City Desk

The Needle: Battle Wounds

Gun Battle: Bullets from a gunfight early Friday morning damaged the African American Civil War Memorial right outside the entrance to the U Street Metro stop. -7

Word: D.C. food experts were asked to describe the year in food in one word, and the consensus seems to be that 2013 was marked by a lot of new restaurants and craft beer. +2

Troubling Science: A new study tied an increase in D.C. stillbirth rates to recent spikes in lead levels in drinking water. -5

Closing Time: Cause, the Shaw "philanthropub" that aimed to give all its profits to charity, closed because it wasn't making any profits, which meant no money for charity. -3

Yesterday's Rating: 92 Today's score: -13 Friday bonus: +1 Needle rating: 80

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