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Penn Social Philanthrophy: Penn Quarter comedy club-turned-bar Penn Social is throwing a football watch and fundraiser Sunday afternoon to benefit two of the business’s bar backs, injured last weekend by a drunk driver. +3

Scuttlebutt: Is Barack Obama dining at H Street’s Smith Commons tonight? Rumors say yes. +2

Sweet Victory: What better snack for tonight’s Nats game than a Jayson Werth-themed cupcake? +5

Mayor Gray To Save Hockey: Mayor Vince Gray has asked Capitals owner Ted Leonsis to intervene in the NHL’s ongoing lockout drama. +1

Thursday’s Needle rating: 69 Today’s score: +11 It’s Friday: +1 Friday’s Needle rating: 81