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To the Editor: Illegal immigrants shouldn't enjoy any public insurance

I get great heartburn when I read the likes of the letter from Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia's Children, who effectively demanded universal health coverage for all children in Georgia ("Future generations need a fully funded insurance system," To the Editor, Oct. 3).

Nation Briefs

Jury awards $6M to McDonald's worker

GRAYSON 32, SOUTH GWINNETT 0

LOGANVILLE - Grayson's strategy in its matchup with crosstown rival South Gwinnett on Friday night was quite simple - gain possession of the football and play keep away.

People Briefs

Springsteen and wife sued over nixed horse deal

Freshman Falle sparks Georgia women's soccer team with big goals

The Georgia women's soccer team was a mediocre 10-9 last season, and Parkview grad Marah Falle admitted she didn't know what to expect this season.

Norcross 27, South Forsyth 3

NORCROSS - Last week junior running back D.J. Adams and Norcross learned their lesson when they were upset by Peachtree Ridge.

Duluth police H.E.A.T. unit gets $74,000 grant from state

DULUTH - Bad news for the drunken, speeding or otherwise unlawful drivers of Duluth:

Spiritual Calendar

Today

Barrow releases sketch of phony deputy

WINDER - Barrow County Sheriff's investigators Friday released a composite sketch of a man suspected of robbing a woman Tuesday while presenting himself as a Walton County deputy sheriff.

Loganville company acquires Continental Features Inc.

Continental Features Inc. has been acquired by Rae Media Services Corp. of Loganville.

Terps, Tech aim to ride momentum from upset wins

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland and Georgia Tech have traveled identical paths this season. When the teams collide today, the result will go a long way toward determining the direction each goes from here.

Consumer borrowing jumps at fastest pace in 3 months

WASHINGTON - Consumers have boosted their borrowing at the fastest pace in three months, turning increasingly to their credit cards to replace home equity loans as a source of ready cash.

In brief

Man charged with church fire

Not all women are after a man with a large bank account

The guy was extremely courteous and nice but obviously distraught. The five-page letter forwarded to me from a newspaper detailed the downfall of men.

Loganville 21, Winder-Barrow 7

WINDER - In a back-and-forth battle of wills, Loganville's Zach West made the difference.

LOVETT 23, GAC 17

NORCROSS - In its first five plays of the game, GAC looked primed to erase all its frustration from a blowout loss to Buford last week.

Peachtree Ridge 55, Forsyth Central 7

CUMMING - Despite both teams coming off big wins last week, Friday's game between Peachtree Ridge and Forsyth Central turned into a lopsided affair.

Gwinnett officials tour Texas Instruments

RICHARDSON, TEXAS - Fifty years ago, Texas Instruments moved its operations to the small city of Richardson, a suburb of Dallas.

Police kill man who shot five

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Police shot and killed a man early Friday after an hours-long standoff in which he shot five people at downtown law office, killing two of them, authorities said.

Christian Alliance does not speak for all Christians

Sadie Fields once again shows why the right is out of touch with the voters ("SCHIP shouldn't become the start of socialized medicine for everyone," Perspective, Oct. 2). Everyone knows that SCHIP is nowhere related to socialized medicine - just ask the Republican senators and representatives who supported it.

Mill Creek 35, North Forsyth 9

CUMMING - Lenny Brooks and Mill Creek's football team spoiled North Forsyth's homecoming and an upset bid by the hosts on Friday night.

Voices of faith: Pastor has seen many changes in Gwinnett over the years

The Rev. Jim Street - or, as he prefers, plain "Jim" - has been in Christian ministry for 34 years. At age 57, he pastors North River Community Church in Lawrenceville.

Police reports

Norcross student cut in fight

BROOKWOOD 28, BERKMAR 13

LILBURN - Surrounded by their Brookwood teammates, coaches and fans in a post-game huddle on Friday night, tailback Kenny Miles and offensive guard Eric Grube were serenaded with an enthusiastic "Happy Birthday" song.

Local documentary to be screened at Dixie Film Festival

In the mid 1700s, George Whitfield spent years traveling throughout the 13 colonies, aiming to spread the word and raise money for his new project, the Bethesda Home for Boys in Savannah.

Jesus 2.0 Churches look to the Web to widen audience

As a unit, the Christian church is at a crossroads. One path is the old way of order, which some believe has led to a decrease in membership. Down another path, traditions are merged with new media and experimental methods of outreach, but the results are yet to be determined.

Buford 47, Decatur 6

DECATUR - The juggernaut that is the unbeaten Buford Wolves crushed its sixth victim Friday night, manhandling gridiron and Region 6-AA rival Decatur 47-6, at the Decatur High School Stadium.

Illegal immigrants shouldn't enjoy any public insurance

I get great heartburn when I read the likes of the letter from Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia's Children, who effectively demanded universal health coverage for all children in Georgia ("Future generations need a fully funded insurance system," To the Editor, Oct. 3).

