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September 17, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The prospects for pant-less days and bedazzled outfits on "The Voice" just diminished significantly: NBC announced Monday that Shakira and Usher will join the show's judges panel in the spring, filling in for pant-fearing Christina Aguilera and sequin-loving Cee Lo Green. The move will allow the veteran judges some breathing room as they embark on other projects. Aguilera is releasing a new album and going on tour. Green is working on new music and developing a scripted comedy series for the network based on his life.
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April 27, 2014 | Times staff and wire service reports
Michael Heisley Billionaire businessman moved NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis Michael Heisley, 77, a billionaire businessman who moved the NBA's Grizzlies from Vancouver to Memphis and made an unsuccessful bid to buy the Dodgers in 2012, died Saturday, the Grizzlies said. Heisley, who sold his basketball team before the start of the 2012-13 season, suffered a stroke last year. Co-founder of The Heico Companies, Heisley was a computer salesman who parlayed investments in underperforming businesses into a corporation with interests in food production, heavy equipment, pre-engineered metal buildings and other industries.
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July 10, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
A family friend is under investigation after a boating accident critically injured Usher's 11-year-old stepson from a previous marriage and reportedly rendered the boy brain-dead. Atlanta resident Jeffrey S. Hubbard struck Kyle Glover, the son of the “Scream” singer's ex-wife Tameka Foster, while on a jet ski as the boy floated on an inner tube attached to a pontoon boat on Georgia's Lake Lanier on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Hubbard had rented the jet ski and boat with Foster and her son. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor, police told the paper.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne
In the 1970s, architecture faced an identity crisis. A lacerating critique of modern architecture's overreach, especially in remaking wide swaths of cities, had left the profession's 20th-century heroes - Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, even Frank Lloyd Wright - without many prominent defenders. But what would take modernism's place? What could architecture do with the rubble of that once dominant movement? Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who died Thursday in Vienna at 80, according to a family spokeswoman cited by the Associated Press, was among those who provided convincing early answers to those questions.
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February 15, 2013 | By August Brown
Usher and Diplo's last collaboration around a Valentine's Day was about a fraught relationship reaching its end. But their new one is about an enticingly dangerous beginning. Following their consensus smash single "Climax," a bold minimalist showcase for Usher's higher ranges and Diplo's classy restraint, the duo have returned with "Go Missin'," a new track that follows the same sonic principles to very different ends. (Watch the video below.) Built on a trim foundation of synth peals and well-placed drum machines, the showroom piece here is Usher's way with harmonies.
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May 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A pair of R&B musicians have filed a $10-million copyright infringement lawsuit against Justin Bieber and Usher, claiming that Bieber's 2010 hit “Somebody to Love” was based on a song they wrote but were not credited for. Singer Devin Copeland, who performs under the name De Rico, and songwriter Mareio Overton filed the suit last week in U.S. District Court in Virginia, alleging that they pitched  their song to Usher in 2009, heard nothing back,...
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July 22, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been corrected. See the note at bottom for details.
Usher's stepson from a previous marriage has died after life support was removed following a boating injury on a Georgia lake. Kile Glover was 11. Kile was taken off life support and died Saturday morning, a little more than two weeks after the July 6 accident on Lake Lanier, about 40 miles from Atlanta. His mother is Tameka Foster Raymond. Raymond, whose divorce from Usher was finalized in November 2009 except for a bitter custody dispute that raged until very recently, tweeted a photo of Kile with a younger brother Friday night.
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July 9, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Usher's 11-year-old stepson from a former marriage has reportedly been declared brain-dead after a boating accident. Kile Glover, the son of the "Scream" singer's ex-wife Tameka Foster, was floating on an inner tube in Georgia's Lake Lanier on Friday when a jet ski struck him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Kile and a 15-year-old gal pal, who suffered head injuries, were airlifted to Children's Healthcare at Egelston Hospital...
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January 19, 2007 | From Associated Press
R&B singer Usher has been found guilty of speeding in a July 4 incident in which he was pulled over on Interstate 75 in Georgia for driving 103 mph. Usher, 28, appeared in Bartow County court Tuesday to face a speeding citation. He was fined $425 and told to perform 20 hours of community service.
