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Justices: Michigan affirmative ban is OK

WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

Reason for downtown shooting still unclear

A Kailua-Kona man charged with firing off several guns in Kailua Village pulled the trigger 28 times, according to a shell casings count presented by police in court Tuesday. Hawaii County Police Officer Coley Rowe described how he and several other officers moved in on Robinson once the man dove out of his vehicle onto the ground.

Sustainability measure advances

Prospects are good that a bill will pass this legislative session allowing experimental sustainability communities in Maui and Hawaii counties, following the appointment of a House-Senate conference committee and dismissal of ethics charges against the bill’s sponsor.

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Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt ‘tough’

BOSTON — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.