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

“Banana man” banned? A Stafford County high school student risks expulsion after administrators said his antics — running across the field in a banana costume — could have led to “mayhem.”

Also in Stafford County, a sinkhole exacerbated by heavy rains is threatening to swallow homes.

There may be hope for Metro escalators yet. Metro is testing new remote sensors that will show technicians and supervisors whether the escalators are moving up, down or not at all, without having to check the escalators out in person.

Twenty people have been selected for the biking study. They range from the chronically schizophrenic to those beset by depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress. (Sarah L. Voisin/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Diplomats in D.C. owe hundreds of thousands in parking tickets, leading to the question: Who owes the most?