ATLANTA — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool, a lawyer for the boy’s mother said Tuesday.

Tameka Foster Raymond, the singer’s ex-wife, saw her son, 5-year-old Usher Raymond V, at school Monday when he attended orientation for the new year, according to lawyer Angela Kinley.

Police say the boy fell to the bottom of a pool behind the singer’s downtown home Aug. 5 and got stuck in the drain. A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. Two men working at the home as audio-visual subcontractors were able to pull the boy from the pool and perform CPR on him. Usher said last week that contractors Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews are “heroes” for saving his son’s life.

A day after the incident, a judge scheduled an emergency custody hearing requested by Raymond.

But the singer’s lawyer said Usher’s aunt, Rena Oden, was poolside watching the children when the boy became stuck in the drain. John Mayoue also said Usher was at a music studio one highway exit away.

Banksy street art heads for auction

LOS ANGELES — For the first time in the United States, an original Banksy street mural is going up for auction.

The executive director of Julien’s Auctions, Martin Nolan, says the company will sell Banksy’s 2008 Los Angeles mural “Flower Girl” in December.

The 9-foot by 8-foot piece originally appeared on a Hollywood gas station wall. It is a black stenciled image of a girl holding a basket and looking up at a security camera atop a tall plant. Nolan says it is expected to fetch at least $150,000.

It will be among the lots in Julien’s Street Art Auction on Dec. 5.

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