News for Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Julie Meadows

Julie Diane Froug Meadows, age 47, of Atlanta (Dekalb County), GA, passed away on December 21, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Tommy Martin

Tommy Martin, age 50, of Loganville, GA, passed away on December 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Bobby Burel

Mr. Bobby D. Burel, age 68, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, December 22, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Nell Davis Burel. He is survived ...

Glenn Pugh

Glenn L. Pugh, age 76, of Loganville, GA, passed away, December 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville, GA 770-979-3200

James Crawford

Mr. James Crawford, age 66 of Snellville, GA, passed away Friday, December 19, 2008. Arrangemenst by Chapel of West Cobb Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc, 770-419-9234

Suwanee woman's CD offers holiday standards, originals

LAWRENCEVILLE - Joy Fowler's favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night," and it was also the inspiration for her holiday album, "Joy."

Duluth approves $2M software

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to purchase $2 million in new computer software that will enable the city to become a "world-class government."

Georgia women rally in 2nd half

DULUTH - Coach Andy Landers challenged his Georgia players after a sloppy start and the Bulldogs responded in a big way.

Investigators seek wreck clues Continental jet slid into ravine during takeoff attempt

DENVER - Investigators climbed inside the cracked, charred wreckage of a Continental Airlines jet Monday, searching for clues about why the plane veered off a runway and slid nearly half a mile into a ravine.

World briefs

Iraqi PM: Man who threw shoes blames militant for plot

Prep roundup: Armstrong, Wesleyan win Nike TOC finale

CHANDLER, Ariz. - After two foul-plagued games, Anne Marie Armstrong broke out Monday afternoon in Wesleyan's final game of Nike Tournament of Champions, the nation's most-touted girls basketball tournament.

Victim ID'd in shooting

DULUTH - Gwinnett police have identified the victim of a late-night shooting at a Duluth gas station this past weekend as 23-year-old Terrence Davis of Lithonia.

State briefs

56-year-old sentenced for bribing school official

People briefs

Director of 'Mockingbird' dies at 83

Swimming and Diving roundup: Gwinnett defeats Cobb in the pool again

The margin of victory changes yearly in the Cobb-Gwinnett Challenge, but the victor has remained the same.

Families encouraged to seek learning opportunities on break

LAWRENCEVILLE - School officials are encouraging families to seek out learning opportunities during this two-week break.

Pets die in blaze that leaves 3 homeless

DULUTH - Firefighters grappled with sub-freezing temps Monday morning to quench a burning townhome in Duluth, but not before the blaze claimed two household pets and displaced three renters, officials said.

Nation briefs

Three men get manslaughter charges in fire at ground zero

New York Times publishes fake letter from Paris mayor

NEW YORK - The New York Times admitted Monday it published a fake letter purportedly from the mayor of Paris criticizing Caroline Kennedy's Senate bid as 'appalling' and 'not very democratic.'

A young man at Target sets a great example

Not too long ago I used this space to write an obituary for customer service. It may have been premature.

Smart Start Locals build young coaching careers under Landers

DULUTH - David Akin and Sara Kate Greene talk frequently about their hometown.

Faith: The ultimate gift

Examples of faith abound at this time of year. There is the faith children put in Santa Claus to bring them stuff that magically no one seems to have paid for. Call it a 'bailout' for kids.

Surprising Falcons back in playoffs Division title still a possibility

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan's biggest mistake of the day turned into a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Collins Hill coach faces DUI charge Woman has steered team to national championship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Collins Hill's championship-winning girls basketball coach was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol over the weekend.

Cop shoots suspect in kidnapping

BUFORD - A Gwinnett police officer was forced to shoot a bandanna-cloaked kidnapping suspect Monday morning who pulled a weapon, authorities said.

Brundage puts Gwinnett Braves coaching staff in place

After just digging out from a freak Oregon snowstorm that buried his home outside Portland, Dave Brundage was more than happy to talk a little baseball on Monday.

Man killed in weekend crash

SUWANEE - A 31-year-old Suwanee man died in the predawn hours of Sunday morning when he lost control of his car on Interstate 85, police said.

Woman gets crafty with grits

LAWRENCEVILLE - For Carol Kautz, grits are good for more than eatin'.