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'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

The newest deputy in a Texas county has a reputation for being mean and green. And the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is more than happy to have actor Lou Ferrigno on its staff.

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Ferrigno, who starred in “The Incredible Hulk” television series from 1978 to 1982, stopped by the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday on his way to Wizard World Comic Con, which began Friday in Austin and runs through Sunday, KXAN reported. 

Ferrigno is a reserve deputy in Los Angeles County, the television station reported. The former bodybuilder said he stopped by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to offer “encouragement and thanks,” while mugging for photographs with deputies.

Sheriff Sally Hernandez swore Ferrigno in as an honorary deputy, KXAN reported.

British DJ to play Toto's 'Africa' for 5 hours to raise money

A music venue in England wants to do more than simply bless the rains down in Africa.

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The 1982 song by the rock ’n’ roll group Toto will be played for five consecutive hours on Nov. 30 to raise money for an African charity, the BBC reported. Disc jockey Michael Savage will begin playing the song at 11 p.m. and will loop the song until 4 a.m.

"What started out as a really stupid idea from a stupid drunken night out has become a stupid reality," Savage told the BBC. "I feel quite sorry for the bar staff, they're going to be really stuck in the middle."

Savage is hosting the music marathon to raise money for Temwa, a charity based in Bristol that supports people in the rural northern areas of Malawi, the BBC reported.

The musical marathon is raising funds for Temwa, a Bristol-based charity which supports people in remote rural areas of northern Malawi.

California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.

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The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and depicts a Kaepernick doll hanging from the ceiling by a noose, KTXL reported.

The photograph was taken and shared by a man who wanted only to be known by his first name, Joseph.

"They got Colin Kaepernick hanging from a noose," he wrote on social media.

Kaepernick sparked controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games to protest racial inequality and racial injustice.

>> Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

The barbershop owner, known as “Bowtie Barber,” said Kaepernick had been hanging in effigy in his shop since 2016, the Bee reported.

“I want to speak out and publicly make an apology” the barber told the newspaper. He said he had taken the doll down.

"I literally had no idea that I was offending people," Barber told KTXL. "We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong, it was absolutely wrong.”

>> Colin Kaepernick’s ‘I’m With Kap’ sells out in hours

The business’s Yelp page was flooded with one-star reviews Friday.

“Hogwash Racist Buffoon Bowtie Barbershop,” one comment said.

“For some reason the owner of this establishment thinks it’s amusing to hang a Colin Kaepernick doll by a noose. Offensive, racists, and just plain stupid,” according to another poster. “Boycott this business.”

>> Critics suggest Pat Tillman was better choice for Nike campaign

The barber said he hung the doll as a reaction to Kaepernick’s pregame protest.

"I am a die-hard 49ers fan and when that action happened there was a lot portrayed on the 49ers and I took it personally," he told KTXL. "I’m publicly announcing that I apologize. It was the wrong thing for me to do. Absolutely will never happen again. I absolutely see the other side of it. I'm sorry.”

Father of actress Sandra Bullock dead at 93

John Bullock, the father of actress Sandra Bullock, died Tuesday, Us Magazine reported. He was 93.

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John Bullock was preceded in death by his wife and Sandra Bullock’s mother, opera singer Helga Meyer, who died in 2000, the magazine reported.

Sandra Bullock’s younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, confirmed her father’s death on Wednesday and wrote about his military career, ETOnline reported.

"John Wilson Bullock February 11, 1925 - September 18, 2018," she wrote. "Beloved baby brother, American #WWII #bronzestar #veteran, husband, father of 4 strong women, #grandpa, adorable scamp, handsome devil, and trickster to the end."

Sandra Bullock has not commented yet about her father's death, ETOnline reported.

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts suffers brain injury

It’s been a rough couple of years for former Allman Brothers Band members. 

Both bandleader Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks died in 2017, and now, guitarist Dickey Betts is undergoing surgery following what has been called a “freak accident.” 

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The Florida-based Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who wrote some of the band’s biggest and best known songs, including "Ramblin' Man," was “playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain,” according to a statement posted on his Facebook page. 

Betts is listed in “critical but stable condition,” says the statement. He has been sedated and will undergo brain surgery on Friday, Sept. 21, to relieve swelling. 

When the accident happened, the 74-year-old musician was recovering from a mild stroke that happened last month and was said to be recovering well. He was doing well enough that a series of dates that had been canceled were rescheduled. 

