Here are our picks for the top stories to start your day:

Pepco pruning. “They set it up as a choice: power or trees?” That’s one resident’s take on the power company’s recent focus on “reliability” — an unprecedented attempt to get rid of trees that can damage power lines during major storm

Crews on contract with Pepco repair down power lines along Belwood Street in Maryland after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The dangers of sign spinning.Think it’s easy spinning a sign on the street corner all day? The people at Aarow advertising can tell you stories about busted lips, dislocated knees and scarred ears.

Finding forgiveness. How does a congregation get past the fatal shooting of its pastor and another staff member? The Bishop of Maryland of the Episcopal Church says it’s possible.

Coming up today:

Texting: Do as I say, not as I do. Parents scold their kids for texting while driving, but do they follow their own advice? Read the results of a new survey.

Del. David B. Albo, R-Fairfax, chairman of the House Courts of Justice committee, talks with committee members in February. (BOB BROWN/AP)