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By Carl T. Rowan | December 30, 1996
WASHINGTON -- The chief federal judge in the San Francisco district is forcing California and the nation to take another look at public efforts to ban affirmative- action programs -- and at what a majority can and cannot do in America.Judge Thelton Henderson has ruled that California's ''Proposition 209,'' which forbids affirmative action in public employment, education and contracting, cannot be enforced until a higher court overrules his assertion that the referendum ''is probably unconstitutional.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 7, 2014
Sept. 11, 2001 changed us in many ways. Suddenly, a post-cold war America was again at war, this time with radical Islam. Many of us did not realize that our terrorist enemies had been at war with us for many years. Soon, American special forces were on the ground in Afghanistan assisting the moderates known as the "Northern Alliance. " Shortly thereafter, we were back in Iraq - this time to destroy Saddam Hussein's suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a mission never accomplished.
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By Tom Wicker | August 16, 1991
AFTER CENTURIES of the most blatant preferences in every aspect of American life -- preferences for whites, males, usually for those of Western European stock, almost always for English-speakers, and all too often for Protestants . . . . In the face of (this) history of discrimination, is rigid evenhandedness now to be the test of a candidate's or a party's devotion to American values?" That question was raised in this space on July 4 -- which seemed an appropriate date. The question seemed timely too, because now "some preferences are called quotas . . . and are extended to blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women.
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By Amanda Frost | June 13, 2014
On Monday, the Supreme Court dashed the hopes of noncitizen children who had already waited years for visas to come to the United States with their families. Federal law allows immigrants to bring their unmarried, minor children with them to the U.S., but those same laws put strict annual quotas on visas, forcing applicants to wait years for a visa to become available. If the children turn 21 years old during that waiting period, they must be left behind. In its decision in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, the high court held that these older children must get in the back of a new line and start the visa petition process all over again, denying them credit for the years they have already spent waiting.
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By Tom Wicker | July 9, 1991
IT USED to be said down South that the only way to get a mule's attention was to hit it over the head with a two-by-four. If anyone doubted that "quotas" and the Democrats' alleged partiality to them will be a Republican theme in 1992, Jesse Helms got out his lumber the other day and gave them a good lick.Helms, the well-known "Senator No" from North Carolina, is not a man to let the voters wonder where he stands. In 1989, when some optimists doubted he would run again, he --ed their hopes by taking up arms against the Mapplethorpe show -- as good as an announcement of his candidacy.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | June 23, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is close to completing a plan that would give small businesses, women and members of minority groups preferences worth JTC hundreds of millions of dollars in bidding on new licenses for wireless telephone and data communications.The plan, to be adopted next week, would reserve nearly 1,000 radio licenses for small businesses in what commission officials call "entrepreneurs' blocks." In addition, companies owned by minorities or women would receive an array of bidding credits, or discounts, and flexible payment terms, which could shrink the cost of a wireless license by as much as half.
BUSINESS
By Stephen L. Rosenstein | June 29, 2008
Consumers tend to view themselves as highly informed about what constitutes quality and value. As a small business retailer, you must take steps to stay on top of your customers' needs, preferences and motivations. In a retail environment, the customer's perception of your products and services begins with your sales personnel. Their knowledge, attentiveness and ability to communicate are the first and most lasting impressions most customers will have of your store. Your sales and return policies should also reflect the buying habits of your customers.
NEWS
April 17, 2000
FLORIDA'S LAW abandoning affirmative action in college admissions may not be as monstrous as critics fear, but other states shouldn't rush to emulate it. The so-called One Florida Plan is far from proven. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who proposed the measure, says his plan will boost minority enrollment by guaranteeing admission to the top 20 percent of high school seniors. Opponents say gains in minority college enrollment and graduation since the 1960s will shift into reverse. They have good reason for this prediction: State universities will drastically scale back a program to admit capable but disadvantaged students.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
The Naval Academy yesterday announced it will change its application for sponsors, Annapolis-area residents who host midshipmen in their homes, after complaints from the local chapter of the NAACP that it encouraged racial division. No longer will the online form ask potential sponsors to state racial and religious preferences they have for the midshipmen who come to them for home-cooked food, a ride to the mall or a couch to crash on. Sponsors can still opt for a midshipman of a particular gender or for one involved in a particular activity.
BUSINESS
By Lorene Yue | June 20, 2004
If you're looking for a new place to call home, let FindYourSpot.com make a few suggestions. The Web site compiles your personal preferences, then provides a list of recommended cities. You'll have to answer eight screens of questions about your views on weather and cultural activities and what kind of access you want to education, health care and transportation, among other topics. The list will give you population figures, average home price, and rainfall and snowfall statistics. You can then read a detailed report about the city, look for a roommate, hunt through job listings or check out homes for sale.
