News for Tuesday, August 1, 2006

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'Trade Center' takes viewers to fateful day

Only five minutes or so pass before you realize that people have stopped eating their popcorn. It's right about the time you see the plane's shadow crossing the New York City skyline.

Falcons' Finneran done for season

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons got the bad news they expected

Monday: receiver Brian Finneran is out for the season after tearing up his left knee in practice.

DOT studies short-term fix for bottleneck

LAWRENCEVILLE - While it could take years to clear congestion on Interstate 85 in northern Gwinnett, the route to the mall could get an early boost.

President of UPSFreight to retire

ATLANTA - The president of UPS Inc.'s freight unit, who headed Overnite Corp. before it was bought by the world's largest shipping carrier in 2005, plans to retire at the end of this year.

County parks vie for major U.S. award

LAWRENCEVILLE - In 2001, the Gwinnett County park system consisted of 3,700 acres of land. Only five years later, the system has more than doubled in size, with more than 8,300 acres split into 31 parks.

And for all their improvements, Gwinnett County parks are being honored as one of the top four park systems in the country.

"We're so elated," said Sharon Plunkett, division director of operations. "We're really on cloud nine."

August filled to brim with ribbon cuttings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials may wear out the scissors this month, with ribbon cuttings across the county.

Weir headed West

AGCO Corp.'s shares decline 11 percent

LAWRENCEVILLE- Farm equipment maker AGCO Corp.'s shares declined 11 percent Monday after the company's second-quarter earnings fell short of Wall Street estimates - the result of a slower market in all regions.

State Briefs

Prop causes

Atlanta office

to be evacuated

•ATLANTA - Authorities evacuated a midtown-Atlanta office building for a couple of hours Monday and closed roads to traffic for several blocks after a suspicious package was found inside the building.

Police identify suspect in Lilburn dollar-store robbery

LILBURN - Lilburn police have issued several felony arrest warrants for Oginga Kai Edwards, who they have identified as the suspect in the robbery of a Dollar General Store last week.

Armageddon talk heats up

"At this time of great crisis in the world, we should be looking for nuclear disarmament, nuclear abolition - saving the world, not ramping up for Armageddon by nuclear proliferation." - Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

After harsh homestand, Braves must refocus

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves, swept out of the NL East division race by the powerful New York Mets, have reached an uncomfortable crossroads as they face the final two months of the season.

Collins Hill's Greenstone commits to Vandy

In the end, there was just no reason to wait for T.J. Greenstone.

Police reports

Buford woman has identity stolen

•BUFORD - A Buford resident went on a business trip to Dallas, Texas, last November. A few weeks after she returned, she began receiving calls from collection agencies saying she owed utility companies money for bills she had accumulated while living in Texas, according to the police report.

In brief

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SwimAtlanta at Sugarloaf sends nine to Southern Zone meet

• SwimAtlanta at Sugarloaf qualified nine swimmers for the 2006 Southern Zone Age Group Championships, which begin today and continue all week at Georgia Tech. The meet concludes Sunday with an open-water swim at Lake Lanier.

Letters to the Editor

Woodpecker column misses some key facts

Nate McCullough's column ("Judge's ruling for the birds," Perspective, July 25) failed to touch on several key facts regarding the Grand Prairie Irrigation Project and the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas.

Since 2004, the ivory-bill has been spotted more than a dozen times by a team of experts and searchers. These sightings, along with other evidence - including video and recordings of the bird's distinctive double knock - have convinced many scientists of the bird's existence. The secretaries of the departments of the interior and agriculture maintain that the ivory-bill exists.

Creating doubt around the bird's existence diverts attention from the real scandal in Arkansas: the Grand Prairie Irrigation Project. This $319 million boondoggle project is designed to pump 158 billion gallons of water a year from Arkansas' White River National Wildlife Refuge to irrigate rice farms. However, many of the farmers who are the supposed beneficiaries of the project oppose it.

Why would farmers oppose a project intended to help them? Because the costly project will burden Arkansas taxpayers and destroy prime fish and wildlife habitats within the White River National Wildlife Refuge.

Norcross sets up serious schedule

If the Norcross boys can figure out a way to go undefeated against the bevy of powerhouse basketball teams on their 2006-2007 schedule, they shouldn't just be crowned state champs. Or even national champions.

