News for Friday, November 30, 2007


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Henry Murphy

Henry T. Murphy, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away November 29, 2007. The body has been cremated. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 ...

Corrine Plumley

Corrine A. Plumley, age 72, of Snellville, GA, died November 29, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Beatrice Owen

Beatrice E. Owen, of Conyers, GA, died November 29, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411,

Richard Sawyer

Richard Ernest Sawyer, age 66, of Duluth, GA, died November 28, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Alice Bayne

Alice Lucille “Pat” Baker Bayne, age 87, of Snellville, GA, formerly of Selma, AL, died Friday morning, November 30, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral ...

E. Jean Gaston

JEAN Ms. E. Jean Gaston, age 53, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, November 30, 2007. She is survived by her: Mother: Mrs. Nell Henry Stewart, Buford, GA; Partner ...

Dennis Lively

Mr. Dennis Lively, age 66, of Winder, GA, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2007. Surviving are: Wife of 48 Years: Betty B. Lively, Winder, GA; Daughters: Donna Lively Jones ...

Wendell Young

Mr. Wendell P. Young, Jr., 76 of Lawrenceville, GA, died Sunday, November 25, 2007. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558 ...

7 injured in plant explosion

MANCHESTER - An explosion rocked a metals plant in west Georgia early Thursday, leaving seven people injured, authorities and witnesses said.

Police seek Macon man in string of bank heists

DULUTH - A warrant was filed Thursday for the arrest of a Macon man police believe is responsible for a number of Atlanta area bank robberies, including one in Gwinnett.

Singer Ayo's debut tinged with the sadness of a painful childhood

NEW YORK - Even on a cold and rainy afternoon, Ayo, whose first name means joy in the African Yoruba language, radiates warmth. She smiles genuinely and laughs often. Yet sadness permeates her debut disc 'Joyful' - a somberness that comes from a turbulent upbringing.

Prep roundup Oliver's pin gives Buford victory over East Hall

GAINESVILLE - With Buford trailing East Hall 36-31 heading into the final match, Zak Oliver's pin in the 135-pound match secured a 37-36 victory for the Wolves.

Officials: Seized uranium lethal Experts express doubt

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - Two Hungarians and a Ukrainian arrested in an attempted sale of uranium were peddling material believed to be from the former Soviet Union, police said Thursday. Officials claimed it was weapons-grade uranium, but outside experts questioned that assessment and suggested it might be far less lethal.

Proposed power plant stirs debate

ATLANTA - Environmental activists challenging a planned coal-burning power plant failed to poke sufficient holes in the permitting process, given the "deference" owed the government in such decisions, a state lawyer said Thursday.

Nibbles and Bits

Mimi's Cafe to offer heat-infused menu items

George Strait will return to Arena at Gwinnett Center

DULUTH - Often referred to as "The King of Country," music legend George Strait has set plenty of records in his 26-year career.

HIV-positive man indicted in rape of fellow patient

LAWRENCEVILLE - An HIV-positive psychiatry patient was indicted this week for allegedly raping a fellow patient while she was sedated at an area hospital.

Gladiators face division leading Texas this weekend

Gwinnett's recent record against Texas is not impressive.

State to mark anniversary of first flight in Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE - The automobile was an uncommon luxury in 1907 when 19-year-old Ben Epps, owner of Athens' first auto repair garage, flew an airplane of his own design 50 feet above a field in Athens. Only four years after the Wright Brothers successful flight at Kitty Hawk, Epps' 100-yard-long flight marked the beginning of aviation in Georgia, and gave Epps (1888-1937) a place in history as the state's first aviator.

Pharmacist's child porn trial set to start in Jan.

ATLANTA - Nearly six months after an arrest that shocked many in the Lawrenceville community, William Carter Gorman will have his day in federal court.

Metro Calendar


Nation Briefs

Number of people on gun-restricted database doubles

Spotlight on DVDs

Waitress (PG-13)

Police reports

Man charged with shoplifting

GHSA doesn't change much for local AAAAA schools Reclassification brings Dacula back into Region 8-AAAAA

Sometimes the anger of change comes out when the Georgia High School Association's Reclassification Committee goes to work.

