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Michigan will not ask for court review

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Lawyers for the University of Michigan say they will ask the US Supreme Court not to hear an affirmative action case involving the university's law school. The announcement comes after earlier suggestions from university officials that the high court should decide the issue.

The university won a lower-court ruling earlier this year when the Sixth US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that the law school could consider race to ensure a diverse class. The decision was subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court. Opponents say the request shows that the university must not be confident that the Supreme Court would rule in its favor.

Presidents leave black colleges

ATLANTA – In the past two years, more than two dozen historically black colleges – a quarter of the nation's total – have lost presidents, with most saying they were quitting because of mounting pressure to raise money. A decline in endowments and enrollment at many black colleges in recent years has put greater demands on presidents to work the phones to bring in donations.

Presidents of other colleges and universities – not just historically black institutions – have complained in recent years of the demands that fundraising places on their time, and there has been a flurry of turnover at some of the nation's top schools. Many institutions have come to regard the ability to raise money as an important qualification for president. But black-college presidents may face greater pressure, because their schools have smaller and generally less wealthy alumni bases.

Burger King angers two-year schools

COEUR d'ALENE, IDAHO – Burger King has decided to pull a television commercial that poked fun at students in two-year schools. In the ad, two students are shown chatting with a talking menu, which decides they probably don't have a lot of money and likely never will because they attend a junior college. A Burger King spokeswoman said Thursday that the spot is being pulled because of complaints from officials at numerous junior colleges and community colleges.

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