This Week in the News…

Posted: May 18, 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:

Friday, May 11, Associated Press,

Experts Say FBI’s Error Is Likely to Delay Execution

“‘McVeigh has never contested that he did this,’ said Daniel Polsby, a George Mason University criminal law professor. ‘If there were a guilt or innocence question, then there might be some serious reexamination, but McVeigh has admitted to doing this crime. This is just a matter of procedure and delay.'”

Sunday, May 13, Arizona Daily Star

Colleges, Industry: Bedfellows in Conflict

“The $39 million that private companies spent at the University of Arizona last year–about 11 percent of all gifts, grants and contracts–helps dictate the school’s specialties, from planetary sciences to optics to medicine. Students at George Mason University saw how far a school can go to please industry when the Virginia college eliminated non-technical courses of study such as Russian, classics and German, so it could add degree programs in biosciences, computer science and information technology.”

Sunday, May 13, Detroit News

Detroit Loses Drug War to Cop Miscues

“Detroit’s approach is counter to prevailing police practices, said Stephen Mastrofski, a former police officer and professor of criminal justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘In recent years, the trend has been to shrink the size of headquarters units and increase the power of precinct enforcement,’ Mastrofski said. ‘There is not a lot of evidence of long-term success for (raids).'”

Monday, May 14, Newsweek International

A Win for the Dismal Science: Honors and Rewards for a Young Economist Who Discovers… the Obvious

“Skepticism aside, it’s plain that ‘rationalizing’ the irrational like this can have its uses. If nothing else, it brings scientists themselves back to common sense. James Buchanan, of George Mason University in Virginia, won a Nobel Prize a decade ago for proving that government bureaucrats, or even employees in big private companies anywhere, tend to care more about their own comforts, benefits and salaries than they care about the taxpayers or customers they are supposed to serve.”

Wednesday, May 16, Associated Press

Some Agencies Need to Write Better Annual Reports, Study Says

“While some federal agencies are getting better at writing performance reports, others still have trouble evaluating their own work, according to a private study released Wednesday. This is the second year agencies were required to write and release performance reports that are intended to resemble companies’ annual reports. It also is the second year that George Mason University’s Mercatus Center analyzed the reports. ‘Overall there was modest improvement,’ said Jerry Ellig, a research fellow at the center.”

Thursday, May 17, Los Angeles Times

FTC Nominee Sails Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

“Antitrust scholar Timothy J. Muris, who was nominated last month by President Bush to head the Federal Trade Commission, sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, vowing to make Internet privacy and price gouging by gasoline stations two of his top priorities. Muris, a former Southern Californian who teaches law at George Mason University in Virginia, also promised to continue the FTC’s scrutiny of Hollywood’s marketing practices and to enforce laws designed to make generic drugs more easily available.”

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