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Dear D.C. college students: Stop making banana jokes. In a statement released Thursday, George Washington University officials announced that they are investigating a Snapchat post that featured a student holding a banana with the caption “I’m 1/16 black.” Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time area undergrads have used tropical fruit to make racially insensitive statements. Last May, bananas were discovered hanging from miniature nooses on American University’s campus afterTaylor Dumpson became the first black woman to be elected student government president.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Enormous gaps between trains and platforms at two Metro stations are creating safety hazards. [NBC Washington]

  • You can now listen to examples of Metro’s poor radio communication system. [Post]

  • In less than two hours, a suspect broke into 47 cars in Shepherd Park. [NBC Washington]

  • Opinion: D.C.’s latest school scandal is shocking because no one is shocked. [Post]

  • The service lane on Connecticut Ave. NW in Cleveland Park could finally become shared space. [GGW]

  • Neighbors are so distressed about possible changes to the 11th St. NW dog park that they had a meeting about it. [Park View, D.C.]

  • Journalists paid by the world’s richest man finally get free coffee at the office. [Washingtonian]

  • Forget the Super Bowl—D.C.’s got some very cute representatives in the Puppy Bowl this year. [Fox5]

  • According to a new AU study, the high cost of living is forcing millennials out of D.C. [WAMU]

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, byCity Paperstaff (tips? tips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • It’s campaign finance report time! Bowser’s money keeps growing and Ed Lazere has already out-raised Phil Mendelson. [Post]

  • Don’t worry, D.C.’s head of employment services is certain plans for paid family leave are on track. [WTOP]

  • Mary Cheh wants judges to take firearms from anyone served with a protective order and prevent them from buying more guns. [WTOP]

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

  • Local death metal trio Genocide Pactcelebrate the release of their new album tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel [Post]

  • Jazz shows for you to catch this weekend: Etienne Charles, ArcoIris Sandoval and Sonic Asylum, an anti-Super Bowl free jazz soiree, and the Elijah Easton Trio. [Washingtonian]

  • A new installation at the NMAAHC lets visitors see scans of items that aren’t on display. [WUSA9]

  • Longtime D.C. journalist, photographer, and poet Askia Muhammad talks about his new book of photos, essays, and poems. [WAMU]

  • Critic Peter Marks offers tips on how to be the worst theatergoer possible. [Post]

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

  • $100 can buy you childhood nostalgia in liquid form at barmini. [WCP]

  • Ramen World returns to Mess Hall on Feb. 25. [WCP]

  • The menu atSpark includes avocado beignets with coconut chutney. [Eater]

  • One reason old wines are so popular: It’s an excuse to brag. [WBJ]

  • Before his visit to Politics and Prose at The Wharf, Christopher Kimball discusses Americans’ changing palettes. [WTOP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Oramenta Newsome, a respected D.C. affordable housing advocate, has died. [WBJ]

  • Amazon won’t consider Northern Virginia HQ2 bids from private developers. [WBJ]

  • Renovated Logan Circle home has 19th century charm and modern amenities. [Post]

  • Developers transform D.C. churches and schools into apartments and art spaces. [GGW]

  • $2,400 a month rents two-bedrooms near American University, the Southwest Waterfront, and Ivy City. [Curbed DC]

  • Surprise—these five area homes designed by notable architects are expensive. [Curbed DC]

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