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A Tweetcar Named Desire: The long awaited streetcars, the savior of D.C. transit policy, have finally arrived—on Twitter, if not in real life. Many months (at least) before the first cars start running anywhere, District Department of Transportation officials rolled out a new Twitter account and website to promote the project. The good news: Now you have someone to complain to if the line doesn’t start running on time. The bad news: When did complaining on Twitter ever actually do anything? +1
This Name for Sale, Md.: Suddenly, naming rights are the hot new commodity of the D.C. area. First Metro announced plans to auction off station names to raise money; now Gaithersburg, Md., is thinking of accepting cash to advertise on municipal buildings or name city events. Maybe Metro can buy the naming rights to Gaithersburg, and Gaithersburg can buy the name of the Rockville station on the Red Line. -2
Censor This Museum: Sure, maybe it set back the cause of freedom of expression. But one thing the “Hide/Seek” controversy at the National Portrait Gallery has been good for? Creative protesting. First, demonstrators screened A Fire In My Belly on the wall of the gallery, and on iPads as they toured the museum, and now, they’ve opened a Museum of Censored Art next door. We look forward to the inevitable museum retrospective in the actual Smithsonian of the protests against how the Smithsonian handled all this, some years in the future. +3
Snookitonian: The Washington Auto Show always draws a good crowd to the convention center. But this year’s edition will have an attraction that past auto shows couldn’t tout: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. The Jersey Shore star, and now, alarmingly, published author, will sign autographs at the show on Monday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. What, exactly, she has to do with cars, we don’t know. But we don’t care. She’s the most entertaining train wreck on TV these days. +1
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 47 Today’s score: +3 Friday bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 52