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The Rings Bling: D.C. is one of four U.S. cities in contention for a 2024 Olympics bid. Dear lord, no. -3

Cattle Tale: Up I-95, a bull (a bull!) escaped from a Baltimore slaughterhouse and was shot by police. -1

Downward Dog Day: At-Large Councilmember David Catania will introduce an amendment to strike the so-called “yoga tax” from the 2015 budget. +/-0

Author-for-Life: We’re just four days away from the release of Marion Barry‘s autobiography, and the cover looks like this. +5

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 60 Today’s score: +1 Weekend bonus: +2  Today’s Needle rating: 63