News for Saturday, August 4, 2007

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Jackson re-signs with Gladiators

DULUTH - Defenseman Jim Jackson's re-signing was announced by the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday.

College commission reaffirms Gwinnett Tech's accreditation

LAWRENCEVILLE - A regional accrediting agency has reaffirmed Gwinnett Technical College's accreditation, the college announced Friday.

Construction to begin on I-85 widening near Mall of Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction to improve the pathway to the Mall of Georgia will begin Sunday, if weather permits.

Nation briefs

Teen sentenced to life in prison in principal's death

Plane thief faces five years in jail

BUFORD - A Buford man accused of stealing a charter jet in Florida and flying homeward will likely serve five years in prison for the 2005 joy ride, an official said Friday.

Boy Scouts work to stay current in changing society

Speaking as an organization executive, Trip Selman truly believes in the merits of the Boy Scouts of America. Speaking as a former Scout, and as the father of a current Scout, Selman is doubly enthusiastic.

Dogfighting entails cycle of torture

I agree with Lance Gupta ("Not only dogs treated cruelly," To The Editor, July 28) regarding the mistreatment of food animals. However, I feel there is another view to the media frenzy surrounding Michael Vick and dogfighting.

Veteran Georgia Tech line welcomes newcomer

ATLANTA - A.J. Smith suffered through some good-natured hazing Friday from his fellow Georgia Tech offensive linemen.

World briefs

Reports: Scores of Tibetans arrested in China

Crews pull 5th body from collapse

MINNEAPOLIS - Fears that the death toll would rise dramatically as workers searched through the wreckage of a bridge that plunged into the Mississippi River eased Friday when authorities lowered the number of missing from as many as 30 to just eight.

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Creighton makes students feel at home at Duluth mixed martial arts academy

DULUTH - Paul Creighton's career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship didn't last as long as he would have liked, but the former mixed martial arts fighter has flourished on the business side of the sport.

Norcross duo to announce college decisions

It will be a day unlike any other in the history of Norcross High School.

Must read After 22-year wait, teacher ready to blast off to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - When former schoolteacher Barbara Morgan leaves Earth on a space shuttle next week, she hopes her students back in Idaho learn a lesson from her 22-year wait to get into orbit: perseverance and patience.

17-year-old girl shot in home Police not ruling out accidental shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - Dorothy Tedder looked across the street Friday evening to yellow police tape that boxed in a well-kept, almost idyllic front yard. She drew a puzzled gaze.

Voices of Faith: The Rev. Paul McCabe St. Edward's curate was formerly a Fulton County cop

The Rev. Paul McCabe, curate at St. Edward's Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville, spent 11 years as a Fulton County police officer. It wasn't until after his 32nd birthday that McCabe realized his true calling was in the church.

Back-to-school aisles bring back memories

It's amazing what the smell of new pink erasers and No. 2 pencils can do for my outlook on life.

Spiritual Calendar

Friday

3 girls taken to hospital after accident Dad drove into tree after blacking out

GRAYSON - Three children were taken to an Atlanta hospital Friday after their father blacked out behind the wheel of his van, which struck a tree.

Activity Zone opens in former church

CARL - The 244,000-square-foot Activity Zone opened in Carl on Friday in the former Carl Baptist Church.

St. Edward's curate was formerly a Fulton County cop

The Rev. Paul McCabe, curate at St. Edward's Episcopal Church in Lawrenceville, spent 11 years as a Fulton County police officer. It wasn't until after his 32nd birthday that McCabe realized his true calling was in the church.

Falcons receiving crew gets a boost with addition of Horn

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons wideouts Roddy White and Michael Jenkins prefer not to dwell on the past, and new quarterback Joey Harrington will make sure they don't.

Parkview grad to teach SAT prep course

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Brown University student who graduated from Parkview High School is returning to Gwinnett County this month to teach high schoolers how to get higher scores on the SAT.

More darn technology ruins another moment

Technology is getting completely out of hand. Can I get an "Amen" on that?

Police reports

Woman cut by man with knife

Wigley - McMinn

Shelley Wigley and Kyle McMinn were married May 26 at Island Ford Baptist Church in Buford. The Rev. Lamar Day officiated the ceremony.

LETTERS: Barbaric people watch dogs fight

It is true that cows, pigs and chickens are slaughtered every day so we can enjoy a hamburger, bacon with our eggs or a bucket of chicken. The cruelty of the slaughter of these animals does not compare to the cruelty of dogfighting. Watching two dogs chew up each other until one dies or is so badly injured that it has to be destroyed - that is the definition of cruelty. Those who enjoy watching are barbaric.

