Posts by: Dick Taffe

Calif. gay-marriage ruling challenge

A federal appeals court this week considers a request to ban the resumption of same-sex marriages in Californina that would be based on a federal judge’s ruling which said the state had no constitutional right to block such marriages — which happened when voters approved Proposition 8 last year.  Gay-marriage opponents want them to be put […]

Northeast bats in danger of extinction

One of North America’s most common bat species, the so-called little brown bat, will be all but extinct in the Northeast in 20 years to due to an emerging fungal desease called White-Nose Syndrome. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Boston University biologists, including Professor Thomas Kunz and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Winifred Frick who authored the study […]

Calif. gay-marriage ban struck down

For the first time, a gay-marriage ban has been struck down on federal constitutional grounds.  Federal court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on California’s controversial Proposition 8, which had barred same-sex marriages in that state, now heads to the appeals court level and is expected to eventually be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Law Professor […]

Intel settles antitrust case with FTC

In a “I-never-did-it-and-won’t-do-it-again” deal, Computer chip-making giant Intel agreed with the Federal Trade Commission to step back from business practices — like coercing computer makers not to buy microprosessor chips from rivals — which allegedly stifled competition and deprived consumers of better choices for at least a decade.  The “play nice” settlement comes on the heels […]

Israel-Lebanon border clash

In the first serious clash since their 2006 war, Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border in an exchange that killed four people, including two Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli army officer.  It apparently was sparked when Israeli soldiers cut down a tree along the fence dividing the two countries.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, […]

Redefining national self-defense

With U.S. involvement in Iraq drawing down yet still under fire in Afghanistan, Americans are questioning the U.S. military’s role around the globe.  International relations Professor Andrew Bacevich offers some proposals for the future in his new book, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War.”  In a BU Today Q&A, Bacevich outlines his 3-point shift […]

Obama reaffirms Iraq drawdown

President Obama says the 7-year-old Iraq war soon will be shifting from a military to an diplomatic mission as U.S. troops are drawn down.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in comparative Perspective,” says Americans seem weary of the war and ready go see U.S. military engagement end. “From […]

No more “sh***y deals” at Goldman

On the heels of Congressional hearings in which e-mails from Goldman Sachs traders told of “sh***y deals” being offered to customers, the Wall Street bank has now banned profanity in company e-mail correspondence.  School of Management master lecturer Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner and author of “Uncontrolled Risk” about the fall of […]

Citigroup pays to settle subprime claims

Without admitting guilt, Citigroup will pay $75 million to settle federal civil claims that it failed to disclose vast holdings of subprime mortgage investments that crippled the bank during the financial crisis.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and a former counsel to the Federal Reserve Board […]

Arizona’s immigration battle

Protesters stormed the streets of Phoenix objecting to Arizona’s new immigration law, most of which was struck down by a federal court judge who ruled that the bulk of the law intruded on federal responsibilities for immigration control.  Law Professor Susan Akram, an authority on immigration law, says the only way to keep states and […]