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An Elephant Never Forgets a Letter: Washingtonian is running letters kids sent to elephants, and they’re sweet. +3

Adios, Examiner: The end of the Washington Examiner as we’ve known it provokes a nice remembrance from the paper’s Timothy Carney. +3

Grave Dancing: But will the Examiner‘s end cool war-on-cars rhetoric? Smart growth spiritual guru Dave Alpert thinks so. But recently laid-off Examiner reporter and war on cars truther Eric Newcomer isn’t backing down. -2

Speaking of Elephants: Elephants! Tonight! Walking around Verizon Center! +4

Monday’s Needle rating: 70 Today’s score: +8 Today’s Needle rating: 78