News for Saturday, August 25, 2007

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LETTERS: Gwinnett losing its feel of paradise with development

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, put all the trees in a museum and charged $1.50 to see them. Sound familiar?

Restaurant reopens after failing report

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Wendy's restaurant in Lawrenceville reopened Thursday after scoring so poorly on a food inspection that officials ordered its doors closed, a health official said Friday.

Coutu coming off injury plagued season

By Tyler Estep

Evening storm pounds Gwinnett Wind, hail, lightning and fire sweep county

The skies over Gwinnett haven't been so midnight-black at 6 p.m. in a long time.

Homes suggested for tract of land outside Sugar Hill

LAWRENCEVILLE - A developer's fourth attempt to put a business in a triangular peninsula of land near Sugar Hill was turned away this week, as planning commissioners instead cleared the way for homes to be built there.

N.J. hacker untethers iPhone from AT&T network

NEW YORK - Armed with a soldering iron and a large supply of energy drinks, a slight, curly haired teenager has developed a way to make the iPhone, arguably the gadget of the year, available to a much wider audience.

Atlanta loves its SweetWater

Considering how pervasive SweetWater 420 is around here, I was surprised to learn, during a recent tour of the Atlanta brewery, the company doesn't do any advertising.

World briefs

U.S. troops fight gunmen, kill 8

UGA notes Bulldogs have starting WRs lined up for opener

ATHENS - John Eason has what he thinks will be his starting lineup at receiver for Georgia's season opener a week from today against Oklahoma State and it looks exactly like it did when the preseason began: flanker Mikey Henderson, split end Sean Bailey and inside receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

NFL suspends Vick after plea

No matter how nuanced his confession for involvement in dogfighting, Michael Vick got no leniency Friday from the NFL.

Three sentenced in gang beating Trio jailed for 2 months

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Lawrenceville teenagers will spend the next two months in jail for assaulting a girl at a local Wal-Mart during a gang-related attack.

People briefs

Kanye West makes pitch for education

Johansson talks about movies, music and being young in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES - Life is good for Scarlett Johansson. The actress and aspiring singer just recorded her debut album and has a calendar full of film projects that will keep her busy for months.

Norcross man dies in Bahamas

NORCROSS - A Norcross business executive died this week while vacationing in the Bahamas.

Nation briefs

Judge refuses to halt Noriega's France extradition

FLYING HIGH Loganville girl is state's youngest licensed falconer

While most high school girls are spending their weekends at the mall or the movies, Chastity Tompkins is probably out in the woods with her family.

Police reports

Fire starts in garage

I was busting slack long before it became cool

Is there nothing new under the sun? Here we are in the 21st century. We have been through zoot suits and ducktail haircuts, not to mention those awful platform shoes and polyester leisure suits, and yet clothing styles continue to create controversy. Imagine that.

Spiritual calendar

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Falcons owner applauds NFL's indefinite suspension of Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted to suspend Michael Vick last month, even as his quarterback declared his innocence on dogfighting charges.

Voices of faith: The Rev. Tamlyn Collins Pastor left nonprofit work to enter ministry

Meet the Rev. Tamlyn Collins, pastor at Berkmar United Methodist Church in Lilburn.

'Iron Moon' marks first performance in Aurora's black box theater

Aurora Theatre has been showing off its dream house during productions of "Camelot" and "Annie Get Your Gun" on the main stage, and now Aurora fans can enjoy the theater in a different way.

Barrow students back to school a little late

WINDER - Barrow County students returned to school Friday, roughly three weeks later than usual. The extended start date allowed laborers to wrap up major construction projects on five schools and still keep October's fall break.

It's great to be a Gator plate hater

Georgia Department of Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham, a graduate of the University of Tennessee who probably sings "Rocky Top" in the shower each morning, said recently he will approve a specialty automobile license tag for the University of Florida.

Being grateful could help you get more out of life

Don't you just hate those sunshiny, cheery people? You know the kind, always focusing on the good stuff, and stubbornly refusing to acknowledge the petty annoyances that plague the rest of us.

Prep roundup Burns pitches Grayson to two wins

SUWANEE - Mandi Burns picked up her fourth and fifth wins of the season on Friday night in leading Grayson to wins over Peachtree Ridge and Lowndes County in the Home America Mortgage Invitational Tournament at Peachtree Ridge.

Police: Man gave gun used in shooting to minor

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man is wanted on a charge of giving a gun to a boy who accidentally shot a girl to death earlier this month.

Pastor left nonprofit work to enter ministry

Meet the Rev. Tamlyn Collins, pastor at Berkmar United Methodist Church in Lilburn.

When it comes to Mama's advice, you can take it or give it

Occasionally, I'll send Brandon, the nice young man who helps me out around the house, over to Mama's to do errands or yard work for her.

Youth roundup North wins preseason softball tourney

The North Gwinnett Junior Bulldogs won the gold bracket of the Gwinnett Middle School fastpitch preseason tournament last Sunday.

Sports briefs

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Gwinnett Tech confers highest number of technical certificates

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County doesn't have the largest of the 34 technical colleges in the state, but it's home to the one that last year conferred the highest number of graduate awards.

Noah T. Hitt

Noah T. Hitt, age 16, of Monroe, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. He is survived by his father: Jay R. Hitt of Monroe, GA; mother: Amy B ...

Shirley Ann Watson Love

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Shirley Ann Watson Love, age 68, of Pendergrass, who passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman, age 60 of Buford, GA, passed away August 24, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...