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140 Characters of Fenty: No Longer Mayor Adrian Fenty has joined Twitter! (A bit belatedly, as DCist notes: “I would have never bet that former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty would have been beaten to the world of the myopic little twits by current Mayor Vince Gray, but here we are.”) There’s no indication whether he’ll use the platform to engage with his former constituents—he’s only tweeted once so far (in the third person), about his appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Worth observing is Fenty’s bio, which is contains so many multitudes it requires abbreviations and a name-drop: “Thrust educ reform to the top of the nat’l agenda hiring @m_rhee, closing ~20% of the city’s schools & implementing a system that tied teacher pay & performance.” +1
Liberty and Froyo for All: Shortly after Pinkberry opened its Fairfax location in November—the California chain’s first outpost in the D.C. metro area—then-Young & Hungry columnist Tim Carman speculated on whether the city has too much frozen yogurt. Conclusion: Well, yeah. But that didn’t stop the proliferation of the self-serve shops, and tomorrow, Pinkberry will open up shop in the District proper. Groan if you’d like, or go and get some free froyo tonight between 6 and 10 p.m. as a preview. +1
In Montgomery County, You’ll Pay for That Carryout Bag: The Montgomery County Council recently passed a bag tax similar to D.C.’s, intended to help clean up the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and their tributaries: To squelch the spread of plastic bags, customers will be charged 5 cents if they choose to use one when buying groceries. “But,” as Mike DeBonis reports for the Post, “Montgomery actually went further than the District. Where the District only mandates that food sellers charge for bags, the county extends its tax to nearly all retail locations.” That’ll actually make for less confusion as to who’s supposed to charge for the bags, which is good for business and good for the rivers. +1
Commonwealth of Corking: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill allowing customers to bring their own wine to restaurants, which the Virginia House of Delegates passed in February. Restaurants of the Commonwealth will allow their patrons to BYOB beginning July 1. (They can also charge up to $75 in corkage fees.) And now? Please, powers that govern alcohol consumption in the District, consider bestowing upon us the same privilege! +1
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 75 Today’s score: +4 Today’s Needle rating: 79