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What’s at stake as the Supreme Court considers banning race in college admissions: ‘Basic fairness’

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on Monday in two cases that could determine whether colleges can consider race in their college admissions process, a decision that could drastically affect how colleges admit students, and impact racial diversity far beyond higher education. 

The cases deal with the admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued both schools, alleging their policies, which consider race as a factor in admissions, discriminate against Asian American applicants. 

SFFA first sued Harvard in 2014, and is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn its 2003 landmark decision Grutter v. Bollinger, which permitted race to be considered as one factor in college admissions because it believed student body diversity was “a compelling state interest.”

In writing the opinion in the Grutter case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that “race-conscious admissions policies must be limited in time,” and added that “we expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary.”


Now, 19 years later, the Supreme Court is revisiting whether racial preferences are, in fact, still necessary. 

“The Supreme Court is going to once and for all be answering the question of whether our nation’s college and universities can consider race in the admissions process,” Kimberly Herman, general counsel for the Southeastern Legal Foundation, told Fox News Digital. 

It is “one of the most consequential supreme court cases to ever be heard in higher education,” Danielle Holley, Dean of Howard University Law School told Fox News Digital. “For selective admission universities, it would mean that if the Supreme Court finds against Harvard or UNC, those universities could no longer consider race in any way in admissions.” 

That outcome would have significant effects on diversity on college campuses, Tiffany Atkins, a law professor at Elon Law School, told Fox News Digital. 

“From my perspective as a law professor and a lawyer, this is important because it affects the students that I teach, the conversations that we have, the richness of the conversation in the classroom,” Atkins said.

The consequences of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of SFFA would be far reaching, Atkins added, potentially affecting the pipeline for professions like doctors and lawyers. 

Yvette Pappoe, an assistant law professor at the University of D.C., said eliminating race-conscious admissions would have “devastating consequences on people of color, minorities generally,” and strongly advocated for them to continue. 

“We absolutely still need race conscious admissions programs. The whole point of affirmative action was not to reward historically advantaged groups. The whole point was to remedy past discrimination, whether intentional or not, and that has not been remedied, whether we like to admit it or not,” Pappoe said. 


“Banning such programs will harm students, it will harm schools, it will harm society in interrelated ways. It will not only deepen the existing racial disparities in higher education and other social institutions, it will disadvantage specifically Black candidates and other students of color in the admissions process. And then finally, it will fuel racist stereotypes about people of color, including and specifically Black women,” Pappoe added. 

In the event that the Supreme Court did rule in favor of SFFA, Pappoe predicted it would not take long for diversity on college campuses to be affected. 

“In the blink of an eye, I can see that universities that have these policies that no longer want to have the policies will now have a reason to drop these policies. It could happen in this current cycle,” she said, predicting that it could take less than a year. 

Because of this, Jonathan Feingold, an associate professor at Boston University School of Law, said it should be “concerning” that the Supreme Court may do away with affirmative action on college campuses.

“For anyone who’s committed to a racial diversity on campus, it certainly should be concerning to think of a future in which the Supreme Court prohibits any university from taking race into account,” he said. “I think anyone who’s interested in a racially diverse campus, among other elements of diversity, [it] warrants concern.” 

The Supreme Court is looking specifically at education in considering these cases, but their decision could have impacts for other industries as well. 

Feingold emphasized the importance of affirmative action in employment, saying it remains “a potent mechanism to make processes just more fair and neutral, such that the people who should have been there from the beginning are there now.” 

Atkins also warned that depending on what the court says in their ruling, there could be a “domino effect” in other areas. 

“Here, we are talking about just the context of education. However, if they’re holding that the consideration of race is a violation of the equal protection clause, then I think that we will see a domino effect in other cases that could be touched,” Atkins said. 


But, this would not necessarily be a bad thing, Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky told Fox News Digital. “I hope anywhere where race is being used for purposes such as awarding scholarships, hiring, will realize that they cannot do it.”

“What the folks who support this are doing is setting up the same kind of racial spoils system that our civil rights laws were intended to stop, and the only thing they are changing is who benefits and who hurts,” von Spakovsky added.

Harvard’s policies may even violate the Civil Rights Act, Angela Morabito, spokesperson for the Defense of Freedom Institute told Fox News Digital. 

“It is painfully obvious from what Harvard and other elite institutions are doing is they are discriminating in their admissions process based on race,” Morabito said. “And under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for any institution receiving federal funding to do that. It’s just not right.” 

