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The Needle: Valentine’s Play Edition

Passion Play: The National Museum of Crime and Punishment has drawn the ire of Hollaback DC, which says the museum's "Crimes of Passion" exhibit mocks domestic violence victims. Attendees of the exhibit are handcuffed to their partners as they tour the museum; a few special posters accompany existing exhibits showcasing dashing romantics like Bonnie and Clyde and St. Valentine. Although the museum's website now has information on domestic violence, Hollaback DC, which shines a light on street harassment, isn't mollified. The blog would prefer that the exhibit not return next year. -2

Pay to Play: Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson was indicted on extortion, bribery, and conspiracy charges. Alleged shady dealings between Johnson and a slew of unnamed political players resulted in a county housing department that aggressively exercised its power and legislation that favored developers. While it's not a pretty picture, Johnson's indictment sets the stage for current County Executive Rushern Baker to pursue his goal of a corruption-free Prince George's. +1

Deadly Play:  A burglary in Brookland turned deadly early this morning. Fifth District police officers arrived on the scene and confirmed that a break-in was in process. When the suspects exited the home, they opened fire on the officers surrounding it. One suspect was killed and the other was severely injured; a third suspect is in police custody. The suspects are thought to be connected to other home invasions in the neighborhood. -3

Petal Play: And now, for some lighthearted news: The azaleas are saved! This spring could have been the last for the National Arboretum's Azalea Hill, which ran out of funding (attending to the blooms costs around $110,000 a year). The plants themselves were on the chopping block. Fortunately, a $1 million private donation to the Friends of the National Arboretum has saved the azaleas for years to come. +3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 51 Today's score: -1 Today's Needle rating: 50

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  • joan

    why negative points for thugs getting shot by cops? At least one won't be perpetrating home invasions anymore

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