City Desk

The Needle: That’s a Lot of Candy Edition

Billions and Billions: Selling candy remains a pretty lucrative business. Or so we must assume from the news that John Mars and Forrest Mars, Jr. tied for 26th on this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, the highest-ranking of 14 Washington-area plutocrats billionaires to make the cut. The Mars brothers were each worth $10 billion, putting them well behind richest American Bill Gates, worth $54 billion. Some of the others: Nationals owner/real estate magnate Ted Lerner (worth $3 billion, at least until attendance declines further); Mitchell and Stephen Rales, founders of Danaher Corp., at 136th and 159th, worth $2.6 billion and $2.3 billion; and Dan Snyder, 365th, worth $1.1 billion. Hey, look! Yet another reason to hate Dan Snyder. -3

D.C. Don't Stand for Dodge City: Police arrest a juvenile, whom they plan to charge as an adult, in the murder of Neil Godleski, a Catholic University student shot near Sherman Circle NW in Petworth last month while riding his bicycle. Investigators initially said they had few leads, so the arrest came as welcome news. Not as welcome, of course, as if the shooting had been prevented in the first place. +4

Just in Time: Look for the snow from last winter's various -mageddon and -pocalypse storms to finally get cleaned up sometime this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently delivered $2.3 million to the District (and another $6.2 million to Virginia and $4.8 million to Maryland) to pay for snow removal, as temperatures hit 90 degrees for the gazillionth time since the snow fell. Yes, yes, we understand the way these budget things work, and we know the snow's already been cleaned up, or at least melted. Soon enough, it'll be time to break out the shovels again, no doubt. +3

Quiet, Gilbert: The sports desks at local TV stations and newspapers are in crisis mode, as NBA Commissioner David Stern has advised Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas to keep his mouth shut about his recent gun conviction. Arenas, of course, is usually one of the most quotable people in the country, much less athletes in the Washington area. Chances of the team actually making it through the year without violating Stern's order? Slim. -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 61 Today's score: +3 Today's Needle rating: 64

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