Happy Friday, everyone! Our picks for the five stories you should check out this morning:

D.C. Council’s Harry Thomas Jr. plea hearing today. Thomas gave up his council seat following charges that he embezzled more than $300,000 from the city and filed a false tax return.

Runners compete in their undies during the inaugural Cupid's Undie Run to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. (Ricky Carioti/THE WASHINGTON POST)

How to make your own snow. The D.C. area has come up a little short on the white stuff so far this winter. For those who are actually bummed over the lack of precipitation, the Capital Weather Gang shows you how to take the matter into your own, soon-to-be frostbitten hands.

Courage before deployment. As the president scales back U.S. troop presence around the world, the war in Afghanistan goes on. Eighty families said goodbye to their loved ones at a local armory before a National Guard deployment.

Deadlock over trial of ex-Redskin. Attorneys for Ricky Harris, a kick returner in the 1960s, say on-field hits led to dementia, poor driving.

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