City Desk

The Needle: It’s Time to Drink Edition

Please Yield. Or Else: Sure, traffic-enforcement cameras are annoying for drivers. But there's good news with the street cameras for pedestrians! Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier says that a new enforcement program will allow for smaller, "easier-to-deploy" cameras that will also look for violations where cars fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Watch out Maryland drivers speeding up and down upper 13th, 14th and 16th streets NW! +2

Getting Results: Yay! There's going to be a hearing about how the city reacted during the massive thundersnow-sparked traffic nightmare that paralyzed the city last week. Residents and experts will assess what went wrong. This will solve all the city's problems, for sure. -1

Our Brightening Economy: In this tough economic climate, here's more good news: Former Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed on as an outside adviser for Rosetta Stone! +2

Sad News: A teenager was shot near McKinley Tech in Eckington earlier this afternoon. -2

There's Hope in Rosslyn! Just as there are still some sore feelings following the ousting of a food cart from the corner of Wilson Boulevard and N. Lynn Street, a new food truck—"offering their assortment of cheese steaks and Spiedies—cubed meat marinated in herbs and spices, cooked over a flame and then sandwiched with toppings in between a submarine roll"— pulled up into the Arlington County neighborhood's concrete-and-glass canyons. +2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 51 Today's score: +3 Friday bonus points: +2 Today's Needle rating: 56

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