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Watching the Post: The Post is replacing ombdusman Patrick Pexton—-not with an ombudsman, but with a “reader representative.” +/-0.

The New Standard: 14th Street NW bar Standard reopens tonight. +2

Checkered Past: DC Brau has teamed up with a ska band. +5

Sequester Sadness: Federal agencies in D.C. are already sending out furlough notices. -6

Thursday’s Needle rating: 85 Today’s score: +1 It’s Friday: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 87