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Salsa Celebration: Tex-Mex chain Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is expanding to Penn Quarter. Normally this would be just a blip in fast casual dining’s growing market dominance, but Lime has a delicious complimentary salsa bar, and that makes all the difference. +3

Take Jim Graham Out to the Ballgame: The D.C. Council’s free tickets deal for Nationals games only applies to the regular season, not upcoming playoff games. +2

Big Head Gets Bigger: The last regular season series—-which the Council will have tickets too, incidentally—-will be themed around oft-foiled presidential racer Teddy Roosevelt +1

Home Rule at Home: What better way to celebrate the District’s dreams of autonomy autonomy than by buying the newly for-sale home of Henry Cooke, D.C.’s first territorial governor? You just need $4.75 million, but imagine the party you could throw for home rule. +1

Correction: Due to operator error, the original Needle reading was taken incorrectly. Tuesday’s Quality of Life Index was 68, not 69.

Monday’s Needle rating: 61 Today’s score: +7 Tuesday‘s Needle rating: 68