Ilana Weinberg

Human facial transplants approved at Cleveland Clinic

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The Cleveland Clinic became the first institution to receive approval of human facial transplants last month, following intense debate on ethical issues and questions of medical and psychological safety. The practice of transplanting body parts other than critical organs is a relatively new medical practice. The idea behind face transplants came after […]

21,000 Americans injured every year by BB guns, report says

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – More than 21,000 Americans suffer injuries related to non-powder guns every year, according to a report released last week. A small percentage of these cases, result in hospitalization. The report released by the Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention highlighted the dangers of non-powder guns including air rifles, BB guns, and […]

National pastime returns to nation’s capital

Baseball is on the public mind as the season wrapped up last week with a record-setting October surprise as the Boston Red Sox, the American League’s notorious underdog, won the World Series for the first time in 86 years. And now, Washingtonians can look forward to cheering for a team of their own at the […]

Newspapers endorse candidates

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As Election Day approaches, editorial boards at newspapers across the country are trying to sway undecided voters, as they publish their presidential endorsements voicing support for either President Bush or Senator Kerry. Or, in some cases, for neither candidate. The first endorsement came out in mid-June when the “Philadelphia Daily News” endorsed […]

Alcohol ads continue targeting underage youth

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Findings in a new report released by the Center of Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University show that the amount of alcohol ads featured on television have grown steadily between 2001 and 2003. More importantly, those advertisements placed on programming which targets a youth audience rose 48.3 percent over those two […]

Debate may highlight Middle East issues

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The foreign policy focus of the upcoming presidential debate this Thursday has brought back to light an issue that has been on the backburner for some time now; the problem of the Middle East. The war in Iraq has more or less monopolized America’s foreign news over the past year, while unrest […]

Partial-birth abortion ban ruled unconstitutional

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – U.S. district Judge Richard Kopf of Lincoln, Neb., became the third to rule that the ban on “partial-birth abortions” is unconstitutional. This ruling, the second in six years, came with the realization that the federal law does not provide an exception for protecting a woman’s health. In his 444 page decision, Kopf […]

Suicide plagues university campuses

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – During the first week of classes, three student deaths have occurred at prominent east coast universities, two of which have been confirmed as suicides. These deaths have occurred after a string of student suicides over the past year, particularly on the campuses of New York University and the George Washington University. Joann […]

Faculty reviews tenure process

A Faculty Senate committee is reviewing faculty tenure and promotion policies after two cases of disagreement between departments and the administration in the past two years. GW professors are initially hired for a three-year period, after which the University can keep the professor for another three years. The professor is then eligible to undergo a […]

Gay marriage could become issue in election

Posted 10:28am December 2 by Ilana Weinberg U-WIRE Washington Bureau The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled last Tuesday that the ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, catalyzing a debate, which will likely become a key issue in the 2004 presidential election. The 4 to 3 ruling was the most conclusive decision on same-sex marriage ever determined […]