City Desk

The Needle: Et Tu, New York Times? Edition

First the Technologists Came for the Post: One prevailing theme in the coverage of the sale of the Washington Post is the question of whether it marks the closing of an era in which local dynastic owners ruled benevolently over America's papers of record. So, even though there's no evidence of this being a possibility, everybody wants to know: Will the New York Times be next? -2

Undercover Smother: An anti-sweatshop group is suing the Metropolitan Police Department, alleging it had an undercover officer infiltrate the group to monitor peaceful protests. Which mostly makes one wonder how many of the tent-dwellers at Occupy D.C. were actually cops.  -1

Livin' on a Prayer: Here is some footage of Tommy Wells doing karaoke. -5

Get in (Blurred) Line: Tickets for the Virgin Mobile  FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavillion—featuring Vampire Weekend and Robin Thicke—go "on free" tomorrow. Get 'em while they're cheap! +1

Monday's Needle rating: 58 Today's score: -7 Today's Needle rating: 51

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