News for Friday, August 3, 2007


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'Every little bit helps' Some families try to beat the rush on first day of tax-free weekend

DULUTH - Marina Brunett said she's always willing to wait for savings. Even just 6 percent savings.

Movie Trivia 8/3

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.

World Briefs

Taps run dry in Iraq during peak of summer heat

'SNL' star Andy Samberg falls flat in 'Hot Rod'

Hot Rod (PG 13) (** 2 Stars)

Short Circuit 'SNL' star Andy Samberg falls flat in 'Hot Rod'

A review by Shelley Mann

Neighbors complain about house bought by county Grass grew out of control before county corrected glitch

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jerry Tullis knew his tranquil community would soon change, since his neighbors sold their homes for the county's newest road.

Wisconsin-based company acquires CheckFree in cash

NORCROSS - Appropriately enough, Norcross' CheckFree Corporation was acquired by Fiserv Inc. in an "all-cash" transaction valued at approximately $4.4 billion, the company announced Thursday.

Delivery worker's death leads to $68,600 in proposed fines

SUWANEE - A worker's death at a delivery company's Suwanee location has led to $68,600 in proposed fines by the United States Department of Labor, according to a press release issued Thursday.

Metro Calendar 8/3


Talkin' football Gailey, Richt tout programs' season in Atlanta

ATLANTA - The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton in downtown Atlanta paired Georgia coach Mark Richt and Georgia Tech headman Chan Gailey on the same couch Thursday afternoon, when some of the best football minds in the state and the nation gathered for the Atlanta Sports Council's College Football Preview Luncheon.

Games: Two new racing games deliver serious speed

By Matt Slagle

People Briefs

Obama speaks out on rap to Vibe magazine

'Tween girls will love Sean McNamara's 'Bratz'

By Christy Lemire

Dish: Tap: A Gastropub

By Anna Ferguson

Suspects sought in Duluth slayings

DULUTH - Investigators have yet to identify suspects in a double-homicide that occurred sometime Tuesday in a Duluth apartment complex - the city's first murders of the year, an official said.

VIEWPOINTS: 'Ultimatum' cements 'Bourne' trilogy as best action franchise in history

The Bourne Ultimatum (PG-13) *** 3 Stars

Movie Trivia - Aug 3

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.

Author tells of wife leaving him for Ted Turner in leaked e-mail

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Robert Olen Butler has a Pulitzer Prize for fiction to his credit, but none of his past literary efforts have received the kind of attention he's getting over his tell-all e-mail about losing his wife to media mogul Ted Turner.

Movies: Spotlight on DVDs

300 (2-disc collector's edition)

Bill Gentry, Timberlake set to perform this week

Patriotic party

Tech's Wheeler ready to lead, star

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech defenders use many words to describe their style of play.

Police question survivor of attack that killed 3 in Georgia home

ATLANTA - Authorities have questioned one of two young boys who survived an attack that left a Kenyan immigrant and her two teenage daughters dead in a quiet subdivision outside Atlanta in hopes that he can help crack the case.

Georgia Republicans oppose children's insurance expansion

WASHINGTON - Months after Georgia ran short of money for PeachCare children's health insurance, Republicans in the state's congressional delegation are opposing efforts to expand its parent program in Washington.

Georgia Tech officers go through campus shooting simulation

ATLANTA - The muted sound of gunfire rang out from a window in the boarded up brick dorm.

$2 toll to finance planned Interstate 20 expansion Followup to failed Ga. 316 project won't toll existing lanes

ATLANTA - Motorists traveling in new "managed" lanes on Interstate 20 between I-285 and Conyers would pay a $2 toll under a proposal outlined Thursday by the state Department of Transportation.

Gwinnett Calendar 8/3

Calendar items should be e-mailed to or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.

Lawrenceville fire may be arson

LAWRENCEVILLE - A brick frame, singed doors and melted blinds drooping in the windows was all that was left of the Massalene's Lawrenceville home Thursday afternoon.

