Here are our picks for the top stories to start your day and what’s coming up later on PostLocal.com:


President Barack Obama. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

The officer who ticketed a Prince George’s Co. official did not have time to gauge her pace, police say. Sources say a camera shows the cruiser traveling 108 mph and not gaining on Karen Toles’s SUV.

Tougher stance on ‘blackout in a can’? The FTC is reviewing the amount of alcohol in the brightly colored Four Loko cans and how product is marketed.

Coming up Thursday:

A government horticulturist will hazard a bloom forecast for the revered cherry blossoms today, as the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 100 years. (Historic photos)

Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to sign the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law this afternoon.

Sunshine is back in full force today, a perfect reason to bust out the flip flops after Wednesday’s deluge. Just how warm will it get? Capital Weather Gang has the latest.



View Photo Gallery: D.C. Roller Girls pits packs of roller skaters against each other in doubleheader bouts that draw fans and families.