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Pepno: Old derecho fears return: Pepco says the high winds from the incoming storm could prevent crews from restoring power. -5

Snowmenclature: It’s not even clear what to call the storm. It may have turned from a hurricane into a nor’easter by the time it gets here, some people are saying “Frankenstorm” disrespects the people who have been killed by the storm already, and the third suggestion—-Snor’eastercane—-is a mouthful. -3

Brr: For all the problems Hurricane Sandy could cause when it hits Washington, it probably won’t result in snow in the District. +1

Sexy Arlington: Arlington is the second best city in the U.S. for singles, according to Bloomberg. +2

Thursday’s Needle rating: 44 Today’s score: -5 It’s Friday: Friday‘s Needle rating: 39