News for Wednesday, October 17, 2007

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Nichols case could be delayed as judge sets contempt hearing

ATLANTA - The trial of the man charged with killing four people in an attack that started inside a courthouse headed for a constitutional showdown Tuesday as a judge said he would consider holding the state public defender office in contempt over defense funding.

WNBA awards franchise to Atlanta for 2008 season

ATLANTA - The WNBA will announce today that it has awarded a franchise to Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.

'Flyover' bridges at 85/316 set to open this weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE - Instead of a dangerous weave across four lanes of traffic, drivers will be able to "fly" from Ga. Highway 316 to Pleasant Hill Road beginning this weekend.

Religious leaders meet to discuss housing crisis

DULUTH - Roughly 30 religious leaders met with members of The Impact Group on Tuesday to discuss the foreclosure situation in Gwinnett County and partner as resources for families in financial trouble.

Police reports

Group runs out on $71 drink tab

Drought concerns dominate water plan hearing

OAKWOOD - Landscapers are being forced to lay off workers, while homeowners lucky enough to own wells can water their yards at will.

Appetite for reform in La.

People here haul out multisyllable adjectives to describe the back-to-back storms that devastated Louisiana two years ago.

World briefs

Bombings strike Baghdad and northern Iraq

Police still looking for Snellville shooting suspect

SNELLVILLE - Police continue to look for the suspect in a Monday night shooting that wounded a 19-year-old man.

Choice thriving as Tech's workhorse

ATLANTA - The string of busy games for Tashard Choice might seem overwhelming: 32 carries for 145 yards against Clemson, 32 carries for 135 yards against Maryland and 37 carries for 204 yards against Miami.

Making a life change is easy with support

Much like revenge, success is sweet.

Study: Overweight teens face same eating behaviors as too-thin peers

MINNEAPOLIS - For parents concerned about their overweight teens, new research suggests the best tactic might be to just relax and cook a healthy Sunday dinner.

Scientists unraveling why some aging brains stay so sharp

WASHINGTON - When aging hampers memory, some people's brains compensate to stay sharp. Now scientists want to know how those brains make do - in hopes of developing treatments to help everyone else keep up.

Prep roundup

NORCROSS - Wesleyan's volleyball team defeated host Greater Atlanta Christian 25-13, 25-18 on Tuesday night to reach the finals of the Area 4-AA/A Tournament.

Medtronic pulls defibrillator wires linked to 5 deaths

MINNEAPOLIS - Medtronic Inc. is stopping distribution of wires that connect some of its defibrillators to patients' hearts after learning they may have contributed to five deaths.

Small Business Center to host seminars

LAWRENCEVILLE - The University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center at Gwinnett will be hosting several seminars over the next few weeks.

Fundraiser to honor local teen cancer patient

Marley Kornowa of Buford is about to embark on the biggest challenge of her life - fighting cancer.

People briefs

Singer pleads not guilty to phone assault

Offensive woes continue for Falcons after another disappointing loss

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons will never know if Michael Vick could have solved the offensive failures so obvious in a 1-5 season.

Top court denies execution stay for inmate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the execution of convicted killer Jack Alderman, even as other states have halted capital punishment to allow the nation's top court to decide whether lethal injection violates the Constitution.

Police seek ID of sex attacker

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have released a sketch of a man suspected of attacking a Lawrenceville woman in her home earlier this month.

County lawyer: Change in laws for occupied homes needs more study BOC to consider other property laws

LAWRENCEVILLE - As part of Gwinnett's qualify of life fight, regulations may soon be placed on vacant and burned structures. But problems involving the overcrowding of homes and regulation of rental property may take longer to fix, a county lawyer said Tuesday.

Up With People brings global message to county

DULUTH - The multicultural, multicolored cavalcade of faces and voices otherwise known as Up With People has brought its brand of unshakable glee to Gwinnett.

