City Desk

The Needle: Extinction Stinks


 

Throw Me a Bone: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announced Friday that its dinosaur hall will close April 28 for a $48 million makeover. -5

Seeing Orange: The Virginia Senate passed legislation today that would ban the use of tanning devices by anyone under 15 and require those under 18 to get parental consent before tanning. +4

Bao Bao Now: Burger, Tap & Shake is offering a black and white shake in honor of the National Zoo's baby panda. With Bao Bao making her official public debut this weekend, get ready for lots of gratuitous panda coverage—whether you want it or not. -3

Politics Bite: Filomena Restaurant got a lot of backlash this morning when it was reported that it would be cutting its lunch buffet because of Obamacare. But then the restaurant responded this afternoon and said they were actually cutting the low-profit buffet so that they could provide healthcare to their 80+ employees. +3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 61 Today's score: -1 Friday Bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 62

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