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McFancy: One of the last hold-outs of a previous generation of 14th Street NW has buckled under pressure: The McDonald’s at the corner of 14th and U was issued new remodeling permits and will become a McCafe. -2

Smurf Turf: Mayor Vince Gray‘s campaign manager, Chuck Thies, called all of Gray’s mayoral opponents smurfs. “They’re just little funny, semi-annoying, at times entertaining, weird things.” -2

The British Are Coming: D.C. may not be getting a UNIQLO, but at least TopShop will be coming nearby to Springfield Town Center. +1

True Life: Marion Barry: The Mayor-for-Life is releasing an autobiography and it will be “his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.” The book is expected to delve into the night he was caught smoking crack in a hotel room.+4

Friday’s Needle rating: 39 Today’s score: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 40