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Rat Marathon: Ward 1 is holding a four-hour rat summit this weekend. This seems like an excessive amount of time, but hey, whatever it takes to solve the problem! +2

Hipster Haven: This man advertises an unfinished basement apartment in Northeast on Craigslist as a “hipster haven.” Why? Unclear. -1

Eye Witness: There have been multiple reports of a man with “bulging eyes” flashing people in Arlington. -2

Mayoral Sweeps: Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal and At-Large Councilmember Vince Orange said today that they plan to enter the mayoral race. The more the merrier. +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 46 Today’s score: +1 Friday Bonus: +2 Needle rating: 49