This Week in the News…

Posted: July 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:

Friday, June 27, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Microsoft Wins Round on Java Script

“A date has not yet been set for the full trial, but Sun executives said yesterday that they expected it to start in 2005. George Mason University law professor Ernest Gellhorn said the judges handed Microsoft a legal victory by delaying any possible sanctions against it for several years. And while the two sides prepare for trial, the appeals ruling could set the stage for settlement talks, Gellhorn said. In recent months, Microsoft has settled antitrust cases filed by several states, as well as an antitrust suit filed by its biggest competitor, AOL Time Warner Inc. ‘They clearly are in the process of trying to settle what they can,’ Gellhorn said.”

Saturday, June 28, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

High Court Takes Case Centering on Privacy Rights

“The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that will decide how the government can be punished for revealing such personal information as Social Security numbers. The Social Security number case strikes a nerve because of growing problems with high-tech identity theft. ‘We worry about privacy,’ said law professor Ronald Rotunda of George Mason University. ‘We’d like the government not to make it easy for nefarious people to collect information about us. Whether the plaintiffs win or lose, it’s going to spark congressional interest.'”

Monday, June 30, U.S. News and World Report

The Road Warrior

“Where urban freeways did proceed, they sliced cities into isolated sections, and their on and off ramps created traffic jams on side streets, says transportation expert Jonathan Gifford at George Mason University. At the same time, the roads gave Americans more freedom about where to live and work. Suburbs spread into once rural landscapes, and ‘edge cities’ of offices and stores clustered around these new rivers of concrete, while the decline of cities accelerated.”

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