Here are our picks for the top five local stories you should know about as you start your day.


Erin Ward of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., looks for evidence of damage to the Washington Monument. (Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A lawyer who donated to a Fairfax sperm bank to help him get through school recently learned he has 70 children.

D.C. has the worst traffic in the U.S. — more than twice the national average and well ahead of Chicago and L.A. — a new study finds.

A former Catholic high school teacher in Anne Arundel County is accused of taking an underage student on a date and sending her pornographic pictures.

A stray bullet fired from I-295 almost hit a baby inside a D.C. home.

Stay with PostLocal as we bring you more news from around the region. On the slate today is Marion Barry’s son’s sentencing on drug charges, continued testimony in a Fairfax grandmother’s murder trial, and a ruling on the release of a man who served more 25 years on a rape conviction in Virginia.