November 8, 2012 |
As they entered the practice facility to set up the field for Thursday morning's workout, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and football student managers declined to comment about the latest controversy surrounding the Trojans. The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined USC because a student manager intentionally deflated, below NCAA-regulated levels, several balls used by the Trojans in their game against Oregon, the school announced on its website. Deflated footballs apparently can be easier to throw and catch.
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November 7, 2012 |
In the wake of last week's shooting on campus, USC on Tuesday announced heightened security measures that will restrict late-night entrance to the university and require identification checks for all visitors between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, outside promoters will be banned from working on USC social events at campus facilities or on nearby Fraternity Row, according to USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The shooting, in which four people were wounded — none of them USC students — occurred outside a Halloween party promoted by a non-USC firm that invited people from across the city.
November 6, 2012 |
In the wake of last week's shooting on campus, USC on Tuesday announced a new set of heightened security measures, including visitor restrictions and mandatory identification checks on anyone seeking to enter the main campus between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. In addition, outside promoters will be banned from working on USC social events held at campus facilities or on nearby Fraternity Row, according to USC President C.L. Max Nikias. Last week's shooting, which wounded four people - - none of them USC students -- occured outside a Halloween party that had been promoted by a non-USC firm that invited young people from across the city.
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November 1, 2012 |
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.
September 4, 2012 |
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.
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August 22, 2012 |
A planned $1.1-billion makeover of a faded shopping center near USC into much-needed student housing and retail space was put on hold by a Los Angeles City Council land-use committee Tuesday after community groups protested the project's potential negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods. After listening to three hours of debate, the Planning and Land Use Management Committee asked for more information about how other major universities have handled community concerns during major upgrades - including fears that low-income residents could be displaced.
August 10, 2012 |
Our local leather-heads are off to rough training camp starts. The players are holding up fine under barometric pressures in oppressive heat - the problem is at the leadership level. Fresh-start Jim Mora, looking to change UCLA's cozy-club culture, took his team to swelter box San Bernardino to get away from all the distractions. "No friends, no girlfriends, no parents," Mora said. He should have added "no radio shows. " Mora became the distraction Thursday, a day after going on KLAA-AM (830)
August 10, 2012 |
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 |
LONDON — The scars are easy to ignore. They crisscross his legs, up above his knees, and Bryshon Nellum doesn't let them bother him anymore. The memories, those are tougher to shake. The last few days, hanging around the Olympic village, waiting for his next race, Nellum has thought about that night in 2008 when two men gunned him down in the street outside a party. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 13 The 23-year-old has ruminated about four agonizing years of recovery, the multiple surgeries and the afternoons when he lay crumpled on the track in pain, never knowing if he could regain his speed.
May 23, 2012
Re "Supervisors failing to act," Column, May 20 Finally, someone is calling for real reform of Los Angeles County government. The fact that the assessor and the sheriff are elected by voters is just part of the problem. A complete overhaul of county government can only be achieved with a review by an elected commission of voters, not politicians. The county is simply unable to reform itself. It needs an elected executive, a bigger Board of Supervisors and an assessor and a sheriff who serve at the pleasure of the executive.