Happy Leap Day! Here are our picks for the stories you should read this morning:


WASHINGTON, DC: Metro’s new email and text alert system will now provide information for Metrobus riders. (James A. Parcell/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Md. county official caught speeding: A Prince George’s County Council member was driving at more than 100 mph on the Capital Beltway when she was ticketed for an unsafe lane change last week, law enforcement officials said.

Cat campaign: Former Virginia governor George Allen has responded to the entrance of a feline candidate for this year’s U.S. Senate race with the introduction of his own whiskered friend.

Coming up on PostLocal.com:

--A sinkhole has closed the westbound lane of Annapolis Road at Route 1 in Bladensburg. Follow Dr. Gridlock for traffic updates.

--Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner of Fairfax, the highest-ranking official to die during the war in Afghanistan, will be buried today at Arlington Cemetery. Check back for our coverage this afternoon.

--Weather is a mixed bag today, from chilly rain this morning to possible thunderstorms this afternoon. Watch the Capital Weather Gang’s blog for updates.