News for Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Tech notes: Tech, Irish prep for opener on best guesses

ATLANTA - Notre Dame has Georgia Tech guessing this week.

Gas leak closes U.S. 78, empties four businesses

STONE MOUNTAIN - A gas leak in Stone Mountain closed four eateries Tuesday afternoon but was fixed before the potential traffic snarl caused chaos with commuters.

Home Depot: Sale of supply division will close Thursday Price of unit reduced to $8.5 billion

ATLANTA - The Home Depot Inc. said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its wholesale distribution business to private equity groups for $8.5 billion - about $1.8 billion less than originally agreed.

Russell family donates land for new school

WINDER - Barrow County will have a new school in two years, thanks to a donation of land Tuesday.

LETTERS: Help save a life by signing donor card

Here is a simple way to help your fellow man: Sign your organ donor card. There are tens of thousands who are currently waiting on the organ donor list. In the United States alone, there are more than 96,000 people on the organ donor list.

Braves don't help Smoltz

MIAMI - They needed John Smoltz for this?

Braves notes: Jones having career year, despite injuries

MIAMI - There are still 29 games left in the Braves' season, 29 opportunities for Chipper Jones to bruise a thumb, pull a groin or find some new injury to add to the list.

LETTERS: Headline may have misled readers

Thank you for the positive articles about the Barrow County School system in the Aug. 19 edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It has been a pleasure working with reporter Christy Smith.

Headline may have misled readers

Thank you for the positive articles about the Barrow County School system in the Aug. 19 edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It has been a pleasure working with reporter Christy Smith.

Snellville police chief honors young heroes

SNELLVILLE - Snellville police chief Roy Whitehead got the chance Monday night to honor some young residents who recently helped nab some criminals.

Number below poverty line up Incomes rise, along with poor

LAWRENCEVILLE - While Gwinnett County's median household income rose in 2006, so did its poverty levels, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday.

People Briefs

Wilson's issues unlikely to affect his film career

Obesity rates increase in most U.S. states; none show decline

WASHINGTON - Loosen the belt buckle another notch: Obesity rates continued to climb in 31 states last year, and no state showed a decline.

County betters state on SAT Despite drop in average, Gwinnett students perform above nation, Ga.

LAWRENCEVILLE - Although Gwinnett County students continue to outperform their peers throughout the nation on the SAT, the school district saw a decline this year in its average composite score on the college-readiness exam.

Lawmakers hear earful on Medicaid managed-care move Parents, health care providers blast program

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's cost-cutting move to convert most of Georgia's Medicaid program to managed care has been a nightmare for patients and health care providers, dozens of speakers complained Tuesday.

Prep Roundup: Norcross hands No. 4 GAC first loss

NORCROSS - Norcross continued its strong play with two wins Tuesday, beating Grayson 25-11, 21-8 (injury default) and knocking off Greater Atlanta Christian, ranked No. 4 in Class AA/A, 25-21, 25-16.

Craig: 'I did nothing wrong' Republican lawmaker caught in airport sting regrets pleading guilty

BOISE, Idaho - Under fire from leaders of his own party, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig said on Tuesday the only thing he had done wrong was to plead guilty after a police complaint of lewd conduct in a men's room. He declared, 'I am not gay. I never have been gay.'

Teen given 35 years in jail in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Duluth teen was sentenced Monday to serve 35 years in prison for the slaying of a Norcross man, Gwinnett District Attorney's Office officials said Tuesday.

Lawrenceville fire destroys home, displaces family

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Tuesday afternoon fire heavily damaged a Lawrenceville home, displacing an adult and two children.

Animal shelter now spaying, neutering all animals

LAWRENCEVILLE - Animal adopters may have to wait a few days to get a new pet from Gwinnett's animal control shelter.

Irons brothers still awaiting first matchup Injury dampers, doesn't ruin Dacula's family reunion

ATLANTA - David got the good times started early Monday night.

EarthLink cutting work force in half

ATLANTA - Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. said Tuesday that it would cut 900 jobs - or about half its work force - and close four offices in an effort to reduce operating costs. EarthLink shares climbed 7 percent on the news.

Barrow BOC denies subdivision near airport

WINDER - Barrow County's Board of Commissioners denied a rezoning request that would have allowed construction of a 20-home subdivision within 2,000 feet of a runway at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport.

Business Briefs

Court gives former Wal-Mart executive new hearing

Diabetes in mom linked to child's obesity Treatment during pregnancy reduces risk, study suggests

NEW YORK - A new, large study suggests that treating women who develop diabetes during pregnancy greatly reduces the chances that their baby will become obese during childhood.

Former district attorney indicted in Banks County

HOMER - Tim Madison, former district attorney for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, was indicted in Banks County Superior Court on Tuesday on charges related to felony theft, conspiracy and violation of oath.

