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Equipment With Legs: Top Chef contender Mike Isabella’s Graffiato has seen a number of thefts since it opened. Several items, from an iPad to candy bowls, have gone walking out the door. General Manager James Horn mused on other things people could steal for Eater DC, and decided that if someone stole his Berkel slicer, he wouldn’t be able to complain: “You just took 150-pound, $5,000 slicer out of the restaurant in the middle of service. Well, you did it. Good job.” +2
Hogs on the Run: Two pot-bellied porkers are on the run in Anne Arundel County, reports NBC4. They were last seen in an industrial park in Linthicum. “People get these things all the time because they think they’re cute,” associate habitat director of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources Jonathan McKnight told the Capital. “But then they get bigger and people realize, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got a pig in my house.’” The squeakers might be cute, but it’s no good for domestic animals to be on the loose—especially close to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. -1
Not Even Pets are Recession-Proof: As if running away from home wasn’t bad enough, pets are also feeling the ramifications of recession-era belt-tightening. Lots of folks are turning in their pets because they can’t afford them any longer. Local shelters saw a spike in surrenders last year, though now they say adoptions are creeping upward. “We kind of got used to operating at the higher capacity,” Director of Communications and Outreach at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Carrie Drummond told the newly launched Huffington Post DC. -3
Beans by Bike: Peregrine Coffee will deliver the makings of your caffeine fix via two wheels, if you’d like. The local coffee setup, which has locations on Capitol Hill and 14th Street, is expanding its delivery service (the adorably alliterative Pedaler by Peregrine) to encompass the area around the former. “Any home, office or business between Columbia Road and H Street NW, bordered on the east by 7th Street NW and on the west by Rock Creek Parkway is fair game,” reports DCist. +3
Incoming! City Desk’s regular Needler, Managing Editor Mike Madden, is expecting the arrival of his firstborn in the very near future. Mazel tov to Madden and his wife; this calls for an as-yet-unheard-of fifth Needle item and a mega-dose of baby bonus points! +10
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 59 Today’s score: +1 Baby Bonus Points: +10 Today’s Needle rating: 70