News for Friday, October 19, 2007


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126 dead in Pakistan bombings Suspected suicide bomber strikes near truck holding former Pakistani premier

KARACHI, Pakistan - A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 126 people Thursday night, shattering her celebratory procession through Pakistan's biggest city after eight years in exile.


This should be an important swing game in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

Gwinnett Tastes

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

People Briefs

'Eternity' star Kerr dead at 86

City council approves plan to turn alley into walkway

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Council on Wednesday voted 4-0 to approve a revised plan for "Calaboose Alley."


Collins Hill picked up its first victory last Friday, defeating North Forsyth in a victory that could have come by a larger margin if not for Eagle miscues and a Raider TD on the game's final play.

Wesleyan captures another area title

NORCROSS - Wesleyan's dominance in volleyball continued as the Wolves swept crosstown rival Greater Atlanta Christian in three games to capture its seventh straight area title on Thursday night in the finals of the Area 4 AA/A tournament.

Thrashers get first win Interim coach leads Atlanta to 5-3 victory

ATLANTA - It came too late to save Bob Hartley's job, but the Thrashers finally got that elusive first victory.

Man shot, killed at Barnacles Police: No charges to be filed in incident

NORCROSS - A regular patron at the Barnacles restaurant in Norcross was shot and killed early Thursday morning.

Taking the high road Project to hit milestone when bridges open

LAWRENCEVILLE - Drivers will have a totally new experience commuting from Lawrenceville this weekend, when crews open two new bridges that connect Ga. Highway 316 to Interstate 85 and Pleasant Hill Road.

Man, 26, convicted of killing at intersection Shooter acquitted of murder, guilty of lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter

LAWRENCEVILLE - The family of slain Patrick DeCesaro sat through every minute of a nine-day murder trial.

Interchange named for county, state leader

LAWRENCEVILLE - Not long after he moved to Gwinnett County in 1960, Wayne Shackelford drove his '56 Chevrolet past the barricade on Interstate 85 through a path cleared in the woods that would soon be paved as Ga. Highway 316.

Carlton returns with a new album after heartbreak, label divorce

NEW YORK - In her latest video, Vanessa Carlton very deliberately kills a piano.

Gladiators get stronger New additions, attitudes creating excitement

He's a last defense and he's where it all starts.

Must Read: Comedian Joey Bishop, last of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, dead at 89

LOS ANGELES - Joey Bishop, the stone-faced comedian who found success in nightclubs, television and movies but became most famous as a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, has died at 89.

John Edwards' backers tout Democrat's electability

ATLANTA - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is the most electable Democrat in the 2008 presidential field, former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes said Thursday.

Terminated Auburn police officer loses appeal

AUBURN - An Auburn policeman who appealed his August firing will remain terminated, Auburn City Council members voted Thursday.

Auburn city planner fired amid assault allegations

AUBURN - Auburn's city planner was fired Wednesday after refusing to submit to a polygraph examination following allegations of sexual assault.

New on DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

Former Gwinnett players fill staffs of county teams

Minutes before the final school bell rings, the Mill Creek coaches office starts to fill up.

Avoid traffic and earn a tax credit

If I told you about a business solution that can improve employee productivity, increase employee recruitment and retention, enhance employee morale and help clean the environment, would you be interested? What if that solution also came with a $20,000 tax credit?

'Lars and the Real Girl' is a charming crowd-pleaser

3 1/2 stars out of four

Cox thriving as lead blocker for Choice

ATLANTA - Mike Cox knows a little about sacrifice.

Coach Wood invite draws top teams, runners

The Coach Wood Invitational not only will give teams one more race before the postseason, it also will be a preview of the state meet.


It's been just a handful of plays that have cost Shiloh games the last few weeks. The Generals are hoping to put everything together tonight against winless Meadowcreek.

Man indicted in killing of Duluth woman, 67

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Flowery Branch man was indicted in the Sept. 28 shooting death of a Duluth woman in her home a week after his arrest in Hall County.

Spotlight on DVDs

Movie: 3 1/2 stars out of four


OK, Region 7-AAAAA doesn't hinge on this game. It's not for a playoff spot or a state ranking.

EA's 'NHL 08' all but shuts out 'NHL 2K8'

Two titles are facing off to be this season's top National Hockey League video game: 'NHL 08' from EA Sports and 'NHL 2K8' from 2K Sports.

Taste of Home show draws cooking curious, serious

DULUTH - In two months, Carrie Taylor will add a new member to her family. With that in mind, and with a baby boy growing in her belly, Taylor headed out to the Taste of Home cooking school.

A trip for fish 'n' chips leads to wedded bliss

Take a good look at that guy smiling back at you in that mug shot, ladies. All that could have been yours. But now you've missed your chance.

Gwinnett Philharmonic season begins with a violin favorite

The Gwinnett Philharmonic will launch its new season Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center. The ambitious season is filled with opportunities to satisfy the most demanding classical, pops and jazz-loving concertgoer.

Nation Briefs

Bush veto upheld after House vote

Judo competitors to spar at Gwinnett Center

DULUTH - Some of the top Judo competitors from across the country will be joined by athletes from 21 other international delegations for the USA Judo U.S. Open Championships at the Gwinnett Center this weekend.

