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Decomposing body of USC grad student found in residence hall

The decomposing body of a graduate student was found in a USC Health Sciences Campus dorm room Wednesday afternoon, coroner’s officials said. About 2:20 p.m., a maintenance worker found the man’s body in a single-bed dorm room in Seaver residence hall in the 1900 block of Zonal Avenue, said Ed...

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  • San Francisco-based CREAM ice cream sandwich shop to open in L.A. near USC

    San Francisco-based CREAM ice cream sandwich shop to open in L.A. near USC

    CREAM, the San Francisco-based ice cream sandwich shop, will open a Los Angeles store Feb. 28 on Figueroa Street next to the University of Southern California campus. The store will be the first of nine planned locations in the Los Angeles area.  At CREAM -- an acronym for "cookies rule everything...

  • Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

    Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

    Beginning Sunday at Bacari PDR and Jan. 25 at Bacaro L.A., both restaurants will offer a "beefsteak Sundays" dinner special. The special takes place Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat grilled hanger steak, oven-roasted potatoes, onion rings and toasted baguette for $35. Dinner...

  • Trader Joe's to open in USC's new residential-retail complex in 2017

    Trader Joe's to open in USC's new residential-retail complex in 2017

    Grocery chain Trader Joe’s plans to put a store in USC's planned $650-million residential and retail complex, the biggest construction project in school history. The university and Trader Joe's announced this week that the grocery will open at USC Village in the fall of 2017, serving both students...

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  • USC law school seeks to smooth the way for first-generation students

    USC law school seeks to smooth the way for first-generation students

    The students nodded in agreement when a speaker talked about feeling "like a fraud in class." Later, they talked about worrying about passing their classes or fleeting thoughts about even dropping out of school. Such fears are common for many first-year college students, and many campuses have...

  • Netflix, Hulu and more won't count against data on T-Mobile anymore

    Netflix, Hulu and more won't count against data on T-Mobile anymore

    Binge on. That’s the new rallying cry from cellphone service provider T-Mobile, which announced Tuesday in Los Angeles that watching video on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, WatchESPN and about 20 other apps no longer would count against mobile data usage. The move is meant to satisfy growing demand for mobile...

  • USC adds church building to its expanding portfolio

    USC adds church building to its expanding portfolio

    USC has expanded its footprint around its main location south of downtown by moving nonacademic programs away from campus, leasing more space downtown and upgrading a shopping center it has owned for years. But as the campus has steadily grown, one piece of property around the school's main hub...

  • Man shot by police near USC tried to take officer's gun, LAPD says

    Man shot by police near USC tried to take officer's gun, LAPD says

    A man shot and wounded by Los Angeles police last week near USC had tried to take an officer's holstered gun, the LAPD said Wednesday. Police offered new details about the Oct. 27 shooting, saying preliminary information indicated that a struggle broke out between the 30-year-old man and two officers...

  • Man shot by LAPD near USC charged with assaulting the officers

    Man shot by LAPD near USC charged with assaulting the officers

    A man shot and critically wounded by Los Angeles police near USC this week was charged with assaulting the officers during a struggle in which he is accused of cutting them with a knife, prosecutors said Thursday. Oscar Ovidio Diaz, 30, was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer...

  • Man with knife shot, critically wounded by LAPD near USC

    Man with knife shot, critically wounded by LAPD near USC

    Los Angeles police shot and critically injured a man armed with a knife Tuesday near USC’s South Los Angeles campus, authorities said. About 4:45 p.m., two LAPD officers assigned to the LAPD's Southwest Division conducted a traffic stop near Magnolia Avenue and 27th Street, about four blocks north...

  • USC player, coach and booster Nick Pappas dies at 99
    USC player, coach and booster Nick Pappas dies at 99

    Nick Pappas, known as "Mr. Trojan" for his nearly six-decade association with USC's football team, died Friday in Pasadena of natural causes. He was 99.

    The death of Pappas, who started out in 1935 as a player on the team and later became a coach, administrator and founder of the Trojan Club booster...

  • USC student leaders demand action against campus racism
    USC student leaders demand action against campus racism

    A month after the USC undergraduate student body president was attacked with a racial epithet, student leaders are demanding a campuswide action plan against bias, including the appointment of a top administrator to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Rini Sampath, who made national headlines...

  • USC should have fired Sarkisian sooner, some fans and faculty say
    USC should have fired Sarkisian sooner, some fans and faculty say

    Many Trojan football fans and followers welcomed the decision Monday to fire Steve Sarkisian as USC's head coach, with some saying the university should have taken the action weeks ago.

    Alan Abrahamson, a former Los Angeles Times sportswriter who now teaches journalism at USC, said Sarkisian's...

  • USC President C.L. Max Nikias gets national award with $500,000 for campus
    USC President C.L. Max Nikias gets national award with $500,000 for campus

    USC President C.L. Max Nikias and three other university presidents around the country have received Carnegie Corp. awards for academic leadership, recognition that comes with $500,000 grants for each of the schools, officials announced Thursday.

    The Carnegie Corp. of New York said it recognized...

  • Dog Haus is taking over the world -- and all USC football home games
    Dog Haus is taking over the world -- and all USC football home games

    Dog Haus, the sausage restaurant that serves its wieners on sweet Kings Hawaiian roll buns, is taking over the world -- or at least the United States. 

    No, really. According to the company's website, there are Dog Haus locations in six states, including nine locations now open in California, and...

