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Beaming Beemer: The man who lent a strange couple his BMW at a Fairfax City Hooters last month has gotten his car back. Police found the car in Fairfax County, where it still had the laptop and engagement ring the owner had left in it. A strange story comes to a strange end.  +0

Restaurant Rating: The burgers at Pennsylvania Avenue’s new Del Frisco’s Grille are overdone, but the cocktails on tap are clever.  +1

Hydrophobia: Bloomingdale is flooding frequently this summer, and both residents and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie want to know why. The city is increasing sewer capacity, but until then, we’ll have to count on on sandbags and a dry August. -2

Candidate Catania: Councilmember David Catania says he won’t run for mayor in the next election, whenever that is. Too bad, because even a long-shot Catania campaign would spice up what should already be an exciting race. -1

Thursday’s Needle rating: 44 Today’s score: -2 Friday Bonus: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 43