July 3, 2015

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Landmark affirmative action case argued by Oberlin College’s Krislov

Colleges will be paying close attention to a Supreme Court case this fall that will once again take up the consideration of race during the college admissions process. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear for a second time the case of Abigail Fisher, a white student who was denied admission to the Read More…

Implications of Supreme Court ruling unknown for proposed NRG pipeline

It isn’t yet clear if a recent Supreme Court ruling will affect the NRG Energy pipeline project but the company says it will continue to comply with the federal Environmental Protection Agency rules while a lower court revisits the case. NRG has plans to convert the coal-burning power plant in Avon Lake to natural gas Read More…

After Supreme Court ruling, Oklahoma, Florida act quickly to resume executions

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma and Florida moved quickly to resume lethal injections after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of midazolam, a sedative that has been used in several problematic executions. Attorneys general in both states asked courts Monday to allow executions to proceed, just hours after the high court voted 5-4 in a Read More…

Supreme Court upholds independent redistricting commissions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers. The 5-4 outcome preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting. Most notably, California uses an independent commission to draw electoral boundaries for its largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation. In Ohio, Read More…

Same-sex marriage opponents regroup, rally behind religious freedom

NEW YORK — Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong. The Republican Read More…

MARRIAGE RULING: A flurry of rainbows hits social media

When the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday its ruling on gay marriage, social media exploded with both supporters and opponents sharing opinions on the history-making decision. It’s not unusual for folks to flood to sites like Facebook and Twitter to express personal views or to let photographs speak for them via Instagram. But Friday, those Read More…

MARRIAGE RULING: Marriage-related businesses expect uptick in business

Gay couples who have waited years to marry can now do so legally in grand fashion and those in the wedding business are ready for the boost. In a landmark decision Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Ohio and 12 other states, ruling such laws are unconstitutional. Couples in Read More…

Sheffield Lake couple first in line for marriage license after high court ruling

Teri Jasany, left, and CJ Jasany celebrate their new marriage license outside the Lorain County Probate Court on Friday, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right to gay marriage. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — C.J. Jasany’s hands wouldn’t stop shaking. Teri Ann Jasany couldn’t stop smiling. They didn’t plan for Friday. Both went to work as usual, but by 10 a.m. their world had changed. Teri Ann said a co-worker at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center came to her with the news that the U.S. Supreme Court Read More…

U.S. Supreme Court affirms national right to same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their Read More…

Consumers conflicted about Obamacare: It’s affordable, but what do you get for your money?

CHICAGO — Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Many consumers expressed somewhat conflicting views: They were happy their monthly premiums would continue to be Read More…