  • USC helps students graduate on time by pinpointing what's holding them back
    USC helps students graduate on time by pinpointing what's holding them back

    When Sharon Sin enrolled at USC three years ago, she didn't sign up for a foreign language course because it wasn't a requirement for her engineering major.

    But her sophomore year, Sin switched her focus to social sciences, which has a mandatory three-semester language component. She put off the...

  • What it was like to be gay in 1944 -- and other historic lessons in a USC archive
    What it was like to be gay in 1944 -- and other historic lessons in a USC archive

    The paper is yellowed now, the penciled cursive fading, but the letters from the World War II Women's Army Corps servicewoman to her sweetheart are romantic as ever.

    Good morning, darling. I'm so very used to going to sleep watching you smoke that cigarette (if I'm not in your arms) that I couldn't...

  • USC siphoning off much of Alzheimer's project funding from UC San Diego
    USC siphoning off much of Alzheimer's project funding from UC San Diego

    In the latest twist in the ongoing dispute over a prestigious Alzheimer's disease research project, USC is siphoning off much of the project's funding from UC San Diego.

    Though the La Jolla campus has so far won in court — with a Superior Court judge giving it continued control of the Alzheimer's...

  • Why the Teen Choice Awards red, um, blue carpet matters
    Why the Teen Choice Awards red, um, blue carpet matters

    If you’re not a teenager, you may not have noticed that the Teen Choice Awards happened Sunday in Los Angeles. But Gucci, Giambattista Valli, Marni and other luxury fashion brands sure did, seeing an opportunity to impress that elusive younger demographic, those pesky millennials who would rather...

  • Some college students on financial aid don't get it in time to pay fees
    Some college students on financial aid don't get it in time to pay fees

    Mayte Estrada hit a speed bump while trying to register for classes during her orientation session at Cal State L.A. this summer.

    Estrada is receiving financial aid that should cover all of her tuition bill. But that money — typically disbursed just before the start of fall classes — had yet to...

  • L.A. in talks with oil producer about reopening facility near USC
    L.A. in talks with oil producer about reopening facility near USC

    AllenCo Energy is trying to negotiate a settlement with the Los Angeles city attorney's office as part of an effort to resume operations of an urban oil field that prompted hundreds of complaints of nosebleeds and respiratory ailments due to its emissions, officials confirmed Wednesday.

    AllenCo...

  • UC San Diego sues USC and scientist, alleging conspiracy to take funding, data
    UC San Diego sues USC and scientist, alleging conspiracy to take funding, data

    UC San Diego has sued USC and a nationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher, alleging that they illegally conspired to take federal funding, data and employees from a UC San Diego study center on the illness.

    The lawsuit, filed in San Diego County Superior Court, charges that scientist...

  • In quest to raise $6 billion, USC runs a massive fundraising machine
    In quest to raise $6 billion, USC runs a massive fundraising machine

    USC President C. L. Max Nikias was 1,400 miles from the Los Angeles campus, but he knew just how to appeal to his audience.

    In a swanky hotel ballroom, he told the crowd of alumni and donors that Texas had become the largest feeder of students to USC after California, and that students from their...

  • 'Heartbroken': 72 USC alumni write in support of withdrawn MFA students
    'Heartbroken': 72 USC alumni write in support of withdrawn MFA students

    More than six dozen alumni of the Roski School of Art and Design at USC published an open letter in support of the class of MFA students that withdrew from the university in May to protest changes in curriculum, faculty and funding. 

    "As alumni of the University of Southern California Roski School...

  • Gov. Brown says 'spaceship Earth' approach will see California through drought
    Gov. Brown says 'spaceship Earth' approach will see California through drought

    Even as the state struggles through an epic water crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown assured residents Tuesday that technology, adaptation and “a more elegant” way of living would ultimately preserve the California dream for generations to come.

    In a broad-ranging conversation that touched on the “existential...

  • Developer Rick Caruso, wife give USC $25 million for hearing-loss work
    Developer Rick Caruso, wife give USC $25 million for hearing-loss work

    Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso recalls the emotional moment last year after USC doctors inserted a new hearing device into his daughter’s ear canal. The teenager, who had struggled with mild to moderate hearing loss since birth, suddenly started crying because of the clarity of the sound around...

  • Dean Erica Muhl's open letter to the 'USC Seven' and debating the future of art school
    Dean Erica Muhl's open letter to the 'USC Seven' and debating the future of art school

    The withdrawal of an entire class of seven MFA students from USC's Roski School of Art and Design almost two weeks ago has reverberated around the art world and academic circles — with the news generating a raft of Internet chatter about everything from the corporatization of education to the future...

  • Snapchat's Evan Spiegel tells USC grads to 'voice your dissent'
    Snapchat's Evan Spiegel tells USC grads to 'voice your dissent'

    Crazy? Arrogant? Entitled? Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel told USC graduates that he's been called all that and worse.However people want to criticize him, Spiegel said that he's only being human. In a commencement address Friday, he urged the class of 2015 at the USC Marshall School of...

  • Behind the impasse that led USC's 2016 MFA students to withdraw in protest
    Behind the impasse that led USC's 2016 MFA students to withdraw in protest

    The graduate class of 2016 at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design withdrew in protest Friday from the visual arts program over administration and curriculum changes.

    The master of fine arts students publicly posted a letter on the website Art & Education. "We are a group of seven artists who made...

  • USC's #SelfieClass explores what photos of yourself say about self-image
    USC's #SelfieClass explores what photos of yourself say about self-image

    The Selfie: Arguably most everyone with a smartphone has snapped a photo of themselves and posted it online.