Suwanee to name manager

SUWANEE - After reviewing applications for the vacant city manager slot, Suwanee has narrowed the field of qualified candidates to one: Marvin "Marty" Allen, the city's planning and community development director.

WESLEYAN 28, AVONDALE 20

NORCROSS - It takes four quarters to win a football game and Wesleyan used all of it, including a late game defensive stand, to secure a 28-20 victory over Avondale.

Coleman closer to making first appearance

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons may be close to regaining a key player on their defense.

To the Editor: Christian Alliance does not speak for all Christians

Sadie Fields once again shows why the right is out of touch with the voters ("SCHIP shouldn't become the start of socialized medicine for everyone," Perspective, Oct. 2). Everyone knows that SCHIP is nowhere related to socialized medicine - just ask the Republican senators and representatives who supported it.

The things we won't do for our wives

What's that old adage? The best laid plans of mice and men?

HART COUNTY 41, APALACHEE 6

WINDER - For one half it looked like Apalachee and No. 6 state-ranked Hart County were going to go down to the wire. Though the Wildcats never got much going on offense, they held Hart to just one touchdown despite numerous chances. That all changed in the third quarter, when Hart erupted for 21 points on its way to a 41-6 win over Apalachee (2-4, 0-2 Region 8-AAA). "We played well enough to keep them out of the end zone except for once in the first half," said Apalachee head coach Shane Davis. The Wildcats scored to cut the deficit to 20-6 early in the third, but that was all the offense could manage, and Hart (4-0-1, 2-0 region) rolled up 21 more points in the final quarter-and-a-half for a big win. "In the second half we couldn't get anything together," Davis said. "The third quarter killed us."

Wine South is a major loss for Gwinnett

Wine South is typically one of the highlights of my entire year, so even though the event moved from Gwinnett to Atlanta this year, I didn't even consider not going.

Prep Roundup: Fullem, Buford crush Holy Innocents' 11-1

BUFORD - Karly Fullem (5-1) gave up four hits, one walk, one unearned run and struck out six to help the Buford Wolves beat Holy Innocents' 11-1 in five innings at the Region 6-AA tournament on Friday.

Nearly thirty schools called distinguished

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 30 Title I schools in Gwinnett, Buford and Barrow have been identified as distinguished schools.

Florida loss opens door for Bulldogs, Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's first words to his team in preparation for No. 12 Georgia had nothing to do with the Bulldogs.

World Briefs

Junta says monks were detained

Central Gwinnett 35, Meadowcreek 7

NORCROSS - The cure for ailing Central Gwinnett's two straight losses was simple: an extra heavy dose of Diante Drake.

Seeing the forest for the trees Duluth dentist wins awards for tree farm near Sparta

DULUTH - Slade Lail bought PlumbDent Farms near Sparta so his three children would have a place to frolic in the woods like he had as a child.

Concert band will play in support of Air Force Week

DULUTH - Maj. Chad Steffey was reminded recently of just how powerful music can be.

Rain delays Highway 78 work yet again

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rain late this week kept workers from closing a lane on U.S. Highway 78, again delaying scheduled clearing.

Pastor has seen many changes in Gwinnett over the years Voices of faith: The Rev. Jim Street

The Rev. Jim Street - or, as he prefers, plain "Jim" - has been in Christian ministry for 34 years. At age 57, he pastors North River Community Church in Lawrenceville.

Can sexual harassment lawsuits speed up evolution?

Can you expand a man's mind by pounding a gavel on it?

DA: Taylor offered drugs to undercover cop Alleged 'Mansion Madam' will remain jailed at least a week

LAWRENCEVILLE - Alleged "Mansion Madam" Lisa Taylor tried to sell cocaine to an undercover officer one day before her most recent arrest on drug charges, a lead prosecutor said Friday.

Iraq just as real after two years of reflection

It has been two years since my trip to Iraq to see the war through the eyes of Georgia's 48th Brigade Combat Team located in the aptly named "Triangle of Death," south of Baghdad. The longer I am away, the scarier it seems. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.

Clarke Central 28, Dacula 21

DACULA - Battling toe-to-toe with Clarke Central in a Region 8-AAAA, Division A first-place showdown, Dacula watched a one-point lead dissolve in a matter of minutes midway through the fourth quarter as the Gladiators rallied for a 28-21 win over the Falcons at Barron Field.

Parkview 10, Shiloh 7

SNELLVILLE - Parkview has never lost consecutive region games under head coach Cecil Flowe and after surviving a scare from Shiloh on Friday still hasn't.

North Gwinnett 32, Duluth 0

DULUTH - North Gwinnett head football coach Bob Sphire was concerned about Friday night's game with Duluth being a "trap" game for his Bulldogs - as next week's huge matchup against Peachtree Ridge loomed on the calendar.

Firefighters kick off safety month with open house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Kathy Cannon is eating dinner with her family in a crowded hotel room. Children laugh, plates shuffle. But this is no vacation, no reprieve from anything. A house fire left the Dacula family homeless about six hours ago.