publication date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (part of Round XLI)
clue: Fire doesn't care what color your skin is.
explanation: Ricci and other white firefighters sued the New Haven, Connecticut fire department over denying them promotions because there wasn't a sufficient number of qualified minority firefighters to promote with them. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in April 2009 and ruled in their favor in June 2009. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Tony Peters, Ryan Dunn, Jesse King, Walter Chesser, and Melissa Anderson
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