News for Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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Children prefer anything in McDonald's wrapper, study shows

CHICAGO - Anything made by McDonald's tastes better, preschoolers said in a study that powerfully demonstrates how advertising can trick the taste buds of young children.

Edwards' focus on poor shows his grit, courage

While I'm not prepared to choose who I will vote for in the next presidential election, I would like to comment on a man I believe is deserving of our attention.

Braves pick up big win in N.Y.

NEW YORK - He wasn't Oliver the Magnificent. He wasn't Oliver the Unbeatable. He wasn't any of the things the Braves made him look like in the past.

Medicine's progress staggering

Whether it's preventing an illness or getting rid of one, there seems to be a medicine for everything.

A million little pieces of truthiness from a New Republic hack

The curious case of a soldier/writer who penned dubiousdispatches from Iraq about morally corrupt American soldiers continues apace.

Vick case about bad conduct, not skin color

I was not surprised to read in the Saturday paper that the Michael Vick situation is being turned into a black amd white issue. It is not about being black or white, it is a conduct issuse.

Lawrenceville approves firm for water projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - Precision Planning Inc. has been named the consultant for major water projects now planned in Lawrenceville.

Barry Bonds hits No. 756

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds hit No. 756 to the deepest part of the ballpark Tuesday night, and hammered home the point: Like him or not, legitimate or not, he is baseball's new home run king.

Police hope video will lead to killer

NORCROSS - Police said they have recovered surveillance video that may get them closer to finding who's responsible for the shooting death of a 16-year-old Norcross boy.

All-day concert planned for Winder pavilion

WINDER - The city of Winder is hosting a 12-hour concert on Aug. 18, the first event of this type and magnitude to be hosted by the city.

Bridge collapse familiar territory for Nunn

News of the Minnesota bridge catastrophe brought memories of a similar tragedy in Georgia and weird feelings of deja vu.

World briefs

Britain asks U.S. to release 5 from Guantanamo

Odd treadmill may tap nerve networks for better walking

WASHINGTON - A weird treadmill is pushing people at a Baltimore research hospital into sloppy versions of Michael Jackson's moonwalk, in hopes of training stroke survivors and others with brain injuries to walk normally again.

Romney makes good point about Obama's lack of experience

Mitt Romney had the best moment by far when he referred to Barack Obama's lack of foreign policy experience by saying in one week he has gone from saying we should have tea with our adversaries to threatening to bomb one of our allies, Pakistan, - a change from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week. Amen.

Perdue unveils plan to reduce uninsured

ATLANTA - Small businesses not currently offering health coverage to their workers would be able to buy into a state-subsidized insurance plan under an initiative unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Versatile Lewis patrols Yellow Jackets' secondary

ATLANTA - Jamal Lewis possesses a cornerback's speed and a safety's mean streak.

In brief

Consumer credit rises strongly for second straight month

Industry, consumers at odds over what can constitute chocolate

WASHINGTON - Like many battles, this one's being fought block by block. Victory, for whoever prevails, will be sweet. Or bitter - or even bittersweet.

Barrow school board says bookkeeper embezzled funds Person's name not released; board lends $25,000 to make up shortfall

WINDER - A former bookkeeper at Holsenbeck Elementary School in Winder is under investigation by the Barrow County Sheriff's Department, accused of embezzling school funds.

Injured driver remains in hospital after I-85 crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities on Tuesday released the names of two men involved in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 85 north Monday morning.

Planners preserve Hamilton Mill commercial, residential areas

LAWRENCEVILLE - For planning commissioners, the lines for businesses along Hamilton Mill Road seem to be set in stone.

Good Charlotte plays show at Lawrenceville store

LAWRENCEVILLE - Customers who visited the Verizon store on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on Tuesday afternoon were greeted by hundreds of teenage girls. They weren't there for the cell phones but to see the pop-punk band Good Charlotte.

Dive group seeks to document sunken bridge in Lanier

GAINESVILLE - For years, Jeff Reno has worked to locate photos of Lights Bridge, a former roadway over the Chattahoochee River before it was flooded to create Lake Lanier.

Doctor convicted in porn case seeks sentencing delay

ATLANTA - A Gainesville doctor convicted of downloading child pornography and using boys to produce sexually explicit pictures is seeking to delay his sentencing scheduled for later this month.

Mine rescue effort shut down Executive: Seismic activity prompted stop

HUNTINGTON, Utah - Seismic activity has 'totally shut down' efforts to reach six miners trapped below ground and has wiped out all the work done in the past day, a mine executive said Tuesday.

FDA approves novel AIDS drug

WASHINGTON - The government approved a novel drug Monday to help patients with the AIDS virus who are running out of options, while acknowledging lingering questions about the pills' long-term effects.

