City Desk

The Needle: Trapped in the Metro Edition

Woman Locked in Metro Station: Not only did a sign on the platform at the Virginia Square-GMU Station incorrectly display a notice that a District-bound Blue Line train would arrive in 9 minutes, but when the station manager locked up for the night earlier this week, he didn't seem to notice Chrissy Shugars sitting there. It was actually past midnight, and there would be no next train until the morning. (Eventually, Metro police let her out.) Sure, Shugars should have realized the time and made her transfer at Rosslyn. But now you can add "getting locked in station" to the long, long list of things you have to worry about when you ride Metro. -2

"Running of the Brides" Comes to D.C.: Activists used to have a theory that "heightening the contradictions" of the capitalist system—making the flaws worse, and less tolerable—would speed its destruction and replacement with some other system that brought some semblance of social justice. In the case of the wedding-industrial complex, though, that doesn't seem to have worked at all; if it had, women would not have lined up outside a Filene's Basement in Friendship Heights this morning to run, screaming, through the store in pursuit of discounted wedding dresses. -1

Miss Iowa to Throw Out First Pitch: When Michael Batista stepped in at the last minute to pitch for Stephen Strasburg Tuesday, he wasn't offended by the crowd's reception at Nationals Park. "Imagine if you go there to see Miss Universe and you end up having Miss Iowa—you might get those kind of boos," Batista said later. Naturally, that set off a mini-firestorm of umbrage (what else is the Internet for, after all?). Lest anyone think the Nats were trying to offend the Hawkeye State, they've arranged for Katherine Connors—better known as, yes, Miss Iowa—to throw out the first pitch at tonight's game. Imagine if the team could turn around the season as quickly as the P.R. department managed to turn around the week! +1

Mother Nature Halts Torture of the DMV: The temperature wasn't anywhere near 100; it wasn't even anywhere near 90. Humidity vanished. There were no earthquakes, blizzards or tornadoes. Which is a good thing, because at the rate this year's been going up to now, it wouldn't be a surprise if September brought floods—and October brought a monster attack. +2

Washington Post Endorses Adrian Fenty for Mayor: In other news, scientists are reasonably sure the sun will rise in the East tomorrow. 0

Yesterday's Needle rating: 46 Today's score: 0 (But it's Friday! bonus: +2) Today's Needle rating: 48

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  • Keli

    I wish The Needle could update every hour. This is such a good series!

  • NM

    Um, MIGUEL Batista?

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