- Making News: Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action
The US Supreme Court said -yes- and -no- to affirmative action today. It ruled that it's acceptable for the University of Michigan-s Law School to consider race in making its student body -diverse,- but that the same university cannot give points to undergraduate applicants because they-re minorities. Attorney and legal journalist Eddie Lazarus, who once clerked at the Supreme Court, says the rulings basically reaffirm the 1978 Baake decision.
- Reporter's Notebook: Train Derailment
Union Pacific said it did not mean to derail a runaway freight in a residential community Friday. The railroad thought the 27 cars would jump the tracks in an empty rail yard, but their weight and speed caused them to derail four miles early. No one was killed, and UP will compensate 150 people in the City of Commerce who were injured or whose homes were destroyed. Mark Hemphill, editor of Trains magazine, says such incidents are infrequent but unforgettable.