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Pricey Sips: A new Washington restaurant will have a $40 cocktail on its menu. -3

Erasers: A new report says that teachers in 18 D.C. classes cheated on standardized tests. -4

Swamped: Opponents of “The Wave” are trying to end the practice at Nationals Park. -2

End of the Tail: The former owner of the shih tzu that survived on its own in Fairfax County has contacted authorities, but declined to take the dog back. +1

Thursday’s Needle rating: 81 Today’s score: -8 It’s Friday: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 74