3Qs: Is the NBA season doomed?

On Monday, the NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer, began the process of dis­banding their union and pre­pared for legal action against the owners. This devel­op­ment in the NBA labor nego­ti­a­tions could jeop­ar­dize the entire 2011–2012 season. We asked Roger Abrams, Richardson Pro­fessor of Law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law, to dis­cuss the legal details of the NBA lockout, and what both sides seek to gain and lose going forward.

3Qs: Investigating a scandal

Explo­sive sexual assault alle­ga­tions against a former Penn State Uni­ver­sity foot­ball coach came to a head last week, when the uni­ver­sity fired its pres­i­dent as well as leg­endary head foot­ball coach Joe Paterno. Walter Robinson, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Jour­nalism, was part of the Boston Globe’s Spot­light team that unearthed the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. We asked Robinson to com­pare these scan­dals, and examine how the national media has cov­ered this latest scandal.

3Qs: Do Cain, Perry tax proposals add up?

In antic­i­pa­tion of the pri­mary elec­tion, two Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and busi­ness leader Herman Cain — are pro­moting new tax plans. We asked William Dickens, a Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to eval­uate Perry’s flat tax and Cain’s “9–9-9” plan.

3Qs: A scary time in cinema?

Around this time of year, movie the­aters and tele­vi­sion host horror movie spe­cials and relive the clas­sics. But have horror films lost their way? In honor of Hal­loween, we asked Ter­rence Masson, director of Cre­ative Indus­tries in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, to examine how scary movies have evolved in recent years — and how to bring back the true fright factor.

3Qs: Examining the dynamics of drug violence

In recent months, more reports have sur­faced of esca­lating vio­lence involving drug car­tels in parts of Mexico. We asked Ramiro Mar­tinez Jr., a pro­fessor in the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice and the Depart­ment of Soci­ology and Anthro­pology at North­eastern, to examine the cur­rent dynamic amid the Mex­ican drug vio­lence plaguing these regions. As a quan­ti­ta­tive crim­i­nol­o­gist, Martinez’s research looks at how vio­lence varies across eco­log­ical set­tings, and if vio­lent crimes and vio­lent deaths vary across racial and ethnic groups.