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Rocky Mountain Fur Con scratched in Denver over fears of violence

Fear that members of the local furry community could turn savage led organizers of Rocky Mountain Fur Con, typically attended by people dressed in plush animal costumes, to cancel the annual event.

A group called “Furry Raiders” adopted a symbol that consisted of a black paw on a red background. The image reminded other furries — people who dress as fictional animal characters with human personalities — of the Nazi swastika and their objections started the fur flying, convention chairman Zachary Brooks said.

Salt keeps icy roads safe. It’s also putting North America’s freshwater lakes at risk.

By Ben Guarino, The Washington Post

In the 1940s, Americans found a new way to love salt. Not simply for sprinkling on food – we’d acquired a taste for the mineral long before that – but for spreading on roads and sidewalks. Salt became a go-to method to de-ice frozen pavement.

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