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Still Not Over: Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on his misdemeanor assault charges in D.C. Court today, which means this still isn’t over and there could be a trial in D.C. -4

Pony Up: Increased Metrorail and bus fares go into effect on Sunday. Metrorail fares will increase an average of 3 percent, or 10 cents per trip, and bus rates will become $1.75, regardless of whether you are using a SmarTrip card or not. -3

Pep-blows: Pepco only gets about 5 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources. Unfortunately, if you want to use a more green energy provider, it will likely cost you more.  -5

The People’s Nonvoting Rep: Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton was supposed to ride in a driverless car, but pressed the car’s kill switch, temporarily breaking the car.  And it was caught on video! +3

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 59  Today’s score: -9 Today’s Needle rating: 50