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Real Dirty Politics: Mayor Vince Gray‘s shadow campaign financier, Jeff Thompson, pleaded guilty to corruption charges in federal court today. Prosecutors say Gray knew about the shadow campaign, which the mayor, who is running for reelection, still vehemently denies. Yes, a mayor who (knowingly or unknowingly) won his election with illegal money is bad for democracy, and the people of the District either way. But with the April 1 Democratic primary just three weeks away, things are about to get real interesting in D.C. politics. +5
Myers Bogus: In The Capital applies the Myers-Briggs personality test to D.C. neighborhoods. Based on this application, if you are a trendy extrovert, you should live in Georgetown; if you’re introverted, thinking, perceiving and intuitive, then the Federal Triangle/Judiciary Square neighborhood is for you. -3
Supermarket Sweepstakes: A new market, Streets Market and Cafe, is opening on 14 Street NW between Belmont and Chapin. That’s a few blocks north of the soon-to-be-open Trader Joe’s and practically across the street from Yes! Organic Market. It’s also between Whole Foods on P Street and the Giant in Columbia Heights. Too. Many. Groceries. In. One. Area. -2
Healthy Living: There are fewer than 30 days left to sign up for health care and, so far, nearly 31,000 people signed up using D.C. Health Link, the District’s online marketplace. +2
Friday’s Needle rating: 51 Today’s score: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 53