This Week in the News…

Posted: April 6, 2001 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:

Saturday, March 31, National Journal

Revenge of the Bork Conservatives

“Opinions are mixed over the Administration’s reasons for cutting out the ABA…. Michael O’Neill, a professor at George Mason University’s School of Law, says that the Administration’s decision reflects a consensus among conservatives that the selection process was ‘no longer being served’ by giving the ABA an extraordinary power not enjoyed by any other legal organization.”

Sunday, April 1, New York Times

Mired in Debt and Seeking a Path Out

Todd J. Zywicki, a professor at the George Mason University Law School in Arlington, Va., who had a voice as an adviser to Congress, agreed that most people who file are legitimate users of the bankruptcy system. ‘But,’ he said, ‘there are large numbers who are not legitimate users. The bill eliminates the forms of abuse that are out there.'”

Monday, April 2, Business Week

Asleep at the Switch: Lousy Service Is Driving Away Freight Customers

“What’s more, the consolidation has left some shippers connected to just one rail system and facing much higher costs. According to the Alliance for Rail Competition (ARC), these ‘captive’ shippers account for about one-third of the Class I railroad revenues in 2000. Jerry R. Ellig, a senior rail-research fellow at George Mason University, estimates that captive shippers commonly pay rates 20% higher than shippers with competitive alternatives.”

Monday, April 2, Yomiuri Shimbun

U.S. Cracks Down on Personal Bankruptcies

“‘Most people who file for bankruptcy are legitimate,’ said law Prof. Todd Zywicki, of George Mason University in Virginia. ‘But people are becoming more and more sophisticated about how easily bankruptcy can be manipulated. The only constraint they have is their conscience.'”

Tuesday, April 3, Associated Press Newswires

Research Yields 430 Former Lead Smelting Sites Unknown to Authorities

“Researchers have discovered the sites of 430 former lead smelting factories spread among 35 states, most apparently unknown to government regulatory officials despite the risk they may harbor hazardous levels of the toxic metal…. ‘I wouldn’t want those levels [of lead] in my yard for sure,’ said [William] Eckel, who did the research with his thesis adviser at George Mason University, Gregory Foster, and Michael Rabinowitz, a geochemist with the Woods Hole, Mass., Marine Biological Laboratory.”

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