Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hawaii legislature okays civil unions

The Hawaii legislature approved a civil-unions bill and sent it to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who has 45 days to either sign it or send it back to lawmakers for a possible override vote.  Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says it’s significant this bill emerged through the democratic process […]

Goldman faces criminal probe

Beleagured Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs, already sued by the SEC on securites-fraud civil charges, reportedly is now being investigated by the Department of Justice for possible criminal charges.  Law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, both a former SEC attorney and Wall Street lawyer, called the revelations stunning. “This is not a usual occurrence at all, and it is […]

U.S. Attorney General to address BU Class of 2010

Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 137th graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. Holder, the nation’s 82nd Attorney General, will speak before more than 5,000 graduates and 20,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony and will receive an honorary Doctor of […]

Palm bought by H-P

Struggling smart-phone pioneer Palm Inc., unable to keep up with Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s Blackberry, is being bought out by Hewlett-Packard for around $1.4 billion in cash.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chair of the Information Systems Department, says he has his doubts if H-P CEO Mark Hurd can make this bet pay off. […]

Cape Wind gets federal okay

After nine years of regulatory review, the 130-turbine “Cape Wind” wind farm off Cape Cod has been given federal approval to proceed as this nation’s first such offshore project.  College of Engineering Professor Michael Caramanis, an authority on the emerging cyber-physical-energy-system/Smart Grid, says it is great news for a sustainable energy and environment future in […]

Crunch time for Greece’s debt woes

With Greece’s debt troubles threatening to spread to other indebted European countries and undermine the continent’s economic recover and monetary system, officials are seeking an aid package from EU nations and the International Monetary Fund to stave off disaster.  International relations Professor Kevin Gallagher says the “tyranny” of the bond markets is that ratings agencies […]

What’s next for health-care reform?

Health-care reform is slipping from the media limelight and financial regulatory reform is moving in.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says in a BU Today interview that there’s a lot that needs to be done right to make sure reform stays on track and the insurers don’t game […]

Congress confronts Goldman

With senators in a confrontational mood, top executives from Goldman Sachs testified that while the investment-banking industry made mistakes, they personally did nothing wrong and rejected responsibility for the housing bust that plunged the nation into financial crisis.  Law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC lawyer and Wall Street attorney, says the world’s largest investment […]

Financial regulatory reform stalled

Acknowledging the political risk of appearing to stall a popular cause, Senate Republicans voted to delay the start of floor debate on the financial regulatory reform bill — at least without some concessions first.  Experts from three BU schools — Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, Mark Williams, who teaches finance at the School of Management, and political science Professor […]

British election campaign at mid-point

At the mid-point of Britian’s month-long national election campaign, the upstart Liberal Democratic party’s prime-minister candidate Nick Clegg (center) is holding his own in first-ever TV debates with heads of the larger Labour (Gordon Brown, right) and Conservative (David Cameron, left) parties.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective” […]