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And They Say Newspapers Are Dying: The Washington Post hosted its inaugural Squirrel Week Squirrel Photo Contest and 400 or so readers submitted their best squirrel photos. At this point, it’s unclear what this says about the paper’s readers. +/- 0

Potholepalooza: Everyone’s favorite holiday is finally here! Mayor Vince Gray launched this year’s Potholepalooza, which will expedite the repairs of potholes in D.C. through May 9. +1

To the Canines: Think there are too many organic food stores in D.C.? Well, now there’s one for your dog. A new Dupont dog store, The Cheeky Puppy, will serve green juice, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, and beef bourguignon, all for your dog. -2

Take Two: The contractor building the Silver Line through Tysons Corner says it could submit the project to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority as early as today. If approved by the authority’s project managers during the 15-day review process, the Silver Line may be handed soon to Metro conduct safety testing and training. It has already been rejected by the transit authority once before. Fingers crossed! +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 56 Today’s score: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 57