Court Rejects Bias Lawsuit

By Wrestling Coaches

A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit in which the National Wrestling Coaches Association asserted that federal policy subjected male college athletes to reverse discrimination.

The association argued in the 2002 suit that young men in college sports were victims of "quotas" created for female athletes as part of the Education Department's efforts to enforce Title IX.

The U.S. District Court had rejected the coaches' suit after determining that the association could not file such a complaint because they were not the object of the federal policy they disliked.

Yesterday, by a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed that the coaches lack standing to bring the suit and said the evidence is "utterly inconclusive" on whether federal policy caused colleges to eliminate wrestling programs.

Brazil Decries U.S. Demand

For Nuclear Inspections

Brazil called the Bush administration's demand that it submit to more stringent inspections of its nuclear facilities "very unpleasant," saying it wants the United States and others to agree to disarmament programs before making further concessions.

In an unusually strong criticism of the Bush administration's nuclear policy, Brazil's ambassador to Washington, Roberto Abdenur, said: "Having gone so far in terms of our nonproliferation commitments, it is very unpleasant to be under pressure, sometimes intense pressure, as if we have evil intentions."

The Bush administration has been urging Brazil to accept more intrusive, visual inspections of a new uranium enrichment plant in Resende, scheduled for completion in October.

For the Record

* Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), who made a late-night trip to the Capitol to see photos of abused Iraqi prisoners, described the images as "appalling, depraved and sad," but he said only a small fraction of the U.S. military was responsible. "My reaction was they are sickening, they are appalling," the Democratic presidential candidate said. Kerry faulted Bush administration's policies for contributing to the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

* A nationwide crackdown on trafficking of child pornography using Internet file-sharing networks has resulted in 1,000 investigations and at least 65 arrests, federal officials said. The broader investigation centers on the growing use of "peer-to-peer" networks that allow users to connect computers directly to exchange files. By bypassing traditional Internet servers, such file sharing is harder to track. The 1,000 investigations have involved more than 350 searches of computers and other property, officials said.

-- Compiled from reports by staff writer Carol D. Leonnig and news services