Monthly Archives: October 2009

Interracial pair denied marriage license

A Louisiana justice of the peace is raising legal eyebrows for denying an interracial couple a marriage license because he doesn’t think it would be good for any child the couple might have.  Law Professor Linda McClain, a family law authority, says the J.P. is flat-out wrong legally, based on a long-ago U.S. Supreme Court […]

11th Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture Today

Dr. Richard E. Besser, Senior Health and Medical Editor for ABC News and former Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be the guest speaker at the 11th annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture at the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College today.  The title of his lecture is […]

Obama Nobel debate

With reports that most of the Nobel committee initially argued against giving President Obama the 2009 Peace Prize, former U.S. Ambassador Charles Stith, director of BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC), makes the case in a Bay State Banner commentary for awarding the honor. “The Nobel Committee gets something that seems to elude […]

Times keeps Globe

After months of forcing cutbacks and considering bids, The New York Times Company decided to keep the Boston Globe after all.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a Pulitzer-winning former Miami Herald executive editor, says the key reasons were the “stunningly low” offers and the new optimism about the Globe’s prospects. “Add to that significant […]

Banking compensation going back up

Despite the taxpayer bailouts and regulators pressuring Wall Street’s compensation culture, finance-industry pay is expected to push to a record high of $140 billion this year.  Former Federal Reserve Bank examiner Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance at the School of Management, says only emplyees that take low risks and make large profits should be rewarded. […]

Senate Finance okays healthcare bill

With only one Republican voting yea, the Senate Finance Committee has approved its healthcare-reform bill and the deal making should begin in earnest to meld it with a more liberal version from another committee.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System,” says the Finance […]

Skilling gets SCOTUS appeal

Convicted Enron CEO Jeff Skilling will get the chance to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court his federal conviction on conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading, and lying to auditors.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law and legal ethics, says it shouldn’t matter whether a manager directly or indirectly benefited from a wrongful act. […]

WBUR hosting local economic roundtable tonight

Tonight at 7:30pm, WBUR will host a local economic roundtable at Jacob Sleeper Hall (871 Commonwealth Ave), moderated by NPR’s Kai Ryssdal, the host of “Marketplace,” public radio’s daily magazine of business and economics which boasts the largest audience for any business program in the U.S. on radio, cable or network television.  Joining Ryssdal will […]

Glaxo bets on pandemics

British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline PLC has spent more than $3.2 billion over the past five years on research and acquisitions specifically related to an anticipated flu pandemic.  Now comes the payoff as the swine flu sweeps the world.  Law Professor Kevin Outterson, head of the Health Law Program and an authority on drug marketing, said Glaxo […]

Tom Whalen on President Obama’s fight for healthcare reform