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No Meat Suit for D.C. Council: Behold, the awesome power of sunlight and transparency! Just days ago, D.C. Council members were whining to each other about how they couldn’t get free tickets to their luxury suite at the Verizon Center. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the city, some of them also whined to The Washington Post about it. And as a result, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham won’t be attending tonight’s Lady Gaga concert, after all. Instead, he’s donating his two tickets to the Sitar Arts Center, presumably so Ward 1 kids can learn about how outré fashion choices can lead to big record deals. We applaud Graham for coming to his senses instead of demanding free tickets, and we’ll politely ignore the fact it took a newspaper story to prompt him to do the right thing. (Er, maybe we won’t entirely ignore it.) If only such sanity were contagious among his colleagues. +2
Sulaimon Showdown: The day in D.C. politics, summarized: 1) Washington City Paper reports former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has been escorted from his office with the D.C. government, where he has a $110,000-a-year job; 2) Reporters attempt to get answers from Mayor Vince Gray about Brown’s job status; 3) Security in the Wilson Building appears to contemplate removing reporters from the building—or worse; 4) Brown shows up at Gray’s press conference about, uh, Brown, and starts crying. He’ll keep his job for another 15 days, earning $4,500 from the government in the process. Anyway, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go write a reality TV show pitch up. -5
Semen Sprayer Sentencing: Finally, the world has learned just what the proper punishment is for assaulting women in the particularly perverted way that Michael Wayne Edwards Jr. preferred: Spraying them with semen as they shopped in Gaithersburg grocery and craft stores. Edwards, who pleaded guilty in November, was sentenced to three years on probation. No word on whether the judge’s order included any instructions to stay away from his criminal substance of choice. -1
All Wrong for Wright: For four years, point guard Chris Wright has been the heart of the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team. Sure, sometimes he made rash decisions in the middle of a fast break—but more often than not, when Wright plays well, the Hoyas win. Which is why any basketball fans watching last night’s game had to be sad to see Wright leave the team’s upset loss to Cincinnati with a broken left hand, in the penultimate home game of his college career. With the Big East and NCAA tournaments coming up, Georgetown’s in a tough spot now. But losing Wright would hurt them at any time in any year. Some hopeful news: Early reports are that he may be back before “One Shining Moment” plays. -3
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 37 Today’s score: -7 Today’s Needle rating: 30