The Velvet Is Too Damn Much: You can score a Washington penthouse draped in green velvet for just $1.95 million. -2

Getting Drastic for Plastic: D.C. cabs will accept credit cards by March 31. +4

You Won’t Know Jack: Jack’s Boathouse could get the boot by the end of the month. -1

Student Heroes: Two Catholic University students are being praised after saving a woman from her attacker in Brookland. +2

Thursday’s Needle rating: 50 Today’s score: +3 It’s Friday: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 54