So?: The Washington Post‘s Reliable Source reassures us that it’s OK that Muriel Bowser doesn’t have a spouse, saying the city doesn’t need a First “Dude.” Mayor Vince Gray is a widow and the city survived fine under his tenure without a First Lady, it notes.  -3

Best Natitude: A heartfelt farewell to Duffy’s—-a U Street–area bar that always went all out to support the Nats. +3 

Don’t Let it Snow: Some weather models are saying that snowflakes are possible next week sometime.  Capital Weather Gang says that seems unlikely, but there is still a 20 percent chance of non-sticking snow coming our way. -2

Friday Snuggles: Need four reasons to go to the zoo this weekend? Two new porcupines and two new—-surprisingly cute—-skunks.  +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 69 Today’s score: 0 Weekend Bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 71