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Friday, August 22, 2014

Brandon Spencer, in happier times. - COURTESY OF JAMES SPENCER
  • Courtesy of James Spencer
  • Brandon Spencer, in happier times.
Like any proud father, James Spencer is eager to show off photos of his son.

Seated at a desk in his Inglewood apartment on a recent Friday evening, the 59-year-old shuffled legal documents, news clippings and letters until he unearthed a photo of a young man wearing a white dress shirt and a black tie — Brandon Spencer at age 18, suited up for work as a security guard.

Now the younger Spencer wears a different uniform. He has recently begun serving a 40 year prison term for opening fire at a Halloween party two years ago at the University of Southern California.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

USC

Gen. David Petraeus Is Now a USC Professor

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PETRAEUS WITH PAULA BROADWELL
  • Petraeus with Paula Broadwell
Retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned in disgrace as director of the CIA following revelations that he carried on an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, has landed in Southern California.

USC announced just after midnight that the architect of the American "counterinsurgency" in Iraq will take on a number of duties on campus as ...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Updated at the bottom: David Cruz provides new details of his views. First posted Tuesday afternoon.

David Cruz, an expert on civil rights and constitutional law, made his way from USC to D.C. to observe the oral arguments on California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage this morning. In a packed courtroom, he saw a seriousness in the crowd lightened by moments of laughter as justices made small jokes, followed by an intense grilling of the attorneys for the parties.

Cruz tells L.A. Weekly that supporters of gay marriage who hoped for a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision are likely to be disappointed:

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

USC in 2024 - COURTESY OF CHRIS MATOS
  • Courtesy of Chris Matos
  • USC in 2024
Updated: To correct error. The four shot last Halloween were not USC students.

Security became far tighter, and way more paranoid, this week at the University of Southern California located a few blocks west of gang-riddled South Central Los Angeles, and some people might find the new lock-down rules a bit hard to take.

A new rule instituted on Monday, Jan. 14 forces students to "register" their friends who want to get on campus to see them for any late-night reason -- "late night" being, ahem, after 9 pm. How will this work? Students throw impromptu parties, sex breaks and the usual stuff done by 19-year-olds. And you have to "register" any pals arriving up until about dawn, 6 a.m. Security might get in your personal business -- if you don't "register" your pals, they aren't getting past eight guarded gates.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

COURESY OF BEVERLY & PACK
  • Couresy of Beverly & Pack

Everyone wants to live forever. But a study from USC and the National Academies suggests that if you'd like to see 51, it's time a lot of people stopped acting stupid. Americans spend more on health care than anyone, but are less healthy, birth to death, than residents in other developed countries. In fact, death before 50 accounts for about two-thirds of the difference between U.S. male life expectancy and guys in other nations. For women, not as bad.

U.S. residents are more likely to prematurely die of anything and everything, and the causes for that include many lifestyle-driven diseases such as diabetes and HIV. Are they really so much more fit and careful in Europe?

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Food & Sports

UCLA vs USC: Why Brett Hundley Will Dominate Matt Barkley

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Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Matt Barkley is a golden god of the gridiron, one of the most venerated quarterbacks in USC's long and storied history of venerated quarterbacks. He's a first-class gentleman who helps little old ladies across the street, says grace before dinner and is the kind of crew-cut, blond-haired guy every parent would be thrilled to have dating their daughter.

But he's not a better pro prospect than Brett Hundley, the UCLA freshman poised to show the world his wares Saturday afternoon in the annual cross-town clash at the Rose Bowl.

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