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Obama First President Since JFK to Sleep in Rhode Island

RIpostcardOn Thursday night President Obama will sleep where few presidents have slept before: Rhode Island.  It's been more than a half-century since a sitting president–JFK–spent the night in the nation's smallest state.  

“Rhode Island is obviously a small state, easy to get in and out of, so the fact that President Obama has chosen to spend the night is a huge honor and privilege,” says Martha Sheridan, president of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Downtown Providence, she said Thursday afternoon, was abuzz in anticipation.

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Urban Plunge: City Swimming Dives into London

Urban Plunge, an exhibit that opened in September at Roca London Gallery, contemplates the trend of transforming urban waterways into public places of leisure.

“Urban wild swimming is very much in the zeitgeist, but this is the first time a series of projects for river and harbor baths, realized and proposals, have been brought together in an exhibition” says Jane Withers, curator of Urban Plunge, noting also the unique opportunity to explore the movement and its projects in depth.

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What Did The President's Chef Fry, And How Did He Fry It?

Sam Kass
USDA photo by Bob Nichols

The White House is in the business of keeping secrets. Some of these involve surveillance programs or war plans. But often these secrets, protected with such vigor, involve more mundane matters, such as broccoli - or quite possibly Sriracha, by the sound of it, although that's highly speculative. With first lady Michelle Obama under relentless pressure over her diet programs, assistant White House chef Sam Kass, assisted by press attaché Joanna Rosholm, was subjected to the third degree by Bloomberg Politics in a recent phone interview.

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Heatherwick Studios Opens Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England—which includes a visitors’ center and a bar—opened to the public on October 1. Designed by Heatherwick Studio in collaboration with GWP Architecture, the distillery sits on the five-acre site of a former paper mill, abandoned for a decade before work began in 2010.

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No Foie Gras for You, California

 

Duck
D'Artagnan duck

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand California’s ban on foie gras, which means Golden State residents and visitors still cannot produce or sell the fattened liver of an overfed duck or goose in the state without risking a $1,000 daily fine. 

The law, which was signed in 2004 by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and took effect July 1, 2012, specifically prohibits “force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size,” hiring someone to do so, or selling the resulting product.  As the enforcement date approached, some creative chefs and restaurateurs said they would continue to serve foie, but skirt the law by exploiting loopholes. 

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