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Top 5 stories for Thursday, March 7
1) A nor'easter is headed for the region, where it will combine with a cold-air mass moving south from Canada -- the perfect recipe for snow after two weeks of mostly mild weather. Is this winter's last gasp before spring? Although snow, sleet and rain could continue through Friday, forecasts say the storm should pass by Saturday, just in time for daylight saving time and an extra hour of sunshine.
2) Will a community in Brooklyn get justice for the death of a couple and their baby this week? The manhunt for hit-and-run suspect Julio Acevedo is finally over after detectives took the Brooklyn man into custody in Bethlehelm, Pa., on Wednesday night. The next step: Authorities will extradite Acevedo to New York City, where he's expected to appear in court for his first hearing Thursday.
3) Will the Dow's rally last? Wednesday marked the second straight day the Dow Jones industrial average reached a record high, surpassing a pre-recession mark from 2007. But are the gains real, or are two days of huge gains just a temporary blip that will be forgotten in a few weeks?
4) With the city's mayor vacationing in sunny Florida, is Mount Vernon ready to deal with the incoming nor'easter? Mayor Ernest Davis' Florida trip isn't just controversial because he's the subject of a wide-ranging federal probe: The mayor skipped town a few months ago during superstorm Sandy and its associated misery, a move that angered constituents who were without basics like electricity while the mayor enjoyed time off.
5) Will Westchester's wunderkinds take home the top prizes at the Intel Science Talent Search finals this weekend? Jiayi Peng of Horace Greeley, Daniel McQuaid of Ossining and Chris Traver of Croton-Harmon will depart Tuesday for Washington, where they'll compete for more than half a million in prizes -- including $100,000 for the overall winner -- as well as network with the nation's best and brightest.
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