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

The stubborn wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia’s Tidewater area is still burning after more than 2 months.

Loudoun County tops a new list of the 10 best wine regions you’ve never heard of.


Trust us: You don’t want to see the photo Ronald Speakman, who is running for sheriff of Loudoun County, text-messaged a woman. (Ron Speakman is running for Loudoun County sheriff.)

The weekend’s best events and how to get there: Metro is closing the three Green Line stations, but you can still get to festivals, clubs and museums.

Confused by the wind tunnels in Metro stations? Here’s an explanation.

Coming up today, horse-racing returns to Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s County, and the Martin Luther King Jr. dedication planners are expected to release details of the rescheduled ceremonies. Stay with PostLocal for these and other news updates from around the region.