City Desk

The Needle: Son of a Beach

Protest City: Mayor Vince Gray thinks D.C. residents should consider ditching their summer vacation plans after Rep. Andy Harris, who represents all of Maryland's Eastern shore, successfully introduced an amendment in Congress to block D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill. If residents do decide to vacation there, Gray said he would not be averse if they "picket places that he may frequent or picket his office or whatever." +4

Panda Daddy:  The ever-elusive Rusty the Red Panda became the father to three baby cubs last week. Congrats, Rusty! +1

Icky Crabs: A parasite is affecting the Chesapeake's young blue crab population, which makes crabs taste mushy. -2

Love Brewing: This adorable Bethesda couple has tried 25,000 beers in the last 35 years. +3

Friday's Needle rating: 61 Today's score: +Today's Needle rating: 67

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