Oscar Pistorius, Whitey Bulger, new Tappan Zee tour: Top 5 stories for June 3, 2013

1) Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will represent himself in a hearing Tuesday before his murder trial in South Africa. This will be the world's first glimpse at the double amputee accused of the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, since Pistorius' bail hearing four months ago. Prosecutors told The Associated Press that Pistorius' trial will likely be in September or October in Pretoria's High Court.

2) Members of the media will receive a progress update on the new Tappan Zee Bridge project Tuesday morning during a boat tour with Brian Coneybeare, a special adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Commuters across the current span have watched with interest as barges loaded with heavy equipment position themselves on the Hudson River and steel pilings are sunk into the river mud for the $3.9 billion project.

3) Jury selection begins Tuesday for James "Whitey" Bulger -- the reputed Boston mob boss who spent 16 years on the run. Bulger, 83, is charged with playing a role in 19 murders. He fled Boston in 1994 after being tipped off that he was about to be indicted and was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in June 2011. Prosecutors plan to call mob figures, including Bulger's former partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who is serving a life sentence for 10 murders. Bulger's lawyers say they will attack the credibility of men they describe as "once-reviled criminal defendants." -- The Associated Press


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4) The East Ramapo school board will hold a public hearing on the budget proposal adopted for a revote on June 18. The proposal cuts about $450,000 more from a sparse budget to appease taxpayers who voted down the first plan on May 21. Hundreds of high school students in the district walked out of classes last week marched around the town to protest the cuts.

5) The Chicago Blackhawks will look to take a commanding 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL's Western Conference finals. In Game 2 on Sunday, Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive second-period shots to lift Chicago to a 4-2 victory. The series' winner will face either the Boston Bruins or Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals.

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