Practice makes perfect Medical college out to train, retain doctors in state

Gwinnett County's only medical college is on a mission: Recruit, educate, train and retain doctors in the state.

We heart Huckabee's name in the South

Where is the Hick Anti-Defamation League now that we need them? What has happened to the HADL passion?

Police ID man killed in head-on collision

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have identified a 20-year-old man killed in a head-on collision Sunday night.

Clean-room design company breaks ground in Suwanee

SUWANEE - As Gwinnett and Barrow counties look to attract pharmaceutical and bioscience businesses to the Ga. Highway 316 corridor, one company important to those fields quietly broke ground on a permanent facility in Suwanee on Monday.

State briefs

Company recalls meat in 4 states

Must read: New Orleans is first stop for Old U.S. Mint's traveling gold exhibit

NEW ORLEANS - The Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans is reopening to the public for the first time since Hurricane Katrina with an exhibit this weekend that couldn't be more fitting - 'Gold.'

Planners deny two churches

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two local congregations will have to find other places to gather after planning commissioners voted Tuesday to deny their requests to worship in rural neighborhoods.

Mobile phone addicts report feeling phantom vibrations

NEW YORK - If your hipbone is connected to your BlackBerry or your thighbone is connected to your cell phone, those vibrations you're feeling in the car, in your pajamas, in the shower, may be coming from your headbone.

Thrashers remain winless

PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers are back in a more familiar position in the standings.

A learning experience Adults spend day shadowing middle schoolers

WINDER - Carissa Crosby said she had butterflies in her stomach when she arrived at school Tuesday morning.

Manhunt for rape suspect ends Man accused of raping 3-year-old on videotape arrested in Nevada

LAS VEGAS - A fugitive accused in the videotaped molestation of a 3-year-old girl was arrested quietly during a traffic stop, telling the officer, 'I'm tired of running,' police said.

Jarry major force in run, pass for No. 1 North

North Gwinnett quarterback Michael Tamburo was scrambling away from the Peachtree Ridge pass rush last Friday when his favorite receiver, Tyler Jarry, worked his way back toward the line of scrimmage to help out.

Nation briefs

Convicted killer recaptured 35 years after escape

Web site shows videos of autistic, normal behavior Site serves as guide for worried parents

CHICAGO - What's so unusual about a baby fascinated with spinning a cup, or a toddler flapping his hands, or a preschooler walking on her toes?

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Sara Griffin

Sara E. Griffin, 91, of Tucker, GA, died Monday, October 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Anthony Farina

Anthony J. “Tony” Farina Sr., age 84, of Cumming, GA, died October 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

David Dailey

David Madison Dailey, Sr., age 72, Snellville, GA passed away on October 16, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Richie Dailey of Snellville, GA; Son ...

Phyllis Garrett

Ms. Phyllis Ann Garrett, of Grayson, GA, passed on October 14, 2007. She was a graceful woman who cared deeply for her family and friends. Ms. Garrett is preceded in ...

Zdzislaw Foltyn

Zdzislaw Stanislaw ‘Stan' Foltyn  was born in Radom, Poland on February 15, 1927 and left his body in his ‘hometown' of Snellville, GA, USA 4:39 AM, Tuesday ...

Bertha Smith

Mrs. Bertha Smith, age 57, of Lula, GA, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2007. She was preceded in death by her son, Joel Lee Smith. She is survived by ...

Richard Russell

Richard (Dick) Russell, age 78, of Duluth, GA, passed away October 15, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Floyd Thorne

Floyd Thorne, age 57, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away October 15, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

William Click

William G. Click, age 71, of Sugar Hill, died Monday, October 15, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345 ...

Glenn Turner

Glenn O. Turner, age 75, of Buford, GA, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Emily Robinson

Miss Emily Lynne Robinson, age 26 of Roswell, died Sunday, October 14, 2007. She was born in East Ridge, TN, the daughter of Steven Lee and Joyce Disney Robinson. She ...