This Week in the News…

Posted: November 9, 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, Nov. 3, San Francisco Chronicle

U.S., Microsoft Reach Settlement: Court Approval Still Needed

“But Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust professor at George Mason University and the author of a leading antitrust textbook, called the settlement ‘a shot down the middle of the fairway. I don’t think it humbles or greatly hinders Microsoft on the one hand,’ Gellhorn said, ‘but it does set some moderate boundaries on its conduct on the other.'”

Monday, Nov. 5, Christian Science Monitor

An Election Day Much Like Before

“Indeed, if these races are any measure, the changes wrought in U.S. politics by the Sept. 11 attacks are entirely subtle. If anything, they’ve nudged voters toward valuing the status quo over radical change–and toward practicality over partisanship. But overall, ‘The nature of the battles hasn’t changed,’ says Scott Keeter, an analyst at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Tuesday, Nov. 6, Associated Press Newswires

Will Terrorists Target Computers?

Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said that isn’t reason to relax. ‘I personally think the possibility is real. I think there are dire consequences and we need to do more,’ Jajodia said. ‘Until Sept. 11, if you had given me that scenario, I would not have believed you.'”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, San Jose Mercury News

Airlines Obstruct Efforts to Screen for Bombs

George Donohue, who was third in command at the FAA and in charge of acquisition and research programs until he left in early 1998, recalls a 1997 meeting on the 10th floor of headquarters when he asked an airline executive what it would take to invest in bomb-detection machines for more airports. The executive’s reply was unusually blunt, said Donohue, now a professor at George Mason University in Washington. The executive, he said, explained that his airline had calculated the cost of an airline bombing based on the value of the human life lost, and weighed it against the expense of buying, staffing and operating the machines. Insurance was cheaper. ‘It was a straightforward financial calculation,’ Donohue said.”

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Wall Street Journal

Inner City Losing Out

Stephen Fuller, director of the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, predicts gross regional product for the area will grow around 2.75% this year, increasing to 3.5% next year, compared with negative gross domestic product growth for the U.S. this year, and 2% next year.”

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