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Chili Catastrophe: Twenty-seven people plan to run a half marathon on Nov. 3, gobbling a half-smoke and chips at Ben’s Chili Bowl halfway through. Hope the street cleaners have been notified. -2

Ha Ha, Debate: Forced meme “binders full of women” now has its own cocktail, available at The Passenger. -3

Puppeteer Protest: Puppet and public broadcasting advocates will march on D.C. on Nov. 3—-the same day as the chili run!—-to protest proposed budget cuts. +1

Gallaudet in Anti-Gay Marriage Ad: Dr. Angela McCaskill, the Gallaudet chief diversity officer put on leave after signing a petition to put Maryland’s gay marriage law on the ballot, is now featured in an anti-gay marriage ad. -2

Tuesday’s Needle rating: 78 Today’s score: -6 Wednesday’s Needle rating: 72