This Week in the News…

Posted: July 13, 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:

Sunday, July 8, Denver Post

A ‘Joining of the Hearts’: Disabled Couple Marry via Love Rather than Law

“‘By and large, states were not running around performing sterilization en masse on people with mental retardation–they just institutionalized them and kept them from having a life,’ says Paul Stavis, an expert in disability law at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘They were treated as children, never having rights to have a sexual life, except in the closet, you might say.'”

Wednesday, July 11, Washington Post

The Sine of Things to Come: Number-Crunching Teenagers Gather for Math Olympiad

“Unless they announced it to passersby, nobody could tell that they or any of the other 500 or so young math wizards who descended on the Mall yesterday were anything but regular teenage tourists checking out the sites. Nobody could know that they were among the delegates from 83 countries in town for the annual International Mathematical Olympiad, the world’s major youth math competition, and had just spent two intense days of testing on George Mason University’s campus in Fairfax…. It’s the first time in 20 years that the competition, this year sponsored by Akamai Foundation and the Clay Mathematics Institute, is being held in the United States. Last year’s competition was held in South Korea.”

Wednesday, July 11, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Regulators Destroy the Economy

“Unfortunately, business doesn’t always have clean hands itself when it comes to gaming the regulatory system. As Susan Dudley of the Mercatus Institute at George Mason University points out, ‘Disappointed that consumers are not buying their high-end washing machines, (manufacturers) convince the administration to ban the popular low- and moderate-priced models. Then, not satisfied with making consumers pay about $250 more for machines with attributes they don’t want, manufacturers get their friends in Congress to give them tax credits.'”

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