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Baltimore Sun
December 18, 2009
Man pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run
Johns Hopkins angle: This article reports that Thomas L. Meighan Jr., 39, pleaded not guilty Thursday to
indictments involving separate hit-and-run incidents, including one that killed 20-year-old Miriam Frankl,
a Johns Hopkins University junior who was struck as she crossed St. Paul Street in October.

WJZ.com
December 17, 2009
Trial Date Set In Fatal Hit-And-Run
Johns Hopkins angle: This television news item reports that Thomas L. Meighan Jr., 39, pleaded not guilty
Thursday to indictments involving separate hit-and-run incidents, including one that killed 20-year-old
Miriam Frankl, a Johns Hopkins University junior who was struck as she crossed St. Paul Street in October.

Washington DC Examiner (DC)
December 17, 2009
Trial date set in fatal hit-and-run
Johns Hopkins angle: This Associated Press story reports that a trial date of March 22 has been set for a
man accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a Johns Hopkins University student.

WBAL-TV Baltimore
December 17, 2009
Gift Card 101: What To Know When Giving, Receiving
Johns Hopkins angle: This report quotes businessman Kwame Kwadey, who earned his MBA at the Johns Hopkins
Carey Business School.

Baltimore Sun
December 18, 2009
End 'all you can eat' medicine
Johns Hopkins angle: This commentary is by Peter Pronovost and Jonathan P. Weiner, who are professors,
respectively, of Anesthesiology - Critical Care Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at JHU.

Mail & Guardian (South Africa)
December 18, 2009
No forcible HIV tests
Johns Hopkins angle: This article is co-authored by Lusanda Mahlasela, deputy director of Johns Hopkins
Health and Education in South Africa.

Press-Register (Ala.)
December 18, 2009
Stop that ringing! Alabama professor starts $5.6 million study of tinnitus among military
Johns Hopkins angle: Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have received a $2.4 million award to manage
and analyze the study data on tinnitus.

WJZ.com
December 17, 2009
Migraines May Be Linked To Future Stroke
Johns Hopkins angle: Saman Nazarian of the School of Medicine is interviewed in this report.

Dawn.com
December 18, 2009
Fears for anti-Taliban push as graft fracas engulfs Pakistan
Johns Hopkins angle: Hasan Askari of JHU's School of Advanced international Studies is quoted.

Reuters
December 17, 2009
Sex equally satisfying with circumcised men: study
Johns Hopkins angle: Study co-author Ronald Gray of the School of Public Health is quoted in this Reuters
story.

People's Daily
December 18, 2009
Sex equally satisfying with circumcised men: study
Johns Hopkins angle: Ronald Gray of the School of Public Health comments in this article.

Business Week
December 17, 2009
Business Outlook: When Growth Doesn't Pay the Bills
Johns Hopkins angle: Krieger School economist Laurence Ball is quoted in this report.

Baltimore Sun
December 18, 2009
Md. colleges deny bias in admissions practices
Johns Hopkins angle: Johns Hopkins spokesman Dennis O'Shea is quoted in this article about a Commission on
Civil Rights investigation into admissions practices at area colleges and universities, including Johns
Hopkins.

The Washington Post
December 17, 2009
US agency probes possible gender bias at colleges
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that JHU is one of more than a dozen mid-Atlantic universities
under investigation for possible gender bias.

Maryland Daily Record
December 17, 2009
US agency probes possible gender bias at colleges
Johns Hopkins angle: A federal civil rights agency investigating possible gender discrimination in college
admissions will subpoena data from more than a dozen mid-Atlantic universities, including JHU, according to
this article.

Hanover Evening Sun (Pa.)
December 18, 2009
Feds examine colleges for gender bias
Johns Hopkins angle: This article states that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is investigating
admissions practices at a number of colleges and universities, including JHU.

