This Week in the News…

Posted: August 20, 2004 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, Aug. 13, ABC News: 20/20

The Great Escape: Battered Wife Finally Leaves Husband after Years of Abuse

“(Voiceover) Lauren Bennett Cattaneo, an assistant professor of psychology at George Mason University, has studied hundreds of domestic violence cases. We asked her to take a look at our Polly interview, and she says Polly’s behavior is typical of most victims.

Don Dahler: Why would someone stay with a person who exhibited violence towards her very early on in their relationship?

Cattaneo: A lot of times, the person is already quite isolated and really very focused on this person by the time the violence starts, and it just makes that person, the perpetrator of the violence, powerful.

Dahler: And the prison wasn’t just the locks on the door and the boards on the windows?

Cattaneo: Oh, no. It’s emotional, and it’s fear, and it’s smart fear. I mean, this is not crazy fear. This is obviously a very dangerous person.”

Saturday, Aug. 14, The Washington Post

Antitrust Lawyer Takes Helm at FTC

“As Deborah P. Majoras takes over the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, she’s expected to build on the broad agenda set by her predecessor, Timothy J. Muris. She will face a host of issues, including policing the do-not-call list and pressing for more competition in the health care industry. But high oil prices and increased merger activity could force her to shift some of the agency’s emphasis away from the consumer protections that were the highlight of the Muris years, some current and former agency officials say. Muris, 54, is returning to George Mason University School of Law, where he will lead the search for a new dean.”

Sunday, Aug. 15, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sparkle and Gravitas ‘Creative Class’

“It’s yet another stop on the Richard Florida World Tour, a journey that already has taken its star to London and Melbourne, Antwerp, Dublin and Copenhagen. He’s appeared in Las Vegas, Toronto, Providence, Tampa and New York. Not to mention 290 other cities, some more than once. But if it’s Wednesday, June 23, it must be Roanoke…It has been going on like this for two years, ever since Florida, an urban planning professor at George Mason University, made an improbable best seller of an economics tome called The Rise of the Creative Class, which has 326 pages plus 55 pages of charts, appendices and footnotes.”

Monday, Aug. 16, The Washington Post

Government Spending Up Sharply Locally

“Federal procurement spending in the Washington area rose last year at its highest rate since the 1980s, according to a study to be released today, creating tens of thousands of jobs and increasing economic growth disproportionately in Northern Virginia. The federal government spent $42.2 billion to buy goods and services in the Washington area in the fiscal year that ended in September 2003, according to the study, conducted by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. That was $6.1 billion, or 16.9 percent, more than in 2002, the highest percentage rise since the Reagan-era defense buildup in 1985.”

Monday, Aug. 16, Buffalo News

Families of 9/11 Victims Urge Action on Report

“The commission also recommended creation of a National Counterterrorism Center to coordinate the work of government agencies, and new House and Senate committees to oversee anti-terror efforts. That role is now shared among several panels, which is why it has met resistance from members who fear they’ll be giving up power if that idea is adopted. Facing such resistance, 9/11 families will have to press for quick action, said Mark Rozell, a professor of political science at George Mason University.”

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