News for Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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Agent offers stark information about child predators on Web

LAWRENCEVILLE - For years, Special Agent Mike Yoder said he's posed as fictitious teens, children and predators online as part of his undercover efforts to track and catch sexual predators.

Health Briefs

Bloodmobile will visit Buford

Statham man dies of gunshot wounds

WINDER - Randy Daniel, 27, of Statham died Tuesday morning from injuries related to gunshot wounds.

Cancer care in Gwinnett could use an upgrade

Wayne Sikes' column ("Open-heart services are needed here," Perspective, Oct. 7) was very insightful and addressed the need for an open-heart program at Gwinnett Medical Center. It is indeed time for Gwinnett County and GMC to enter the 21st century and provide the needed medical services for all patients of Gwinnett County.

X-ray colonoscopy may become widely available

NEW YORK - Having an X-ray to look for signs of colon cancer may soon be an option for those who dread the traditional scope exam.

Police/fire reports

Lightning blamed for fire in shed

To the Editor: Torture useful in extreme situations

Just before the president announced that the United States does not torture prisoners, he made the statement that if a prisoner being interrogated is believed to have knowledge that could lead to American deaths, everything possible will be done to make the prisoner reveal this knowledge. That's like saying, "I'll never hurt you, but if you get in my way, I'll break your jaw."

Bank doesn't fall for phony ID

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bank tellers caught a woman trying to use someone else's identity to cash a check Friday.

Torture useful in extreme situations

Just before the president announced that the United States does not torture prisoners, he made the statement that if a prisoner being interrogated is believed to have knowledge that could lead to American deaths, everything possible will be done to make the prisoner reveal this knowledge. That's like saying, "I'll never hurt you, but if you get in my way, I'll break your jaw."

Legal battle for control of Hampton Island lands in top Ga. court

ATLANTA - Some of Georgia's most powerful investors are butting heads over who controls ritzy Hampton Island, an exclusive coastal resort that's home to two mansions owned by actor Ben Affleck.

Wal-Mart uproar: City says it isn't liable for $25M

LAWRENCEVILLE - Duluth's attorney said in a letter that the city is not liable for $25 million a landowner has claimed in damages because of a big-box moratorium.

American Cancer Society presents 'One Enchanted Evening'

It may be an excuse to put on your dancing shoes and order your favorite cocktail, but this year's Crusaders' Ball is, most importantly, a time to support a good cause.

To the Editor: Cancer care in Gwinnett could use an upgrade

Wayne Sikes' column ("Open-heart services are needed here," Perspective, Oct. 7) was very insightful and addressed the need for an open-heart program at Gwinnett Medical Center. It is indeed time for Gwinnett County and GMC to enter the 21st century and provide the needed medical services for all patients of Gwinnett County.

Barrow BOC approves $85,000 for water plan

WINDER - Experts with Jordan, Jones and Goulding, a Norcross-based consulting firm, will spend the next six to nine months compiling a master water plan study for Barrow County.

Snellville planning director leaving to work for Duluth

SNELLVILLE - Snellville's planning director resigned Tuesday.

Breast cancer patients may face more heart risk

WASHINGTON - Breast cancer survivors may face increased risk of heart disease - and doctors are debating if it's time to largely abandon a chemotherapy mainstay that is one reason for the problem.

Hossa out for Ottawa

ATLANTA - A visit by the Ottawa Senators to Philips Arena would normally mean boos for Dany Heatley and extra cheers for Marian Hossa.

Study: Troubled marriages may be bad for the heart

CHICAGO - A lousy marriage might literally make you sick.

No survivors found in wreckage Plane nosedived into Cascade mountains killing all 10 aboard

WHITE PASS, Wash. - Searchers combing through wreckage Tuesday found the last three victims among 10 killed when their plane crashed in Washington's rugged central Cascade Range on their way home from a skydiving event.

GM's OnStar system could soon halt stolen cars

DETROIT - Say some clown steals your car from the parking deck at work.

Briscoe Park renovations set to begin

SNELLVILLE - Engineering firm HDR Inc. has been hired by Snellville to begin work on Phase I of the Briscoe Park renovations.

Compromise needed for a useful summit

Name one concession Israel has made in recent years that has been reciprocated by its sworn enemies. This is not a trick question. There are none.

Excellent care at Kennestone saved my wife

We were sitting in the family room shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, eating sandwiches and laughing about something or other. Then my wife's heart stopped beating.

