Furries are back! Anthrocon is underway in Pittsburgh

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:13 AM

Anthrocon returns to Pittsburgh for 11th year

Anthrocon, also known as the world's largest furry convention, is officially underway in downtown Pittsburgh.

The convention takes place through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It's the eleventh consecutive year the convention has been held in Pittsburgh.

This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenty," as Anthrocon is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.

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Furries are people who celebrate anthropomorphism which, simply put, means people who like to celebrate the human traits that can be found in animals or animal characters, like Bugs Bunny.

About 1,500 of the 6,500 people expected to attend the convention dress up in full-body suits that make them appear to be animal characters.

These "fursuiters" will take part in the Fursuit Walk on Saturday at 2 p.m. It's a parade around the convention center. People are invited to watch along Tenth Street, next to the waterfall feature.

According to VisitPITTSBURGH, Anthrocon will contribute to $6.3 million in direct spending for our region.

"We are always pleased to host Anthrocon's annual convention," said Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.

Anthrocon has raised more than $240,000 for animal-related charities in Pennsylvania. This year it has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as the charity it will support.

The convention started in Albany, New York.

Woman says neighborhood church bells too loud

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

Woman Complains New Church Bells Too Loud

The bells from a church in New Mexico are anything but heavenly-sounding to one disgruntled neighbor.

Bernadette Hall-Cuaron told KOB that she's lived near Our Lady of Guadalupe church for years with no issues, but a couple of months ago, the church switched to an electronic bell system. 

The switch means that the bells sound several times per day, and each occasion can include 20-25 bell rings, according to Hall-Cuaron. The electronic bell system also plays songs like "Amazing Grace."

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Hall-Cuaron told KOB that the bells are so loud they wake her up, and make it difficult to work from home. She wishes church leadership would have consulted with residents in the area before installing the new bell system. She also said that she's complained directly to church officials, but she is not satisfied with their response.

The church's pastor told KOB that he's lowered the volume and is starting the bells at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. in response to Hall-Cuaron's complaints. 

While Hall-Cuaraon said the bells are annoying enough to deter people from going to church, the pastor told KOB that he's heard from neighbors who appreciate the bells.

Raccoon triggers transformer explosion, major power outage

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:34 PM

A file image of a raccoon.
Pixabay
A file image of a raccoon.(Pixabay)

A town in New Mexico was left in the dark Wednesday night after a raccoon met a fiery fate with a power station transformer.

Those who live near the facility in Rio Rancho told KOB they saw, heard and felt the transformer explosion. Residents reported seeing flames, sparks and a blinding light, along with feeling their houses shaking.
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Approximately 9,600 customers lost power, the Public Service Company of New Mexico told KOB.

A PNM spokesperson told KOB the utility will evaluate whether it needs to add extra protection to the fenced area around the power station to prevent a recurrence of wildlife interference with equipment.

Owl turns routine oil change into real hoot

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.
Salem NH Police Department
An owl was found on a car engine during an oil change in New Hampshire.(Salem NH Police Department)

A mechanic in New Hampshire attempting to perform an oil change Friday found a surprise guest on the car's engine.

An Eastern Screech owl was discovered on the engine, according to a Facebook post by the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department. 
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Police said the owl was friendly and easy to handle, but did appear to be a bit lethargic. While the car owner told police they had no idea how the bird got in the car, it's believed the owl sought the car's engine for warmth, or perhaps while chasing a mouse.

The owl, which police named Shazam, was taken to On the Wing, a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Ad selling 'used coffin' was joke, not everyone amused

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

A file image of an open casket.
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A file image of an open casket.(Jenny Erickson/Freeimages)

An advertisement for a "slightly used coffin" raised eyebrows and the ire of some people.

The ad, posted Monday on a Facebook buy, sell and trade page, offered a "Slightly used coffin, only used once." The seller was asking $50 for the casket. A photo of a coffin with a discolored interior accompanied the ad. 

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The person who posted the ad told KRQE that it was just a joke to generate humorous comments. 

The ad did succeed in generating comments, such as, "That's a screaming deal," and "We have to URN your trust first," KRQE reported. 

But other people told KRQE they didn't find the ad to be funny and said it was in poor taste.

KRQE reported that in New Mexico, it's not illegal to sell a used coffin, as long as the buyer is informed of its prior usage.