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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 05/14/2012

DeMorning Links: When we were kings

Five years before Chamberlain scored 100 points in a game, he took on a D.C. hometown hero. (Paul Vathis - Associated Press)

Fifty-five years ago, a “streetball series for the ages” took place on D.C. playgrounds, when Kansas University superstar Wilt Chamberlain rolled into town to challenge phenom Elgin Baylor, of Seattle University via Spingarn High, on his home turf. The fabulous Dave McKenna goes long at Grantland: “ The city’s top young black ballplayers played alongside the headliners, making for an ungodly assemblage of future NBA first-round picks, NCAA tournament MVPs, and Hall of Famers. Flash mobs created entirely via analog social media appeared wherever Chamberlain and Baylor played. ... Those who watched or played in these clashes of young titans recall a feast of dips, dunks, shot blocks, hang time, and even trash talk that was way ahead of its time.”

In other news:

Your Ward 5 candidates on the issues (Post)

Kwame Brown’s case for neighborhood preference in charter schools: “I think everyone knows that the current system as a model is not going to work as we continue to move forward.” (Post)

How the Eisenhower Memorial debate went off the rails (Post magazine)

Council agrees: Traffic fines should fall, but not this year (WaTimes)

Jonetta Rose Barras: Fire Nat Gandhi, hire John Hill as chief financial officer (Examiner)

Assault on litter-minded citizen prompts Guardian Angel patrols (WRC-TV, WRC-TV)

Kaya Henderson: “You cannot reform your school district in the spotlight of the national press.” (WAMU-FM)

Self-imposed deadline approaching for unveil of Vincent Gray’s campaign finance reform package (Examiner)

A late-night crackdown on the unruly Union Station cab queue (Post letter)

What could replace the FBI building in a Height Act-less world? Perhaps a casino. (Capital Business)

Accomplice in Harry Thomas Jr. scheme pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with ongoing probe (WaTimes)

After 50 years at River Park, has the future past? (Post)

New charges for White House shooter: “injury to a dwelling” and “placing lives in jeopardy” (Crime Scene)

A close look at the longstanding issue of late-night D.C. jail inmate releases (Daily Beast)

Meet the former occupants of the K Street mansion now at risk of demolition (GGW)

Capitol Bikeshare inches closer to the Capitol (HuffPo)

Tim Day tries to make it as a black, gay, Republican candidate in Ward 5 (WAMU-FM)

A fascinating lecture on the history of D.C. police call boxes (Ghosts of D.C.)

In which Deborah Simmons blames women’s lib for D.C. budget deficits (WaTimes)

D.C.’s vacant property czar: “The vacant and blight tax gets people off their butts. ... I’ve never seen anything like it.” (Housing Complex)

Convicted Newark mayor Sharpe James cites you-know-who in justifying potential comeback (Star-Ledger)

Chihuahua killed in sudden Glover Park dog attack (WRC-TV)

Google’s driverless car plied city streets without DMV’s OK (USN&WR)

Catherine Fuller verdicts shouldn’t be overturned lightly, lawyer warns (Post op-ed)

Rain complicates DCRA softball championship (Post)

So I guess that makes this a “Real House” (Where We Live)

D.C. joins lawsuit against Apple (WBJ)

Things are looking better in Adams Morgan (DCist)

Eagle-eyed neighbor foils Columbia Heights burglary (Post)

Michael Oshea Smith, 34, shot dead early Saturday in Barry Farm (Crime Scene, Homicide Watch)

Three charged in December murder in Carver Terrace (WUSA-TV)

Harry Thomas Jr. has an inmate number: 31866-016 (Examiner)

Down with D.C.’s “regulatory burden” (InTowner editorial)

If Dewey & LeBoeuf goes poof, so does the East End office leasing market (WBJ)

Ginnie Cooper’s new right-hand woman comes from Texas (Examiner)

Only pieces of A.V. Ristorante’s famed Neptune sculpture remain (Post column)

Dupont Circle and dance: Together at last (WaTimes)

Washington National Hospital (Nationals Insider)

Save us, Bryce Harper (Post column)

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