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Baby Steps: Metro is appointing Rodrigo Bitar to assistant general manager for transit infrastructure and engineering services division. Previously, Bitar was in charge of the transit system’s elevators and escalators—-not exactly a ringing endorsement for his experience with infrastructure. -5

Hair of the Dog: Birth certificate hunter Donald Trump will talk real estate (and more?) at the Washington Post‘s office tomorrow morning. Check City Desk later in the day for all the details. +1

Big Bore: DC Water employees and Mayor Vince Gray christenedLady Bird,” a boring machine that will create a runoff tunnel to the Potomac. Unusually for a huge piece of machinery, Lady Bird has a Twitter account. +1

Walking in Circles: Dupont Circle is Washington’s most walkable neighborhood, according to Walk Score. +2

Monday’s Needle rating: 89 Today’s score: -1 Today’s Needle rating: 88