City Desk

The Needle: Fall Storm Watch Edition

Seriously? Snow?: The rumors turned out to be true—the D.C. region is under a winter storm watch for tomorrow, and yes, it could snow. It is, for the record, still October. No word on what this means for February, but honestly, we don't want to know. -3

Occupation Without Representation: Earlier this week, Occupy D.C. marched to the Wilson Building for a protest. Once there, they took down the District flag from in front of the building—adding insult to our colonial status injury. Today, the Occupiers apologized for the snub, writing to DCist, "we stand with the citizens of dc [in] solidarity against the institutional disenfranchisement of its population." Next time, maybe find a federal building to pick on? +1

Oh Deer: It's been quite a week for wild animals in our urban midst. First came word of a mountain lion in Glover Park; then, today, a deer got stuck in a fence in Mt. Pleasant, while another fell into the Tidal Basin. No, there's not a full moon. Yes, we are staying away from the vicinity of the National Zoo this weekend, just to be safe. -1

You Don't Put Your Weed In There: This may not be the weekend to go try to pick up a new bong for, uh, tobacco. Police raided two more shops in Adams Morgan today, a couple of days after arresting seven people at two Capitol Hemp locations. Apparently they seized a lot of pipes, which, thanks to inane federal drug laws, are technically not intended to be used to smoke marijuana. Maybe someone needs to get the Metropolitan Police Department brass some medicine? -3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 53 Today's score: -6 Friday bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 49

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