City Desk

The Needle: Fight On ‘Til You Have Won, Sons of Washington Edition

Please Remain Terrified: Those warnings about an anniversary bombing yesterday, as the nation marked ten years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, turned out to be a false alarm, as no attack materialized. But that doesn't mean vigilance can come to an end; authorities say they'll keep on high alert, apparently just in case the terrorists had the wrong date circled in their calendars. The hyper-awareness of security that's brought on by seeing cops with automatic rifles patrolling public spaces may be a good deterrent, but it's also quite reminiscent of those sad, scary days of early fall a decade ago. We prefer being afraid of things like earthquakes and hurricanes, if we've got a choice. -2

A Dedication Deferred: Peak hurricane season ends in late October. Which means the new dedication date for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Oct. 16, isn't entirely out of danger—but it's not likely to be rained out again by tropical weather. The original ceremony, of course, was scheduled for the weekend when Hurricane Irene brought tropical storm-force winds and downpours to the District. President Barack Obama will still speak. No need to wait until then to go visit, though; the memorial is already open. +2

Marylandasaurus Rex: If the University of Maryland ever gets tired of being the Terrapins, they could always upgrade to an older type of reptile. A fossilized dinosaur hatchling discovered in College Park 14 years ago gets some press in the latest issue of Journal of Paleontology as the youngest fossilized dinosaur ever found. The hatchling is a nodosaur, a type of dinosaur rarely found in the United States. No word on what its parents did for dinosaur day care, the pressing concern for all new parents in the D.C. area. +1

Rexy Actually Is Kind Of Sexy: Like just about everyone in town whose last name isn't "Grossman," we were skeptical of the idea of sending the Washington Redskins into the NFL season with Rex Grossman as their quarterback. Evidently, we were wrong. Grossman and the Redskins beat the New York Giants 28-14 yesterday at FedEx Field, starting the season off 1-0. This means the team is now undefeated since owner Dan Snyder dropped his lawsuit against Washington City Paper and staff writer Dave McKenna over "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder." We'll see you all in Indianapolis in the official City Paper luxury box. +4

Friday's Needle rating: 55 Today's score: +5 Today's Needle rating: 60

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