New York Ave. NoMo’: The New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U. Metro station officially becomes NoMa-Gallaudet U. tomorrow. Who’s been pushing the NoMa name? Let’s turn to an unusually frank Wikipedia entry (emphasis added):

NoMa (sometimes stylized NoMA) is an initialism for “North of Massachusetts Avenue” that is being used by real estate developers to brand a large tract of land

Sounds terrible. -1 (+1 for shorter station name, -2 for unintuitive shortening)

Crying Wolf: Washington reporters continue to tweet that charges are being filed against Vincent Gray, the joke being that the Vincent Gray in question isn’t Mayor Vince Gray. The Examiner‘s Alan Blinder is the latest offender, with his doppelgray being a cab driver. It’s a lot of excitement, then a lot of letdown. -2

Making the Grade: Tomorrow afternoon, Gray is announcing the launch of grade.dc.gov, a service that purports to let people grade city services on their smart phones. This town needed a way to vent on your phone that isn’t Twitter. +3

Preppies Against Kumar: Actor and former Obama staffer Kal Penn returned to the metro area last night to attend Obama campaign events and was protested by demonstrators described by the Examiner as “khaki-clad, boat-shoed.” +8

Monday’s Needle rating: 27 Today’s score: +8 Today’s Needle rating: 35