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Mich. police ‘pawfficer’ gets name, rank on force

TROY, Mich.

A suburban Detroit police department has created a new rank of “pawfficer” for the cat that has joined the force.

The Troy police department announced May 1 the kitty will be named Badges. That was the winning name from a Twitter poll, narrowly beating out Donut.

The department added the cat to its ranks last month after auditioning five felines from the Michigan Humane Society.

Badges will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances. A Troy officer who has two cats at home is getting a new four-legged partner.

Sgt. Meghan Lehman says the department is receiving gifts in the mail for the cat every day, including two boxes of cat toys and supplies.

Philly Naked Bike Ride to feature body-painting exhibition in September

PHILADELPHIA

The City of Brotherly Love apparently loves getting naked.

The annual ride of naked bicyclists through Philadelphia’s streets has been so popular organizers are teaming up with the artist behind New York City’s Bodypainting Day to launch another body-painting event.

Philly Bodypainting Day will debut Sept. 8, the day of the 10th Philly Naked Bike Ride.

Nude public body painting will take place before the bike ride starts.

The ride protests dependence on fossil fuels, advocates for bike safety and promotes positive body image. About 3,000 cyclists and artists from around the country are expected.

Philly Bodypainting Day is being presented by Bodypaint.Me and Human Connection Arts, a nonprofit organization that promotes artistic expression and body acceptance through events such as NYC Bodypainting Day.

Bodypaint.Me artist Matt Deifer says he’s excited “to showcase all of this art.”

Associated Press

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