The Needle: Fake Richard Sarles
Evil Twins: Metro pushed back on two short-lived Twitter accounts impersonating Metro General Manager Richard Sarles and spokesman Dan Stessel. Following a Metro tweet saying that @danstessel wasn't associated with the agency, @ricksarles has been suspended, and the Stessel account has disappeared.
While I didn't see Stessel's impersonator, the Sarles account was going for a mountain man vibe, with tweets about moonshine and being a codger. The best part was Sarles's "bio":
Danny, what do I put here. Metro#
Stessel did not respond to a request for comment. +3No Driving Zone: The Metropolitan Police Department did its job live on Fox News Channel today, pulling over host Chris Wallace in the middle of a live TV interview while he drove and chatted on his cell phone, which is illegal. "I’m talking to you on a cellphone, and there’s a policeman here, and I probably shouldn't have been talking on a cellphone," Wallace said during an Allman in the Morning broadcast. "So, uh. I’m about to get arrested. Goodbye." Wallace was not, in fact, arrested. +1
Wax On: Fans of Vincent Orange and '90's cinema thrilled to WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show today for a mash-up of Orange's boastful D.C. Council speechifying and The Karate Kid. It's worth a watch, and features Marion Barry in the role of Mr. Miyagi. +2
D.C.'s Top Complainer: The Post profiles Terry Lynch, whose incessant complaints to D.C. agencies are aimed at improving D.C.'s quality of life. +2
Yesterday's Needle rating: 31 Today's score: +8 Friday bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 41