This Week in the News…

Posted: December 5, 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, Nov. 28, Denver Post

Legal Battles Seen as Bush Power Play

“Some legal scholars consider Bush’s argument a potentially significant development in the constant three-way tug-of-war among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. ‘It’s a clever move on the part of the administration,’ said Robert Dudley, head of the department of public and international affairs at George Mason University in Virginia and an expert on constitutional law. ‘You know they cried crocodile tears over losing this (roadless) case to begin with. What they’ve done is, they’ve gotten the change of policy without having to go through the administrative procedures of revoking the former policy.'”

Sunday, Nov. 30, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Madison County Firm is Sued Again

“Attorney Roy Dripps said he will argue in a legal malpractice suit that the Edwardsville firm of Goldenberg, Miller, Heller and Antognoli gets shortchanged on settlements because they rarely see asbestos cases through to a verdict. It’s a claim that one national legal scholar predicts could prove troublesome for other lawyers, who usually prefer settling lawsuits out of court rather than spending time and money on trials. ‘It’s an argument that rings true,’ said Ronald D. Rotunda, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, where he taught legal ethics for 28 years. ‘There are a lot of attorneys who call themselves trial lawyers that haven’t had a trial in years. They basically file motions for a few years and then settle.'”

Tuesday, Dec. 2, The Washington Post

Behind the Mask

“‘There are times when it’s a bit of a hassle to wear it,’ says Michael O’Neill, 39, an e-mail systems administrator at George Mason University. He’s used CPAP for three years, after his wife urged him to see a doctor about his lethargy, snoring and gasping in his sleep. ‘Sometimes the head harness feels restrictive and tight, or the mask itself just feels tight,’ he says. ‘When I have a mustache, I have to keep [the mask] tighter to get a better seal, and that’s uncomfortable. It will occasionally pull out of the machine and the louder noise of the open machine along with the stoppage of air wakes you up rather abruptly.'”

Thursday, Dec. 4, Associated Press

Regional Leaders Say Feds Should Do More to Help D.C.

“D.C. Council member Jack Evans says there’s no way the district will win support for a commuter tax–unless it wins a lawsuit filed in federal court. At a discussion today at the Ronald Reagan Building, Evans cited intense opposition members of Congress representing Virginia and Maryland. Still officials familiar with the region’s economy agree something needs to be done to help the city’s finances, and that the federal government should take the lead. George Mason University Economist Stephen Fuller says that while city residents generate nearly four billion dollars in taxes, they use nearly five billion dollars in public services. He says higher taxes on D.C. residents could hurt the region’s economy.”

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