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The Needle: Lion Baby Boom Edition

More Lions!: A veritable feline baby boom is under way at the National Zoo, where three lion cubs were born this morning. Four others arrived last month. The mother was Nababiep, the 6-year-old sister of Shera, the 5-year-old mother of the other cubs. (The zoo's lone male lion, 4-year-old Luke, was the father to both.) Soon enough, both Nababiep and Shera will be dealing with a familiar concern for many residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the zoo—how to get their offspring into Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. +6 (2 points per lion)

Now Serving Cocaine Pupusas: Running a small neighborhood restaurant is tough; profit margins are slim, and there's competition everywhere. So authorities say El Limeno, a Salvadoran joint at 2nd and Upshur streets NW, decided to add a little something to the menu to bring in business. Specifically, cocaine. A Metropolitan Police Department raid today seized "significant" amounts of coke, cash, and two vehicles from the business, which is now closed. Naturally, comments on the bust on Prince of Petworth devolved into an argument about whether the pies at Pete's Apizza are overpriced. -3

Van Vandals: Officials at D.C. Central Kitchen arrive to discover nine of the non-profit's 15 vehicles were vandalized overnight, with logos spray-painted red and mirrors and windows damaged. The food bank and culinary job training group is one of the area's best-known (José Andrés is a big backer), but it's unclear why they were targeted. One theory: Rush Limbaugh is to blame. Which, generally, is a good explanation for many of the world's problems. -4

Car? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Car: About 5,000 people in the D.C. area opt for alternative transportation to work today, joining Car Free Day to celebrate other ways of getting around. Upon realizing that a) it's supposed to pour tonight, making the walk or bike home a lot less fun than the trip in, and b) Metro did not magically solve all its problems overnight on Tuesday, chances are most of them will be back to driving tomorrow. But hey! It's a start! +3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 59 Today's score: +2 Today's Needle rating: 61

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  • Sommer Mathis

    Glad to see the lion cubs are getting two points apiece. Just as it should be.