City Desk

The Needle: Sing, Sing, Sing Edition

Don't Worry, If There's a Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go: With frequent delays and crowded trains, Metro's Orange Line can bring out incivility in anyone. But a new ad in the Clarendon station is rude even accounting for its location. Written to complain about President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, it includes the choice line, "Go to hell Barack." (And without the comma after "hell" that it really needs!) Rep. Jim Moran, a Virginia Democrat, complained about it to Metro brass; no word yet on whether the ad will stay up, but Metro social media maven Dan Stessel tweeted a link to a legal brief indicating that they can't take it down. Besides: Metro needs the money! -1

Heaven Is A Truck: And now, time for another edition of meaningless arbitrary national rankings! Today's installment deals with food trucks. Fojol Bros., the outfit that runs Indian-inspired, Ethiopian-inspired, and Thai-inspired cuisine caravans around the District, comes in among the top 20 trucks in the nation, according to Smithsonian magazine. It's not the first time the Fojolians have won national recognition, and it probably won't be the last. +2

I Can't Drive 55: Sure, Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown has a thing for Lincoln Navigators. But over the District line, Prince George's County Councilwoman Karen Toles was pulled over driving 105 miles per hour in a 55 mph speed limit zone—and got only a warning for it. The good news: It's not just members of the D.C. Council who find ways to get into automobile-related trouble. The bad news: You might find yourself driving on the same highway as Toles one day. -1

Take This Job And Shove It: Newspaper editors don't typically wake up all that punctually, and we're in more of an NPR mood first thing in the day, anyway. But still, word that WRC morning anchor Joe Krebs is retiring after 32 years with Channel 4 means the end of an era, albeit a very early era (the broadcast runs from 4:30 a.m. t0 7 a.m.). The station plans a tribute to Krebs the last week in March. Set your alarms! -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 55 Today's score: -1 Today's Needle rating: 54

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