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November 28, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
As the facial-hair-focused month of Movember draws to a close, we thought we'd revisit some of the beard- and mustache-themed merchandise that's come to our attention, including bacon-scented shaving cream, a stainless steel, mustache-shaped bottle opener and a book cataloging the cultural history of the 'stache. The most recent to cross our desk is J&D's Foods' Bacon Shaving Cream, touted as "the highest quality meat-scented shaving cream on the market today. " Justin Esch, a co-founder and "bacontrepreneur" at Seattle-based J&D's (the company, which launched in 2007, is responsible for a slew of bacon-flavored products such as Baconnaise and a bacon-flavored popcorn called BaconPOP)
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SPORTS
November 26, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders Megan M. and Crystal Ann went above and beyond the call of duty Sunday to back their team. They shaved their heads in support of Colts Coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this season. Megan M. said two weeks ago that she would shave her head if Blue, the team mascot, could raise $10,000 for the Colts' "ChuckStrong" charity. Crystal Ann later said she would join her. Well, Blue raised $22,670 and Sunday, between the third and fourth quarter of the Colts' 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis, their hair came off. Well done, ladies.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
BEAUMONT, Texas -- An Army appeals court in Virginia ruled Thursday that a judge is entitled to order Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused in a 2009 shooting rampage at Ft. Hood in Texas, to appear clean shaven at his upcoming court-martial. The decision came the same day victims of the attack released a video calling for it to be deemed an act of terrorism, and for victims to be accorded greater recognition and benefits. Hasan, 42, is an American-born Muslim who shaved during his time in the Army but began growing a beard in jail . He has said he believes he is close to death , and that shaving now would be a sin. Military prosecutors say Hasan grew the beard to make it more difficult for witnesses to identify him at trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Lady Gaga has paid tribute to her friend and frequent collaborator Terry Richardson in light of his mother's recent death. Richardson, a photographer who captures Gaga behind the scenes so often that the pair released a coffee table book of candid images, announced Tuesday that his mother, Annie Lomax, had passed away. Gaga showed support using a favorite medium: her hair. "I did it for u Terry," Gaga wrote in a post to LittleMonsters.com, including a photo, above, of her head shaved in the back to resemble Richardson's hairline.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Are Chipotle and Forever 21 — which have been accused in recent days of fleecing their patrons out of pennies — money-grubbing Scrooges or high-volume companies focused on efficiency? After Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. was accused of rounding bills to the nearest 5-cent amount, the restaurant chain said the tactic was a time-saving measure used in especially busy stores. Because totals were adjusted both up and down, the company said, it wasn't making a profit off the practice. But late last month, a class-action complaint was filed against Chipotle in federal court in California alleging that the chain "routinely overcharged" its customers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
In what's becoming known as one of the sweetest acts of friendship to set the blogosphere abuzz, "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler shaved her head in support of her best friend, Summer Holt Miller, who had a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. On Wednesday the women cut off their locks for the world to see on "Good Morning America," and since then Twitter has been filled with support for Miller. The same day, a touched Pickler tweeted, "I cannot thank everyone enough for all the love and support you've given Summer.
NATIONAL
September 6, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Kellie Pickler shaved her head this week in a sign of solidarity with a close childhood friend facing cancer, and to raise awareness about early prevention of the disease. But the country singer might not know how many other cancer patients were moved by her gesture. Cancer patients endure a particular kind of hell when they lose their hair, said Nancy Lumb of Chevy Chase, Md. For many -- especially women -- it's the single hardest part of their battle. Lumb should know. She never cried when she was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She stayed strong when she had to tell her husband, her friends and her family about the diagnosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
San Bernardino city officials Tuesday night were weighing a dramatic austerity plan for the insolvent city that would close libraries, slash jobs and contract out some services to the private sector. The plan would shave $22.4 million off the city's $45.8-million general fund budget deficit - equal to about 30% of the general fund budget. The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection last month, making it the third California city to do so this summer. Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller told the council the city had no choice but to make deep cuts.
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