The specialty grocery store Trader Joe’s is the first confirmed tenant for the new student residential and retail complex, USC Village, a project that officially broke ground on Sept. 15. It will start serving the university community beginning in fall 2017.Dan Bane, the current chairman and CEO of the company, is a 1969 graduate of USC.The 12,700-square-foot Trader Joe’s will be on the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. The L.A.-based grocery chain has spread to more than 400 locations in 40 states since 1958.”We’re excited to be part of the USC Village and we look forward to being a positive addition to the neighborhood in the years to come,” Alison Mochizuki, director of public relations for Trader Joe’s, said.In a press release, Trader Joe’s said their location at The Village will combine current store aesthetics with community influences.“The store will feature a festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe’s elements such as cedar covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, combined with a local flair that includes art celebrating the neighborhood,” the company stated in a press release.Students have expressed interest in the grocery store, as it will greatly expand campus food options.”I think it’ll be really nice to have a healthy, affordable dining option on campus aside from Seeds,” Harshini Chengareddy, a freshman majoring in global health said.At the USC Village groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, President C.L. Max Nikias stressed that the campus expansion will serve as an enormous benefit to both the school and surrounding community.“In the past four years, we have been privileged to break ground on a number of new projects at USC. But this village is an especially historic moment for USC, for our neighborhood and for Los Angeles as a whole,” Nikias said.In addition to Trader Joe’s, USC Village will include a fitness center, drugstore, Trojan Town USC store, restaurants, parking and a community room. Bank of America and Starbucks coffee will return as well. The project also includes building residence halls for up to 2,700 honors students and a Gothic-style clock tower.The $650 million project is one of the biggest developments USC has undertaken, along with one of the largest in South Los Angeles’ history. This new development will be built on 15 acres of USC-owned land without public subsidies or taxpayer funds. USC is also providing over $40 million in community benefits and plans to redesign and improve Jefferson Boulevard in the funding of new streets, a new fire station, a law clinic, a small business adviser and ombudsmen.USC, the largest private employer in Los Angeles, hopes The Village project will create both temporary and permanent jobs in the surrounding community.
The James Stephens player won 8 All-Ireland titles and 2 All-Stars during the course of his career.In a statement Larkin said he’s content to walk away now knowing he gave everything he could for himself and the team every time he walked out on the training pitch or pulled on a Kilkenny jersey.
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that California must change its lethal-injection method for the execution of Michael Morales next week because the current mix of drugs could constitute cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose declined to immediately postpone Morales’ scheduled execution next Tuesday, but he ordered the state to either have an expert present to ensure that he’s unconscious from a sedative or replace a three-drug death potion with a lethal dose of barbiturate. Fogel said he was concerned that inmates are conscious and undergoing extreme pain once a paralyzing agent and then heart-stopping medication begin coursing through their veins. If the state declines to choose either new option, Fogel said he would stay the execution and have hearings on whether it is cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld executions in general despite the pain they might cause inmates, but has never directly addressed whether alleged pain in lethal injections is unconstitutionally excessive and can be avoided. Thirty-six of the 38 states that have capital punishment use a lethal-injection procedure similar to California’s. The state switched to lethal injection after a California judge ruled that death in San Quentin State Prison’s gas chamber was cruel and unusual punishment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The present action concerns the narrow question of whether the evidence before the court demonstrates that defendants’ administration of California’s lethal-injection protocol creates an undo risk that plaintiff will suffer excessive pain when he is executed,” Fogel wrote. “While the court finds that plaintiff has raised substantial questions in this regard, it also concludes that those questions may be addressed effectively by means other than a stay of execution.” Nathan Barankin, spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, said the office was reviewing the decision and was not immediately prepared to comment. On Monday, it told Fogel that it rejected those two proposals. Attorneys for Morales alleged that a mistake in the sedation process might mean he would appear unconscious, but internally would succumb to excruciating pain once the paralyzing and death agents were administered. None of his attorneys was immediately available for comment. Morales, 46, of Stockton was convicted in 1983 of murdering Terri Winchell, 17, who was found beaten, stabbed and raped in a secluded vineyard. Fogel said he decided to change California’s injection protocol because, at the end of the day, neither “the death penalty nor lethal injection as a means of execution would be abolished.”