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Chicken VooDoo: Police believe the carcasses of eight chickens and roosters found with their throats cut on an isolated path in Rock Creek Park could be part of a ritualistic killing. -4

Game On: Two new mayoral polls show that the race is neck-and-neck and, at the very least, we will have an exciting week leading up to April 1. According to a NBC4/Marist poll released Tuesday, Councilmember Muriel Bowser and Mayor Vince Gray are statistically tied, with 28 percent of likely Democratic voters supporting Bowser and 26 percent supporting Gray. A Washington Post poll found that Bowser had surged to gain the support of 30 percent of likely voters, while Gray remained at the same 27 percent. +3

The 90s’ are Dead: Lamont Video closed in Mount Pleasant, leaving only three video stores left in the District. -2

Back to Normal:  The Washington Monument will reopen, sans scaffolding, May 12. +1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 58 Today’s score: -2 Today’s Needle rating: 56