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Academics, Christian mission have King considering transfer to GAC

STONE MOUNTAIN - Heavily recruited running back Caleb King, a star at Parkview the past two seasons, is still considering a transfer to Greater Atlanta Christian for academic and spiritual reasons, according to his brother and guardian, Andre King.

Hospital asks for expansion

LAWRENCEVILLE - Battling intense overcrowding, Gwinnett Medical Center wants to add enough room for another 129 acute-care beds, a $92 million expansion that could take three years.

In brief

One killed in small plane crash

•PEACHTREE CITY - The pilot of a small plane was killed Thursday in a crash after taking off from a municipal airfield south of Atlanta, a federal official said.

AOL to cut as many as 5,000 jobs

NEW YORK - AOL will shed as much as a quarter of its global work force within six months as the company seeks more than $1 billion in savings to offset its decision to give more services away for free.

Extreme Christians may talk, but White House isn't listening

These are rich times for conspiracy theorists, and the mother lode these days may be found in the fevered minds of anti-Christianists.

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.

Liberal press undermines war on terror

Perhaps the biggest reason why so many Americans are confused about the chilling dangers posed by Islamic fascism is the reportage of the terror war by the liberal print press.

Rocky's return

Police reports

Man charged with battery, obstruction

•NORCROSS - A Norcross man was arrested on charges of battery, obstruction and disorderly conduct Monday.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BAILEY, MARTIN

Martin Wayne Bailey, age 60, of Buford, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2006. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Jean Hill. He is survived by his companion; Charlotte Cook; children: Renee Moon of Winder, GA, Billie Cooper of Statham, GA, Samantha Bailey of Lawrenceville, GA; son: Cary Bailey of Lawrenceville, GA; grandchildren: Dustin Moon, Raquel Moon, Taylor Garland, Autry Cooper, Marissa Cooper, Nicholas English, and Isabella Anthony. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5th, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Dr. Lamar Holley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rene Moon for the Wayne Bailey Veterans Fund at any Regions Bank. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

DUGGAN, LOUISE

Louise McCart Duggan, age 85 of Buford, GA, passed away on August 2, 2006. She is survived by: Husband: Robert C. Duggan; Son & Daughter-in-Law: Carl K. & Elaine Hadden, Norcross, GA; Sister-in-Law: Miriam Burden, Murphy, NC; 4 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren. Mrs. Duggan was a tried and true church worker with Norcross U.M.C. and Harmony Grove U.M.C. She was a wonderful loving wife and mother. Graveside services will be held Friday, August 4, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Greenwood Cemetery. Those desiring may make donations to the Alzeimers's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345-3315 in the memory of Louise McCart Duggan. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

COLLEGE PARK

MURPHY, FRANCES

Frances "Mayrelle" Mobley Murphy, age 83 of College Park, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

GRAYSON

PRICE, MILDRED

Mildred B. Price of Grayson, GA, passed away on August 3, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.H. Price. Other survivors include: Sister: Allene Tiller, Grayson; Brothers: James C. Brand, Grayson, Gene Brand, Tucker; Several Nieces & Nephews. Mrs. Price was employed for over 20 years with Lockheed-Marietta. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Nolan Jackson officiating. Interment to follow at Duluth Cemetery. Friends are welcomed to pay their respects after 12:00 noon on Friday at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

LAWRENCEVILLE

BARTHELEMY,

MURAT

Murat Barthelemy, age 92 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

HENSLEY, GREGORY

Gregory Charles Hensley, age 45 of Weaverville formerly of Lawrenceville, died: Thursday, July 13th, 2006. He was the son of Charlie P. Hensley, Jr. and Clara Wike Hensley of Weaverville who just moved from Lawrenceville, Georgia. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 6th in the Chapel of West Funeral Home (828) 645-3011. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.

