This Week in the News…

Posted: December 10, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Dec. 5, Washington Post

Book World: Cosmic Delights

Other Worlds: Images of the Cosmos from Earth and Space by James Trefil (National Geographic, $35) is another pictorial tour that runs from the solar system outward…. Trefil, a physics professor at George Mason University, provides clear and accessible accompanying text. Given a universe known to span roughly 165 billion trillion miles, he suggests it can best be comprehended ‘by splitting it into smaller and smaller subunits that nest within each other, just like Russian matryoshka dolls.’ He traces the history of toil and insight that have brought scientists to their current understanding of the expanding universe.”

Monday, Dec. 6, Wall Street Journal

He Had No Shame, But Was He Right?

“No politician in America has been more vilified than Joseph McCarthy…. Still, McCarthy had many supporters at the time and even a few lonely souls who stuck with him in disgrace, most notably William F. Buckley. Now, at long last, Mr. Buckley has some company: Arthur Herman, an adjunct professor of history at George Mason University, who has written a hand grenade of a book, Joseph McCarthy, which attempts to revive McCarthy’s reputation. Mr. Herman’s book is a lot like McCarthy himself: bold, provocative, likable in a roguish sort of way…. and ultimately unconvincing.”

Wednesday, Dec. 8, Associated Press Newswires

Are Judges Becoming More Receptive to Lawsuits Against Gunmakers?

“The judge was firm in her refusal to dismiss a private lawsuit alleging that gunmakers’ marketing tactics contributed to the deaths of three Chicagoans, including a police officer…. At least one legal expert who is monitoring the gun cases is wary of the ruling. ‘State judges are politicians; on the Circuit Court of Cook County…. it’s what relationship they have to the Daley family,’ said Dan Polsby, a law professor at George Mason University. Chicago mayor Richard Daley announced his city’s $433 million lawsuit against gunmakers and shops last year. Polsby predicts that even if the families or the city of Chicago do prevail in Cook County court, their cases will fall on appeal.”

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