Missing elderly man found in DeKalb County

LILBURN - A 73-year-old Lilburn man reported missing Wednesday was found Thursday morning in a neighboring county.

Film Fans: Film Fans get plenty of laughs from 'Simpsons'

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: "The Simpsons Movie." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Potential first ladies can't catch a break

The topic for this year's dog days seems to be: Just how awful is the future White House spouse?

Getting to Know ... Buck Lanford

Buck Lanford, 39, is a sports reporter at FOX 5/WAGA-TV in Atlanta and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Traci, and their two children (with a third on the way). In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the 1986 South Gwinnett grad talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of topics, ranging from his high school basketball career to his wife's scary accident to his TV experiences.

Man accused of rape facing eight counts

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 23-year-old man was indicted Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and raping two women earlier this year.

Mother-daughter pair stars in New Dawn's 'Little Princess'

By Lauren Morgan

Rubber turtle race to raise funds for charity

WINDER - About 10,000 turtles will make tracks across Crow's Lake on Saturday to raise money for Tree House, a children's advocacy group serving Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties.

Contractors work out issues with immigration law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ramesh Suhagia didn't sign up for this.

Dacula officials vote to change zoning use provisions

DACULA - In a public hearing Thursday night, Dacula city council members voted to amend use provisions for C-3 zoned properties.

Winder plagued by a rash of burglaries

WINDER - Winder police just got busier. For about two weeks, the city has experienced a surge in burglaries, according to Winder Police Department spokesman Lt. Todd Druse.

Police reports

Gas leak shuts down Braselton Highway

Theater opens tonight

WINDER - The Colleen O. Williams Theater will see its debut performance tonight with the presentation of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" directed by Leslie Kimbell and Billie Nye-Muller.

Calling out the food thief

The food thief is an unfortunate constant in life.

DINING: Gwinnett Tastes

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Woman indicted on 35 counts of theft

LAWRENCEVILLE - A north Georgia woman who formerly worked in Lawrenceville was indicted this week on 35 counts of theft for allegedly stealing cash from a past employer.

'We thought we had done all we could' Officials warned of structural problems as early as 1990; state relied on patchwork fixes

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota officials were warned as early as 1990 that the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River was 'structurally deficient,' yet they relied on patchwork repairs and stepped-up inspections that unraveled amid a thunderous plunge of concrete and automobiles.

By Venue

Arena at

Nation Briefs

Outspoken editor of Calif. newspaper killed in Oakland

Ultimate ending 'Ultimatum' cements 'Bourne' trilogy as best action franchise in history

The Jason Bourne trilogy shows just how good Hollywood action movies can be when the right people are on board and the studio keeps its involvement to a bare minimum.

Community leader dead at age 59

LAWRENCEVILLE - Leonard Cyphers, a prominent businessman and community leader, will be laid to rest this weekend.

High-rise area to stay retail

DULUTH - A nearly vacant shopping center once intended for a high-rise development will be filled again with stores and restaurants, its new owners said.

Anthony, Lopez fail to heat up the screen in 'El Cantante'

EL Cantante (R) ** 2 Stars

Helen Crapo

Helen Irene Ewing Crapo, age 84, of Duluth, GA, passed away August 1, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Alpha Carver

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Alpha Towe Carver, age 92, of Jefferson, who passed away on August 1, 2007. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467 ...

Brett Lykins

Brett Lykins, age 27, lost his life long battle with HIV infection on August 1, 2007. Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be Saturday August 11, 2007 from 3 to ...

Daniel Christian, Jr.

Daniel Christian , Jr., age 54, of Dacula, GA, passed away July 31, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Larry Brown

Larry Junior Brown, age 46, of Jefferson, GA, died July 31, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 3705 Hwy. 78 W., Snellville, GA 30039, 770-979-3200, .

James Mccammon

James “Jim” McCammon, age 66 of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 2, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Michele; son and daughter-in-law, Mark ...