April 22, 2014 |
"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 |
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.
April 16, 2014 |
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz .
March 29, 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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.