The Los Angeles Police Department held a press conference at 4 p.m. Monday to announce the arrest of four suspects in connection with the murder of USC graduate student Xinran Ji.According to LAPD Commander Bill Scott of the South Bureau, Johnathan DelCarmen, 19, and Andrew Garcia, 18, were arrested and will be charged with murder with special circumstances. Garcia was also charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, the two suspects could face the death penalty. Two juveniles aged 17 and 16 were also arrested today on charges of murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, a 14-year-old female juvenile is being held on other charges in connection with the suspects, but she has not been charged in relation to the incident at the University Park campus.USC Senior VP of Administration Todd R. Dickey (second from left) addresses the media at Monday’s press conference. Dickey stated that “nothing is off the table” when it came to the safety of USC’s students. — Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanAccording to LAPD Commander Andrew Smith, Ji was walking home at approximately 12:45 a.m. on July 24 when he was “set upon by five individuals” who beat him during what police believe might have been an attempted robbery. Ji was struck with a baseball bat and managed to return to his apartment, where he died and was later discovered by his roommate, who called the police.After allegedly assaulting Ji, Smith said the suspects drove to Dockweiler State Beach, where they allegedly assaulted two other victims. Officers from the LAPD Pacific Division arrested two suspects near Dockweiler and subsequently arrested the three remaining suspects later in the day. Smith said that the existing surveillance technology “went a long way” in helping with the investigation, but he did not provide specifics on its involvement in the case.“[This crime] makes even seasoned homicide detectives stop and shake their head and ask ‘What kind of person could do such a thing?’” Smith said.Smith said the crime “profoundly affected” the LAPD and the Los Angeles and USC communities and that they are evaluating their officer deployment and other policies to ensure the safety of USC students and the community. Commander Scott called the crime a “senseless act of violence” and said that the LAPD “will do everything in our power to prevent such a crime from happening again.”Todd R. Dickey, senior vice president for administration at USC, also made a brief statement at the press conference, in which he expressed his sympathy to the family of the victim and thanked the LAPD and the Dept. of Public Safety for their efforts.Dickey said that Ji, a second-year electrical engineering graduate student, was an avid photographer and cyclist. He graduated from Zhejiang University in China where he received a scholarship for outstanding research and an award for mathematics.“Although the only true justice would be returning Mr. Ji to his loved ones, [these arrests] allow us to start moving forward from this tragedy,” Dickey said.Dickey said that while LAPD and DPS have been working extensively to improve security on the University Park campus, “tragic events can occur despite our best efforts.” He said that DPS will “redouble” its efforts and continue to work with LAPD to maintain a safe environment for students.“Nothing is off the table,” Dickey said, “Student safety is our highest priority.”DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said that DPS is evaluating all policies and procedures following the incident. Though DPS and LAPD remain fully staffed year round, Carlisle said the number of contracted private security personnel is reduced by about 50 percent over the summer, when the majority of students are away from campus.In a letter to the community, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett praised the LAPD for their swift handling of the case, but added that it did not lessen the pain of the loss.“While we were relieved to hear the news of the arrests and we are confident that the investigation will lead to the appropriate punishment of those who committed this heinous act, we continue to grieve deeply as a community for Xinran, his family and his friends,” Garrett said in the statement.Dickey said the Viterbi School of Engineering will hold a memorial service for Ji when his family arrives from China later this week.
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-2015 season with a 71-60 victory over Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.In a weekend filled with Badger victories, it was time for the women’s basketball team to step up, head coach Bobbie Kelsey said.“We’re very happy with the win, it’s a nice way to start our season with the ‘W’,” Kelsey said. “After the football team did what they did, and [women’s] soccer won their [NCAA opening-round] game, everybody’s doing well, and we gotta carry our weight.”The win saw the Badgers lead by as much as 30 early in the second half, but the Redbirds wouldn’t go away.“I was really happy with our team’s fight,” Illinois State’s head coach Barb Smith said. “I was obviously not so happy we were down by 30, but the fight back, it showed a lot of character.”The Badgers carried a 34-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, behind junior guard Nicole Bauman’s seven points and five assists at the break.At the half, both teams struggled shooting the ball, with the Redbirds shooting at 26.5 percent, including 1-10 from three-point range. Wisconsin shot the ball at 34.4 percent, but made three out of their nine attempted threes.Redshirt senior Michala Johnson dropped in two buckets from the post to open the second-half scoring for the Badgers, which would mark the beginning of a 20-3 run to open the half.“Once my guards set screens for me and I come off the screens and finish strong, then I feel more comfortable finishing around the basket,” Johnson said.Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points and added seven rebounds.With the score at 42-24, Bauman took over. She drove hard to the lane and hit a layup to increase UW’s lead to 20. On the ensuing defensive position, she blocked a driving redbird, then streaked up court to find freshman Cayla McMorris on the block for an easy basket.The next possession for Wisconsin, Bauman, who finished with 14 points, drilled a three to make it 49-24. She then stole the ball and found McMorris for a three on the right wing for one of her nine assists, a career-high.McMorris drove to the paint and converted a weak-handed layup on the following possession put the Badgers up 54-24, which would be their largest lead of the game.In McMorris’ first regular-season collegiate game, she finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.“To start the game I had a lot of jitters, nervousness,” McMorris said. “But once I started playing, it goes away.”The young guard impressed her coach by being aggressive and taking the ball to the hoop, Kelsey said.Down by 30, Illinois State battled back. Senior Katy Winge put the Redbirds on her back, scoring 25 points on 8-18 shooting, including 20 second-half points.There wasn’t nearly enough time to mount any sort of comeback, although the last 12 minutes of play didn’t sit well with Kelsey.“I knew they weren’t gonna just be down by 30 and let us just steamroll them,” Kelsey said. “Sometimes the kids don’t really understand that they gotta keep their foot on their necks so to speak and close the game out the way we know we can.”Although Wisconsin had a significant height advantage — three of their starting five stands at over 6-foot compared to Illinois State’s tallest starter listed at 6-foot — the Badgers only out-rebounded the Redbirds by two (43-41).The game saw the return of Wisconsin redshirt senior Cassie Rochel, who sat out last season with a back injury and grabbed a medical redshirt. In her first regular-season game back, she had eight points and five rebounds in five minutes.Although the stat sheet looked similar at the final buzzer, the results were disproportional.Each team had 29 defensive rebounds, and while it seemed only a small advantage in the offensive rebounding column for UW (14-12), Wisconsin had 15 second-chance points while ISU had seven.Each team turned the ball over eight times, but Wisconsin was able to push the ball and get 15 points off of turnovers, including 12 fast break points. The Redbirds only had four points off of both turnovers and fast breaks.“It’s just a matter of being more intentional about running both ends of the floor,” Kelsey said. “So that’s what we were doing. And hitting shots.”Both teams took 66 shots, with UW making 27 (40.9 percent) and ISU sinking 23 (34.8 percent).In a tough non-conference schedule, Kelsey knows what kind of competition awaits the Badgers, and knows her team must take advantage of victories against lesser opponents.“If that wasn’t a 30-point lead game we would’ve been in trouble. We know what’s coming,” Kelsey said.“We’re playing for what’s coming, not necessarily what’s in front of us. We’re not looking ahead, but we have to shore up some areas to make sure we give ourselves the best chance to win those games as well.”
Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Adam Eaton led off the first with a double to right and Hill hit Anthony Rendon with a pitch to bring up Kendrick with one out.The last time the former Dodger and Angel faced the Dodgers was almost a year ago – May 19 – and he ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right foot going back on a fly ball in left field. Back in the Nationals’ lineup this season, he clubbed a 2-and-2 curveball from Hill into the left field pavilion.That was the extent of the offense for most of the game. Hill settled down and allowed only three more hits in his five innings while striking out five. It stayed 3-0 into the eighth inning.“Getting away from my gameplan a bit is frustrating as far as having a certain style of pitching,” Hill said. “In my opinion, the curveball can stand on its own. What I mean by that is it’s not something you have to feed into a scouting report. It’s plenty good of a pitch for me to use over and over again. We started doing that more and more and I was able to keep us in the ballgame.”But after scoring nine runs in each of their previous two games, the Dodgers were unable to dent Corbin. They had six baserunners in the first five innings against the former Diamondback but only one of those reached with a hit – David Freese’s infield single in the fourth.Related Articles PreviousThe Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 gets hit by a pitch during their game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 catches the ball as the Nationals’ Victor Robles #16 steals second base during their game at Dodger Stadium, Thursday, May 9, 2019. 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(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Nationals’ Victor Robles #16 is out at second base as the Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 lifts his leg to avoid him in the ninth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium, Thursday, May 9, 2019. The Nationals defeated the Dodgers 6-0. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 gets hit by a pitch during their game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 10The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 gets hit by a pitch during their game against the Nationals at Dodger Stadium, Thursday, May 9, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — If Rich Hill could hit the snooze alarm on his starts, he might be better off.Continuing an early-season trend, Hill surrendered a three-run home run to Howie Kendrick in the first inning Thursday night. The Washington Nationals coasted behind Patrick Corbin from there, handing the Dodgers a 6-0 loss.The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak at Dodger Stadium, where the home team is 15-5 this season.Hill has given up a home run in the first inning of each of his three starts this season – to Melky Cabrera of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Manny Machado in San Diego and now Kendrick. Ten of the 11 runs Hill has given up this season have scored in either the first or second inning of his starts. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It was tough to get a rhythm offensively,” said Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, who had two of their six hits in the game. “Corbin kept making pitches. He got us to expand the zone and was really disguising that slider behind his fastball.”The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out that inning but Chris Taylor bounced into an inning-ending double play. They didn’t get another runner past first base against Corbin, who went seven innings, allowing three hits and walking four while striking out eight by relying on his fastball-slider combination.