News for Thursday, October 18, 2007

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Warden announces retirement Kraus will end tenure in '08

LAWRENCEVILLE - In the case of Jim Kraus - a man regarded as a proactive, gentle and somewhat atypical prison warden - three decades behind the badge is enough.

Housing construction plunges Rate at lowest level in 14 years

WASHINGTON - Construction of new homes plunged to the lowest level in 14 years in September as turmoil in credit markets intensified the problems in the housing industry. Consumer prices, meanwhile, rose at the fastest pace in four months, reflecting higher energy and food costs.

DOT board taps first female commissioner

ATLANTA - For the first time in Georgia history, a woman will head the state Department of Transportation.

Act now to save on winter heating bills

We may be enjoying a spate of warm fall weather, but don't kid yourself. Winter will be here soon enough, and with it, high heating bills.

Apple to allow third-party applications on iPhone

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In an apparent about-face, Apple Inc. will allow third-party applications to work directly on the iPhone, Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a posting on the company's Web site Wednesday.

Atlanta welcomes WNBA team

ATLANTA - It was more like a pep rally than an official announcement on Wednesday that Atlanta was being awarded a WNBA expansion team for the 2008 basketball season.

His house couldn't contain one man's passion for art

Dale Armani would be the first to admit that it's a little bizarre to paint murals on his driveway and the wall of his garage.

People briefs

Colbert tosses satirical hat into presidential race

Berkmar student stabbed at school Teen injured in fight

LILBURN - A Berkmar High School student was injured Tuesday morning when he was cut by another student during a fight in the boys' bathroom, school district officials said.

Kids'-eye View Tree houses offer children a space of their own

Brothers Joe and Sam Niemiec know what a tree house is good for.

Housing fund is a nice surprise from Congress

The House of Representatives, which has a penchant for spending time on issues such as the Armenian genocide of 1915, actually did something useful last week. It passed a bill creating an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a measure that, if it becomes law, would add 1.5 million badly needed units in the next decade.

World briefs

Turkey OKs possible strike against Kurds

Police reports

Man accused of firing gun

Coming clean Car washes let everyone know they use recycled water

LAWRENCEVILLE - North Georgia's reservoirs are drying up. Water restrictions have tightened. The need for rationing may not be too far down the road.

Kitchen islands all about individuality

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the heart of the kitchen.

Thrashers fire Hartley as coach GM Waddell to take over as interim head coach

DULUTH - Did the pieces just not fit or had the players tuned out their coach? Thrashers general manager Don Waddell will find out for himself.

Businesses compete for Clean Air awards

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Gwinnett businesses are in the running for environmental awards presented today by the Clean Air Campaign.

Grow herbs now, savor and show off at the holidays

We're still some weeks from taking the Thanksgiving turkey from the oven, but time is growing short if the recipe calls for fresh herbs and you'd like to grow your own.

Friday of odd football

Some folks have watched a lot more high school football than yours truly.

Must read: Seafood-eating, makeup-clad humans showed 'modern' signs 164,000 years ago

WASHINGTON - In one of the earliest hints of 'modern' living, humans 164,000 years ago put on primitive makeup and hit the seashore for steaming mussels, new archaeological finds show.

Author tries to inspire for Teen Read

SNELLVILLE - Katara Datcher listened as Cecil R. Cross II read from his novel, "First Semester."

Police: 2 found dead in Duluth apartment Murder, suicide suspected

DULUTH - George Florez uprooted from New Jersey about a month ago, attracted to Gwinnett County by its rolling landscape and his nearby employment as a power-washer.

Extra interstate lane near mall to open Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Not only will the route to Gwinnett Place Mall get clearer this weekend, but a construction project near the Mall of Georgia will also reach a milestone.

State suing Corps over Lanier water releases

ATLANTA - Georgia is going to court to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from releasing what state officials consider too much water from Lake Lanier given the current drought, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday.

Sports briefs

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House Dems playing with Turkish fire

Just as it appears the United States may have turned an important corner in Iraq with the reported disabling of al-Qaida, Turkey is threatening to invade northern Iraq in an attempt to stop attacks by Kurdish rebels on Turkish territory.

Business briefs

Oil ends day lower after hitting record

Don't call the contractor for improvements until you know what to buy

You've decided to improve a part of your home. And you've decided not to do it yourself. Obviously, you will need to hire someone to do it for you.

Wheeler develops into one of nation's top LBs

ATLANTA - When Philip Wheeler arrived at Georgia Tech his freshman year, coach Chan Gailey saw him as nothing more than an athletic but undersized pass-rushing defensive end.

University president seeks leave Oral Roberts' son accused of financial improprieties

TULSA, Okla. - Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts asked for and was granted a leave of absence Wednesday amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign.

Nation briefs

Suspect in videotaped sexual assault arraigned

Silly '70s song helps change frame of mind

Realizing planning could have reduced the severity of the water shortage affecting our landscapes - and that the system responsible is the same system trying to solve the situation - doesn't create happy garden thoughts.

Gwinnett gab Oct. 18

Team collects food

Cracked dip tube may be culprit for cold sink

Q: I live in a 1,200-square-foot home with a 40-gallon water heater. The showers only take about a minute to get warm, but the sinks are always ice cold. Is there anything we can do to get hot water without getting an on-demand system?

Hot arm Grayson looking to ride Burns' success to Columbus

LOGANVILLE - After winning back-to-back state championships as a Class AAA school in 2002 and 2003, Grayson's softball program hasn't quite been able to get back to the state finals tournament in Columbus.

Players surprised by Hartley's firing

DULUTH - It was Bob Hartley's game of musical chairs in goal that was blamed by some for the Thrashers' quick departure from the playoffs last season.

Leftwich replaces Harrington as Atlanta's No. 1 quarterback

On his first day as the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback, Byron Leftwich felt like a kid.

Lucy Boswell

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Lucy Grace Boswell, age 85, of Winder, who passed away on Tuesday, October, 16, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Roy Spinks

Roy Lee Spinks, age 83, of Atlanta, GA, died October 16, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Diane Luther

Mrs. Diane Luther, age 60, of Loganville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Smith and brother-in-law, Tom ...

Ruth Schaefer

Ruth Catherine Schaefer, age 88, of Duluth, GA, died October 17, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Velma Cook

Velma Ruth Cook, age 88 of Snellville, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Cecile Allgood

Mrs. Cecile Allgood, age 58, of Buford, GA, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Sarah Lindsay

Sarah Lindsay, 82, of Tucker, GA, died October 17, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Alrie Morris

Alrie Leora (Mauldin) Morris, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on October 16, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411 ...

Winnie Ennis

Mrs. Winnie Thornhill Ennis, age 84, of Buford, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...