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Date published: 5/4/2008

GOP Senate hopefuls both claiming lead

In a month, state Republicans will meet to choose a U.S. Senate candidate. But the two contenders are already counting heads, and both claim to have a lead.

Former Gov. Jim Gilmore and Del. Bob Marshall are vying for the nomination to replace retiring GOP Sen. John Warner. The winner will face Democratic former Gov. Mark Warner in November's general election.

Gilmore, who was elected governor in 1997 on his "no car tax" pledge, is running largely on a platform of con-trolling government spending, limiting taxes and improving the economy.

Marshall, who represents Prince William County in the House of Delegates, has a lengthy record of social-issue conservatism. He's known for opposition to abortion and to gay marriage, and says that Gilmore is not pro-life enough for many Republicans.

Frawley arrested again on DUI charge

Ousted University of Mary Washington President William Frawley was charged with drunken driving this month in Maryland, exactly a year after the first of two DUI arrests that led to his firing.

According to court records, police stopped Frawley at 10:50 p.m. on April 10 in Montgomery County and charged him with driving under the influence. He had a Maryland license.

In September, judges in Fairfax County and Fredericksburg convicted Frawley on DUI charges. Each suspended his license for a year, but it's not clear whether the suspensions carried over to Maryland.

Man gets 55 years in death of toddler

Zowie Zimmerman died when she was 2 years old, beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend on March 4 of last year.

Monday, the 20-year-old former Marine, who had been convicted of her murder, was sentenced to serve the next 55 years in prison.

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