News for Friday, August 1, 2008

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Hawks introduce Evans as new 6th man

ATLANTA - Maurice Evans could have taken the road to higher pay with a European team, but he decided to keep his roots grounded in America and with the Atlanta Hawks.

'It's a great day' Tax-free shopping in full swing

LAWRENCEVILLE - In this economy, every penny counts, Sandy Springs resident Denise Tyler said.

State briefs

Autopsy: Delta passenger found dead showed heart abnormality

Spotlight on DVD

James A. Michener's Centennial: The Complete Series

Movie 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.

Oil falls to almost $124 on dour economic data

NEW YORK - Oil prices pulled back Thursday, wiping out some gains from the previous day's $4 a barrel rally, as traders bet that a cooling U.S. economy will continue to eat into U.S. demand for fuel.

Sammons leads Braves to win

ATLANTA - Brian McCann should be back behind the plate in a few days, but that may not necessarily mean that Clint Sammons is heading directly down to the minors.

Auto group relocating to metro area

DULUTH - One of the largest automotive, Fortune 500 companies in the nation will soon be calling the metro area home.

New birds flock to Mill Creek for scrimmage

HOSCHTON - Are you ready for some football? The community surrounding Mill Creek High School sure is, and not only from their beloved Hawks, who conclude their first week of preseason conditioning today.

Falcons return to Gwinnett

For the first time since leaving Suwanee as their training camp home in 1998, the Atlanta Falcons are returning to Gwinnett County - for one night anyway.

Conway defends honor

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two years ago, Butch Conway took to the podium after the district attorney announced the indictment of two political operatives just days before a primary runoff.

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World

US death toll hits all-time low

Shoppers saving by opting for more store brands

CINCINNATI - After watching the price of her favorite bread rising too quickly, Michele Shores decided it was time for a fresh approach.

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Crime rate down Data show dip in violent offenses

LAWRENCEVILLE - So far, Gwinnett is statistically safer this year than last.

People

Court extends Britney Spears' conservatorship

'Wicked' tickets go on sale Saturday

ATLANTA - The witches of Oz cast a spell on theater-goers in 2006, breaking box office records in their run at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, and the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch are set to take the stage again.

Man accused of raping teen Police: Suspect was on work release

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man serving on criminal work release has been arrested on charges he raped a Lawrenceville teen earlier this month, police said.

Board upholds decision to end teacher's contract

SUWANEE - When his teaching contract was not renewed at the end of the 2007-08 school year, George Jones decided to fight for his job at Lilburn Middle School.

Survey: Gwinnett favors school choice, vouchers

ATLANTA - A prominent advocate for educational reform on Thursday likened Georgia's school systems to eight-track players in an iPod world.

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Arena at Gwinnett Center

Gourmandises

Open since: Dec. 24

Nation

Small jet crash kills at least 8

Blogs giving gossip a new place to live

The tabloid story that everybody's talking about - but almost no one is writing about - has created an interesting debate on the Internet about the dueling roles of old/new media and what constitutes legitimate news.

Support candidates who didn't vote to weaken anti-smoking ordinance

The upcoming runoff election is very important as it will determine the health and well-being of our county in the future.

Business briefs

Wall Street slides on GDP, jobless data

Feds open investigation into Eve Carson death

RALEIGH, N.C. - Federal prosecutors have opened their own investigation into the killing of former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson, according to a letter made public Thursday.

Tax holiday has adult twist

ALPHARETTA - The search for a corset to go beneath her wedding gown brought Michelle Maltin to Lingerie Mart, but the back-to-school sales tax holiday that began in Georgia on Thursday kept her there for more than two hours.

To the editor: Support candidates who didn't vote to weaken anti-smoking ordinance

The upcoming runoff election is very important as it will determine the health and well-being of our county in the future.

Snellville Diner presents Brunch with the Beast

SNELLVILLE - He's big and hairy, but don't let his appearance - or his name - deceive you. The Beast is really pretty friendly. And he's invited you to brunch.

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Jazz concert coming to Suwanee's Town Center

The sound of jazz tunes will fill Suwanee's Town Center stage tonight as two Atlanta-based musicians perform.

Gwinnett dancers garner applause in Austria

Four dancers from Gwinnett Ballet Theatre gained international performing experience when they participated in the Young! Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Tanzsommer, Austria, in June. One of four pre-professional dance companies from the USA, GBT was represented by Mallory Retter, Allison Bridgers, Lauren Ring and Maggie Ellington, with the splendid addition of Atlanta Ballet soloist David Blumenfeld who performed with the young ballerinas.

Getting to Know ... Jason Elam

Jason Elam, 38, signed with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason after 15 years with the Denver Broncos. The Brookwood grad holds a handful of NFL kicking records, including a league record-tying 63-yard field goal in 1998, and also won two Super Bowls with the Broncos. He and his wife, Tamy, a former Broncos cheerleader, have four home-schooled children, sons Jason Jr. (11) and Joshua Matthew (5) and daughters Jordan Noel (10) and Julianna (7).

From a fon-don't to a fondue

Once again, I have had to re-learn the lesson of not making assumptions about things I don't really know anything about.

Pavel Tivadar

Pavel Tivadar, age 53, of Suwanee, GA, died July 29, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Jeanette Brewer

Jeanette B. Brewer, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away July 30, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

John Roebuck

John Roebuck, age 74 of Suwanee, GA died Sunday, July 27, 2008 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Funeral service was 1 P.M. Monday, July 28, 2008 in the Chapel ...

Reece Evans

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Reece Andrew Evans, age 90 of Hoschton, Georgia who died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by ...

Norman Currin

Norman Hampton Currin, age 62, of Winder, GA, passed away July 27, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Marie Comeau

Marie Irene Comeau, age 85 of Lawrenceville, GA, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. (770)945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Marcia Ann Hong

Marcia Ann Hong, age 53, of Suwanee, GA, died July 30, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Susan Guthrie

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Susan H. Guthrie, age 61, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...