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Journo has to pass a kidney stone

“All of my tweets for the next few days will come via @hootsuite so I will not be responding. I have to pass this Kidney Stone. #BoomOnMe” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for NBC The Grio, Essence and USA Today. In a subsequent tweet, she again warned, “All of my tweets 4 the next few days will come via @hootsuite on a timer. I will not be responding or engaging followers. #KidneyStoneCalls.” Nelson leaves no stone unturned. About an hour ago, she wrote, “Good Morning Tweeps. Welcome to my new followers. I am still convalescing with Kidney Stones. Not fun…xo”  In the meantime, Sophia has been tweeting inspirational messages like, “If I want love, I must give love. If I want peace, I must sow peace…” She says her tweets this week will center around “getting rid of distractions in your life that block your blessings” — or, in her case, her urinary tract. Note to readers: We’ll keep you posted on when the stone passes.

Congratulations to…FT’s Mary Katherine Covert and House Speaker John Boehner‘s Press Secretary Michael Steel who got married in Meridian, Miss. over the weekend. Read their announcement in the NYT Style section here. A wedding attendee, CBS and ex-FBDCer Christine Delargy, sent in a picture of a publication she found there, calling it the “FishbowlDC of Mississippi.” We’re both flattered and frightened. See below:

Famed FishbowlDC reader Larry Kelly upon hearing the news that Washingtonian‘s advice column Harry & Louise is taking a breather: “Dear Harry & Louise, if I have friends who I rely on for advice and they desert me are they schumcks?” Our reply: We’re deeply sorry for your loss, Larry. And believe me, we’re feeling it too. This is a deeper question than it appears though. Since your name rhymes with Harry we suspect you’ll be feeling the painful reverberations of this for a little while. Take heart, Washingtonian is sure to come up with something genius to replace it.

How FNC’s Sean Hannity pronounces WaPo blogger and FBDC Fan Club Prez Ezra Klein: “Ezz-er Klein.” We’re sure he means no disrespect. (Thanks to The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor for letting us in on this fun fact.)

Prince Harry in Washington Today

“His royal fun-ness, Prince Harry, will be in DC today!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Harry, a known party animal,  is in town to receive an award on his work with war vets.

Convo Between Media Type and Aging TV Star

As many know, Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on “Saved by the Bell,” was the guest of the hour at Ron and Sara Bonjean‘s holiday party a few years ago. Ron is a public affairs specialist who runs The Bonjean Company.

Ron Bonjean: “Psyched to see @mrbelding on Mad Men tonight. Break through moment for the show.” A flattered ex-Mr. Belding retweeted and replied: “Thx Ron!”

Journo Love

Steve Lopez at the LAT is a treasure.” — CBS Political Director and Slate’s John Dickerson, who linked to this story by Lopez.

Unexpected Encounters

“I just met Marvin Kalb in the elevator. Random and cool.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz. Kalb spent 30 years at CBS and NBC News, where he was host of “MTP.” He’s an author and a fellow at GWU.

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Reel Journalism Screens “The Soloist”

Last night former WaPo VP Pat Butler joined Nick Clooney and LA Times columnist Steve Lopez for a screening of “The Soloist” at the AFI Silver Theater.

The Newseum and American University hosted the event as a part of the Reel Journalism film series, which explores the intersection of movies and journalism. An intersection that Clooney calls “sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, always interesting.”

Following the screening Lopez discussed his experience turning his now famous column of his relationship with homeless musician and schizophrenic Nathaniel Ayers into a book and eventually a feature film, staring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. “I went from journalist to advocate, it was extremely odd.” said Lopez, who was in town for today’s Capitol Hill briefing “Honoring the Soloist – A Congressional Briefing on Homelessness and Mental Illness.”

Lopez added that Paramount also considered Tom Hanks and George Clooney for his role, played by Downey. Also interesting- the casting for Ayer’s character: Denzel Washington and Will Smith were also considered.

On May 18th Reel Journalism will host a discussion with George Stephanopoulos and screening of “The War Room,” a documentary of Bill Clinton’s ’92 campaign.

Special thanks to Paul Menter for covering. More photos after the jump…

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