City Desk

The Needle: Occupy Congress Edition

Congress, Occupied: Occupy D.C. is one of the only remaining encampments in the nation, after crackdowns in other cities, and the protesters in McPherson Square appear to be making the most of it. They filed for permits today to hold an "Occupy Congress" march on the Mall on Jan. 17. But maybe that doesn't go far enough. After all, Congress is pretty inept; it's hard to see how a group of people who've been sleeping outside all winter could actually do a worse job than the ones the rest of the country (but not D.C., of course) has sent here to govern. Why not make them switch places for the day? +2

Redistricting, Not Just For ANCs Anymore: Should the dawn of 2012 on Sunday mean that, due to misbehavior on your part on New Year's Eve, the police are looking for you, exactly who you'll be dodging could be a little different. Come Sunday, new police district boundaries will be in place throughout D.C. The boundaries were last redrawn in 2004, and booming populations in neighborhoods like Columbia Heights and H Street NE since then meant police resources don't match up as well with needs. Naturally, the changes yielded anxious community meetings, as any change in our city does. +1

No Edition: Underage drinkers planning to party Saturday night in Georgetown can blame some of their own if their scheme to spend the night at Third Edition has now been foiled. The club will be closed through the weekend after allegedly selling to minors. Third Edition says they'll be shut down "due to circumstances beyond our control," and promises refunds for anyone who bought advance tickets to a New Year's Eve party. -1

London Calling: Okay, yes, we get it—it's been a bad year for the Washington Redskins. The team can finish no better than 6-10, the same sorry record as last year, despite starting off the season 3-1, and a loss in Sunday's finale in Philadelphia would leave them 5-11. But still, London Fletcher can't get a break? The linebacker leads the NFL in tackles (though that may be more a side effect of playing for a losing team than a sign of his virtue), yet was left out of the lineup for the annual Pro Bowl all-star game. What he ought to do is take Sunday off and fly to Hawaii on his own anyway—since the rest of the team's been playing like they're on vacation all year. -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 59 Today's score: +1 But Dave McKenna's leaving Washington City Paper: -10 Today's Needle rating: 50

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  • noodlez

    I CANT UNDERSTAND WHY FLETCHER CANT GET ANY LOVE???

    ONE OF THE TOP FIVE MLB'S IN THE LEAGUE!!
    HE IS THE PEYTON MANNING OF MIDDLE LINEBACKERS.

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