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Taste of Atlanta and Taste of Suwanee

HABERSHAM CENTRAL AT DACULA

There aren't too many questions this week for Dacula.

Loganville neighbors oppose Gaither Park improvements

LOGANVILLE - Neighbors adjacent to Gaither Park are concerned about planned improvements to it, according to Benny Mealer of the Village Place Homeowners Association.

School bond referendum to be on ballot

SUWANEE - Taxpayers will be asked early next year to vote on a referendum that, if approved, would allow the Gwinnett County Public Schools to continue constructing classrooms to relieve overcrowding in the state's largest school district.

FORSYTH CENTRAL AT MILL CREEK

A win tonight would complete Mill Creek's run through Forsyth schools - it defeated South Forsyth and North Forsyth the previous two weeks - and it also would put the Hawks in excellent position in the region. With a win tonight, their 4-1 region record would leave them tied for second in 7-AAAAA behind the winner of tonight's North Gwinnett-Peachtree Ridge game.

County schools loaded with dual threat quarterbacks

It wasn't that long ago when a quarterback's job was simple. Hand the ball off to the running back or make a five-step drop and throw it down field.

MEADOWCREEK AT BROOKWOOD

As rough as things have gone for Meadowcreek so far this season, the Mustangs face perhaps their toughest task yet in Brookwood.

Grayson meets Parkview in 8-AAAAA slugfest

Don't expect too many points on Friday.

Man to stay in jail for life for sex assault

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Buford man was sentenced to life in prison this week - plus an additional 60 years - for kidnapping a girl at the Mall of Georgia and sexually assaulting her.

GGC expansion plans approved Regents' plan would use $66 million to improve college campus

ATLANTA - A health building highlights long-range construction plans for Georgia Gwinnett College approved this week by the state University System Board of Regents.

Gladiators get 7-2 exhibition win over Lynx

The Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Augusta Lynx 7-2 in the team's only exhibition game of the 2007-08 season exploding for four third period goals and getting 20 saves from Craig Kowalski to help Gwinnett to the win.

Playoff implications ride on Berkmar-Shiloh matchup

Although only two weeks of Region 8-AAAAA football games have been played, the result of tonight's Berkmar-Shiloh matchup could determine plenty in the region standings.

Spotlight on DVDs: You Kill Me

You Kill Me (R)

Sugarloaf bids lower than expected

LAWRENCEVILLE - An extension to Sugarloaf Parkway may be the most expensive Gwinnett transportation project of the past decade, but it could have been worse.

World Briefs

15 Iraqi civilians killed in U.S. raid

Police reports

Man robbed at gas station

People Briefs

Spears gains once-a-week overnight visits

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company production centers on roles of women

With this weekend's production of "Nu: Past and Present," the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company will present a series of dances that focuses on the roles of women ("nu" in Chinese) from the distant past to the present.

Champs again Grayson rebounds in second game to claim 8-AAAAA crown

SNELLVILLE - With the game tied 1-1 in the fifth of the Region 8-AAAAA tournament finale, Grayson had two runners on with two outs.

Barrow teenager hospitalized after being struck by car

WINDER - A 17-year-old girl underwent surgery for head injuries Wednesday after her boyfriend ran over her with his car.

HOLY INNOCENTS' AT BUFORD

Here's something scary. Buford thinks it needs to keep getting better.

DULUTH AT SOUTH FORSYTH

Something has to give when Duluth travels to Cumming to take on South Forsyth tonight.

Jennifer Lopez delivers a mediocre album with 'Brave'

Jennifer Lopez, 'Brave' (Epic)

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.

Laura Bush comes out of the shadows

It can't be easy being a first lady. She's the wife-in-chief in a traditional role, but she also has a brain.

Art Beat: Atlanta Chinese Dance Company production centers on roles of women

With this weekend's production of "Nu: Past and Present," the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company will present a series of dances that focuses on the roles of women ("nu" in Chinese) from the distant past to the present.

Metro Calendar

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Schuerholz steps down as Braves' GM

ATLANTA - John Schuerholz stepped aside Thursday after 17 years as general manager of the Atlanta Braves with only one regret.

Central, South have two faces

The most important factor that may come into play when South Gwinnett visits Central Gwinnett today in one of the county's oldest rivalry may be which version of each team shows up.

Snow show canceled at mountain

LAWRENCEVILLE - A winter wonderland years in the making has been canceled in response to Georgia's historic drought.

'Michael Clayton' director digs into world of lawyers

George Clooney didn't want to work with Tony Gilroy.

Nickel Creek says goodbye ... for now

Sean Watkins launched his career at 12 years old. Now, nearly two decades later, he's ready for a break. Watkins, as one-third of the band Nickel Creek, will roll into town today as part of the band's farewell tour. Scratch that - it's the "Farewell, For Now" tour.

APALACHEE AT ELBERT COUNTY

Apalachee started its region schedule the toughest possible way, against 8-AAA heavyweights Stephens County (31-3 loss) and Hart County (41-6 loss), two state-ranked teams that Wildcat coach Shane Davis called the "top two dogs" in the region. The losses looked lopsided, but both were close games that got ugly - Apalachee was down only 7-3 at the half to Stephens and only 7-0 to Hart after two quarters.

Water director stepping down

LAWRENCEVILLE - The director of Gwinnett's water resources division stepped down Thursday, although he plans to stay with the department.