Six file paperwork in second day of qualifying

LAWRENCEVILLE - Candidate qualifying slowed to a trickle throughout Gwinnett and Barrow counties.

Fashionably great

Trapped Chinese miners ate coal, drank urine to stay alive

BEIJING - The Meng brothers felt pretty good about their chances of making it out of the collapsed coal mine, until the sound of digging from outside stopped.

Stone Mountain man pleads guilty to trafficking women

ATLANTA - A Stone Mountain man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to charges he lured and coerced eight young women - including two juveniles - into prostitution.

Prominent Gwinnett lawyer dies at age 83

LAWRENCEVILLE - Hughel Harrison was not the type to mince words in the courtroom.

LETTERS: Million-dollar deal should be probed

Every Gwinnett County taxpayer should be outraged after reading "Land's value zooms" (Page 1A, Aug. 26).

Million-dollar deal should be probed

Every Gwinnett County taxpayer should be outraged after reading "Land's value zooms" (Page 1A, Aug. 26).

Georgia notes: Peachtree Ridge's Butler edged out for punting job

ATHENS - Brian Mimbs has overtaken Peachtree Ridge grad Drew Butler for Georgia's punting job. For how long remains to be seen.

Please, keep clothed at gym

Don't blow your nose at the dinner table. Don't slurp through your straw. Use a napkin, not your shirt.

Bostain's Journal - 1

Brookwood grad Robby Bostain, fresh off finishing his career at Furman, is preparing for his rookie basketball season with the Dutch team, Landstede Zwolle. The 6-foot-6 Bostain will write a periodic diary about his experiences for the Daily Post, including the first entry below. For regular updates from Bostain, check www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

Police, fire reports

Neighbor reports trailer fire

'Garbage depot' put off by BOC Commissioners table waste station request

LAWRENCEVILLE - County commissioners have delayed making a decision about the location of a waste transfer station until September despite a court-ordered deadline and a sea of opponents to the latest site.

Nation Briefs

Suspect in killing spree held without bail in New York

World Briefs

Shiite gunmen clash in Karbala

Help save a life by signing donor card

Here is a simple way to help your fellow man: Sign your organ donor card. There are tens of thousands who are currently waiting on the organ donor list. In the United States alone, there are more than 96,000 people on the organ donor list.

Georgia slips on SAT, remains 46th in U.S.

ATLANTA - Georgia's average SAT score this year was still 46th in the nation, according to figures released Tuesday by the College Board.

Spartanburg summers are full of books

SPARTANBURG, S.C.

Health briefs

CDC features health photos

Global warming is fake and so is this drought

This is a true story - a tale that a hundred years from now may be retold around campfires to illustrate the wisdom of Georgia's lawmakers back in the early 21st century. Listen closely:

Study: Putting portable defibrillators in all schools may not be worth it

SEATTLE - A nationwide push to put portable defibrillators in every school, a response to several high-profile student deaths, may not be worth the cost, a new study concludes.

Taste Of Home

 

Blood banks want to boost donations from Latinos Hispanics more likely to have valuable Type O

WASHINGTON - Blood banks look at the nation's Hispanic population boom and see an unexpected potential to save thousands of lives: the possibility of more so-called universal blood donors.

Knight's time Drake still a factor in offense

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's easy to see why a high school running back would be anxious.

Raising the bar Buford gym teaches more than just

With rumors of eating disorders and ideal body types circling, gymnastics became notorious as an unhealthy sport in the 1980s and '90s. Somehow, the stigma stuck.

Bostain just adjusting to life in the Netherlands

Brookwood grad Robby Bostain, fresh off finishing his career at Furman, is preparing for his rookie basketball season with the Dutch team, Landstede Zwolle. The 6-foot-6 Bostain will write a periodic diary about his experiences for the Daily Post, including the first entry below. For regular updates from Bostain, check www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

Tina Sherwood

Tina Marie Sherwood, age 44, of Statham, GA, passed away August 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Elizabeth Rooks

Elizabeth (Liz) Louise Rooks, age 59, of Winder, GA, passed away August 27, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Hazel Tatum

Mrs. Hazel Day Tatum, age 85, of Buford, GA, went to her Heavenly Home to be with her Lord Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, August 27, 2007. She was preceded ...

Paul Eddy

December 20, 1944 - August 29, 2006 Sadly missed by so many to whom you meant so much. In our hearts you hold a place no one else will ever fill ...

Isiah Vines

Homegoing service for Deacon Isiah Vines of 210 Griffin St. SE, Lawrenceville, GA will be Thursday, August 30, 2007; 12 noon at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 197 Moon Rd ...

Hughel Harrison

HUGHEL G. Hughel Harrison, age 83 of Lawrenceville passed away Monday, August 27, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, August 30, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...