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Coliseum officials denied free tickets and VIP access in proposed USC lease deal

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Nine commission officials who oversee the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have agreed to give up free tickets and VIP access at the taxpayer-owned arena, says the L.A. Times.

The ticket provision -- originally structured to provide a free, 90-seat block for every Trojan game and comps for NFL games -- was removed from the latest draft of the proposed lease deal that would see USC taking control of the Coliseum and Sports Arena.

The new lease, which would include naming and advertising rights to the Exposition Park venues, was pursued, in part, becuase of the inability to pay for upgrades promised in the current agreement.

In a separate deal with the state, USC is pursuing a land-related deal that could potentially add 99 years to the lease term, notes the Times.

The scandal-shrouded, 88-year-old Coliseum has lost millions of dollars in the past decade, according to recent audits and testimony.

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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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USC shootings: LAPD says don't chase after armed suspect

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A student rides his skateboard past an entrance to the University of Southern California (USC) campus in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012 in California. Two Chinese graduate students from the university were killed early April 11 in a shooting which could have been a failed carjacking in an area southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to police. Los Angeles has a large Chinese and Chinese-American population, including many students, and certain areas of the city are known for frequent gun violence.

While some USC students are saying the second shooting in a week is making the prestigious private school look "really bad," police are asking citizens to leave the police work to the professionals.

Just after midnight Wednesday a campus police officer shot and wounded a man who was suspected of robbing four Trojans at gunpoint. 

Two of the students chased the suspect, who the LAPD says is a gang member from Compton named Jeremy Hendricks.

“We would not recommend that anybody chase an armed suspect," LAPD Lieutenant Andy Neiman said. "The best thing to do at that point is get to safety, and call 911 and let the police come and do that,” he explained. 

Investigators do not know if this morning's shooting is tied to last week's fatal shooting that killed two USC students from China. But police did retrieve a gun in the second shooting this morning.

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