News for Thursday, August 9, 2007

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Duluth woman faces 19 counts of animal neglect

DULUTH - Officials confirmed Wednesday a Duluth woman who packed her home with crated dogs will face animal neglect charges for improper veterinary care.

Mayor asks churches to hold prayer events

Rex Millsaps turned a national event into a community challenge, and the first taker is the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville.

Major retailers offer up new gear to go to college

What are some top picks for students looking to set up their first dorm rooms? A sample from major retailers:

Sketch of slaying suspect released

NORCROSS - Investigators released a sketch Wednesday of a black man suspected of shooting a man in Norcross early Monday morning during a robbery attempt turned deadly.

Falcons notebook Falcons aren't saying which backup will play first in preseason opener

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman or D.J. Shockley? The Atlanta Falcons aren't saying how they'll use their backup quarterbacks in Friday night's preseason opener.

Prevention is key against biting insects

No vaccines are yet available to protect humans against outbreaks of mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

A treat in the heat High temps push some to be creative; others just stay inside

SUWANEE - When the temperature climbs, business slows down at Rita's, an Italian ice shop.

How to know when, how much to water

You may water your plants with the best of intentions, but it's good to periodically check up on yourself, to make sure you're doing a good job.

Truck driver charged in deadly crash

DACULA - A 41-year-old truck driver from Winder has been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, officials said Wednesday.

Taking on new hurdles

Venture to the Brookwood Community Stadium track any summer evening and the scene typically looks the same, with more than a few people scattered around the high school's track.

Ins and outs of interlocking flooring

Earlier this year we made our annual trek to the National Hardware Show, a good research tool. We haven't come across a better way to find out what's coming on line for the home - interlocking flooring, for example. Although interlocking flooring is not new, recently there have been several industry developments.

Bush: Wall Street will make a 'soft landing' from recent turbulence

WASHINGTON - President Bush struck a reassuring tone Wednesday about recent turbulence on Wall Street, saying he believes the markets will work their way through the turmoil safely and achieve a 'soft landing.'

Braves notes Francoeur among major league's hottest hitters since all-star break

NEW YORK - There's a big reason the Braves have been scoring runs in bunches lately, and it isn't Mark Teixeira. It's the guy all the way down in the No. 6 spot, the one who could easily be overlooked if he weren't on such a tear.

Political notebook Mayor asks churches to hold prayer events

Rex Millsaps turned a national event into a community challenge, and the first taker is the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville.

West Nile found at Briscoe Mosquitoes test positive for virus

SNELLVILLE - A pool of 25 mosquitoes trapped at Snellville's Briscoe Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials with the city announced Wednesday.

Gustafson hit with injury again Parkview grad on DL with hurt elbow

ROME - After having his final year at Georgia Tech nearly wiped out by shoulder problems, Tim Gustafson was hoping for a healthy season to begin his pro career.

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Grease fire burns stove, cabinets

Tainted record? Questions begin about Bonds' place in history

SAN FRANCISCO - The all-time hit king remains banned from the game he loves and makes his living signing autographs in Las Vegas. The new home run king owns a record, but not many hearts outside San Francisco.

Deadline today to request AYP school transfer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Today is the deadline for parents to submit paperwork requesting their child's transfer out of any of the 10 schools that this year must offer choice.

Dorm room 101 Experts offer tips for freshmen, parents preparing for move-in day

Getting the kids ready to go back to school is no easy task, but preparing a first-year college student to move into a dorm is almost as hard as getting into college.

Braves let lead slip away Mets rally for 4-3 win

NEW YORK - When asked one night earlier about the strength of the Braves' recently bolstered bullpen, Chipper Jones responded with a word of caution. Yes, the third baseman said, the bullpen has been good. But it is only August. The real test begins now.

Virgin America airline to offer cheap seats

NEW YORK - Just as major airlines are beginning to return to profitability after cutting capacity to lower costs and boost profits, Virgin America entered the fray Wednesday.

Two former Gwinnett coaches, one wrestler to be inducted into HOF

It's hard for Steve Ranus to pinpoint one outstanding team, moment or wrestler from his wrestling coaching career.