'We need help now' Some on transit board say plan would delay relief

ATLANTA - A transit concept plan for metro Atlanta released Thursday calls for the addition of myriad bus and rail options in Gwinnett and across the region.

Charges against ex-councilman dropped in telemarketing scam

SNELLVILLE - The "nightmare" has ended for a former Snellville city councilman indicted nearly two years ago in an alleged telemarketing scheme.

World Briefs

SWAT teams storm hotel in Philippines seized by dissidents

One-man Christmas show to benefit school's mission fund

NORCROSS - Using different dialects and lighting effects, Wesleyan's high school theater director Clark Taylor will portray more than 30 characters in his one-man rendition of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Nadia's West African Restaurant

Open since: October 2006

White House lowers 2008 economic forecast

WASHINGTON - The deteriorating housing market forced the White House to lower its projection for economic growth next year and raise its forecast for unemployment. Inflation was expected to moderate.

Must Read: Graveyard shift soon to be listed as 'probable' cause of cancer Link once seen as wacky

LONDON - Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a 'probable' cause of cancer.

Jon Heder hits his stride again in 'Mama's Boy'

Mama's Boy (PG-13)

People Briefs

Visnjic agrees to pay child support

Holiday Movie Preview Advance buzz is high for many of seasonï ¿ ½s Oscar-hopeful offerings

Thus far, the bulk of the fall offerings from most movie studios have been spotty at best.

Grayson continues journey through playoffs with trip to Camden

LOGANVILLE - Grayson's latest foray into postseason football takes the Rams into uncharted territory in nearly every sense of the word.

More silliness from YouTube

Anyone who plays sports knows to avoid playing with lesser mortals.

Wrestlers get plenty of mat time at Comet Classic

Teams looking to get a lot of mat time early in the season will get that opportunity today and Saturday at the fifth annual Comet Classic.

Mario, Zack and Wiki celebrate Wii's birthday

On Black Friday 2006, I wound up being part of one of this nation's great holiday rituals: standing outside a store at 6 a.m., hoping to get my hands on the year's hottest toy. I got lucky, walking away with the last Nintendo Wii in stock.

Commission chairman fined by ethics panel

ATLANTA - The State Ethics Commission on Thursday fined Gwinnett County Chairman Charles Bannister $3,000 for several instances of tardy reporting of campaign finance reports.

Gwinnett Calendar

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North faces another pass-happy offense in Newnan

SUWANEE - When Bob Sphire watches film of Newnan he sees a lot of similarities to his own team.

New on DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

Film Fans 'Enchanted' by new Disney film

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Enchanted." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Movie Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Nursing home wrongly called 'worst' State official says Buford long-term care facility listed in error

BUFORD - A local facility's inclusion on a government list of the nation's worst nursing homes may have been in error, state officials said Thursday.

Gwinnett Young Singers have a busy performance schedule

The celebrated Gwinnett Young Singers will be on the run this holiday season.

Georgia waiting on BCS bowl picture to clear

ATHENS - For the first time in his seven years at Georgia, Mark Richt conducted his first bowl practice Thursday before learning where his No. 4 Bulldogs will play in a bowl.

Now Showing

Recently reviewed films now showing in metro area theaters:

Surprising quarterfinalists square off in Class AA Lower seeds GAC, Cook a step away from trip to Ga. Dome

It's a surprise that either football team is still alive for tonight's quarterfinal round.

New Dawn will present one of holiday's best-known tales

It's not Christmas unless you've had your seasonal dose of George Bailey, Zuzu's petals and a second-class angel.

Police accuse man of $950,000 fraud

DULUTH - Duluth police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of ripping off Western Union for more than $950,000.

Long-distance rivalry

How many years make a game a tradition?

Not much to complain about

It's easy to get fed up sometimes with the state of things in America.

Getting to Know ... Dani Kubik Wright

Dani Kubik Wright won two state championships as a member of the Collins Hill girls basketball team. She played college basketball at Auburn and BYU and is now a community assistant coach at her alma mater, Collins Hill. She also gave birth to her first child three weeks ago this Sunday.