The Law: The Court Starts Work

Though forced to mark time on a number of important cases because of the loss of two members, the Supreme Court has hardly been idle in its new term. Last week the seven Justices dealt with 647 items, in most instances by rejecting petitions for hearings. Highlights of last week's decisions:

> Since 1969, contractors for major federally funded construction projects in Philadelphia have been required to employ an increased percentage of non-white workers. The so-called Philadelphia Plan was devised by the Nixon Administration to combat discriminatory practices in the construction industry,...

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