News for Sunday, July 10, 2005

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Langerhans relishes chance to make fans happy

DULUTH - Not 24 hours after hitting a pinch hit, walk-off single to beat the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night, Ryan Langerhans once again showed up for Braves fans.

Casas fills in summer with panels

David Casas is busy this summer.

Site determined for new Auburn library

AUBURN - A site has finally been settled on for the new Auburn library, and the city has given the go ahead to begin preparations to remove the old white house at the corner of 5th Street and 3rd Avenue to make way for the new library.

Sports calendar

Baseball

What's Going on Here?

Where: Satellite Boulevard on an outparcel of Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth

People Briefs

Minogue visits cancer victims

Marketplace

On the move

Nation Briefs

Nation/World

Man who ran 'Darrell's Diner' finally to retire

LAWRENCEVILLE - For 18 years, families spending their evenings at Mountain Park Park have known where to go for dinner.

Letters to the Editor

We should be free - from smoke

Zell and his idol on same track?

Will Forte, the over-the-top comic who plays Zell Miller on "Saturday Night Live," just received a carload of fresh material.

World Briefs

Clues emerging as crews hunt bodies

Cameras force us to the right side of the law

Earlier this spring, callers to an Atlanta talk radio show were commenting on the unusually high number of auto fatalities on metro Atlanta interstates. Many of the callers blamed police for not doing a better job of enforcing the speed limit on the highway - especially the downtown connector.

It seemed to be a classic case of finding someone - anyone - else to blame. How ludicrous is this argument? Can we blame the police for not keeping us from breaking the law? Was it the police's fault the bank was robbed? Was it the police's fault the car was stolen?

This sends the unmistakable message that we have no moral compass of our own. We require a monitor. And if left to our own devices, we will break the law - and it's not our fault.

As ridiculous as this argument sounds, Gwinnett County and some of its municipalities have decided to remove the excuse by monitoring our movement - at least at several stop-light intersections. If you drive into one of those crossroads on a red light, you just might be tracked down and fined.

Those who will "risk a run" rather than sit and wait through a green-yellow-red sequence likely hate the red-light cameras. Those who tend to follow the law probably love them.

How many times have you watched a driver cheat on a red light and wish there was a cop around to levy a ticket?

Last week the fourth camera system in Gwinnett County began issuing tickets. More are on the way. Seven locations are either issuing warnings or have been approved. Additional intersections will be added as these current locations' effectiveness is assessed.

The system isn't perfect. Cameras identify the car, not the driver. There are no eyewitnesses.

Some see the cameras' primary goal as increasing revenue for the city or county coffers. (There has been talk of some jurisdictions tampering with the timing of the yellow light to increase revenues.)

Overriding these issues, however, is the fact that many drivers behave poorly when approaching crossroads. They're cruising down the road when the light turns yellow. Rather than brake and come to a safe stop, they hit the gas and cross their fingers as they accelerate into the intersection.

Such red-light runners cause an estimated 260,000 wrecks and 750 deaths in the United States each year.

Cameras provide security without tying up police.

Red-light cameras should prove to be an effective, efficient way of making our roads safer.

So for those who choose to blame the lack of police supervision for their disregard of traffic law, maybe now you'll pay attention.

Volunteer for 'Park-nership'

In November 2004, Gwinnett County voters passed a four-year extension of the 1 percent SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). $180 million of the expected $550 million in revenue is earmarked for parks.

Suwanee invites public to help plan Sims Lake Park

SUWANEE - While much of Gwinnett turns gray as greenspace turns to asphalt, the city of Suwanee has managed to preserve 235 acres of natural acreage.

What others are saying

Don't let Scrushy

No Kroger so far at Dacula and Hurricane Shoals roads

DACULA - Dozens of citizens packed Dacula City Hall on Thursday to protest a proposed 25,200 square foot retail development at the intersection of Dacula and Hurricane Shoals roads.

Gwinnett Place Mall to lose theater

Gwinnett Place Mall will lose its only first-run movie theater.

Self pride: The key to success

It's almost that time of year again. School will start soon and families will begin to readjust schedules.

Thumbs up

London calling

Auburn council says no to ride-alongs

AUBURN - There will be no citizen ride-alongs for Auburn residents despite an effort by Police Chief Fred Brown to revive the old police department policy. His request was voted down Thursday in a 3-2 defeat with Mayor Harold Money breaking the tie. Money said he was concerned about liability to the city should anything happen to a citizen taking part in a ride-along.

Lillian Tilley

Mrs. Lillian Gibson Tilley, age 91 of Monroe, GA passed away July 8, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-4553.

Jay Priest

Jay Priest, age 73 of Lilburn, died Friday, July 8, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Josie Bradshaw

Josie Phine Bradshaw, age 64 of Bethlehem, GA passed away July 8, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-4553.

Cecil Smith, Sr.

Cecil Douglas Smith, Sr., age 63, of Decatur, passed away Friday, July 8, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Cathy Chauncey

Mrs. Cathy Fortner Chauncey, age 54, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Friday, July 8, 2005. She is survived by her: Husband of 3 years: Mr. Patrick J. Chauncey, Buford ...

Alice Diaz

Alice M. Diaz, age 86 of Snellville, GA died Friday, July 8, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Snellville, GA 770-979-5010.