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Ups & Downs of the Week

Issue: "Bush picks Cheney as VP," Aug. 5, 2000

American athletes: Golf's Tiger Woods and bicycling's Lance Armstrong continued to dominate their sports last week. Mr. Woods, 24, won the British Open, becoming the youngest player ever to win golf's four Grand Slam events. Mr. Woods set a British Open record of 19 under 269 in his victory. Mr. Armstrong, having successfully battled cancer in 1996, won his second straight Tour de France. The Texan is only the second American ever to win more than one Tour de France, the most prestigious race in bicycling. Racial preferences: A federal judge last week declared the University of Georgia's admissions program unconstitutional because it discriminates in favor of minority students. Under the program, the school admitted about 90 percent of its students strictly on academic performance; it judged the rest on a combination of up to 12 characteristics, including race. U.S. District Judge Avant Edenfield of Savannah ruled in favor of three white women denied admission in 1999. He rejected the university's arguments that promoting diversity in higher education is a compelling state interest.

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