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August 28, 2009
April 23, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent from the high court's 6-2 decision Tuesday to uphold Michigan's voter-approved ban on affirmative action for public universities has been variously described as “ blistering ," “ scathing ,” and " outraged . " It is passionate, for sure, but it is actually logical and scholarly, and well worth curling up with. She laments that the court's role as a bulwark against suppression of the minority has crumbled, and that her colleagues have allowed Michigan voters “to do what our Constitution forbids.” (Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, in his majority opinion, noted that race considerations in college admissions are permissible.
March 25, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will hear Michigan's appeal of a surprising ruling that struck down its voters' ban on giving “preferential treatment” to students based on their race, weighing the emotionally tense issue of affirmative action for the second time in a year. The Michigan measure is nearly identical to the California proposition that in 1996 abolished race-based affirmative action policies for admission to the state's colleges and universities. But defenders of affirmative action went to federal court in Michigan and won a ruling from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that held the state measure unconstitutional on the grounds it took away a civil rights provision that benefited minorities.
April 22, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action on Tuesday. The 6-2 decision, as The Times' David Savage explains, “clears away constitutional challenges to the state bans on affirmative action, which began in California in 1996.” From Savage's article : “Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for the majority, said the democratic process can decide such issues. 'This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved,' he said. 'It is about who may resolve it. There is no authority in the Constitution of the United States or in this court's precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit this policy determination to the voters.'” This is what The Times editorial board argued in October when it opined on the case: “This case isn't about whether state universities may provide preferential treatment in their admissions policies.
March 11, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Indiana Coach Tom Crean got pretty emotional after the Hoosiers' 72-71 victory over Michigan on Sunday. But it wasn't all the kind of emotion one might expect from a coach whose team had just come back from a five-point deficit in the final 41 seconds to claim the victory and the Big Ten title. During the postgame handshakes, Crean and Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer reportedly got into each other's faces while exchanging angry words and "rapidly - and ridiculously - patted the other on the back," according to Yahoo!
February 20, 2012 | By Paul West
With a new poll hinting at a tightening race in the pivotal Michigan primary, Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum tried to stoke blue-collar resentments Monday in the conservative western part of the state. The former Pennsylvania senator is aiming for a knockout blow of Mitt Romney in one of his rival's traditional strongholds.  Santorum told supporters in the gritty Great Lakes harbor town of Muskegon that he is anticipating "what could be a sound heard 'round the world here in Michigan" next week.
February 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Paul West, Los Angeles Times
The leading Republican candidates for president aimed contrasting economic pitches Friday at voters in Michigan's tight primary contest — to differing and occasionally eyebrow-raising results. Mitt Romney highlighted his agenda Friday before the Detroit Economic Club, but ended up diverting attention with an offhand reference to his family's abundant collection of cars. It was another in a series of Romney remarks that have complicated his efforts to connect with voters who are suffering economically.
September 8, 2009
April 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
If Denard Robinson is still hoping an NFL team will give him a shot as a pro quarterback, he better pray no scouts watched his ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game. Robinson, the ex-Michigan quarterback who set an NCAA record for rushing yards, will probably continue to be dogged with questions about his throwing accuracy after one-hopping his pitch about midway to home plate. The 2013 NFL draft hopeful didn't look like he put much effort into the throw and was seen joking afterward with his catcher, Tigers pitcher Drew Smyly.
May 15, 1999
Shav Glick [May 7] said that calling the IRL race was the right thing to do after the fatalities at Lowe's Motor Speedway. I agree with his take on that, but not with his take on the situation at Michigan. It would have been impossible to get rescue workers in to the Michigan track or to get patients out with the entire crowd trying to leave at the same time. The infrastructure for fans getting to and from the track is very different at these two places. I commend Humpy Wheeler for making a tough call and ending the race after the deaths.
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
"Supreme Court rules against affirmative action. " That is likely to be a common shorthand description of Tuesday's decision upholding the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on the use of racial preferences in admission to state universities. But it's misleading. The 6-2 decision leaves undisturbed previous rulings in which the justices said that state universities may take race into account in admissions policies without violating the U.S. Constitution. But the court now has made it clear that although such preferences are permissible, voters may opt to prohibit them.
April 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue. The 6-2 decision clears away constitutional challenges to the state bans on affirmative action, which began in California in 1996. Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for the majority, said the democratic process can decide such issues. “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved,” he said.
April 16, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Marc's daughter is attending college in Michigan. She's also deaf. Sign-language interpreters have been provided for classes, but Marc wants to know if there's a more high-tech solution. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Isn't there an app for this? I put that question to the Hearing Loss Assn. of America. For its answer, check out today's Ask Laz video. If you have a consumer question, email me at or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz .    
March 29, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
SUNDAY'S EAST REGIONAL FINAL At Madison Square Garden, New York NO. 7 CONNECTICUT (29-8) VS. NO. 4 MICHIGAN STATE (29-8) When: 11:20 a.m. PDT. TV: Channel 2. UPDATE: Branden Dawson is perhaps the best barometer for Michigan State, which is 15-0 when he has scored in double figures. Dawson, a 6-6 junior, is averaging 11.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for the season but 20 points and nine rebounds in NCAA tournament games. Bolstering the Spartans inside is 6-10 senior Adreian Payne, who averages 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
March 28, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for some newlyweds. After a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban March 21, Deborah Dolney, 28, and her fiancee, Jessie-Mae Secord, 33, seized the opportunity to get married. Four counties opened their offices the next day to issue marriage licenses, and Dolney and Secord were among those in line.
March 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
BP, the petroleum giant, has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil it spilled this week into Lake Michigan, a source of drinking water for some 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs. On Monday, BP reported the spill into the lake from its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana. The U.S. Coast Guard and the federal Environmental Protection Agency have been at the site and have been involved in the cleanup. “Any time you get any type of chemical in land or water, no one wants to see it,” Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf, a spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times.
March 24, 1990
Jim Murray did nicely in his farewell piece on Tom Harmon, all the way up to where he stated, "You never went into a room with Harmon without someone coming up to you and recalling, 'the day you beat us at Minnesota . . . ' " Wrong, In Harmon's career at Michigan, his team never beat Minnesota, taking three consecutive losses, and that fact was always a thorn in his memory and a point of pride with Gopher fans and Coach Bernie Bierman. JACK TRACY Sherman Oaks
February 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. plans to announce today that it's investing $500 million in five Michigan factories, a person familiar with the plan said Monday. GM, the world's largest automaker, will make the investments in a Cadillac assembly plant in Lansing, an engine factory in Romulus, a transmission factory in Willow Run and a stamping operation and truck assembly plant in Pontiac, the person said. Cadillac's U.S.
March 27, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
MIDWEST REGIONAL MATCHUPS At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis NO. 2 MICHIGAN (27-8) VS. NO. 11 TENNESSEE (24-12) WHAT: NCAA regional semifinal, Friday, 4:15 p.m. TV: Channel 2. Led by forward Jarnell Stokes, who is averaging 20.3 points in the tournament, Tennessee defeated Iowa by 13, Massachusetts by 19 and Mercer by 20. But will the Volunteers have fresh enough legs for their fourth game? Michigan guard Nik Stauskas is shooting a hot 42.9% from three-point range in the Wolverines' two games, and he's below average.
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state fights a federal judge's ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, an appeals court decided Tuesday.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling on a vote of 2 to 1. DOCUMENT: Read the appeals court's order The plaintiffs in the case, a lesbian couple, had asked the appeals court to...
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