Here are our picks for the top five local stories you should know about this morning.

Air Force Lt. Col. Sean Hackbart and his partner Mike Culver. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

A disconcerting report shows that the number of rapes reported in D.C. spiked nearly 25 percent in 2010 — the biggest jump nationwide in a year when most states saw a decline.

Businessman Joe Englert holds up one of his Marion Barry T-shirts on sale at the H Street Festival (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

A sex offender is posing as Eagles QB Vince Young in the D.C. area, making money off of fake appearances at local hospitals and charity events.

Even a year later, rumors swirl around the circumstances of the DC9 death case. One is finally put to rest.

Stay with PostLocal as we bring you the latest news from around the region. On the slate today are the special election in Prince George’s County, where 15 candidates are duking it out for Leslie Johnson’s county council seat, the D.C. Council’s first session since its summer break, and more.