Sarah Kim | Daily TrojanThe USC football team rebounded solidly from its first loss of the season, beating Oregon State at home 38-10 on Saturday. Now, the Trojans turn their focus to Utah, which was undefeated and ranked No. 18 in the country until a 23-20 loss to Stanford last week.Injury NewsHead coach Clay Helton said that redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe is getting closer to returning to play, and that the goal was to have him back against Notre Dame next week. Imatorbhebhe, who hasn’t played since the Week 1 victory over Western Michigan, caught four of his 17 receptions for touchdowns last year. His return could help the team’s red zone woes, which Helton said would be a focus in Thursday’s practice.“He’s a little bit ahead of schedule, he’s feeling good right now,” Helton said. “We’ll listen to him and see where his body is. He’s got a lot of game experience, is a tremendous run blocker and you saw him as a threat in the passing game last year.”After practicing Tuesday, junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett was kept out of practice Wednesday with a sore shoulder and toe. Burnett has caught 41 passes for 527 yards and six touchdowns this season, which are all team highs.Junior offensive lineman Chuma Edoga returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury two weeks ago versus Washington State. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Iosefa and redshirt junior wide receiver Jalen Greene are still in concussion protocol after colliding during pregame warmups against Washington State. Preparing For UtahWednesday’s practice saw a few areas of focus in response to the match-up with the Utes. Helton said that Utah’s punt return game is “tremendous,” so the team spent extra time on special teams coverage. Utah ranks No. 11 in the country in punt return yards per game at 15.8.In addition, Helton said that the team ran one-on-one drills in preparation for Utah’s blitz packages, as well as to continue the Trojans’ defensive success up front. The starters went up against each other at the end of practice as a way of preparing for Utah’s pass rush.“We needed the best look,” Helton said. “Iron sharpens iron. It’s a very good Utah defense that applies a lot of pressure on third down and in the red zone, so I wanted the tackles to see great edge rush from [senior linebacker] Uchenna [Nwosu] and others on our defense,” Utah ranks No. 21 in the nation in total defense through six weeks, giving up just 314 yards per game.The Trojans head into the game not knowing who Utah’s starting quarterback will be between injured starter Tyler Huntley and backups Troy Williams and Cooper Bateman. Williams, Utah’s starter last season, was intercepted twice in last week’s loss to Stanford while filling in for Huntley, which makes the Utes’ quarterback competition uncertain for this week.
Two women with outstanding warrants have added new charges to their list after they were found to be driving around town with a 16-day old infant on the floor of their car.The incident occurred in London, Kentucky Thursday.Officials say both 32-year-old Rebeca Jean Fultz and her mother, 69-year-old Charolotte J. Simpson were pulled over for outstanding warrants Thursday around 7:30 pm.While authorities conducted the arrest, Fultz informed them that her newborn was in the car. Officials reported that they could not find the infant at first, because she was not strapped into a car seat. The infant was later found on the floor of the vehicle between the passenger and front seat.Officials also reported that the infant was covered in ants, had a soiled diaper, and was laid amongst trash, an unsecured flat-screen television, and seemed to be having trouble breathing.The infant was taken to an area hospital where their condition was said to have since improved. The infant is still, however, being treated for dehydration, and will be turned over to social services.As for the child’s mother and grandmother, they have been taken to a local jail where they face child abuse charges along with their warrants.
Florida’s Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday morning over how much the Broward County School Board potentially owes the families of victims in the Parkland shooting.The state’s Sovereign Immunity Law places a limit on the amount that government agencies are required to pay in lawsuits.Meanwhile, the Broward County School Board believes their liability is capped at $300,000, as it considers the mass shooting to be “One Incident.”Attorneys for the victims argue that they are owed up to $200,000 each, because every shot was a separate incident.According to Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was one of the 17 individuals killed during the shooting, “It was no unfortunate incident. It was failure, failure, failure. My daughter is dead because of it.” He believes the Justices should rule for the larger liability, in part to show what he refers to as the District’s failure to secure its schools.The Justices have not indicated when they will decide on the issue.
The newest branch of the military, Space Force, is out with a new 30 second recruiting video titled “Make History.”The video focuses on the future as a woman’s voice says, “I see giant leaps making a comeback” over video of a rocket bursting through clouds. Shots of Space Force personnel and aircraft fill out the video, which ends with the woman saying, “The future is where I’ll make history.”The Air Force says Space Force is working to bring on the women and men who will fill its ranks over the next year and-a-half.
Facebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound Partners for PhilanthropyPhilanthropists, including a local volunteer who helps more than a dozen organizations, will be honored during the annual luncheon of South Sound Partners for Philanthropy. The event will take place on National Philanthropy Day, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Hotel RL. The luncheon will begin at noon; registration opens at 11:30a.m. The public is invited to the event.This year’s honorees are:Spencer and Ben Rex invest time, research and care into every item they sell on eBay.Next Generation Philanthropists: Spencer and Ben Rex. For the last several years, the brothers have scoured local garage and other sales for unique items that they sell for a profit on eBay. Ten percent of their profit then goes to local charities. Among those benefiting are Seattle Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors, Community Youth Services and Pear Blossom Place. Ben, 14, and Spencer, 16, go to Capital High School. Both are active in band and sports. They also have volunteered the last two summers at the City of Olympia’s Olywahoo summer day camp.Leadership in Personal Philanthropy: Ted and Tanya Jernigan. The Jernigans, who have lived here for about 10 years, have been instrumental in local giving through The Jernigan Foundation, which focuses on global and local concerns, including human trafficking, Boys and Girls Clubs, CareNet Pregnancy Centers, Salvation Army, Washington Engage and the Evergreen Christian School.Leadership in Business Philanthropy: Phillips Burgess PLLC. This local law firm gives extensively in both time and talent to United Way of Thurston County, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Land Trust, the Thurston County Food Bank and other groups.Leadership in Philanthropy – Community Organization: First United Methodist Church of Olympia. This church has served the community for more than 160 years and been instrumental through its Warm Hearts Fund and its Help Us Move In fund (now an independent foundation) in helping local families in need. FUMCO is also being honored for helping to get Camp Quixote started, for providing meeting space for non-profits for free or at a reduced rate and for its members volunteering and giving at a wide range of local non-profits, including the Family Support Center, the YWCA, Homes First and Community Youth Services.Paul Grudis Inspirational Award: Carole Jones. Local volunteer Carole Jones has clocked in thousands of hours since the early 1990s, helping more than a dozen local non-profit organizations. Carole helps with the Providence St. Peter Foundation’s No One Dies Alone program, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 318, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts and the United Way of Thurston County, which honored her as Volunteer of the Year in 2013.South Sound Partners for Philanthropy, founded in 2000, is a consortium of more than 30 local non-profit organizations. To attend the luncheon, register online at www.celebrategiving.org