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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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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.
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By Carl M. Cannon and David Folkenflik and Carl M. Cannon and David Folkenflik,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 7, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Bill Lann Lee, President Clinton's choice for the nation's top civil rights post, is a highly respected legal mind, a first-generation Chinese-American from a modest background who is admired even by those who have opposed him in California courtrooms.So how can Lee's nomination to be assistant attorney general for civil rights be in trouble?The answer is that his appointment has turned into the latest national battleground over affirmative action, a doctrine that is under siege across the country.
NEWS
By Steve Chapman | October 30, 2006
CHICAGO -- Time travel, long a staple of science fiction, has so far amounted to nothing more than a fantasy. But anyone interested in paying a visit to the past may soon get the chance. On Nov. 7, voters in Michigan will decide on a ballot initiative banning racial preferences in the public sector, and if it passes, opponents say, it will put the state back into the Dark Ages. Proposal 2 represents a reaction to the University of Michigan's use of racial double standards in selecting its students.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Perhaps before we publish, or read, any more inane articles about lexicography, we might take a moment to reflect on what dictionaries are for .  One of the latest misguided (read: stupid) articles on the subject is by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post :  "Oxford Dictionaries adds' twerk,; 'FOMO,' 'selfie,' and other words that make me vom. "  As the headline indicates, Oxford University press has gathered up a number of slang terms for the quarterly update of the Oxford Dictionaries Online*, and Mr. Dirda is not pleased with them.  Before we get to the lexicography, we might ask why Mr. Dirda thought we would be interested in his personal preferences in vocabulary.
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.
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