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Gone Sledding: It seems that everyone is preparing for a yet-to-be-announced snow day tomorrow. The Washington Post reports that area stores are already close to running out of sleds. Have fun, everyone! +5

Uber Cabs: Because of the declared snow emergency, D.C. cabs are authorized to add a $15 fee on top of their metered rates. Will that be cheaper or more expensive than the inevitable Uber surcharge? -2

Bros-for-Life: Marion Barry may be in the hospital again, but he’s not out of the political arena. Mayor Vince Gray says the mayor-for-life called him to his hospital bedside last night to talk politics. +2

Smoked Octopus: The National Zoo’s giant Pacific octopus died today at the age of 5, which is apparently old for an octopus. -1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 34 Today’s score: +4 Today’s Needle rating: 38