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December 31, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philly rapper Freeway has invested in a product close to his roots, literally. The 36-year-old rapper has debuted his contribution to manscaping with the release of his All Natural Best Beard cream. Packaged in silver tins, the handcrafted creams come in an assortment of scents, from sweet blueberry to the limited-edition holiday spice that smells like nutmeg. As of late, men have been saying so long to the chin strap, the goatee, and the soul patch as more have been growing full-on thick beards of glory.
SPORTS
January 6, 2009
Are you growing an Eagles playoff beard along with Andy Reid and his players? If so, we'd like to see it. You can show your Eagles spirit by e-mailing a photo of your beard to . Please send photos in .jpeg format. We'll post your picture on our Web site, philly.com, where you can see how your playoff beard compares with others'.
NEWS
July 26, 2012 | Associated Press
FORT HOOD, Texas - An Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood will be forcibly shaved if he doesn't remove his beard himself, a judge said Wednesday. Maj. Nidal Hasan appeared in court Wednesday sporting a beard as he did during a court appearance last month. The beard violates Army regulations, but Hasan said it is an expression of his Muslim faith. The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, held Hasan in contempt of court for keeping the beard and fined him $1,000.
SPORTS
May 31, 2001 | By Janet Paskin INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Cherry Hill East Cougars were on a winning streak, and it showed all over first-singles player Michael Nagelberg's face. Inspired by Australian player Patrick Rafter, Nagelberg turned up to the state Group 4 tournament sporting a healthy beard. He stopped shaving when he realized the team was on a winning streak, he said. Though Nagelberg lost a match ? his first loss of the season ? on May 19 to Van Homer Pangilinan at the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships at Vineland, he decided to keep the facial hair growing until the team lost.
NEWS
October 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Fuoco, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
Ohio authorities have charged three men with cutting off an Amish man's beard - an act degrading to the Amish - and promise more arrests in that case and three others, all said to involve members of a group of former Amish who have split from the main community. Two of the three men are sons of Sam Mullet, 66, who heads the breakaway group that lives in a compound with houses, barns, outbuildings, and a schoolhouse in a valley near the Ohio River in Bergholz, Jefferson County.
NEWS
November 24, 1988 | By Bernice Z. Heron, Special to The Inquirer
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" warns, "You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry" during the holiday season, but the famous line has never really applied because everyone knows Santa is a pushover and will come through with something, no matter what. Old St. Nick is that wondrous being who mysteriously reads wishes in children's minds, lovingly forgives their shortcomings, and makes each one feel special. But the people who carry on the tradition and gently encourage unwavering faith in Santa are ordinary folk.
NEWS
April 7, 1994 | By Galina Espinoza, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
From the presence of television cameras and the whooping sounds that trailed through the air, a passerby would have thought it was Arsenio Hall who had just strolled into the all-purpose room at Clara Barton Elementary School. But the man in the natty gray suit and wire-rimmed glasses was no celebrity. He was principal Phillip Reed. And Reed was not going to deliver a monologue or jam with a band. He was going to do something much more exciting, something that would really earn the adulation of the 500-plus members of the student body who had come to see him. He was going to shave off his beard.
NEWS
August 15, 2001 | By Sam Anderson
In normal times, I might have been just another smooth-cheeked man who, through a lapse of judgment, grew a horrid experimental beard. But these are far from normal times. By pure chance, my heinous crime of facial aesthetics sprouted in coincidence with an equally horrid beard - on the cheeks of Al Gore. By now, everyone has seen Gore's mangy little fuzz of a beard. The scruff, or at least those parts of it dense enough to show up on camera, has been paraded through newspapers and broadcast on television.
NEWS
August 12, 2003 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you come across a Philadelphia police officer with a beard, don't worry. He may be the real thing. Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson yesterday changed the department's decades-old clean-shaven rule, allowing the force's more than 7,000 officers to sport facial hair under limited conditions. From now on, officers may sport full beards - for religious or medical reasons - as long as the beards are short and neatly trimmed. Neatly trimmed mustaches have always been allowed, but yesterday's order does away with a rule that had been in effect since at least the 1920s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
SOMETIMES the line between hero and zero is razor-thin. Or so it seems on television, where unshaven sidekicks - popularly known as Bearded Best Friends - have lately become a must-have accessory for sitcom leading men. For this we can probably blame Zach Galifianakis, whose characters in "The Hangover" and HBO's "Bored to Death" blazed a trail for his hairy brethren. In some ways, it's just a replay of the old Rhoda-Mary dynamic, where "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" had Valerie Harper playing a character who was presented as funnier but just enough less attractive than her best friend, Mary, to make it clear whose name was on the show.
