LOS ANGELES — The Latest on controversy over plans to change the name of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (all times local):2 p.m.The University of Southern California says it’s amenable to accepting the wishes of veterans and modifying a name change for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as long as corporate sponsor United Airlines agrees.USC issued a statement Friday after United Airlines offered to withdraw from a $69 million agreement over criticism that the change would dishonour the facility’s history as a World War I memorial.The university said it would accept the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.USC noted that the contract would have to be modified but didn’t elaborate.Naming rights are part of USC’s long-term lease that calls for extensive renovations of the nearly century-old stadium.Criticism of the name change grew this week after the commission’s president wrote a strongly worded commentary.___12:11 p.m.United Airlines is offering to withdraw from a divisive $69 million deal to rename Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.The airline wrote to the University of Southern California on Friday after criticism that putting a corporate name on the stadium is disrespectful to its history as a memorial to soldiers who fought and died in World War I.The name change is part of USC’s extensive, $270 million overhaul of the nearly century-old landmark.United Airlines California President Janet Lamkin says in the letter that the company saw the deal as a way to partner with USC in modernizing the iconic facility.The coliseum has hosted two Olympics and been home to major sports teams.The Associated Press has requested comment from USC.The Associated Press
Steven Sabados has issued a statement on the death of his husband Chris Hyndman. Hyndman, who co-hosted the show “Steven and Chris”, died this week at age 49. His body was found in an alley outside their Toronto condo. In a statement on their Facebook page , Sabados wrote about the years they’d spent together, saying: “I, our families and friends, wish to express our deepest gratitude for the overwhelming expressions of tenderness, love and tribute in honour of my beloved Christopher. Our hearts are broken, but we find comfort knowing his generous, larger-than-life spirit lives on.From the moment I met Christopher, we went forward in life, side by side and shoulder to shoulder. He was my best friend, my confidante, my partner, my one love.Over 27 years, we built a beautiful life together; always remembered, always cherished. As we find our way through this difficult time, we are asking for privacy.Thank you for your understanding.”Earlier this week Hyndman’s mother told the Toronto Star she believed her son fell to his death while sleepwalking.