Barrow candidates fear low turnout for runoff

AUBURN - Two politicians whose names will be on a ballot for Barrow County's Board of Commissioners Aug. 8 are worried about turnout during the runoff.

MARTA posts first profit in nine years

ATLANTA - Rising sales tax revenues and a growing number of riders helped MARTA post its first operating profit in nine years.

Milloy the Falcons' defensive difference maker

FLOWERY BRANCH - One man's words have legitimized the Falcons as a Super Bowl contender.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

BROOKS, MARY

Mary Kerr Brooks, 87, of Atlanta died July 29, 2006. Born August 18, 1918 in New Orleans, Lousiana, she was a resident of Atlanta since 1923. Mrs. Brooks was one of the longest serving volunteers at Saint Joseph's Hospital with 42 years of service and served twice as President of the Auxiliary and also a recipient of the Wings of Mercy award. She was preceded in death by her husband, William M. Brooks, Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Upchurch, of Duluth; son and daughter-in-law, William Michael Brooks, Jr. (Susan), of Atlanta ; grandchildren, Will Brooks, Michael Upchurch, Kellie (Kevin) Guffin, great-grandchildren, Bailey and Hunter Guffin, step-granddaughter, Connie VanSchoiack, step-grandson, John Upchurch ( Diane), step-great-grandchildren, John Upchurch, Jr. and Jessica Upchurch. Services will be held Tuesday, August 1st at 1 pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church with a reception following the service at Lenbrook Square, 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Saint Joseph's Hospital Mercy Foundation, or Saint Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, 5673 Peachtree- Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30342. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 4 to 6 at Lenbrook Square. H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319. (404) 261-3510.

BRASELTON

BREWER, RUTH

Mrs. Ruth Brewer, age 79, of Braselton, Georgia, died July 31, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.*

BUFORD

DUDAS, TERRI

Mrs. Terri L. Dudas, age 53, of Buford, GA, and formerly of Marietta, GA, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2006. She is preceded in death by her father, Mr. Leonard C. Hicks. She is survived by her: Husband of 27 years: Mr. Larry Dudas, Buford, GA; Son: Larry Dudas, Jr., Buford, GA; Daughter: Melissa Gail Dudas, Buford, GA; Mother: Mrs. Anita Parker Hicks, Orlando, FL; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Judy and Clark Lockridge, Ocala, FL; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Leonard C., Jr. and Brenda Hicks, Daytona Beach, FL; Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law: James and Donna Dudas, Charlotte, NC, Joseph and Janet Dudas, Pittsburgh, PA, Phillip and Loretta Dudas, Hudson, OH; Several Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Dudas was born in Maitland, FL on February 14, 1953. She was a 1971 graduate of Lyman High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Prince Of Peace Catholic Church, Flowery Branch, GA. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Prince Of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will be in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 8:00 p.m. You can show your respect through flowers, or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gwinnett County Unit, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097 or to the Gwinnett Humane Society in memory of Mrs. Terri Dudas. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

SCHAEFFER,

FLORENCE

Mrs. Florence Schaeffer, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2006. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Glen W. Schaeffer and grandson, John L. Wolff. She is survived by her: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Sharon L. and Gerald Crawford, Buford, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Alan and Rosalie Schaeffer, Martinsburg, WV; Grandchild: Amy Schroades, Martinsburg, WV; Two Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sister-in-Law: Bob Murrill, Rockville, MD, Bill and Ruth Murrill, Kansas City, KS; Several Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Florence Schaeffer was born in Kanawha County, WV on May 17, 1916. She was a retired registered nurse. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Browns Funeral Home, Martinsburg, WV. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV. Local Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

WALLS, TONY

Tony Don Walls, 52, formerly of Buford, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at his home in Merritt Island, FL. Surviving are his son, Austin; and sisters, Kelly Murphy and Vanessa Walls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Austin Walls, 3001 Loreli Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. Atlantic Mortuary, Rockledge, FL, is handling arrangements.

