City Desk

The Needle: Silent Lawsuit

Celebrity-Themed Bar Woes: Shaw's brand new Charlie Chaplin-themed bar, The Chaplin, has to change its name due to a threat of a lawsuit from the real Chaplin's estate. Keeping true to its theme, the bar will now be called Chaplin Restaurant & Bar. +/-0

Good Start: The Washington Post editorial board says it will no longer use the Washington football team's name. Now for the rest of the paper? May we suggest using Pigskins instead? +1

Dog Days of Summer: Summer is almost over, which means D.C. pools will soon shutter. But wipe those tears away and get ready for some serious good Instagram opportunities. The city will open Randall, Upshur, and Francis pools to the District's dogs on Sept. 6. +2

Swan Song: Violin-makers aren't too happy over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol, which they use to make varnish. Do they have the numbers to overturn the ban? -4

Yesterday's Needle rating: 26 Today's score: -1  Friday Bonus: +2 Today's Needle rating: 27

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