Our picks for the five local stories you’ll want to read this morning:

(Pat Wellenbach/AP)

Marriage rate at a record low. In Virginia and Maryland, just over half of adults are married. In D.C., it’s just one in four.

Occupy D.C.’s claim to McPherson Square is being challenged by a House panel questioning whether the Park Service has made exceptions for the protesters.

Getting D.C. right. Showtime’s David Nevins understands his hometown, and it shows on TV hits like “Homeland.”

Best cookbooks by local authors. From ex-”Top Chef” contestants to cupcake queens, here are the best recipes from local chefs.

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