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

View Photo Gallery: Former U-Va. men’s lacrosse player George Huguely V is accused in the 2010 death of Yeardley Love, his ex-girlfriend and a player on the women’s lacrosse team.

Yeardley Love was probably smothered in her own pillow, after “she was thrown face down” into it, according to an expert called by the defense team for George Huguely V. This testimony contradicted the prosecution’s argument that a serious brain injury killed Love.

Interracial marriage rates have soared as stereotypes have fallen, according to a new study. One in five new married couples in the District crossed racial and ethnic lines.

Same-sex marriage gets no love from one Maryland Republican. Del. Patrick N. Hogan, one of the delegates being courted by same-sex marriage advocates, said he intends to vote against the legislation this week.

Coming up today on

— Updates from the Huguely murder trial; the former U-Va. lacrosse player’s defense team begins its second day of arguments.

— Live tweets and video as Maryland’s House of Delegates begins the debate on same-sex marriage.

— Coverage of the funeral for Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died last week after falling from an overpass on I-395. Stay with Dr. Gridlock for information on how the services will impact your commute.

View Photo Gallery: More than any other First Family in recent memory, Barack and Michelle Obama have embraced the local restaurant scene. We’ve compiled a list of destinations where at least one of them has dined (though what they actually ate is often a state secret), along with commentary from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.