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Gathering Gloom: Thanks for daylight saving time and the approach of winter, the sun will start setting before 5 p.m. in D.C. on Sunday until January. -6

Crack is Wack: Perhaps taking the drug trade term of art “fish scale” literally, the owner of a Columbia Heights fish carry-out was also pushing crack out of his restaurant. -3

Storm Kindness: A Woodley Park tree felled during Hurricane Sandy appears to have been mysteriously turned into a patio set and gifted to the land’s owner. +3

Groper on the Loose: A serial groper in Fairfax County has struck again. -3

Thursday’s Needle rating: 25 Today’s score: -9 It’s Friday: +1 Friday‘s Needle rating: 17