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

Traffic was jammed for hours last January when a powerful winter storm caused one of the worst commute’s in the area’s history. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post) (Jahi Chikwendiu/WASHINGTON POST)

D.C.: Rude, busy, or both? Columnist Petula Dvorak breaks down Travel + Leisure magazine’s online survey of readers, which found that Washington is America’s third-rudest city. Cast your vote.

Happy Friday! It’s the perfect time to plan your weekend. The Going Out Gurus tell us the best events to check out, including the Year of the Dragon parade in Chinatown and the Monster Jam truck show at the Verizon Center.

Stay with today for the latest news from around the region, including this afternoon’s sentencing of Brittany Norwood, who faces life in prison in the slaying of her Lululemon co-worker, Jayna Murray.

View Photo Gallery: Four years after it was badly burned in a midnight fire, residents of a low-income apartment building on Mount Pleasant Street NW are seeking financial assistance from the District to help rebuild the property, which remains an eyesore in the community.