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No Verdict in Sex Fetish Case

Via WHPTV News 21:
A jury could not reach a verdict in the trial of an ex-senate aide accused of trying to arrange sex with a 15-year-old boy using the internet.

This case involves what many would consider a very unusual fetish.

This Carlisle man testified in court that he was into role playing that involved a lifestyle known as a “furry.” A “furry” is someone who takes on a role of an animal to play out fantasies.

Seen here with the glasses on, Alan Berlin walked out of Dauphin County Court without wanting to speak.

His trial lasted a day and a half and this afternoon a jury told the judge that they wouldn’t be able to reach a verdict
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full report at WHPTV News 21:

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Kijani Lion

Bio:

treehideavvysquareHi there, I’m Kijani, and I’ve been working in news media since I graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Washington several years ago. Ever since I’ve been in the fandom I’ve been striving to positively present us in the public eye as much as possible through articles such as the one I wrote on Anthropaws and fursuiting outings in public at various local community events, brightening the lives of children and families in attendance.
In fact, I am most proud of my video series called “Fursuiting: For the Kids, and the Kids in all of us” which recently put out its second edition (link below) in December of 2010. Here, I piece together footage from our outings of our fursuiting group interacting with kids and bringing smiles and laughter to their faces. The videos combined have had over 10,000 views and I have received many compliments in support of my work.
I’m very excited for this opportunity to be a part of the FNN and I think it’s a great service to the fandom! I attend AC, FC and Rainfurrest every year and recently co-hosted my first panel at RF concerning fursuiting outside the fandom.
Kijani

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Mistrial after jury deadlock in Alan T. Panda case

Author: Higgs Raccoon

The trial of Alan Berlin, known in the furry fandom as Alan T. Panda, has begun. Berlin, a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was arrested on May 28, 2009, on accusations that he had propositioned a fifteen-year-old boy over the internet. His arrest came after the boy’s parents found sexually explicit messages on his computer and they contacted the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit.

Amongst furries, Berlin presented himself as a “daddyfur and caretaker” who was “looking for a babyfur to be (his) mate and companion in a long-term committed relationship.” When Berlin’s home was searched, wolf and cat-like costumes were found, and it was alleged that Berlin discussed dressing up in animal costumes and engaging in sex.

Update (14 Apr): The jury failed to reach a verdict. A new trial is set for May.

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KnotCast: Episode 135 – Fandom Is Weird

Author: KnotCast@foxstuffers.com
This week on KnotCast, its all out FANDOM WAR! Or.. well, not. We get feedback on this weeks topic, a few off topic emails, and end the show on a horrifying (to Savrin) note.

It’s magical. 😀

This weeks song is “Crimson Twilight” by the OCRemixer Dr. Manhattan .. It’s Castlevania, not ponies!

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Use our coupon code ‘knot’ at AdamEve.com for a great deal!

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Episode 135 – Fandom Is Weird (AAC; 24.8 MB)
Episode 135 – Fandom Is Weird (MP3; 58.7 MB)

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The contents of this Podcast may have adult language and adult themes. The content is not produced by Furry News Network, but is posted for your convenience.

Reader's Digest Names Purple Cow as Most Lovable Mascot

In the Furry Fandom, we have the Fandom Favorite Fursuit Fracus – in the real world, Reader’s Digest determines via poll, who is the most beloved mascot. As a reminder, the Fursuit Fracus nominations close Friday, April 15 (tomorrow!!)

Purple Cow

Via WBUR & NPR

A Massachusetts school is home to the most “lovable” mascot in college sports. That’s according to The Reader’s Digest this week. But the poll overlooks hundreds of unfairly slighted college creatures, real and imagined.

The apparently indefatigable Dick Quinn, director of sports information at Williams College, is gloating this week, since the Williams mascot, Purple Cow, is the nation’s most lovable college mascot.

According to Reader’s Digest, Purple Cow edged out the University of North Carolina’s Fighting Pickle, the Blue Blob of Xavier University, and Peter the Anteater, which says “Zot!” while representing the University of California at Irvine.