Affleck finds his niche as a director with 'Gone Baby Gone'

3 1/2 stars out of four

Group will bring its 'Up'-beat song, dance to Gwinnett Center

You can try not to catch their contagious enthusiasm, but resistance is pretty much futile.

Police still mum about deceased Duluth couple

DULUTH - Gwinnett police did not release the names Thursday of a couple found dead in a Duluth apartment a day prior.

Nickel Creek turns in a bittersweet 'farewell' performance at the Fox

Everywhere I looked, there were very good-looking 20-somethings decked out in Chaco sandals and North Face gear, with beers in hand. It was either a kayakers convention or the Nickel Creek concert. And since I am not a kayaker, I was hoping for the latter.

Police reports

Group attempts to rob man in lot

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.

Battle for more than bragging rights

For South Gwinnett, tonight's game is about keeping up. For Brookwood, it's about keeping control.


Ranked No. 1 for the first time this season after last week's win over Peachtree Ridge, unbeaten North Gwinnett also can clinch a playoff berth by defeating South Forsyth tonight.

Ribs 'n' Blues

Open since: Sept. 18

Moving on from 'learning experience'

As the Gwinnett Gladiators prepared for their fifth season, some innocuous comments took on an added dimension when viewed against last year's exploits on and off the ice.

Parkview tries to circle wagons against Lilburn rival

It's been more than a decade since Parkview's postseason fate hinged on just one game, but that's the case tonight.

Local teams face tough road at sectional

For 14 Gwinnett County softball teams, the real season begins today.

Barrow business expo Saturday

WINDER - Barrow residents don't have to travel to another county to get goods and services, say Chamber of Commerce officials. With 64 exhibitors scheduled, Saturday's Business and Home Expo will show residents what's available nearby.


With two losses apiece in the subregion, both coaches admit this game is a big one.

Cuban girl deserves her father's care

Children in the foster care system face enough challenges without adding politics and ideology to the mix, never mind the C-word.

Film Fans cannot reach a verdict on 'Michael Clayton'

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: "Michael Clayton." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Harrington disappointed with benching

FLOWERY BRANCH - It's become a familiar tune for Joey Harrington.

Devils' day Norcross claims 7-AAAAA championship

NORCROSS - Norcross got off to a bit of a slow start in its Area 7-AAAAA volleyball championship match with Mill Creek on Thursday.


Greater Atlanta Christian has hit a recent trend it's not used to - losing.

Trivia 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.

Metro Calendar


Getting to Know ... Ron Elgin

Ron Elgin, 55, is an assistant softball coach at Collins Hill and an assistant baseball coach at Shiloh, where he also teaches part-time. Elgin, a past president of the Georgia Dugout Club, has coached high school baseball for 25 years (22 as head varsity coach) and high school football for 28. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, including two daughters who graduated from Shiloh - Nicole (Class of 1999) and Tiffany (2002). In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the Chamblee resident and retired DeKalb County teacher talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of topics, ranging from this season, his first coaching softball, to Wally Joyner to Collins Hill head coach Billy Dooley.

Gwinnett Calendar


By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

World Briefs

France's First Couple splits

Irving's beloved schoolteacher gets a Southern makeover

EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out our new Out in the Crowd column each Friday for the weekend's best bets in theater, music and the arts.


With some of their toughest opponents already behind them and a high-profile game against Lovett still three weeks away, the top-ranked Wolves must avoid complacency this week as they travel to Marietta to take on Walker.

'Darjeeling Limited' will please Anderson loyalists

2 1/2 stars out of four

Big game routine for Norcross, new territory for Mill Creek

Norcross has been in these types of situations for years.

Latest anti-Iraq War film 'Rendition' takes on topical issues

2 stars out of four

Witherspoon walks the line of drama, politics in 'Rendition'

LOS ANGELES - Before her latest film, if anyone had asked Reese Witherspoon what the term 'extraordinary rendition' meant, she might have answered with a blank stare.

Sarah Lindsay

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

Walter Lunsford

Walter Bert Lunsford, age 60, of Lilburn, GA, died October 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Evelyn Mcmahon

Evelyn S. McMahon, 88, of Lawrenceville, GA, died October 17, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Ross Mclelland

Ross James “Mack” McLelland, Jr., age 57, of Jefferson, GA, passed away on October 17, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Millard Davis

Millard Davis, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on October 17, 2007. He was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Davis. He is survived by his wife of ...

Joe Rickett

Joe W. Rickett, Retired US Navy Reserve Captain, age 94, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Dunwoody, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville ...

Frances Little

Frances “Bunky” Little, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please ...

Winnie Ennis

Winnie Thornhill Ennis, age 84, of Buford, GA and the Zion Hill Community passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A ...

Jack Sims

Jack Nowell Sims, age 82, of Statham, GA, passed away October 17, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Mildred Pace

Mildred Pace, age 80, of Buford, GA, passed away October 18, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

James Ethridge

James Thomas “J.T.” Ethridge, age 78, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. He was a veteran of the Korean War and retired from General Motors ...