In the Media

  • How a defendant’s mental health can affect a trial

    WGBH -- 02/13/2018

    WGBH legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed tells Morning Edition that there’s a lot of public confusion about how a defendant’s mental state can affect the way they’re treated by the courts. For one, Medwed said, Sanders has to be determined to be mentally competent in order to stand trial or accept a plea bargain. “The law requires that for a defendant to waive her constitutional right to a jury trial and enter a plea she has to do so knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently,” said Medwed. “That could be a challenge, given [Sanders’] lengthy history of mental health issues.”…

  • How a defendant’s mental health can affect a trial

    WGBH -- 02/13/2018

    WGBH legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed tells Morning Edition that there’s a lot of public confusion about how a defendant’s mental state can affect the way they’re treated by the courts.

  • In soil-dwelling bacteria, scientists find a new weapon to fight drug-resistant superbugs

    Los Angeles Times -- 02/13/2018

    “They’ve used a clever approach to mine for antibiotics,” said microbiologist Kim Lewis, who directs Northeastern University’s Antimicrobial Discovery Center and wasn’t involved in the work. By narrowing their search for the DNA signature of calcium dependence, they were able to find a needle in a haystack — and find a promising compound. “Now we need to say, ‘You guys can do even better,'” Lewis said. To demonstrate that their discovery is more than a one-time event, he said, Brady and his team need to identify and screen for additional DNA signatures that may predict potent antibiotic effects, “and go after them as well.”…

  • Is Amazon’s HQ2 bidding war legal?

    Pacific Standard -- 02/13/2018

    The most ardent opponents believe they have a legal case to get rid of bidding wars altogether, arguing that offering incentives locally violates the Constitution’s commerce clause. “One of the things that has been clear pretty much [since the Constitution’s inception] was that states can’t use regulatory powers to discriminate in favor of in-state economic activity and against out-of-state economic activity,” said Northeastern University law professor and attorney Peter Enrich.

  • As society becomes increasingly cashless, is Massachusetts ready?

    WGBH -- 02/13/2018

    There is no federal statute mandating that businesses must accept currency. But under Massachusetts law, retail establishments have to take cash. This leaves businesses like restaurants wondering if they qualify as a retail establishment, which is defined as any business that sells either a service or tangible personal property. While many would argue a restaurant provides a service, WGBH legal analyst and Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed said this definition could use some clarification.

  • Northeastern claims first Beanpot in 30 years, beating BU 5-2

    Associated Press -- 02/13/2018

    It’s been 30 years since the Huskies last claimed Boston’s college hockey bragging rights. And with a 5-2 victory over longtime nemesis Boston University in the 66th Beanpot final on Monday night, they were ready to celebrate.

  • NU’s Adam Gaudette seized upon this golden opportunity

    Boston Globe -- 02/13/2018

    Northeastern junior Adam Gaudette had been strongly considered for the US Olympic team, which would have meant playing in PyeongChang this week. But Gaudette was good with remaining at Northeastern University, lifting the Beanpot trophy instead of having a chance for Olympic hardware.

  • At Northeastern, fans rejoice over first Beanpot win in 30 years

    Boston Globe -- 02/13/2018

    On Monday night, the Northeastern Huskies ended their Beanpot drought, beating the Boston University Terriers 5-2. Outside TD Garden, jubilant fans celebrated the long-awaited victory.

  • Northeastern ends 30-year drought with win over Boston University

    Boston Herald -- 02/13/2018

    Earlier this week, Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said his team needed to win the Beanpot to become “relevant” again in the 66-year-old tournament. Consider last night’s 5-2 victory over crosstown rival Boston University mission accomplished as the Huntington Hounds claimed their first title since 1988.

  • Flu season 2018: President Trump has been dangerously silent on the epidemic

    Vox -- 02/12/2018

    “We haven’t seen that from the White House, which considering the number of American lives at stake, it’s really somewhat astonishing,” said Wendy Parmet, a professor of health policy at Northeastern University. “They have been remarkably invisible on this.”…

  • Northeastern wins its first Beanpot title in 30 years

    Boston Globe -- 02/12/2018

    The Beanpot trophy is not a gaudy thing, it’s just an old silver crockpot, but it shines like the sun when you hold it over your head in Boston on the second Monday of February. Thirty years is a long time to wait for a celebration. And to a man, the Northeastern Huskies jumped, tumbled, and leaped over the boards to race jubilantly across the TD Garden ice, screaming their joy Monday night after Northeastern (17-8-5) defeated Boston University (15-12-3), 5-2, to win the 66th annual Beanpot.

  • PyeongChang Olympic committee hacked during opening ceremony of 2018 winter games

    Tech Republic -- 02/12/2018

    Major events like the Olympics are large targets for hackers, according to cybersecurity experts. Fans of a large event are often seen as easy targets for a wide range of attacks, including phishing emails, domain theft, ransomware, and fake social media posts, Engin Kirda, professor of computer science at Northeastern University, told TechRepublic during the summer 2016 Olympics in Brazil. If an employee falls victim to one of these attacks on a work machine, it may put their business at risk as well.