City Desk

The Needle: Charitable Air Conditioning Edition

Cooling is Caring"Philanthropub" Cause, which gives all its profits to charity, needs a new air conditioning system, and to buy it, they're seeking donations totaling $11,000, in $11 increments. That way, they can give more money away. Which is a much better pitch than "hey, give us money to buy a new air conditioning system." +1

Posting LossesThe new paywall at the Washington Post helped send online revenue up 15 percent—but that wasn't enough to keep the Washington Post Company's newspaper division from racking up an operating loss of $49.3 million in the second quarter of 2013, in part due to pension and retirement expenses, but in part due to a 4 percent decline in ad revenues. -2

Misery Loves D.C.: It's not just the lousy turn the Washington Nationals season has taken lately—the District really is a suffering sports town, says Forbes, which ranks us 9th in a list of "Most Miserable Sports Cities," ahead of Denver but behind places like Seattle (which recently lost its NBA franchise) and Buffalo (which is in Buffalo). The magazine gives the District no credit for D.C. United's four Major League Soccer titles, but since it's been nine years since they won one, maybe that's fair. -3

Thievery Confirmation: A guy in a fancy suit robbed a bank at 16th and K streets NW, and someone else stole some cash machines from Exxon stations in the District and Prince George's County. -1

Yesterday's Needle rating: 63 Today's score: -5 Friday bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 60

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