News for Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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GAC's Robinson commits to UGA

As one of the top defensive players in the state, Greater Atlanta Christian linebacker Christian Robinson was getting attention from schools all around the southeast.

Police say shooting at nightclub gang-related

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police investigators believe a shooting at a nightclub Sunday is gang-related, according to a statement.

Smoltz's early exit hurts Braves

MILWAUKEE - Ben Sheets looked as if he'd never get to the sixth inning. Turns out, it was John Smoltz who had to leave early.

Police Reports

Motorcycle crashes into policeman's SUV

•BRASELTON - The driver of a speeding motorcycle crashed into a Braselton Police Captain's SUV May 21, Braselton police reports state.

A police officer clocked the motorcycle running at 84 mph on Interstate 85, according to police reports. The motorcycle passed cars on the right shoulder and cut off several cars while changing lanes, police reports state. The motorcycle left the interstate at exit 129 and crashed into a silver SUV at the bottom of the ramp. Braselton Police Captain Lou Solis, owner and driver of the SUV, assisted the traffic officer.

Stanislav Kim, 22, of Lawrenceville, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment for lacerations to his wrist suffered in the wreck. Kim was issued citations and charged with numerous traffic violations. His passenger, Pavel Dragni, 21, of Lawrenceville, was arrested and charged with permitting an unlicensed person to drive.

Letters to the Editor

O'Reilly hypocritical with view on political hatred

So, Bill O'Reilly longs for the days when political debate excluded hatred, does he? ("Mistakes were made, but extreme left's claims of Iraq 'lies' ring hollow," Perspective, May 27) Well, he certainly has an odd way of showing it.

Spurs can rely on experience in potential series-clincher

SAN ANTONIO - As much as the individual talents of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have frustrated the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs have benefited from something else: their collective experience.

Man bypasses traffic, gas pump with cycling commute

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bill Bennett has had rocks thrown at him. He's been hit by a car. He's gotten stuck in thunderstorms.

Consumer confidence unexpectedly rebounds in May

NEW YORK - Consumer confidence bounced back unexpectedly in May, despite higher gasoline prices that could raise shoppers' worries about inflation, a private research group said Tuesday.

Cunningham's relief lifts Vandy to SEC title

It wasn't the typical way scoreless relief appearances are celebrated, particularly for the nation's No. 1 college baseball team.

Sports Calendar

Baseball

May 29-June 1: Dacula will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-5 and entering grades 6-9 at the Dacula baseball field. Camp for grades 1-5 will run from 8 a.m. to noon and for grades 6-9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is May 18. For more information, call 770-338-4667.

Public gets first look at new graduation requirements

MARIETTA - For several years, the state Department of Education has been overhauling Georgia's K-12 curriculum to make core subjects such as English, math and science more rigorous.

'I'd rather be moving'

Web site aims at predicting Bonds HR pace

SAN FRANCISCO - For fans cheering against Barry Bonds as he approaches Hank Aaron's home run record, there is some hope. For those wishing to be there in person if Bonds breaks the record, there is some help.

Potter upheld again - Mother loses latest attempt to remove books

LAWRENCEVILLE - After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.

Wesleyan falls 5-4 in Game 3 after Calhoun scores in seventh

CALHOUN - It was a series they'll be talking about for years, and a finish that neither team will probably ever forget.

Deadly weekend on area waters

LAWRENCEVILLE - While Memorial Day weekend proved tragic with three deaths at nearby lakes, the outcome wasn't so bleak in a Gwinnett County pool.

UGA needs better foundation from state

The University of Georgia ought to be the brightest jewel in the Peach State crown. Instead, the university's once shimmering ruby looks chipped and dull as our sister states place greater emphasis on higher education and race ahead of us.

UGA salaries have slipped way behind pay scales at similar Southern schools. Key faculty members are exiting Georgia. In addition, plant maintenance and student discipline on the great old campus are virtually ignored. No one in the higher reaches of state government seems to care.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

ROBINSON, CORA

Mrs. Cora Couch Robinson, age 97, of Atlanta, formerly of Winder, passed away May 27, 2007. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BETHLEHEM

PHILLIPS, JEFF

Jeff Phillips, age 37, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away May 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

MALLARD, ROBERT

Robert "Henry" Mallard, age 83 of Buford, GA, died May 27, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Millie J. Mallard; step son and wife, Vernon and Jackie Cook of Buford; sister, Polliann Edwards of Monroe; step grandchildren, Kevin Cook, Chris Cook, both of Buford; step great grandson, Joshua. Mr. Mallard was a member of the Mason's and Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 31 at 11am at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment will be held at 1pm at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

