City Desk

The Needle: Under Arrest Edition

Suspected Shooter: Authorities say they've arrested one of the men responsible for yesterday's broad daylight shooting outside a funeral on U Street. Brandon Miller, of Girard Street NW, was taken into custody late last night. Miller will be charged with the murder of Jamal Coates. Still at large, according to the Metropolitan Police Department: A car used to flee the scene of the attack, and possibly another suspect. Not surprisingly, MPD says the shooting was related to ongoing gang clashes, and had nothing to do with Ashley McRae, whose funeral was shot up. -5

Traffic Not So Jammed: Every year, the Texas Traffic Institute's Urban Mobility Report causes a lot of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments here in the D.C. region, when it declares congestion in the area is bad enough to rival that Chinese traffic jam. But a new study by CEOs for Cities says we're actually in better shape if you measure how much time people spend in their cars during peak driving times, ranked only 14th. Nashville ranks worst, mostly because of sprawl. Which means there are 13 cities with more sprawling suburbs than D.C.'s. Which is sort of scary. +2

Negative Growth: The recession may be officially over. But Almost Mayor Vincent Gray tells local business leaders D.C. may as well be in a depression. Gray probably is feeling a little depressed, ever since new budget projections came out showing the District will have a $175 million shortfall in the fiscal year beginning Friday. By Nov. 2, will he still want the job he spent the last few months beating Adrian Fenty for? -3

Special Sausage Delivery: Forget about the healthy, local vegetables that typically fill community-supported agriculture boxes—why eat that green stuff when you can have pork instead? Seasonal Pantry is starting a sausage club that promises 6 pounds of meat for $50 in October. The bad news: You've got to go pick the links up yourself, rather than having them arrive at your house. The good news: That little bit of exercise will help keep your arteries clear. +2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 46 Today's score: -4 Today's Needle rating: 42

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