News Roundup: Men’s Basketball Tourney Wraps Up Monday In San Antonio

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By Becky FogelApril 2, 2018 1:35 pm

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All eyes will be on the Alamodome in San Antonio Monday night as Michigan and Villanova play the final game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. It’s been three weeks since the start of March Madness but as Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios reports, only one team will leave San Antonio as the victor.

It’s the Villanova Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines who will go head to head Monday. Villanova has been a heavy hitter this tournament with offensive games leading to dominating victories while Michigan has had a more defensive method, striking when the moment is right.

Michigan Forward Moritz Wagner says Villanova’s ability to shoot from multiple positions is what his team will be looking out for.

“When you play a good team there’s usually something you can give up and can make a defensive game plan but that’s not the case here. But you know what it’s not supposed to be easy it’s the national championship,” Wagner says.

About 68,000 people are expected to be in the Alamodome for the final game Monday night.

Texas’ new “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) law went into effect on April 1..

The law regulates DNR order procedures, and even adds criminal penalties, in certain cases.

Houston Public Media’s Allison Lee has more.

A Do Not Resuscitate order bars doctors and nurses from trying to save a patient’s life. SB 11 ushers in new DNR protocol, and requires a patient’s- or guardian’s-  consent before a doctor places a DNR order.

 “Basically it’s trying to say, ‘You can’t just do what you want with a patient and not tell them,” says Dr. Richard Castriotta, a professor at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, at UT Health. He says the bill has some vague wording, but thinks it’s well intentioned.

“It codifies a practice of medicine that has been in use for many years, and is part of the policies of most of the hospitals within the Texas medical center anyway,” he says.

Critics have said the law leaves the impression that family members can overturn a DNR request.

Back in December, Houston high school senior Micheal Brown captured his reaction to finding out he had gotten into Stanford. Surrounded by friends, he immediately exclaims “Oh my god!” when he sees that he’s accepted, the overwhelming excitement and emotion palpable in his voice. Brown posted that video to YouTube and writes, “I am glad to share the happiest moment of my life with the world.”

But Brown has a lot more schools to choose from. He got into all 20 of the colleges and universities he applied to, and has full rides to each, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and – of course – Stanford. His rare feat even made national headlines in the New York Times.

Brown told the Houston Chronicle that his mom, Berthinia Rutlege-Brown, is the reason for much of his success. He also credited other mentors he’s had growing up.

“Especially looking forward I think something that’s going to be important to me is just like the simple idea of giving back to others the things that have been given to me,” he told Houston Public Media.

Brown wants to major in political science and become a lawyer or politician.