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Mount Vernon drama, Melo's homecoming: Top 5 stories for Wednesday, March 13
1) Blacks in Law Enforcement are planning to voice their outrage at Wednesday night's Mount Vernon City Council meeting over the recent firing of Police Commissioner Carl Bell. The group will demand to know the reasons for Bell's February dismissal by Mayor Ernie Davis and ask the counsel why a white police officer who has cost the city more than $500,00 in lawsuit losses and settlements of brutality lawsuits is still on the force, according to the group.
2) Senate Democrats are expected to release a budget blueprint that contrasts sharply with a House GOP plan floated Tuesday. Authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and titled "Pathway to Prosperity," the House budget plan attempts -- again -- to defund Obamacare and turn Medicare into a voucher program. The Senate proposal would cut the federal deficit by $1.85 trillion over 10 years through spending cuts and tax increases, according to Reuters.
3) Black smoke. No pope. The conclave voting at the Sistine Chapel failed to elect a pontiff Tuesday. The 115 Catholic cardinals will conduct four more votes Wednesday if needed. If a pope is selected, white smoke, not black, will plume over Vatican City. The Associated Press reported that bookmakers in Britain give odds of 2-1 to Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan.
4) Ugh, more rain. Temperatures will hit 50 degrees beneath sunny skies before a cloud cover moves over the Hudson Valley again, setting the stage for afternoon showers. But it's not that bad when you consider what happened 20 years ago -- on March 13, 1993, the region got walloped with the "Storm of the Century," a raging system that crippled the East with more than a foot of snow in places like Atlanta, Trenton, New York City and Boston.
5) Melo returns to Denver. It has been two years since the blockbuster trade that sent NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, but thanks to previous injuries and last year's short season, Wednesday is the first time Anthony will return to Denver in a Knicks uniform. Will the fans boo him or embrace him? Either way, after scoring just 63 points in a miserable effort Monday night, the Knicks desperately need a win.
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