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Some Bus Routes to Increase Service

Bus service on some Fairfax Connector lines will increase starting today as managers and drivers are added. The service in southern Fairfax County has been dramatically reduced by a strike by drivers against the contractor that runs the bus service.

Beginning today, routes 101, 109, 151, 152, 171, 310, 321, 322 and 401 will operate on a full Saturday schedule, an improvement on the Sunday schedule the routes were operating on since the strike began Sept. 15.

Service on routes 161, 162, 231, 232, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 331, 332, 380 and VRE EZ-Bus North and South still will not operate. For information, check the Fairfax Connector Web site at or call the Fairfax Connector information center at 703-339-7200.

-- Eric M. Weiss


School System Settles Lawsuit

The Manassas City School System settled yesterday with the Equal Rights Center, which had filed a lawsuit against the school system, saying it aided the city in unfairly targeting Hispanics in enforcement of zoning codes.

The school board's insurer is to pay $150,000 to cover legal fees and damages claimed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the ERC and the 11 Manassas residents on whose behalf the ERC filed suit.

The lawsuit alleges that the school system disclosed confidential student information to city inspectors and that the city used the information to target Hispanics in addressing overcrowding, according to the ERC Web site. School board Chairman Arthur P. Bushnell said the board knew nothing of that before the suit. Manassas Superintendent Gail E. Pope has revised the regulations on confidential student data.

-- Jennifer Buske

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