Pool for Fools?: Arlington County is building an $80 million pool facility in Crystal City, but opponents say a ballot measure supporting the complex was deceptively worded. -2

Late Night Shots: The District has given seven more restaurants and bars permission to stay open all night Sunday, bringing the total list of late-night businesses in the new extended hours program to 49. +3

Cheesed Off: The District is losing its Melting Pot fondue restaurant. Fortunately, the melted cheese and chocolate purveyor will live on in the suburbs. +4

Barack Blocked: The inauguration is two months away, but many D.C. hotels have already sold out. -1

Thursday’s Needle rating: 13 Today’s score: +4 It’s Friday: +1 Friday‘s Needle rating: 18