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NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When founder and CEO Maria Mavromatis says the Hercules Beard Co. "is all me," she's being modest. The Cherry Hill resident, 42, designs, makes, markets, distributes, and hand-sells a line of nine men's grooming products - while holding down a full-time job in advertising. Did I mention that Mavromatis also created the handsome Hercules logo [herculesbeardco.com], as well as the packaging and promotional materials for her brand? "I'm a self-starter," she explains. "I go and I do it. I worked on Hercules for two years before I launched in September 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention's Host Committee , attended an early-morning news conference and several afternoon meetings one recent Thursday, dressed in what might be considered boring, conservative blah: a blue blazer, gray slacks, and brown, spit-shined shoes. But the dandiness - for which Washo is becoming known around town - is in the details. His navy blazer is tailored, not the uber-stylish shrunken look. The slim-fit trousers were plaid, flat-fronted, and with a watch pocket.
NEWS
May 27, 2016
IN THIS WEEK'S column, we ponder the greatest mystery in beer: Why do so many brewers wear beards? (I mean male brewers, naturally, not female, which perhaps is a column for another day.) I've been noticing this for the last couple years, but it came into full light at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this month. You couldn't walk three steps without encountering a fur-face. Now, just so we're all on the same page, I'm not talking about perfectly groomed Bradley Cooper starlet-magnet stubble.
FOOD
May 5, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat:   Craig LaBan: The results of the James Beard Awards, the self-styled "Oscars" of the food industry, are getting to be a familiar sad story. Lots of Philly chefs get finalist nominations, but none come home with hardware from that national stage. I, for one, don't put too much stock in the real significance of those accolades. We know Philly has one of America's great culinary scenes - because we're the ones eating here every day. A restaurateur like Stephen Starr and chefs like Eli Kulp, Rich Landau, Greg Vernick, Alex Bois, and Michael Solomonov absolutely belong on that stage.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The scraggly West Philadelphia beard and its scruffy hipster cousin have some well-groomed competition. The trendlet Full and impeccably cared for beards growing on faces that never fancied facial hair. That means the smooth baby face - once the signature of the conservative corporate gent - has more or less gone the way of pleated, baggy khakis. Where does it come from? Beards were standard facial fare until the 18th century, when razors became widely available. Beards came back in style in the 1800s, but when men traded field labor for office and manufacturing work at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, they fell out of favor again.
NEWS
January 3, 2016
A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard Liveright. 535 pp. $35 Reviewed by Michael D. Schaffer Mary Beard begins her fine history of ancient Rome in medias res, in the middle of things, more than six centuries after the appearance of the little town on the Tiber that would grow into a world power. Beard, a professor of classics at Cambridge University, has her reasons for coming in halfway through the show. As the real origins of Rome are lost in the mists of myth (forget that she-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2015 | Sally Friedman, The Inquirer, pinegander@aol.com
The summer was to be a pivotal one in the life of Ben Levit. He was going to spend an internship in Israel that would give him the hands-on medical experience he wanted to someday be a trauma surgeon. The irony: The strapping and strong University of Pittsburgh student got to ride with an Israeli ambulance squad - as a patient. On June 18, Levit was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt's lymphoma, an especially fast-growing form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma most commonly found in male adolescents.
SPORTS
August 7, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SOME NATIONALS fans might not have liked the Jayson Werth giveaway item they got at the ballpark last night. But if they give it some time, it'll grow on them. Growing, after all, is what Chia Pets do best. Last night's promotion, given to the first 20,000 to attend the game against the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park, was a Chia Pet likeness of Werth that grows a full, grassy beard. It ought to look great next to previous Werth giveaway items, including last year's garden gnome.
NEWS
July 5, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
The endearing, talented, always-a-pleasure Bearded Ladies have concocted a new show, Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoedown . In it, they ask this question: If plants had voices, what would they sing? This outdoor production, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Gardens, is in the heart of South Philly, across Ninth Street from Pat's Steaks. The BLs perform on a makeshift stage with the crumbling mural faces of Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, and Frankie Avalon looking down upon them.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ONE THING Michael Vessels can't get out of his mind, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday, is the face of the gunman who stood over him, shot him execution-style, and told him, "You won't talk no more. " Vessels, a minister who witnessed a crime on the North Philly block where he lived, was shot five times on Sept. 26, 2011, so he wouldn't testify in court, Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhoads said in his closing argument at the trial of Shaheed Williams, 23, and Aki Jones, 39. Williams, nicknamed "Pizza," is accused of shooting Vessels.
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