This Week in the News…

Posted: May 24, 2002 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 17, Christian Science Monitor

Hiring a Coach Becomes Black-and-White Issue

“Though progress has been made in changing classroom makeup, the teaching, coaching, and principal positions remain disproportionately white. That, in turn, is raising sensitive questions about whether the courts are still needed to correct imbalances–or whether the town can do it without the mandates of a berobed judge. ‘Conditions have changed so radically in the South that I don’t see systems reverting back to the way they were, even if the courts leave,’ says David Armor, a desegregation expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Friday, May 17, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Bankruptcy Reform Remains Issue of Fairness

“Supporters say the reforms end abuses that raged as bankruptcies reached record levels during the 1990s. No longer would Americans who rack up big credit card bills expect to walk into bankruptcy court and erase them through Chapter 7 of the code…. ‘We’ve had the same bankruptcy system for 25 years,’ said Todd Zywicki, bankruptcy law professor at George Mason University and an adviser to Congress on the reforms. ‘This goes after the abusive use of bankruptcy.'”

Saturday, May 18, National Journal

The Iranian Connection

Shaul Bakhash, a specialist in Iranian politics and a professor of history at George Mason University in Virginia, doubts the penalties will have much impact. ‘Following the September 11 attacks, there was actually a very hopeful period of cooperation and dialogue with Iran because we had some common interests in Afghanistan,’ Bakash said. ‘Unfortunately, that dissipated very quickly. The Karine A sent the message that opposing Israel and the peace process has been raised to a matter of high policy with the Iranian leadership.'”

Saturday, May 18, CNN: Reliable Sources

Press Turns on Bush

Frank Sesno, a CNN contributor and professor of public policy and communication at George Mason University: “Forget the accusatory headline ‘Bush Knew’–that’s preposterous. But at what threat level does an administration say to the public, ‘Oh, we’ve got something here’? Do you just say we’ve got a suspicion–we’ve got some activity–that it may be a hijacking? You don’t have a place. You don’t have a time. You don’t have an airline. You don’t have a country, and in fact, since 9-11, when the White House administration has done that, they’ve been pilloried by others in the press and in the public. I think that clearly there is something of a double standard, if you will, and part of the dividing line rests right on 9-11 because what seems obvious now didn’t before 9-11.”

Sunday, May 19, Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)

Scientist Claims Bioterror Antidote: Says Simple Inhaler Prevents Infection

“Protection against smallpox, anthrax, and other bioweapons soon may be as simple as

taking a puff on an inhaler, according to a germ warrior-turned-entrepreneur. With a breath of spray before or after a suspected bioterror attack, ‘you just won’t get the infection,’ said Ken Alibek, former second-in-command of the massive Soviet biowarfare program…. The two-year research effort involves Hadron Advanced Biosystems, a Virginia firm where Alibek serves as chief scientist, and the Center for Biodefense at George Mason University, where he is a professor of medical microbiology and immunology.”

Monday, May 20, Real Estate Finance Today

D.C. Becomes a Capital Market

Stephen Fuller of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., calls Washington the premier metropolitan economy in the country. ‘The steadiness of this economy is the one thing that distinguishes it from other economies,’ Fuller said. ‘We’re different.'”

Monday, May 20, National Public Radio, Morning Edition

Five-Year-Old Federal Anti-Terrorism Law to Be Used This Week

Adam Hochberg: “Former Senate counsel Michael O’Neill helped draft the law. Now a professor at George Mason University, O’Neill says the measure was designed to make it harder for terrorists to stay in business.”

O’Neill: “The idea was to go after as many potential funding sources as possible for these organizations. And even if you could divert a dollar, that was worth it because that meant that was a dollar that they either wouldn’t have or that they’d have to get from elsewhere.”

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