And while supporters of affirmative action warn of a decrease in diversity on campuses, Jeremy Rovinsky, a prosecutor and former dean of the National Paralegal College, predicted that doing away with race as a consideration in admissions policies could increase the number of Asian Americans in higher ed institutions. 

“I don’t know that anyone can really predict the future… but I think that, at least in the short run… if it goes in the direction of [SFFA], then we’re going to see more Asian representation at Harvard, and more Asian representation, therefore, stemming into the corporate world from Harvard and from the top schools.” 

Edward Blum, the President of Students for Fair Admissions said if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Students for Fair Admissions, it will “restore the color-blind legal covenant to American universities and colleges.” 

“If the Supreme Court rules that race is unconstitutional, then we will go back to what the principles of what our civil rights movement is all about,” he added. “And those principles are a student’s race and ethnicity shouldn’t be used to help him or harm him in gaining admissions to a college or university.”

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case, calling the court’s previous decision in the Grutter case “dangerous,” and noting the 25-year expiration date. Sears told Fox News Digital that it was important to create a K-12 educational system that works for everyone, so race is not necessary. 

“Ultimately, history will prove us right, because we have tried race-based discrimination, and it doesn’t work,” she told Fox News Digital. “What this is about is educational opportunity. We have to ensure that all children have access to those opportunities, so they will be able, on their own, without race-based policies, to be afforded the ability to gain entry into these universities. That’s the issue, and the children don’t have it.” 


While the Supreme Court is not expected to announce a decision on the case until 2023, recent rulings have shown that the justices are not afraid of usurping set precedent, and even them taking the case illustrates a willingness to overturn the Grutter case. 

“I think the Supreme Court chose to hear it because the composition of the court is different,” Holley said. “That’s the only change. These plans are no different than other plans, the only difference is that the composition of the court has changed, that’s why many people believe the court is primed to strike down that long-term precedent.” 

The court choosing to take up the case led Herman to believe they may rule in favor of SFFA, overturning past precedent. “I would be hopeful that since they decided to take this case up, that they are ready to revisit their precedent from 2003 and that they’re ready to say once and for all that our Constitution does demand colorblindness and that the color of people’s skin should not be considered when being admitted to college,” she said. 


David Bernstein, the Executive Director of the Liberty and Law Center at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University also said he predicted that the Court would find the Harvard and University of North Carolina admissions plans as unconstitutional. 

“I think there is any doubt about the willingness of the court to be more aggressive about this, it was dispelled by the abortion case,” he said. “When it comes to affirmative action, the elite will cry and scream and get very upset… but these sorts of policies have always been extremely unpopular in the American public, even in California.” 

Regardless of predictions, the long-term ramifications of the case will depend on how the court rules, Bernstein added.

“If they issue a really stringent opinion that completely bans the use of race in college admissions, and probably elsewhere, that could have really strong reverberations,” he told Fox News Digital. 

“If the Supreme Court issues a stringent ruling that bans the use of race entirely without any real outs, that could have a really significant effect on how race is used by the government. If, however, they continue the pattern they’ve had in the past where they say we disfavor using race by government, but here are some circumstances which they’ll use it, that loophole will be used by government entities to continue doing what they’re doing,” he added. 

Pappoe also emphasized that how broad the ramifications of the decision are will depend on how the court writes it. 

“If the court… says very specifically that admissions policies that consider race are unconstitutional, then that’s limited. But if the court comes out swinging and says policies that consider race in any capacity are unconstitutional, then of course, that leads to a much wider net,” she added. 


In the end, it comes down to “basic fairness,” Rovinsky said. “What’s at stake is, in a sense, basic fairness, people being judged as they are, their achievements, not just the color of their skin, or their racial background.” 

Despite the speculation and predictions, Rovinsky noted “you never know how a court can decide, the best we can do is speculate.” 


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Ukraine’s Vasiliy Lomachenko beats Jamaine Ortiz in return from military service

Ukrainian boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko won Saturday night via unanimous decision in a contest over the previously unbeaten Jamaine Ortiz.

Lomachenko (17-2), a three-time lightweight champion, hopes the victory will push him closer to another shot at the title.

“You know what motivated me?” Lomachenko said. “Four belts!”

With a swollen eye and a smile, he added: “Look, I’m ready. I’m ready for any option.”