Sycamore Sam

What of “Baby Owl,” the second mascot of Temple University? “Baby Owl” was specifically created to be more “child friendly” than “Owl,” which is neither a baby, nor, one assumes, especially friendly.

And what about Artie the Fighting Artichoke of Scottsdale Community College? Did Artie fail to get consideration because he represents a community college rather than a hotshot, big deal kind of place like Williams or UNC?

Listen to the complete article here:
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Anthropaws brings 'furry' characters to life

Doug Brathovde, owner of Anthropaws, a local costume-making business, puts the finishing touches on Nahia, a hyena character commissioned for a client. Anthropaws offers full costume building and repair services for individuals or organizations wanting their own mascot character. Photo Credit: Chad Coleman, Redmond Reporter

By: Tim “Kijani” Watanabe

For Redmond’s Doug Brathovde, it all began in 2004 after watching “The Lion King on Broadway” stage production.

Although none of the costumes in the show contained the faux fur he works with today, Brathovde realized how creative, and fun, building costumes could be as a hobby.

“I thought it was a really fun deal and saw everyone was enjoying it, so I started building my own,” he recalled.

After serving five years in the Marines, which included a tour of duty in Afghanistan as an aircraft mechanic, and a short stint at Boeing working on the new 787 Dreamliner, Brathovde continued building costumes on the side, and late in 2009, started up his own home-based business, Anthropaws, Inc.

The unique company name comes from the word “anthropomorphics,” which relates to bringing human characteristics to something that is non-human, like an animal. Cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse are an example, and many fans of anthropomorphics, also known as “furries,” create their own characters and have them commissioned into a full costume, called a “fursuit,” that resemble sports mascots with a personal touch.

“The community itself is very broad,” Brathovde noted. “You have your fans of cartoon (animals), musicians, artists… and the costuming part is just another way to express yourself that you can’t do normally.”

Brathovde estimates that 90 percent of his business comes from the furry community, but Anthropaws also offers many other services.

“The rest comes from organizations interested in mascots, or (performance) catering,” he said. “I also service existing mascots or fursuits, general repairs, sizing, anything and everything.”

 

CREATING A CRITTER

According to Brathovde, the most challenging part of his job is not the actual hands-on work, but the conceptual creation that must go on before he even plugs in his sewing machine.

“The most difficult part is coming up with a character design from someone’s description, taking that and turning it around into a three-dimensional form,” he said. “That’s the most challenging part, and in turn, one of the most fun parts.”

Brathovde has at least 20 different colors of faux fur in his workshop, all different styles and lengths, and will special-order to meet any customer’s needs.

He has made eight full suits so far – a hyena, german shepherd, two lions, two huskies, a badger and a raccoon – and Brathovde says his goal is to try and look for ways to improve his craft, to make each costume he builds a little better than the last.

“I’ve been doing a lot with moving jaws, whenever the wearer opens their jaw, the character’s jaw works as well,” he explained. “I’m also working with a style of eyes that wherever you look at the costume from, the character’s eyes are also looking at you… I’m always trying new things.”

And once a costume is ordered, how long does it take to build from head to paw?

“It’s totally dependent on the complexity of the costume,” Brathovde said. “If it’s really fancy it usually takes somewhere in the nature of 3-4 months, but more basic stuff is real quick. I also do partials, which is just a head, paws and a tail, and those come a lot faster.”

While other costume builders often charge at least $1,000 for a custom mascot character and sometimes much more, Anthropaws currently offers full suits starting at just $500, going up based on complexity.

“I started it on my own so that I could make a little money doing what I love doing,” Brathovde said. “I cater to the anthropomorphic community, and also to anyone that wants something for Halloween or to wear to parties, anyone that wants a costume of some sort.”

 

A REWARDING EXPERIENCE

Though building mascots and fursuits often means many long nights of grueling work, Brathovde admits that it is all worthwhile after the customer sees the finished product.

“The most enjoyable thing is once they get their costume and can go out and be their character, and just enjoy the time they have with it,” he said. “They can totally express themselves in a form they can’t do any other way.”

