This Week in the News…

Posted: January 24, 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, Jan. 18, The New York Times

At Rights Forum, the Target Is Bush

Roger Wilkins, professor of history and American culture at George Mason University, said Mr. Bush was mistaken in describing racial preferences in college admissions as ‘divisive,’ a term Mr. Wilkins said better applied to ‘those who go to Bob Jones University when they are in trouble.’ Mr. Wilkins was referring to Mr. Bush’s 2000 campaign stop at a South Carolina institution that once barred blacks and still barred interracial dating when he stumped there.

Like several other speakers, Mr. Wilkins also accused Mr. Bush of shortchanging urban schools. ‘This country has disabled black people with awful schools that we fail to fund effectively,’ he said.”

Tuesday, Jan. 21, The Wall Street Journal

The Color of Clean Water

“Shoveling cash into additional water treatment technology is increasingly expensive, and in any event doesn’t solve the problem of pesticide run-off from farmland. ‘There’s evidence that along the coastline we’re losing ground,’ Bruce Yandle of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center told us. There’s a ‘dead zone’ at the mouth of the Mississippi River, possibly caused by nutrient overloading. A similar problem plagues the Chesapeake Bay. And almost half of the rivers and lakes tested reveal too much pollution, notwithstanding 30 years of EPA diktats.”

Tuesday, Jan 21, Winnipeg Free Press

Virginia Group Shows Benefits of Luring Expos

“Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., are considered leading candidates for getting the Expos. The team is temporarily owned and operated by the other 29 teams while relocation plans are uncertain. The analysis, revising a similar one done in 2000, estimates that 3,384 jobs would be created and $8.9-million US in tax revenue generated during the two-year construction of a $300-million stadium. Following completion, the stadium would create 3,938 full-time jobs and $20.8 million in annual tax revenue to the state and localities, said Stephen S. Fuller, the George Mason University economist who conducted the study.”

Thursday, Jan. 23, The Washington Post

Wanted: Nurses, and a Lot of Them

“It started out as a group project–a writing exercise intended to show the 14 local nurses enrolled in Jeanne Sorrell’s summer class at George Mason University how to become more effective writers on the job. What they became were published authors. In November, ‘The Magic Stethoscope’ rolled off the presses under the collective pen name R.N. Hope. Although none of the career health care workers is angling to become the next J.K. Rowling, they wouldn’t mind being a smash success. Not for the fame, mind you, but to inspire the nation’s next generation of nurses through their book.”

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