Bear Necessities: A 100-pound black bear spent a good chunk of the day in a Bethesda tree. The bear was eventually caught at the National Institutes of Health’s campus and tranquilized. This is way more exciting than a perched snowy owl+3

Make My Dreams Come True: Rose’s Luxury is closed tonight, and the staff seems to be heading to the Hall and Oates concert at Wolf Trap instead. They have directed customers to the Call and Oates phone line, (719) 266-2837, which plays the band’s timeless songs on demand. +2

In Loving Memory: Mayor Vince Gray said during a television interview today that the North Michigan Park Recreation Center on the 1300 block of Emerson Street NE will be named in honor of Medric Mills, the elderly man who collapsed outside a fire station and later died after nearby firefighters failed to come to his rescue. +5

Bigger is Better: The latest trend in D.C. dining is bigger bar space, as more and more customers opt to just get drinks at a restaurant or order food from the bar. +1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 61 Today’s score: +11  Today’s Needle rating: 72