Justice Sings: A D.C. judge rejected Chris Brown‘s request to dismiss his assault case, which means the troubled singer isn’t leaving local headlines anytime soon and will be back here at some point, too. -3

On Blast: Some guy stole Kangaroo Boxing Club’s iPad charger last night after he already gave the establishment his credit card info. The restaurant gave the thief an ultimatum on its Facebook page: Give back the charger, or your credit card will be charged $50. +2

Chain Gang: Hope you’re excited that Peet’s Coffee & Tea opened in the District today because there’s 22 more of them coming.  -2

Spring is Near: This weekend’s gorgeous weather could soon be the District’s status quo. D.C. cherry blossoms are reportedly four to six days away from peak bloom. +4

Frday’s Needle rating: 54 Today’s score: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 55