Tollway to Hell: In a 5-4 vote, Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors have decided to keep the dream of Metro to Dulles alive. Good news for city dwellers, bad news for SuperShuttle and anybody who takes the increasingly expensive Dulles Toll Road. +1

Pool Fools: Following el derecho, D.C. firefighters were sent to fill a private pool at a home in Northeast. Why? No one knows! Obviously, some pretty advanced strategic thinking is going on here, which is good news for the city’s next disaster. Alternately, we’re dealing with a Cocoon situation. +5

Cheh’s Way: Mary Cheh wants a probe of Pepco following the ongoing storm problems. But who will probe WTOP? +1

Independence Day: It’s a holiday tomorrow! Here’s where to watch the fireworks. +10

Friday’s Needle rating: 21 Today’s score: 17 Today’s Needle rating: 37