News for Saturday, August 11, 2007

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Equal Force Team fills football void for home-, private-schoolers

NORCROSS - Approaching the dusty practice field behind the old Norcross High School from the parking lot everything looks familiar.

World briefs

U.S. praises Iraqi forces as pilgrimage ends

College adds acreage, building to campus

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation has purchased a 70,000-square-foot building adjacent to the college campus on Collins Hill Road, officials announced Friday.

Nation briefs

Police: Va. Tech building chained days before killings

Buford dance teacher dies after battle with brain cancer

If there's one word that can summarize Carol Oakley Smiarowski's life, it would be "inspiring."

Police reports

Robber takes $800 from man

Voices of faith: The Rev. Greg Sweatt Student pastor: Today's teens deal with some tough issues

Meet Rev. Greg Sweatt, pastor of student ministries at Hebron Church in Dacula. Sweatt has been married to his wife Julia for 21 years, and they have three teenage children.

Beaver Ruin resurfacing approved

LAWRENCEVILLE - Transportation officials approved a contract to resurface Beaver Ruin Road in Gwinnett County.

Southern Baptist seminary to offer academic program in homemaking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers coursework in Greek and Hebrew, in archaeology, in the philosophy of religion and - starting this fall - in how to cook and sew.

Fire, heat take toll Blaze destroys family's home, exhausts GCFD

DACULA - Gwinnett firefighters, shed of their cumbersome gear and drinking Powerades, found little comfort under shady pines Friday in Dacula, where a two-story family home burned amid triple-digit air temperatures.

Police search for missing autistic woman

DACULA - Police began a search Friday for a missing 21-year-old Dacula woman.

Bridge death toll rises to 8

MINNEAPOLIS - Divers found another body Friday in the wreckage of the interstate bridge, bringing the death toll from last week's collapse to at least eight.

People briefs

'Roseanne' star has baby girl

Deputy stops man with Taser Foot chase ends when stun gun subdues suspect

LILBURN - Using a Taser, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputy was able to stop a man from fleeing from authorities Friday.

Harrington looks good in debut loss Falcons fall to Jets 31-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Joey Harrington looked comfortable running the Atlanta Falcons' offense. He's not Michael Vick, but he showed he can scramble a little bit, too.

Funny faith Christian comedian to record live show at Gwinnett Center

Being a Christian comedian isn't always easy. A lot of the jokes traditional comedians rely on are off limits. And a lot of people don't consider religion a laughing matter.

Lawyers bully the little guy? Must be a joke

Many of my friends are lawyers. It is not that I seek them out, but since there are more lawyers in the world than fleas on a dog, the law of averages says some of them are bound to become friends.

Moss makes MLB debut with Boston Loganville grad goes 0-for-2

Brandon Moss knew that his first stay in the majors would be short and he didn't really expect to play.

A bad mattress can lead to resenting your family

Extra firm.

School system looking to improve special-education services

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is working to improve special-education services for children as young as 3, school officials this week told the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

Two more children from summer camp show meningitis symptoms

SAVANNAH - Two children have been hospitalized with symptoms of possible bacterial meningitis after attending a YMCA summer camp with another child who has been diagnosed with the disease.

Dotel goes on DL; Wickman back in bullpen

PHILADELPHIA - The Braves placed reliever Octavio Dotel on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder Friday, only a week and a half after acquiring him in a trade from the Kansas City Royals.

Student pastor: Today's teens deal with some tough issues

Meet Rev. Greg Sweatt, pastor of student ministries at Hebron Church in Dacula. Sweatt has been married to his wife Julia for 21 years, and they have three teenage children.

Singer Taylor Swift finds quick success in country music world

Taylor Swift isn't one to take life, or herself, too seriously. She readily makes jokes about her larger-than-life curly hair and she's overjoyed to dress up in a tick costume and jump on stage with tour-mate Brad Paisley to poke fun at his current country hit, "Ticks."

Gwinnett Tech program receives accreditation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College's air conditioning technology program has received national accreditation status, college officials announced Friday.

Pharmacist indicted on child porn Store owner now faces federal charge in addition to local ones

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville business owner and city official was indicted this week on a federal charge of receiving child pornography, his attorney said Friday.

Bonds' 756th just a sad reflection on our society

Jacques Barzun is a 100-year-old (OK, 99-years-and-9-month-old) American historian of French descent. His father was so impressed by the Americans he encountered in France during World War I that he decided his son should be educated in this country - and he was.

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Living life in the shadows of Martha Stewart

I think all women have a little Martha Stewart in them.

Letters to the Editor

Obama's remark about bin Laden not out of bounds

Irons out for season with torn ACL Dacula grad injured in preseason game vs. Detroit

The bad luck of Gwinnett products going to the Cincinnati Bengals continued Thursday night.

Braves fall to third place after 5-4 loss

PHILADELPHIA - Whatever confidence and momentum the Braves left New York with on Thursday was immediately quashed by two sobering words Friday: third place.

Georgia notes Race for starting corner back spot heating up

Things are heating up in the race to replace Paul Oliver in Georgia's starting secondary.

'Scotch-Irish' term at the center of grammatical debate

One day I was lamenting to my friend, Patti, who helps me in my office, about my smart-aleck mouth.

Stocks end mixed after turbulent session, week

NEW YORK - Wall Street closed out a difficult week with a mixed finish Friday after the Federal Reserve injected billions of dollars into the banking system to calm markets torn by worries about evaporating credit. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 200 points during the session, ended with just a 31-point deficit and managed to post a gain for the week.

Brown eager to return to UGA backfield

ATHENS - Less than 10 months removed from a serious knee injury, Thomas Brown claims he never felt better.

Davin Baylor

Infant Davin Jaylen Baylor of Norcross, GA, passed away August 8, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Rachel Patrick

Rachel Althea Elder Patrick, age 86, passed away August 10, 2007. The funeral will be held Sunday, August 12 at the Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, Snellville, Georgia ...

John Webb, Sr.

John A. Webb, Sr., age 74, of Norcross, Georgia, died peacefully at home on Thursday, August 9, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Lennet Daigle, Sr.

Mr. Lennet J. Daigle, Sr., age 86, of Hoschon, GA and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away August 10, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E ...

Claudene Reynolds

Claudene Reynolds, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away August 9, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Doris Baxter

Doris Studstill Baxter, age 75 of Dacula, GA, died Thursday, August 9, 2007 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, hamiltonmillchapel.com.