SANDERS, SUSAN

Ms. Susan Dollar Sanders, age 50, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Marjorie Nell Lynn Dollar and sister, Sandra Lynn. She is survived by her: Son: Waylon P. Sanders, Winder, GA; Sisters: Patricia Knight, Sugar Hill, GA, Becky Thompson, Auburn, GA; Aunt: Grace Lynn Mooney, Winder, GA; Several Cousins; Fiancee: Mark Lawson, Lawrenceville, GA. Ms. Sanders was a a native of Gwinnett County, GA. She was employed with Publix Distribution Center in Dacula, GA. Graveside service will be held on Friday, August 4, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. with Rev. William Pirkle officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Low-key primary turns into high-profile runoff

ATLANTA - Voters couldn't get a greater contrast in styles to choose from than they're being offered in next week's Democratic runoff in Georgia's 4th Congressional District.

U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Decatur, has made a career in Congress out of being controversial - as she likes to put it, "speaking truth to power'' - on issues from the war in Iraq to the Bush's administration's slow response to last year's Hurricane Katrina.

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson, a lawyer from Lithonia who is challenging McKinney's bid for a seventh term, is much more measured in his statements.

In fact, he argues that McKinney's bombastic style has alienated her colleagues in Congress to the point that she can't effectively represent the district, which includes most of DeKalb and portions of Gwinnett and Rockdale counties.

"She can't work with people,'' he said. "If you can't work with people, you can't get anything done in Congress.''

In response, McKinney holds out a recent report from a Web site that covers Congress, which ranked her tops among Georgia Democrats for "legislative effectiveness.'' She also puts at $350 million the federal spending she has brought to the 4th during a dozen years in office.

"I am a proud independent Democrat who represents people with passion and conviction,'' she said.

Surprise runoff

But political observers say McKinney's style is what got her into enough trouble with voters to force her into Tuesday's runoff with Johnson. The winner will be heavily favored to defeat Republican Catherine Davis in November in the heavily Democratic district.

His strong second-place showing on July 18 - 44.4 percent of the vote to 47.1 percent for McKinney - was the biggest surprise of this year's primaries.

After all, McKinney was able to win the Democratic primary two years ago without a runoff, even though she had five opponents.

She didn't have the advantage of incumbency in 2004, either, having lost the seat in 2002 to Denise Majette.

"I think she's represented the district in such a way that she really has polarized the electorate,'' said Merle Black, a political science professor at Emory University. "If you did a favorability poll, she'd have very high negatives.''

Apparently, McKinney was among those surprised by the strength of Johnson's candidacy.

Before July 18, she ran the low-profile campaign of an incumbent expecting to win easily.

But since then, she has turned up her efforts, agreeing to two televised debates with her challenger, making a big cable TV advertising buy and holding a news conference to announce her endorsement by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

"Being held below 50 percent by an underfunded, largely unknown candidate showed she really misunderstood the contest they were in and is trying to catch up,'' Black said.

Negative campaign

As the campaign between McKinney and Johnson has become more visible, it also has grown more negative.

McKinney has gotten personal with Johnson, citing financial problems that include failing to pay taxes and filing for bankruptcy.

He said he has made good on the taxes he owed and learned some valuable lessons from going through bankruptcy, including gaining empathy for people who get caught in a financial bind.

McKinney also has highlighted Johnson's receipt of $16,000 in campaign contributions from Republicans.

She also played the Republican card back in 2002 when she blamed her defeat by Majette on Republicans "crossing over'' to vote against her in that year's Democratic primary.

"Republicans in Georgia want to dictate who the Democratic nominee in this election will be,'' she said.

Johnson responded that he is a "lifelong Democrat'' and that the money McKinney cited is a drop in the bucket compared to the $130,000 in donations he took in before the primary vote.

Turning the tables, he has criticized McKinney for bankrolling her campaign with out-of-state contributions from places like Los Angeles and New York, where she enjoys a high profile among wealthy liberals.

"My money comes from my constituents,'' he said. "Her money comes from out of state.''

Handicapping the race

As with any runoff, the result will be determined by which candidate does a better job convincing their supporters to come out and vote a second time.

Even though McKinney finished first on July 18, Black suggests that she faces a tougher challenge.

For one thing, incumbents generally go into primaries with an advantage but tend to fare poorly if they're forced into runoffs.

"More often than not, the challenger wins because the momentum shifts,'' Black said.

"Johnson's supporters will be very motivated to come back because they think he has a chance of winning.''

Over the years, McKinney has earned a reputation for getting her supporters to the polls when she needed them.

But Black said recent statistics show that she might be losing her touch.

