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“Mid 40s, rainy, onesie, alone.” Horror story of the day: An unattended toddler was found in a tent at the McPherson Square Occupy D.C. camp, because she was crying. Occupiers took care of her until child protective services stepped in. A man alleging to be her father later returned, and was arrested. Occupiers say he was a recent addition to the camp, and wasn’t part of the movement. -3
That’s Pretty Wild: There are too many deer in Rock Creek Park, according to authorities. In an attempt to cull the population by half, the Park Service may “send trained sharp-shooters into the park at night” to, uh, thin the herd. (Sorry.) +2
Partial Recall: A local political activist filed paperwork to recall Mayor Vince Gray and Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown. To push the recall forward, Fentyite Frederick Butler will need to get 45,000 signatures in 180 days, says DCist. DCist also notes that every mayor aside from Walter Washington has had recall papers filed against them. Democracy at work! +2
So…What’s In An MLK?: D.C. likes a good party weekend. And after Howard Homecoming, what’s a better time to tear up the club than the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend? The Post has a roundup of nightclub fliers from around the city. Hot jamz and happy hour drink specials all night long, just like the late civil rights icon would have wanted… we guess. No word on whether there’s an MLK drink special, but we’d like to think it would include both White Russians and Black Russians. +2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 36 Today’s score: +3 Today’s Needle rating: 39