Here are our picks for the top local stories to start your day:

A cyclist in downtown D.C. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Help wanted: Marion Barry is hiring a communications director. Following a series of gaffes, including allegedly racist remarks about Filipino nurses and “dirty Asian shops,” the D.C. council member tells potential applicants, “You’ve got to be courageous.”

D.C. delegate silenced at abortion bill hearing. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s lone, nonvoting member of the House of Representatives, is kept out of the Congressional debate over a bill restricting abortion in the capital.

Snakehead caught in Virginia might have been a record — before it became dinner. The 18-pound, 4-ounce fish would easily beat world record, but proper measurements weren’t taken.

Coming up on Post Local:

— Coverage from Bike to Work Day in the D.C. area.

— Live tweets from U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s speech to public policy school graduates at Georgetown University.

— Updates from the G8 summit at Camp David in western Maryland.

— New summer movie reviews from the Going Out Guide.

Listen to a preview of this weekend’s stories: