News for Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Barrow to revisit sewer options

WINDER - Barrow County commissioners will vote Thursday whether to install a gravity- or pump-based sewer system at the future cultural arts center. The sewer lines would run from the $10 million project at the intersection of Ga. highways 316 and 53 to the Barber Creek Wastewater facility in Statham.

Local man to remain in federal custody Pharmacist pleads not guilty to child pornography charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville city official and business owner remains in federal custody after an initial hearing Tuesday for a charge of receiving child pornography, officials said.

DE Abraham wants to show he's worth big investment

FLOWERY BRANCH - John Abraham heard all the questions about his lack of durability.

Skipping medicine can be deadly

WASHINGTON - Consider it the other drug problem: Millions of people don't take their medicine correctly - or quit taking it altogether - and the consequences can be deadly.

Police/fire reports

Aviation student charged with DUI

World Briefs

U.S. casualties lowest in eight months as Iraqi death toll rises

Water labels need clarity

Thinking of clear babbling brooks, blue waterfalls and glistening lakes, I take a swig from the bottle, taking in the clean, crisp taste that somehow makes tap water pale in comparison.

Users of birth-defect causing acne drug still get pregnant

WASHINGTON - More than 120 women became pregnant in the past year while taking an acne medicine that causes birth defects - despite being enrolled in a program designed to prevent those pregnancies from happening.

Show us a sign Snitker having a 'great time' with high-pressure job

ATLANTA - The secret is his to protect.

3 accused of burglarizing Bethlehem Dollar General

BETHLEHEM - Three individuals are in the Barrow County Jail accused of burglarizing the Dollar General Store in Bethlehem.

Ga. woman charged with faking pregnancy to scam samaritans

SAVANNAH - Clarissa Linnabary showed the store manager ultrasound photos of the quadruplets she claimed to be carrying and wondered aloud how she could afford them on her husband's Marine Corps pay.

People Briefs

Faith Hill berates female fan for groping McGraw

Feds declare drought disaster

LAWRENCEVILLE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Gwinnett, along with 157 other Georgia counties, a federal disaster area as a result of this year's drought.

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Consumer spending dip reflects housing slump

WASHINGTON - Shoppers took a break in June, boosting their spending at the slowest pace in nine months as high gasoline prices and fallout from the housing slump made people think twice about buying.

Braves light up Astros for 15 hits, cruise to 12-4 win Francoeur, McCann homer in victory

ATLANTA - A dizzying day of trades Tuesday did not bring the Braves any starting pitching help. But before their game against the Houston Astros, right fielder Jeff Francoeur said that won't necessarily be a problem.

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Business total growing faster than employee total

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County saw the number of business establishments grow at a greater rate than the number of employees from 2000 to 2005, a recently released report from the Atlanta Regional Commission indicated.

Braves continue dealing Davies sent to Royals; Atlanta gets LHP Dotel

ATLANTA - When the dust settled, and all the trades were finally done, two words echoed throughout the Braves' clubhouse. Two words that have seldom been spoken around Turner Field in recent years.

Gladiators ink pair of forwards Old connection pays off as Gwinnett signs MacRae, Walsh

Brad Peddle only played 11 games for the Gwinnett Gladiators, but his connection with head coach Jeff Pyle has brought the team some new blood.

Now in workers' job description: Get fit

BALTIMORE - Stacey Barich changed her mind about having a tummy tuck when her mother contracted a serious infection after a hospital stay. That's when she knew she had to find another way to drop her weight.

News Corp. board approves deal to buy Dow Jones for $4B

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch edged closer to his goal of owning Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. as the board of his News Corp. media conglomerate signed off on the $5 billion deal, a person with knowledge of the matter said late Tuesday.

Puppy love Animal hospital employee decides to keep dog left abused on porch

SUGAR HILL - Melissa Albinni knew she wanted to find a good home for Sugar, a dog found tied to the porch of an animal hospital suffering from multiple BB gunshot wounds.

Study: Exercise, caffeine can fight skin cancers

WASHINGTON - Folks who exercise for their health but avoid caffeine may be missing out on some skin cancer protection.

