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Wizards vs. Lady Gaga: D.C. Sports Bog further explained this afternoon how the Wizards and Lady Gaga came head to head at the Verizon Center. (Because of some bad timing, Gaga’s May 15 concert at the Verizon Center may be canceled or postponed if the Wizards haven’t settled their series with the Pacers by then.) The NBA offered a number of explanations, including that the organization doesn’t want scheduling “to affect competitive balance by making any teams play back-to-back days in the playoffs.” These explanations likely won’t quell any diehard Gaga fans, who say this is “unfair” because the concert was scheduled first. Unfair or not, Gaga fans sure do give great quotes. “My level of worry is really high, really really high,” says one fan. “I honestly think Verizon Center should give Gaga the chance to do this.” +3
Heads Up:Four African lion cubs at the National Zoo passed their first swim test Tuesday, which means they are one step close to their public debut. +4
Life Motto: Pharmacy Bar in Adams Morgan will be under new ownership after tomorrow night. So what’s in store for the bar? The new owners say they want it to be “‘cool, but not douchey.” That’s better than being outright douchey. +1
Top Chef: Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam was named best chef in the Mid-Atlantic at last night’s James Beard Awards gala. +2
Friday’s Needle rating: 57 Today’s score: +10 Today’s Needle rating: 67