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Bo Jackson finishes 300-mile tornado relief ride

Mon., April 30, 2012

Bo Jackson’s 300-mile bike ride across Alabama ended Saturday in Tuscaloosa, with the Heisman Trophy winner having raised more than $413,000 so far to help victims of last spring’s tornado outbreaks.

The ride – dubbed “Bo Bikes Bama” – crossed the finish line in Tuscaloosa around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The ride passed through some of the communities hit hardest by more than 60 twisters that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and killed about 250 people on April 27, 2011. In Tuscaloosa, more than 50 deaths were blamed on a tornado.

Hundreds joined Jackson for the ride, including celebrities such as Lance Armstrong, former major leaguer Ken Griffey Jr. and NBA star Scottie Pippen. Riders could join Jackson for $200 a day. Each of the five bikes he rode will be auctioned.

Army post cancels Nugent concert

Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Barack Obama.

Commanders at the Fort Knox, Ky., post nixed Nugent’s segment of a June concert after the rocker and conservative activist said at a recent National Rifle Association meeting that he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.

Nugent told the Associated Press this week that his words were not intended as a threat against the president.

“To think that there’s a bureaucrat in the United States Army that would consider the use or abuse of First Amendment rights in determining who is going to perform at an Army base is an insult and defiles the sacrifices of those heroes who fought for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights,” Nugent said.

“There is nothing in my spoken word or written word that could be even wildly considered by any stretch of the imagination to be a threat to anyone,” Nugent said.

Asked to clarify the remarks at the NRA convention, Nugent said: “A whole bunch of us … believe … we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed – I mean criminally on the part of the government.”

The birthday bunch

Actress Cloris Leachman is 86. Singer Willie Nelson is 79. Actor Gary Collins is 74. Actor Burt Young is 72. Singer Bobby Vee is 69. Singer Merrill Osmond is 59. Movie director Jane Campion is 58. Actor Adrian Pasdar is 47. Rock musician Clark Vogeler is 43. Rock musician Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down) is 41. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Akon is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is 39. Actor Johnny Galecki is 37. Actor Kunal Nayyar is 31. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 30. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson is 28.


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