Cab Calamity: The District has released four cab paint designs, which range from “hideous” to “not as hideous as the other three.” Councilmember Mary Cheh declares some of the designs “horrid.” -5

RGIII Recuperating: Pigskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could get over his sprained ligament injury in time for next Sunday’s game. +3

Rink Stink: Won’t someone let these people ice skate in peace? -2

Pho Real: The Adams Morgan branch of Pho 14, the pho restaurant that pleases even people who hate pho, is opening on Wednesday. +1

Friday’s Needle rating: 29 Today’s score: -3 Monday’s Needle rating: 26