Film Fans let down by shallow, creepy 'Heartbreak Kid'

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: "The Heartbreak Kid." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Foreclosures skyrocket Number of local repossessed homes hits five-year high

LAWRENCEVILLE - After a record number of foreclosures in September, Gwinnett County has even more people in danger of losing their homes in October.

Prep roundup Wesleyan notches two victories

NORCROSS - Wesleyan improved its record to 43-6 after defeating Blessed Trinity 25-14, 25-17 and Woodward 25-19, 28-26 on Thursday.

Movie Trivia Contest 10/12 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.

NORTH FORSYTH AT COLLINS HILL

This matchup brings together two teams desperately in need of their first win of 2007. A victory tonight could turn the season around for Collins Hill, which has faced five likely playoff teams thus far, including three of the toughest teams in the region.

Lilburn Daze will offer arts, crafts, live entertainment

' What: Lilburn Daze fall festival

Theater scene: Take it easy on a slow ride with 'Daisy'

They're two of Atlanta's most cherished fictional characters, and I'm not talking about Rhett and Scarlett.

Clean teeth trump clean cars

When I was in the fifth grade, my class listened to a special presentation one day on the future.

New on DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

Nation Briefs

Cold medicines for babies yanked from the market

Mercer suspended from UGA hoops South grad to miss 15 games

ATHENS - Three University of Georgia basketball players will face suspensions during the upcoming season after violating the Athletic Association's attendance policy, head coach Dennis Felton announced Thursday.

Fill up on food and scary ghost tours this weekend

Taste of Atlanta and Taste of Suwanee

School gunman got past cameras Officials investigate why threats went unheeded

CLEVELAND - Despite 26 security cameras, officials couldn't say Thursday how an armed, suspended 14-year-old student was able to get into his downtown school a day earlier and shoot two students and two teachers before killing himself.

Gwinnett calendar

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GAC AT AVONDALE

Greater Atlanta Christian's loss to Lovett last week was painful and also harmful, because it could drop the Spartans to Region 6-AA's No. 3 or No. 4 seed at the end of the regular season. The loss, which followed a setback vs. Buford, also handed GAC its first back-to-back losses since 2003.

Getting to Know ... Tedd Sims

A 1993 graduate of Brookwood, Tedd Sims is the assistant varsity softball coach and varsity baseball pitching coach at Peachtree Ridge, where he has been a teacher for the last three years. Sims, 33, returned home to Gwinnett County after college and began teaching and coaching at Central Gwinnett in 2001.

Ang Lee pushes social, creative envelopes with 'Lust, Caution'

Lust, Caution (Se, jie) (NC-17)

Zoning board prepares for Wal-Mart hullabaloo

DULUTH - Always controversy. Always.

Weak story drags down crime thriller 'We Own the Night'

We Own the Night (R)

Carter does the typical covers in atypical way

Deana Carter, 'The Chain' (Vanguard)

Bethlehem celebrates third Star Festival

BETHLEHEM - A stellar day is planned for Saturday's third annual Bethlehem Star Festival.

Flaming Lips to kick off Echo Project music fest

Michael Ivins tries to do his part to be environmentally savvy. He doesn't use plastic bags if he can help it. He rarely drinks from disposable coffee cups and plastic water bottles, opting instead for a reusable travel mug. He hasn't yet bought into the hybrid car craze, but admits he's thinking about it.

Gwinnett tastes

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Take it easy on a slow ride with 'Daisy'

They're two of Atlanta's most cherished fictional characters, and I'm not talking about Rhett and Scarlett.

Non-love story takes up too much time in 'Elizabeth'

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (PG-13)

Chris Benoit's personal doctor files for bankruptcy

ATLANTA - The personal doctor of Chris Benoit, the pro wrestler who killed his wife and son and then committed suicide in June, has filed for bankruptcy.

Cartel comes home again with pair of weekend shows

It wouldn't be inaccurate to say drummer Kevin Sanders was ushered into music by a higher power. His parents sang in the church choir, after all, and Mom even played piano.

Gilroy's 'Michael Clayton' is a great legal whodunit

Michael Clayton (R)

Three indicted in young Dacula father's murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Dacula men could face the death penalty after a grand jury indicted them this week on murder and numerous related charges.

GAC captures second region crown Spartans notch 1-0 win over Buford

NORCROSS - One little, bitty run was all it took.

Movie theater to open in Hamilton Mill area

DACULA - A 14-screen movie theater will open in the Hamilton Mill area in the second quarter of 2008.

Sarah Seabrook

Mrs. Sarah Seabrook, age 78, of Suwanee, GA, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2007. Service and arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

John Alger

John Barrett Alger, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away October 9, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Howard Atkinson

Mr. Howard Leroy Atkinson, age 77, of Tellico Plains, TN, and formerly of Dacula, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother ...

Toni Boise

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Toni Renee Boise, age 48, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. She was born on April ...

Melvie Dorothy Adams

Melvie Dorothy Adams, 93 of Monroe, GA., died Thursday October 11, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Randy Daniel

Randy Daniel, age 27, of Statham, GA, passed away October 9, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Horace Maloney

Horace L. Maloney, age 90, of Norcross, GA, passed away October 11, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Billy Herman

Billy E. Herman, age 79, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on October 11, 2007. Funeral arranements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic ...

Dorothy Carrier Poore

Dorothy "Dottie" Carrier Poore, 70, a resident of Lilburn, Georgia since 1975, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at the Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia. She ...

Marie Harrison

Mrs. Marie Harrison, age 81, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Harrison; brother, James Bianculli; and great ...