News for Sunday, October 14, 2007

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Adams - Simon

John and Linda Luce of Oakwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet Elizabeth Adams of Atlanta, to Robert Gregory Simon of Atlanta, son of Alan and Sherry Simon of Duluth.

Book bash Gwinnett Reading Festival sure to be a page-turner

Though it already boasts 14 locations, the Gwinnett County Library system has added a new branch, Festiville.

Devils top Thrashers in final seconds

ATLANTA - The New Jersey Devils were starting to feel jinxed before pulling out a last-minute comeback win Saturday night.

Central's Creepy Castle crafts chills

LAWRENCEVILLE - Where can $5 dollars get you jailhouse skeletons, creepy crawlers, a haunted funeral parlor and a gastro-punished guy known as "the puker?"

Coutu kicks No. 24 Georgia past Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia and Vanderbilt are making a habit of spoiling each others' homecoming.

Travel Briefs

Crews building a living suite at Disneyland

Manchir - Mullen

John and Jennifer Manchir of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Marie Manchir of Duluth, to Ryan Thomas Mullen of Duluth, son of Harry and Kathy Jones of Suwanee.

World briefs

Four prominent activists arrested by Myanmar junta

Choice victory for Georgia Tech in Miami

MIAMI - Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey got one last special memory of the Orange Bowl, courtesy of Tashard Choice.

Taste of Home cooking school returns Thursday

DULUTH - Believe it or not, the holiday season is almost upon us. There is shopping to do. Lists to be checked off. Preparations to be made. And that's just in the kitchen.

Community connection: Community director lives for recreation

From his time as a basketball player in his hometown in Kentucky, Phil Hoskins' life has revolved around recreation. He groomed ski trails in Minnesota after college and coached his kids in youth sports.

Fiery pileup leaves two dead At least 15 trucks involved in accident

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A crash in a Southern California freeway tunnel quickly turned into a fiery, chain-reaction pileup that mangled several trucks, killed at least two people and shut down the key north-south route as the wreckage burned for hours.

For Rachael Leigh Cook, baseball is still in 'Season'

She was supposed to be a geek, but let's be honest: Rachael Leigh Cook never looked the part, even with the glasses, pigtails and paint-covered overalls her character sported in 1999's "She's All That."

Falcons in damage control mode for Monday night

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have more to worry about than their obvious matchup concerns against the hot New York Giants on Monday night.

USTA returns to Collins Hill Athletic Club

For the second year in a row, the Collins Hill Athletic Club will host the PGA Tour Superstore Women's 50K Classic.

Sheriff in hiring quandary Understaffed jail, department push for more dollars

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Rhonda Harris was leaving her job Oct. 1 as a deputy with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, she was asked the following question:

Uecker - Perry

Gerald and Suzanne Uecker of Peoria, Ill., announce the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn Regina Uecker of Pontiac, Ill., to Andrew Mitchell Perry of Dacula, son of John and Jan Perry of Dacula.

More plantings to happen at interchange

NORCROSS - Interstate 85 will continue to bloom.

Open Hand celebrates 20 years of feeding metro area

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

People briefs

Julia Roberts wins American Cinematheque recognition

Briscoe Park beauty

Staff Photos: Su Anderson

Students to attend forum, visit Holocaust Museum

Buford High School juniors Lacy Grieve, Ehren Harris and Danitra Wansley have been selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's eighth annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 11-14.

Prayer walk planned at Grayson High

GRAYSON - In many ways, the heart of the Grayson community is at the high school - from the teenagers who walk its halls to the parents and teachers and the Friday night football games that bring neighbors together.

City wants to get more from depot

HOSCHTON - Hoschton Mayor Bill Copenhaven says his city wouldn't be the same without a certain historical piece of architecture.

Gwinnett Gab

Families eat together in park

New economic theory leaves nothing extra

Allow me to introduce my new economic theory, which I call "The Principle of Domestic Expansion." It states that, no matter how much money you make, your household will expand to consume all of it.

TV executives use short-form series to lure viewers in a big way

LOS ANGELES - Jerry Seinfeld announced several months ago that he would be returning to prime time on NBC in a series of one-minute episodes to promote his 'Bee Movie.' But he didn't know what to call them.

Agents search home, arrest rap star T.I.

