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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/13/2012

The Grammys recap: Whitney Houston, Adele, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj

There are few things that really make me laugh when it comes to animated GIFs, but if this image of Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham doesn't make you laugh, you need to get your head checked. H/T to Mike DeBonis.

Chris Brown accepts the award for best R&B album for "F.A.M.E." at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. (MARIO ANZUONI - REUTERS)
Adele absolutely dominated the Grammys last night, deservedly so . The pop singer from London racked up six awards in all, including Record and Song of the Year. More controversially, Chris Brown made a couple appearances in addition to winning R&B Album of the Year, a fact that angered many. But the jaw-dropper moment of the show came from Nicki Minaj, who decided that a video skit coupled with an absolutely bizarre quasi-religious stage show was a good move. It was not.

The news of Donald Trump taking over the Old Post Office Pavilion came as a shock to many . The notion of a guy with that kind of eye for gaudiness didn't seem like a sensible fit to redesign a historic site into a luxury hotel. Alas. Turns out that this move might be the spark for a larger revitalization effort along somewhat sleepy Pennsylvania Avenue. Jonathan O'Connell at Capital Business reports on what other sites may be ripe for redevelopment.

How young is too young to suspend a kid for their behavior in school? According to many districts across the area, there's no such floor. More and more students in the DMV are being pulled out of school, a trend that is alarming for many parents. Take Rajuawn Thompkins, whose 4-year-old wasn't allowed back in class for crying and kicking off his shoes. The Washington Post's investigation of school discipline patterns in the region have turned up some startling results, Donna St. George reports.

While the RIAA did their best to honor the legacy of the late Whitney Houston, many did not . The Queen of Pop's death over the weekend fueled as much ridicule as it did praise, as many used her drug and marital problems as fodder for insults and mockery. Beyond that, the speculation about the details of her passing were beyond sloppy, even from so-called respected news outlets. The Root's Nsenga Burton wonders:Can a legend get any respect in death?

While you were watching the stars in L.A., the Wizards were picking up a road win . Yes, an actual victory away from the Verizon Center against another NBA team. Even more amazing, it was kind of a beat-down! And John Wall had 15 assists! On a certain level, this might have been the best game the Wizards have played all season. Granted, the Pistons are awful, but who are we kidding: So are the Wizards. The Post's Michael Lee has the story on the team's effort.

Extra Bites

• It's that time of year again. The time when you buy up boxes of marshmallow candies and make pop-culture referenced dioramas featuring the fun treats. We like to call this “Peeps Season” around the newsroom. You've got until Feb. 27, kids!

• If you grew up in a city, like an actual urban block, or if you didn't, stick your address into this fun little Web site and check out what you get. Thank me later.

• Find a soccer fan, then wait for their reaction as they watch this goal. Here's mine: Wowzers.

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