This Week in the News…

Posted: June 28, 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, June 21, Los Angeles Times

Mental Retardation: It’s More Than Just IQ Science

“‘What we try to do is look at the entire picture and consider all the mitigating variables in deciding whether a person is mentally retarded,’ said psychologist Jack Naglieri of George Mason University, who said he has been involved in court cases involving convicts whose mental status was questioned. ‘Sometimes it’s not a simple thing to determine.'”

Monday, June 24, Associated Press Newswires

Chung Tries to Distinguish Herself Among Cable’s Chattering Class

“The show will need a distinct personality to establish itself, said Frank Sesno, a professor at George Mason University and CNN’s former Washington bureau chief. ‘The first and most essential element is a great idea,’ he said. ‘If they’re just going into this with the idea of having another interview program, I’m not sure it’s going to work. The show has to have a purpose, it has to be conveyed to the audience and they have to deliver every night.'”

Monday, June 24, People Magazine

The Top 50 Bachelors

Mike Kohn Bobsledder/Infantryman; Age: 30; Height: 6’1″; Status: Never married; Residence: Herndon, Va.; Education: George Mason University, B.S.; The Scoop: Competing for the U.S.A. and the U.S. Army, which helped fund his training, he won Olympic bronze in the 2002 four-man bobsled event. In his own words: ‘I don’t know if it was stupidity or persistence,’ says Kohn of the decade he spent preparing. ‘But I always felt I could win a medal.'”

Monday, June 24, InformationWeek

Confusion Reigns Where Law Meets Cyberspace

By Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the Tech Center at the George Mason University School of Law, and David Post, a Temple University law professor and senior fellow at the Tech Center

“The court should probably be forgiven for failing to speak with one voice on this question [of regulating pornographic material on the Internet]. Most people would probably agree that children should be protected from some of the nastier stuff floating around the Internet. But the devil’s in the details, and regulatory tools like community standards, which served to protect speech diversity in realspace, don’t translate well in this new borderless medium. Technology and the law intersect here in new and complex ways, and the only thing that’s clear is that a constitutional solution that protects our children will require a greater understanding of the technology (on the part of our lawmakers) and a greater understanding of the law (on the part of our technologists).”

Wednesday, June 26, Wall Street Journal

Bring Back the Hostile Takeover

By Henry G. Manne, dean and professor emeritus of George Mason University School of Law

“Since Enron, there has been an outbreak of regulatory fever in Washington: A tide of ‘solutions’ has sluiced from the pens of journalists and the mouths of politicians. Apparently forgotten is how Enron and other recent scandals were the direct result of regulatory and judicial efforts to stem abuses in the takeover arena 20 and more years ago. They still haven’t learned just how high the cost of interfering with salutary market forces can be.”

Wednesday, June 26, Minnesota Public Radio, Marketplace Morning Report

Airlines Continue to Claim Loans Post-September 11, Putting the Future of the Airline Industry in Jeopardy

Kenneth Button, George Mason University professor of public policy: “By propping up airlines, the government essentially is propping up an industry which may well be too large, may well not have the best players providing the services which customers would like.”

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