»»RELATED: “One Way Out” an unvarnished bio of the Allman Brothers Band

On Instagram, Dickey's longtime friend and manager David Spero asks everyone to keep Dickey in your thoughts and prayers as well. "It was just a few days ago that Dickey told me how excited he was to get back in front of his fans in November,” he writes. 

Those November dates have all been canceled.

Rapper Plies arrested at Tampa airport after gun found in carry-on bag 

Rapper Plies was arrested at a Florida airport Wednesday after authorities said a gun was found in his carry-on bag, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was arrested at Tampa International Airport. Washington, 42, was going through a security checkpoint around noon Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration agent saw what looked like a firearm inside his black-colored backpack as it went through the X-ray machine, airport police Chief Charlie Vazquez said.

Airport police found an unloaded Glock model 43 and a loaded magazine in another section of the backpack, WTVT reported.

Washington, 42, is from Wesley Chapel, a Tampa suburb. He told police he bought the gun at a pawn shop and it was registered to him, the television station reported. However, he did not own a concealed weapons permit, according to his arrest affidavit. He likely would not have been arrested if he had one, Vazquez told the Times, even though carrying a weapon into an airport terminal violates Florida law.

Washington was arrested for unlicensed carrying of a concealed weapon. He was released from the Hillsborough County Jail after posting a $2,000 bail.

Washington, who was born in Fort Myers, began his music career after playing college football at Miami University of Ohio in 1996 and 1997. His first album, “The Real Testament,” was released in 2007. His hits include “Becky” and “Bust It Baby Pt. 2.”

National Public Lands Day 2018: Get free admission to national parks Saturday

Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

>> See a list of participating parks here

Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.

Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.

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Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.

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Museum Day 2018: 1,500 museums offering free admission Saturday

Smithsonian magazine would like you to be their guest at a museum this weekend.

Museum Day is an annual “celebration of boundless curiosity,” according to Smithsonian.com. The organization will provide free admission for two people at nearly 1,500 museums across the country on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

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Participating cultural institutions can be found on the website, and participants can download one ticket per email address.

For more information about Smithsonian magazine Museum Day, click here

KISS announces 'End of the Road' farewell tour

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that.

The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years. This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't. KISS Army, we're saying goodbye on our final tour with our biggest show yet and we'll go out the same way we came in... Unapologetic and Unstoppable," the band said in a statement.

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KISS hasn’t yet announced dates for this final run, but will update fans in the next few weeks on www.kissonline.com

In 2000-01, KISS embarked on “The Farewell Tour,” which, in fairness, turned out to be the final tour with the original lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley. But the band returned in 2003 for a co-headlining tour with Aerosmith and has remained steady road warriors.

The band’s current members are Stanley, Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.

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Houston Texans players rip superintendent for ‘you can’t count on a black quarterback’ post 

Houston Texans football coach Bill O’Brien and several players criticized a Facebook post made by a Texas school superintendent after the team’s 27-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, that read in part, “you can’t count on a black quarterback,” the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

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Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, apparently was reacting to the final play of Sunday’s game, when Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson held on to the football as time ran out.

The incident occurred Monday, when the Chronicle posted a meme about the play.

Matt Erickson, of Houston, commented that he never watches the "perpetual dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans," KTRK reported.

Redden, who is white, then replied in a public post, “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

The Chronicle obtained a screenshot of the comment, the newspaper reported.

At his Wednesday news conference, O’Brien criticized the comments.

"I don't want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements," O’Brien said. "Deshaun represents everything that's right about football and life. It's amazing that BS exists, but it does."

At the same news conference, Watson said he had experienced racism before but did not comment about the superintendent’s post.

"That's on him – let peace be with him," Watson said. "I'm all about love."

Texans defensive star J.J. Watt said the post “does not deserve any attention from any of us.”

“It's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play,” Watt said. “It's very unfortunate. I trust (Watson). We all trust him."

Redden told the Chronicle in a telephone interview that he regretted making the post, which has been deleted, and thought he was responding to a private message. He told the newspaper he deleted the comment as soon as he realized it was public. He said that he was referring to the statistical success of black NFL quarterbacks, adding that they "have had limited success" throughout the league's history, the Chronicle reported.

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday, the Chronicle reported. In a statement to KPRC, the school board said that it “does not condone negative comments or actions against any race.”

"The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely," the statement read.

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