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Donald Trump to build condo towers in Atlanta

ATLANTA - New York developer Donald Trump has tapped Atlanta for his next big project - two luxury high-rise condo towers in bustling Midtown - and one of his apprentices could get a chance to work on the job.

GOP chair asks Rosser to cooperate

LAWRENCEVILLE - The chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party called on a candidate in Tuesday's runoff to cooperate in a criminal investigation into a smear campaign against her opponent.

Political duo booked and released

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pair of political operatives were booked into the Gwinnett County jail Friday, a day after indictments were unsealed charging them with conducting an illegal anonymous campaign against a county commissioner.

Investors struggle to assess fallout of Apple's stock option problems

SAN FRANCISCO - As the stock option cloud over Apple Computer Inc. darkened, investors tried to determine Friday whether the company's popular products are powerful enough to overcome the potential accounting and legal risks facing the maker of the iPod and the Macintosh.

Youth roundup: GAC girls win Converse Invitational

The Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball team won the Converse Elite Prep Invitational with a 64-56 victory over La Jolla Country Day (Calif.) on Monday.

Bird watching: Falcons make training camp more fan friendly

FLOWERY BRANCH - You don't need to buy nosebleed seats in the Georgia Dome to catch a glimpse of the Atlanta Falcons. Not when the football team's preseason practices are free and open to the public.

Story reminds us how lucky we are

They don't really want their names to appear in print, but they do want their story to be told - at least in part to remind the rest of us that there are two sides to every story, and so that we will understand how lucky we are that we live where we live.

Letters to the Editor

Responses to Friday's front page story: "Pair indicted in political scheme"

Man kills girl's mom, then selfChild found safe after being abducted following shooting

NORCROSS - A man who reportedly killed his ex-girlfriend and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter shot and killed himself, police said Friday.

Six accused of molesting 12-year-oldPolice: Men answered Web ad offering sex with teenage girl

LAWRENCEVILLE - A joint investigation by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department and the FBI resulted in the arrest of six men in the rape and molestation of a 12-year-old girl.

A few words can't hurt

According to recent news reports, that little weasel who runs Iran - the one who looks like he ought to be ironing shirts in a dry-cleaning plant - has decreed that foreign words can no longer be used in his country, as if that is the biggest thing on his mind these days.

If I were him, I would be more concerned about Israel getting a belly full of his saber-rattling jive-talk and blowing him and his mullah buddies flat off the planet.

LCA begins football program

When Mark Davis came to Loganville Christian Academy last year, the Upper School principal and athletic director wanted to bring another sport to the independently run school.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BROWN, RICHARD

Richard L. Brown, age 54 of Buford, died Monday, July 31, 2006. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford. 770-945-9345. stewartfh.com*

DULUTH

REILLY, ROBERT

Robert J. Reilly, 74, of Duluth, Georgia, passed away August 4, 2006 of cancer at his home in Duluth. Born in Clifton, New Jersey, Mr. Reilly moved to Georgia in 1969, where he and his wife, Lee, raised their family. As a young man, Mr. Reilly served honorably in the United States Navy, following which he worked in the photographic equipment industry until his retirement. After retirement, Mr. Reilly worked part-time at the Workbench Ace Hardware store in Norcross until his illness. Mr. Reilly is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Lee Reilly, and his children, Steve Reilly (and wife, Cathy), Christine Reilly McGee (and husband, John), and Bob Reilly (and wife, Julie) and five grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for August 9, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Georgia, 404-355-7627.

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 .*

GOWER, OMIE

Omie Lee Mason Gower, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA (Prospect Community), passed away August 4, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

KLERK, EILEEN

Eileen Klerk, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Friday, August 4, 2006. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

RICHIE, RONALD

Ronald James Richie, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.*

LOGANVILLE

NEW, DORIS

Doris Simpson New, age 84, of Loganville, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 3, 2006. She is survived by daughter, Lisa Dunford and husband, Wayne of Loganville; grandson, Brandon Dunford; granddaughter, Carmen Donaldson; sister, Grace Beach of Boone, NC; Nieces and Nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 4:30 P.M. at Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel. Interment Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:30 until 4:30 PM at the funeral home. Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811.

WINDER

LLOYD, DUSTIN

Dustin Edward Lloyd, age 22, of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

REYNOLDS, JOEY

Joey Lee Reynolds, age 23 of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

ROBERTS, ALVIN

Alvin (Kinky) Kenneth Roberts, age 67 of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

SMITH, DIANE

Memorial Services for Miss Diane Smith, age 52, of Winder, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 770-867-1361.*

Lightning strikes cause house fires

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two families were displaced Friday night, when lightning strikes caused house fires.

