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Pine Spar: The dispute between Marlins manager Ozzy Guillen and Nationals pitcher Bryce Harper continues. Guillen claimed yesterday that Harper had put too much pine tar, which is used to improve grip, on his bat. Federal Baseball does the admirable work of comparing screenshots from the game to settle Pine Targate.  “[Guillen] was trying to intimidate my player,” says Nats’ manager Davey Johnson. +3

Best Nest: Parenting magazine declares the combined Washington-Arlington area the 6th-best place to raise a family, between Cheyenne, Wyo., as the fifth best and Minneapolis-St. Paul as the seventh best. Boston tops the list at No. 1. This would be good news for the District if we hadn’t been ranked as the very best last year when we were ranked separately from Arlington. Pull your weight, NoVa! +2

Hurray for Gray: Two reverends are holding a rally for Mayor Vince Gray Wednesday morning in front of the Wilson Building. Bring your old 2010 T-shirts, shadow campaign or otherwise, and relive Graymania. +1

Wise Latina: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor bought a two-bedroom condo near U Street last month for $660,000, the Washington Business Journal reports. Motion to imagine Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg eating half-smokes before catching Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the Black Cat: upheld! +2

Friday’s Needle rating: 33 Today’s score: +8 Today’s Needle rating: 41