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Nope, Not for Lovers: The Supreme Court put a hold on a ruling that overturned the same-sex marriage ban in Virginia Wednesday, meaning that same-sex couples can no longer wed in the state Thursday as planned. The state’s attorney general, who supports overturning the ban, says he supports the stay as way to prevent further complications down the road in case the court eventually decides to keep the marriage ban in place. -5

Shame Spiral: A longtime NFL referee avoided working Washington football games because of the team’s offensive name. +5

D.C. Spelling Bee:  The D.C. voter registration form misspells the “libertarian” party. How’re libertarians expected to make it in this blue town if the election commission can’t even spell their party name right? -1

Meat for Less: A new place in D.C. where you can get a sausage and beer for less than 10 bucks? Sign me up! Meat & Foods is now open in the Bloomingdale area. +3

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 23 Today’s score: +2  Today’s Needle rating: 25