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The Needle: Walmart Drama Edition

Big-Boxed: Ahead of tomorrow's D.C. Council vote on a large retailer living wage bill, Walmart executives say the company will pull out of three planned D.C. stores—and reconsider three others—if the legislation passes and Mayor Vince Gray signs it into law. Walmart detractors will say the big-box chain is trying to bully legislators concerned with the poorest inhabitants of D.C.'s labor pool; its fans will say the bill is bad for business and jobs. Whatever the threat means, and wherever you stand, now's a good moment to peruse these harrowing tales from Walmart employees. -3

Facebook 'Em: An MPD officer was cleared of administrative charges alleging that he threatened Michelle Obama on social media, although he did receive a 40-day suspension due to unrelated conduct that was unbecoming an officer, and will likely not return to an MPD motorcycle unit that has escorted the president around D.C. -1

Sometimes a Condiment Is Just a Condiment: Be troubled that the swagger of mumbo sauce, like Cool "Disco" Dan before it, is being jacked. Be less troubled that it is being jacked deliciously. -1/+1

Trains Keep a-Rollin': Metro reached a deal for a four-year contract with its largest employee union. The good news: That should avert any concern about a possible transit strike here like the one that ended last week in San Francisco. The bad news: The deal doesn't prevent weekend track maintenance and its attendant station closures. +1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 72 Today's score: -3 Today's Needle rating: 69

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