News for Sunday, July 29, 2007

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Senator readying for round two of health-insurance reform fight

ATLANTA - While lawmakers haggled loudly over Sunday beer sales, gun rights and private school vouchers this year, a proposal with much greater potential to affect Georgians was quietly swept aside.

Experts: Vick's legal team faces daunting public relations challenge

RICHMOND - Michael Vick's high-profile legal team must master public-relations challenges, as much as legal hurdles, in the NFL star's potentially career-ending trial on federal dogfighting charges.

What others are doing Many southern states following their neighbors by offering sales tax holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - It won't be long before Gwinnett County Public School students head back to class - Aug. 13 to be exact - and that means sales tax holiday time.

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

ZONING CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners on July 24.

Tampa-St. Petersburg area offers kayaking, other spots to get away

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In Florida's most crowded county, not far from a greyhound track and a busy thoroughfare, kayakers paddle through a labyrinth of trails that wind for miles under the dense canopy of a stunning mangrove forest.

Whole Foods to open distribution center in Braselton

BRASELTON - Whole Foods Market officials recently announced plans to open a 100,000-square-foot distribution center on Ga. Highway 124 in Braselton.

Down on the farm: Braves minor league report Cormier pitching well again in Richmond

Lance Cormier is pitching like he might be worthy of another look by the Atlanta Braves.

Summer links Junior golfer plays, wins way through school break

Wednesday probably seemed a bit odd to Sean Bolen.

Lunch concerts in Duluth a big draw

DULUTH - Eating lunch on blankets and listening to live music is a weekly tradition for many Duluth residents as the annual Brown Bag Lunch events continue.

Real sherry: There's nothing fake about it

I fell in love last week.

Brickyard winner has won Nextel Cup title six of last nine times

INDIANAPOLIS - Six of the past nine winners at Indianapolis Motor Speedway went on to win the Nextel Cup championship, a stat that's not lost on any of the NASCAR heavyweights.

Winder police corporal to coordinate traffic network

WINDER - A Winder police officer has been elected to serve as coordinator of the Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network.

People Helping People Walk to raise funds to help people living with HIV/AIDS in state

It's time to quit talking the talk and start walking the walk. Your support is needed now more than ever.

Must Read: Congress moving to rewrite laws to cut down on needless patents

WASHINGTON - Crustless peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, a way to move sideways on a swing, a technique for exercising cats using a laser pointer - these are among the inventions patented in the United States over the years.

Roasted garlic stands in for fat you may miss

If you're thinking healthy eating condemns you to bland, flavorless foods, you've clearly never tried roasted garlic.

Park Place study: Vacant retail centers key to new identity Redeveloping empty stores could improve sense of community

SNELLVILLE - Mixed-use improvements at two vacant shopping centers could be the catalysts needed to spark changes in an area of Gwinnett near the DeKalb County line.

Deal gone bad Wainwright trade one of few that has backfired for Braves

The Braves would love to have Georgia native Adam Wainwright back.

Braves notes Ledezma roughed up in first month with Braves

PHOENIX - Wil Ledezma sat slumped in his chair Friday night, staring dejectedly into his locker after giving up a walk-off home run to the Diamondbacks' Tony Clark.

Fire Briefs

Fire at hotel dies out before source found

Falcons' fate in hands of a couple of backup players

FLOWERY BRANCH - Embarking on the challenge of leading the Atlanta Falcons offense just days after starting quarterback Michael Vick was sidelined, Joey Harrington wanted to make something clear.

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

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Winder proposes raising mayor's, council's salaries

WINDER - Winder's upcoming mayor and council members might get a raise, their first in 25 and 27 years, respectively, according to City Clerk Sabrina Wall.

Community Connection: Daniel Kaufman GGC president comes from military background

Before Daniel Kaufman became president of Georgia Gwinnett College, he was the chief academic officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The former brigadier general also graduated from that school in 1968. Kaufman has taught courses in international relations, comparative politics, national security affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and American politics and government.

Braves fall to D'Backs Atlanta loses fourth in a row

PHOENIX - All was quiet in the visiting clubhouse at Chase Field on Saturday evening, save for a handful of players chatting in front of a video monitor in the center of the room.

Political Notebook Isakson, Chambliss author border security amendment

Georgia's U.S. senators are hoping the third time will be the charm in their pursuits of asking President George W. Bush for more funding for border security.

N.C. mountain town offers magnificent scenery, rafting

The steep road leading into the mountains was packed with leather-clad Harley Davidson bikers, retirees in their Lincoln Town Cars, 30-somethings in their family SUVs and me in my economy-sized car. Our common mission was to climb this terrain into Maggie Valley, N.C.

House GOP mulls budget reforms

Reform has been a buzzword among the Republicans in control of the General Assembly.

