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Gray Fever: Despite the (apparently fading) shadow of a federal investigation and an already packed-to-the-rafters field of candidates, Mayor Vince Gray is running for a second term. The Needle, which thinks this mayoral race will be totally craaaayyy, will nevertheless refrain from making any premature endorsements. +/-0

The Day-Drinking Bump: The federal government shutdown did nothing to harm the District’s coffers, apparently. In October, the D.C. government collected more money in taxes than it had a year before. +3

The Upper Crustacean: Here is an interview with one of the endangered Hay’s Spring Amphipods that the Purple Line could displace. +3

Drone Tag: So when does the Washington Post get to take advantage of drone deliveryJeff Bezos? +5

Friday’s Needle rating: 51 Today’s score:+11   Needle rating: 62