City Desk

The Needle: Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili: A San Francisco–based website is launching a service that ships food across the country, including a frozen 16-pack of half smoke chili dogs from Ben's Chili Bowl for $79.99. +2

Slow and Steady: Phase 1 of Metro's Silver Line is scheduled to reach "substantial completion" in November, but WMATA is still far from announcing a date for service to begin. -2

Bikes and Stripes: D.C. transportation officials got permission to test the effectiveness of installing a physical barrier called a zebra in between the car and bike lanes on two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue. +3

A Worthy Cause: A fund has been set up to help the families of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting and another to help the region deal with the long-term effects of such violence. Donate here. +4

Yesterday's Needle rating: 57 Today's score: +7 Today's Needle rating: 64

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