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In Defense of Arlington: An Arlington native carved a detailed bear sculpture into a dying oak tree in Virginia Square.  +2

Put It Out: The Washington Post editorial board wrote that D.C. voters should reject the rush to legalize marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot. -3

Phew: The Washington football team said an MRI found that Robert Griffin III did not fracture his ankle in last night’s game and that it’s optimistic about his return to the field this season. Unfortunately, though, he will be in a cast for a few weeks.  +2

We’ll Talk if We Want To: Post writer listed the seven reasons why making a D.C. a state would be good for America. Among his reasons: People would stop talking about statehood. Not among his reasons: The fact that more than 600,000 people would now have representation in Congress. -5

Friday’s Needle rating: 17 Today’s score: -4 Today’s Needle rating: 13