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Conor McGregor surprises Boston firefighters with World Series tickets, whiskey

After raking in around $50 million from his last bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, notorious MMA fighter Conor McGregor decided to spread the love and this time 10 Boston firefighters lucked out.

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TMZ reported that McGregor wanted "to do something special to show his appreciation for the firefighters" so he took the opportunity after the Red Sox made it to the World Series to gift 10 Game 1 tickets to those who risk their lives every day.

On Friday, McGregor was seen personally delivering the tickets to the Back Bay Fire Station.

If World Series tickets to see the Red Sox play weren't enough, McGregor also gifted firefighters with his own, highly procured Proper No. Twelve whiskey

Before he left, The Notorious made sure to open up a bottle and toast to the Sox winning a title.

According to TMZ, Proper No. Twelve said they're donating $5 to first responders for every case of whiskey they sell, which ends up being up to $1 million each year.

The witch is back: Bette Midler announces she’s part of ‘Hocus Pocus’ celebration

What’s an anniversary and reunion without the main Sanderson sister? Fans of the film “Hocus Pocus” worry not. It may be 25 years, but the witch is back!

Bette Midler joined her on-screen sisters, Kathy Najimi and Sarah Jessica Parker, on Freeform’s “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash.”

The show was recorded at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and will air Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Freeform, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Midler made the announcement in a short video clip for the television channel. 

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Many members of original cast also appear in the show, including Omri Katz, Thora Birch and Vinessa Shaw. It is hosted by Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher and has performances by Jordin Sparks, Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Photos: ‘Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Reunion Bash’

Stars and fans came together to celebrate the cult classic “Hocus Pocus.”

Houston museum apologizes for questionable email subject line

A Houston museum issued a public apology for using a subject line that could be construed as racially offensive, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science used the term “Party with spooks” in the subject line of its bi-weekly electronic newsletter, the newspaper reported.

While the word "spook" is a synonym for "ghost," it is also a derogatory slur for black Americans.

"It's a tie to our annual Halloween party, which we've been doing for 10 years,” museum president Joel Bartsch told the Chronicle. “The word was meant to be a riff on the word spooky. That was the intention."

Bartsch said that when his employees saw the subject line, they addressed it by sending an explanation, the newspaper reported.

"Internal eyes noticed the subject line directly after it was sent,” Bartsch told the newspaper. 

The explanation reads:

"HMNS is committed to diversity and inclusion. We deeply regret that the subject line in this newsletter included a word with an offensive connotation, and sincerely apologize to everyone who received it. We are revisiting our internal policies and editorial review procedures to ensure this does not happen again."

Keith Urban concert in North Dakota raises $5,000 for school charity 

Country music singer Keith Urban’s concert in North Dakota proved to be beneficial for a school charity, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

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Urban, playing in Grand Forks as part of his “Graffiti U” tour, received a $5,000 donation from the Engelstad Foundation for the charity of his choice, the newspaper reported. Urban decided to give the money to the Grand Forks Public Schools Music Program.

The donation will fully fund new guitar classes at Red River and Central high schools, the Herald reported.

Both high schools recently added guitar programs, and now every student can participate with a guitar, the newspaper reported.

Banksy's shredding prank was supposed to totally destroy artwork

The director’s cut did not quite follow the plan.

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The British street artist whose “Girl With Balloon” artwork self-shredded after being sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5, suggested that the painting was supposed to be totally destroyed, and that the machine jammed, the BBC reported. 

As art patrons gasped, Banksy’s work began passing through a shredder hidden in its frame and stopped about halfway through its destructive operation.

In a clip posted to YouTube called “Shred the Love: The Director’s Cut,” a man is shown building the frame and then completely shreds a copy of “Girl With Balloon.” A caption in the video notes that “In rehearsals it worked every time.”

>> Banksy artwork self-destructs

“It does look like paper coming out, but there is a chance it could be a fine linen,” said Danielle Howe, who works at John Jones, a London-based canvas supplier, told The New York Times. “(But) it’s difficult to determine without looking at the work in person.”

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, repeated that the auction house was not privy to Banksy’s stunt, the BBC reported.

“Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren’t,” Banksy said in an Instagram post on Thursday that pointed people to the YouTube video.

In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Branczik said Sotheby’s had asked Pest Control, Banksy’s official authentication body, if the frame could be removed before the auction.

“Pest Control said very clearly: The frame is integral to the artwork,” Branczik told the magazine. "Which it was. Just not in the sort of way that we thought.”

The buyer of the artwork has kept it, the Times reported. It has been renamed “Love Is in the Bin,” after Pest Control issued a new authentication certificate, the newspaper reported.

Former pro wrestler 'Dirty' Dick Slater dead at 67

Former professional wrestler Dick Slater, a volatile performer whose nicknames of “Dirty Dick” and “Mr. Unpredictable” were a testament to his reputation, has died, World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement Thursday. He was 67.

Details of Slater’s death have not been released.

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“I have so many memories of Dickie,” said former pro wrestler Gerald Brisco, who wrestled with and against Slater and is currently a WWE talent scout. “I loved him and we laughed about the many stories we shared through the years.”

