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Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 01/13/2012

DeMorning Links: Firebirds rise from the ashes

Jeff Ruland (third from left) on the bench for a UDC game last February. (Mark Gail - WASHINGTON POST)
Harry Jaffe in his Examiner column gives big and well-deserved props to Jeff Ruland’s UDC Firebirds basketball team, which is now the toast of the NCAA’s Division II East Coast Conference and close to recapturing its early ’80s glory days: “Halfway through the season, the Firebirds are undefeated in the conference with 11 straight wins. Their only loss was to Duquesne, a Division I team that didn’t crush them. Not bad for a squad that racked up a 1-20 record three seasons ago.” Is the hoops team a harbinger for a broader UDC rebirth? We shall see.

NOTA BENE — I’ll be joining Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood for the Politics Hour today. Guests are Rod Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for Maryland, and Ward 5’s Tim Day. Noon on WAMU-FM, 88.5.

In other news:

Vincent Gray hosts Bob McDonnell and Martin O’Malley today at the John A. Wilson Building for a Metro summit (Post)

Ken Cuccinelli has a poor grasp of the District’s new animal welfare law (DCist, YouTube)

Statehood lobbying trips could be costly (Examiner)

Uline Arena idea: “entertainment center featuring a music museum and performing arts space” (Where We Live)

Big Brother — aka the Citizens Association of Georgetown -- is watching you (Vox Populi)

Renewed concerns about political meetings held at the Wilson Building (Post editorial)

Metro board isn’t too jazzed about fare hike plan (Post)

Bikeshare study says lots about Bikeshare users, not much about bikers at large (TBD, City Desk)

Kenyan McDuffie reminds us his pro-SSM views have not changed (McDuffie for Council)

More on Thursday morning’s Congress Heights shootings (Post)

Taxicab commissioner accused of housing discrimination (Housing Complex)

House Oversight Committee’s top Democrat thinks Darrell Issa’s Occupy probe is a waste of time (Roll Call)

Development claims cool kids’ hangout (Arts Desk)

Annals of residential branding: “Park Chelsea” coming to Near Southeast (JDLand)

All hail the Green Line, the “preferred corridor for younger households emerging and moving to the region” (Examiner, WBJ)

In defense of Uber: “To say that Uber competes with cabs is like saying McDonald’s competes with Bourbon Steak because they both serve hamburgers.” (GGW)

Attention Tuition Assistance Grant recipients: Some colleges take better care of you than others (College Inc.)

Mary Cheh, Cathy Lanier meet with upper Northwest residents following robbery spree (WJLA-TV)

John Dean explains the unsealing of Richard Nixon’s grand jury testimony — an important precedent for the District’s federal court (Verdict)

All is hunky-dory at Washington Hospital Center, TV spot says. But is it? (WBJ)

Youth baseball academy is nearing completion (Examiner)

Lamont Peterson’s trainer calls Amir Khan a sore loser (DCist)

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