Here are five stories you should read before you head home today:


Are Occupy D.C. protesters dirtying downtown? Owners of office buildings around McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza are concerned. Meanwhile, Richard Bradley, executive director of Downtown Business Improvement District, voices a different (but sort of related) worry:
“Are there propane in those tents?”

PHOTOS : A two-ton chunk has been removed from Washington National Cathedral. The pinnacle’s unstable portion is one of 45 pieces that need to be removed since the cathedral was damaged in an earthquake this summer.

Man in custody in investigation of wife’s killing and missing stepson. Montgomery County Police said Curtis Maurice Lopez, 45, is being held in connection with their investigation into the killing of his wife, Jane McQuain, and the disappearance of William McQuain, his stepson.

Awkward. Challenger Louise Epstein and incumbent Jane Strauss are locked in a tight battle for the Dranesville seat on the Fairfax County School Board. They disagree about plenty. But they have found common ground on at least one issue: campaign art.

Bacon martini? It must be Week O’ Bacon. If you ever wanted to make your own bacon-flavored vodka, here’s how, courtesy of Clarendon’s Restaurant Three.