Here are our picks for the top stories to read this Ash Wednesday:


Rep. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore), left, hugs Rep. Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery), a fellow openly gay member of the Maryland House of Delegates, after the House passed a gay marriage bill in Annapolis on Friday. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Residential construction expected to grow: A local professor expects single-family home construction to pick up this year, mainly because of pent-up demand among first-time home buyers.

Deer causes fatal injury to driver: An Arlington County man was killed when a deer, which had been hit by another car, was thrown through his windshield.

Read what’s coming up today on PostLocal.com after the jump:

— The suspect in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb inside the U.S. Capitol in a suicide operation is expected to appear in court today.

— Jurors will begin deliberations in George Huguely’s trial today. They will be asked to decide whether the former University of Virginia lacrosse player is guilty of murder or a lesser crime, or not guilty at all.

— President Obama is expected to be present at today’s symbolic groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.