City Desk

The Needle: Still Quaking Edition

I Feel The Earth Move: Last summer, the D.C. area shook through a 3.6 magnitude earthquake. 2010: Consider yourself topped. A 5.8 magnitude quake centered 87 miles away (near Mineral, Va.) and about 4 miles underground rumbled this afternoon, forcing buildings to be evacuated, damaging some facilities, and generally freaking everyone the fuck out. The good news: There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or truly devastating damage. The bad news: There may also be a hurricane on the way. -7

Silly Rabbit, Fireworks Are For July: The annual Independence Day fireworks show draws a big crowd. Which may be why Glenn Neff planned to do his own, authorities say: As part of a protest against the banking industry, he was going to set off a bunch of explosives on the Mall. Neff, 27, of Stuart, Fla., was found sitting in his car in Cabin John Regional Park with fireworks, a turret, and tubes to launch them. The bankers, we presume, remain unconcerned. -2

Tickets R Us: In these troubled economic times, tax revenues are dropping, leaving city budgets around the country strapped. The District, though, has a backup plan. Last year, D.C. collected more than $80 million from parking tickets; this year, it had already picked up $50 million through May. That puts it on a pace ahead of Chicago, the third-biggest city in the nation (D.C. is only the 24th-biggest). The revenue may not solve all of D.C.'s financial woes, though: AAA claims 47 percent of tickets were dismissed when contested. +1

Fully Fed: Going to a food bank to feed your family is, by definition, a last resort for people who can't afford to buy groceries. So when the Capital Area Food Bank had to implement a 10 cent-per-pound fee to other food distribution centers to pay for fresh produce, it was a bad sign. But William Conway, managing director of the Carlyle Group, has stepped in with a $1 million donation to cover the costs the fee was going to pay for. Conway, one of the 400 richest people in the country, also gave $5 million to the food bank last year. +2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 69 Today's score: -6 Today's Needle rating: 63

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Comments

  1. #1

    I object to the earthquake/hurricane warranting a minus 7 (the largest number I've seen on here). First of all, I got to go to the bar at 3:30 PM. Second, there don't appear to be many reports of damage. Finally, if the earthquake party is this good, the hurricane party HAS to be better. Think Snowpocalypse, but you can still drive to the places where Metro is shut down due to flooding...

  2. #2

    I feel like the hurricane minus is entirely subjective because I recall having a blast during the one in 2004

  3. #3

    MAD MIKE IM WITH MRS. D ON THE -7. THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN DC YESTERDAY MINUS 45 SECONDS OR SO WAS HELLA GOOD. NOW IF THIS WAS THE MINERAL VA. QofL INDEX THEN I WOULD AGREE WITH YA.

    SLIM NO MAJOR INJURIES OR DEATHS. NO SERIOUS DAMAGE TO WASHINGTON D.C. STRUCTURES BECAUSE OUR BLDGS ARE STURDY AND WE HAVE A HEIGHT RESTRICTION THAT PLAYED A PART.

    FOLK GOTTA OUTTA WORK EARLY AND OFF TODAY. THE SWILL WAS SMASHINGLY BEING PASSED AROUND EARLY AND IN SOME PLACES STILL IS. ALL THE FOOTAGE FROM BLDGS SECURITY CAMS SHOWING FOLK RUNNIN OUTTA ESTABLISHMENTS AND THOSE CLOSE UPS OF FOLKS SUPRISED GRILLS AND STUCK IN A STATE OF CONFUSION DURING SHAKE-UP MAKES FOR GREAT LAUGHTER. ALL THOSE VA. COMMUTERS GETTING STUCK IN TRAFFIC WHILE US WASHINGTONIANS WALKED HOME.

    DUDE LIFE WAS GOOD YESTERDAY BECAUSE EVERYONE STILL HAS LIFE.

    BY THE WAY FUCK IRENE SHE AINT HERE YET! WE WILL DEAL WITH HER BAMMA ASS WHEN SHE SHOWS UP.

  4. #4

    Glad to see your caps lock is back up and running, Noodlez.

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