TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Carson tries ramen-crusted chicken; Shakira shakes the plaza

March 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM ET

Brandi Milloy makes ramen-crusted chicken, Shakira rocks the plaza and Karyn Renfro returns to school.
Brandi Milloy makes ramen-crusted chicken, Shakira rocks the plaza and Karyn Renfro returns to school.

1. Ramen-crusted chicken wings? We were skeptical — until we saw Brandi Milloy, host of’s “Eat the Trend” series, make them this morning. 

See what else she cooked up as part of our Fresh Cooks Live: TODAY's Spring Cookalong series:

Video: Watch the host of’s popular “Eat the Trend” cooking show make some delicious ramen-crusted chicken wings, asparagus pizza and more while answering viewers’ questions as part of TODAY’s Fresh Cooks Live series.

2. Shakira’s hips didn’t lie on the plaza this morning. The singer performed a few of her new and classic tunes, and chatted with Savannah about her latest season as judge on “The Voice.”

Video: Singer Shakira chats with Savannah Guthrie about her new, self-titled album, and performs her hit song “Hips Don’t Lie” on the TODAY plaza.

3. Nine-year-old Karyn Renfro, who shaved her head in solidarity with her cancer-stricken friend, was permitted to return to school after being banned for violating its dress code.

"I thought that people might make fun of me, but now that I actually got to go to school they actually didn't make fun of me,” she said.

Video: Kamryn Renfro, 9, shaved her head in support of a friend diagnosed with childhood cancer. Citing dress code policy, her Colorado school said she couldn’t go to school until her hair grew back. Her mom took to Facebook, and the school voted to let her return.

4. A Massachusetts teacher quit her job over growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.

“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”

TODAY fans agreed with her.

Video: A Boston kindergarten teacher quit after 25 years by sending her resignation letter to the Washington Post. She says there’s too much emphasis on data and tests. Michelle Rhee, former chancellor for the Washington, D.C., school district, discusses testing with Matt Lauer. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

5. Bystanders captured incredible footage of a construction worker trapped on the balcony of a burning building just moments before it collapsed.

"It was very scary,'' Karen Jones told TODAY Wednesday. "We were all near the windows. People were afraid. People were just wondering, 'Oh gosh, is this man going to make it? Are they going to get to him?'"

Video: A woman captured a cellphone video of a construction worker trapped by a fast-moving fire in a Houston apartment complex. He was rescued moments before the building started to collapse. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!