    But what really is behind a selfie? Is there a greater cosmic meaning in what many see as a sort of narcissistic act?

    An associate professor at USC is attempting to go a little Carl Sagan...

  • Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits USC, where he was a student
    Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits USC, where he was a student

    Heading home from a weeklong visit to the U.S., Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped off Saturday morning for a nostalgic tour of USC, where he was a student in the 1970s.

    The brief visit to USC was Abe's final event in the United States before he headed to Los Angeles International Airport, after...

  • Voter surveys must be neutral and without bias, pollsters say
    Voter surveys must be neutral and without bias, pollsters say

    Conducting surveys of voters' attitudes on such controversial issues as teacher tenure, layoffs and seniority can be challenging and needs to be handled with neutrality and without bias, according to the bipartisan team that handled a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

    The USC Dornsife...

  • A literary exploration at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    A literary exploration at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    Author T.C. Boyle was talking about his development as a writer. He explained that his first book, 1982's "Water Music," explored human relationships with the Earth. But he said that after having published 25 books he's still trying to tackle a philosophical question that goes back to the beginning:

    ...

  • Festival of Books: Tips on how to stay safe when you travel
    Festival of Books: Tips on how to stay safe when you travel

    Veteran police Det. Kevin Coffey knows how to keep you from becoming a victim on your next trip.

    The founder of Corporate Travel Safety will appear Saturday at the Festival of Books to clue you in on what you need to know before and during your next vacation.

    Coffey has written two books on travel...

  • Upended catchers, scoreless innings as UCLA beats USC for series win
    Upended catchers, scoreless innings as UCLA beats USC for series win

    The coaching staff has had to temper junior Ty Moore's energy at times in his UCLA baseball career. But there was no containing his enthusiasm after a big play in the sixth inning Sunday that helped propel the Bruins to an 8-3 victory and a series win over crosstown rival USC in front of 1,828...

  • USC investigating report of alleged 2013 sexual assault at fraternity
    USC investigating report of alleged 2013 sexual assault at fraternity

    USC is investigating a recent report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a fraternity party nearly 18 months ago, officials said Thursday.

    The incident allegedly occurred at a Greek Row fraternity house in late October 2013 and may have involved the use of a date rape drug, according...

  • Festival of Books: Let the pros show you how to find travel deals
    Festival of Books: Let the pros show you how to find travel deals

    Learn how to save money on your next trip with tips from travel guru Johnny Jet and Travelzoo senior travel editor Gabe Saglie on April 18 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC.

    Jen Leo, who writes the weekly WebBuzz column for the Los Angeles Times Travel section, will moderate a "More...

  • Why UC Berkeley student climbed onto freeway a mystery
    Why UC Berkeley student climbed onto freeway a mystery

    It remains a mystery exactly how and why 19-year-old UC Berkeley soccer player Eloi Vasquez, last seen early Saturday morning at a USC fraternity party, ended up on the 10 Freeway, where he was struck and killed.

    Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im said it is quite easy for anyone to walk onto that...

  • In-house pick for provost aims for expanded research role for USC
    In-house pick for provost aims for expanded research role for USC

    As the newly named provost and No. 2 administrator at USC, neuroscientist Michael Quick said Monday he wants to help the university use its brain power and growing financial resources to keep improving the school's reputation and focus high-powered research on societal problems.

    "It's my take that...

  • Missing UC Berkeley soccer player Eloi Vasquez was killed on 10 Freeway
    Missing UC Berkeley soccer player Eloi Vasquez was killed on 10 Freeway

    A 19-year-old UC Berkeley student who went missing early Saturday near USC was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, authorities said Monday after linking the two incidents.

    Eloi Vasquez -- whose disappearance spawned a citywide search as his family pleaded for the public's help -- was last seen...

  • USC names neuroscientist Michael Quick as provost
    USC names neuroscientist Michael Quick as provost

    USC stayed in-house for the selection of a new provost, choosing executive vice provost and neuroscientist Michael Quick as second-in-command of the university.

    USC President C.L. Max Nikias on Sunday announced the selection of Quick after what was described as a national search to fill the position...

  • UC Berkeley student goes missing near USC; police seek help finding him
    UC Berkeley student goes missing near USC; police seek help finding him

    A 19-year-old UC Berkeley student went missing near USC early Saturday, and authorities and family members are seeking the public’s assistance in finding him.

    Eloi Vasquez, a college freshman who is on his university’s soccer team, was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of West...

  • Expo Line train hits car near USC; 12 injured, one critically
    Expo Line train hits car near USC; 12 injured, one critically

    At least 12 people were injured, one critically, when an Expo Line train collided with a car Saturday near USC, authorities said.

    Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene about 10:50 a.m., said a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The silver Hyundai Sonata struck by...

  • USC brain research institute gets $50-million gift
    USC brain research institute gets $50-million gift

    A Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is a USC alumnus and his wife are donating $50 million to a USC brain research institute in hopes of treating such disorders as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and traumatic brain injuries, university officials announced.

    The gift from Mark and Mary Stevens will...

  • 'Empire' actress Taraji P. Henson says son was racially profiled at USC
    'Empire' actress Taraji P. Henson says son was racially profiled at USC

    Actress Taraji P. Henson said in a magazine interview that her son was racially profiled and stopped by police on the sprawling campus for having his hands in his pockets.

    In an interview with Uptown magazine, the “Empire” star said she was planning to enroll her 20-year-old son, Marcel Henson,...

  • Imprisoned gang leader's daughter sentenced in racketeering case

    The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member who relayed information between her father and various South Los Angeles gangs was sentenced to prison Monday on racketeering charges.

    Vianna Roman was sentenced to 15 years by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner after pleading guilty in May to...

  • SAE chapters in California have faced discipline over rule breaking
    SAE chapters in California have faced discipline over rule breaking

    Well before the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in Oklahoma became infamous for videotaped racist chants, SAE chapters in California were involved in numerous serious incidents, including a hazing death, the closing of two houses and disciplinary sanctions for drinking and conduct problems.

    California...

  • Cameras captured fatal hit-and-run near USC campus
    Cameras captured fatal hit-and-run near USC campus

    Police are searching for the driver of a black sedan that struck and killed a pedestrian near USC on Tuesday night and then fled the scene.

    The pedestrian, who has been identified only as a 58-year-old man by the Los Angeles County coroner pending notification of next of kin, was hit in a marked...

  • USC study cites political risk to GOP for opposing immigration plan
    USC study cites political risk to GOP for opposing immigration plan

    A new USC report warns of possible political blowback if Republicans continue to try to block the expansion of President Obama’s deportation relief program.

    The report, released Wednesday by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, looked at the demographics of children whose parents...

  • Classes that go off the grid help students focus
    Classes that go off the grid help students focus

    USC professor Geoffrey Cowan is a scholar of free speech and communication. But Cowan, the former dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, insists that students sometimes should be cut off from the social media and websites that are so prevalent in their lives.

    Cowan bans...

  • Police pursuit for armed man near USC campus ends; at least 1 in custody
    Police pursuit for armed man near USC campus ends; at least 1 in custody

    An armed man was arrested Tuesday night following a pursuit near USC's South Los Angeles campus that lasted more than an hour, police said.

    About 6:35 p.m., officers requested backup after encountering a man -- described only as an 18- to 21-year-old -- in the 2600 block of Vermont Avenue, said...

  • Driver plows into group of pedestrians, injuring 4 USC students
    Driver plows into group of pedestrians, injuring 4 USC students

    Four USC students were injured Thursday when a driver reportedly suffered a medical emergency and plowed into a group of pedestrians.

    Authorities said one of the students was critically injured.

    The students were hit about noon at Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles police said.

    ...

  • Critic's Pick: A new-music cornucopia
    Critic's Pick: A new-music cornucopia

    When California State University, Fullerton, composer Pamela Madsen began a festival devoted to contemporary female composers 14 years ago, she wasn’t exactly a voice in the wilderness.

    There were successful female composers. Southern California had a significant new-music scene, although it was...

  • Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight
    Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight

    Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning before his scheduled court hearing after suffering from stomach-related medical issues, his attorney said.

    Knight was scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer to a robbery charge stemming from his run-in with an independent...

  • National Drink Wine Day: Specials at Bacaro L.A. and Bacari P.D.R. today
    National Drink Wine Day: Specials at Bacaro L.A. and Bacari P.D.R. today

    Today is National Drink Wine Day. Yes, according to Google, and NationalDrinkWineDay.org, this is a real thing, not just your average Wednesday.

    Hey, we're not complaining. 

    According to NationalDrinkWineDay.org, it's a time to honor and celebrate all the great reasons to drink wine. If you're...

  • USC students elect first female president in a decade
    USC students elect first female president in a decade

    An all-female ticket won USC’s student elections, marking the first time in nearly a decade that a woman will head the campus’ undergraduate government.

    Rini Sampath, the current student body vice president, and her running mate Jordan Fowler, beat Providence Ilisevich and Ehren Elder by nearly...

  • Vigil held in Los Angeles for slain Muslim students in North Carolina
    Vigil held in Los Angeles for slain Muslim students in North Carolina

    Solemnity marked a peace and prayer vigil held Wednesday night on USC’s campus, one day after three Muslim students in North Carolina were shot and killed inside their apartment.

    Outside the university’s religious center, the crowd of about 75 people gathered after nightfall, among them students,...

  • USC set to elect first female student body president since 2006
    USC set to elect first female student body president since 2006

    One of USC’s longest, and some have said most troubling, voting streaks is about to come to an end.For nearly a decade, only men have been elected as student body president at USC, and many of them have been fraternity members. From 2006 — the last time a female Trojan held the job — to 2014, not...

  • San Francisco-based CREAM ice cream sandwich shop to open in L.A. near USC
    San Francisco-based CREAM ice cream sandwich shop to open in L.A. near USC

    CREAM, the San Francisco-based ice cream sandwich shop, will open a Los Angeles store Feb. 28 on Figueroa Street next to the University of Southern California campus. The store will be the first of nine planned locations in the Los Angeles area. 

    At CREAM -- an acronym for "cookies rule everything...

  • All-American linebacker Porter Gustin commits to USC
    All-American linebacker Porter Gustin commits to USC

    A day before recruits can sign letters of intent, the good news keeps coming for USC Coach Steve Sarkisian.

    Army and Parade All-American linebacker Porter Gustin announced his commitment to the Trojans over Arizona State, Ohio State and Utah on Tuesday in a ceremony at Salem Hills High in Utah.

    ...

  • USC ranks 3rd in nation for fundraising, bested by Harvard and Stanford
    USC ranks 3rd in nation for fundraising, bested by Harvard and Stanford

    USC is once again ranked third among U.S. universities for its fundraising successes, according to a national survey being released Wednesday. USC was reported to have received nearly $732 million in gifts in 2014.

