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The Needle: ‘Social Media Is Hot Right Now’ Edition

Tweet On, You Crazy Diamond: Mike DeBonis confirms that former Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry is, indeed, tweeting his own tweets from a brand new Twitter account. “The social media is hot right now,” he says. “I want to keep in touch with technology. I want to stay in touch with the young people.” Sample tweet: "@KwameBrownDC WELL KWAME I LEARNED HOW TO TWEET." +10

Drive Slow, Homie: WTOP reports that a new District government study says D.C. drivers are driving more slowly on 70 percent of roads surveyed, including the Anacostia Freeway, Memorial Bridge, Canal Road and 16th Street. They credit the slow-down to more red light cameras and speed bumps. +5

Where Do Lonely Arts (Commissions) Go? The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will be assuming control of the troubled Lincoln Theatre in the wake of reports about its financial troubles. "DCCAH is basically mangaging the process of finding an artistic director and getting it off the ground until there's management in place to run the theater," says DCCAH spokesperson Marquis Perkins. +3

Pull Your Pennies Together: The ESPN Sports Zone auction is tomorrow, says WJLA: "Items in the online auction include a Washington Redskins football-throwing game, several air hockey tables, industrial-grade cooking platforms and kitchen utensils. Even the most minute of items, including speakers, subwoofers, lights, tables and chairs will be on the block." See the list here. +2

Friday's Needle rating: 30 Today's score: +20 Today's Needle rating: 50

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  • kevlarlover

    +20 for these? Seriously? I assume you were just looking to reset the scale to 50, as things have been getting pretty crappy in DC lately and you didn't want the scale to dip into negative numbers.

  • Shani Hilton

    @kevlarlover: pretty much!

  • Typical DC BS

    I wouldn't have given Barry a +10. Maybe a +1 at best. He's gotten non-sensical these past few years.

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