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March Madness, stop and frisk, 'Dancing with the Stars': Top stories for Monday, March 18
1) New Rochelle High's boys basketball team ran out of miracles, but the Iona College Gaels and their fans are hoping for one of their own after they were riveted to jumbo television screens Sunday evening to find out whom the Gaels would play in the NCAA Tournament. The answer: No. 2 seed and Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State in a West Regional game later this week.
2) A lawsuit over New York City's controversial stop-and-risk program begins Monday in a federal court in Manhattan. The class-action lawsuit has plaintiffs challenging the NYPD's citywide tactic of using a low threshold of suspicion to search anyone. City law enforcement officials say the stop-and-frisk tactic is a valuable tool in preventing street crime. Opponents claim the practice is unconstitutional and little more than racial discrimination.
3) The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the validity of an Arizona law this week that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting. The high court will hear arguments Monday over the legality of Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship to use a registration form produced under the federal "Motor Voter" voter registration law, which doesn't require such documentation, according to the Associated Press.
4) "Dancing with the Stars" kicks off its 16th season at 8 p.m. on ABC. Though no Hudson Valley stars are competing this season (even though we made a case for 5 local celebs whom we'd love to see on the show), "DWTS" should be worth watching to see contestants like the Baltimore Ravens' Jacoby Jones, country star Wynonna Judd and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman cha-cha their way to reality TV glory. Before you tune in, check out Newsday TV critic Verne Gay's thoughts on which celebs have a chance to win the show.
5) New Rochelle High School's hoopsters, who became YouTube sensations because of a last-second miracle shot against Mount Vernon, made it all the way to the state championship but fell short Sunday as the Huguenots lost to Bishop Kearney 45-39 in the class AA final in Glens Falls.