Nation briefs

Police: 2 dead, 2 wounded in tire shop shooting

World briefs

Frenchman, German share physics prize

Nichols lawyers want indefinite delay in murder trial

ATLANTA - Lawyers for accused courthouse killer Brian Nichols asked a judge Tuesday for an indefinite delay in his murder trial, currently scheduled to resume next week, in part because they have not been provided enough money to handle the defense.

Police crush drug ring Rare heroin, guns found in Lawrenceville home; 9 arrested

LAWRENCEVILLE - Around here, a kilo of black-tar heroin is a gold-mine bust for officers determined to keep the toxic, almost gooey narcotic off metro Atlanta streets.

Quiet strength Spotlight must seek soft-spoken Grayson linebacker

Truth be told, Tristan Strong wouldn't mind remaining a relatively anonymous member of the cast rather than be a marquee player.

Man arrested with revolver at county courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man found out Tuesday afternoon that .38 caliber revolvers and metal detectors don't mix.

Banked blood can lose chemical needed to supply oxygen

WASHINGTON - Blood transfusions have saved millions of lives, yet stored red cells may be less effective than hoped for because they can quickly lose much of their ability to deliver oxygen.

Obese women can limit weight gain during pregnancy

ST. LOUIS - Obese women can gain little or no weight during pregnancy - and even lose a few pounds - without harming their babies, new research suggests.

Trash to treasure Nonprofit recycles medical supplies from hospitals

"Waste not, want not" could be the slogan for one local company dedicated to helping medical patients overseas.

Word of PTA theft leads to donation

SNELLVILLE - Shiloh Elementary School's PTA plans to file an insurance claim to recoup some money stolen from the group, but a gift from an Atlanta woman has boosted spirits in the school's community.

Wearing a pin doesn't define your patriotism

The much ado about Barack Obama's decision not to wear an American flag lapel pin was, well, symbolic.

Arrest made in slaying Police not ruling out more suspects in woman's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have arrested a Flowery Branch man in the shooting death of a 67-year-old Duluth woman last month.

Taco Bell's attempts to sell gringo tacos in Mexico get lost in translation

MEXICO CITY - It sounds like a fast-food grudge match: Taco Bell is taking on the homeland of its namesake by reopening for the first time in 15 years in Mexico.

Giving back Falcons visit elementary school

NORCROSS - Chauncey Davis peeked into a music room at Rockbridge Elementary School.

People briefs

R. Kelly to embark on concert tour in November

Bishop Weeks offers DVD of wedding to Bynum at steep discount

ATLANTA - In the midst of a highly publicized divorce case that began with a criminal charge of wife beating, Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III is offering a steep discount price on DVDs of his glitzy wedding to televangelist Juanita Bynum and the book he co-wrote with her.

Officials, lawmakers try to fix budget impasse

ATLANTA - Legislative aides are working with the attorney general's office to resolve a budget dispute between Gov. Sonny Perdue and lawmakers that broke out after this year's General Assembly session.

Prep Roundup: Grayson downs pair of area foes

SNELLVILLE - Grayson defeated Brookwood 18-25, 25-17, 25-15 and Peachtree Ridge 25-18, 25-15 on Tuesday night.

Yong Kim

Yong Bae Kim, age 72, of Suwanee, GA, died Monday, October 8, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Jeffrey Paul Anderson

Jeffrey Anderson age 23, died Saturday September 22, 2007 in Philadelphia where he had resided since graduating from LaSalle University. Jeff was a teacher and swim coach in Bucks County ...

Deborah Gilbert

Deborah Margaret Gilbert, age 57, of Monroe, GA, died October 6, 2007. The remains have been cremated, no services are planned at this time. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC ...

Robert Moon

Rev. Robert W. Moon, age 78, of Loganville, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM Thursday, October 11, 2007 at Lenora Baptist Church, Snellville ...

Jack Klingensmith

Jack Klingensmith, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, October 5, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Suzanne Albini

Suzanne M. Albini, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Richard Hebert

Richard Joseph Hebert, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Bonnie Ellington

Bonnie R. Ellington, age 77 of Auburn, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, October 11, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Ike Waters

Ike Humprie Waters, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away October 5, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Marion Brumbelow

Marion Willene Brumbelow, age 79, of Loganville, GA, passed away on October 9, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Betty Young

Betty Wilson Young, 75, of Duluth, GA, died October 8, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.