    The annual survey by the Council for Aid to Education found that Harvard University...

  • As Box shares soar in IPO, CEO Aaron Levie explains why he left L.A.
    As Box shares soar in IPO, CEO Aaron Levie explains why he left L.A.

    USC gave Box Inc. Chief Executive Aaron Levie a spark, but it's Silicon Valley that's enjoying his success.

    On Friday, Box went public, issuing shares on the New York Stock Exchange to raise $175 million for the young company.

    Shares of Box, priced at $14 in the initial public offering, closed...

  • William Woestendiek dies at 90; former USC journalism school director
    William Woestendiek dies at 90; former USC journalism school director

    William Woestendiek, an editor who led Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper investigations before ending his career as director of the USC school of journalism, died Friday at a Mesa, Ariz., nursing facility after a long illness, his family said. He was 90.

    As managing editor of the now-defunct Houston...

  • Three teens to stand trial in USC student's killing
    Three teens to stand trial in USC student's killing

    Three teenagers accused of killing a USC graduate student near the campus should stand trial on murder and robbery charges, a judge ruled Thursday, citing overwhelming evidence against them.

    Alejandra Guerrero, Alberto Ochoa and Jonathan DelCarmen sat silently in court as Los Angeles County Superior...

  • Judge: 'Overwhelming evidence' against 3 accused of killing USC student
    Judge: 'Overwhelming evidence' against 3 accused of killing USC student

    Three teenagers accused of killing a USC graduate student near campus should stand trial on murder and robbery charges, a judge ruled Thursday, citing "overwhelming evidence" against them.

    Alejandra Guerrero, Alberto Ochoa and Jonathan DelCarmen sat silently in court as Los Angeles County Superior...

  • Bob Boyd dies at 84; coached USC basketball team during Wooden era
    Bob Boyd dies at 84; coached USC basketball team during Wooden era

    The only USC basketball team Bob Boyd led to the NCAA tournament, in 1979, was eliminated by DePaul in a West Regional game played at Pauley Pavilion. It was also Boyd's last game as the Trojans' coach after he had previously announced his intention to resign at the end of the season. It seemed...

  • Detective says suspects admitted singling out Chinese student near USC
    Detective says suspects admitted singling out Chinese student near USC

    Four teenagers accused of murdering a USC student gave various accounts of the attack in police interviews, but all admitted to singling out a target near the college campus and taking a bat to rob him, according to court testimony.

    LAPD Det. Paul Shearholdt testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday...

  • 3 teens accused of killing USC student appear at preliminary hearing
    3 teens accused of killing USC student appear at preliminary hearing

    Xinran Ji ran from his attackers, tearing along a residential street near USC when he was suddenly hit from behind.

    A figure wielding what looked like a bat struck Ji in the head several times. Others joined in the beating, leaving the USC graduate student crumpled on the ground.

    The attack, captured...

  • Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa
    Beefsteak Sundays, Chop Daddy's in Culver City, $2 hot cocoa

    Beginning Sunday at Bacari PDR and Jan. 25 at Bacaro L.A., both restaurants will offer a "beefsteak Sundays" dinner special. The special takes place Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and includes all-you-can-eat grilled hanger steak, oven-roasted potatoes, onion rings and toasted baguette for $35. Dinner...

  • Ex-USC professor and FBI fugitive gets 5 years in prison for child sex
    Ex-USC professor and FBI fugitive gets 5 years in prison for child sex

    A former USC professor once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives list was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for flying to the Philippines and sexually assaulting underage boys he had met online.

    In addition to the sentence, Walter Lee Williams, 66, of Palm Springs, will be required...

  • Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters
    Michael Brown protester handcuffed outside LAPD headquarters

    A man was handcuffed by Los Angeles police during an early morning protest outside LAPD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

    About 100 protesters had gathered on 1st Street in front of the headquarters in a largely peaceful protest when a shoving match broke out between a wall of police officers...

  • Man convicted of killing two USC students gets life in prison
    Man convicted of killing two USC students gets life in prison

    Anger and sorrow flooded Wanzhi Qu's life two years ago after his son's killing. The feelings haven't gone away, and he doubts they ever will. But he thinks maybe an apology from one of the men convicted of the murder would help.

    In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday, he got the chance to...

  • Bryce Dixon dressed for practice as Trojans prepare for UCLA
    Bryce Dixon dressed for practice as Trojans prepare for UCLA

    USC tight end Bryce Dixon, who was suspended from last week’s game against California, was dressed for practice Monday as USC began preparations for Saturday’s game against UCLA.

    Dixon, a freshman, did not attend the Cal game because of an unspecified “student conduct issue,” Coach Steve Sarkisian...

  • USC is no longer top U.S. spot for international students
    USC is no longer top U.S. spot for international students

    For the first time in 13 years, USC has lost its title as the leader in recruiting lucrative foreign students, according to a new report.

    USC enrolled about 10,900 students from outside the country in the last academic year, according to a survey of U.S. colleges conducted by New York nonprofit...

  • USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early
    USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early

    UCLA and USC students have been pulling pranks on each other for what seems like forever. UCLA dumped manure from a helicopter on the USC campus more than a half-century ago, and USC fans set 20,000 crickets free in a UCLA library. But for the last 30 years, the primary targets of the rivalry-week...

  • Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler a finalist for Unitas Golden Arm Award
    Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler a finalist for Unitas Golden Arm Award

    USC quarterback Cody Kessler is one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to college football's top senior or fourth-year junior quarterback.

