Happy Friday everyone! Here are our picks for the stories you should read today.

Nearly a third of the people killed on local roadways last year weren’t in a car. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Exotic pet laws in Virginia are among the nation’s weakest, according to an animal-rights group that is asking the commonwealth to beef up regulations in light of the recent release of lions, tigers and other dangerous animals in Ohio.

The tent village at night. Occupy D.C. demonstrators pass the overnight hours singing, eating, chatting and, when possible, sleeping.

A sex offender in Fairfax County is accused of luring a 13-year-old girl into his home via Facebook.

The Washington region has the nation’s lowest poverty rate — 8.4 percent of residents live below the poverty line, compared to 15 percent elsewhere in the U.S.

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Coming up: More from the Howard University homecoming, the trial of the Montgomery County teacher accused of choking her students, and tonight’s Pink Rocks the Runway fashion show in D.C.