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D.C. Bourgeoisie: By its first anniversary next month, Le Diplomate will have made $16 million in sales, almost twice what the restaurant projected. +3

D.C.-list Celeb: Actor Mario Van Peebles is the latest actor to speak in favor of statehood. He’s no George Clooney, or even Jeremy Piven, but we’ll take it! +1

Flower Power: The National Park Service announced today that the city’s cherry blossoms are expected to hit peak bloom between April 8 and 12. That’s a bit later than they usually bloom, and that’s because it’s been so damn cold this winter. -2

Nationals Got Talent: The Nationals have opened the audition process for people interested in singing the National Anthem at a 2014 game. A D.C. sing-off! +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 29 Today’s score: +4 Today’s Needle rating: 33