Hero or Villan? A D.C. man invented the Knee Defender—-the $22 contraption that clips onto a tray table and prevents people on planes from reclining their seats, and which recently led to an argument between two passengers on a flight, who were kicked off when the plane diverted to Chicago. So is this man a villain? The Needle’s view: When you pay for your seat, you pay for the reclining function. Even if reclining is rude, it’s still your choice.  -3

Sun Check: When nice weather arrived in D.C. in May, between 50 and 75 people canceled their volunteer shifts at D.C.’s Food & Friends each week. -4

Hi-son: The National Zoo is celebrating its 125th Anniversary by exhibiting bison—-the first time it has done so in a decade. Bison was the first species displayed at the National Zoo. +2

Too Soon: It’s August, which means it’s pumpkin beer season? Yep.  -3

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