Thanks to Doc Quatermass for the tip.
"HOUSTON (AP) -- City officials are apparently willing to dig deep to defend the police department's ban on beards.
The Houston City Council on Wednesday unanimously authorized spending up to $150,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the no-facial hair policy.
'The lawsuit is pending and we have to defend ourselves,' Councilman Ron Green said. 'But we're basically saying we want new police officers, but we don't want police officers with beards.'"