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Artistic License: D.C. released a new version of its driver’s licenses, and it’s very flowery. -1

Help Not Wanted: Glenn BeckTea Party Patriots, and others will participate in a day of service Saturday where they will clean up the monuments on the National Mall that the “president shutdown.” -6

Common Theft: We probably don’t need a PSA for this, but just in case, don’t leave your bike locked up on your porch overnight. It will get stolen. -3

Fail: The 3,000 truckers that were supposed to clog traffic on the Beltway in protest of the government shutdown ended up being only 30 or so trucks that didn’t do all that much in the way of slowing traffic. +4

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 40 Today’s score: -6Still in a Shutdown Penalty: -1 Friday Bonus: +2 Needle rating: 35