For the fight, Lomachenko wore trunks that had military camouflage with Ukraine’s blue-and-yellow flag along the belt. After a slow start, the two-time Olympic gold medalist slowly overcame Ortiz’s 3 1/2-inch reach advantage.

The judges scored the contest 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113, for the Ukrainian.

With the win, Lomachenko is hoping for a shot at Devin Haney, the undisputed lightweight champion.

The fight was the Ukrainian’s first since he chose to put his boxing career on hold to fight against Russian forces who invaded his home country in February.


Following the victory, he intends to head back to Ukraine to continue helping his home country. He will also help relocate his family back to an area of Ukraine they believe is secure.

When he resumes fighting, boxing promoter Bob Arum said it would make sense to make his next opponent Haney.

“The fight to make in the lightweight division is Haney versus Lomachenko, and we will do everything we can to make the undisputed championship showdown that all fight fans want to see,” Arum said. “They are the world’s premier lightweights, and it would be a fantastic battle.”

Haney, who was sitting ringside watching the event, said he did not think Lomachenko’s performance was his best but that he would be open to fighting him.

“I think it wasn’t the best performance, but I know if me and Loma were to fight, we’d see a better version on the night,” Haney said.

He also joined him in the ring, telling the victor: “Congratulations, and hopefully we can get it on.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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The best Lego kits for adults

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This content originally appeared on Mashable for a U.S. audience and has been adapted for the UK audience.

Whether you dream of competing on Lego Masters or you just like to tinker around and revel in the building process, Lego sets for adults are an awesome way to unwind, unplug, and enjoy some quiet, creative downtime. Whether the kit has hundreds of pieces or thousands, the act of building a cool structure from all those little Lego bricks can be a great stress reliever and can even help you hone your mindfulness skills.

Fortunately, there’s a Lego kit out there for any and every interest, it seems — from the biggest TV and movie fandoms to sweeping architectural cityscapes from around the globe — so you have plenty of Lego sets to consider.

Are Lego sets for adults?

Unlike Trix, Lego is not just for kids. In fact, there are premium Lego sets designed specifically for adults. Some are meant to be nostalgic callbacks to things we loved as kids and teens, like Super Mario Bros video games and ’90s TV shows like Friends. Other Lego sets are simply too advanced for kids to build on their own, with a piece count in the five-digit range, in some cases.

If you’re looking for a Lego set for adults, just know that you’re not alone. There’s actually an acronym to describe your interest in those colourful little building bricks: AFOLs, or adult fans of Lego. And, there’s even a “blocumentary” dedicated to your craft, as well as loads of Facebook Lego groups and Reddit communities.

What should you look for in a Lego kit for adults?

Lego sets for adults come in all shapes and forms, so the best choice for you really depends on your interests. Some of the best Lego sets for adults are those that act as sort of souvenirs of the places you’ve been. There are kits depicting famous landmarks like the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Disney Castle, the Empire State Building, and even Old Trafford, home of Manchester United Football Club. There are also kits that allow you to build iconic locales that you probably won’t ever visit, like the Lego International Space Station.

There’s also a Lego art line with pieces that are designed to be built and hung on the wall like a framed canvas, and several special series of kits that are particularly fun for adults to put together and show off when completed. The Lego Botanical Collection, for example, allows for the creation of decor that’s actually quite pretty, including brick-built orchids, floral bouquets, and more. There’s the Lego Technic line, as well, that includes lots of cool, true-to-life vehicles — like the Bugatti Chiron and Ford Mustang — with specialised pieces that create more functionality than your standard Lego brick, including tiny motors and pneumatic elements. Car enthusiasts would also enjoy the Lego creator kit that lets you build the Aston Martin made famous by the James Bond franchise.

The best Lego kits for adults, however, tend to have lots of pieces and present a fun challenge to put together. To ensure that the kit isn’t too easy (and therefore a total snooze) for your skill level, you’ll want to take a look at the recommended age on the front of the box. In 2020, Lego began using the designation “18+” for their more advanced Lego sets intended for adult builders. Previously, you might have seen these types of sets referred to as the Lego Creator Expert line, but in either case, you can expect these sets to have thousands of pieces. You may also find some Lego sets for adults that are listed as 16+ — these are usually older sets that pre-date the new 18+ designation but are likely to be a nice challenge for adults as well.

