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Your U.S. Senate At Work: Maybe it’s best D.C. doesn’t have any members in the Senate, after all. Because if we did, they’d probably do embarrassing things like what Pennsylvania’s Democratic Sen. Bob Casey did today, which was whine on Twitter about the Nationals’ plan to sell advance tickets to a May homestand against the Philadelphia Phillies only to people whose credit cards match addresses in the D.C. region. “I’m calling on the @Nationals to reverse course on a reported plan to block @Phillies fans from buying tickets to games at Nationals Park,” Casey blurted. “.@Phillies have some of the best fans in the world. They shouldn’t be left out in the cold because the Nats want a stronger home field adv.” Of course, it’s not like the people in the Senate have anything better to worry about than how many fans of their baseball team get to travel to another city to be obnoxious in person, right? -1
Brick City: On the eastern side of the District, transportation workers have been installing streetcar tracks for some time now. And on the western end, they’ll soon be ripping them up—and then putting them back in—all for looks. An $11 million Georgetown streetscaping project will involve replacing brick streets with new, more historically accurate bricks, and regrading, but keeping, long-unused tracks. The first fully finished block opened this morning. +2
Free Money Here: This morning’s Washington Post seemed thicker than usual, especially for a paper without a propaganda insert from China or Russia in it. Turned out there were 35 extra pages of agate type listing thousands of people and institutions with unclaimed assets that the District government is now trying to track down. Among the names on the list: Democratic powerbroker Harold Ickes (and also my younger brother, who is finally collecting his winnings from a sports bet he placed in Las Vegas several years ago). To see if there’s a windfall coming your way, click here. +3
Type This Way: When word came that the District was switching the typeface on its street signs as it replaced broken ones, it seemed like good news. But now it seems the new design isn’t quite as clean as it was advertised to be. The signs, which use mixed-case letters instead of ALL UPPERCASE as the old ones do, sometimes use mixed-case letters for quadrants, too, identifying streets as being in “Nw” or “Se” instead of NW or SE. And it turns out some of them also use different fonts within the same sign. So if you spot a sign that looks wrong, no, you don’t have to rush out to buy new glasses. -1
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 34 Today’s score: +3 Today’s Needle rating: 37