City Desk

The Needle: All Hail Hail

Meteorological Mayhem: D.C. can't catch a break with the storms, can it? Around 5:30 p.m., Pepco's outage map shows 8,000 customers without power. -3

Heat Defeat: Washington has recorded its seventh day over 100 degrees in 2012, tying this year with 1988 for second place for days above 100 degrees. And we're just halfway through July. -4

Sandal Scandal: A teenage boy got his flip-flop pulled into a Metro escalator last night—and when he tried to pull it out, he got his hand caught, too. The teenager had his hand trapped for 30 minutes. -2

Young Post Readers: In these tough times—as Washingtonians are pelted by hail, burned by the heat, only for the survivors to be gobbled up by escalators—we can count on one thing to keep our spirits up: pictures of babies reading the Washington Post. Silly babies, no one under 40 reads the print edition of the Post+3

Tuesday's Needle rating: 46 Today's score: -6 Today's Needle rating: 40

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