ATLANTA - Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested Saturday - just hours before he was to take the stage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards - in a shopping center parking lot where federal officials said he planned to pick up machine guns and silencers he had his bodyguard buy for him.

Buyer's Market Home incentives, discounts and upgrades make now the time to buy

LAWRENCEVILLE - Debra Pardo's home search has been tough.

Ramey - Austin

Kenneth Ramey of Gainesville and Kathy Ramey of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Evelyn Ramey of Flowery Branch, to Brian Scott Austin of Buford, son of Scott Austin and Brenda Austin, both of Buford.

Dance fever Winder holds ballroom classes

WINDER - Winder's Cultural Arts Department held its first ballroom dance class this past week, but anyone interested in participating will most likely have to wait until next year.

Nation briefs

Feds to review acquittal of guards in boot camp death

Our view: Buyers and lenders reap what they sow

The news in the already-sour housing market continues to worsen.

Military News

Army Reserve Maj. Melanie M. Roadruck is returning to the U.S. after a deployment to Iraq. Roadruck is an executive officer/broadcast officer normally assigned to the 356th Broadcast Operations Detachment in Laurel, Md. She is the daughter of Teresa S. Morgan of Alpharetta and sister of Monica M. Lylses of Dacula. She is a 1987 graduate of Redan High School.

Experts compare nuances of bottled water to wine

Forget eight glasses a day. Have you had your 28 gallons a year?

Truth needed in debate over interrogation techniques

Rocker Bruce Springsteen is running around telling everybody that he was born in the USA but now his country is in the "torture" business. Springsteen is echoing far-left propaganda that wants the world to believe that American policy is to rough up legitimate prisoners for the fun of it. Suddenly, in the dark world of the radical left, we are a gulag nation.

Finding good news from home in Hawaii

On my recent trip to Hawaii, I did the touristy things like taking a sunset swim at Waikiki and calling home from the top of Diamondhead, but because I was with my friend Bev, who grew up there, most of my experiences were off the beaten path.

Political notebook: Opening locked door for councilman keys uproar

A Snellville police policy to unlock doors for people who have locked their keys in their cars was changed Friday, after a former councilman complained another former councilman got the favor earlier this year.

Christopher Hitchens,Sherman Alexie among National Book Award finalists

NEW YORK - Should Christopher Hitchens win a National Book Award, you can be sure he won't thank any higher powers.

Canine safety: Kids schooled on proper pooch etiquette

LAWRENCEVILLE - Joseph O'Donovan is learning that not all dogs are like the frothing, ferocious attackers that bite people and make the news.

Fall ... for Tennessee Penguin exhibit, Ruby Falls are top draws in Chattanooga

I was awestruck as the slick penguins waddled toward me behind thick glass. I've seen creatures like them at other aquariums, but there was something about these penguins that stood out in my mind.

Opening locked door for councilman keys uproar

A Snellville police policy to unlock doors for people who have locked their keys in their cars was changed Friday, after a former councilman complained another former councilman got the favor earlier this year.

Gay advocates seek help from straight friends for marriage rights

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The setting was intimate, the hors d'oeuvres simple and the hostess barefoot, but the house party Gabby Seagrave and LaDonna Silva held for a dozen friends and co-workers was hardly a spontaneous affair.

Political tug of war threatens Grady

ATLANTA - The local politicians running Grady Memorial Hospital say they're making a good-faith effort to save Georgia's largest public hospital from bankruptcy.

50th anniversary

Jack and Pat Herren of Dacula celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married Aug. 26, 1957. The couple celebrated with family and friends at a reception at the Community Center in Winder.

Lethal injection under scrutiny

Late last month, condemned killers due to be executed in Alabama and Texas received reprieves while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a Kentucky case challenging lethal injection.

Good news from schools: Students to attend forum, visit Holocaust Museum

Buford High School juniors Lacy Grieve, Ehren Harris and Danitra Wansley have been selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's eighth annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., from Nov. 11-14.

Grady & Gwinnett: Already-packed county hospitals wait as state officials debate the fate of Grady Memorial

LAWRENCEVILLE - As state and health officials vacillate on whether or not to keep Grady Memorial Hospital functioning, Gwinnett health officials say the fall of the Atlanta-area hospital would indubitably have an effect on the county.

