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One of the most entertaining acts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center is not on stage. He's directing patrons of the arts to their seats with an array of quips and one-liners--still dreaming of his moment in the spotlight. A songwriter, singer and comedian by avocation, 68-year-old Arnnie Stevens entertains his audience one at a time. "How many in your party?" he asks on a typical night at the Performing Arts Center as theatergoers step out of the elevator. "Three," someone answers.
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.
By the time most of the estimated 15,000 people are seated for today's Easter sunrise service at Orange Coast College stadium, Jerry White will have already assembled an army of ushers, wiped the seats and helped ferry the elderly into the stadium. As head usher for Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, White will celebrate his 15th Easter service in customary attire: a crisp dress shirt, tie and sport coat with headphones over both ears hooked to a mobile radio hung by a belt loop.
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.
Jesse Mun~oz is on the front lines in America's war to prevent impressionable youngsters from watching R-rated movies. A teen himself, Mun~oz makes about $6 an hour supervising other young ushers who earn $5.75 an hour at a theater complex in Valencia. He believes vigilance is the key to preventing kids under 17 from sneaking into R-rated movies--and the 18-year-old Saugus resident has seen every trick in the book. "Some of them are pretty good," says Mun~oz, 18, an usher since the age of 16.
August 4, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
This might sound a little silly. But I always sort of liked it that the ushers and ticket takers at Dodger Stadium looked as if, at any moment, they might pull out a harmonica and play, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." This is probably too sentimental. But I always thought it was neat that the ushers and tickets takers at Dodger Stadium looked as if they could have been dropped from a box of Cracker Jack. The boater straw hats. The starched white shirts. The crisp blue blazers.
Ed Hoffman, then an usher at Anaheim Stadium, would take a harmonica with him to Angel games. It was a precaution. There were times over the years when singers failed to show up and Angel officials would need a replacement to sing the national anthem. They needed to only go to the aisle Hoffman was working. "My dad was the ultimate pinch-hitter," said San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman. "They literally call him off his post.
It's Saturday, and we're standing in Southern California's loneliest spot. Aisle 269, Anaheim Stadium. Below, the Rams and Washington Redskins are putting the finishing touches on such memorable, not to mention pitiful, seasons before a cozy Christmas Eve afternoon audience. Up here, usher Miguel Martinez's only companion is the voice on his walkie-talkie. "It's a sad feeling," Martinez said. "They have to get a winning team in here." Martinez pauses.
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
February 4, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer
The only way either of the Boykin brothers, Jamal and Ruben, escaped his family chores while growing up was to defeat the other in a game of one-on-one basketball. "We have a big yard and big trees, so the loser would have to do a lot of stuff," Jamal said. "You would have to rake the leaves in the front of the house, the side of the house and the back of the house. The games were real personal. You'd feel sorry for the loser, but you didn't want to be raking leaves."
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.
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.
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...
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.
February 20, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The family friend who piloted a personal watercraft in the July 2012 boating accident that killed Usher's stepson Kile Glover was found guilty in Atlanta on Thursday of homicide by vessel and several related charges.  Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation,  according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kile, the 11-year-old son of Tameka Foster Raymond and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover whom Usher had reportedly raised like his own since age 4, was floating with a 15-year-old girl on a towed inner tube when they were hit by Hubbard's watercraft on July 6, 2012.
January 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The announcement Thursday that the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will resign at the end of the month throws the nation's largest publicly owned utility into yet another period of turmoil. Ron Nichols brought industry expertise and an aversion to political showmanship to an agency that has gone through eight general managers since 2000 and cycled through one controversy after another. Why so much turnover? Because the general manager has a nearly impossible job - essentially to serve as CEO of a $4.3-billion enterprise, which he or she is expected to operate with private-sector efficiency while beholden to the shifting political demands of City Hall.
September 15, 1996 | Hillary Broome
buried treasure n. loose change found on the floor. check-up n. disturbance in the theater; for example, snoring, loud talking. "I had a check-up in Theater 4, but it didn't turn out to be anything serious." kick-out n. someone thrown out of the theater for creating a nuisance. "We had three kick-outs last night--those kids that sneaked in." overcrowd n. packed house. "Overcrowd in Theater 3. Better go do some seating." popper night n.
July 29, 1985 | SCOTT NEWMAN, Times Staff Writer
Baseball has been called America's pastime, been used as a description of Americana along with hot dogs and apple pie, and, even in these days of high prices, remains a sport that is still affordable for most families. Baseball is loading the kids into the station wagon and heading for the ballpark. It's going to the game with your father and hearing him tell how Stan Musial used to hit, or how Bobby Thomson hit that home run to win the 1951 pennant for the Giants.
November 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Samuel Goetz was 14 when the Nazis rounded up Jews in his hometown of Tarnow, Poland, and killed thousands of them - his parents included - in the gas chambers at Belzec in southeast Poland. A few months later, he too was forced out of Tarnow and into the first of several Nazi labor camps in Eastern Europe. "I thought often [about] how I'm going to die," he recalled in a 1999 CNN interview, "whether it's going to be a bullet, would it hurt. I really did not know. " Instead, he was among the survivors.
November 4, 2013 | By Susan King
Lucille Ball took Robert Osborne under her wing more than 50 years ago when the Turner Classic Movies host was a fledgling young actor in Hollywood. The legendary "I Love Lucy'" star ended up changing the course of Osborne's life. Osborne's acting career was slowly building in the late 1950s. He was under contract to Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions and had guest-star roles on TV series. He even appeared on the pilot episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies. " But one day, Ball took the native of Colfax, Wash., aside and told him, "you could be an actor, and I think you could be a success at it," recalled Osborne, 81. "But it's not going to make you happy.
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