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Philanthro-bust: The “philanthropub” Cause is closing temporarily for repairs, which likely won’t lead to a major drop in the District’s collective charitable donations. -1
That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named: The Cleveland Park listerv this week officially banned the given name of the District’s football team. +5
Change Please: More than 60 percent of D.C.’s cabs won’t have credit card readers installed by the original Sept. 1 deadline, but the good news is they should all be 21st century equipped by Oct. 1. -1
So Prez and So Clean: The Lincoln Memorial is finally ready for prime time three weeks after it was defaced with green paint. +3
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 54 Today’s score: +6 Friday bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 62