City Desk

The Needle: Drop the Bass

The House Music of Representatives: David Brooks' column this week, which employs dance moves as a metaphor for Democratic and Republican maneuverings around the sequester,  is inexplicably titled "The D.C. Dubstep." Untz untz untz, Senator Skrillex. +3

Throwback: Mayor Vince Gray wants D.C. license plates to start referring to Washington as "the District of Columbia" instead of "Washington D.C." The new phrasing was also on pre-1960s plates. +1

Feel the Noise: The Verizon Center's Jumbotron is getting a decibel meter to show spectators how loud they are. +2

Whatta Town: Because this is the world we live in, WTOP has tips on how to navigate "food porn" culture: "Before you post a mean review, remember that chefs have feelings, too." -3

Thursday's Needle rating: 70 Today's score: +3 It's Friday: +1 Today's Needle rating: 74

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