News for Thursday, October 11, 2007

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Heritage Center earns county national honor

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's Environmental and Heritage Center has won the county government top honors with the National Association of Counties' Sustainable Communities Award.

Holyfield hoping to become 5-time champion at 44

MOSCOW - Much of the story of Evander Holyfield's career can be told by its numbers.

Witnesses recount Diana crash Couple deny describing it as an 'assassination'

LONDON - A man who was among the first to arrive at the scene of the crash that killed Princess Diana told an inquest Wednesday that he thought it might have been a terrorist attack. His companion said her first reaction was that it was a movie set.

Trial begins for former prosecutor accused of mishandling terror case

DETROIT - A former federal prosecutor's ambition led him to withhold evidence that could have helped the defense during the nation's first major terrorism trial after the Sept. 11 attacks, a government lawyer said at trial Wednesday.

Clotheslines: A cool way to keep Earth from getting too hot

Ever since dryer sheets took the place of the summer breeze, clotheslines seemed to have gone the way of the porch radio - quaint traditions of previous generations, now confined to black-and-white photos and period films.

State briefs

Lawyers ask Georgia court to halt execution

People briefs

Brown denies report that he had heart attack

Police put doctor in jail again More patients say they were victims of assault

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting a patient finds himself behind bars for a second time now that more alleged victims have come forward.

Mill Creek wins third region title

SUWANEE - The third time was definitely the charm for Mill Creek in Region 7-AAAAA tournament play Wednesday night.

Gwinnett gab

New traffic light installed on Ga. 211

New classroom spending law won't apply to most schools

ATLANTA - More than 18 months after Georgia lawmakers passed a bill requiring school systems to spend about two-thirds of their funds in the classroom, the state school board is deciding how to enforce it.

Georgia WR Goodman wants to play like a star

ATHENS - Demiko Goodman walked into the room with the look of a star: flawlessly shined leather shoes, a gaudy, greenish shirt with stylish splatters of paint-like spots, all accessorized with an attention-grabbing gold chain dangling from his neck.

A fresh approach: Students do their part for clean air

LILBURN - Savannah and Samantha St. Germain ride the bus from their home on the outskirts of Snellville to their elementary school near Lilburn.

Thrashers still winless after 3-1 loss

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers knew that their early schedule would be a challenge. But they never thought that they'd find themselves in this much of a funk before things really got difficult.

Six finalists named for top teacher

SUWANEE - Six educators have been named finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools' 2008 Teacher of the Year, district officials said Wednesday.

Business briefs

Stocks trade mixed after rally

Teen gunman targets school

CLEVELAND - A 14-year-old suspended student, dressed in black, opened fire in his downtown high school Wednesday, wounding four people as terrified schoolmates hid in closets and bathrooms and huddled under laboratory desks. He then killed himself.

UAW reaches tentative contract with Chrysler Union also ratifies deal with GM

DETROIT - The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative four-year contract with Chrysler on Wednesday, hours after going on strike and the same day General Motors workers ratified a separate four-year pact.

Lovelady's son drops out of council race

At least for now, Norcross politics won't be a family affair for Michael and Gary Lovelady.

New ideas not seen in the GOP front-runners

Fred Thompson did not disgrace himself in his first formal debate as a Republican presidential candidate, but he also did not dominate the stage full of White House hopefuls in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday.

Kennel club teaches dog safety course

LAWRENCEVILLE - Who said the training should be left to the dogs?

Halfway honors in prep football

Five games are down for most local high school football teams, just enough time to still leave some teams with high hopes and long enough for others to spiral downward.

Political notebook: Lovelady's son drops out of council race

At least for now, Norcross politics won't be a family affair for Michael and Gary Lovelady.

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.

How one man made Halloween stay all year

Children fresh off a night of trick-or-treating often look at their overflowing sack of candy bars and wish every day could be Halloween.

Must read: Rocket carries first woman commander, two others to space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Russian spacecraft soared from the Kazakh steppe toward the international space station Wednesday, carrying a Malaysian, a Russian, and Peggy Whitson, the American who will become the first woman to command the orbital outpost.