    Kessler has passed for 25 touchdowns, with just two interceptions, this season.

    He ranks fourth nationally in passing efficiency.

    ...

  • Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students
    Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students

    A jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of graduate students near USC two years ago, in a case that rocked the campus and became international news.

    Javier Bolden stroked his chin and laughed quietly after the verdict was announced. His mother gasped,...

  • Man found guilty in slaying of 2 USC graduate students
    Man found guilty in slaying of 2 USC graduate students

    A jury convicted a 22-year-old man of first-degree murder Monday in the shooting deaths of two graduate students who were killed while sitting in a parked car near USC.UPDATE: Man found guilty of murder in 2012 shooting of 2 USC grad students 

    Javier Bolden was the second defendant charged in the...

  • Datebook: Emigres in Hollywood, trippy video, post-tsunami architecture
    Datebook: Emigres in Hollywood, trippy video, post-tsunami architecture

    Norton Simon's trove, films from the emigres who settled Hollywood and the hallucinatory videos of Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin. Plus: post-Fukushima architecture and the photographs of Alejandro Cartagena. It's all happening now in El Lay:

    “Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon’s Purchase of...

  • Cal State awarded $60 million in federal grants to help diversify biomedical research
    Cal State awarded $60 million in federal grants to help diversify biomedical research

    Three California State University campuses Wednesday were awarded more than $60 million in federal grants to help train low-income and minority students for biomedical research careers.

    The National Institutes of Health grants are for five years and include $22.7 million to Cal State Long Beach,...

  • USC postpones event with 'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts
    USC postpones event with 'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts

    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts was set to discuss race, sexual expression and civil rights at USC on Wednesday, but school officials postponed the event a day after she was charged with lewd conduct.

    A university official said the event was put on hold because demand for seats far exceeded...

  • Making an art theme park for Jack Black's Festival Supreme
    Making an art theme park for Jack Black's Festival Supreme

    Somewhere on a side street near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, artist Steven Hull is furiously at work on an art installation like no other.

    On one side of the artist's roomy studio, a pack of wood sculptures show human figures astride a team of horses, one of which shoots bubbles from its rear...

  • Richard 'Dick' Perry dies at 85; former USC athletic director
    Richard 'Dick' Perry dies at 85; former USC athletic director

    Richard "Dick" Perry, who was USC's athletic director for nine years from 1975 to 1984, died Sunday in Riverside of a stroke and heart attack, the university announced Monday afternoon. He was 85.

    The Trojans won 20 national team championships during Perry's tenure, including eight men's titles...

  • Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics
    Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics

    Peter Daland, who started his career at USC as a part-time swim coach with a desk in a mimeograph room and rose to become one of the most celebrated names in both collegiate and Olympic swimming, died Monday in Thousand Oaks. He was 93.

    Daland had Alzheimer's disease, USC said.

    Daland coached the...

  • Jurors see video of USC slaying suspect boasting about the crime
    Jurors see video of USC slaying suspect boasting about the crime

    Within hours of arriving in jail, Javier Bolden began to brag to a cellmate that he had shot a man during a fight in South L.A.

    "Boom, popped him," Bolden said.

    ------------FOR THE RECORD: Grad student killings: In the Oct. 17 LATExtra section, a story about the trial of a man accused of killing...

  • Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application
    Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application

    A former USC professor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal fraud charge of lying on a U.S. Department of Energy research grant application, authorities said.

    Alexander Tartakovsky, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on an application he submitted to the Energy Department...

  • Why rapper Ana Tijoux won't be a sex object for her music
    Why rapper Ana Tijoux won't be a sex object for her music

    Ana Tijoux's latest piece of writing isn't a song. It's not a lyric. And it's not a collection of musical notes. Instead, it's a bit of a rant: an essay about the ways in which women's bodies are presented in popular culture. The French Chilean rapper, known internationally for her rapid-fire rhymes...

  • Breaking down USC's defeat by Arizona State
    Breaking down USC's defeat by Arizona State

    Arizona State defeated USC, 38-34, on a Hail Mary pass in the final seven seconds of Saturday's game at the Coliseum.

    The Sun Devils' victory snapped their streak of seven consecutive losses at the Coliseum, dating to 1999.

    The Trojans gave up 541 yards of offense, including 510 passing yards and...

  • Richard F. Thompson dies at 84; USC scientist traced physical aspects of memory
    Richard F. Thompson dies at 84; USC scientist traced physical aspects of memory

    More than a century ago, Ivan Pavlov showed he could make trained dogs salivate when they heard a bell, invoking the memory of food.

    But it wasn't until the 1980s that USC neuroscientist Richard F. Thompson cracked the mystery of how those types of memories are physically formed and "hard-wired"...

  • Jack Del Rio will have two vested interests on Saturday
    Jack Del Rio will have two vested interests on Saturday

    It's a house divided for Jack Del Rio.

    For whom will the former Trojans All-American be cheering Saturday at the Coliseum when USC plays Oregon State in a Pac-12 Conference football game?

    During halftime of the game, Del Rio will be introduced as part of USC’s 2015 class for its Athletic Hall of...

  • George Farmer eyes his first injury-free season with Trojans [Video]
    George Farmer eyes his first injury-free season with Trojans [Video]

    Receiver George Farmer has yet to complete a full season at USC because of injuries.

    But maybe this is the one.

    "I feel great right now," said Farmer, a fourth-year junior who sat out last season while recovering from knee surgery.