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Dan Rodricks | May 6, 2014
Let me present a hypothetical situation that gets to the heart of the Supreme Court's unfortunate decision on prayer at local government meetings. I'll make the setting Carroll County because that's where elected officials eagerly invoke Jesus Christ at meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. Let's say you own a piece of property in some increasingly suburbanized section of the county. You want it rezoned so you can build a convenience store and gas station. You have to convince the commissioners that the area has changed enough to warrant rezoning.
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By Jules Witcover | April 28, 2014
Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him. The remark, unexpectedly captured on video, spread swiftly over the Internet and the airwaves, marking the hapless Mr. Romney in his own words as an elitist icon of the rich, unable or unwilling to comprehend how the other half...
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By David Horsey | April 1, 2014
Vladimir Putin has been kicked out of an exclusive club, but he may not even care. Last month, meeting in The Hague, leaders from seven of the world's biggest economic powers agreed to blackball Mr. Putin's Russia, reducing the G8 to the G7. They ratified the decision to move the group's upcoming annual world economic summit to Brussels, taking away from Mr. Putin the chance to host the event in Sochi, site of his recent successful Winter Olympic...
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla.  - Amid one of the greatest offensive seasons in team history, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was already trying to temper expectations swirling around Chris Davis. At least three times last September, Showalter told reporters that they shouldn't expect Davis to duplicate his banner 2013 season in which he hit a franchise-record 53 homers, drove in 138 runs and finished third in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. That bar was set just incredibly high, the manager would say. Showalter was trying to protect his 28-year-old first baseman, trying to make sure that he doesn't put too much pressure on himself or be affected by the other's expectations.
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Editorial from The Aegis | March 25, 2014
It has been interesting to read the different opinions on naming Joppa. My wife and I had the privilege several years ago to go to Europe on a business award. It was interesting to learn as we drove around France that the local roads aren't named as in America but are really directions. When you come to an intersection you see arrowed signs that have the places they go to on them. So coming from opposite directions you might see a different name. Then I started to wonder is that what we did in the U.S. would assume over time instead of the road that goes to Bel Air it became Belair Road (Philadelphia road, Frederick road, etc….)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Last year, Pat Conroy demonstrated his versatility for Towson, lining up as a long-stick midfielder and taking faceoffs. He did the same thing in the team's 8-7 decision over Georgetown on Saturday, winning 5-of-9 draws and picking up three ground balls. But Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said he would prefer to have the sophomore concentrate on playing defense rather than taking faceoffs. “I'd rather have him stay in our defensive end of the field and not try to tax him too much as a faceoff guy,” Nadelen said Thursday.
NEWS
October 4, 1996
THE SHIFT OF preferences for federal housing subsidies in Westminster is a positive message that the job-ready and working poor will receive priority over the hard-core unemployed. The changes to favor the employed and employable for Section 8 housing reflect welfare reforms being implemented at both federal and state levels.The reality is that people on the list for subsidized housing in Westminster and in Carroll County face a wait of two years or longer. The immediate impact of preference changes will be to merely shift the places on this long waiting list.
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By Thomas Healy and Thomas Healy,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 27, 2001
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court re-entered the debate over affirmative action yesterday, agreeing to consider whether a federal program designed to help minority-owned businesses violates the Constitution. The court's action puts the spotlight once again on a federal highway program that gives incentives to contractors who parcel out work to businesses run by racial minorities and women. And depending on how the justices rule, it could have widespread implications for other race-based preferences at the state and federal level.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
As Tyrod Taylor took his place behind center for a handful of snaps on Sunday, Joe Flacco stood out wide near the sideline, his $120.6 million hands stuffed into his handwarmer and his body language screaming that he had little interest in running routes as a wide receiver. Looking for a way to utilize the athleticism of their backup quarterback while also trying to spark their struggling running game, the Ravens trotted Taylor out onto the field for a dozen plays, seven as a wide receiver and five at quarterback with Flacco lined up as a wide-out.
NEWS
November 6, 2013
While is it generally unwise to read too much into local elections from a handful of states, Tuesday's results produced a message writ too large to ignore. If Republicans want to win over swing voters, they'll need to produce candidates more like New Jersey's pragmatic Chris Christie than Virginia's tea party darling, Ken Cuccinelli II. Governor Christie's 22-point win was as large and loud as the candidate himself. He won by a landslide in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by gaining the support from a remarkable number (at least by GOP standards)
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