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

Bike advocates told D.C.’s Police Complaints Board that officers ticket cyclists even when the rider hasn’t violated the law. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

It’s tough being a Republican in Arlington County: The Arlington GOP reported raising just $4 in September.

D.C. police are being encouraged to bone up on the city’s biking laws after bike advocates complained that many officers are confused by the laws they enforce.

Ben’s Chili Bowl will host a chili-eating contest at Taste of DC next weekend, when amateurs and pros will compete to see who can put down as many bowls of chili as possible in six minutes.

An ambulance caught fire and exploded near a fire station in Prince George’s County. See the video footage here.

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