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Let It Grow: 11 Burning Questions for New Jersey’s Jeff Langum, the Man Behind the World’s Best Beard
Jeff Langum officially has the best beard in the world, and all other beards cower in its presence. The 39-year-old Voorhees, New Jersey native took home the top prize at the World Beard & Moustache Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, over the weekend — following a Nationals victory last week — counting himself among nine Americans this year who took home hardware in 23 categories.
Competition this year was stiff, with Langum going up against the beard world’s prizefighters in the Full Beard Natural Category—the most contentious of all styles at virtually every beard competition. Despite still being relatively new to competition, Langum took the gold, and with it the glory that comes with having the World’s Greatest Beard.
Following his win, I spoke with our hero about how he’s feeling as the champ, what his win means for the Philly area, and what’s next for the man with the best beard in all the land. Through all that, one thing is abundantly clear: this is only the beginning for Jeff Langum.
It should come as no surprise that police departments monitor social media. After all, as a speaker revealed during a panel at last week’s International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, roughly 96 percent of law enforcement agencies utilize social media, and more than 86 percent for “investigative purposes.”
At least, that’s according to Kenneth Lipp, the Philadelphia-based investigative journalist at the center of what Chicago Police Department Lt. Steven Sesso calls a “headache.”
Philly NORML co-chair Chris Goldstein very well may be going to jail in the new year, and, to him, it’s all over an act of expression falling under the First Amendment. That is, if you consider smoking a joint at the Liberty Bell freedom of speech.
“I’m being prosecuted for an expressive act — smoking a joint,” he says. “But it’s not simply about the act of smoking, so at that point it becomes a First Amendment issue. There are better places to get high than Independence National Park.”
Philadelphia, for better or worse, is a city of beards. So much so that we, in fact, have our own “Philly beard,” based on the Sunnah beard, a traditional Muslim men’s facial hair style. From regular dude to sports star, and even right up to the guy in charge, Philly guys aren’t scared to let their chin whiskers out—and, at least here, facial hair ain’t just for hipsters anymore. Beards are in. Read more »
Philadelphia has conquered Project Runway once more, this time with 24-year-old Dom Streater of the Moore College of Art & Design taking the winner’s spot for the show’s 12th season. Philly’s last winning contestant was Jay McCarroll, who took the top prize back in the show’s first season.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center will play host tomorrow to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (aka IACP 2013), slipping in quietly amidst the debut of the Philly cops’ new spokescanine. But where there’s police chiefs, there’s brutal police-state machinery on display—so, err, it’s not all bad?
Penn’s fossil fuel industry holdings are under attack this week after Divestment at Penn, a student group at the school, began putting pressure on the institution to sell off its financial assets related to the fuel industry.
The battle, not surprisingly, has been uphill: