THINGS WE DON'T UNDERSTAND
An Ohio District Court of Appeals says it's OK to bark at a police dog -- as long as you are far enough away.
The Athens News says the case involves a Zanesville man, 22-year-old Jeremy Gilchrist, who was arrested for "taunting" a police dog.
Gilchrist was walking with friends when they saw "Pepsie" was shut in a police cruiser and barking. Gilchrist began barking back at the dog, causing it to become frenzied, jump around in the car and slam itself against the windows, the paper reports.
A lower court ruled, and the appeals court agreed, enforcing the law, which makes it illegal to "taunt, torment or strike a police dog or horse" violated Gilchrist's right to free speech. The court said Gilchrist was across the street, never had physical contact with the dog and was not warned to stop barking before police arrested him.
NEWS OF OTHER LIFE FORMS
Could it be jealous pups digging up the dirt on their rival?
The Times reports scandal is brewing in London over whether Danny -- a Pekinese whose pretty boy face beat off 22,000 rivals to be Best of Show at Crufts earlier this month -- is the benefactor of a little nip and tuck around the whiskers.
Danny's alleged face lift is now the subject of a Kennel Club inquiry and he could lose his title, the Times writes.
Danny's owners deny the allegations and blame jealous rivals. They do say they did not tell the judges the dog had throat surgery last summer because it didn't change the dog's appearance -- which the Kennel Club noted might have been a judgment for its own officials to make.
TODAY'S SIGN THE WORLD IS ENDING
Talk about a fitness program getting you whipped into shape -- literally.
The Miami Herald says a poker-faced dominatrix wearing thigh-high leather platform boots and carrying a whip presided over the Crunch Fitness Whipped class -- the ultimate spectator sport this past weekend at the annual Miami Beach Fitness Festival.
Her sidekick, Miss Kitty, the legendary 89-year-old South Beach Party Princess, dressed in gold pants and Jackie-O sunglasses, whipped the behinds of aerobicisers who were taking orders from an S&M fitness instructor.
Donna Cyrus, Crunch's national group fitness director, told the paper: "When you know someone is going to hit you with a whip if you don't keep up, you exercise a little faster."
AND FINALLY, TODAY'S UPLIFTING STORY
Bobbie Beckwith is an 84-year-old Indianapolis powerhouse who is not afraid to get involved.
The Indianapolis Star says she saw a couple fighting. When the man started hitting the woman, she told him to stop. The man was unimpressed and asked, "Who are you, lady?"
Beckwith, a retired kindergarten teacher who volunteers as a Bible teacher at the Marion County Jail, pulled out her Marion County Sheriff's Department parking pass and pointed to it, saying "I'm from the Sheriff's Department. You let her go." The man backed down.
"Bobbie is sort of what God intended people to be," Jane Ann Lemen, a retired assistant jail chaplain who worked with her in the jail ministry, told the paper. "She's just a person who loves other people. It doesn't matter if they're the governor or the street sweeper."
The city has said thanks many times. She's won more than 40 community awards.