Here are our picks for the top local stories today:
Smithsonian statue to be removed: The 10-foot-tall “Columbia” statue will be repainted while the rest of the Arts and Industries building undergoes renovations.
Waxing historic: Madame Tussauds has unveiled a new wax figure of Harriet Tubman. “It feels like she’s leading you through the Underground Railroad,” her ancestors told the Post.
Autism gets insurance coverage: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed a bill that requires health insurers to pay for specialized treatment for autistic children.
Today on Post Local:
--Cupcakes. Which ones are best? Tim Carman hosts our Free Range on Food chat at noon.
--Chat with the Post’s investigative journalists about our congressional earmarks series, today at 11 a.m.
--Keep an eye on today’s impending rain/snow mix with the Capital Weather Gang.