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Panda Spotting: New pictures of the giant panda cub born at the National Zoo in August were just released, and it is finally starting to resemble a panda—it has spots! +3

Veto Verified: The D.C. Council did not override Mayor Vince Gray‘s veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act—more commonly known as the living wage bill—but that was to be expected, so no drama here. +/- 0

Crime Spree:  The District homicide rate is up 31.7 percent from this time last year, with 79 homicides reported so far in 2013. -5

Nats Nation: In a much needed win for the District today, the Nats beat the Atlanta Braves in the first game of its double-header. +4

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 55 Today’s score: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 57