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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.
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BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder | May 28, 1991
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- President Bush plans to extend specia trade preferences to China for another year, saying "it is wrong to isolate China if we hope to influence China."But at the same time, administration officials said Bush, who made the announcement yesterday, would curb high-technology exports to China in retaliation for Beijing's policy of providing long-range missiles to Pakistan. The move also appeared aimed at softening expected congressional opposition to Bush's trade decision.
NEWS
By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1998
FOR AFRICAN- Americans and other minorities, another barrier is thrown up each day at the threshold of higher education.Last week, trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) voted to eliminate remedial classes at the nation's largest urban higher-education system. This followed the demise of affirmative action in public college admissions in Texas and California and ,, the court-ordered end of a blacks-only scholarship program at the University of Maryland, College Park.At first glance, there might seem little in common between the dropping of racial preferences in admissions and the end of open enrollment at CUNY after a closely watched experiment of nearly three decades.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2012
The idea for Woofound came to Joshua Spears while he struggled to plan a blind date. He was looking for things to do and places to eat that matched his and his date's tastes and preferences in a personal way. But there was no app for that. So he and friend Dan Sines, with the fearless ambition typical of 20-somethings, decided last year to build it after hashing out their ideas during a night of fervent instant-messaging. With the release of the Woofound iPhone app this month, the young company took its first big step into a competitive, cutting edge, and sometimes controversial segment of the digital economy: web personalization.
NEWS
By George F. Will | November 17, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The invertebrate condition of some Republicans is suggested by a revision of Major Sullivan Ballou's letter.When Ken Burns' Civil War series appeared on public television, viewers were stirred by Ballou's letter to his wife before Bull Run. Ballou, who died there, wrote of his readiness ''to burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when, God willing, we might still have lived and loved together, and seen our sons grown up to honorable manhood.''...
NEWS
March 28, 2013
The quote from Joshua Thompson of the Pacific Legal Foundation in your recent article on affirmative action is a perfect illustration of the problem ("Affirmative action on docket," March 26). He says that "Michigan voters struck a blow for equal rights by barring government from discriminating or granting preferences by people's skin color or sex. " I'm sorry but I thought, perhaps mistakenly, that equal rights actually meant that everyone had the same rights, and there was no preference nor discrimination.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
Weary as you must be by now of the hopefully hullabaloo, a post at Language Log by Mark Liberman, "The H-word,"   gives rise to some further observations. Professor Liberman demonstrates a salient fact about the disparagement of hopefully  as a sentence adverb. After a long slumber as an occasional usage, it awoke in the 1960s and had a vogue. That made it immediately suspicious to language mavenry, which despises such popular effloresces. You cannot, after all, hold yourself proudly aloof from the herd if you speak as the herd does.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly | October 14, 2006
When Marconi's restaurant closed in June last year, its patrons worried about what would happen to Ali Morsy, the Baltimore institution's beloved waiter who memorized their drink preferences and always knew which people wanted to skip the anchovies in their chopped salads. Morsy took three weeks off last summer and joined the staff of the Capital Grille at Pratt and Gay streets in the Inner Harbor. He says he's busier than ever and helps serve the 400 people who might show up on a packed Saturday night.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Responding to my post on the virtually extinct crotchet about not making inanimate nouns possessive , a reader posting as bingley remarked, "I hadn't come across it in quite that form but I do remember being told that you couldn't use 'whose' with an inanimate referent, that you should use 'of which.' " I assume that whoever imposed that preposterous stricture on bingley would write "an idea whose time has come" as "an idea the time of...
NEWS
January 25, 2003
A necessary remedy The use of race-based preferences is not only appropriate but necessary in education and all other fields where racially discriminatory practices have unjustly made the playing field uneven. Whites have received preferences in education, employment, housing, the courts and in just about every facet of life for more than 300 years. How, then, does the playing field become level just because we have finally decided to end such practices? Race-based preferences, in certain specific instances can be a viable means by which to attempt to level the field.
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