Jackson, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — A one-time Alabama police chief who arrested the Allman Brothers Band on drug charges nearly 50 years ago has died.
Longtime law enforcement officer Maryln Cranford died June 26 at age 81. A funeral home obituary announcing his death doesn't list a cause of death.
But the obituary does note that Cranford's "claim to fame" was arresting the Southern rock band in 1971.
Cranford was working as police chief in the town of Jackson when he saw band members walk into a truck stop. Cranford arrested 10 members including brothers Duane and Gregg Allman on multiple drug charges.
They cases were later reduced to disturbing the peace, and the group paid fines and court costs.
The band released its "At Fillmore East" live album a few months later.
Attleboro, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke.
His family says in a statement the 46-year-old suffered the stroke Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.
Bruschi was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where his family said Friday he was "recovering well."
Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl and learned he had a congenital heart defect that produced a hole in his heart. He had surgery to repair the hole and retired. But he sat out less than a year before returning for the seventh game of the 2005 season.
He played three more seasons with the Patriots and announced his retirement just before the start of the 2009 season. Since then, he's worked at ESPN and entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.
Nashville, July 5 (AP/UNB) — Country singer Kane Brown says his new single "Homesick" may have been written about his experience traveling on the road and being away from his loved ones, but military families have connected to the song.
Brown's song is dedicated to military families, and the music video features returning service members surprising their families.
"I feel like the normal person can't relate to the 'Homesick' song because they're gone you know 9 to 5 and they come home," Brown said.
The song from his 2018 album "Experiment" is a pop country acoustic ballad. Brown wrote it about having to leave home every week to play shows around the country, he said.
"I was trying to find somebody else that could relate to just being away from home all the time," Brown said. "We had a bunch of fans send their homecoming videos in and made an awesome music video, very tear-jerker music video."
He said he's currently shooting a second music video for the song that will also focus on the military but be more like a short film.
"I thought there's not many songs going out these days about the military like there used to be," Brown said. "I felt like this would really hit home for them. Just kind of like memories of, you know, anybody dancing in a kitchen, singing favorite songs with each other."
This is the third single from the "Experiment" album, following the No. 1 country airplay hits "Lose It" and "Good As You."
Brown, who started his career on social media posting cover songs online, said that he has seen a lot of positive responses from military families about the song.
"And like when I see somebody that's in the military at all, if they message me on social media, it's something that I always got to reply back," Brown said.
Los Angeles, July 5 (AP/UNB) — The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience.
Zach Barack plays a classmate of Peter Parker's in "Spider-Man: Far From Home." His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role.
Barack said that to him, superhero movies "always felt like a trans story because it's talking about identity."
"It's about separating what people know about you and what they don't," Barack said at last week's premiere of the film. "And I think that's something I kind of live with every day. And on top of that, I don't see a lot of trans-masculine people on television or trans men specifically, and getting to be part of that is beyond unreal."
The 23-year-old Chicago-area native, who also appeared in the TV series "L.A.'s Finest," said there needs to be more roles for trans people in all sorts of movies.
"The truth is you have to put out there what people want to see and what people need to see," he said. "And as a young person who is trans, I didn't see a trans man on TV ever, ever, really, until I was like, 17. So having a fun movie about a class going on a trip together, and I get to be part of that, I can't even ..."
The new Spider-Man movie is now playing in theaters.