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

“Before I Die...” On a D.C. street, a public-art project lets passersby reveal their inner dreams and aspirations — in chalk. (Watch the video.)

View Photo Gallery: The “Before I Die ... ” public-art project at 14th and Q streets NW is a bucket list that’s both introspective and oddball.

Mystery around medical marijuana license decisions. A group of “old ladies”in D.C. is crushed by the city’s rejection. Three other applicants are appealing in court.

Caps come out firing, force Game 7. Ovechkin’s power-play goal and a second-period score from Chimera set up a series-deciding game Saturday in N.Y.

Is that a real officer pulling you over? How to avoid becoming the victim of a police impersonator like the one Montgomery County is looking for.

Paralyzed dog needs a home. What kind of life can a paraplegic dog have? It depends on the owner.

Coming up on PostLocal:

— Washington National Cathedral will dedicate a carving of civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks Thursday night.

— The Metro finance committee is expected to vote on the transit agency’s 2013 budget. Metro’s safety and security committee is expected to discuss what caused brakes on rail cars to fail earlier this year.

Sports columnist Tracee Hamilton chats live at 11 a.m. about the Capitals, Nationals and more.

— The Going Out Gurus help you plan your weekend at 1 p.m., when they will chat about spring events, local entertainment, dates and family fun.

View Photo Gallery: Capitals force a Game 7, defeating the Rangers 2-1 at Verizon Center.