Here are our picks for local stories to read today:

Kristin Lough, left, and Becca Thorsen, right, on the ground, participate in the Blondes Vs. Brunettes Powderpuff Fundraiser at George Washington University. (Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Holiday travel headaches and how to avoid them. Here’s your 2011 getaway guide to traditional routes and alternatives, just in time for Thanksgiving. Still have questions? Ask Dr. Gridlock at noon.

Sexual assaults on Virginia college campuses rarely end in arrest or prosecution, a report found. Now a victim from the University of Virginia and her mother are behind a measure that seeks to change the way rapes are investigated.

MS-13 branches into prostitution. Dozens of people, many of them juveniles, are being forced into prostitution in the Washington area by the region’s largest and most dangerous street gang, authorities say.

Long, hazardous hours at Metro. A report from an oversight agency found that some Metro employees have worked more than 16 hours at a time without limits on how many days in a row they can work.

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