USC student who was found lifeless over the weekend in his off-campus apartment, a law enforcement official said. A final determination on how 22-year-old Thu Yain "Roy" Kyaw died is still pending, but the revelation comes as the university is struggling to control alcohol-related incidents. This month, campus officials placed the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon on probation after a female student visiting from Loyola Marymount University fell while dancing on a table and hurt her head and neck, according to USC officials and safety reports.
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