Why Does Everybody Have a Bomb?: Rush hour is bad, but it’s not quite bad enough that the appropriate response is to threaten to blow things up. A woman riding the Red Line this morning, however, apparently thought differently; authorities closed the system from Grosvenor to Shady Grove for two hours after she declared she had a bomb and announced that Metro had “killed [her] family.” A few dozen people fled the train, jumping onto the tracks even though the electrified third rail was live. The bomb threat was a hoax (and the woman responsible has been involuntarily committed to a facility for mental health care). Unfortunately, it’s likely to mean Metro doubles down on its security searches of passengers, nonetheless.
— Mike Madden assesses how one woman’s bomb-threatening whimsy bothered us a little bit today. Read about it and other local quality-of-life issues in The Needle, our daily roundup on City Desk.