City Desk

The Needle: R.I.P., Joe

Mogul Passes: Joe L. Allbritton, whose Allbritton Communications was behind Politico, WJLA, and, uh, TBD, died today at 87. Allbritton's Riggs National Bank also laundered money for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, which made for some interesting disparities in coverage between the Post and Allbritton-owned outlets. -4

Passenger Passed Over: Popular bar The Passenger will likely close or move by 2014 due to construction, says one of the developers behind an adjacent project. -5

Bus Busted: U.S. Marshal arrested a Metro bus driver this morning while he was driving his route. Metro tells WTOP that the employee has been "relieved of duty." +2

WJLA: WJLA—Joe. L. Allbritton. Of course! +2

Tuesday's Needle rating: 18 Today's score: -5 Wednesday's Needle rating: 13

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