VIRGINIA BRIEFING

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Man Who Sued Gym Awarded $300,000

A Prince William County jury awarded $300,000 yesterday to a Bristow man who sued a gym, a training company and one of its employees for administering an intense strength workout to him that he claimed left him disabled.

Makimba Mimms, 29, of Bristow sued Manassas World Gym, Ruthless Training Concepts and its former employee, Javier Lopez. Mimms, a former Navy information systems technician first class, said Lopez oversaw a CrossFit workout at the gym in 2005 that caused his leg muscles to break down. The jury found all three defendants liable.

CrossFit, which was not named as a defendant in the suit, is a fitness program popular in law enforcement and military circles and has been criticized as being dangerously intense.

-- Jonathan Mummolo

U.S. SENATE RACE

Warner Rebuffs Gilmore Debate Request

Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III (R) requested yesterday that he and his opponent, former governor Mark R. Warner (D), have another debate in their U.S. Senate race.

Gilmore sent a letter to the League of Women Voters in Virginia requesting that the group renew its offer to host a statewide televised debate. Warner declined last month to participate in that debate, and the league canceled it.

The two candidates have participated in three debates, but only one was televised statewide. The other two were open only to select people.

Gilmore said a second televised debate is warranted because of the two candidates' differences on the $700 billion financial bailout package signed into law last week.


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