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Through the lens: A look at the American Nurse

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In a series of interviews and portraits, photographer Carolyn Jones set out to answer who is the American nurse.

Commissioned by Fresenius Kabi USA, the coffee-table photo book documents 75 nurses from around the country including 13 Baltimore area nurses, providing an inside view of the joys and challenges they face.

Jones talks to The Darkroom about why she took on the project “The American Nurse”, shooting with a Hasselblad medium format camera, and the men and women in scrubs that represent the microcosm of nurses today.

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Lunchdate with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney includes white turkey chili, Southwestern grilled chicken salad

Lunchdate with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney includes white turkey chili, Southwestern grilled chicken salad

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President Barack Obama invited Mitt Romney over to the White House for a lunchdate Thursday with a menu that included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad. Not a bad lunch for the two men who were out on the road campaigning against each other for the presidency. “They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future,” according to a White House press release.

Here’s the full White House statement:

This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office. Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. The focus of their discussion was on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future. They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future. Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

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San Francisco official Wiener leads vote on public nudity ban

San Francisco official Wiener leads vote on public nudity ban

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A 6-5 vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has brought a ban on public nudity (except at permitted festivals and parades) one step closer to becoming city ordinance.

The proposed ban — not spawned by straight couples with children or angry Castro District business owners exposed daily to a hoard of “Naked Guys” — was introduced by counsel-person Scott Wiener who says “the dominant demographic expressing concern is gay men,” reported the Los Angles Times. Wiener hopes to expand on a prior clothing-not-optional ordinance for restaurants and other areas of public seating, the Times also noted.

Dissenters on the board showed frustration at taking time away from more important public matters, like violent crime. The ban now needs a final vote and the mayor’s signature to become law.

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Twinkies become hot commodity after Hostess shutdown news

Twinkies become hot commodity after Hostess shutdown news

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The announcement that Hostess Brands Inc. asked for court permission to go out of business prompted many consumers to run out and load their shopping carts with the company’s iconic snack food. Shoppers across the nation headed to grocery stores and Hostess bakery outlets to snatch up boxes of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread, apparently fearing the products would become extinct.

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Marijuana 2012: Puffing, prescribing and prosecuting pot in print

Marijuana 2012: Puffing, prescribing and prosecuting pot in print

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A state ballot measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use passed Nov. 6 in both Colorado and Washington state, in what might be the biggest statement of the 2012 Election aside from President Obama’s re-election and same-sex marriage.

In Colorado, the new amendment would allow adults 21 and older to legally purchase one ounce of marijuana as soon as the end of the month, while in Washington voters approved the selling and taxing of small amounts of marijuana-related products to adults beginning Dec. 6. A similar initiative was rejected in Oregon.

Despite opposing the measure himself, Colorado’s governor John Hickenlooper released a statement Tuesday night saying that “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.” In a KUOW radio interview Nov. 7, Washington governor Chris Gregoire also expressed concern about federal reactions saying that “The jury is out on what happens. Meanwhile, my job as governor is to do what the people of the state of Washington have said they want done.”

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