GRAYSON

WHITLOCK, DWAYNE

Dwayne Whitlock, age 37, of Grayson, passed away on May 28, 2007. Arrangements by Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-972-3155.*

JEFFERSON

SPRUELL, DONALD

Donald E. Spruell, age 64, of Jefferson, GA, formerly of Atlanta, passed away May 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

GAMBLE, MARJORIE

Marjorie Nadine "Marge" Gamble, age 80, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, May 28, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Gamble. She is survived by one son, Paul Gamble of Lawrenceville; one daughter, Mrs. Sherry (Dale) Peterson of Lawrenceville; one sister, Mrs. Phyllis (Hallie) Day of Cleveland, TN; 2 brothers, Richard (Rose) Hughes and Jim (Mary Ann) Hughes, both of Downers Grove, IL; granddaughters, Kimberly (John) McGinness of Darien, IL, Julie Gamble of Alabama, Vickie (Scott) Schick of Round Lake Heights, IL, Karen Peterson of Lawrenceville; 4 great grandchildren, Kailey, Johnny & Alex McGinness, Keegan Matthew Peterson. Mrs. Gamble, a native of Albia, Iowa, was an active member of First Baptist Church, Sesser, IL from 1979 - 1988 serving on the Benevolence Committee, Nursery Worker and Greeter along with her husband. During the last 9 years she attended North Metro First Baptist Church with her daughter & family while her health was good. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and a caring, fun-loving "Granny" to her 4 granddaughters plus several nieces & nephews. She will be greatly missed by her loving family. Her laughter, sense of humor, unconditional love and caring compassionate nature will be forever remembered. Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, May 31, 2007 at the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Alvin Hobgood officiating. Graveside services will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. The Family will receive friends from 6 - 8 PM Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

LOGANVILLE

O'DELL, PAT

Pat Cox O'Dell, age 56, of Loganville, GA, died May 28, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, James Durwood Cox and father, Raymond Thomason and is survived by her husband of 13 years, George O'Dell; daughters and son-in-law, Teresa and Jonathan Scott of Monroe, Melissa Cox of Walnut Grove; mother, Blanch Thomason of Lithonia; brother, Doug Thomason of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Hannah Scott. Mrs. O'Dell was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be deeply missed by all. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 1 at 11am at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Butch Butcher officiating. Interment will be held at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

WINDER

SPENCER, ALFRED

Alfred Herbert Spencer, age 83, of Winder, died Friday, May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

Personal responsibility lacking in today's society

"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will and his personal responsibility."

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

Almost 50 years ago Schweitzer recognized the importance of personal responsibility, and I wonder what he would think about today's society.

Man sentenced to prison in Gwinnett Sheriff sting operation

ATLANTA - An Internet predator was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of using a computer to entice a child to engage in sexual activity.

William Douglas Money, 63, of Lexington, Ky., was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge Julie E. Carnes. Money's prison term will be followed by supervised release for the rest of his life.

Money was convicted on March 9.

Epic battle

Corrections

An article Friday on Page 1A, "Leaving a legacy," contains incorrect information about Peachtree Ridge's ranking on Newsweek's list of America's best high schools. According to Newsweek's rankings, Peachtree Ridge is among the top 5 percent of public high schools, but it did not make the list of top 100 schools published in the weekly news magazine.

Cleveland evens series at two games apiece with home win

CLEVELAND - With a helping hand from a teammate even younger than him, LeBron James pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as they've ever been to an NBA title.

Marjorie Gamble

Marjorie Nadine “Marge” Gamble, age 80, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, May 28, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Gamble. She is survived by ...

Cora Robinson

Mrs. Cora Couch Robinson, age 97, of Atlanta, formerly of Winder, passed away May 27, 2007. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Alfred Spencer

Alfred Herbert Spencer, age 83, of Winder, died Friday, May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Dwayne Whitlock

Dwayne Whitlock, age 37, of Grayson, passed away on May 28, 2007. Arrangements by Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-972-3155.

Donald Spruell

Donald E. Spruell, age 64, of Jefferson, GA, formerly of Atlanta, passed away May 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips, age 37, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away May 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Robert Mallard

Robert “Henry” Mallard, age 83 of Buford, GA, died May 27, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Millie J. Mallard; step son and wife, Vernon and Jackie ...

Pat O'dell

Pat Cox O'Dell, age 56, of Loganville, GA, died May 28, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 15 years, James Durwood Cox and father, Raymond Thomason ...