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Screen shot 2012-11-05 at 6.10.34 PM.png1. Put Amsterdam back on your European vacation itinerary. The city'smayor, Eberhard van der Lann, announced that they won't be going along with the national government's ban on weed sales to tourists -- a law already in effect in the south of the Netherlands. Eberhard admitted that the ban would only drive the market underground and leadto turf wars and unregulated sales. "They will swarm all over the city looking for drugs," he told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. "This would lead to more robberies, quarrels about fake drugs and no control of the quality of drugs on the market. Everything we have worked toward would be lost to misery."[via New York Times]  

Screen shot 2012-11-05 at 5.49.56 PM.png2. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Google has launched "crisis maps" that include before-and-after photos of the devastation, traffic reports, gas availability updates and more. [via Gothamist]

dfd3.png3. Big news from TLC today (and, no, nothing regarding Honey Boo Boo or half-ton moms, this time we're talking about the pop R&B group): T-Boz and Chilli announced plans to record their first album in ten years and go on tour, possibly with a hologram of the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. [via Idolator/NME]

Screen shot 2012-11-05 at 5.55.33 PM.png4. A big congrats to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard -- they're expecting their child together. Another addition to our "It Girls and It Boys of Tomorrow" list, perhaps? [via People]



5. Watch Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law in the trailer for Side Effects, a new thriller from Steven Soderbergh about "a woman [who] turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison," according to IMDB. [via Esquire]

Screen shot 2012-11-05 at 6.23.39 PM.png6. You can now post all of your high-contrast, sepia-tinged Instagram photos on the web. The photo-sharing app is launching Pinterest-esque online profiles (like the one above) over the coming days. [via Instagram Blog]

andrew-cuomopolling.jpg7. After Hurricane Sandy caused damages and disruptions to many polling locations, Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing New Yorkers to vote from any polling place so long as they present an affidavit. [via HuffPo]

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