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Students hit the streets in their hometowns to support Black lives

It was Thursday afternoon when rising junior Phoebe Cook and her dad joined protesters near the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. They were angered by the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis last week when a former officer pressed his knee against his neck for nearly nine minutes. “I was a person. I couldn’t breathe. I begged you for my life. You ignored my cries. You killed me,” read the sign she carried with her through Downtown. It was the same sign she ...

Prosecutors criticize ex-PIMCO chief’s plea for resentencing

Federal prosecutors have denounced former PIMCO chief Douglas Hodge’s plea for resentencing in the college admissions scandal in documents filed Friday, arguing that the new information that surfaced after his sentencing did nothing to change his degree of culpability in the scandal. In a memorandum filed May 1, Hodge claimed that the government withheld evidence that would serve in his favor and that it erroneously labeled his involvement in the scandal as bribery following the surfacing of new ...

Ripple Effect

For Eduardo, early doses of pandemic reality hit him back on March 11: The NBA season was canceled, Tom Hanks got sick and the University of Southern California extended its remote learning plan. The coronavirus crisis was just catching fire -- fear was growing quickly around the United States as the number of reported cases passed 1,200. Two months later, Eduardo, 20, remembers the day he left the USC campus and boarded a train for home, anxiously keeping his distance from other passengers as it rolled south from Los Angeles to San Diego. ...

(Off) Campus Life

A few miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the University of Southern California’s University Park Campus is silent. Missing is the constant thump of skateboard wheels hitting cracks in the bricks that line Trousdale Parkway. Gone are the echoes of “fight on!” that ring when campus tour groups arrive at the Tommy Trojan statue. As the 2020 school year comes to an end, nearly everyone from the student body of 48,500 is already back home. Classes moved online in early March to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and only those employees vital to daily operations remain on campus. “It’s, oh my God, me and that girl are not gonna laugh about the ...

Mexicana de corazón: Student recalls family’s sacrifices

Trumpets blasted and cymbals clashed as Selene Castillo walked among the other student representatives across Alumni Park last month. She sported a black and red robe, but it wasn’t her graduation day — she was taking part in Carol Folt’s inauguration as USC’s 12th president. As she held the wooden rod of the Bovard flag in her hands and stood around the fountain, watching faculty and staff roll in and listening to the announcer, Castillo could barely contain her excitement. She had just started ...

Former campus gynecologist arrested, charged with 29 felony counts

Former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 650 patients, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 29 felony accounts regarding his interactions with 16 former patients. According to the complaint obtained by the Daily Trojan, Tyndall faces 18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person. The document, signed by sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller, also shows that Tyndall faces 11 counts of sexual battery by ...

City Wants Jails in 4 Boroughs. Not Here, Community Boards Say.

Four boroughs’ rejections of a proposal to replace Rikers Island with community jails represent setbacks to years of deliberations over what to do about the notoriously dangerous and overcrowded Rikers complex. Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace Rikers Island with smaller jails in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, in part to move prisoners closer to their homes. But the plan is facing intense backlash from residents after community boards soundly rejected the city’s proposal. ...

Nipsey Hussle remembered as a South Central icon. ‘He was a voice among our people’

Nipsey Hussle remembered as a South Central icon. ‘He was a voice among our people’ Power 106 radio personality Cece Valencia recently spoke with rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle in an interview about two weeks ago. She saw Hussle as a “hometown hero” and remembers showing him her support. “When you win, we win,” she remembers telling Hussle. On Monday morning, Valencia joined more than 50 others who gathered in front of The Marathon Clothing to remember Hussle. Some cried, others drank as ...

South Central residents stand up for better living conditions through new LA Tenants Union chapter

South Central residents stand up for better living conditions through new LA Tenants Union chapter Residents of Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and Crenshaw — South Central communities rich in black culture — have witnessed a number of neighborhood changes in recent years. Leimert Plaza Park, once home to vendors and African drums, has been fenced off by gates and is awaiting renovation. Along Crenshaw Boulevard, which extends through all three neighborhoods, the construction of a new Los Angeles ...

Protestors denounce Shapiro’s rhetoric

The chant “racist, fascist, anti-gay, Ben Shapiro go away,” rang through Hahn Plaza Thursday as nearly 250 students and community members protested the conservative speaker at Tommy Trojan. After a week of outcry from cultural assemblies and other organizations, protesters held banners and signs stating “No to Shapiro. No to bigotry” as they denounced his speech at Bovard Auditorium, calling his views discriminatory and labeling them as hate speech. Aubtin Heydari, who was injured at the ....

A community uprooted

For the last few weeks, Robert Evans has been without a home. He’s moved from friend’s house to friend’s house with nothing but his work clothing, crashing only for sleep and then heading to his graveyard shift as a security guard in the evenings. Evans’ life, like that of many residents along the 1100 block of Exposition Boulevard, has been uprooted. He and other former tenants were forced to leave their homes in August after losing a nine-month battle with the new owners of the buildings, who ....

No longer welcome

After 14 years of living in the same apartment, Steven Baldwin came home one day in October to find a notice taped to his door. It read that he and his family had 60 days to move out, because the tenants of his building, along with six other buildings along the 1100 block of Exposition Boulevard, were being evicted. The property owners, who bought the complex in Sept. 2017, are planning to convert the units into housing for USC students following the current residents’ eviction, according to an ....
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