This year’s National Beard and Moustache Championships took place here in New Orleans at the House of Blues. Contestants competed in numerous categories of facial hair arrangement, ranging from natural moustaches to creatively styled full beards. Each category has its own set of specific criteria. Beard Team USA organized the event, and judges included local figures such as Nola.com | The Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash and barber Aidan Gill.
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Brazil's Traffic Is A Circus, So Send In The Clowns — Uncle Honk and Fom Fom are traffic clowns, or palhacos, hired by the city of Olinda to make the roads a bit safer. They lean into traffic, making exaggerated gestures, like the sweep of the arm to mimic fastening a seat belt, and a mimed reminder to never drink and drive.
No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.
Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.
Six African Black-footed Penguins born earlier this year have just joined the adults, full-time, in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas' display. Darwin Long, senior aviculturist at the Aquarium, says the juveniles have shed their down, grown their water-proof plumage, and are ready to swim with the grown-ups.
“They’re going to get in little fights here and there, nothing serious. But it’s mainly: 'Hey, this is who’s who. This is where to go and where not to go.' You can see how they kind of hang out together. This is kind of like the adolescent shore over here.”
A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that a teenage girl who texted a friend just a few minutes before he crashed his truck into two motorcyclists cannot be held liable in a civil suit for their injuries.
However, two members of the three-member judge panel also wrote in their decision that “a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”
It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whomMorning Editionhost Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.