Strike Could Be Averted: A new deal between Pepco and its employees could avert a strike…if the union’s membership accepts. +1

Lights Out: But one electric crisis has already arrived. The Washington Business Journal reports that, because of a contract dispute over the city’s streetlight maintenance, no company is currently in charge of keeping the city lit. -4

Posted Over: The arrival of controversial anti-Muslim signs in Metro has already sparked at least one response: a woman putting Post-It notes over one of the ads. +/-0

Front Page Disaster: The Washington Post‘s Sunday front page was a disaster, says Harry Jaffe. -1

Friday’s Needle rating: 82 Today’s score: -4 Friday‘s Needle rating: 78