News for Friday, November 9, 2007

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Ken A. `

Ken A. Rogers, age 63, of Grayson, GA, passed away on November 3, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Benny Hall

Benny Ray Hall, age 56, of Winder, GA, passed away November 8, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Laverne Lentz

Laverne, Lentz, age 75, of Duluth, GA, died November 9, 2007. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2007 at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral ...

Velma Briscoe

Velma Kelley Briscoe, age 79, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign ...

Hubert Evens

Hubert “Hub” Evens, age 74, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please ...

Catherine Hill

Catherine M. Hill, age 81, of Buford, GA, passed away November 8, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Gladys Lytle

Gladys Voss Lytle, age 78, of Lawrenceville passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 11, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Nell Trader

Nell Trader, age 79, of Gainesville, GA, passed away on November 8, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Lewis Trader, Sr., sons, Buddy Trader, Jr., Harold ...

COLLINS HILL AT SOUTH FORSYTH

Collins Hill may be the most improved football team from the first half of the season, winning three out of its last four games after an 0-5 start.

2 arrested in Suwanee bank heist

SUWANEE - Suwanee police arrested two Flowery Branch men about 24 hours after the duo allegedly robbed a bank with a pellet gun.

Post apologizes for Web site delays

The Gwinnett Daily Post Web site - www.gwinnettdailypost.com - has experienced outages and delays due to a problem with its host company's server.

Spotlight on DVDs: The Coen Brothers Movie Collection Box Set (NR)

Set:**** out of 4 stars Disc: *** out of 4 stars

Fire Brief

Bethlehem home destroyed by fire

Sports briefs

local

New On DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

BOE: Voters to decide if school district can sell bonds

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted a resolution Thursday that will allow voters to decide if the school district can sell general obligation bonds and continue constructing classrooms without interruption.

People Briefs

Ga. woman says she married James Brown, never divorced

Film Fans impressed with 'American Gangster'

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: "American Gangster." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

LB Boley focuses on son's autism, not contract

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Boley has bigger concerns than his next contract.

Bush approves renaming Augusta VA for Norwood

WASHINGTON - President Bush gave final approval Thursday to a bill sponsored by Georgia's congressional delegation renaming the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta after the late Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Orchestra will celebrate anniversary with concert

In honor of its tenth anniversary celebration season, the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra is preparing for an out-of-this-world classical music concert this weekend.

Oberholtzer holds onto victory after Snellville recount

SNELLVILLE - The outcome of Snellville's mayoral race remained the same Thursday after a recount at the request of Bruce Garraway, the councilman who lost the race by 19 votes.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of Senate inquiry

The late, great Lewis Grizzard used to tell a joke back in the Jim Bakker/PTL days about preachers discussing how they divvied up donations between them and God. Each preacher went through his method, and the punchline came from the last one, who said he threw all the money up in the air, and whatever God caught, He could keep.

'We'll be back' Lumberyard officials vow to rebuild after fire

NORCROSS - With their former desks charred and inventory smoldering, the staff of Norcross Supply Co. kept working.

DULUTH AT PEACHTREE RIDGE

Since Peachtree Ridge didn't win the Region 7-AAAAA tiebreaker drawing, the defending state champion Lions are locked into a No. 3 or No. 4 seed for next week's state playoffs. If North defeats Norcross, they get the No. 3 and if Norcross wins, they will be No. 4.

HOLY INNOCENTS' AT GAC

Even with both teams in tonight's contest already assured of a berth in the Class AA state playoffs, there is still plenty at stake.

Buford finally reaches anticipated matchup with Lovett

king when the Buford football team is finally going to be challenged.

Police on lookout for bank robber

DULUTH - Police are looking for a man responsible for a number of bank robberies in metro Atlanta including Gwinnett County.

Bernanke: Economic growth will soon slow

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that economic growth will slow noticeably in coming months while surging oil costs will raise inflation pressures. But he said the economy is nowhere close to the stagflation nightmare of the 1970s and he predicted an economic rebound by mid-2008.

Nation Briefs

Coast Guard crews monitor oil spill

North, Norcross take different approaches to 7-AAAAA showdown

Here are the facts.

DACULA AT CEDAR SHOALS

A state playoff berth is on the line tonight in Athens as Cedar Shoals, the No. 2 seed from 8-AAAA, Division B, hosts Dacula, the No. 3 seed from Division A. The winner moves on, the loser is done.

Metro Calendar

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Simpson's hearing gets under way Memorabilia dealer: O.J. burst into room with man wielding gun

LAS VEGAS - One of two memorabilia dealers allegedly robbed by O.J. Simpson testified Thursday that the former football star burst into a hotel room with a handful of other men, including one wielding a gun, and carried off hundreds of collectors items.

Black jersey question still hovering over Bulldogs

ATHENS - Georgia's seniors are calling on all Bulldog fans to wear black between the hedges on Saturday.

Chris Brown's 'Exclusive' shows singer's promise

A Review By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

Grady to benefit from new hospital funding formula

ATLANTA - In a move aimed at helping financially ailing Grady Memorial Hospital, the state board that oversees health policy Thursday overhauled a program that compensates hospitals for the costs of serving poor and uninsured patients.

