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Metro to run buses between Bethesda and Tysons Corner; Nordstrom execs hire more piano players. -1

Boxing promoter Rock Newman endorses ex-CFO Anthony Williams for mayor; candidate pledges to wear mouthpiece at debates. -4

Arizona Sen. John McCain pushes for 24 additional daily flights out of Reagan National Airport, champions 10-yard buffer between arriving jets. -6

Chemical weapons remnants worry residents of AU Park; Ward 3 Councilmember Saddam Hussein resists inspections by Department of Public Works. -3

Authorities clean up mysterious 112,000-gallon oil spill in wealthy Forest Hills; residents shocked that oil was canola, not extra virgin olive. -4

Deer overwhelm suburban tracts; animal welfare groups advocate crossings at cul-de-sacs. -1

Subtotal: -19

Shots in the Arm

U.S. Attorney pledges to keep repeat offenders off streets; roads, avenues exempt from get-tough policy. +4

House panel rejects residency requirement for D.C. government employees. “We don’t care if they’re homeless,” says Virginia Rep. Tom Davis. +3

Freddie Mac Foundation donates $310,000 Victorian house to parents of Northeast sextuplets. “We prefer Georgian, but this’ll have to do,” says mother. +2

Environmentalists rank Delaware beaches among nation’s best. “Even we can get laid out there,” group declares. +3

Congress votes to de-fund advisory neighborhood commissions; Rayburn building hearing scheduled for roof deck application on 1600 block of Q Street NW. +5

Mayoral candidate-cum-restaurateur Jeffrey Gildenhorn vows to legalize prostitution; American City Diner to rent booths by the hour. +2

Subtotal: +19