Monthly Archives: June 2010

I want to eat Scooby-Doo!

A new study from Yale University published in the journal Pediatrics has found that popular cartoon and other characters can influence children’s food choices, and even preference, for the taste of a food.  According to the research, “children significantly prefer the taste of junk foods branded with licensed cartoon characters on the packaging, compared with […]

BP CEO hit at Congressional hearing

Members of Congress came down hard on BP CEO Tony Hayward (r.) as he testified about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  But political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Business and Politics,” wondered why the spotlight over American’s worst-ever spill hasn’t shone on Transocean, BP’s partner in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded in […]

Japan’s ruling party calls for austerity

The newly elected Japanese ruling Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Naoto Kan (l.) has pledged to rein that nation’s huge debt, the world’s largest, calling for drastic tax reform including a hiking the sales tax.  Public opinion polls show Japanese citizens prepared for tax increases and budget cuts if they can reduce the risk of […]

Israel eases Gaza blockade

Israel announced a relaxation of the 3-year-old blockade of Gaza, promising to ease the importation of some goods by land but not offering to lift its navel embargo.  The move came weeks after Israeli commandos killed nine people on an aid flotilla trying to breach the blockade.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, author of “Hezbollah: A Short […]

New “Boston High Scholars” honored

Twenty-one of the best and brightest of this year’s Boston public high school graduates are the latest class of honorees in the Boston University Boston High School Scholarship Program, the largest and longest-running such program for urban public high school students in the nation.  In ceremonies hosted by BU President Robert Brown and Mayor Thomas Menino, the […]

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Arizona fighting the 14th Amendment

On the heels of passing a controversial law involving screening illegal immigrants, the Arizona legislature is considering a bill that would deny citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, despite the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that specifically grants naturalized citizenship to such children.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says getting such […]

The FDIC’s deposit-insurance limit

Congressional negotiators working out difference between the House and Senate financial reform bills are hammering out compromises right and left.  One would permanently (and retroactively to January 2008) move from $100,000 to $250,000 the deposit insurance on individual bank accounts.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and […]

How much is that spill?

The BP oil spill now has released at least 1.3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion on June 15th.  What’s that equivalent to?  Professor Cutler Cleveland, director of the BU Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and editor of Encyclopedia of Earth” suggests some possibilities […]

Derivatives amendment showdown

Enemies on all sides are coming down on Arkansas Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln’s amendment to the regulatory reform bill that would rid banks of their lucrative derivatives business which played such a huge rule in the 2008 financial crash.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and […]