Hiring slowdown boosts unemployment rate

WASHINGTON - Gripped by caution, employers slowed hiring in July, pushing the nation's unemployment rate to a five-month high and putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to take its foot off the economic brakes.

Thomas teaches kids the basics with Fundamental Basketball Academy

Dee Thomas has had success at every level of basketball. In high school in South Carolina she led her team to back-to-back state championships. In college, she was a four-time All-Amercian and when she played overseas in Europe she won a championship as well.

Carmike Cinemas files restated resultsThe Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Friday it filed restated financial results from past periods to fix improper accounting for leases.

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.

Legislators call for heat rule on football practices

ATLANTA - Georgia should have a statewide rule that determines when it's too hot for high school sports teams to practice outdoors, several state lawmakers suggested Friday.

But the head of the Georgia High School Association told a legislative committee that Georgia is too big a state for a one-size-fits-all regulation.

The issue came up just days after a 15-year-old Rockdale County High School football player died from heatstroke suffered during a voluntary workout.

Tyler Davis died early Tuesday morning after collapsing at the end of a workout Monday evening. The high temperature that day, according to the National Weather Service, was 95 degrees.

"There's going to have to be a decision made by the GHSA on something uniform,'' said Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, whose district includes part of Rockdale County. "We can't afford to be losing players.''

Douglas is a member of a new House-Senate committee created during this year's legislative session to provide oversight of high school sports in Georgia.

GHSA Executive Director Ralph Swearngin was invited to testify on a variety of issues during the panel's first meeting.

He told committee members that the GHSA already has a rule in place that prohibits high school football teams from practicing before Aug. 1.

Before that date, he said, coaches can hold voluntary workouts and many do so in order to get their players adjusted to the heat before official practices begin, he said.

"The GHSA doesn't make these decisions,'' he said. "The schools control these things.''

But Douglas said calling what Davis participated in a "voluntary workout'' and not a "practice'' was a distinction without a difference.

"There's no difference in the temperature on July 31 and Aug. 1,'' he said.

Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, the committee's co-chairman, said other states are stepping in to protect high school football players. He said Pennsylvania schools canceled practices this week when the heat wave that is gripping much of the nation hit there.

"We need to rule from the top down,'' Hill said.

But Swearngin said Georgia covers so much territory from the northern mountains to the southeastern coast that it makes setting a statewide standard difficult.

"We have such a diversity of geography and heat situations,'' he said. "We feel the people who are on the scene are the best to make those determinations.''

Rockdale school officials issued an informal suggestion to coaches this week that they take their players indoors when the temperature reaches 95 degrees or higher.

No formal action could be taken until the school board meets next Thursday.

Relief at Police Department after 'fizzing' package proves harmless

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Police Headquarters was partially evacuated around 12:30 p.m. Friday while a suspicious package was investigated.

Grader to share cost of fixing dam, but engineer says no

LAWRENCEVILLE - The president of a grading contractor that was the target of a community protest earlier this week said his company has offered to pay a third of the cost to repair a broken dam in Lawrenceville's Wildcat Lake subdivision.

Police Reports

Group opens fire

on Atlanta man

•NORCROSS - An Atlanta man was shot and wounded by a group of unknown men in the middle of the day Tuesday.

Eagles seek more offensive balance in '06

SUWANEE - It's no secret that a large portion of Collins Hill's offense left with Rock Robinson.

Alvin Roberts

Alvin (Kinky) Kenneth Roberts, age 67 of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Eileen Klerk

Eileen Klerk, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Friday, August 4, 2006. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Omie Gower

Omie Lee Mason Gower, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA (Prospect Community), passed away August 4, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

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 ...

Robert Reilly

Robert J. Reilly, 74, of Duluth, Georgia, passed away August 4, 2006 of cancer at his home in Duluth. Born in Clifton, New Jersey, Mr. Reilly moved to Georgia in ...

Joey Reynolds

Joey Lee Reynolds, age 23 of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Doris New

Doris Simpson New, age 84, of Loganville, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 3, 2006. She is survived by daughter, Lisa Dunford and husband, Wayne ...

Ronald Richie

Ronald James Richie, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 1, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Richard Brown

Richard L. Brown, age 54 of Buford, died Monday, July 31, 2006. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford. 770-945-9345. stewartfh.com

Dustin Lloyd

Dustin Edward Lloyd, age 22, of Winder, GA, passed away August 2, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Diane Smith

Memorial Services for Miss Diane Smith, age 52, of Winder, will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 770-867-1361.