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

Lululemon verdict: It took less than an hour for jurors in Montgomery County to hand down their verdict, finding Brittany Norwood guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of her Lululemon co-worker Jayna Murray. Norwood faces life in prison at her Jan. 27 sentencing.

Jay-Z is the inspiration behind a sociology course at Georgetown University. (Daniel Boczarski)

Suicide is the leading cause of student death at U.S. colleges and universities, according to a new study by the University of Virginia.

Bye-bye “Running of the Brides.” Filene’s Basement has filed for bankruptcy, effectively ending the annual “Running of the Brides” competition, a beloved and bizarre bridal shopping blitz.

Take a crack at predicting our winter snowfall with the Capital Weather Gang’s new contest. Read up on what October snow means for winter and how the new federal snow policy could affect you. Then stay tuned for the Weather Gang’s 2011-2012 winter weather outlook.

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