Hospital's extended-care center celebrates 10 years

LAWRENCEVILLE - Over the past 10 years, Pam Kaufmann said nurses at Gwinnett Hospital System's extended-care center have searched for 72 sets of teeth, more than 100 pairs of glasses and many sets of slippers. But Kaufmann, the center's administrator, said every search has become a part of the history of the facility.

Cautionary tale CDC exhibit explores role eugenics played in Holocaust

Walking through an exhibit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Atlanta headquarters, it's hard not to stare at the black-and-white photographs into the eyes of children who died as the result of a group of German doctors striving for a more "desirable" nation.

College letters reveal a conflicted Hillary

All over America, boomer women are praying that there is no John Peavoy in their past. That is to say, no erstwhile friend who saved their college letters and feels compelled to share them with The New York Times.

Two found dead in apartment

DULUTH - Two people were discovered dead from apparent gunshot wounds in a Duluth apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, an official said.

Bills' gamble on drafting Thomas paid off in Hall of Fame dividends

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - All the hand-wringing and debate before the Buffalo Bills drafted him in 1988 seems so laughable now that Thurman Thomas heads to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Study: 1 marijuana joint obstructs as much air flow as five cigarettes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A single joint of marijuana obstructs the flow of air as much as smoking up to five tobacco cigarettes, but long-term pot use does not increase the risk of developing emphysema, new research suggests.

Nation Briefs

Roberts leaves hospital day after suffering seizure

Police begin investigating after receiving several dogfighting tips

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Sheriff's Department has begun investigations into two cases of alleged dogfighting in Gwinnett County, officials announced Tuesday.

MLB trade roundup Gagne goes to Boston, Padres busy as trade deadline passes

Eric Gagne gave up a closing job in Texas for a setup role in Boston in the biggest trade Tuesday before baseball's deadline to make deals without waivers.

Diabetics unlikely to lose access to drug despite heart risks

WASHINGTON - Diabetics can continue taking Avandia to control their blood sugar, even though the drug likely will receive new warnings until long-term studies resolve whether it increases the risk of heart attack.

Legislature not worthy of more taxation power

Neely Young writes a solid, straightforward column for Georgia Trend magazine. However, the publisher-writer omitted the last paragraph from his current monthly essay, so I will obligingly fill it in.

Christian ministry wants to distribute Bibles with newspapers

FORT WORTH, Texas - Everything from detergent to computer discs is packaged with the Sunday newspaper. So why not Bibles?

Calif. bridge collapse injures 2

OROVILLE, Calif. - A highway overpass that was under construction collapsed Tuesday, crushing a delivery truck and injuring a construction worker who clung to a steel beam as it tumbled 50 feet to the ground.

Health briefs

Blood drives held this week

Hermon Edenfield

Hermon G. Edenfield, age 84 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Mary Boomer

Mary Louise Boomer, age 96, of Winder, GA, passed away July 29, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Joshua Ramsey

Joshua Eric Ramsey, age 29, of Winder, GA, passed away July 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Charles R. Clower, Sr.

Charles R. Clower, Sr., age 74 of Snellville, died Monday, July 30, 2007. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 PM, Saturday, August 4, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Anne Ball

Anne L. Ball, age 71 of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, July 28, 2007. Born in Dunmore, PA, daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Earley, she was a graduate of Dunmore ...

Louise Williams

Louise Williams, age 89, of Duluth, GA, passed away July 30, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Margaret Roth

Margaret Ann Roth, age 67 of Lawrenceville, GA died July 29, 2007. She is preceded in death by her Father, Charles Brown; Sister, Judith Brown; Mother, Beryl Brown. Margaret is ...

James Burney

James “Wendell” Burney, age 69 of Snellville, died Monday, July 30, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, August 2, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Elender Marks, Sr.

Elender “Bill” Marks, Sr., age 78 of Lawrenceville, GA died July 30, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline Marks of Lawrenceville; Son & ...

Kathy Stewart-Johnson

Mrs. Kathy Stewart-Johnson, age 49, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away July 31, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...