This Week in the News…

Posted: January 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received recently:

Monday, Dec. 29, Wall Street Journal

Initiative to Leave No Child Behind Leaves Out Gifted

“Recently, Springfield has made strides toward diversity in gifted-student education. All kindergarteners now take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, which requires them to detect patterns of geometric shapes and aims to eliminate the influence of parental education and socioeconomic status. ‘It levels the playing field,’ says the test’s developer, Jack Naglieri of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Top scorers on the test, along with high-achievers nominated by teachers, are eligible for Springfield’s gifted-student services.”

Thursday, Jan. 1, The Washington Post

Sanctions Waived Temporarily to Aid Iran

Under the rules announced yesterday, U.S. companies and individuals can transfer funds to Iran through private relief organizations, according to the Treasury Department. ‘The American government itself has responded to the earthquake, so it doesn’t make much sense to maintain a ban on private groups doing the same thing,’ said Shaul Bakhash, a professor at George Mason University and expert on Iran.”

Saturday, Jan. 3, The Washington Post

Why Your House Will Be Worth More

“As the national economy rallies, economists predict the job picture here will turn even rosier. The federal government continues to hire for homeland security needs and defense contracts. Local tech firms will bounce back and other industries will feel more confident about hiring, they say. ‘Job growth will ramp up next year, and the following year will be even greater,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, regional economist at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Jan. 7, Desert Morning News

What’s Happened to Personal Responsibility?

“Then there’s the infamous McDonald’s case, where Stella Liebeck purchased hot coffee, placed it between her legs, spilling it and scalding herself, and was awarded $2.9 million for her troubles. Clearly, she was at fault, but George Mason University law professor David Bernstein points out that a proximate cause for her injury was the fact she was wearing a cotton sweat suit that absorbed the coffee and held it close to her body. However, if she were wearing a Gore-Tex suit, or some other liquid resistant material, she would have suffered no injuries. Bernstein asks what’s the tort principle that holds McDonald’s responsible but not the sweat-suit manufacturer?”

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