News for Friday, August 10, 2007


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New on DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

World briefs

Iraq's Shiites take to streets in mass pilgrimage

Movie trivia

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

Metro Calendar 8/10


Spotlight on DVDs

Thanks to a handful of better-than-expected special features, this 21⁄2-star theatrical release gets a slightly higher rating on DVD. If you're under 30, or have never been fortunate enough to have seen Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," you might like "Disturbia" even more.

People briefs

Actress, director expecting child

Three indicted in shooting death of Loganville man

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three men who allegedly gunned down a Loganville man in Duluth were indicted Wednesday on murder and other charges related to the April incident.

Aroma Delight

By Lauren Morgan

'Ninja Gaiden' is a welcome addition to PlayStation 3

By Matt Slagle

Music By Venue

Arena at

Getting to Know ... Will Jackson

Will Jackson came to Wesleyan from Dunwoody High School, where he was a coach and teacher for 25 years and where he won a state football championship. Until 2004, Jackson was the only head football coach in Wesleyan history and the Wolves made the playoffs his last five seasons.

Cuba Gooding Jr. tackles outdoors in 'Daddy Day Camp'

By Anna Ferguson

State looking to boost payments to doctors

ATLANTA - The state agency in charge of Medicaid wants to use savings from an enrollment slowdown to increase payments to doctors and hospitals and boost community-based health care services.

Scorching heat not burning Yellow Jackets

ATLANTA - The temperature topped out at 108 degrees Thursday on the cooler half of Georgia Tech's practice facility, the grass field.

Children injured in four-vehicle crash

BUFORD - Four children were taken to Atlanta-area hospitals after a multi-vehicle collision in Buford on Wednesday night.

Film Caps 8/10

Select movies now playing in area metro theaters:

School system receives 189 AYP transfer requests

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 1 percent of students at the 10 schools in Gwinnett County that must offer choice have applied for a transfer.

Snellville sisters donate piggy-bank savings to Fire Department

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two pint-sized Snellville sisters overtook a Gwinnett fire station Thursday, wielding two piggy banks, $31 and enough wide-eyed adoration to soften the hardest emergency responder.

Choppin' away Braves hang on to take 2 of 3 from Mets

NEW YORK - Willie Harris thought it would be an easy out. The ball didn't exactly explode off the bat of Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado.

Coates eager for action after two years on sideline

ATHENS - Georgia's 3-on-3 drills were about to end too early Thursday morning for safety Antavious Coates.

Aminu sticking with Wake Forest Norcross star still plans to sign with Demon Deacons

Al-Farouq Aminu was in Orlando when he heard the news.

Police ID victim in shooting

NORCROSS - Authorities have identified a man shot to death Monday morning at a Norcross apartment complex.

Film Fans say 'Bourne Ultimatum' offers thrills

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Bourne Ultimatum." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Otherworldly 'Stardust' is a brilliant adult fairy tale

Stardust (PG-13)*** (3 Stars)

By Venue 8/10

Arena at

Buscemi doesn't cut it as romantic lead in 'Interview'

By Michael Clark

Nation briefs

Rig closing in on trapped miners

In other news from Iraq ...

Chances are good that more Americans have heard of Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp than Cpl. Zebulon "Zeb" Webberley.

Growth outpaces violations in school discipline report

LAWRENCEVILLE - Although the number of disciplinary panels and major rule violations in the 2006-07 school year rose from the previous year, that increase was lower than the growth in student population, Gwinnett school district officials said.

Loganville mayor to seek citizenship for fallen soldier

LOGANVILLE - Mayor Tim Barron announced Thursday night that he intends to seek posthumous citizenship for a Loganville soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq last week.

Time After Time 'Rush Hour 3' delivers more of the same action

Rush Hour 3 (PG-13) * (1 Star)

All runners welcome at Eagles' race

As is the case with most local events of its type, Collins Hill's 11th Annual Dennis McCormick Road Race draws a wide variety of runners - or walkers.

Spotlight on DVDs: Disturbia (PG-13) (3 Stars)

Disturbia (PG-13) (3 Stars)

Winder burglaries continue

WINDER - Even in 100-degree weather, Winder's spate of burglaries continues. Winder police report nine burglaries since Aug. 1.

Don't miss Gwinnett's first Ringling Bros. circus, free concerts

Big Top comes to Gwinnett

Star Power Otherworldly

At various points, "Stardust" recalls "Harry Potter," "The Lord of the Rings," vintage "Monty Python" and something that's not quite "Cinderella." It is a fantasy adventure that will leave you breathless and feeling thoroughly alive.

Trivia 8/10

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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A day of smiles Buford students return to school

BUFORD - At the start of each school year, there are bound to be a few tear-streaked faces.

Gwinnett sees slight July increase in laid-off workers

ATLANTA - Gwinnett saw only a slight increase in the number of laid-off workers filing for unemployment insurance benefits in July despite a much larger increase statewide, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

'Annie Get Your Gun' features sharp-shooter

You can take a trip to the Wild West without leaving Lawrenceville this weekend, thanks to the Aurora Theatre's production of "Annie Get Your Gun," running now through Sept. 9.

With this heat, we need a complaint department

In an office building somewhere behind the Pearly Gates...

Population boom continues County's march to minority-majority status speeds on

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's growth has continued at a "remarkable" rate, the Atlanta Regional Commission said Thursday, as the entire region passed the 4 million population mark.

'Blame it on Fidel' depicts upheaval in a European family

Blame it on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)

Gwinnett Calendar 8/10

Calendar items should be e-mailed to or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.

Bandits could be linked to pool hall robbery

LILBURN - Police investigating two daylight robberies in the Lilburn area Aug. 2 aren't ruling out that the crimes could be linked.

Police reports

Man charged with DUI

A Fine Frenzy singer is anything but chaotic

By Anna Ferguson

Braves notes: Jones clarifies A-Rod quote to N.Y. media

NEW YORK - Chipper Jones talked all week about what a "battle" the Braves' three-game series at Shea Stadium would be. For him, as it turned out, there were two battles - the one against the New York Mets, and the one against the New York media.

'Daddy Day Camp' may be worst family film ever

Daddy Day Camp (PG) * (1 Star)

Xiomara Laugart stars as Celia Cruz in off-Broadway musical

By Sigal Ratner-Arias

Gwinnett Young Singers, Atlanta Youth Choir merge

Gwinnett is home to two of the finest children's choirs in the region, the Atlanta Youth Choir and the Gwinnett Young Singers. In a recent development, these two nonprofit arts groups decided to merge their organizations into one, creating new opportunities and firming up resources for all.

Gwinnett Tastes 8/10

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Scott Loughrey

Scott Loughrey, age 52, of Dacula, GA, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Funeral Service was held Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. at Hamilton ...

Marion Lott

Marion Blan Lott, age 89, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2007 while residing in Richmond, VA. He was preceded in death ...

Billy Neese

Billy Joe Neese, age 72, of Cumming, GA, passed away August 8, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Hilda Mashburn

Hilda Joann Mashburn, age 68, of Lilburn, died August 8, 2007. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, August 11, 2007 in the Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel ...

Perry H. Findley, Jr.

Perry H. Findley, Jr., age 77 of Suwanee, GA, died suddenly Saturday, August 4, 2007. Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 10, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. at Shadowbrook Baptist ...

Ellene Leach

Ellene P. Leach, age 86 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, August 11, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Doris Baxter

Doris Studstill Baxter who was born in 1931 and lived in Dacula, GA, died Thursday, August 9, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924 ...