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

Gray’s proposed overhaul of D.C. cabs would include the installation of credit card readers and Internet display systems for riders. (

Pepco was praised by Prince George’s County Council members for its performance during Hurricane Irene. BGE, on the other, hand received some harsh words.

In a bit of “vineyard gossip that doesn’t involve the Salahis,” AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife Jean are in the process of buying a Virginia winery.

As convicted felon Thomas Haynesworth works to clear his name, help has come from an unlikely source: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Grab that cup of coffee. D.C. is America’s 6th most caffeinated city, according to the National Coffee Association, trailing behind Chicago, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and L.A.

Stay with PostLocal today as we bring you the latest from the trials in cases against Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie and the Virginia woman who allegedly threw her grandaughter from a mall walkway; repairs at the Washington Monument; and plans for the 2012 Cherry Blosson Festival.