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The Great Escape: Incredibly, a horse that escaped from a Laurel Park racetrack this morning avoided serious injury. +3

Train in Vain: So, who’s doing a hit piece on smart growth spiritual leader David Alpert? +/- 0

Who’s the Real Drone?: A Virginia states senator is taking aim at private drones used to spy on hunters, even though there have been no examples of anti-hunting drones in the commonwealth. -2

No Rose for You: Clarendon’s new “ladies sports bar,” launched by Bachelorette contestant Chris Bukowski, will be called Bracket Room. Interestingly, this is the best of the names that were considered. +1

Thursday’s Needle rating: 48 Today’s score: +2 It’s Friday: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 51