This Week in the News…

Posted: September 7, 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:

Monday, Sept. 3, Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

Gorillas in our Midst: Zoo’s Gamble Pays off with Prized Exhibit

“What is it about gorillas that makes them fascinating to humans, that keeps visitors coming back? ‘The reason is simple: It’s the unbelievable physical and behavioral similarities with humans,’ said Robert Shumaker, a primatologist with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and director of cognitive behavior research at the Krasnow Institute at George Mason University, just outside Washington.”

Tuesday, Sept. 4, Associated Press Newswires

There Is a Cost to Well-Intentioned Federal Regulations

“‘That which goes unmeasured goes unheeded,’ says Joseph M. Johnson, in explaining the motivation for his study, conducted at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University in Arlington, Va. To know is to understand, he says. And to understand, he says, is to recognize that the number and scope of [federal] regulations are effectively taxes, increasing the costs of goods and services and limiting consumer choices.”

Wednesday, Sept. 5, Los Angeles Times

HP-Compaq Merger Gets No Raves Acquisitions: Most Analysts Criticize the Proposed $21-Billion Deal

“‘I think this is a merger in which the antitrust regulators will apply the broader market scan,’ said George Mason University antitrust expert Ernest Gellhorn. As for the market in powerful server computers, its chief competitors, IBM and Sun Microsystems, ‘are hardly shrinking violets who are going to be threatened by this new entity,’ Gellhorn said. ‘On balance, it would appear a good bet for antitrust enforcement approval.'”

Thursday, Sept. 6, New York Times

Government Is Wary of Tackling Online Privacy

“Whatever route lawmakers choose, said Priscilla M. Regan, an associate professor of government at George Mason University in Virginia, privacy is exactly the kind of area in which government action can lead to a benefit to citizens. ‘The costs to the individual are just enormously high in terms of time and energy and an individual’s attention to detail,’ she said.”

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