Delaware County Daily Times
December 18, 2009
Editorial: Parents lay down law with teen drivers
Johns Hopkins angle: This commentary mentions a JHU study that reveals that a 16-year-old has a 39 percent
greater chance of dying in a crash with another passenger in the car, 86 percent higher chance with two
passengers, and a 182 percent higher chance of dying with three passengers.

Charlesvoix Courier (Michigan)
December 18, 2009
Island deer population dwindling
Johns Hopkins angle: Johns Hopkins graduate and conservation activist Gavin West is mentioned in this
story.

Lehigh Valley Live
December 17, 2009
Delaware Valley's Alyssa Fleming headed to Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins angle: Alyssa Fleming, Delaware Valley's standout guard who averaged almost 20 points per
game last season, announced today that she has been accepted and will attend Division III Johns Hopkins
University.

Poughkeepsie Journal
December 18, 2009
Bard conservatory lists competition winners
Johns Hopkins angle: This story notes that Seth Knopp, pianist and founding member of the Peabody Trio and
faculty member at Peabody Conservatory, is one of this year's judges.

Baltimore Sun
December 18, 2009
Patricia A. Wade, medical secretary
Johns Hopkins angle: This obituary mentions that Wade worked as a secretary at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


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HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS
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The Wall Street Journal
Banks Don't Belong in the Student Loan Business
December 18, 2009
Opinion piece by Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education: Since I arrived in Washington, I've been looking
at every line item in the budget of the U.S. Department of Education with two questions in mind: Is this
program helping students learn? And is it a good use of taxpayer money? In the case of the Federal Family
Education Loan program, the answer to both questions is no.

Bloomberg News
December 18, 2009
Harvard Swaps Are So Toxic Even Summers Won’t Explain
Last year, Harvard was so strapped for cash that it asked Massachusetts for fast-track approval to borrow
$2.5 billion. Almost $500 million was used within days to exit agreements known as interest-rate swaps. The
swaps proved so toxic that the university agreed to pay banks almost $1 billion to terminate them.

Inside Higher Ed
December 18, 2009
Coming Attractions of IRS Scrutiny
As college officials await the results of a broad Internal Revenue Service review of institutions'
governance and financial practices, two higher education groups have offered their own preview of what the
federal agency may find -- and offer a generally upbeat picture.

The New York Times
December 17, 2009
Economy Doesn’t Slow Demand for Early Entry to College
James S. Miller, the dean of admissions at Brown University, figured this could be the year that the
frantic demand for admission under binding early-decision programs might begin to subside.
And yet, the Brown admissions office received nearly 500 more early applications this fall than it did last
year, when the economic downturn was just beginning, an increase of 20 percent.

Washington Post
December 17, 2009
Campus shooting shows Va. Tech lessons are being learned
When the U.S. history class heard the two gunshots in the room directly above it, followed shortly by a
student shouting at the door to call 911 because "there's a shooter," Professor Bill Rhatican knew what
steps to take. His poise was one of several examples of effective preparation and response by the college
and police in last week's shooting on the Woodbridge campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Inside Higher Ed
December 18, 2009
Eye on Google
Three major library associations sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. Justice Department, asking it to keep a
close eye on Google to make sure it does not exploit its position as the owner of the world’s largest
digital book database to gouge libraries with exorbitant licensing fees.

Chronicle of Higher Education
December 17, 2009
Inspector General Warns Accreditor Over Online College
The inspector general of the U.S. Education Department has issued a harsh assessment of the Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the nation's six regional
accreditors, recommending that the secretary of education consider limiting, suspending, or terminating the
organization's status.

USA Today (Associated Press)
December 17, 2009
Georgetown students say campus satire is racist
Georgetown University students are slamming a humor magazine for an online satirical piece they say is
racist and not funny.

The New York Times
December 17, 2009
At Colleges, Humanities Job Outlook Gets Bleaker
With colleges and universities cutting back because of the recession, the job outlook for graduate students
in language and literature is bleaker than ever before.

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