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Slammer Vacay: Beleaguered D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown is asking a federal judge to allow him to take a vacation to Florida with his family before he goes to prison. -5

Frenemies: D.C. woman almost hits man on bike while driving. Man gives her nasty look. Woman apologizes on Reddit. +2

Age Rage: Residents are complaining about a TGIFriday’s coming to Columbia Heights, saying it will be located right below an elderly community. It’s unclear why retirees and TGIFs cannot coexist. -1

SmarTactic: Metro will start installing some SmarTrip recharge stations outside bus stops in June so people reloading their cards on buses dont hold up the routes. +5

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 56 Today’s score: +1 Needle rating: 57