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The Needle: The Truth About Cats and Blogs Edition

Don't Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em: report from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs found a large racial disparity in arrests for minor drug offenses and other nonviolent crimes. Black people account for more than 80 percent of arrests in D.C., as well as more than 90 percent of drug possession arrests. Because it's not like people of other races use drugs, too, right-5

Macca Macca Macca: Paul McCartney won't be jamming with one sad little girl tonight at Nationals Stadium, but he's sure to play plenty of Beatles, Wings, and solo hits. Nagging question: Will he bring out any electronic deep cuts? +1

Spots Can Run: The Office of Planning has scaled back its plan to drop parking requirements for developers of new buildings as part of a citywide zoning-code overhaul. The proposal was unpopular among people who worried it would result in more cars parked on the street. Or, as Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning put it: "The absolute no required parking was really wigging people out." +/-0

Washington Kitty Paper: File under "ideas for our next redesign." +3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 74 Today's score: -1 Weekend bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 75

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