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

Deep-sea tooth fairy? One Virginia man faces five years in prison after admitting to trafficking in whale teeth.

A suspected illegal immigrant who was arrested in Prince William County died while in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to authorities

A week without Ben’s famous half-smokes: Will you survive? (Laurén Abdel-Razzaq/The Washington Post)

A tired Marine broke into a U-Md. senior’s home to find a place to crash, startling the student, who returned home to find a stranger asleep on his couch.

Marylanders are almost evenly split over two hot-button issues — same-sex marriage and tuition for the children of illegal immigrants — and that the division is notably based on race, according to a new study.

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