Teens add luxury accessories to back-to-school wardrobes

NEW YORK - Before Claire Stern goes back to school as a high school senior this fall, she needs a new tote. But not just any bag will do.

Rockies abuse ailing Braves

ATLANTA - Bobby Cox sat in the Braves' dugout before Friday's game and ran through a list of the team's problems. His shortstop, Edgar Renteria, had just gone on the disabled list. Several other players were banged and bruised following Thursday's 14-inning affair. And half his bullpen was tired and unavailable.

Perdue names panel to investigate sheriff

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday named a three-member panel to investigate a sheriff arrested on charges of covering up a shooting by his deputy, who was embroiled in a love triangle.

Suburban angst hides behind the white picket fence

What did you want to be when you grew-up?

Some women would rather have a Bobcat than a Jaguar

You're not gonna believe what I've done now. In fact, it is probably the last thing you'd expect.

People briefs

Bruce Willis, band perform at Space Center

Stocks fall following concerns about credit, weaker-than-expected economic readings

NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged anew Friday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 280 points after comments from a major investment bank exacerbated the market's fears of a widening credit crunch.

LETTERS: Dogfighting entails cycle of torture

I agree with Lance Gupta ("Not only dogs treated cruelly," To The Editor, July 28) regarding the mistreatment of food animals. However, I feel there is another view to the media frenzy surrounding Michael Vick and dogfighting.

Renteria goes on DL

ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox calls Edgar Renteria "The Machine."

New additions Gwinnett County Public Schools holds orientation for new teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools officials welcomed nearly 1,500 new teachers Friday during the district's annual New Teacher Orientation.

Barbaric people watch dogs fight

It is true that cows, pigs and chickens are slaughtered every day so we can enjoy a hamburger, bacon with our eggs or a bucket of chicken. The cruelty of the slaughter of these animals does not compare to the cruelty of dogfighting. Watching two dogs chew up each other until one dies or is so badly injured that it has to be destroyed - that is the definition of cruelty. Those who enjoy watching are barbaric.

Vick case opens racial divide

RICHMOND, Va. - The difference between those sporting Michael Vick jerseys and those urging his swift conviction on dogfighting charges is glaring: Vick's supporters are mostly black; his critics are mostly white.

ATF busts moonshine still in north Georgia

ATLANTA - Two men have been indicted on charges of running a moonshine still in the Chattahoochee National Forest in the north Georgia mountains.

Extra credit Teachers use their summer months for fun, work, play

The school doors will soon fling open for the new school year. Ah, those relaxing summer days - where do they go? For some Gwinnett County schoolteachers, enceville Church of God Student Center, will wrap up just before McClain returns to the classroom next week. Will she be ready to go back to school?

Saxby not a shoo-in for re-election

I haven't seen any polls on the subject, but my gut feeling is that Georgia's senior senator Saxby Chambliss isn't going to have a cakewalk if he chooses to run for a second term next year.

Florin Sfetcu

Florin Sfetcu, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 2, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Betty Cunningham

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Betty Lee Cunningham, age 62, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

June Pittman

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. June Smith Pittman, age 61, of Pendergrass, GA, who passed away Friday, August 3, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

George Chin

George Koock Chin, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 2, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Alla Marchenko

Alla Catherine Marchenko, 71, of Sugar Hill, GA died Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville. A native of Ukraine, she came to the US with her late ...

Austin Spain

Austin Spain, age 95, of Moultrie, formerly of Loganville, died Friday, August 3, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

Charles Costanza

Charles V. Costanza, age 78 of Buford, GA, died Friday, August 3, 2007 after an extended illness. Mr. Costanza has been cremated and no services are planned. Hamilton Mill Memorial ...

Mae Sledge

Mae Paden Sledge, age 77, of Duluth, GA, passed away August 1, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Ray Black

Ray Black, age 59, of Flowery Branch, died Thursday, August 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest ...

Charles Starns

Mr. Charles L. Starns, age 71, of Newnan, died July 27, 2007 at Hospice LaGrange. Mr. Starns was a native of West Point, Georgia. He was born there on September ...

Mary Knouse

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wafford Knouse, “Lib”, 83, died Friday, August 03, 2007 at Forsyth Medical Center.  She was born in Davie County on January 18, 1924 to ...