The Needle: Perks of Marion Barry
Above the Law: Marion Barry was able to get his Jaguar out of the impound lot free of charge after a weekend car collision highlighted thousands of dollars in unpaid parking and traffic tickets for that one car. The owner of D.C. Towing and Recovery says he comped the impound for the mayor-for-life because he wanted to show him "some appreciation and respect because he’s done so much for the community." -3
Cross-dressing Governor?: The Washington Post's live blog of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial is still one of the most entertaining reads on the Internet. One of today's highlights came when a defense attorney, William Burck, was trying to make the point that the ex-governor was not required to disclose gifts made to his wife. "Do you know if the governor enjoyed wearing women's clothing?" Burck asked to an adviser Jason Eige, was on the stands. "I have no knowledge of that," Eige replied. +5
D.C. Gentleman: On Tap Magazine—a publication that's a partner of Ted Leonsis' Monumental Network—published a list of six men making the D.C. scene. Among the honorees? Zach Leonsis, the son of Ted Leonsis and the manager of business development at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Making the D.C. scene is easier when you helped build the technology that powers the list, maybe. -1
Mass Transit: In its first week, Metro clocked nearly 220,000 trips taken to or from one of the five new Silver Line stations. +2
Correction: This post originally misstated Monumental Network's relationship with On Tap. They share a publishing platform and some content and advertising, but On Tap is independently owned, not owned by Monumental.
Yesterday's Needle rating: 47 Today's score: +3 Today's Needle rating: 50