This Week in the News…

Posted: March 24, 2000 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:

Friday, March 17, Reuters English News Service

U.S. Eases Sanctions in Overture to Iran

“U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in her first speech on Iran since reformists won last month’s elections, said she wanted to break down the ‘wall of distrust’ that has divided the two countries since the 1979 Islamic revolution. ‘[Albright] acknowledged Iran’s role in the Gulf and that’s something the Iranians wanted recognized. I think there will be a positive response,’ said Shaul Bakhash, an expert on Iranian politics at George Mason University near Washington.

Friday, March 17, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Riches of Hypertext for Scholarly Journals

By Roy Rosenzweig, a professor of history and director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

“Change comes slowly in academic life…. Conventional wisdom tells us that computers and the Internet will rapidly change all that. But just how will scholars and, in particular, scholarly journals ‘digest’ the new technology? That is what colleagues and I from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and two leading humanities journals–The Journal of American History and American Quarterly–have been wrestling with over the past year or two…. Evolving new standards and conventions–creating a new scholarly social contract–is not going to be easy. But if we are serious about trying to find ways to do something genuinely expressive with the new media to create a scholarship that would unsettle J. Franklin Jameson, then we need to attend seriously to developing the next generation of writers (and readers) of scholarly hypertexts.”

Sunday, March 19, Washington Post

O Holy Fight: They’re Vying for Pilgrims in a Peace-Prone Middle East

“‘There is that notion of competition’ over the Holy Land label, says Yehuda Lukacs, director of the Center for Global Education at George Mason University, who studies the political economy of the peace process. ‘In many ways, we are at square one. While the borders are open and tourists can travel freely, a lot of the divisions are still there.’…. This tug of war among the three has already soured some tourism prospects. Instead of working together on a coordinated plan for year 2000 celebrations, says Lukacs, each held its own celebration at the New Year, attracting far fewer pilgrims than tourist officials predicted. ‘It was a fiasco,’ notes Lukacs, who was in Amman at the time. ‘It was a missed opportunity. Instead of asking, ‘What can we do together?’ they asked, ‘How can I undermine the other one?'”

Monday, March 20, New York Times

Presidential Election Could Alter Shape of Tribune-Times Mirror Deal

“‘There are now so many media outlets that it would make sense to relax it [a 1974 federal regulation that prohibits a company from owning a newspaper and a television station in the same geographic market],’ said Timothy J. Muris, a professor at the George Mason University School of Law and a former senior antitrust official in the Reagan administration, who is one of Mr. Bush’s top advisers on economic and competition issues.”

Tuesday, March 21, New York Times

Keeping Tabs on the Police with Receipts

“‘Receipts would make it easier for officers to be monitored by citizens as well as their superiors,’ said Dr. Stephen D. Mastrofski, director of the administration of justice program at George Mason University. ‘A department could tell, for instance, if one officer is making tons of stops and not producing anything…. This sort of monitoring happens all the time in the private sector,’ Dr. Mastrofski said. ‘The police need to act like businesses that monitor their interactions with clients and how their clients feel about the services they receive. It’s in the interest of the police to have the public on their side.'”

Thursday, March 23, New York Times

Insanity Defense Fails for Man Who Threw Woman onto Track

“‘I don’t think Kendra’s Law would have passed without the death of Kendra Webdale,’ said Paul F. Stavis, the director of the law and psychiatry center at George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Va. ‘Goldstein is the paradigm of someone who needs the supervision formerly provided by the institution. You can’t have someone like [him] in the community unsupervised.'”

Thursday, March 23, New York Times

Jury Focused on Law, Not the Mental Health System

Paul F. Stavis, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, said he thought it was time for legal systems to abandon the insanity defense and adopt alternatives, like ‘guilty but mentally ill’ pleas. ‘Jails are terrible places for people like this,’ he said. ‘They don’t get the treatment they need and are badly treated.'”

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