News for Thursday, August 14, 2008

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Georgians ask questions for DNC 'town hall'

DECATUR - Health care, privacy rights, faith and values were among topics on the minds of Georgians whose questions were videotaped for possible presentation to national leaders at the Democratic National Convention.

Football Preview

Coming Sunday, Aug. 24, the Daily Post will publish its in-depth, 56-page guide to the upcoming Gwinnett high school football season.

Political Notebook: McCain parties planned

Gwinnett Republicans have a chance to help John McCain kick off his presidential campaign with a set of house parties scheduled tonight.

People Briefs

3 passengers back Osteen, say they saw no assault

New Chamber initiative kicks off Friday with speaker

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce is revamping a program for women and will kick off the new initiative Friday with its first speaker.

Gwinnett Gab

Former Buford superintendent joins GSBA team

US to Moscow: Leave Georgia

WASHINGTON - The United States demanded Wednesday that Russia end all military activities in neighboring Georgia as President Bush ordered U.S. aid for Georgians devastated by the invasion.

Bulldog Dash now a community event

Mark Karen still remembers the humble beginning of the Bulldog Dash when it was held at George Pierce park and featured about 50 participants.

Deputies arrest man wanted in shootout with couple

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities arrested a man Tuesday in connection with an Aug. 7 incident in which he allegedly became enraged and opened fire during an altercation with two people.

Must Read: World's tallest woman dies at 53 in Indiana nursing home

INDIANAPOLIS - A woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world's tallest female died early Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53.

Eric Shanteau: Soaking it up Swimmer to return to begin cancer treatment

Eric Shanteau spent his Thursday evening - Thursday morning for us - in front of more TV cameras.

Students set ACT record System's highest-ever composite score earned

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools students have set a record for the system's highest-ever composite score on the ACT, a curriculum-based test designed to measure college preparedness, officials announced Wednesday.

Nation Briefs

Gunman wounds Ark. Democratic Party chairman

Silverbacks trade Toure to Miami Forward named to USL's team of week after two goals Sunday

In Atlanta's third roster move of the past week, the Silverbacks traded forward Ansu Toure to the Miami FC Blues on Wednesday in exchange for Sean Cameron.

Man leads police on a chase following shooting

LILBURN - A man is in custody after allegedly shooting a person Wednesday and nearly plowing over a police officer in a chase that spanned multiple jurisdictions, authorities said.

Body found: Police expand search

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have expanded their efforts nationwide to identify a young woman found dismembered near railroad tracks in Lawrenceville this week.

New plantings can die from construction, weather or insects

New plants don't often die, but it does happen. The reasons are broad. It's hard to keep an eye on a list with at least 15 factors. Multiply the list of factors by an endless array of plants and it's understandable that you might not figure out why a plant died.

If there's a convention, a Stevenson is nearby

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - The Stevenson family has a long history with political conventions.

Philadelphia College welcomes new medical students

SUWANEE - The newest class of medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Georgia Campus on Wednesday began orientation, a three-day program designed to give the future doctors an overview of their next four years of school.

Tough words needed for defiant Russia

Russia's invasion of Georgia on the pretext of "protecting" Russian peacekeepers stationed in the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and ending the "ethnic cleansing" of native Russians living there, is a sobering reminder that the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 was not a sign that old-line communists were ready to walk the sawdust trail of repentance and convert to capitalism, democracy, human rights and religious freedom. Quite the contrary.

Locals learn at home Silverbacks train hopeful soccer pros

Little kids often fantasize about being a professional athlete.

Exotic, invasive aquatic plants threaten waterways

When I was a child, my grandfather owned some land on a lake in Liberty County. When I visited him in Savannah, he would often take me to this lake and we would go fishing. Over time, the lake became unusable due to an exotic aquatic plant called hydrilla, or water thyme. The infestation was so bad that even boats could barely navigate the lake, and the fishing came to a standstill.

Up on his feet Lions' Minter loving new LB role

SUWANEE - Kevin Minter doesn't have much trouble sitting still at appropriate times - like during one of his classes at Peachtree Ridge High School.

World Briefs

UN unveils plans to step up efforts in Iraq

Ga. man wanted in NC killings turns himself in

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Georgia man wanted in a North Carolina double homicide turned himself in to Gwinnett authorities Wednesday evening.

Man gets bond in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A judge has granted bond to the boyfriend of a slain pregnant woman who police say lied to them about the Easter Sunday incident.

McCain parties planned

Gwinnett Republicans have a chance to help John McCain kick off his presidential campaign with a set of house parties scheduled tonight.

'Proud day' County completes construction upgrades to three dams

LAWRENCEVILLE - The county and its partners on Wednesday announced the completion of construction upgrades made to three dams in the Yellow River watershed.

Big break for Davis

If there was a career path that Dan Davis could have picked, it wouldn't have been this.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Exotic, invasive aquatic plants threaten waterways

When I was a child, my grandfather owned some land on a lake in Liberty County. When I visited him in Savannah, he would often take me to this lake and we would go fishing. Over time, the lake became unusable due to an exotic aquatic plant called hydrilla, or water thyme. The infestation was so bad that even boats could barely navigate the lake, and the fishing came to a standstill.

Darrie Jordan

Mrs. Darrie Beatrice Jordan, age 92, of Epworth, GA, passed away Monday August 11, 2008 in the Life Care Center in Ducktown, TN surrounded by her loving family. Born in ...

Bernard Chandler

Bernard Larry Chandler, age 60, of Auburn, GA, passed away August 12, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Anita Rogers

Anita Garrison Rogers, age 40, of Rockhill, South Carolina, formerly of Loganville, GA, passed away August 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Geraldine Hicks

GERRI) Geraldine (Gerri) Hicks, age 63 of Monroe, Georgia, passed away August 13, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 12:30PM Friday, August 15, 2008 in the Loganville Chapel of ...

Ramona Jocelyn

Ramona Jocelyn, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons, Funeral Home Gwinnett Chapel 770-338-5558