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“Do Something About These Asians.”: Recent Democratic primary winner Marion Barry told attendees of his victory speech last night that he’s going to do something about the “dirty” Asian-owned shops in Ward 8. Watch the tape. It’s hard to imagine a not-problematic spin on his words. -3
Jet Shutter Lag: NASA jets will be flying over D.C. tomorrow to practice…photography. DCist reports: “The training mission is being coordinated with the FAA, so there won’t be any scrambled jets from Andrews Air Force Base and impromptu Top Gun-style dog fights in the sky over our fair city tomorrow.” +2
Just In Time For Summer!: Food truck Pleasant Pops has been angling for cash to launch a brick-and-mortar store on Kickstarter, and in just three days, they’ve gotten nearly all the cash they need: “Pleasant Pops crossed the $20,000 mark yesterday—and it still has 22 days left in its 30-day campaign. Some 309 backers kicked in the money that owners Brian Sykora and Roger Horowitz say they need for the finishing touches on a space at the corner of Florida Avenue and California Street NW, less than a block north of U Street.” This is dangerously close to City Paper offices, but we are certainly not complaining. +3
At Least The Marching Band Isn’t In Trouble: We’ve been reporting all afternoon about Howard University’s decision to suspend all of its athletic teams pending review of possible violations. Follow this post for details. -3
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 53 Today’s score: -1 Today’s Needle rating: 52