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Legal Swan Song: It looks like Chris Brown‘s long-drawn out D.C. legal battles could soon be over. The singer is expected to accept a plea deal for allegedly punching a man in the face outside the W Hotel downtown last October. That means D.C. could be spared a trial spectacle and more Chris Brown sightings. +3

Four-Day Weekend: Students at Glen Burnie elementary school were sent home early today after animal control crews were unable to catch a feral cat running loose inside the building. You’re welcome, children. +2

Holiday in the Sun: It looks like there will be some clouds this holiday weekend, but ultimately, there will be enough sunshine for a visit to the pool or park. +1

Improved Fake IDs: Sale of tobacco to minors in local stores increased between 2012 and 2013, though the city’s rate is still lower than the target set by the federal government. -2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 6 Today’s score: +4 Friday Bonus: +2 Three-Day Weekend Bonus: +1  Today’s Needle rating: 13