News for Thursday, July 19, 2007

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Watch out for harmful, ugly apple rust

Prominent orange spots that have appeared on the leaves of some of your crab apple and apple trees may look interesting, even decorative, but they're no good for the plant.

Invest in good pool maintenance now to save money later

A backyard swimming pool can be an inviting oasis, particularly on a hot, sultry day. No surprise that swimming pools are one of the most popular sources of outdoor home entertainment.

Slicing gadgets make chopping vegetables easy

My dad loves gadgets. Especially kitchen gadgets.

Push the boundaries Create an extra room in your backyard

In recent years, Nancy Wallace has watched as her clients push the boundaries of their home further and further. Literally.

Psychologist uses aggressive tactics to win World Series of Poker

LAS VEGAS - Jerry Yang, a 39-year-old psychologist who uses his professional training in his card-playing arsenal, won the $8.25 million top prize Wednesday at the World Series of Poker.

Bullpen blows Smoltz's shutout Braves swept by Cincinnati 5-4 in 15-inning marathon

ATLANTA - A fortnight's rest did wonders for John Smoltz's throwing shoulder.

Duluth officer cleared No indictment by grand jury

LAWRENCEVILLE - A grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict a former Duluth police officer on simple battery charges.

Heirloom plants fill gardens with memories

Every spring Mike Milton receives a joyful reminder of his grandmother. The bright yellow blooms on the flowering bush transplanted from her yard in southeast Louisiana reawaken memories of the lessons and values she instilled in him.

Democrats too tired for any victory

Senate Democrats, who had announced an all-nighter Tuesday to reiterate their anti-war positions, packed it in shortly before midnight, surrendering to a greater desire for a few hours sleep. Only a handful of stalwart senators kept the Senate - technically - in session. We know that Senate Democrats don't have the staying power to win the war in Iraq, but can't they even make it through the night without some shuteye?

Third suspect arrested in man's shooting death

BUFORD - Gwinnett police have arrested a third suspect in the February murder of a 19-year-old Dacula man.

Bernanke: growth will be slower this year

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday the economy has emerged from its anemic spell, but overall growth for the year will be lower than expected. Inflation remains the chief concern, he said.

Burst steam pipe kills 1 in New York

NEW YORK - An underground steam pipe explosion tore through a Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, swallowing a tow truck and killing one person as hundreds of others ran for cover amid a towering geyser of steam and flying rubble.

Summer school graduates receive diplomas

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 225 Gwinnett County seniors completed summer school this week and graduated from high school, school district officials said.

VIEWPOINTS: Falling blooms can be pretty as falling snow

"Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?" Yes and no, depending upon who's asking.

Delta posts $1.77B profit in 2nd quarter

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, cited a 5.5 percent gain in sales as it reported Wednesday that it swung to a profit in the second quarter, which saw it emerge from bankruptcy after shaving billions of dollars in costs.

Michael Vick due in court July 26

RICHMOND, Va. - This much we know: Michael Vick won't be on the field when the Atlanta Falcons open training camp next Thursday. He'll be in a federal courtroom.

Local Braves not sold on baseball stadium Francoeur, Snitker don't see minor league team in county's future

ATLANTA - You won't find any bigger Gwinnett County booster than Jeff Francoeur, the former Parkview High School standout and the hometown right fielder of the Atlanta Braves.

Falling blooms can be pretty as falling snow

"Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?" Yes and no, depending upon who's asking.

Manhattan apartments boast extravagant amenities

NEW YORK - It used to be that a full-service apartment building in New York meant a doorman, a roof garden, maybe a gym.

Business Briefs

Credit union holds grand opening

Welfare agency wants out of Medicaid screening

ATLANTA - The state Department of Community Health oversees every aspect of Georgia's Medicaid program except determining who is eligible for coverage.

NESTER'S NEEDS: Slicing gadgets make chopping vegetables easy

My dad loves gadgets. Especially kitchen gadgets.

Nation Briefs

FBI analyst gets 10 years in jail

Teens plead not guilty in gang case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three teenage girls arrested and charged with violating Lawrenceville's street gang terrorism and prevention ordinance pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing Wednesday.

Getting on board Woman tries to convince city to help open eatery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Linda Nash hasn't been afraid to dream big while looking at the possibility of bringing a restaurant to Lawrenceville's train depot. The Lilburn resident also hasn't been afraid to ask for a lot of help.