Brathovde also cherishes every opportunity he gets to go out in one of his own costumes and perform, bringing smiles to the faces of children and families, brightening their day. Brathovde and his crew of costume performers attended Issaquah’s popular Salmon Days festival last year, and also made an appearance at the Redmond Saturday Market in May at Redmond Town Center.

“That’s one of the most fun things about building costumes, that you can take them out and people don’t worry about who you are, they just see the character and that’s what they look at,” he explained. “The reaction from people is just outstanding. Everywhere you go, people are like, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t believe this!’ They all want pictures. It’s awesome, a really rewarding experience.”

Having moved to Redmond from Bothell about one year ago, Brathovde is also looking to get involved locally with community and charity organizations in his new, unique line of work.

“I am always open for commissions, and open for performing,” he said. “If it’s a matter of doing a party or coming to a charity event, I’d definitely be there and I can usually round up a bunch of other costumers who’d be interested as well.”

 

To see more photos of Brathovde’s costumes and home workshop, check out staff photographer Chad Coleman’s blog, Focus Northwest.

 

For more information about Anthropaws or to contact Brathovde about a commission, e-mail ithabise@anthropaws.com, call (425) 381-9657, or visit www.anthropaws.com

 

U.S. Congress Removes Wolves from Endangered Species List — A Legislative First

By Jerry James Stone @ Treehugger

Congress, for the first time ever, has removed an animal from the Endangered Species List. Unfortunately, for the northern Rocky Mountain grey wolf, it was caught in the crossfire (soon to be literally!) of last Friday’sFederal Budget compromise and is no longer considered endangered.

“The Environmental Protection Agency was cut by $1.6 billion, a 16-percent reduction, and lawmakers from Western states were able to include a rider allowing states to de-list wolves from the endangered species list,” explains Brian Merchant, about Friday’s decision. The rider puts the management of grey wolves in the hands of both Montana and Idaho. Though, just last week a, federal judge bucked this idea because he felt it would actually increase commercial wolf hunts within those states.

Whats’ really obscene to me is that Congress has actually set this precedent. Okay, it’s not really the first time. Congress did inadvertently delist an endangered Tennessee fish called the snail darter by approving a dam originally slated to protect the fish. But the difference being that Congress was not overturning scientific findings, it was a legislative loophole.

Read the rest of the article at Treehugger

Thanks to @Tsuka_Bull from Furshoot.com for the tip

Red foxes force shrinkage of arctic fox territory

Author: Rakuen Growlithe

Arctic fox in Svalbard, Norway

In the Arctic there has been a change in the distribution of both red and arctic foxes. Red foxes have expanded their territory to the North as the climate has warmed, at the expense of arctic foxes.

Due to a lack of observations of interactions between the two fox species, biologists have been unsure whether the loss of arctic fox territory was due to direct competition, or if they were indirectly competing for the same food. Rodnikova et al have now reported observing a red fox intruding upon a arctic fox den in 2007.

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Trial begins for Alan T. Panda

Author: Higgs Raccoon

The trial of Alan Berlin, known in the furry fandom as Alan T. Panda, has begun. Berlin, a resident of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was arrested on May 28, 2009, on accusations that he had propositioned a fifteen-year-old boy over the internet. His arrest came after the boy’s parents found sexually explicit messages on his computer and they contacted the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit.

Amongst furries, Berlin presented himself as a “daddyfur and caretaker” who was “looking for a babyfur to be (his) mate and companion in a long-term committed relationship.” When Berlin’s home was searched, wolf and cat-like costumes were found, and it was alleged that Berlin discussed dressing up in animal costumes and engaging in sex.

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Find the full article here: flayrah – furry food for thought

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Furry Interview in "Natt og Dag", not a good impression.

Author: AshMCairo
""Natt and Dag" is a free, paid-by-ads newspaper in Norway, distributed in stores and pubs and stuff. It is in the "sensationalist!" segment. They did, of course, not go public to furries about wanting to interview us, but found two furs who felt they could represent the entire fandom.

It goes as it must go. The front page has the somewhat loosely translated title "AniMal placed love – Furries & Bestiality " (where the first word was a combo of malplaced (misplaced) and animal…).

It has created great disturbance in the furce in Norway."
Download the complete translated article here: NATTandDAG

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