News for Thursday, August 2, 2007


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Jury still out on whether Sarbanes-Oxley Act worth cost

LAWRENCEVILLE - When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law, Gary Shell counted himself among the act's worst skeptics.

Bridge collapses into Mississippi River

MINNEAPOLIS - The entire span of an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour Wednesday, sending vehicles, tons of concrete and twisted metal crashing into the water.

Rep. LaHood's mature tone will be missed

It is rare that a retirement announcement by a single back-bench member of the minority party in the House of Representatives sends shock waves through the whole chamber. But that was the reaction last week when Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois put out word that this would be his final term.

Police ID victims in shooting

DULUTH - Police identified the victims of a double shooting in Duluth on Wednesday after the two men were found dead Tuesday in an apartment complex.

Technology makes diagnosing plant problems simpler

A resident contacted me recently to ask about dead spots in his Bermuda grass lawn. I had a suspicion of what was causing the spots based on his description of the problem. But without actually seeing his lawn, I was unable to be certain.

Atlanta airport to use buses to unload passengers, reduce delays

ATLANTA - The world's busiest airport soon may curb gate delays for arriving passengers by busing them from planes directly to concourses when airline gates are full.

Stores gearing up for sales tax holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - The government will help shoppers save money over the next four days, but whether customers save more than 6 percent on their purchases depends on where they shop.

Don't resist black-eyed Susan charm

I had to annihilate a decade of arrogance before I allowed the magical and wise black-eyed Susans into my landscape designs. I thought I had learned about far too many new, exciting plants to fool with something so common.

Fire/Police reports

Traffic delayed after crews hit gas line

Peachtree Ridge's Bryant chooses LSU Rising senior becomes third D-I commit in Lions' secondary

Safe to say that there probably isn't a better high school secondary in the state than the one that will be taking the field for Peachtree Ridge this season.

Root cellaring lets flavors linger longer

STRASBURG, Va. - Janet Heishman spends a great deal of time in a steamy kitchen in midsummer, processing the harvest from her garden. She does it for the economy, the unmatched flavors it provides, a sense of accomplishment and because she feels driven by history.

People Briefs

Scary Spice files petition to name Murphy as father

Fear of greater risk driving investors more than actual risk as credit markets weaken

NEW YORK - The widening fallout in the U.S. mortgage industry has reminded investors of a risk they had forgotten: the fear of risk itself.

Voter group criticizes paper ballot experiment

ATLANTA - An experiment the state conducted last November using paper ballots to back up touch-screen voting machines was legally and technologically flawed, an organization of voters opposed to electronic voting charged Wednesday.

D-I talent still rising

As the winningest starting quarterback in NCAA history and a four-year starter at Georgia, David Greene was frequently the center of attention on the football field and off it.

Speeders beware Police say ticketing efforts in construction zone are justified

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rebecca Hollingsworth, a self-described very careful driver, skated by for the first 45 years of her life without a single speeding ticket.

When granite cracks, there's no going back

Q: We renovated our kitchen and had a granite countertop installed. About a week after the installation, we noticed a hairline crack running across the top. Our installers offered to give us $1,000 back and told us they could polish it to disguise the crack. Is this a good deal?

Away we go Full-speed football practices start across county

The first day of football practice isn't what it used to be.

When to seal an asphalt driveway

Looking for a good hazy-day project that you wouldn't want to tackle when the sun's blazing?

County reports 1st case of illness

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett is one of the first two counties in Georgia to report a case of West Nile virus, state officials announced Wednesday.

Dow Jones & Co. agrees to $5B buyout offer

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch has sealed a deal to buy Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. for $5 billion, ending a century of family ownership and adding a crown jewel to his global media empire, News Corp.

Political notebook: Group starts voter-information site for Hispanics

A nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaign has launched to get Latinos to the polls.

A preserved life Canning: Old solution to modern problems

MOUNT JACKSON, Va. - For many vegetable growers, the real fun begins in midsummer as they shift their focus from the garden to the kitchen. That's when families start putting their foods up, capturing the taste and nutrition of freshly picked produce by canning, freezing, pickling, curing, smoking, drying or dehydrating.

Screaming for ice cream accessories

I recently had an interesting conversation with a houseguest. It went something like this:

Nation Briefs

Transportation officials look into highway collapse

Democrats refuse to think of victory in Iraq

Most Democrats seem so invested in defeat in Iraq that they apparently have no 'Plan B,' which would be success.

World Briefs

Afghan army warns that planned mission not connected to S. Korean hostages

Braves' bats blow out Astros

ATLANTA - There was a buzz in the stands at Turner Field Wednesday, and it wasn't just about Mark Teixeira. It was also about what Teixeira added to - an offense that was good without him and is potentially dominant with him.

Gwinnett Gab

Local teacher elected to state PAGE board

3 found dead, 2 hurt at home in Powder Springs

POWDER SPRINGS - More than eight hours after responding to reports of a triple homicide in this suburb west of Atlanta, police were offering few details Wednesday on the deaths of a Kenyan immigrant and her two daughters.

Jeanette Sapp

Eatonton, GA Jeanette Stephan Sapp, 71, of 168 Cold Branch Road, Eatonton, GA passed away Monday, July 30, 2007. Services will be held Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 2:00PM in ...

James Knowlson

James Courtland Knowlson, age 69, of Duluth, GA, passed away July 31, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Ronald Long

Ronald “Scott” Long, age 21, of Winder, GA, passed away July 30, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Kathy Stewart-Johnson

Mrs. Kathy Stewart-Johnson, age 49, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on July 31, 2007. Surviving are: Husband of 15 years: David Allen Johnson, Sugar Hill, GA; Daughter: Jessica ...

Donald Jones

Donald Frank Jones, known by friends as DJ, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 24th, at the age of 61 as a result of a three year ...