This Week in the News…

Posted: January 3, 2003 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, Dec. 28, The Washington Post

Fairfax Code Keeps Death at a Distance; Funeral Homes Few in County of 1 Million

“‘Funeral homes were never particularly desirable businesses in residential areas, but they were seen as a part of the fabric of life,’ said Ann Palkovich, a professor of anthropology at George Mason University who has been researching historic cemeteries in the Washington region for 20 years. Today, though, ‘they are increasingly viewed as objectionable. That’s why I think they have been marginalized in city planning the same way that cemeteries have been.'”

Monday, Dec. 30, Christian Science Monitor

Watch What You Put in That Suitcase; All Checked Bags Will Now Be Scanned, Adding Safety and Delay

“Finally there’s the question of whether the process will actually prevent bombs from getting on planes. Experts worry it’s a one-dimensional system that, if breached, has little backup. Also, it’s so labor-intensive that quality may fall off over time. ‘There’s a feel-good factor,’ says George Mason University aviation expert Ken Button. ‘But that becomes cumbersome after awhile, and the inspectors cease to be efficient.'”

Wednesday, Jan 1, Associated Press Newswires

Chief Justice Rehnquist Says He’ll Continue Beating Dead Horse for Pay Raises

“Though it’s widely speculated that Rehnquist will retire from the court after the session ends in June, he gave no indication that the annual report would be his last. He noted that he has done 17 as chief justice and that the issues such as salaries and number of judges remain largely the same.

He said new judgeships have been created, but not enough to help judges deal with the increased work. Some judges have had their work doubled, he said. Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, said Rehnquist has consistently tried to get Congress to pay attention to judges’ salaries and the need for more jurists. ‘This is clearly one of the marks he wants to make before he retires,’ he said.”

Thursday, Jan. 2, The Wall Street Journal


“Buried in an archive is an e-mail sent by a father to his infant son on Sept. 11, 2001. ‘The hate that takes life came today,’ Jean-Pierre Cote of Calgary wrote in trying to make sense of terrorists toppling the World Trade Center and setting the Pentagon ablaze. Little Lukas Alexandre won’t see this e-mail for years yet, but thanks to a group of historians it is already being preserved for future study. Sept. 11 was, perhaps, the first major historical event to be experienced digitally. So a group of historians at George Mason University and the City University of New York Graduate Center are working to preserve electronic documents tied to that day. The project, the September 11 Digital Archive, has collected hundreds of e-mails, photos and other digital documents — and more come in every day, some of which are available online at”

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