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Royal Registry: Planning to crash the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton? Besides packing your white tie and tails and/or Cinderella-esque ball gown, don’t forget to make a donation to a D.C.-based charity. PeacePlayers International, a local organization that uses basketball to bring people together in regions with conflicts, is on the list of non-profits the British royals designated to receive contributions in lieu of gifts. (But go ahead and buy them that gravy boat, too, just in case.) +2
Name That Anteater: The National Zoo has been in the midst of something of a baby boom lately, with cheetah cubs, lion cubs, and red panda cubs arriving recently (though not, alas, any new giant pandas). So when it came time to name the latest addition—a baby anteater—zoo officials were at something of a loss. They’ve turned the choice over to us, the anteater-loving public of the D.C. region. Vote online for which name you prefer from five choices: Pablo, Termito, Demetrio, Fausto, and Valerio. And no, we don’t think Fausto is a girl anteater’s name. +2
Bulletproof: In most cities, word that someone had shot the headquarters of a political party would come as bad news. Here in the District, though, where the local Republicans had been mostly moribund for years, it might be a sign that local politics are becoming a bit more vibrant that someone shot out the window of the GOP office near 13th and K streets NW. Apparently an air gun may have been the weapon of choice for whoever did it. Obviously, we don’t advocate—or condone—political violence. But look on the bright side, Republicans; at least someone noticed you! +1
March Metro Madness: The annual productivity suck known as the NCAA men’s basketball tournament gets underway tomorrow (well, technically, it got underway Tuesday night with “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio, but those don’t count in most office pools). The Verizon Center has a full slate of games on tap for Thursday and Saturday; Thursday night’s doubleheader, starting at 7:20 p.m., may not end until close to midnight. And Metro, giving it the old college try, has promised not to strand thousands of people at the Gallery Place station—it’ll keep trains running until 1 a.m. Thursday night, and add trains to the Red, Yellow, and Green lines after games wrap up. The good news, for those of us attending the games, is that by the time the evening session ends, St. Patrick’s Day revelers will have long since passed out. +2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 51 Today’s score: +7 Today’s Needle rating: 58