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

View Photo Gallery: Being a trash collector is one of the most sought-after jobs for those without a college degree in the District, with openings on the city’s trash routes few and far between.

Trash collection is a dirty job — and many in D.C. want to do it. For all its hazards, the 241 men and women who pick up the District’s garbage every morning love what they do. In fact, the pay and great hours make it one of the most coveted positions in city government.

The surplus rift. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown are clashing over who has more control over spending the city’s $240 million budget surplus.

George W. Huguely V pleads not guilty to murder and other charges related to the death of U-Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love, who was found dead two years ago. Opening arguments start Wednesday.

Today on

— Mayor Gray will deliver his State of the District speech. Will firefighters turn it into a new protest opportunity?

Live views of the Occupy D.C. camps.

— Gene Weingarten opens himself up for his monthly dose of chatological humor as he hosts Tuesdays with Moron, starting at 11 a.m.

— Alexandra Petri makes the Tuesday news cycle go down a little easier with a light and witty dose of ComPost Live at 11 a.m.