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A Weekend of Mental Anguish: While Glenn Beck and his friends are sure to annoy plenty of District denizens this weekend, thanks to the intrepid reporting by The Washington Post‘s Tim Craig, mental images of Vince Gray in Sex and the City have the potential to create some distress as we’re all falling asleep tonight. Thanks Tim! -3

Blue to Red: The old Georgetown “Blue Bus” will be eliminated this weekend. In its place will be a new D.C. Circulator route linking Dupont Circle with Rosslyn. +2

Person vs. Garbage Truck: Not much to say here, but bad news undeniably. -2

Progress! Day by day, we’re getting closer to the day we can feel like New Yorkers who get to have a really long train ride from the center of the city to an international airport! +1

What’s Good for D.C. Is Good for Bethesda: D.C.’s Taylor Gourmet is certainly a wonderful place, so we don’t mind sharing it with the Maryland suburbs. +1

Water Antics: When we lived on Connecticut Avenue near the National Zoo, we so wanted to throw water balloons off the side of our building and hit some of those Tai Shan-bound visitors who used to take up too much room on the sidewalk. Now, with plans for the “Wet Zone,” orangutans will get to have all the fun. +3

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 42 Today’s score: +2 Bonus points for Friday +2 Today’s Needle rating: 46