Summer odyssey Buff surrounds three-week European trip with Silverbacks soccer

It's tough to blame Monica Buff for wanting what most recent college graduates do after they don the cap and gown for the final time.

Gwinnett Gab 7/19/07

Braselton to play 'Over the Hedge'

Isakson votes against troop withdrawal

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is standing by President George W. Bush's plan for Iraq.

False abduction reports alarm police

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police are urging parents to warn children about the dangers of creating false criminal scenarios after two similarly "disturbing" abduction reports were proven false this month.

Failed campaigns not always a complete loss

The gathering last weekend to celebrate George McGovern's 85th birthday was more than a salute to a respected elder for his decades of work as a public official and a private citizen to end hunger in the world.

Long ride to 700 wins

Some folks can survive on four hours of sleep. I'm not one of them.

Braves notes: Julio Franco's back, will start at first

ATLANTA - Julio Franco is back with the Braves.

GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Rain gardens protect landscape from polluted runoff

Stormwater is often polluted with fertilizers, chemicals and debris. Positioned under downspouts, shallow depressions in the lawn or driveway intercept stormwater that ordinarily flows off roofs into the street but instead seeps into the ground. This water is captured by a garden with plants and slowly filters into the ground rather than going into the storm sewer.

People Briefs

Sharpton says he wouldn't object to Imus' return

Police reports

Man charged with DUI

Rain gardens protect landscape from polluted runoff

Stormwater is often polluted with fertilizers, chemicals and debris. Positioned under downspouts, shallow depressions in the lawn or driveway intercept stormwater that ordinarily flows off roofs into the street but instead seeps into the ground. This water is captured by a garden with plants and slowly filters into the ground rather than going into the storm sewer.

Jet crash in Brazil kills all aboard Brazilians blame slippery runways

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Brazil's deadliest jetliner crash was an accident foretold. For months, air safety concerns have been aired in congressional hearings, and pilots and traffic controllers have worried for years about the short, slippery runways at Brazil's busiest airport.

Family still split on Wall Street Journal sale

NEW YORK - In the coming days the future of The Wall Street Journal will be determined by a fractious, sprawling family descended from an early owner of Dow Jones & Co.

Roadwork was delayed by shortfall Cables meant for wreck scene never installed

BUFORD - For months, Mike Evans has talked about the need for more transportation money to fight traffic.

Berkmar Middle celebrates first AYP success Local backing, staff support cited in milestone

LILBURN - Strong community support and a dedicated group of teachers and support staff helped Berkmar Middle School achieve adequate yearly progress for the first time in its three-year history, Principal Kenney Wells said.

World Briefs

Bush establishes panel to ensure safety of imports

$52,000 given to Gwinnett nonprofits

DULUTH - While eating lunch Wednesday, a number of Gwinnett women heard heartbreaking stories of women affected by homelessness. But the United Way Women's Legacy is on a mission to decrease the number of these unfortunate stories.

Gladiators add defense Gwinnett signs rookie defenseman with a good shot

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators added a defenseman to their stable of players on Wednesday, signing rookie Dinos Stamoulis for the 2007-08 season.

Ronald Southworth

Ronald Southworth, age 84, of Buford, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Carole Talmadge

Mrs. Carole Hutchins Talmadge, age 65, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on July 11, 2007. Surviving are: Husband of 42 Years: Mr. Harry E. Talmadge, Jr., Flowery Branch, GA ...

Gaylene Cape

Gaylene Cape age 55 of, Hoschton, GA, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. She was preceded in death by her Parents; Cliff and Minnie (Greer) Whitlow, Sister: Christine Waddell ...

Virginia Cruse

Mrs. Virginia Phillips Reeves Cruse, age 83, of Jefferson, GA, and formerly of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on July 17, 2007. Surviving are: Daughter and Son-in-Law: Wanda ...

Leon Samuels

Leon Samuels, age 56, of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville ...

Margaret Poff

Margaret Taylor Poff, age 85, of Norcross, GA, died Wednesday morning, July 18, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726 ...

Nellie Stroud

Nellie Ozene Stroud, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Monday, June 18, 2007 after an extended illness. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Alice Mello

Alice Mae Gower Nelson Przybylski Mello, age 89 of Loganville, met her Master on Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Alice Mae was born on July 10, 1918, to the late Alice ...

Joan Atkinson

Joan Atkinson, age 62, of Bethlehem, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Johnny Martin

Mr. Johnny Freeman Martin, age 67 of Salem, Oregon, died Thursday, July 5, 2007. The body was cremated. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.