This Week in the News…

Posted: July 14, 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, July 7, Associated Press Newswires

Study Cites Economic Impact of Baseball Franchise

“A major league baseball franchise and stadium in northern Virginia would pump more than $8.6 billion into the economy over 30 years, according to a study by a George Mason University professor. Stephen Fuller conducted the study for the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, which the General Assembly created to develop plans for a ballpark if the state is able to attract an existing team or an expansion franchise…. Fuller’s report says state and local governments would reap $693 million in tax revenue–$153 million more than the state’s anticipated share of stadium construction costs. The analysis is based on a projected $300 million stadium. Fuller presented his findings at a stadium authority meeting Thursday.”

Tuesday, July 11, Associated Press Newswires

House Passes Bill to Penalize States that Release Criminals

“States that release murderers, rapists, or child molesters who then commit similar crimes would have their federal funding cut under a bill the House of Representatives approved Tuesday. The measure would transfer $100,000 in federal law enforcement funds from the state that released the criminal to the state where he or she committed the new crime. The bill was passed by voice vote and sent to the Senate. The measure has been dubbed ‘Aimee’s Law’ after Aimee Willard, a student at George Mason University in Fairfax who was murdered in suburban Philadelphia in 1996. Arthur Bomar, who had been released from a Nevada prison after serving 12 years for another murder, was convicted of killing her and sentenced to death.”

Tuesday, July 11, Wall Street Journal

A Special News Report about Life on the Job–and Trends Taking Shape There

“Only 17 percent of professional nurses are organized now, but health-care experts expect that to grow as cutbacks by Medicare and private insurers force hospitals to contain costs. This has led to staff cuts that require nurses to work longer hours. ‘This isn’t about pay, it’s about burnout and care concerns,’ says Mary Wakefield of George Mason University’s Center for Health Policy and Ethics. ‘There’s a thin white line in a lot of hospitals these days.’ Hospital officials say the frustration is understandable and they are sympathetic, but note that the entire U.S. health-care system is going through a painful transition.”

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