Happy Monday, D.C. Expect temps in the mid 50s today. It’s going to be in the mid 60s by Tuesday. (What?)


  • Last Friday, news broke of racist photo on Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page. The image showed two people, one dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes, the other with his face painted black, both holding a can of beer. Northam initially acknowledged that he was one of the people in the photo, though he did not say which.

    • Over the weekend, Northam back pedaled and is now saying that he is neither of the two people dressed in the racist costumes.

    • He does, however, have a “clear memory” of painting his face black with shoe polish while dressing as Michael Jackson.

    • Northam has so far resisted calls for his resignation, including from several Virginia Democrats and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    • During a Saturday presser, Northam appeared to consider showing off his moonwalk in response to a reporter’s question on whether he could still pull off M.J.’s signature move. Northam’s wife shut that down.

    • Sunday evening, Northam convened an unscheduled meeting with his senior staff.

  • Bowser is seeking to take funds set aside for renovations to the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Ward 7 to instead pay for emergency fixes to some D.C. schools.

    • Councilmember Vince Gray calls the mayor’s efforts “unconscionable.” The Capitals hockey team and their owner, Ted Leonsis, are weighing in as well.

  • Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, D.C. residents who live near the street that bears his name are still fighting against over policing. [The Root]

  • Hate crimes in D.C. have doubled since 2016. Crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identify accounted for about half of all hate crimes in the District in 2018.

  • A rundown of the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report via the Washington Business Journal, including two new real estate tax payers, top tax exempt properties, and an increase of about 8,000 trees.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser and Attorney General Karl Racine announced a $6 million investment in programs to reduce violence in the District. [DC Line]

  • Bowser is hosting an open house at the Wilson Building this evening. [Twitter]

  • Bowser for president? Lol. [Washingtonian]

  • ICYMI: Deaf and hard-of-hearing moviegoers are asking the D.C. Council to pass legislation that would make open captions more widely available in the nation’s capital. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes(tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Try something new at Takoma Park’s West African restaurant Mansa Kunda. [WCP]

  • Alexandria mainstay Society Fair is in financial trouble and looking for funds. [WCP]

  • The best bars tucked inside grocery stores in the D.C. area. [Post]

  • Let your Zodiac sign guide you to a restaurant for Chinese New Year. [Edible DC]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • How the Newseum failed the very thing it was trying to celebrate. [Post]

  • Uptown Art House celebrates Black History Month. [AFRO]

  • And just when it opened back up, part of the Air and Space Museum will close again for renovations. [DCist]

  • Aaron Posner will try to Hamilton John Quincy Adams with his new play,JQA. [Post]

  • Meanwhile, in Alexandria… [DCist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Last week, federal authorities indicted Rev. Rowena Joyce Scott, the former property manager of the Park Southern Apartments, on charges that include wire and credit card fraud. [Post]

  • Mortgage rates tick up. [Urban Turf]

  • Want a shoe rack full of wine in your bedroom? [WCP]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Many people agree: Super Bowl XLIII was incredibly boring. SB Nationlisted seven reasons why it was the most boring Super Bowl ever.

  • The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference handed down one-game suspensions for six men’s basketball players, including three from Howard University, for the altercation between the Bison and Norfolk State on Saturday. [HBCU Gameday]

  • Natasha Cloud has re-signed with the Mystics.

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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