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It may be cliché to call it a story book ending: But take a small Catholic High School from upstate, NY known as the fighting Irish, win a statewide basketball championship and do it on St. Patrick’s Day.
That is just what the girls from Batavia’s Notre Dame High School did yesterday winning the Class D New York State Championship.
Mel Taylor was the tournament MVP:
"I feel like I need to be pinched and woken up,. Basketball has always been what I wanted to work for, this is amazing."   
Notre Dame defeated Oriskany 52-40 to win the Class D Championship in girl's basketball.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for an international cruise passenger bill of rights.  Schumer says recent horror stories on cruise ships mean passengers must be protected, and in most cases refunded their hard-earned vacation money.  Schumer says many well-known cruise lines operate "under the radar" by flying the flag of a nation like Liberia with very little regulation.  He wants cruise ship operators to voluntarily agree to a passenger bill of rights immediately.  The rights would include the passengers' ability to get off a disabled ship, receive medical attention and that all ships have backup power.

From the weekend police blotter:
20-year-old Kasean Shannon of Jackson St., Batavia has been jailed without bail for allegedly violating an order of protection.
BPD says Shannon had a previous conviction for violating a similar order – that makes this second charge a felony.

53-year-old Robert Stanley of Batavia jailed on charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Batavia Police say Stanley pushed a child to the groud and then kicked the child.

55-year-old Russell Lowther the Third:
He has been jailed for allegedly threatening another person with a knife at Lowther’s home on E. Main St.
Lowther is locked up on one-thousand dollars bail.

The first New York man to be arrested for violating the state's controversial new gun legislation has hired a Buffalo law firm to defend him.  Thirty-three-year-old Benjamin Wassell is charged with selling two semi-automatic weapons, which are banned under the SAFE Act.  Wassell's buyers were undercover state policemen, one of whom posed as a convicted felon.  Wassell has hired the law firm Lipsitz Green Scime and Cambria in Buffalo to handle his defense in court.

Buffalo Bills officials and state leaders are reportedly discussing possible sites for building a new stadium in the next few years.  Part of the new ten-year lease the Bills signed for Ralph Wilson Stadium last December included an agreement that the organization would form a committee to discuss a new stadium after the lease's end.  Officials are apparently considering the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna, the Outer Harbor, downtown Buffalo and even Niagara Falls.  

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