Republicans won't pull away from president

This weekend's Iowa Republican straw vote signals that the preliminaries are almost over for the 2008 presidential nomination process. And the question is whether Republican candidates have forgotten what comes afterward - a general election.

Massive oaks can make good shade trees in north Georgia Gardening in Gwinnett

If you have ever been to Savannah or Charleston, one thing you notice are the large oak trees lining the historic streets. The tree is a live oak, Quercus virginiana, and is the state tree of Georgia.

Today's dorm rooms may be a crowd scene

What most people expect when they move into their first college dorm: one, maybe two, roommates, a basic bedroom setup and a decent amount of privacy.

Duluth grease fire injures woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - A house fire in Duluth on Thursday afternoon injured a woman who tried to extinguish the fire herself before emergency crews arrived.

Ex-school bookkeeper to be charged

WINDER - The former bookkeeper at Holsenbeck Elementary School will face criminal charges after more than $43,000 was discovered missing from the school's funds.

Winder man charged with molestation

WINDER - A Winder man was arrested Aug. 2 and faces 10 child molestation related charges.

Insect repellents are becoming a necessary garden tool

If you haven't done so already, now would be an opportune time to throw some bug dope in with your garden tools. There's still a lot of growing and harvesting to do and it comes when biting insects are at their most annoying - and most dangerous.

Universities seeking emergency system

ATLANTA - Georgia's public colleges and universities need a "reverse communications" system allowing officials to notify students and faculty quickly of a campus emergency, the president of Albany State University said Wednesday.

Competency trumps ideology

The last (but unfortunately not the final) "debate" among Republican presidential candidates aired Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the apparent hope that no one would watch. Few did.

'I want to make the team' Japanese receiver trying to be a pioneer in the NFL

FLOWERY BRANCH - Noriaki Kinoshita trudged off the practice field and dropped to one knee, the sweat flowing on a blistering Georgia day.

Minorities up 9 percent More than 30 percent of residents now non-white

SUWANEE - Nearly a third of all Gwinnett residents are a race other than Caucasian, up from less than a quarter seven years ago.

Police probing robbery flurry Bandits accost workers, banks

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man used a note to persuade a Wachovia bank teller to hand over money Wednesday morning, police said. Minutes later, nearly 6 miles away an employee on her way to make a deposit at an other Wachovia bank was robbed.

Gwinnett Gab

Courthouse to host concerts

Outdoor fans make being outside bearable Garden Views

Spending time outdoors in August isn't for the faint of heart.

Norcross city councilman buys downtown coffee shop

NORCROSS - A Norcross city councilman beat out two other potential buyers to acquire the Northern Star Coffeehouse - a popular, but not necessarily profitable, business in downtown Norcross.

Tommy Massie

Mr. Tommy Eugene Massie, age 55, of Auburn, GA, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2007. He is survived by his: Wife: Mrs. Ceresa Massie, Auburn, GA; Sons and Daughters ...

Margaret Crack

Margaret C. Crack, age 83, of Tucker, GA, passed away on August 5, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

John Sokolowski, Jr.

John Francis (Rusty) Sokolowski, Jr., age 52, passed away August 5, 2007 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Rusty was born in Durham, NC, the son of Hallie ...

Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Ann (O'Brien) Mitchell, age 69, of Sugar Hill, died Tuesday, August 7, 2007. A Graveside service was held 9 A.M. Wednesday, August 8 at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Mitchell ...

Sharon Bare-Hudson

Ms. Sharon Bare-Hudson, age 64, of Auburn, GA, died August 7, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

William Stoudt

William Paul Stoudt, age 84, of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Carol Davis

Mrs. Carol Ann Davis, age 58, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Mr. Darrell Davis. She ...

Scott Loughrey

Scott Loughrey, age 52, of Dacula, GA, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, August 4, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Mary Spangler

Mrs. Mary Spangler, age 71, of Buford, GA, passed away August 7, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

David Marsingill

Infant David Drayson Marsingill, of Oakwood, GA, passed away August 2, 2007. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com ...

W. Twiggs Smith

Mr. W. Twiggs Smith, age 73, of Rabun Gap, GA, formerly of Dacula, GA, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Gale Holcombe

Gale C. Holcombe, age 68 of Dacula died Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Funeral service will be held 11 A.M. Friday, August 10 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral ...