This Week in the News…

Posted: August 17, 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:

Tuesday, August 14, USA Today

Lawsuits Follow Growth Curve of Wal-Mart: Giant Retailer Is a Popular Target for Litigation

“U.S. companies have long settled most lawsuits filed against them rather than taken them to trial, regardless of the lawsuits’ merit. Businesses generally find that less daunting than paying for litigators, hiring expert witnesses and risking a large and potentially embarrassing jury award to the plaintiffs. ‘If a typical case is going to cost you $10,000 to defend and you can settle for $7,500, you’re likely to do it,’ says Michael Krauss, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., who specializes in civil suits. ‘It’s always been considered more of a business decision than a legal decision.'”

Wednesday, August 15, Associated Press Newswires

Despite Commission’s Report, Gambling Continues to Grow in America

Timothy Kelly, executive director of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, acknowledged the commission’s report has not changed the course of gambling nationally. But he said it has made a difference in certain places. ‘State by state by state, this report has given tremendous ammunition to the antigambling movement,’ he said. Kelly, a research fellow at George Mason University in Virginia, said successful efforts to block a state lottery in Alabama and to outlaw video gambling machines in South Carolina made use of the commission’s findings.”

Wednesday, August 15, Korea Herald

Diplomatic Approach is Key to Resolving Japan’s Textbook Issue

“Feeling the pressure of unabated anti-Japanese public sentiment, the Seoul government has taken its hardest measures to date against Japan’s repeated refusal to revise its controversial textbooks…. ‘Seoul’s moves to isolate Japan from other Asian nations can also be affected by complicated factors in international relations, and no one can guarantee its success,’ says Kim Jong-yol, a visiting professor at George Mason University. Cooperation with Beijing will increase its influence on the Korean Peninsula, which the United States does not want, the professor says. ‘Along with the deteriorating tension between Korea and Japan, Washington is afraid that its regional triangular alliance with South Korea and Japan will fade.'”

Thursday, August 16, Christian Science Monitor

Bush Stem-Cell Decision May Be First of Many: President Drew a Line on Embryos, but Ethical Issues on Human Life Won’t Go Away

“Bush has yet to make clear how much federal money he wants to spend on embryonic stem cells. Some scientists have estimated that totals could run to $100 million. Others are skeptical of that figure. ‘I’m quite pessimistic,’ says James Olds, director of George Mason University’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. He predicts that, despite a compelling need, ‘the amount of research on stem cells … is likely to stay the same or decrease somewhat in the public sector.'”

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