    Farmer has nine receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.

    He and...

  • Scott Ross, former USC All-America linebacker, dies at 45
    Scott Ross, former USC All-America linebacker, dies at 45

    Scott Ross, a former All-America linebacker for USC who played on three Rose Bowl teams, died Sunday in Lafayette, La., the university announced. He was 45.

    Ross was found dead in a car parked outside a church, according to Craig Stansbury, public information officer for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s...

  • Oddsmakers raise USC's chances of winning College Football Playoff

    A week off certainly did not hurt USC.

    At least not with oddsmakers.

    The Trojans' odds of winning the College Football Playoff drastically improved, according to betting website Bovada.

    USC was at 40-1 after a 37-31 loss to 17-point underdog Boston College on Sept. 13.

    This week the Trojans are...

  • USC recruiting roundup: Coaches on the road
    USC recruiting roundup: Coaches on the road

    Every Tuesday we will feature a USC recruiting update.

    USC had an open date on Saturday, which gave coaches the opportunity to recruit.

    USC has 16 commits in its 2015 recruiting class, including three who have signed financial-aid agreements. There are 24 available scholarships.

    Coaches recruited...

  • Future USC quarterback Ricky Town called 'a real football junkie'
    Future USC quarterback Ricky Town called 'a real football junkie'

    USC attracted a marquee quarterback last month when Ventura St. Bonaventure High quarterback Ricky Town signed a financial-aid agreement.

    USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Town has leadership qualities and a strong work ethic.

    "This guy loves football," Sarkisian said. "He studies the game of football,...

  • Gerald A. Larue dies at 98; former minister debunked biblical stories
    Gerald A. Larue dies at 98; former minister debunked biblical stories

    Gerald A. Larue — an ordained minister who became an agnostic, archeologist, religious scholar and debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead and the discovery of Noah's ark — has died. He was 98.

    The longtime USC professor of religion and gerontology died Wednesday in Newport Beach...

  • USC would get 'prototypical' linebacker in Cameron Smith
    USC would get 'prototypical' linebacker in Cameron Smith

    Linebacker Hayes Pullard can’t stay at USC forever.

    And when the four-year starter graduates after this season, he will leave a large hole in the Trojans' defense.

    Granite Bay High linebacker Cameron Smith will try to fill it.

    The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Smith signed a financial-aid agreement with...

  • Chuma Edoga signs financial-aid agreement with USC
    Chuma Edoga signs financial-aid agreement with USC

    USC experienced recent success when it ventured into Southeastern Conference country to recruit linemen.

    The Trojans plucked defensive end Leonard Williams from Florida and he developed into a star.

    Chuma Edoga, an offensive lineman from Georgia, could be next in line.

    Edoga, 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds,...

  • Adoree' Jackson narrows his position focus during the bye week
    Adoree' Jackson narrows his position focus during the bye week

    Offense or defense?

    It's a head-over-heart matter for USC freshman Adoree' Jackson, who has played cornerback, receiver and kick returner.

    Jackson said he wants to play on offense, but knows he is valued on defense.

    "It's funny, because everyone wants to play offense," Jackson said, smiling. "But...

  • Marqise Lee is sidelined for Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday
    Marqise Lee is sidelined for Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday

    Marqise Lee sat out three games because of a nagging knee injury during his final season at USC.

    After two NFL games, he is once again sidelined.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie will sit out Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a hamstring injury, the Jaguars announced.

    "My main...

  • Ed Orgeron turned down coaching opportunity, report says
    Ed Orgeron turned down coaching opportunity, report says

    There will be no cookies for Nicholls State.

    Ed Orgeron, who served as USC's interim coach in 2013, recently turned down an opportunity to become Nicholls State's interim coach, CoachingSearch.com reported

    After USC fired Lane Kiffin in September 2013, Orgeron injected energy into the program...

  • USC coaches are on the road recruiting
    USC coaches are on the road recruiting

    USC has an open date Saturday, so Trojans coaches are spending the second half of the bye week on the recruiting trail.

    Five assistants were absent from Thursday's practice: Tee Martin, the receivers coach; Keith Heyward (defensive backs); Chris Wilson (defensive line); Marques Tuiasosopo (tight...

  • Trader Joe's to open in USC's new residential-retail complex in 2017
    Trader Joe's to open in USC's new residential-retail complex in 2017

    Grocery chain Trader Joe’s plans to put a store in USC's planned $650-million residential and retail complex, the biggest construction project in school history.

    The university and Trader Joe's announced this week that the grocery will open at USC Village in the fall of 2017, serving both students...

  • Ty Isaac is denied hardship waiver, will sit out season at Michigan
    Ty Isaac is denied hardship waiver, will sit out season at Michigan

    Former USC tailback Ty Isaac will not carry the ball for Michigan this season.

    The NCAA denied Isaac's appeal for a hardship waiver, Michigan Coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday.

    Isaac, a sophomore from Shorewood, Ill., transferred to Michigan during the summer, citing a family medical issue. His mother...

  • Josh Shaw has been forgiven by USC players, Hayes Pullard says
    Josh Shaw has been forgiven by USC players, Hayes Pullard says

    Cornerback Josh Shaw, who was suspended indefinitely by Coach Steve Sarkisian after admitting he fabricated a story about the cause of injuries, has been forgiven by his USC teammates, linebacker Hayes Pullard said.

    The Trojans' leadership committee has discussed the situation, said Pullard, one...

