Red Line Shutdown: Five stations on Metrorail’s Red Line will be shuttered this weekend for extensive track maintenance. If you’re headed in the direction of Silver Spring and Glenmont, be aware that you’ll have to take a shuttle bus from Fort Totten or Georgia Avenue-Petworth. -2

New York’s Loss Is D.C.’s Gain: Up in New York state, the Public Employees Federation is facing some heat within its ranks for having its Sept. 12-15 convention in the nation’s capital at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Woodley Park. The problem? They’d rather spend their money back home in New York to help its sagging economy. The D.C. convention should keep Open City packed and therefore more tax revenue for District coffers! Thanks New York state unions! +2

No Pain, No Gain: Adams Morgan business owners on 18th Street NW are preparing for the worst: A planned streetscaping project is set to create a gigantic mess for those who live, work, and play in the busy corridor. In the end, the project should make pedestrian life so much better in the congested area. In the short term, the project is going to just plain suck. -2

Win-Win: But here’s a street reconstruction project where it seems everyone wins. Georgetown will keep its historic trolley tracks and get a better street surface, too. +1

Frio, Frio! The answer to this headline is “yes.” But eh, with Hurricane Earl, at least we won’t have any massive storm surge headed up the Potomac from the Chesapeake! Good news for this Labor Day weekend! +1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 35 Today’s score: 0 Friday bonus points: +1 3-day weekend bonus points: +1 Today’s Needle rating: 37