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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 09/26/2011

A.M. Buzz: The five stories you should read today

Jim Schenning gets some bonding time with his new dog Kate. On the wall in-between them is a large photo of Emma, his previous dog. (Michael S. Williamson - WASHINGTON POST)
We’re a little late on this today — forgive us, it’s Monday — but here are the top five stories you should read before you get your partly sunny morning started:

At-home pet euthanasia is growing in popularity. The process can cost more than twice what most veterinarians charge for in-office euthanasia, but Post reporter Steve Hendrix found that more and more pet owners are opting for a more intimate way to end the lives of their beloved animal companions.

Carmela Dela Rosa faces first-degree murder charges after allegedly throwing her two-year-old granddaughter to her death at Tysons Corner Center last year. Her trial starts today.

From now on, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is shutting its doors on Sundays due to budget cuts. The closings are a “real break in tradition,” said Nancy Davenport, the system’s director of library services.

The government has said it plans to reconsider the status of 300,000 illegal residents, including some who’ve already received deportation orders. Paula Godoy of Richmond is one of them.

The Washington Redskins travel to Texas tonight to face bitter rivals the Dallas Cowboys. For the first time since 2005, Washington will be looking to improve upon a 3-0 record while Dallas hopes to score a second straight victory. Check out a video of top Monday Night Football moments:

If that’s not enough, stick with PostLocal today as we bring you more news from around the region.

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