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Populist Hog: Activists, concerned that the costs of potential underground Pepco lines would land on the poor, protested a Council hearing today—-with the help of an inflatable pig. +4

Let’s Eat: Well-regarded Virginia chef John Shields could be headed to the District. I’m not sure how good this news is, but Eater seems excited. +1

Creamcheese Spread Thin: Washington vintage shops, including Georgetown’s Annie Creamcheese, are closing. -1

Wineskin: Redskins-branded wine isn’t too bad. “It’s a drinkable wine,” sous chef Michael Malyniwsky tells Washingtonian. But should “drinkable” wine cost $30? -2

Tuesday’s Needle rating: 68 Today’s score: +2 Wednesday‘s Needle rating: 70