FLOWERY BRANCH

DOWDY, MAMIE

Mrs. Mamie Smallwood Dowdy, age 79, of Flowery Branch, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA, entered into her Heavenly Home on Sunday, July 30, 2006. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Deward "Bunk" Dowdy in 1995. She is survived by her: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Sue and Bobby Hosch, Flowery Branch, GA, Joan and Charles Burgess, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Djuana and Scott Utzman, Commerce, GA, Gina and David Ingram, Flowery Branch, GA, Chris Burgess, Buford, GA; Great Grandchildren: Erin Ingram, Kayla Utzman, Brye Burgess; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Ethel Pierce, Gainesville, GA, Lillie and Lewis Hughes, Oakwood, GA, Mary Sanders, Oakwood, GA; Several Sisters-in-Law, Brothers-in-Law, Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Dowdy was born in Hall County, GA on March 15, 1927. She was a homemaker and also had worked in several local restaurants in the Buford area. She was a long-time member of the Mt. Salem Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, GA. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and sister and always had a wonderful smile for everyone. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Whiting and Rev. Michael Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

LAWRENCEVILLE

PINTHUS, GERALD

Gerald Pinthus, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA died July 30, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Deborah M. Pinthus; daughter, Deborah Pinthus of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Anita Pinthus of Quito, Ecuador. Mr. Pinthus was born in Berlin, Germany, immigrated to the United States in 1944. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Worked in Electronics/Computers until retiring in 1991. His hobbies included folk dancing, gardening, woodworking and enjoying the great outdoors. Memorial services will be held Thursday, August 3 at 11am at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

WRIGHT, MARIAH

Mariah Wright, age 4 months, infant daughter of James Calvin & Thekla Wright of Lawrenceville died Saturday, July 29, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at Cross Road Community Church, 1625 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Pastor Miles Welch will officiate. Burial East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville. Other survivors include: Grandparents: Bruce & Yulan Blumhagen, Columbia, MO, Bob Wright & Brenda Bradford, Lawrenceville, Connie & Bob Vincent, Springfield, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial to Children's Health Care of Atlanta, 1600 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

OXFORD

MARTIN, TONY

Tony E. Martin, age 55 of Oxford, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington, GA, 770-786-7062.*

SUWANEE

CURRAN, JAMES

James P. Curran, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

Lawyer: Ex-Coke employee despondent over charge

ATLANTA - A former Coca-Cola secretary charged with stealing new product samples from her employer and trying to sell the materials to rival Pepsi is so despondent she considered returning to jail to be sure of getting food, medicine and shelter, her lawyer said

Monday.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Aug. 4-5: Tryouts for 10U to 18U Berkeley Academy travel teams begin Aug. 4-5. For more details, call Lou Llerandi at 770-441-2242.

McKinney-Johnson debate features sparks

ATLANTA - Customarily, candidates shake hands following a debate.

Tony Martin

Tony E. Martin, age 55 of Oxford, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington, GA, 770-786-7062.

Mariah Wright

Mariah Wright, age 4 months, infant daughter of James Calvin & Thekla Wright of Lawrenceville died Saturday, July 29, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 2 ...

James Curran

James P. Curran, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 29, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Terri Dudas

Mrs. Terri L. Dudas, age 53, of Buford, GA, and formerly of Marietta, GA, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2006. She is preceded in death by her father, Mr ...

Mary Brooks

Mary Kerr Brooks, 87, of Atlanta died July 29, 2006. Born August 18, 1918 in New Orleans, Lousiana, she was a resident of Atlanta since 1923. Mrs. Brooks was one ...

Florence Schaeffer

Mrs. Florence Schaeffer, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2006. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Glen W. Schaeffer and grandson, John ...

Ruth Brewer

Mrs. Ruth Brewer, age 79, of Braselton, Georgia, died July 31, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.

Mamie Dowdy

Mrs. Mamie Smallwood Dowdy, age 79, of Flowery Branch, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA, entered into her Heavenly Home on Sunday, July 30, 2006. She is preceded in death ...

Gerald Pinthus

Gerald Pinthus, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA died July 30, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Deborah M. Pinthus; daughter, Deborah Pinthus of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Anita Pinthus ...

Tony Walls

Tony Don Walls, 52, formerly of Buford, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at his home in Merritt Island, FL. Surviving are his son, Austin; and sisters, Kelly Murphy and Vanessa ...