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April 20, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Usher is making an onstage cameo -- this time off-Broadway. The Grammy winner will join the cast of "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up" for two performances on April 28 at New York's Daryl Roth Theatre. Usher will portray the lead role, "Running Man.” "Fuerza Bruta," which means "brute force" in Spanish, is a nonverbal show high on visual effects, acrobatics and dance with women in suspended pools and men running on giant treadmills. Interactive staging has the audience standing and participating in the production.
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April 16, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
In the final night of the playoffs on "The Voice," the five members of Team Usher took the stage to perform songs they'd chosen themselves in hopes of being among the three singers selected by their coach to compete in the live shows. T.J. Wilkins, the music student out of South-Central Los Angeles, sought to show off his "soulful essence," as Usher put it, on Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good," which was written by Stevie Wonder, one of Wilkins' heroes. Usher had instructed Wilkins to sound like "horns.
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April 9, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
So here's how the playoffs work on "The Voice" this season: The five artists on each team choose their own songs, work with their coaches and perform -- one after another. Then, when all five of his or her team members have sung, the coach chooses three vocalists to take through to the live rounds as part of the Top 12 overall, and sends two home. On Tuesday night, Team Blake was on the hot seat, as was coach Blake Shelton himself. "This is terrible," he warned his fellow coaches at one point.
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March 26, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
"The Voice" brought us the final night of the battle rounds on Tuesday. That means next week the singers will move on to the, uh, next set of battle rounds. Yes, this year the show has replaced the "Knockout Rounds" with "Battles: Round Two," in which vocalists will again be paired off with fellow team members. Under the supervision of their coach and a celebrity adviser, Coldplay frontman (and soon-to-be former Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow ) Chris Martin, the singers must agree upon and perform a song together.
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March 12, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The coaches took their teams from almost full to completely full on "The Voice" on Tuesday. "I truly believe that we all have winners on our team," Adam Levine said magnanimously as the final night of blinds kicked off. Later, though, he was less generous. "Team Adam is the best team," he said. "Duh. " Levine and fellow coaches Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira all added solid talent to their rosters Tuesday. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Shelton filled the final spot on his team with Kaleigh Glanton, a 20-year-old classical guitarist, singer and CrossFit enthusiast from Wichita, Kan., who turned all four chairs with her take on "Have You Seen the Rain?"
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March 11, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The penultimate night of "The Voice" Season 6 blind auditions started off, as shows at this stage of the competition so often do, with each coach predicting his or her team will carry off the win. How the talent will ultimately fare remains to be seen, but one thing becomes more clear every week: From an entertainment perspective, the superstar team in the red chairs is a definite winner. On Monday night, the coaches again struck just the right balance of lighthearted humor and amusing friction as they jousted and jostled, cuddled (Adam Levine apparently just loves to share Blake Shelton's chair)
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March 9, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Officials kept their cool as they turned up the heat to finish construction of a new central utility plant in the middle of Los Angeles International Airport. LAX operators invited retired plant engineers to return and help run the old heating and cooling plant while current engineers were being trained to operate a new $438-million facility. On Tuesday, the retirees will be on hand at noon when 79-year-old former chief building operating engineer Walt Garrick flips the switch to shut down the old plant, which has been in continuous operation keeping airport passengers and workers comfortable since 1961.
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May 7, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
"The Voice" stepped out for its first live show of the season on Monday night, when the members of Teams Adam and Usher took the stage to compete for next week's top 12. Viewers will vote to put through two singers from each team of four, then each coach will choose one of his or her two remaining team members to put through as well. Teams Blake and Shakira will perform on Tuesday night (yes, another two-hour show), then we'll get results in a special one-hour show on Wednesday. As the coaches kept telling us, the live performances often mark the moment when some singers start to shine, and others fade.
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March 4, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
The teams are swelling on "The Voice," as the coaches add swell voices to their teams. On the third night of the Season 6 blind auditions, Adam Levine and Usher started out with four singers each on their teams, Shakira with three, and Blake Shelton, who seems to be less favored by contestants than usual, with only two. By the end, Levine, Usher and Shakira had each added three more singers, making for a total of six for the fellows and five for...
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February 25, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Back in Season 4, when Usher and Shakira first appeared on "The Voice," filling in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, the two newbie coaches often looked awfully green in their red leather chairs. Though both brought energy and commitment, heart and a highly competitive spirit to their mentoring duties, Usher and Shakira sometimes seemed strategically unseasoned, clinging loyally to a so-so contender, for example, while shortsightedly sending a more solid singer home. It was hard to see how these rookies would give veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine a real run for their money.
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