Manassas Journal Messenger 03-01-01


March 1, 2001




candidates tangle in Northern Virginia


Alfred M. Biddlecomb



The race to succeed Gov. James S. Gilmore III rolled through Northern Virginia

last weekend leaving a trail of bad blood and suspicion between supporters

of Lt. Gov. John Hager and Attorney General Mark Earley.

Both Republicans hope to succeed Gilmore, but the race became a lot closer

than most originally thought with the underdog Hager picking up key victories

in Prince William and Arlington counties.

Because Republicans have decided to hold a convention to nominate their

candidate, the contest comes down to who can recruit and sign up the most

delegates to vote in the June 2 state convention in Richmond.[more]


safety first — Experts get an early start testing fireworks

By Nancy Carroll



Cindy L. Davis/Staff Photographer

Larry Snellings with the Stafford County Fire Marshalls

Office uses a flare attached to the end of a pole to light fireworks which

were part of a safety test at the Public Safety Academy in Nokesville.

NOKESVILLE – July 4th arrived early on Wednesday for firefighters from across

Northern Virginia. Space Party, Wow-Wows and Phantoms were just three kinds

of more than a thousand fireworks tested by Northern Virginia Fire Marshals

during their annual safety inspection of fireworks at Prince William County

Public Safety Academy in preparation for July’s celebrations.

Firefighters from nine Northern Virginia counties and cities spent all

day Wednesday testing fireworks for fuse length, stability, projectile and

amount of smoke emission in an attempt to make July 4th as safe as possible

for the public.[more]


mediator meet


Louise Cannon



The National Association for Advancement of Colored People now has U.S.

Justice Department mediators looking into its allegations of discrimination

in the Prince William School System.

The Prince William Chapter of the NAACP held a meeting last Friday to

discuss its issues concerning unfair discipline of African American students

and the lack of African American teachers and coaches in the school system.[more]


ready for opening


Kelly Campbell



Manassas Cinema and Manassas Mall Cinema have similar names, but they

have important differences.

Manassas Cinema, located in the Reb-Yank Shopping Center on Mathis Avenue,

has an independent owner, shows second-run movies and charges just $3 for


Manassas Mall Cinema is owned by Sony’s Cineplex Odeon division and charges

$7.25 for first-run movies.

Or at least it did before it closed on February 16, creating the most

significant difference between the two.[more]


anti-abuse poster captures award


Louise Cannon



DUMFRIES – An anti-sexual abuse billboard photograph depicting a little

blonde “Daddy’s” girl with a doll in her arms hung over Dumfries

for several months last year.

That same advertisement for the Child Protection Partnership of Prince

William went on to receive an international Mobius Advertising Award for

Outstanding Creativity in the public service category.

The Mobius Advertising Awards is a 30-year-old international competition

that recognizes excellence in advertising.[more]


News and Notes — Seton riding high

behind Hadro and Spicer

As the

Seton girls head to Benedictine High School for the Final Eight of the Virginia

Independent Schools tournament senior Katy Hadro and eighth grader Jessica

Spicerare turning in their A-games.

Hadro has been on a tear of late from 3-point range. Twice in last week’s

Delaney Athletic Conference tournament Hadro drained five 3-pointers. Against

Carlisle on Tuesday night, Hadro made another three treys in the 75-56 win.

The scoring outburst has pushed Hadro over the 400-point plateau for the

season. Currently the senior, who was named the DAC’s MVP last week, has

426 points in 27 games – a 15.8 average.

Spicer has also been on fire. The 5-foot-4 point guard harrassed the Chiefs

own eighth-grader – Britnee Millner – into five first-half turnovers to

lead Seton’s defensive effort on Tuesday.[more]


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