News for Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Pa. teens ordered to stand trial in immigrant's death

Police: Man caught speeding brandished fake police badge Lawrenceville resident charged with impersonating officer

DULUTH - Police arrested a Lawrenceville man for purporting himself as a DeKalb County officer - and several other people - during a routine traffic stop, an official said.

Things looking up for Francoeur

ATLANTA - David Francoeur was convinced that something physical had to be causing his son's stunning struggles at the plate.

Man charged with cruelty for abandoning his dog

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 28-year-old Lawrenceville man faces a single charge of cruelty to animals, records show.

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Alligator found in Suwanee 2-foot reptile hanging out in home's front yard

SUWANEE - See you later, alligator.

Macaroni Grill owner sells majority stake in restaurant

NEW YORK - Brinker International Inc., the owner of the Chili's Grill & Bar chain, said Monday it will sell a majority stake in Romano's Macaroni Grill to a private equity firm.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: On the agenda

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the Gwinnett County Planning Commission will consider today. The panel meets 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Musharraf's exit poses challenge President steps down after nearly nine years in power

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pervez Musharraf resigned Monday as the president of Pakistan, avoiding a power struggle with rivals vowing to impeach him that would have deepened the country's political crisis.

Mattie's Call issued for missing man 80-year-old Lawrenceville resident disappeared last week

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Monday issued a Mattie's Call to help locate an 80-year-old man missing since last week.

Must read: Illinois to re-enact Abraham Lincoln, Douglas debates

FREEPORT, Ill. - This is the 'Pretzel City,' thanks to German bakers who settled here in the 1850s. It's appropriate, given the way a lightweight named Abraham Lincoln twisted up a political colossus here and began cementing his place in American myth.

Local briefs

5 injured in 3-vehicle wreck

School enrollment increase matches last year's jump

LAWRENCEVILLE - In one week, Gwinnett County Public Schools' enrollment grew by more than 3,500 students, district officials announced Monday.

Porter: No laws broken in Conway's check of Newton

LAWRENCEVILLE - District Attorney Danny Porter said the sheriff violated no laws when he paid an investigator to research the criminal history of a political foe.

World Briefs

Afghan militant threat shuts down public ceremony

Top Dawg glad his son's a Tiger

COLUMBIA, S.C. - This was one prospect Georgia coach Mark Richt turned away for all the right reasons.

Grayson OKs retirement community

GRAYSON - A rezoning that allows for a continuing care retirement community was unanimously OK'd Monday night at a public hearing by the Grayson City Council.

Small Gwinnett Tech fire causes stir

LAWRENCEVILLE - Students, faculty and staff at Gwinnett Technical College were briefly evacuated Monday when a small fire broke out in a health sciences building.

GCPS using fewer disciplinary panels Policy revised for minor rule infractions

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said revised policies led to fewer disciplinary panels last year.

People Briefs

Annie Lennox has surgery, resting at home

Zito, Giants blank Braves

ATLANTA - Barry Zito has a new approach to pitching: stay in the moment, and stop forcing things.

Prep roundup: Bulldogs capitalize on Lions' mistakes

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge's Krysten Connelly threw a complete-game no-hitter and struck out nine, but still took a 4-1 loss to North Gwinnett in a non-region 7-AAAAA softball game Monday.

People Helping People: New partnerships, special event for Rainbow Village

Alan Wyatt and his wife Judy are co-owners of Designs of the Interior, an interior design retail business in Johns Creek, and have been big supporters of Rainbow Village for the past several years. The more involved they became with us, the better acquainted they became with the services we provide to the families in our transitional housing program.

Forum offers insight on faith and politicians

The 'civil forum' featuring presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain may not have been as exciting as Michael Phelps winning his eighth Olympic gold medal, but it was civil and it was a forum from which emerged useful information.

'This is the future of traffic control' Center keeps an eye out for road problems

LAWRENCEVILLE - Last week, a gas main break caused traffic to pile up on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Wall Street pulls back as financials fall

NEW YORK - Wall Street retreated Monday after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fell to their lowest levels in nearly 20 years on concerns that the government might need to bail out the mortgage financiers. Weakness in the overall financial sector sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 175 points.

Can't turn Michael Mania into fever for the Olympics

How much are you into the Olympics? As we enter the final week of the 2008 Games in Beijing, it seems like a fair question, one that is answered partially by the high viewing numbers NBC has seen thanks to Mr. Gold Medal, Michael Phelps.

Handy Hawk

Amberlie Saxton has looked hard over the years and has found only a few people who share her unique first name, although none spell it like her.

Coutu kicks OT game-winner

It wasn't really a good sign that the Seattle Seahawks fell short of the end zone on numerous drives late Saturday night.

Rachel Langford

Rachel Langford, age 83 of Winder, GA, passed away August 17, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Gilbert Swords

The family of Gilbert L. Swords wishes to announce our “Celebration of His Life” on Saturday the 23rd of August from 12:00P.M.-5:00P.M. We will hold this celebration ...

Maxine Ray

Maxine H. Ray, age 95, of Suwanee, GA, passed away August 17, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Joanne Hawkins

Joanne Hawkins, age 62, of Monroe, GA, passed away August 17, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Judy Owens

Ms. Judy Hollis Owens, age 69, of Maysville, GA, passed away August 16, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home Chapel 706-367-5467

Joel Martin

Mr. Joel Martin, age 41, of Buford, GA, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Victor Anthony D'anna

Victor Anthony D'Anna, age 88, of Snellville, GA, passed away August 17, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville 770-962-3100