Nation briefs

Navy, FBI divers join bridge collapse victim search

'It gives us a voice' Suwanee resident creates site for cancer survivors, patients

Preston Presnell says cancer has made him the man he is today - strong and driven. And now the recent Suwanee college graduate, in remission from Hodgkin's disease for more than 10 years, is putting those characteristics to work.

Police reports

Gas leak shuts road

Study: Adults binge on beer; teens prefer liquor

By Mike Stobbe

Robots add precision to surgery techniques

AMARILLO, Texas - It sounds like something from a science-fiction novel: A machine helping a doctor operate on a human patient.

Putting rivalry aside, Braves cheer Glavine's 300th win

NEW YORK - Several longtime Braves felt a bit awkward watching Tom Glavine earn his 300th victory Sunday night. On the one hand, Glavine is still a friend to them, and the milestone was a reminder of how much he accomplished as a Brave from 1987 to 2002.

No surprise that former Bronco Jones stuck with football

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County High School head football coach Tommy Jones has always had football as part of his life.

19 dogs seized Owner says Salukis healthy despite neighbor, officials' concern

DULUTH - Gwinnett County Animal Control teams removed 19 dogs of the same breed from a single-story Duluth home Tuesday afternoon, though reasons surrounding the capture remain unclear.

Health briefs

Two chances to donate blood in Norcross

Keppinger's bat stays hot in majors

Jeff Keppinger still doesn't have a regular position in the major leagues, but that doesn't mean he hasn't become a regular player.

People briefs

Charlie Sheen claims that ex wants him to father 3rd child

Brookwood grad Elam gets kicks studying religious texts

DENVER - Jason Elam's reading list these days includes much more than his new, thick special teams playbook. He's also poring over the Bible and the Quran, among other religious texts.

Regents change tuition rates at Georgia Gwinnett College

ATLANTA - Students at Georgia Gwinnett College will be paying different tuition rates this fall, depending on their class.

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged

WASHINGTON - Wall Street turbulence, Main Street credit problems and a nationwide housing slump pose increasing risks to the economy, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday, even as it left interest rates unchanged.

Replacing two drafted DEs priority for UGA

ATHENS - When you send your top two sack leaders to the NFL draft, you're going to have some Herman Munster-sized work boots to fill.

LETTERS: Edwards' focus on poor shows his grit, courage

While I'm not prepared to choose who I will vote for in the next presidential election, I would like to comment on a man I believe is deserving of our attention.

LETTERS: Romney makes good point about Obama's lack of experience

Mitt Romney had the best moment by far when he referred to Barack Obama's lack of foreign policy experience by saying in one week he has gone from saying we should have tea with our adversaries to threatening to bomb one of our allies, Pakistan, - a change from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week. Amen.

Home overcrowding: Nasuti says 8 might be too many Commissioner asks board to rethink policy

LAWRENCEVILLE - An "eight is enough" policy is not tough enough, Commissioner Bert Nasuti said Tuesday, tasking county staff to draw up a new policy to combat overcrowding in county homes.

University system budget stresses math, science

ATLANTA - Math, science and medicine are at the top of the University System of Georgia's spending priorities for next year.

Sports Briefs

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LETTERS: Vick case about bad conduct, not skin color

I was not surprised to read in the Saturday paper that the Michael Vick situation is being turned into a black amd white issue. It is not about being black or white, it is a conduct issuse.

Norwood may find expanded role for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Ovie Mughelli earned a reputation as one of the NFL's top blocking fullbacks when he cleared running room for Jamal Lewis in Baltimore the last four seasons.

Twigg Smith

Mr. W. Twigg Smith, age 73, of Rabun Gap, GA, and formerly of the Hog Mountain Community, Dacula, GA, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007. He was preceded in ...

Keith Reichel

Mr. Keith Reichel, age 43, of Buford, GA, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2007. He is survived by his: Wife of 3 years: Mrs. Tracie Rainwater Reichel, Buford, GA ...

Jose Garcia

Jose Guillermo Garcia, age 40, of Buford, died Monday, August 6, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Dr., Buford, GA ...

Rowen Breshers

Rowen Patrick Breshers, a “precious angel”, went to be with Jesus on August 6, 2007. He is survived by parents, Jared and Tiffany Breshers; Sister, Sara Bridger; Brother ...

Tommy Massie

Tommy Eugene Massie, age 55, of Auburn, GA, passed away August 7, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Carol Davis

Carol Ann Davis, age 58, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away August 6, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Perry Findley

Perry H. Findley, age 77, of Suwanee, GA, died suddenly Saturday, August 4, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Ann (O'Brien) Mitchell, age 69, of Sugar Hill, died Tuesday, August 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Dr., Buford, GA 30518, 770-945-9345 ...