Officer Chris Kohrs, aka the "Hot Cop of Castro," might have just reached true celebrity status.
First, admirers set up a Facebook page for the 36-year-old, who was first spotted by the Towleroad website in May; it now has 38,844 likes. Then, some shocking gossip: "'HOT COP OF CASTRO' NOT A REAL COP!" gasped satire website Adobo Chronicles. Mash notes followed from CNN, the Daily Beast and the New York Daily News, and even from across the pond ("Avert your eyes, Channing Tatum," purred the U.K.'s Daily Mail).
Then on Monday came an exposé -- literally -- from website Queerty, headlined, "Hot Castro Cop Is An Internet Sensation. We've Got the Shirtless Pics That Show Why."
"I'm flattered by it," Kohrs said in an interview with SFist.com on Monday, adding, "I get teased a lot by my co-workers. ... It's all in good fun though."
Time is running short to spot Kohrs -- who is single, and straight -- in the Castro. The Park Police Station officer has been patrolling the area in conjunction with a construction project, which is ending in the fall.
In the meantime, Kohrs told SFist he'd like to see his Castro LGBT colleagues on the force get some love, too. "I definitely don't need any more attention -- as much as I like it, please give it to them!"
Archie will die ... sort of
Comic book star Archie is meeting his demise this week.
But it's for a noble cause. According to The Associated Press, Archie takes a bullet for his friend Sen. Kevin Keller, a gay war veteran, as Kevin campaigns for gun control in Riverdale.
"Archie's sacrifice isn't just a moment of heroism; it offers an unambiguous condemnation of America's lax gun laws," said industry expert Andrew Wheeler, who writes for ComicsAlliance.com.
The death will be published in "Life with Archie," which follows grown-up iterations of the comic clan. Archie will live on in other publications.
"I'm OK, I feel strong" said comedian Tracy Morgan, who was badly hurt in a highway crash in June, outside his New Jersey home Monday. ... The Daily Mail says Beyoncé and Jay Z are receiving marriage counseling via Skype during their "On the Run" tour, which comes to AT&T Park next month. ... A woman who claimed Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst raped her in 2002 has recanted and apologized to the singer.
Actor Scott Foley ("Scandal") is 42. ... Actress Brigitte Nielsen ("Red Sonja") is 51. ... Actor-director Forest Whitaker ("Last King of Scotland") is 53. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 68. ... Actor Jan-Michael Vincent ("Airwolf") is 70. ... Singer Millie Jackson is 70.