City Desk

The Needle: Uncontrolled Air Traffic Edition

I Am Serious, And Don't Call Me Shirley: There's just one air traffic controller on duty at Reagan National Airport between midnight and 6 a.m., and he fell asleep Wednesday night? Surely, you can't be serious. Actually, that's no longer the case; after news broke that two planes had to land themselves with no controller on duty, federal officials doubled the crew (which, no doubt, had the airport's namesake rolling over in his grave). We'd still probably rather fly out of DCA than Dulles. -2

Breaking the Law: Smart phones have made it easier to do all kinds of things—cheat at trivia, play video games on the bus, and now, thanks to apps that warn about police DUI checkpoints, drive drunk. Now cops say they're trying to get creative in applying existing laws to crack down on anyone using the apps. We're not fans of creative expansions of police powers, but we like drunk driving even less. +1

No School: The move to the University of the District of Columbia this year was supposed to be an upgrade for Wilson High School students; most high schools, after all, aren't quite as spiffy as most colleges when it comes to facilities. (Wilson's building is being renovated.) But a sewage backup at the temporary campus meant classes were canceled for Wilson today. Unlike a snow day, it's hard to predict sewage problems in advance—unless someone in the school's AP Civil Engineering class caused it? -1

Hollywood for FBI People: Another big-budget movie is coming to D.C. this weekend—and this time, if there are cars turning into robots, it means something's gone wrong. A new biopic about former FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio will be shooting downtown Saturday and Sunday. Sure, the traffic might be bad, but at least they're not filming in Brooklyn, like the Gossip Girl folks will be for their new show set in Georgetown. +1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 61 Today's score: -1 Today's Needle rating: 60

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