News for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Perdue appoints new DA for Barrow circuit

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday appointed Richard K. Bridgeman, 42, of Hoschton, as District Attorney for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, which covers Banks, Barrow and Jackson Counties.

Analysis finds pain medicine use has risen by 90 percent

WASHINGTON - Retail sales of five leading painkillers nearly doubled over the last eight years, reflecting a surge in use by patients nationwide who are living in a world of pain, according to a new Associated Press analysis of federal drug prescription data.

PSC shuts down private talks during rate cases

ATLANTA - The Public Service Commission, in a move both praised as a step toward open government and derided as a blow to representative democracy, clamped down Tuesday on private conversations during contested rate cases.

Body discovered behind building Police treating case as a homicide

NORCROSS - Investigators are trying to determine how a man's body ended up in the parking lot behind a Norcross building.

Atlanta has 3 weeks to find post-Vick identity

FLOWERY BRANCH - The hard part is over for the Atlanta Falcons.

Force officials talk in Gwinnett; no decision on move

LAWRENCEVILLE - While officials from the Georgia Force are still weighing the decision on where to play next season, they reached out to the Gwinnett community Tuesday by attending a session of the Gwinnett Sports Council.

Falcons trying to move on without Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons are hurt and confused. They're struggling to comprehend how the guy they knew as a star on the field and a friend in the locker room could have gotten himself into this much trouble.

ARC grants money to Gwinnett Tech to fund GED enhancement program

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Atlanta Regional Workforce Board has awarded Gwinnett Technical College more than $300,000 to fund a program for teenagers who drop out of high school with workforce training skills, college officials announced Tuesday.

World Briefs

Gunmen kill baby, six others in Iraq home

Shake off your day Exercise program helps keep bodies loose, flexible

Will Nelson has always been inspired by some of his father's favorite words - "leverage will move the world." The California native said the phrase even spurred the work he does out of his Buford home.

Church offering care at health fair

There are a lot of things I'd rather do than go to the dentist or the doctor.

"I need to set the example" Humble GAC star ready to take on leadership role

NORCROSS - This is not an insult by any means, so please don't take it as such.

Transit system to receive more buses

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Transit will get bigger buses, and maybe a few more riders, after two proposals were approved Tuesday by commissioners.

Police hunting serial molester

NORCROSS - Gwinnett police are seeking help from the public in their search for a black male who has a habit lately of breaking into Norcross residences and fondling sleeping girls.

Prep roundup Apalachee's Gundy pitches no-hitter

WINDER - Courtney Gundy of Apalachee went seven innings with 12 strikeouts and no hits Tuesday as the Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Franklin County in Region 8-AAA action.

Don't try to lead in the heat

In the steamy July of 1979, President Jimmy Carter made a televised speech to the nation that did much to define his legacy and finish off his presidency.

Barrow police reports

Man accused of faking bomb in box

Braves notes Braves place James on disabled list

CINCINNATI - The Braves placed pitcher Chuck James on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to inflammation in his left shoulder, shelving him for the remainder of August.

Polce reports

Duo robs cell phone store

Scientists to lawmakers: Global warming no sign of doomsday

ATLANTA - The threat posed by global warming is being exaggerated by "alarmists," several scientists who have been criticized as "deniers" told a Georgia House committee Tuesday.

Polish educators visit Suwanee elementary school

SUWANEE - For Gwinnett County Public Schools to retain its world-class status, schools here must know what schools throughout the world are doing, Riverside Elementary School Principal Craig Barlow said.

Eastern influence New charter school emphasizes Chinese culture

NORCROSS - It's been just more than a week since her school opened, and 8-year-old Mikayla Leander can already count from six to 10 in Chinese.

Winder man pleads innocent to stabbings

WINDER - Tommy Lamont Davis Jr., 26, of Winder pleaded not guilty Monday to charges involving the stabbing of two people March 27.

Braves lose slugfest with Reds

CINCINNATI - They are the National League's best hitting road team, playing in one of baseball's most offense-friendly locales, against one of the league's worst teams.

South, Appalachia beset by rapid rise in abuse of painkiller hydrocodone

GILBERT, W. Va. - When his craving for painkillers got to be too much, Steve Dotson lay down and let his wife drive a car over his leg. It hurt, but he could dismiss the pain with thoughts of the medicated bliss that would follow.

Nation Briefs

Official: Miners likely buried

Damaged shuttle lands safely

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth safely Tuesday, ending a nearly two-week orbital drama that centered on a deep gouge in the shuttle's belly and an early homecoming prompted by a hurricane.

Phone tower denied Plan to build near Parkview rejected

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jill Ososki is relieved.

People Briefs

Famed author makes rare public comment

Registry to track athletes who compete after heart implant

WASHINGTON - If you have a heart-zapping defibrillator implanted in your chest, you're not supposed to compete in sports any more intense than bowling or golf.

Must Read Have mule, will travel: Man rides 1,500 miles looking for work

GILLETTE, Wyo. - He rode his mule into town looking for work.

Sports Briefs

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Business Briefs

Delta Air Lines names former Northwest CEO Anderson as new chief

Couple donates oxygen masks for pets

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bill and Cindy Bryan would hate to lose their own feline friends if a fire erupted in their Sugar Hill home. On Tuesday, the couple stepped forward to save pets throughout Gwinnett.

Lawmakers looking to cure broken insurance system

ATLANTA - The General Assembly should do away with laws blocking market-based reforms that could reduce the number of Georgians without health insurance, the head of a think tank on health care policy said Monday.

Television shows short-change men

Have you ever noticed how many big boobs there are on television? More often than not, those boobs are men.

Transit director leaves job

LAWRENCEVILLE - The man who helped steer the fledgling Gwinnett Transit system has been let go.

Greene in danger of being cut South grad still at No. 3 on the Seahawks' depth chart

SEATTLE - Instead of working his way up the Seattle Seahawks' depth chart, David Greene is in danger of falling off.

Health Briefs

Classes will encourage self-esteem

Man accused of shooting cops indicted

WINDER - A man accused of shooting two Auburn police officers with a shot gun pleaded not guilty to numerous charges Monday.

Alfred Stapp

Mr. Alfred “Al” Stapp, age 52, of Auburn, GA, passed away on August 20, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Peggy Langford Stapp ...

James Anderson

James T. “Andy” Anderson, age 88, of Snellville, GA, died August 21, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Anderson and Son, Jimmy Anderson. He ...

James Fletcher

Pastor, James W. Fletcher III, age 83, died Wednesday, August 15, 2007 in Hendersonville, NC. Thomas Shepherd & Son Funerals and Cremation Center was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Cash

Dorothy Anne Cash, 77, of Winder, GA, died Monday, August 20, 2007. The funeral will be 2:00 pm Thursday, August 23, 2007 at Duluth First Baptist Church with Dr. David ...

Mark Furst

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ,Georgia announces the death of Mr. Mark Andrew Furst, age 51, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Monday, August 20, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral ...

Abigail Chambers

Abigail Grace Chambers, infant daughter of Sam and Tammy Chambers, went to be with her Lord, August 19, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Bertha Standridge

Bertha M. Standridge, age 81, of Snellville, GA, passed away August 20, 2007. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Bill Bowden

Bill Bowden, age 70, of Snellville, GA, died August 20, 2007. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Bowden in 1990 and his father, William Clifford Bowden in ...

Betty Griffith

Mrs. Betty Griffith, age 52, of Winder, Georgia, died August 20, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Martha Locke

Mrs. Martha Jane Clark Locke, age 54, of Gainesville, GA, passed away on August 20, 2007. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Roper Clark. Surviving are: Husband ...