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Trapped: Over at the Reeves Center, the District’s municipal satellite complex at 14th and U streets NW, there’s a massively confusing green-energy experiment: The escalators in the main lobby are turned off to save energy, but it’s not entirely clear where the alternative options to exit are located. (Note to Metro: Post signs next to broken Metrorail escalators saying they’re part of an energy-saving initiative!) -3
Yay, We all Can Blog From the Mall! How many blogging tourists will it take to overtax the National Mall’s new free wifi? We don’t know, but it’s nice to know we have a government-backed wireless option when our online access craps out. +1
Assisting Phillips Collection: Assisting the Remember after the Haitian earthquake when everyone texted their relief donations? The Phillips Collection, the scene of a minor fire last week following a construction incident, is trying something similar with a $5- and $10-donation campaign. +2
No More Invasive Species! First snakeheads in the Potomac, now giant East African snails at Dulles International Airport? Fortunately, U.S. Customs destroyed these suckers. In related news, a wayward Navy drone ventured into Fortress Washington’s protected airspace! Fighter jets were nearly dispatched to shoot the thing down. Under all these threats, it seems our protectors are keeping watch! +2
Danny’s Boys Not Universally Loved: Not only did our poll find out that only 48 percent of D.C. Democratic voters prefer the Washington Redskins to other teams, they’re also losing to the Cowboys in the first-ever Neilson rankings of NFL teams. Burn! -2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 45 Today’s score: 0 Today’s Needle rating: 45