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

A cold snap dropped temperatures 20 degrees below normal, causing an abrupt shift from flip-flops to fleece. How long will the chill last?

“Send extra salmon.” Even as they grappled with how to bridge a $72 million budget gap, Metro’s board of directors spent more than $13,000 over the course of 19 months on hot meals at meetings.

This year, runners in the Marine Corps Marathon can post their progress to social media as they pass the Capitol and other landmarks on the race course. (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

Casual outing or publicity stunt? Michelle Obama’s trip to Target is being criticized.

Steven Spielberg will visit the Virginia governor’s mansion tonight.Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will host a reception for the filmmaker, who will begin shooting a movie about Abraham Lincoln in the commonwealth later this month.

Stay with PostLocal today as we bring you the latest from the trials of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie and Virginia grandmother Carmela Dela Rosa, and more news from around the region.