Headliners

HOW FREE IS SPEECH? Stephen McAllister, professor of law, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about a case before the Supreme Court that could potentially upend views of free speech. Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church will appear before the court, arguing the church’s protests of military funerals are protected speech. McAllister said he expects the court will uphold the actions as protected speech. “This is not just about punishing an offensive message. It is about their methods and tactics. They chose a private funeral and a grieving family to publicize their message," he said. "It is targeted to cause severe emotional distress.”

INCREASING SURVIVAL: Carol Fabian, professor of hematology and oncology at the KU Medical Center, was quoted in a Kansas City Star article about new methods that are helping increase the survival rate of breast cancer patients. New kinds of surgery, radiation techniques and drug therapies have all helped boost survival rates. “We have a better chance of curing patients,” she said. “But we don’t want women to live with premature heart disease, brittle bones or infertility. When treatment is targeted we can do it with fewer side effects.”

FOR LOW-INCOME PROFIT: Kirk McClure, professor of urban planning, was quoted in a story on Bloomberg.com about companies such as Google, Kroger and Waste Management investing in low-income housing. The market has traditionally been the domain of financial firms. High rates of return have drawn them in. The for-profit investors may lead federal dollars to be pulled from certain areas. “For states, it’s use it or lose it,” McClure said. “Their attitude is that they don’t want federal dollars to leave the state.”


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