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When a Yoruba prince invites you to stay at his palatial Nigerian estate, you accept his offer. Such was the case with beloved local go-go band Team Familiar, which traveled to the city of Ife in early December to perform for royalty at the Pan-Afrikan Back to the Roots Festival. Another popular go-go band, Backyard Band, is exploring its roots as well, and plans to perform in Ghana in late February. These trips not only give the musicians access to a new fan base, they also allow the musicians form an emotional connection with their past.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Four shot in Anacostia drive-by shooting, blocks from where Mayor Bowserwas giving a press conference about the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Steven Slaughter. [WTOP]

  • One of the victims in the shooting has since died. [Post]

  • Police arrest Uber driver accused of attempting to sexually assault his passenger. [WTOP]

  • Former Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves discusses the graduation scandal. [WJLA]

  • Report reveals that attendance requirements also weren’t met at Wilson High. [NBC Washington]

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office releases videos from last year’s inauguration protests. [WJLA]

  • What happens to D.C. if the government shuts down this week? [WUSA9]

  • Descendants of slaves sold to finance Georgetown University want restitution. [Post]

  • GPS devices are still diverting drivers onto the Klingle Valley Trail. [NBC Washington]

  • Reps fight over proposal to rename Gravelly Point Park after Nancy Reagan. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

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

  • The debate over the DCPS graduation crisis gets political. [WUSA9]

  • DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson discusses the issues on Kojo. [WAMU]

  • CouncilmemberMary Cheh vows to deal with DC Water after property owners receive massive bills. [NBC Washington]

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

  • Remembering Alfred Morris III, guitarist of the longtime Maryland doom metal band Iron Man, who died Jan. 10. [Post]

  • Jamal Gray will host DC Music Download’s new radio show. [DC Music Download]

  • The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is giving a platform to underrepresented voices. [WAMU]

  • The art of Burning Man is coming to downtown D.C. streets courtesy of the Renwick Gallery. [East City Art]

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

  • Five restaurants explain how much money they make off of meals. [WCP]

  • Nearly 30 dishes worth trying in D.C. right this second. [Washingtonian]

  • Wicked Bloom changes things up in the kitchen and no longer serves barbecue. [Eater]

  • Taco Bamba’s lunch pop-up inside Del Campo is staying put. [WBJ]

  • Himitsu’s beloved fried chicken dish is back for one night only. [DC Refined]

  • In Japan, grocery shoppers are on the lookout for a misplaced poison fish. [Post]

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

  • D.C. offered Amazon millions of dollars in tax exemptions in its HQ2 bid. [WBJ]

  • But some details of D.C.’s pitch remain hidden. [WAMU]

  • Officials and business leaders weigh subsidizing office-to-residential conversions. [NYT]

  • Plans for one such conversion in Van Ness just fell through. [UrbanTurf]

  • House passes bill that paves the way for upgrades to Franklin Park. [WBJ]

  • Officials are making plans to revitalize Pennsylvania Ave. NW. [GGW]

  • D.C. zoning wonks fret about possible changes to rules for below-grade spaces. [GGW]

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