News for Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Reservoir plans popular with politicians, worrisome to Greens

ATLANTA - Georgia politicians are suddenly abuzz with talk about a plan to build state reservoirs to prevent a future water crisis, but environmentalists are pouring cold water on the idea.

Braves trade Renteria

ATLANTA - Frank Wren's first trade as Atlanta Braves general manager didn't bring back the experienced starting pitcher that was at the top of most fans' wish list.

Calif. fire cartoon was in poor taste

I found the cartoon depicting the Malibu Fire Department published on Friday, Oct. 26, to be a travesty. The fires that California is experiencing due to the drought have resulted in loss of life and homes.

Sports briefs

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Another rate cut anticipated to cushion economy from housing slump, credit crunch

WASHINGTON - The message from Ben Bernanke and his Federal Reserve colleagues is clear: The housing slump will drag on well into next year as credit problems linger. What's not so apparent is how they'll deal with the crisis, although another interest rate cut could come this week.

Six candidates in race for commission seat

WINDER - A handful of voters toward the west end of Winder will pick from six candidates to lead District 3 on the Board of Commissioners.

Salmon dip sold at Kroger recalled Tainted product found in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - A recall of Kroger Smoked Salmon Dip was issued Monday after the Georgia Department of Agriculture found a deadly bacteria in a package of the product at a Loganville Kroger.

New deaths add to homicide record Teen dies of gunshot wound in Snellville; Lawrenceville woman found in home shot to death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police are labeling two weekend shooting deaths as homicides, adding to the county's record homicide rate this year.

Atlanta win keeps Johnson within reach of Gordon, title

HAMPTON - "Now we're in striking distance."

Officials discuss tax plan Proposal gets rid of property taxes

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 50 people attended the Gwinnett County Council of PTA's community education forum on two topics that affect homeowners: taxes and rezonings.

Liquor sales up for vote again in Loganville

LOGANVILLE - After three failed attempts to allow the sale of liquor by the drink in Loganville, residents on Nov. 6 will have a fourth chance to vote on whether restaurants can pour alcohol.

Puppy stolen from PetSmart during adoption event Group offering $500 reward for information leading to safe return of dog

LAWRENCEVILLE - Somebody snagged "Rocky," an adorable ball of fur that's at least part beagle and chihuahua, maybe more. His owners want him back. They're putting up money to prove it.

Wilson plans to share prison experiences as a warning to teens

POWDER SPRINGS - Genarlow Wilson, freed last week after spending almost three years in prison for having consensual oral sex with another teenager, said Monday he plans to his use his newfound celebrity to warn teens about the dangers of risky behavior.

NASCAR a sport you must see in person

"I don't know about your editor," the voice mail left on a co-worker's phone said. "He's a displaced Yankee," said the genteel woman's voice in a nice Southern drawl.

Court filings part of Suwanee campaign Restraining order filed against candidate last year

SUWANEE - The man who has accused Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino of harsh confrontations has a history of heated battles.

MLB criticizes A-Rod, Boras over timing

DENVER - Major League Baseball had this message for Alex Rodriguez and agent Scott Boras: Shame on you.

Lilburn Elementary evacuated after threat

LILBURN - Lilburn Elementary School was evacuated Monday morning after police received an anonymous call that indicated a possible threat to the school, officials said.

It's finally not losses keeping Backus awake

No player in the NFL experienced more losing the past six years than former Norcross standout Jeff Backus.

World briefs

Blast kills 29; sheiks freed

To the editor: Stop development to save our water

Enact a moratorium on development and cease this never-ending growth. We do not have enough water for the people who are already here.

Winder has fresh choices for mayor

WINDER - Winder will have a new mayor in 2008, for the first time in 16 years, while two candidates vie for the councilman at-large seat.

Schools struggle to keep students Study: More than 1 in 10 deemed 'dropout factories'

WASHINGTON - It's a nickname no principal could be proud of: 'Dropout Factory,' a high school where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America.

GameStop offers $5,000 reward for finding robber

LILBURN - The search for a man who robbed two different video game retailers in Gwinnett last week continues, a Lilburn police spokesman said. Police have yet to make an arrest in the GameStop robberies despite a $5,000 reward offered by the company, said Lilburn police officer Matt Lake.

Pooling resources SwimAtlanta opening up third location in Dacula's Kids Village complex

DACULA - SwimAtlanta owner Chris Davis said many of his customers have been waiting for him to open a facility in the growing Dacula area.

I-285 plan could include dedicated lanes

DULUTH - Dedicated truck or bus lanes, high-occupancy toll lanes or simply more lanes on Interstate 285 may be the answer to improving traffic flow on the thoroughfare.

Police reports

Man charged with stealing watermelon

To the editor: Calif. fire cartoon was in poor taste

I found the cartoon depicting the Malibu Fire Department published on Friday, Oct. 26, to be a travesty. The fires that California is experiencing due to the drought have resulted in loss of life and homes.

People briefs

Sarkozy walks out on '60 Minutes'

Rangel looks to suck our pockets dry

Just in time for Halloween comes House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel - henceforth known as Count Rangula - with a bill that would suck more blood from the American taxpayers.

Water got into fuel, led to big wreck

HAMPTON - NASCAR has its own 'Water-gate.'

Gladiators ready for rematch with Royals

DULUTH - Six game misconduct penalties were handed out with less than two minutes left in the Gwinnett Gladiators' 5-1 victory over the Reading Royals on Sunday.

Nation briefs

Crude prices jump sharply, nearing $94

Stop development to save our water

Enact a moratorium on development and cease this never-ending growth. We do not have enough water for the people who are already here.

Bobby G. Chesnut

Chief Warrent Officer Bobby G. Chesnut, Retired U.S. Marine Corps, age 79, of Tucker, GA, died October 28, 2007. Arrangements by The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker ...

Ruth Martin Peavy

Mrs. Ruth Martin Peavy, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Lee Peavy, Sr. She is ...

Jerry Nathaniel Duke

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Jerry Nathaniel Duke, age 62, of Jefferson, who passed away on Monday, October, 29, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Ruth Louise Gresham Mclaughlin

Ruth Louise Gresham McLaughlin, age 92, passed away in the early morning of Sunday, October 28, 2007. A resident of Meadowbrook Nursing Home, she was a long time member of ...

Buddy T. Wright

Buddy T. Wright, age 60, of Lagrange, formerly of Loganville, GA, passed away October 27, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please ...

Elizabeth M. Campbell

Elizabeth M. Campbell, age 82, of Grayson, Georgia, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewart-fh.com.