City Desk

The Needle: Missed a Day Edition

Dan Snyder Sues: Every day since last summer, The Needle has brought you a status report on the District's quality of life around this time of day. Unfortunately, yesterday, we weren't able to publish one—in part because our site was struggling to deal with all the traffic we were getting, and in part because we were working on this. We're sorry, D.C. Anyway. As you may have heard, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder sued Atalaya Capital Management, the investment firm that owns Washington City Paper's parent company, and Creative Loafing Inc., our parent company, over our "Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder." (In New York, presumably because he was a little nervous about going before a jury of Redskins fans.) The lawsuit itself has no effect on quality of life for most of D.C. But the fact that this is what Redskins management is worried about four days before the Super Bowl? The glory days are gone. -5

Burglar, Charge Thyself: Pepco has been having a tough time lately doing its main duty, which is to say, providing electrical service to customers in the Washington area. The utility, though, seems to be pretty good at fighting crime. Police say Cody Wilkins broke into a Silver Spring home last Friday, looking for jewelry—and, apparently, a place to charge his cell phone, which he left, plugged into the wall, at the house. Wilkins' own home had lost power in last week's snowstorm. +3

Pepco, Charge Thyself: Speaking of Pepco, the utility has come up with an ingenious way to recoup revenue lost by the fact that thousands of its customers weren't using electricity—and thus, weren't buying power from Pepco—after that snowstorm: Raise rates! The accounting may be sound; the politics, to say nothing of the decency, seem a bit off. Economists, of course, would point out that this plan creates incentives for Pepco to have more outages. Pepco customers, though, would point out that they don't need any additional incentive for that. -3

Hi Ho, Kermit the Frog Here: For years, the Capital Children's Museum brought joy to kids around the D.C. area, until it closed in 2004 (and then, briefly, brought joy to slightly older District residents, who fondly recalled past trips to the museum while running around drunkenly in its brief incarnation as Art-o-Matic site). For decades, D.C. native Kermit the Frog has brought joy to kids around the whole world. So a new agreement between the National Children's Museum and Sesame Workshop, producers of Sesame Street? That's a recipe for, yes, joy. +3

Tuesday's Needle rating: 53 Today's score: -2 Today's Needle rating: 51

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