Here are our picks for local stories to start your day:


Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez (Idaho State University)

Cracking down on dining and dancing. Community complaints about noise and brawls have led to tension between Fairfax County officials and some Latino-owned businesses.

Fusing career and college prep. A wide gulf often separates technical training and liberal arts. That’s all changing now.

Robo-call case goes to trial. A senior aide to former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich faces charges of conspiring to employ robo-calls to reduce turnout in predominantly black areas on Election Day 2010.

A cherished D.C. legend, shattered. After 30 years, the former Rita Jenrette is debunking one of the city’s most beloved sex scandals.