This Week in the News…

Posted: February 21, 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:

Friday, Feb. 14, The National Post

Big Lies, Big Bucks and Civic Pride: Municipal Benefits of Sports Franchises Hard to Measure

“But move that plan from Virginia to Washington, D.C., the report said, and residents there would spend about US$72-million in the U.S. capital, while Virginia localities would lose about US$267-million in the team’s first 30 seasons, or only about US$8.9-million per campaign. ‘For a city to see some financial benefits, stadiums have to be built as part of an area that is under a redevelopment plan, like Coors Field in Denver or Camden Yards in Baltimore,’ Stephen Fuller, author of the report and an economist at George Mason University, said in an interview. ‘But most of the time, the spenders in a city are non-locals who come from outside that area to see a game, and that is money a community would not otherwise get.'”

Monday, Feb. 17, The Salt Lake Tribune

Ad Justice

“Lawyers blame insurers for a litigious America; insurers wag fingers at attorneys. But legal ethicist Ronald Rotunda, a law professor a George Mason University in Arlington, Va., suggests judges must share some of the blame, too. ‘I don’t think that ads can make us litigious. Even lawyers can’t do that,’ he said. ‘The lawyers need the help of judges in order that the legal theories will turn into gold.’ Rotunda cited recent cases involving suits against fast-food giant McDonald’s. One plaintiff blamed the restaurant chain for being fat; he lost, but the fact that case even made it to a courtroom baffled Rotunda.”

Tuesday, Feb. 18, The Washington Post

English-Language Learners Called at Risk

“In particular, the critics say, the law ignores research on how children learn a second language by promoting the notion that most students can learn academic English in three years. They also say that in some schools, a small influx of non-English-speakers can skew the overall test scores so much that a school doing well can be labeled failing. ‘It is unrealistic for the federal government to close the gap in three years, even with the most effective [English-language] programs,’ said Wayne Thomas, a language acquisition expert who teaches and conducts research at George Mason University. ‘The federal government is going to have to come to terms with that.'”

Tuesday, Feb. 18, The Washington Post

Area Retailers Feel the Cold; Hopes for Heavy Sales Buried At Car Dealers, Stores, Airline

“But the impacts may be largely short term, according to Stephen Fuller, a professor at George Mason University who follows the local economy. A study Fuller did of the impact of the last big snow storm, in January 1996, found that while figures for that month showed a definite decline in sales, employment and airline traffic, most of it was offset by an upward spike over the next two months. ‘It’s very possible that by next weekend we could very well see crowded stores, particularly if they carry over their Presidents’ Day sales.'”

Wednesday, Feb. 19, USA Today

Some Stars Suffocate in Fame; But Unlike Michael Jackson, Not all Descend into Isolation

Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University outside Washington, D.C., and author of What Price Fame?, points out that artists want not only the trappings of fame but also the validation that fame affords. ‘Ludwig van Beethoven loved composing music, but he probably would have enjoyed it less if no one ever listened to the product.'”

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