  • USC's young offensive linemen say travel wasn't the issue in poor play
    USC's young offensive linemen say travel wasn't the issue in poor play

    USC traveled nearly 3,000 miles to Boston College with a young offensive line.

    Freshmen Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao started at guard and Damien Mama rotated in during the Trojans' 37-31 defeat.

    Lobendahn said travel didn't contribute to poor play by the freshmen.

    "We've gone everywhere,"...

  • USC commit Desean Holmes has standout performance for Alemany
    USC commit Desean Holmes has standout performance for Alemany

    Desean Holmes has received more than 10 scholarship offers and it is easy to see why.

    The Mission Hills Alemany High receiver caught three touchdown passes, including a 90-yard catch and run, in the Warriors' 51-30 victory over Harbor City Narbonne on Friday.

    "He turned on the jets," Alemany Coach...

  • Not a great weekend getaway for USC legend Rodney Peete
    Not a great weekend getaway for USC legend Rodney Peete

    USC legends Marcus Allen and Rodney Peete stood through the pregame rain on Saturday to watch Boston College upset the Trojans, 37-31, at Boston College's Alumni Stadium.

    On Monday, a dried-out Peete appeared on ESPN’s SportsNation.

    "It wasn't a good weekend," said Peete, the Johnny Unitas Award...

  • USC's tight ends, where do they fit into the offense?
    USC's tight ends, where do they fit into the offense?

    During his tenure at Washington, Steve Sarkisian committed to utilizing running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

    Sarkisian remains committed to the running game at USC.

    But what about tight ends as pass-receiving threats?

    Last season, Seferian-Jenkins won the Mackey Award...

  • USC in the NFL: Matt Cassel finally starts in a college stadium
    USC in the NFL: Matt Cassel finally starts in a college stadium

    The NFL season opened with 37 former USC players on NFL rosters, one behind leader Louisiana State.

    At the start of Week 2, the Philadelphia Eagles signed offensive lineman Kevin Graf from their practicing squad, which tied the Trojans with LSU.

    Two former LSU players have since been signed and...

  • USC unveils design for $650-million housing, retail complex
    USC unveils design for $650-million housing, retail complex

    USC on Monday is to unveil the final and somewhat altered design of the biggest construction project in the university’s history: a $650-million housing and retail complex just north of the main campus.

    Replacing a now-demolished shopping center along Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, the...

  • USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox praises Leonard Williams
    USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox praises Leonard Williams

    USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox isn't afraid to speak highly about Leonard Williams.

    The praise isn't likely to go to the junior defensive lineman's head.

    "He's a pretty special player and pretty special guy," Wilcox said after Wednesday's practice. "I don't really have a problem saying...

  • Javorius 'Buck' Allen is off to a fast start for Trojans
    Javorius 'Buck' Allen is off to a fast start for Trojans

    Javorius 'Buck' Allen is ready for whatever comes his way.

    Allen, a redshirt junior, started the season fast. He rushed for consecutive 100-yard games against Fresno State and Stanford.

    Allen can make it three straight 100-yard performances on Saturday at Boston College, but said that is not his...

  • Cost of Pat Haden's sideline visit doubles, for a good cause
    Cost of Pat Haden's sideline visit doubles, for a good cause

    USC Athletic Director Pat Haden's Saturday trip to the sideline just doubled in cost.

    But the dollars will go to good causes.

    The Pac-12 Conference on Monday fined Haden $25,000 for inappropriate sideline conduct during USC's victory at Stanford.

    Haden had requested the conference donate the money...

  • Ray Rice's situation becomes teachable moment for Steve Sarkisian
    Ray Rice's situation becomes teachable moment for Steve Sarkisian

    The Ray Rice situation has rocked the sports world, spurring national discussion about domestic abuse.

    USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said Rice's situation has become a teachable moment.

    "Unfortunately we have to learn from others' mistakes and this Ray Rice one is a classic example of something we...

  • After two games, USC receivers ready for any role at Boston College
    After two games, USC receivers ready for any role at Boston College

    USC's offensive game plan changed dramatically in its first two games, making it difficult to predict what Coach Steve Sarkisian intends to do Saturday at Boston College.

    Sarkisian deployed an arsenal of receivers in the Trojans' 52-13 victory over Fresno State. Ten players caught a pass against...

  • USC's odds of winning College Football Playoff are improving
    USC's odds of winning College Football Playoff are improving

    USC's odds of winning the College Football Playoff are steadily improving, according to betting website Bovada.

    After a 13-10 victory at Stanford, the Trojans are now at 12-1 to win the championship.

    USC opened the season at 25-1 based on its 10-4 record in 2013 and the return of 21 starters under...

  • USC in the NFL: Strong Week 1 for Robert Woods, Marqise Lee
    USC in the NFL: Strong Week 1 for Robert Woods, Marqise Lee

    Former USC and Gardena Serra High School receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee made strong showings in Week 1 of the NFL season.

    Woods had a team-best four catches for 78 yards in the Buffalo Bills' 23-20 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears.

    Woods made a leaping 25-yard catch to set up a fourth-quarter...

  • Unfolding Pat Haden's trip to the USC sideline at Stanford
    Unfolding Pat Haden's trip to the USC sideline at Stanford

    USC Athletic Director Pat Haden has apologized for his actions during the Trojans' football game at Stanford on Saturday, when he showed up on the USC sideline to confront officials on behalf of Coach Steve Sarkisian.

    There was a call for Haden to resign as a member of the 13-member committee that...

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