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

Pushing back against Md. DNA ruling. The state moves to the center of the brewing national debate about privacy rights versus public safety.

Chesapeake cleanup groups at odds. In an unlikely twist, the scrappy Potomac Riverkeeper organization backs away from a fight.

Silver Line’s future in doubt. After more than a decade of planning, the the second phase of the Metro line to Dulles is in jeopardy.

A ‘Night of Hope’ at Nats Park. Author and televangelist Joel Osteen led an unusual Sunday church service to a sellout crowd.

View Photo Gallery: Author and megachurch pastor Joel Osteen appeared at Nationals Park for “America’s Night of Hope.”

Coming up today on PostLocal:

Live Q&A: Dr. Gridlock’s Robert Thomson will be online at noon to discuss Metro’s new fare structure, which takes effect this summer.

The jury in the case of the five-man South Capitol Street murder trial continues deliberations.