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An Early Mayoral Run: Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is creating a task force to study whether the District charges too much for tickets from traffic cameras. Wells is asking Mary Cheh—-who received the transportation-committee chairmanship after former Chairman Kwame Brown bounced Wells from the top spot—-to co-chair. What kind of power move is this? +2

Pancake Panic: Back Alley Waffles may have been done in by Groupon, but the fact that it didn’t have a license to operate as a restaurant probably didn’t help matters. Failed waffleteer Craig Nelsen tells Young & Hungry he made a “good faith effort” get his restaurant in the clear, and then asks reporter Jessica Sidman to invest in his next waffle endeavor. +5

Beer Pong Banditos: The mystery thieves who broke into an Arlington home, played beer pong, and then stole two cars on Sunday are still on the loose. Anyone who hears loud arguments about hand-blocking is urged to report these Broseidons, Lords of the Brocean to the proper authorities. -1

Cool Runnings: Next month will be cooler, says the Capital Weather Gang. +1

Wednesday’s Needle rating: 56 Today’s score: +7 Today’s Needle rating: 63