1. SOUTH KOREAN FERRY
Student memorial: Hundreds of people paid their respects today to the students lost in last week’s ferry sinking off the South Korean coastline. No survivors have been found since 174 people were rescued on the day the ship went down. More than two-thirds of those on board were students from Danwon High School in Ansan. They were on a field trip. The death toll is up to 150. About the same number of people are still missing.
2. MISSING PLANE
Debris, or not debris?: Officials are looking at an “object of interest” that washed up on the coast of Western Australia. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan says it appeared to be sheet metal with rivets in it, but warns that “the more we look at it, the less excited we get.” The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is nearly seven weeks old and up to this point no physical evidence linked to the jetliner has been found. The hunt continues in the Indian Ocean.
3. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
No special treatment: The U.S. Supreme Court says Michigan can keep its law banning the use of race in college admissions. On a 6-2 vote, the justices decided that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measureapproved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. It bars publicly funded colleges from granting “preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”
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