Soldier in Iraq witnesses birth of first child via live video conference

OKLAHOMA CITY - Far from home while stationed in Iraq, U.S. Marine Sgt. Chad Mortenson didn't have to miss the birth of his first child.

Nichols lawyers question merits of DA's suit against judge

ATLANTA - Lawyers for accused killer Brian Nichols objected Thursday to a prosecutor's efforts to have them replaced, arguing in court papers they have established a protected attorney-client relationship 'in a case where the defendant's life hangs in the balance.'

Gwinnett Calendar

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OCONEE COUNTY AT APALACHEE

Apalachee must beat Oconee County and then have Monroe Area - which the Wildcats thumped last week - beat Franklin County to make the playoffs.

Gladiators get Fretter, Painchaud from Chicago Campbell called up to AHL Norfolk

DULUTH - Four transactions in two days left the Gwinnett Gladiators with the same number of players, but a little bit different look.

Documentary takes on Clash, Strummer

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

World Briefs

U.S. releases 500 Iraqi prisoners

CENTRAL GWINNETT AT SHILOH

OK, so neither Central Gwinnett nor Shiloh is where it wants to be heading into tonight's game. Both teams know this is the last game of the season because win or lose they are out of the playoffs. But it is still a game and it is still important to both teams.

Ben Harper brings his musical magic to the Fox

Ben Harper, blacksmith of gospel, reggae, blues, folk, rock and a tinge of funk, and his band the Innocent Criminals welded together a show that delighted the eyes and ears of all who were lucky enough to have been in the Fox Theatre on Nov. 2.

MEADOWCREEK AT SOUTH GWINNETT

Despite their first postseason bid assured since T. McFerrin's next to last year as coach in 2003 and holding the inside track to Region 8-AAAAA's third seed, the Comets are treating tonight's game with the Mustangs as anything but schedule filler.

Lumet returns to his prime with captivating crime caper

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Nibbles and Bits

Midtown Shop and Dine week will feature food, special discounts

Police Briefs

Construction crew hits gas line

Dish: JW's Steakhouse

1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth 770-923-1775 www.marriott.com

Parks prepare for winter County turning off drinking fountains to avoid pipes freezing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Having already experienced winter temperatures and with forecasts of frigid lows as early as this weekend, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is taking precautions to protect some of their parks' amenities.

Lawrenceville man indicted in fake dentistry case

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 29-year-old man was indicted this week on charges he operated a fake dentist office in his Lawrenceville apartment earlier this year.

Tech's Nesbitt may be increasingly attractive option at QB

ATLANTA - So far, backup quarterback Josh Nesbitt has looked like a pretty good running back.

ARC looks to future with state of region

ATLANTA - In 50 years, what will metropolitan Atlanta look like?

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.

WINDER-BARROW AT ALCOVY

With last week's loss to Madison County, Winder-Barrow's hopes of a playoff berth were snuffed out. So the Bulldoggs' 10th game will be against the last-place team from Division B, Alcovy. It's a team that Winder-Barrow defeated in Week 3 of this season, 23-7, as part of a 4-0 start.

Stone Mountain Chorus will present 'A Fistful of Harmony'

The 65 singers of the Stone Mountain Chorus will be saddlin' up their ponies and ridin' into Duluth for a special concert this weekend.

Mortgage rates drop again

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for the third straight week, dropping to the lowest level in five months.

Pride on the line in Battle of Five Forks-Trickum

With the playoff picture already set, this year's Battle of Five Forks-Trickum is all about pride.

Going 10-0 is tough and doesn't guarantee playoff success

It's not as rare as completing the Grand Slam in pro tennis or golf. Heck, it isn't even as difficult as winning a state football title.

GRAYSON AT BERKMAR

Win or lose nothing can change for either Grayson or Berkmar.

What's God got to do with it?

When the founder of the Christian Coalition, who blames national disasters on abortion, gives his support to a thrice-married, pro-abortion, pro-gay-rights Catholic, does religion really matter anymore?

Atlanta actor brings his 'Gospel' to Gwinnett

Talk about a show of range. Talk about a show of recall.

State prisons to toughen parole guidelines for violent offenders

ATLANTA - Georgia's crowded prison population is expected to swell even larger over the next few years under new parole guidelines designed to keep the state's worst violent offenders behind bars longer.

Schools to participate in toy drive Football rivals to help set world record with collections

LILBURN - Football rivals are teaming up to collect children's toys in an effort to help break the Guinness world record for the largest toy drive.

Darfur documentary falls prey to star power

2 out of 4 stars

It took a while, but Pena was eventually bitten by acting bug

Michael Pena is very good with impressions. He can change his voice in a flash, imitating a stiff businessman or a goof-off on a whim. And thus, he became an actor.

WALKER AT WESLEYAN

Last week's 3-0 loss to Holy Innocents' brought Wesleyan's streak of seven straight state playoff appearances to an end.

Music by venue

Arena at

Brandt is back and better than ever Gladiators rookie gets chance to shine this time around

DULUTH - It was just three weeks and only five games, but Andy Brandt's short stint with the Gwinnett Gladiators at the end of last season was the right springboard.

Getting to Know ... Punt Windham

Punt Windham, 35, is the coordinator of football equipment for Georgia Tech and graduated from Parkview High School.