Health care debate could define presidential election

Better late than never, President Bush has provoked what could be a serious debate on the future of health care by threatening to veto an extension of one of the most popular and successful government programs in that field.

A Marine, a death row prison guard and now a mixed martial arts fighter, Bernard "Ruffneck" Rutherford is... Battle Ready

DULUTH - Bernard Rutherford stands at the doorway of the locker room at Wild Bill's patiently waiting for his mixed martial arts fight.

This idea has my stamp of approval

Walter Chow has a really cool hobby. Not just because it's stimulating and educational, but because what he collects doesn't cost him a cent. Chow collects stamps. More specifically, he collects National Park and Historic Monument stamps, which are stamped on with an old-fashioned inked stamper.

'He was the go-to man' Buford local gets exhibit

BUFORD - One of Buford's historical characters is being spotlighted at The Buford Museum.

Taste of the Islands Local eateries bring the traditional Jamaican flavors to Gwinnett

Carry Ann Buckley came to America three years ago, leaving behind her homeland of Jamaica. Although she misses certain things about the place where she was born and raised, the 18-year-old has found ways to comfort herself. Namely, food.

Georgia can do more to help its kids

This week marked the annual release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kid Count data book, which ranks states based on an aggregate of individual measures of child well-being.

Animal behavior Stone Mountain Park gets new crew of guests

STONE MOUNTAIN - Stone Mountain Park has been a hot spot for animals this summer. Parrots, pigs, snakes and horses all have dropped by the park to meet kids and share a few tricks with audiences.

Back home McClary, Tech captain in 1990, renews focus on family business

The roots of the family business started in a wooded, rural area off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road called Buggtown, a former slave community that was home to nine or 10 families.

Real sherry: There's nothing fake about it The Wine Guy

I fell in love last week.

Gwinnett Gab

Tree champions needed

Construction on Dacula's brick plaza to begin soon

DACULA - Downtown Dacula is about to get many new additions in the form of personalized bricks.

Cell tower tabled until school in session

LAWRENCEVILLE - Plans that would put a 199-foot cell phone tower behind Parkview High School's baseball field have been put on hold until school is back in session.

General: Iraqi forces lack leaders

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army and police are growing so fast that their forces enter battle with far less than the usual number of qualified officers, a senior U.S. general told The Associated Press.

Fanatics like Churchill deserve banishment

Well, it took 2 1/2 years, but the University of Colorado finally axed the nutty professor. Ward Churchill has been fired for academic misconduct, including plagiarism. Despite those assertions, this was really about an out-of-control teacher earning nearly $100,000 a year saying things so foolish that no institute of learning could support them.

Travel Briefs

MTV guidebook offers info on road trips

Hotel ousts sex offenders 20 forced out of Norcross Extended Stay; other inns targeted

NORCROSS - Shuffling across the Norcross Extended Stay parking lot, a young Philadelphia woman led a child by the arm to a gray Ford extended cab pickup on Tuesday. Abandoned Nike high-tops lay scattered in the parking lot, busted beer bottles lined nearby woods, and men strolled the hotel doorways and corridors.

Force, Arena talking Football team mulls return to Gwinnett

DULUTH - One of the Arena at Gwinnett Center's first stars could return to the Duluth venue.

Matthew Lee Pate

Matthew Lee Pate, age 25 of Laurens, SC, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2007. Kennedy Mortuary, Inc., 606 W. Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360-2722, 864-984-4535, are ...

James Currin

James “Jim” Currin, age 60 of Auburn, died Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Memorial Services will be held 7:00 PM, Monday, July 30, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Jesse Phillips

Jesse (J.T.) Phillips, age 93, of Marietta, GA, passed away July 27, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Doris Melton Hoopaugh

Doris Melton Hoopaugh, age 80, of the Harbins Community, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007. Graveside Services will be held 4 PM Sunday, July 29, 2007 at Ebenezer Baptist Church ...

George W. Cartee

George W. Cartee, age 84, of Bogart, GA, passed away July 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

James Hobson

James (Jim) Hobson, age 63 of Loganville, GA, died July 27. He is survived by wife, Nancy; sons, Steven and David; mother, Martha Hobson; and sister, Gail Cleary. Funeral services ...

Fredrick L. Ritenour

Fredrick L. Ritenour, age 75, of Dacula, GA, died July 27, 2007. Fred served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict flying with the Flying Tigers Unit. He ...

Winton Frank Rice

Winton Frank Rice was born in Clarke County, Georgia on January 17, 1929 and passed on July 27, 2007 after a long illness. Mr. Rice was preceded in death by ...

Henrietta Barker

Henrietta Barker, of Duluth, died July 27, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Wanda Lee Henklein

Wanda Lee Henklein, age 58 of Snellville, GA, died July 27, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Henklein of Lawrenceville, GA and sons, John Henklein of Dallas, GA ...