Here are our picks for the top local stories today:

Va. delegate regrets “insensitive” comment: Virginia’s deputy House majority leader is backtracking today after calling abortion a “lifestyle convenience.” The statement generated national attention and sparked a heated debate on Twitter.

National Park Service’s internal conflict: More than 400 pages of documents show that senior Park Service officials struggled to handle their message and response to Occupy D.C.’s encampments.

U.S. National Park Service police watch over protesters as they remove their belongings from the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square, February 4, 2012. (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)

D.C. restaurant spinoffs: Celebrity chef Michel Richard, owner of Citronelle and Central Michel Richard, is planning three new dining spaces in Atlantic City. Like Central Michel Richard, the new locations will offer signature dishes like lobster burgers and 72-hour short ribs.

Also today on

—Alexandria’s first responders will be out of service through Friday evening to honor a fallen colleague at a viewing and funeral. Their colleagues from Arlington and Fairfax will cover for them. Alexandria City Public Schools will be on an early dismissal schedule Thursday to ease anticipated traffic congestion for the 1 p.m. funeral.

—Maryland’s House of Delegates are considering a bill today that would legalize gay marriage.