Here are our picks for the top local stories to read today:

(U.S. Park Police) - Oscar Ramiro Ortega, suspected of firing shots near the Mall.

Occupy D.C. is here to stay. While camps are shut down or curbed around the country, Occupy D.C. protesters settle in for long haul.

Hispanic teachers are a rare find in area schools. A surge in Hispanic students is forcing schools to reckon with a shortage of teachers who share their cultural heritage.

Surprise — more cars are on D.C. area roads. The number of vehicles in the region has grown by 4 percent in the last three years.

Slot machines in Prince George’s: The council is pushing the issue to state lawmakers after tabling an effort to ban slots in the county.

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