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The Needle: Smartphone Vindication Edition

Gotcha! One Terrence McNatt has been convicted on two counts of robbery and "admitted that he was a member of the 'Swisha Splash Boys,' a group that robs Metro passengers of their iPhones." McNatt's repeated snatching of the shiny Apple devices landed him six years in prison. It's probably safe to assume that there are still iPhone thieves at large, though, so avoid fiddling on yours—especially when seated next to Metrorail car doors. +2

Rhee-Dux: Former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, currently head of the non-profit Students First organization, appears to never not be under scrutiny. This time, a former D.C. math teacher is alleging that Rhee "lied repeatedly" about the gains made in her time at Baltimore's Harlem Park Elementary School in the 1990s. It's hard to discern whether the uneven gains of Rhee's classes are fraudulent or not, but the issue certainly has public school circles buzzing. -1

Groceries Galore: The Southwest Waterfront Safeway is changing its guard: Rather than uniformed security officers, plainclothes greeters will be hanging out at the store's front doors, welcoming shoppers and inspecting receipts as they leave. (This seems to be the grocery store equivalent of removing the bulletproof glass barrier from liquor store and carry-out clerks.) And, things at the O Street Market site in Shaw, the future home of a brand-new Giant, are finally on the move—with some fancy renderings+3

Super Hyper Local: The Washington Post is launching Trove, a free news aggregation website, reports The Wall Street Journal. Trove will enable users to set preferences that determine and influence algorithms that then determine and influence the news that they read—as you might expect, since this isn't exactly a new way of accessing news. In fact, it reminds us of a certain six-month-old site that allows readers to specify ZIP codes they're interested in for location-based news. Well, as they say, "Content is king." -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 46 Today's score: +3 Friday Bonus Points: +2 Today's Needle rating: 51

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  • drez

    For a mathematician, his analysis sure lacks anything approaching rigor. No professional statistician would dare risk their credibility based on such flimsy and shallow "analysis". A stat 101 student would be failed for this.
    And he teaches math at DCPS.

  • drez

    To be clear- Mr Brandenberg's pretty graphs show aggregated data for the entire school- not only for the classes Ms Rhee taught at that school.
    Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

  • Rick Mangus

    Rhee was the BEST thing to happen to the DC school system ever! The crooked WTU will of course tell you otherwise, welcome back parents to incompetent teachers, lower test scores and stupid kids!

  • lynnehburt

    Awesome, Printapons saves me time and money! You can see the coupons instantly and don't have to search for ones.

  • aap71

    This just in: WJLA's Bill Lord named news director of Trove, which will be renamed TroveChannel8.

  • noodlez

    Drez-EVEN HIS FLIMSY AND SHALLOW SHOWS SHE WAS NOT EXACTLY HONEST AND FORTHCOMING ABOUT HER GAINS. IM SURE IF HE DIG DEEPER AND SEPARATE HER SCORES FROM THE SCHOOL THERE WILL BE MANY MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT HER INABLITIES.

    HER HEART MAYBE IN THE RIGHT PLACE BUT HER BRAIN ISNT.
    SHE IS WHAT ONE WOULD CALL A PAPER CHAMPION. LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER BUT WHEN PRESSED INTO ACTION SHOWS LIKE A CHUMP.

  • Drez

    noodlez
    His flimsy and shallow analysis are just that- flimsey and shallow all heshows was show how the school as a whole did- not how individual classes within grades or individule teachers at that school did. His analysis (actually, not even really analysis- just a few numbers on a graph) literally means nothing.
    This 30-year math teacher either doesn't understand the basics of the subject he is supposed to be able to teach, or he is attempting to mislead. If I was his statistics teacher, he'd get an F. The least he could have done is analyzed the probability that Rhees claims are true. I can only guess he lacks the knowledge and/or data to do so. Either way, he can't back up his claims and yet pretends to.
    Disgraceful. It's exactly the sort of thing he accuses her of.

  • Drez

    /b
    *sigh*

  • noodlez

    REZ-ITS PROB THE DATA. MEMBA WE TALKIN BOUT B-MO HERE.

    WITH THAT BEING SAID IM WILLING TO WAGER THAT IN 6-12 MONTHS TIME SHE WILL BE BE EXPOSED FOR THE FRAUD THAT SHE REALLY IS.

  • drez

    noodlez
    ...IM WILLING TO WAGER THAT IN 6-12 MONTHS TIME SHE WILL BE BE EXPOSED FOR THE FRAUD...
    Perhaps, Sherlock, but not by one who posts unrelated data and makes fraudulent claims regarding it.
    SH
    It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.

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