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Don’t Be Tardy to Muriel Bowser’s Party: Mayoral aspirant Councilmember Muriel Bowser‘s high-powered birthday party has an unlikely name on its 221-person host committee: former Real Housewives of D.C. cast member Stacie Scott Turner. But is this all a ruse to help fellow Real Housewife Michaele Salahi gatecrash? +1

Litter Bugged: Littering and getting caught by police in the Sixth District will now merit a $75 fine, but the anti-littering program’s results have been mixed.  -1

Grain Takes Root: The increasing popularity of Ethiopian food is leading to more U.S. production of the grain that produces injera, the spongey Ethiopian bread that’s key to the cuisine. +1

Wells Runs Dry: The Washingtonian‘s Mayoral Candidates White People Like series continues, with an interview with Councilmember Tommy Wells. There’s not much news in the article, but Wells does say that he will “absolutely not” raise the 5 cent bag tax to 10 cents. Score! +2

Friday’s Needle rating: 68 Today’s score: +3 Today’s Needle rating: 71