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In His Defense: Marion Barry explains in his new memoir what his first experience with cocaine was like: “The cocaine was a powerful stimulant that went straight to my penis.” +5

Hot Hot Heat: We have our first official heat wave of the summer—-that is, three consecutive days where temperatures reach at least 90 degrees. Miss snow days yet? -3

Classic Arlington: A drunk man in Ballston fell and knocked himself unconscious after he tried to walk backwards at the intersection of Fairfax Drive and N. Taylor Street. -3

The Not-So-Big-Reveal:  Metro’s general manager announced today that he plans to announce the opening date of the Silver Line next week. -4

Friday’s Needle rating: 63 Today’s score: -5  Today’s Needle rating: 58