That said, there are plenty of great Lego kits for adults with a 12+ age designation too. Despite the age recommendation, these sets are typically not “childish” by any means. Rather, these 12+ sets are likely to have fewer pieces than those recommended for older ages, but they can still pose an equally fun challenge with stunning results that you’ll be proud to put on display. They’re also particularly great for adults who are just dipping their toe into Lego building, or those who might enjoy a more fast-paced project.

What Lego sets are collectible?

You’ll find that many of the most coveted, best Lego sets for adults fall within certain fandoms, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Stranger Things. You’ll also find Lego kits for adults that centre around favourite characters like Minnie Mouse, Super Mario, Darth Vader, and Marvel Avengers superheroes like Iron Man. Some of these kits are hard to find due to a limited-edition run and can therefore be pretty expensive when you do spot them for sale (such as the Lego Star Wars Death Star II and Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon).

Over time, you may find some Lego sets for adults could yield a high return on the secondary seller market. And who knows, some Lego kits for adults might wind up being a better investment than stocks. There are some sites out there that can try to tell you what Lego sets will be worth money in the future but, of course, take everything with a grain of salt.

What are the hardest Lego sets to build?

While the 18+ designation doesn’t necessarily denote that a Lego kit for adults will be particularly difficult, there are a handful of sets out there that are ideal if you’re really up for a challenge. These include the Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters, the Taj Mahal, the Bugatti Chiron, the Star Wars Millennium Falcon, and the Imperial Star Destroyer.

Is there an app that lets you build Lego?

If you’re finding a Lego set to be particularly difficult, there’s an app for that. You can use the Lego Builder app for digital Lego building instructions on your smartphone or tablet. It not only shows step-by-step instructions for your build, but also allows you to rotate and zoom in on each Lego piece to get a better look at it than you ever could in the paper building instructions. It’s a great ally to turn to if you get stuck in the course of building your set. However, some older Lego sets may not be in the app, so it can be hit or miss in that regard.

What do you do with Lego sets once built?

Whatever kit you choose to build, be sure to put your Lego art on display when you’re done. You can even find LED light kits for some of the most popular Lego sets for adults, so you can illuminate your impressive effort and really show it off like the work of art that it is.

What is the best Lego set for adults?

This is a personal question, so all we can really do is provide some suggestions that should suit just about everybody. We have lined up a bunch of popular kits from across the web. You just need to pick a favourite.

These are the best Lego kits for adults in 2022.


Florida man captures 28 Burmese pythons to win top prize in state’s annual challenge

A 19-year-old Florida man snagged the top prize in the state’s 2022 Florida Python Challenge after capturing and removing dozens of the reptiles.

Matthew Concepcion was awarded the ultimate prize of $10,000 after he caught 28 Burmese pythons during the annual contest, according to a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation news release this week.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the challenge has, once again, “yielded impressive results” after 231 invasive pythons were removed during the 10-day competition.

“Removing these snakes is one of the many efforts we are employing to restore and maintain the Everglades ecosystem,” DeSantis said.


Almost 1,000 people from 32 states, Canada and Latvia arrived in south Florida in August to participate in the challenge, which was created to “increase awareness about invasive species and the threats they pose to Florida’s ecology,” the FWC said.

Python hunters could enter the competition as professionals or novices to compete for prizes. There was also a separate military category for veterans or active-duty participants.

Prizes won range from $2,500 for Most Pythons Caught to $750 for Longest Python. This year’s prize money was provided by the following organizations:

Fish & Wildlife Conservation Chairman Rodney Barreto said the challenge is a win for the Everglades and the people of Florida because each python removed is “one less preying on our native birds, mammals and reptiles.”

According to the FWC, Burmese pythons are not native to the Sunshine State and their presence in the Everglades ecosystem and south Florida negatively impacts the native species, as a female Burmese can lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time.

Since 2000, more than 17,000 wild Burmese pythons have been removed from the state of Florida, the FWC reported.


“Our python hunters are passionate about what they do and care very much about Florida’s precious environment. We are removing record numbers of pythons, and we’re going to keep at it,” said South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Member “Alligator Ron” Bergeron.

Bergeron went on to thank Gov. DeSantis for supporting the restoration and protection of the Everglades “since day one of his administration.”

In addition to the Florida Python Challenge, the FWC said residents can continue to control nonnative species by removing and humanely killing pythons. This can be done at any time on private land with permission from the landowner and on 25 commission-managed lands in south Florida.


Nonnative fish and wildlife can also be reported to the FWC’s Invasive Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681), online at IveGot1.org or by downloading the IveGot1 smartphone app.


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