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5 stories to follow: March 22

Here are five stories to have on your radar today.

5 stories to follow: March 22

Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring on Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers after the club said Phil did not see his shadow and there will be an early spring on Groundhog Day, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in Punxsutawney, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Here are five stories to have on your radar today.

1. March Madness: All three Philadelphia-area teams in the NCAA tournament play today. Ninth-seeded Temple plays No. 8 North Carolina State in Dayton, Ohio, at 1:40 p.m. No. 13 La Salle plays No. 4 Kansas State in Kansas City, Mo., at 3:10 p.m. No. 9 Villanova plays No. 8 North Carolina, also in Kansas City, at 7:20 p.m. And here in Philly, four games will take place at the Wells Fargo Center. No. 2 Duke faces No. 15 Albany at 12:15 p.m., No. 7 Creighton takes on No. 10 Cincinnati at 2:45 p.m., No. 2 Georgetown plays No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast at 6:50 p.m. and No. 7 San Diego State finishes the night against No. 10 Oklahoma at 9:20 p.m.

2. No more State Stores?: The Pennsylania House passed a bill last nighit that would privatize wine and liquor sales in state. The measure calls for the gradual selling of licenses to private businesses and eventually closing the State Stores. It passed 105-90.

3. Arrested mayor to run again: Marcus Hook Mayor James Schiliro is facing charges for allegedly having a cop bring a 20-year-old man to the mayor's home, then giving the minor wine, offering to perform sex acts on him and drunkenly firing a gun inside. But Delco District Attorney John Whelan tells the Daily News that Schiliro's "intent is to run again." He faces Council President Gene Taylor in a May primary.

4. Three Marines die in standoff at base: Three Marines died in a standoff overnight at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The Washington Post reports that two Marines were killed and the suspected gunman shot himself. Marine officials are calling the shooting an isolated incident, the AP reports. The motive for the incident is unknown, though authorities are expected to release more details later this morning.

5. Punxsutawney Phil indicted: An Ohio prosecutor has issued an "indictment" against the Pennsylvania groundhog for apparently incorrectly predicting an early spring. Per 6ABC, Butler County prosecutor Mike Gmoser is calling misrepresentation of early spring an unclassified felony.

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