Body of Notre Dame star exhumed for DNA testing

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the rallying cry 'Win one for the Gipper,' was exhumed recently for DNA testing in his Upper Peninsula hometown.

Burned Grayson pitcher K's 10 as Rams reach tourney finals, face Brookwood again

SNELLVILLE - Mandi Burns made her statement in the first inning.

Atlantic City mayor resigns after 2-week absence from office

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The mayor of this gambling resort resigned Wednesday after a two-week absence from office during which he checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic.

Greener Pastures From grassy roofs to natural lighting, there are more ways than ever to be environmentally friendly

In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog, "It ain't easy being green."

World briefs

Turkish planes attack rebels on Iraqi border

Bennett the QB student hopes to earn a passing grade

ATLANTA - Even before his first game as Georgia Tech's full-time starting quarterback, Taylor Bennett was praised by his teammates for his dedication to film work.

Nation briefs

Noose placed on door of professor

Father accused of leaving teen on balcony

NORCROSS - A man accused of abandoning his teenage daughter on his apartment balcony is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday.

Police reports

Man attempts to get license with fake ID

Madam cuts deal Taylor pleads guilty to prostitution, drugs

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 10-month legal saga for one of Gwinnett's internationally recognized "Mansion Madams" could be winding to a close.

Find a plan that doesn't need water

A water ban doesn't mean you must stop landscaping. With a game plan, your landscape will be fabulous.

Students return to school after Wis. rampage

CRANDON, Wis. - As authorities released a chilling timeline of the weekend's shooting spree, students returned to classes Wednesday in a northern Wisconsin city shaken by a rampage that left seven dead.

New book spotlights 300 letters to Hitler

BERLIN - At first glance, the letter carefully printed in a child's handwriting seems innocuous, nothing more than the expression of a young crush: "I love you so much. Write me - please. Many greetings. Your Gina."

Garden Views

A water ban doesn't mean you must stop landscaping. With a game plan, your landscape will be fabulous.

Choosing the right can opener is tougher than it may seem

I received a frantic call last week from a friend who was in a real pickle.

Help the home landscape cope with water bans

The Atlanta region is presently in a serious drought, meaning the water content of the soil has reduced to such an extent plants are suffering and beginning to die. For this reason, the entire north Georgia region is under a total outdoor watering ban.

Nester's Needs: Choosing the right can opener is tougher than it may seem

I received a frantic call last week from a friend who was in a real pickle.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Help the home landscape cope with water bans

The Atlanta region is presently in a serious drought, meaning the water content of the soil has reduced to such an extent plants are suffering and beginning to die. For this reason, the entire north Georgia region is under a total outdoor watering ban.

Judge refuses to bar death penalty in courthouse shooting case

ATLANTA - A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a defense request to bar the death penalty if accused courthouse killer Brian Nichols is convicted of murder, but he did order the state public defender's office to pay certain expenses related to Nichols' defense.

Joseph Violante

Joseph William Violante, age 80, of Dacula, GA, died October 8, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

William Dorsey

William Edward Dorsey, age 65, of Loganville, GA, died October 8, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Ellington

Bonnie R. Ellington, age 77, of Auburn, 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 ...

Annie Stephens

Mrs. Annie Laurel Stephens, age 84, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, went to be with her Heavenly Father October 9, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 ...

Marie Harrison

Mrs. Marie Harrison age 81, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Brian Bigham

Brian Bigham, 35, of Duluth, GA, died October 8, 2007. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 13th, at Peachtree Memorial Park in Norcross. The family ...

Daniel Stephens

Daniel Allen Stephens of Monroe, previously of Lawrenceville, passed away October 9, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Robert Moon

Rev. Robert Moon, age 78, of Loganville, Georgia, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewartfh.com.

Yong Bae Kim

BAE Yong Bae Kim, age 72 of Suwanee, GA died Monday, October 8, 2007. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Henry N. Levy, Jr.

Mr. Henry N. Levy, Jr., age 81, Buford, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

John Russell

Mr. John Douglas Russell, age 77, Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...