City Desk

The Needle: Closing Time Edition

Last Call For The Alcohol: Closing time at District bars looks likely to remain 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. A D.C. Council committee voted 3-2 to block Mayor Vince Gray's proposal to extend alcohol sales for an extra hour, instead recommending to raise taxes on drinks. Which, to be honest, is the kind of vote that makes you want to go have a stiff drink. -2

On Point: It's back to the drawing board for Poplar Point. The lenders who backed an effort to develop something—maybe a Walmart, maybe a Department of Homeland Security facility—on the site bought it back for $10.7 million after the would-be developers defaulted on their debts. (At one point, the land was targeted for a D.C. United stadium, too.) For now, chances are, the land will remain vacant—and expensive. -1

I'll Fly Away: And now, time for another installment of arbitrary rankings by national magazines! Today's topic: Airports. In this case, we actually agree with Travel + Leisure, which named Dulles International Airport one of the nation's worst. Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport, meanwhile, ranked sixth best. No word on how the rankings will change if—er, we mean when—the Silver Line to Dulles actually opens. -1

Chuck Baby Don't Give A Fuck: Twitter isn't always right when it comes to celebrity deaths, and we can all be thankful for that. The rumor today was that Godfather of the Go-Go Chuck Brown had passed away; Brown was hospitalized last month and postponed some shows. Fortunately, Brown's management reports all is well—Brown is not dead, and he'll resume his concert schedule shortly. Wind us up, Chuck! +4

Yesterday's Needle rating: 44 Today's score: 0 Today's Needle rating: 44

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