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Jail Break: The escape of Rusty the red panda, it turns out, was not engineered by an outsider but by a bit of rain. Zoo officials now say that waterlogged tree limbs enabled Rusty to climb out of his exhibit. +1

Stop—Take Fare Card to Station Manager: Metro station manager Prince Egyir was charged with embezzlement over an alleged scheme involving fare cards. According to police, Egyir held on to low-value paper fare cards he collected from customers. He then allegedly pooled the value of the cards on SmarTrip cards, which he sold. Stealing isn’t cool (-1), but the scheme reminds the Needle of that plot in Office Space (+1). +/-0

What Happens in Vegas: RGIII‘s Las Vegas bachelor party was apparently without incident (or injury). +2

Goodbye: Residents of Dupont, Logan, and the U Street corridor will have to look elsewhere for their micronews now that blog Borderstan has posted its last. -1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 70 Today’s score: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 72