One of seven children, Richard Van Slater was born in Albany, New York, on May 19, 1951. He lived in Ravena, New York, before moving to Tampa, Florida, with his mother and stepfather when he was 9. 

Slater began wrestling as an amateur with his Robinson High School classmate and future pro wrestling friend -- and foe -- Mike Graham. He attended the University of Tampa, where he was a teammate of another future wrestling star, Paul Orndorff.

Slater wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1970s and was a familiar face on the Florida promotion’s weekly television show, “Championship Wrestling From Florida.” 

Slater was known for his rough-and-tumble tactics and was involved in several wrestling feuds when he performed in Florida. The match results could be unpredictable, too. After interfering in a 1974 match at Miami Marine Stadium, Slater was tossed into Biscayne Bay by Dusty Rhodes, according to The Miami News.

Slater’s career accelerated when he became a fixture in the Georgia Championship Wrestling promotion. Wrestling mostly as a “heel,” or villain, Slater’s unorthodox, brawling style made him a box office star.

Slater also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling and traveled to Japan. He wrestled for WWE in 1986-87.

"Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts," WWE said in its statement. "WWE extends its condolences to Slater’s family, friends and fans.”

Despite his gruff exterior, Slater could be a prankster in the locker room, Brisco said.

One incident in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the mid-1980s was typical.

“On our way to the arena, Dick saw a fireworks stand where you could buy big cherry bombs,” Brisco said. “Jack (Brisco’s brother) and I were heels at the time so we were in the same dressing room. 

“Dick got his fireworks out and one was a whirlybird bomb. He lights it and it goes up and I’m next to Dick. When it comes down it went right into my right cheek and sets my new jeans on fire,” Brisco said. “I’m on fire, my pants are on fire. And I still have the burn mark.

“We all laugh but I have no pants and my cheek is burned. But Dick went out and bought me some new Levi’s. He thought it was great. I didn’t.”

Slater’s life outside the ring could also be volatile, as he had several brushes with the law. His most serious offense occurred on Dec. 27, 2003, when he was charged with attempted murder for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Theresa Marie Halbert, three times with an 8-inch butcher knife, the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2003.

After pleading no contest, Slater was sentenced in June 2004 to a year of house arrest followed by two years of probation, the newspaper reported.

In a 1987 lawsuit, Slater was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly body-slamming Bruce Siira and breaking his knee outside a bar in Lantana, Florida.

In 2012, Slater collaborated with Linton Herbert on his autobiography, “1,000 Lives: Autobiography of Richard Van ‘Dirty Dick’ Slater.

“I’ve lived a thousand lives,” Slater wrote. “Most men can’t say that, but I can because I have lived a thousand lives.”

Rihanna turns down Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick 

Pop star Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick and his protest over police brutality, according to news reports.

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US Weekly, citing an unnamed source, said the NFL and CBS really wanted the “Work” singer to perform at the high-profile event in 2019 in Atlanta, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy and the NFL’s position on it.

Kapernick, 30, who once admitted to having a crush on Rihanna, 30, according to US, drew national attention, and anger, when he refused to stand for the national anthem early in the 2016 season. Instead, he took a knee to potest police brutality. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the NFL.

>> Trending: Colin Kaepernick gives parolees a makeover with suit donation

Entertainment Tonight reported singing star Pink also turned down an invitation to sing at next year’s Super Bowl.

Adam Levine’s pop-rock band Maroon 5, however, was also invited to perform and it jumped at the chance.

'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested for the second time in 48 hours

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Tommie Lee was arrested for the second time in less than 48 hours Wednesday night.

WSB reported that Tommie Lee, whose real name is Atasha Chizaah Jefferson, was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking and obstruction of an officer.

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According to police paperwork obtained by WSB, Jefferson was arrested at her home in Smyrna, Georgia, around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Lee was arrested at an area middle school after she allegedly assaulted one of her daughters. She was charged with felony aggravated assault, simple battery, first-degree child cruelty and disruption of public schools.

Related: 'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested at daughter's middle school

Lee posted $27,000 bond Wednesday morning and got out of jail, but she violated her bond by making contact with the daughter she allegedly assaulted on Tuesday.

She allegedly refused to come to the door when police arrived. Instead, police said, she tried hiding in her attic.

Lee is being held in the Cobb County Jail without bond. She will remain in jail indefinitely. 

'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested at daughter's middle school

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Tommie Lee was arrested Tuesday at her child's middle school in Smyrna, Georgia.

WSB obtained the arrest warrant for Lee, whose real name is Atasha Chizaah Jefferson.

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Jefferson is accused of shoving her child’s head into a locker, among other things, at Griffin Middle School.

According to Smyrna police, Jefferson was charged with felony aggravated assault, simple battery, first-degree child cruelty and disruption of public schools.

WSB reported she posted $27,000 bond Wednesday morning and is out of jail.

Related: “Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena, boyfriend Clifford Dixon arrested

Jefferson has had several other run-ins with the law. She was arrested in July after police said she refused orders from officers and hit a valet on the head.

The valet didn't press charges, but Jefferson was charged with "disorderly under the influence" and booked at Atlanta City Detention Center.

Jefferson was also accused of attacking an Atlanta mall employee in February.

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