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Editorial: Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action ruling should focus colleges on improving diversity

ON TUESDAY, the Supreme Court refused to strike down Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at the state’s public universities. We disagree with the 58 percent of Michigan voters who, in 2006, inserted the ban into the state’s constitution. But the court, which...

Marcus: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the subtlety of a court retirement

The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image. The appearance of impropriety. The appearance of corruption. And so it is with lawyers, starting at the top. Competing concerns must be weighed — personal health, institutional...

Milbank: NASA’s lofty goal of a manned Mars mission doesn’t match budget reality

NASA just confirmed what sci-fi enthusiasts have known all along: There are other civilizations out there. This bombshell was dropped Tuesday by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the Humans 2 Mars Summit in Foggy Bottom. “Here in the Western world we think very shortsighted,”...

Ignatius: Closer, but still no deal on Iran

As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps — but no deal yet. A positive sign was a tentative plan floated this month to reduce the threat...

Parker: A grandchild might just be the push Hillary Clinton needs to run

The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination a soon-to-be grandmother. The headlines were inevitable — “Grandma Hillary” — followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt...

12 Accused In Prescription-drug Operation In Ohio

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities say 12 people have been indicted in a prescription-drug trafficking operation in which pills were obtained from pharmacies in seven states. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that 11 of...

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses...
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Keflezighi’s Boston win a boost for shoe sponsor

AP Photo/Steven Senne Meb Keflezighi’s Boston Marathon victory is a marketing opportunity for sponsor Skechers. A top company executive calls the title “a major accomplishment both for Meb and the brand.” Skechers signed Keflezighi three years ago hoping he...

Column: Former shoe peddler tries to upend NCAA

There are those who would argue that Sonny Vaccaro helped create the biggest problem in college sports when he began handing out money in the late `70s to basketball coaches so players would wear Nike shoes. Guys like Jerry Tarkanian and John Thompson got checks for $50,000 or so...

Pens, Jackets Hope To End Blown Leads In Game 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in Wednesday night’s Game 4. In each game of their Stanley Cup first-round series, a team has led by that score — and then lost. The Penguins did it in...