While she scored an impressive win two years ago by staying out of a runoff in a race with multiple candidates, she still garnered just more than 50 percent of the vote.

That 2004 primary win was sandwiched between a 2002 primary loss and the July 18 vote. She only scored in the 40s among voters in those two contests.

"For three elections in a row, she's averaged less than half of the Democratic primary vote in her district,'' Black said. ... I doubt whether there is any incumbent in Congress with that record. ... That's a real challenge for her.''

Here are the candidates for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's 4th Congressional District primary:

Hank Johnson Jr.

•Age: 51

•Residence: Lithonia

•Occupation: Attorney

•Education: Bachelor's degree, Clark Atlanta University; law degree, Texas Southern University

•Political Experience: Member, DeKalb County Commission (second term)

•Family: Wife, Mereda, two children

•E-mail: hand@hankforcongress.com

Cynthia McKinney

•Age: 51

•Residence: Decatur

•Occupation: Member, U.S. House of Representatives

•Education: Bachelor's degree in international relations, University of Southern California; master's degree in law and diplomacy, Tufts University

•Political Experience: Elected to Congress, 1992; lost 4th District seat to fellow Democrat Denise Majette, 2002; won back seat, 2004

•Family: Single, one child

•E-mail: cynthia@cynthiaforcongress.com

Schaub enjoying reunion with college coach

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Schaub's confidence rose last season when he threw four touchdown passes with no interceptions.

Mortgage rates dip for second straight week

WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country dipped for the second week in a row, a dose of encouraging news for people thinking about buying a home.

Niagara duo signs to play for Gladiators

College teammates at Niagara University, Randy Harris and Justin Cross will continue to play together as professionals.

Retailers report solid sales in July

NEW YORK - Scorching heat gave the nation's retailers an unexpected sales bounce in July, but the outlook for

the back-to-school season remained muddled, with higher energy prices and interest rates still expected to challenge shoppers in the months ahead.

Auburn's Irons has healthy help again, including Lester

AUBURN, Ala. - Kenny Irons was the last man running for Auburn, racking up carries, yards and recognition late in the season.

Getting to Know ... Jaime Kruppa

Jaime Kruppa, 27, helped lead the South Gwinnett girls basketball team to an undefeated state championship season in 1995 and is set to begin her fifth season as an assistant coach at her alma mater.

Pair indicted in political schemeKenerly foe McKinney linked to DVDs, accused of cover-up

LAWRENCEVILLE - Political operative Bill McKinney and a family friend have been indicted, accused of covering up their involvement in a campaign against Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.

Irons out of the fire

Residents protest faulty lake in neighborhood

NORCROSS - For 13-year-old Ali Andani, the matter of a failed dam in his subdivision is simple: As long as Wildcat Lake remains full of sinkholes and swarming with mosquitoes, he and his friends aren't allowed outside to play.

Brand new beams

Suwanee selects City Hall design

SUWANEE - After about two weeks of display and speculation, City Council members picked BRPH to design the new City Hall building.

Construction should begin September 2007 with an expected move-in date of January 2009. A stand of trees near the fountain in Town Center Park marks the site where the new City Hall will rise.

Susan Dollar Sanders

Ms. Susan Dollar Sanders, age 50, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Marjorie Nell Lynn Dollar ...

Frances Murphy

Frances “Mayrelle” Mobley Murphy, age 83 of College Park, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Louise Duggan

Louise McCart Duggan, age 85 of Buford, GA, passed away on August 2, 2006. She is survived by: Husband: Robert C. Duggan; Son & Daughter-in-Law: Carl K. & ...

Murat Barthelemy

Murat Barthelemy, age 92 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Gregory Hensley

Gregory Charles Hensley, age 45 of Weaverville formerly of Lawrenceville, died: Thursday, July 13th, 2006. He was the son of Charlie P. Hensley, Jr. and Clara Wike Hensley of Weaverville ...

Martin Bailey

Martin Wayne Bailey, age 60, of Buford, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2006. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Jean Hill. He is survived by his ...

Mildred Price

Mildred B. Price of Grayson, GA, passed away on August 3, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.H. Price. Other survivors include: Sister: Allene Tiller, Grayson; Brothers ...