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ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Usher, plagued by strep throat since last week, is out of "Chicago" for the final days of his two-month Broadway engagement in the long-running musical revival. The R&B star became ill last Friday and has not been in the show since, Jonnetta Patton, his manager, said Thursday. The show has done boffo business since Usher, playing conniving lawyer Billy Flynn, joined the Bob Fosse and Kander and Ebb musical. Christopher McDonald takes over the role of Flynn on Sunday.
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NEWS
October 21, 2004 | Robert Hilburn
George Strait's "50 Number Ones" held on to the No. 1 spot on the national pop album sales chart for the second consecutive week, topping a revised edition of Usher's "Confessions" last week by 14,000 copies. The Strait album, which features such country hits as "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" and "All My Ex's Live in Texas," sold 190,000 copies last week to bring its two-week total to 534,000. "Confessions" is the year's biggest seller, but it had been slipping in recent weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI
The San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Assn. will ring in the Year of the Ox with a Chinese new year banquet Saturday. Last Friday kicked off the Chinese lunar year of 4695, the Year of the Ox. According to Chinese tradition, the ox brings "prosperity in business as a result of logical thought, resolute practicality and honest endurance."
SPORTS
March 7, 1985
National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle asked Congress to grant the National Fooball League limited protection from federal antitrust laws to allow the league to prevent teams from deserting cities. However, United States Football League Commissioner Harry Usher told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he opposes all proposed legislation that would allow professional sports leagues to control team movement.
SPORTS
August 2, 1986 | LARRY STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Commissioner Harry Usher, whose eight-team United States Football League may be history by Monday, returned to Los Angeles Friday, taped a TV show, met with reporters and then planned to spend a restful weekend with his family at his home in Tarzana. During a taping of Channel 2's "Newsmakers" show, which will be shown at 10 a.m. Sunday, Usher said that USFL owners will decide Monday whether to play football or not. "The way we're set up now, with training camps scheduled to open Aug.
SPORTS
July 8, 2000
Harry Usher was at his best during the times leading up to the 1984 Olympics. For those of us who worked at the LAOOC, Harry was a firm but fair leader. His untimely death has left us all shaken. One of my most vivid memories of the LAOOC occurred about a month before the Games, when Harry asked me and several others to join him at the Coliseum for a demonstration by ABC. They were hoping to use a new "sky-camera" during the Games. The ABC executives introduced the engineer who had designed the gadget, and he explained how it was a computer-controlled and programmed to go anywhere in the space over the Coliseum's playing field.
WORLD
December 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Italy's conservative government has unveiled plans to crack down on prostitution, saying it wants to sweep streetwalkers out of public view. Under the bill, which has to be approved by Parliament, prostitutes caught soliciting in public would face on-the-spot fines for a first offense, and fines of up to $1,000 and three months in jail if caught again. Their clients also could be fined.
NEWS
December 7, 1988 | from Associated Press
An off-duty usher exploring old rooms at Hollywood's landmark Egyptian Theater fell 40 feet to his death when a section of ceiling caved in, authorities said today. Erick Pineda, 22, of Los Angeles had gone to the auditorium Tuesday night, his day off, to get passes to other Hollywood Boulevard theaters, said Detective Glen Day of the Los Angeles Police Department. Apparently Pineda fell to his death as he and a friend were exploring the many rooms leading to the theater's roof, Day said.
SPORTS
January 10, 1986
Harry Usher, commissioner of the United State Football League, underwent successful hear surgery Thursday at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, a hospital spokesmen said. Usher entered the hospital Dec. 21 after complaining of chest pains. The surgery was postponed, and he was discharged Dec. 31. Usher was previously executive vice president and genera manager of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2004 | Randy Lewis
Will "Yeah" usher Usher back to the top of the charts? It's looking good so far. The first single from the R&B singer's forthcoming album is a collaboration with rappers Ludacris and Lil Jon, and it's quickly stirring things up at R&B, urban and pop radio stations.
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