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D.C. Sex Appeal: Voting is open for Inside Edition‘s D.C. hottest bachelor contest. Check out the hunks here, and may we encourage a vote for D.C. media man Russ Ptacek, whom City Paper already officially dubbed D.C.’s “most excitable local newsman.” +3

Sealed: The Georgetown University seal that determines who will and won’t graduate has been inexplicably painted over ahead of homecoming. -2

Amurrica The John Deer tractor company donated $400,000 worth of equipment to maintain the turf and grounds of the National Mall. +1

Mayor Vincent Cullen: Mayor Vince Gray, still sour over a recent fashion snub, tweeted a photo of himself as a dashing college student with a faint mustache. +2

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 72 Today’s score: +4  Friday Bonus: +2 Needle rating: 78