News for Friday, August 17, 2007

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Death toll at 450 after earthquake in Peru desert

Getting to Know ... Erik Richards

Erik Richards, 41, is in his fifth season as president of the Gwinnett Football League and his 18th season with the organization overall. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the 1984 Duluth grad talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from why he joined the Marines to the best pee-wee football players he's ever seen to his first car.

Wall Street pulls off late turnaround, jitters remain

NEW YORK - Wall Street pulled off a dramatic late-session turnaround to close mixed Thursday after bargain hunters lured by weeks of massive declines came back to the stock market. The Dow Jones industrials, down more than 340 points in afternoon trading, ended the day with a loss of just 15.

Bob Dylan announces Arena show Elvis Costello to open for folk-rock legend

DULUTH - Two of the most influential rock artists of the 20th century are scheduled to play at the Gwinnett Arena next month.

No deal yet in Vick dogfighting conspiracy case

RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Vick and his attorneys were still negotiating with federal prosecutors Thursday, hoping to strike a deal on a plea agreement, according to a lawyer familiar with the case.

County defends decision Sheriff: Deal 'was what was best for taxpayers'

LAWRENCEVILLE - County officials on Thursday backed a $100,000 settlement paid last year to the family of a 25-year-old man who died after he was shocked repeatedly with a Taser, calling the payment money well spent.

Valuable medieval cross turns up in Austrian garbage can

VIENNA, Austria - A medieval cross that was hidden from the Nazis and ended up in the trash has been found to be worth more than a half-million dollars, police said Thursday.

Demolished building tumbles down on motorist

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was able to avoid what could have been a disaster Wednesday morning when a construction crew's demolition project did not go as planned.

Band of brothers: Five sets of siblings lead way for Hebron football

It's kind of weird to think that five families could make up almost half a football team.

Accused madam pleads not guilty Attorney plans to contest wire tapping

LAWRENCEVILLE - The second of the alleged mansion madams pleaded not guilty Thursday at an arraignment before a Gwinnett County Superior Court judge.

Snellville announces new art alliance, facility plans

It looks like Snellville may be getting a new arts center, complete with a theater and art gallery, and an annual visual and performing arts festival of its own.

Natasha Drena steals the show in 'Annie Get Your Gun'

A review by Lauren Morgan

Director hopes 'Arctic Tale' will educate, entertain

By Anna Ferguson

Horrible things tend to happen in a war zone

It was bound to happen - and it seems fitting that a cleric named Tiny would think of it.

Man indicted in truck driver killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Caroll County man was indicted this week on charges he killed a tow truck driver in Norcross earlier this year.

People Briefs

R. Kelly debuts 'Closet' sequel

Mortgage lender taps credit line Move indicative of depth of lending crisis

LOS ANGELES - Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, said Thursday it had borrowed $11.5 billion from a group of 40 banks to fund loans in a move that shows just how deep the lending crisis has become.

Prep roundup: GAC rolls to two big wins in Diamond Classic

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans stormed to two easy wins on Thursday in the South Gwinnett Diamond Classic, routing Central Gwinnett 11-0 in five innings and Chamblee 15-0 in four innings.

Gwinnett Calendar 8/17

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Newsweek names eight Gwinnett schools among best

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eight of Gwinnett's high schools have been named by Newsweek magazine as among America's best, school district officials announced this week.

Movie Trivia - 8/17

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.

Film Fans enchanted, entertained by 'Stardust'

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: "Stardust." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

New on DVD 8/17

Selected home-video releases available this week:

Senate measure would force Grady to go private

ATLANTA - If Grady Health System's board refuses to convert Georgia's largest public hospital into a private nonprofit, the state should force the management change, Sen. David Shafer said Thursday.

'No End in Sight' tackles subject of war in Iraq

No End in Sight

Irish QB starter a game-time decision vs. Tech

ATLANTA - The only thing Georgia Tech knows for sure about Notre Dame's quarterback situation is that Brady Quinn won't be under center for the season opener.

'Arctic Tale' is ruined by pop soundtrack, narration

Arctic Tale

Dalrymple leaves Collins Hill for Oak Hill

July was a busy month for Taylor Dalrymple. Not only did the rising senior decide on a new high school for her senior year, but she chose her future college home as well.

By Venue 8/17

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Robbery task force makes arrest on its first day

NORCROSS - Just hours after the Gwinnett County Police Department announced plans to start an anti-robbery task force, officers made their first major arrest as part of the crime deterring team.

UGA linebackers believe they'll be a big hit

ATHENS - The list of things for Georgia fans to worry about in the 15 days before the season kicks off against Oklahoma State includes:

Red Clay will host improv comedy group

By Lauren Morgan

Winder bans all watering

WINDER - Winder officials Thursday declared a complete ban on all outdoor water use and revoked all previously issued watering permits.

'Death at a Funeral' is a pitch-perfect black comedy

By Michael Clark

'Wedding Dash' brings intensity to casual games

By Matt Slagle

Rescuers bring in fourth drill Search for trapped miners continues

HUNTINGTON, Utah - Rescuers searching for six coal miners trapped for 10 days were drilling yet another hole into the mine Thursday, this time aiming for a location where they had detected mysterious vibrations in the mountain.

Metro Calendar 8/17

Today

Giants pound on James, Braves

ATLANTA - With Barry Bonds getting the night off, the last thing the Braves could have expected Thursday was a home run derby at their expense.

'BIG' trade show draws large crowd

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce held its third annual BIG Expo on Thursday and packed The Convention Center at Gwinnett Center with more than 250 exhibitors and an estimated 5,000 visitors.

That guy from 'Die Hard 2' for president of our nation

I assume the Republicans are all getting steadily more excited as the hat of Fred Thompson flies ever closer to the ring.

Indigo Joe's Sports Pub

By Anna Ferguson

Fill your days with folk art and fine dining

By Lauren Morgan

Sports briefs

LOCAL

North's annual road race on Saturday

The core of it is a road race, but North Gwinnett's Mark Karen likes to call Saturday's Bulldog Dash something else.

Police reports

Gwinnett

No-idling program looks to clean air

LAWRENCEVILLE - Concerned for little lungs, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful is requesting parents turn off their cars at 10 local schools.

Now Showing

Select movies now showing in metro area theaters:

Nation Briefs

NASA deciding whether to order shuttle repairs

Albert Myers

Dr. Albert A. Myers, 89, of Hoschton, died August 15, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 3PM at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth ...

Kevin Melton

Kevin James Melton, age 26 of Dacula, GA, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 17, 2007 at ...

Doris Carlyle

Mrs. Doris Jones Carlyle, age 86, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 15, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Carlyle. Surviving are: Daughters and Sons ...

Joseph Chappell

Joseph Leland Chappell, age 71, of Loganville, died Sunday, August 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

James Fisher

James “Jim” Fisher, age 54, of Snellville, GA, passed away on August 15, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Connie Mallard Fisher; three children, Jamie Fisher Smith ...

Dixie Sheppard

Mrs. Dixie Mozelle Sheppard, age 84, of Grayson, died Thursday, August 16, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband John Frank Sheppard. Survivors include three sisters: Ethel Langley ...

Eric Ethridge

Eric Ethridge, age 90 of Auburn died Thursday, August 16, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 770-962-3100.

Howard Slater

Howard E. Slater, age 67, of Winder, GA, died on August 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Joyce Jacquet

Joyce Jones Jacquet, age 55 of Norcross, GA passed away August 16, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Thomas Denny

Thomas S. Denny, 81, of Lilburn, GA, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.