Queen Latifah talks about hip-hop, picking out roles and female MCs

NEW YORK - Even though Queen Latifah is now on her second jazz album, there's still some who expect her to be spitting out raps instead of singing riffs.

Hamilton Mill library under consideration

LAWRENCEVILLE - Work on Gwinnett's 15th library branch will begin soon, if commissioners agree to a design contract Tuesday.

Road closures

' Arcado Road at Lilburn Stone Mountain Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October for intersection improvements.

Community calendar

Send items for the Community Calendar to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

Health care costs spiral out of control

As the United States prepares for the next great debate on its ailing health care system, support is growing for a shift from the traditional employer-based financing to publicly subsidized individual health insurance.

Regional bands compete at high school competition

SNELLVILLE - More than 1,300 marching band members took the field at Richard Snell Community Stadium in Snellville on Saturday in one of the area's premier competitions.

'We need to all conserve' Suwanee shuts off city fountain to comply with ban

SUWANEE - To comply with Level 4 drought restrictions, Suwanee has temporarily shut off its city fountain.

On the football field, Jamie Dickson is just one of the guys

SUWANEE - Jamie Dickson loves his football team.

Donnelly - Sury

Roy and Carol Donnelly of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Michelle Donnelly of Dacula, to Stan Philip Sury of Smyrna, son of Stanley Sury of Palm Coast, Fla., and the late Corinne Sury.

Statham looking to clean up area with drug issues

STATHAM - Residents of Euclid, Peters and Ventura streets in Statham are demanding that neighbors, city officials and Statham police band together to clean up the decades-old drug problem once and for all.

Prep roundup

NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian crushed Cross Keys and narrowly defeated Decatur in three games in the Area 4-A/AA volleyball tournament on Saturday, earning a spot in the state playoffs.

Community director lives for recreation

From his time as a basketball player in his hometown in Kentucky, Phil Hoskins' life has revolved around recreation. He groomed ski trails in Minnesota after college and coached his kids in youth sports.

People helping people: Fight AIDS in Gwinnett

In the fall of 1990 a small group of concerned individuals rallied together in Lawrenceville, touched by a "new disease" called AIDS. The group included Marty Crossman, mother of Brett Lykins. He tested HIV-positive a few years earlier when he was 7 years old.

'It's a daunting task' Wren takes over as Braves GM, counting on longer stint than Baltimore

ATLANTA - Frank Wren has previous experience as a general manager. Not that it taught him a lot for his second crack at the job.

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Personnel Moves

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Pro football hopefuls flock to Force tryouts

DULUTH - Registration fee: $80.

Making a stir New trend in restaurants is make-your-own stir fry

It's a Thursday night, and at any given time, the line at The Real Chow Baby in Atlanta is about 20 people deep. Patrons young and old stand with empty bowls in hand. Like Oliver Twist, they are asking for more, please.

Blanchett returns to 'Elizabeth,' goes electric with Dylan

LOS ANGELES - It seems no iconic figure is beyond Cate Blanchett, who shot to stardom as Queen Elizabeth I, won an Academy Award as Katharine Hepburn and enchanted audiences as the mythic elf Galadriel in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

East - Stafford

Juanita Johnson of Loganville and Bill Wages Jr. of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Rebecca East, to Darrick Allen Stafford, son of Dane and Kim Stafford of Lawrenceville.

Literary Calendar

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October ushers in seasonal beer, teas and organic goodies

Every fall, those wacky Germans break out the lederhosen, sauerkraut and bier (not beer, mind you) to ring in Oktoberfest. Since this annual shindig has spread to the U.S., it seems like there are a few local renditions of the fest every weekend from mid-September to Halloween.

Betty Goza

Betty Ruth Cain Goza, 79, of Lilburn died October 13, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Natalie Arcaro

Mrs. Natalie (Nellie) Piccolo Arcaro, of Winder, GA and formerly of Waterbury, CT, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E ...

Robert Edward Wade, Sr.

Robert Edward Wade, Sr., age 70 of Loganville, passed away Friday, October 12, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Sunday, October 14, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

Douglas House

Douglas Monroe House, 63, of Hong Kong, formerly of Duluth, died suddenly at his home in Hong Kong on October 3, 2007, where he lived for the past 30 years ...