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Furries -- members of the strange but strangely endearing "furry fandom" -- gathered in Denver over the weekend for one of the dozens of furry conventions that take place throughout the world each year, at which furries get together in their animal costumes and do stuff. Among other activities over the weekend, the furries had a parade. These are pictures of that parade. I suspect they don't quite capture the weirdness of the scene downtown on Saturday, but judge for yourself after the jump. Photos by the aptly named Anthony Camera.

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A pair of nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines has been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States in recent days, a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies about a more assertive stance by the Russian military. The episode has echoes of the cold war era, when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly parked submarines off each other’s coasts to steal military secrets, track the movements of their underwater fleets — and be poised for war. But the collapse of the Soviet Union all but eliminated the ability of the Russian Navy to operate far from home ports, making the current submarine patrols thousands of miles from Russia more surprising for military officials and defense policy experts. “I don’t think they’ve put two first-line nuclear subs off the U.S. coast in about 15 years,” said Norman Polmar, a naval historian and submarine warfare expert. The submarines are of the Akula class, a counterpart to t

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“When the crown remained closed, it might have suggested that those ideals were also closed,” says Erica Doss, a professor of American studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and the author of a forthcoming book on post-9/11 memorializing.

“To have her reopen suggests those ideals are being reopened or are being made more operational today,” Professor Doss says.

Yet the festiveness of the crowd, evident in Saturday’s parade of spongy, lime-green crowns, make it hard to believe that the crown nearly was not opened at all. Fire safety concerns about the 123-year-old narrow stairwell, lack of funding for improvements, and a 2004 National Parks Service report that only one-third of Lady Liberty’s estimated 3 million annual visitors braved the ascent induced a kind of apathy about reopening the crown.

Crown lobbyists, including Rep. Anthony Wiener (D) of New York, found a compromise. Only 10 visitors will be allowed to climb at a