“You’ve got to give credit tonight to Corbin. We’ve seen him a lot and he’s had his way with a lot of our hitters,” Roberts said of Corbin, who faced the Dodgers 20 times as a Diamondback. “That slider – we did not see it well.“Great pitchers, when they’re on their game, they throw that ball out of the same window. It looks like a fastball. You’ve still got to be aggressive. But he did a good job of disguising both pitches. When he’s good, that’s what he does.”Two unearned runs in the eighth and another in the ninth made it easy for the Nationals, who came into the game with the worst bullpen in the majors this season (an MLB-high 6.41 ERA and .282 average against heading into Thursday). “Just gotta not do that. That would be nice,” Hill said with a sardonic chuckle. “I don’t think there is any explanation for that. Again, it’s coming out and continuing to attack hitters.“It’s executing pitches and not leaving quality pitches in counts where I’m ahead or we’re ahead and leaving breaking balls down the middle.”Hill had a similar problem in 2017. He gave up 18 first-inning runs in his 25 regular-season starts that year for a 6.12 ERA. His ERA after the first inning in 2017 was 2.68.“I know if you look back the last couple years there was something like that and we sort of changed his (pre-game) regimen to sort of combat that,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I still think his intensity is always there, his intent.”In his three first innings this year, opposing batters have hit .400 (6 for 15) against Hill. During the rest of his starts, they are batting .256 (11 for 43). Thursday’s start fell into that pattern. 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InterContinental Chicago (505 N. Michigan Ave.) is going green, converting the historic hotel into a sustainable use facility through major adjustments to the building and practices throughout every division. In order to maintain the luxurious elements of the establishment, no concessions on the standards of service and quality will be diminished by the process of installing eco-friendly upgrades. Hotel guests may expect the same service and elegant accommodations with an increased effort towards environmentally friendly practices.To start, the hotel has committed to purchasing “Green Sustainable Energy Credits” to supply 50% of its annual energy consumption, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the facility ahead of the impact of the numerous other environmentally-focused initiatives. With plans to create a “Green Roof” during summer 2008 and attain LEED certification, the InterContinental Chicago is making a positive impact on the environment.GREEN AMENITIES: Hotel guests are unlikely to notice the in-room modifications, though their consciences will be clear with green upgrades permeating the plumbing, electric and laundry systems. Hotel rooms are outfitted with energy efficient light bulbs and automated motion detectors to conserve energy while rooms are unoccupied. Aerators installed in guest room sinks reduce water use by 50% and toilet “tummies” in all historic tower guest rooms reduce water utilized when flushing. In the bathrooms, coreless toilet paper rolls minimize cardboard waste. Public restrooms also make use of solar-powered faucets. Most significantly, plans exist to install solar thermal panels on the rooftop to heat hotel water, one of the greatest sources of hotel energy use.FOOD & BEVERAGE: Within the food and beverage program, efforts are being made to use non-disposable serving ware and cloth napkins, where possible, and are in the process of sourcing napkins made from recycled paper for use in the Lobby bar. The culinary team is reaching out to local purveyors to source organic meat and produce. Organic wine is also available at Eno, the hotel’s chic wine, cheese and chocolate lounge. Food scraps from the hotel are being donated to composting sites and local farms for environmental reuse.GREEN WEDDINGS & MEETINGS: The InterContinental Chicago turns white weddings to green with a specially designed eco-friendly catering plan. Guests may select from an array of organically-raised and locally-sourced hors d’oeuvres such as Ernst Farm-raised Chicken Brochettes with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, Leslie Cooperband’s Creamy Goat’s Milk Cheese and Mick Klug Farm Fresh Blueberry Croustade and BLT Triangles from Organically grown Arugula and Green Acres Farm-produced Heirloom Tomatoes. Dinner options include greens from local farms, grass-fed Tallgrass beef, and breads from locally-based Red Hen Bakery. Certified organic wine, beer and spirits, as well as Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, a sustainable wine, will accompany the event. Perhaps the most important element of the affair, the cake, will come from Chicago’s Bittersweet Bakery, constructed entirely from organic ingredients. Green Meetings include organic catering replete with organic coffee, Green Market fruit and organic pastries, as well as regionally produced Wisconsin and Michigan cheeses to enjoy during the day.Reservations are available by calling (312) 944-4100 or visiting www.chicago.intercontinental.comThe InterContinental Chicago is the only hotel with a front entrance on the prestigious Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s most desirable address. Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, an exclusive luxury men’s club, the InterContinental is one of Chicago’s most elegant landmarks. The hotel features 792 recently refurbished guest rooms, including 73 lavishly decorated suites. The hotel’s historic, junior Olympic size pool is recognized as one of the best indoor pools in the U.S. and is included in Chicago’s architectural tours. Dining and entertainment options in the hotel include: Zest, a bistro featuring contemporary, American cuisine; the Lobby Bar featuring classic cocktails and Eno, the hotel’s upscale, approachable and lively lounge that offers an easily paired selection of wine, cheese and chocolate.