News for Friday, December 5, 2008

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Terry Williamson, Jr.

TERRY Mr. Terry “T.J.” Williamson, Jr., age 27, of Buford, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Rick Miller

Rick Miller, age 53, of Monroe, GA, passed away December 5, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Daphne Parker

Daphne M. Parker, age 85, of Statham, GA, passed away December 3, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Lola Smith

Memorial services for Lola Mae Smith, 77, will be held 2pm Sunday December 7, 2008 at Barr-price Funeral Home and Crematorium Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends following ...

Ruby Legg

Mrs. Ruby Doss Legg, age 98 of Jefferson, GA, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467

Willie Coggins

Mr. Willie Royce Coggins, age 65, of Gainesville, GA, passed away Friday, December 3, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

William Riggs, Jr.

William James “Jim” Riggs, Jr., age 42 of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in ...

John Barczak

John “Jack” Barczak, age 69, of Loganville, GA, passed away December 5, 2008. Arrangements by Peachtree Cremation Society 678-205-5550

John Haddock

John Edward Haddock, age 59 of Duluth, died December 2, 2008. A graveside service will be held 11:30 AM Monday December 8, 2008 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Mr ...

Rosaline Mchenry

Rosaline J. McHenry, age 51, of Decatur, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Ferrell Dobbins

Mr. Ferrell Dobbins, age 58, of Gainesville, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2008. He was preceded in death by his: father, Jack Dobbins ...

Must read: Solar car completes first ever round-the-world trip

POZNAN, Poland - If a solar-powered car can drive 32,000 miles around the globe without using a drop of oil, perhaps it can be forgiven for not having a coffee cup holder.

The Dish: Red Brick Oven

Open since: October

Getting to Know ... Ashley Brown-Little

Ashley Brown-Little had a stellar basketball career at Central Gwinnett - including helping the Black Knights to the Class AAAA state championship in 2001 - and went on to an all-conference and all-academic college career at Brewton-Parker before graduating in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

Nation Briefs

Automakers face skeptical leaders on aid plan

Suwanee gallery to open exhibit of functional art

The owner of vboggs galleries invites the public to mingle with the artists who have created pieces for the gallery's latest exhibit at an opening this weekend.

Braves make offer for Burnett

ATLANTA - Javier Vazquez is just the first piece in the rebuilding of the Atlanta Braves' pitching rotation. The team still needs a No. 1 starter and it could be A.J. Burnett.

O.J. gets at least 9 years for armed hotel robbery

LAS VEGAS - A weary and beaten-looking O.J. Simpson was put away Friday for at least nine years - and perhaps the rest of his life - for an armed robbery in a hotel room, bringing a measure of satisfaction to those who believed the football star got away with murder more than a decade ago.

Escaped inmate recaptured

NORCROSS - A man who walked away from a work-release program in Hall County in November was captured Thursday in Norcross.

Live scoring updates and game stats.

High School Football

Woman accused of impersonating police detective

LILBURN - Police arrested a woman Tuesday and charged her with impersonating a police officer after they said she made at least one phone call saying she was an investigator.

To the editor: County parks rightly awarded

Congratulations to Gwinnett County for being named best park system in the country. What an honor.

The holy grail of customer service

Dealing with corporate America has become increasingly frustrating in the past couple of decades.

Gwinnett Calendar

Calendar items should be e-mailed to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.

World Briefs

Two US soldiers die in wave of suicide attacks

Give Obama a chance to lead

If President George W. Bush is a lame duck in his presidency, Cal Thomas is a crippled turkey as a political columnist. He can't seem to control his venomous rant against President-elect Barack Obama long enough to give the man a chance to jump start his program for change.

Indictment alleges man shot teenager to gain gang status

LAWRENCEVILLE - On the evening of Aug. 21, Walter Aldana reportedly strolled up to a group of 30 teens at a pick-up basketball game in a Duluth cul-de-sac, asked them what gang "set" they claimed, and when the befuddled teens failed to reply, he started shooting.

County parks rightly awarded

Congratulations to Gwinnett County for being named best park system in the country. What an honor.

Holiday home tours offered this weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE - Holiday home tours have become traditions for cities in Gwinnett County the past few years. This holiday season the traditions will continue, and more traditions will begin as residents of Grayson, Lilburn and Norcross open their homes this weekend for tours.

Dacula adopts budget, irrigation ordinance

DACULA - City officials voted Thursday night to adopt an irrigation ordinance reflecting guidelines set forth in Georgia House Bill 1277 promoting water conservation measures.

Tuition to rise at technical colleges

LAWRENCEVILLE - Students taking between 13 and 15 credit hours at technical colleges will see the cost of tuition rise by as much as $108 per quarter, officials announced Thursday.

'Cadillac Records' plays song you've heard before

"Cadillac Records" (R)

'Reluctant' judge grants $50K bonds Meadowcreek teenagers accused of armed robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Freedom, albeit temporary, is just a bond payment away for four Meadowcreek student-athletes accused of rolling a Hispanic man for a wad of cash last month.

Ballard, Andrews behind Gwinnett's stingiest defenses

When it comes to defenses in Gwinnett County this season, none have been tougher to score on than Grayson and Peachtree Ridge.

Out in the crowd: Yes, we can 11Alive Can-A-Thon food drive in its 26th year

The 26th annual 11Alive Can-A-Thon is calling for canned food donations.

Film fans rave about Luhrmann's epic 'Australia'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Australia." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Presidential advice: Students' letters offer opinions, ask questions of Obama

LAWRENCEVILLE - Esmoni Mann watched the news with her mother the night Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States.

'Slumdog Millionaire' shows glimmers of greatness

"Slumdog Millionaire" (R)

Pediatric patients given Honor Trees

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bobby Braswell has a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer.

'Nobel Son' is ultimately a 'Pulp Fiction' rip-off

"Nobel Son" (R)

Circus to hold auditions Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Aspiring performers, acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, dancers and individuals with special talents are invited to step right up to audition for a part in a circus show.

Dog Whisperer to give seminar in Atlanta

"El Perrero," better known in the U.S. as the Dog Whisperer, will share what he knows about working with canines in Atlanta this weekend during his only seminar in 2008.

Cooperation could save county $1M

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett officials are seeking some neighborly help from Forsyth County to improve radio police communications in northern Gwinnett.

Wolves keep eyes fixed on Dome Buford plays final home game against Fitzgerald

BUFORD - Take away the dormant grass, cool weather and early-onset of dusk and Wednesday looked like any regular football practice at Buford.

Addition of Ross sends Sammons back to minors

ATLANTA - Instead of being Brian McCann's backup, it looks like Clint Sammons will be the Gwinnett Braves' regular catcher next season.

Yes, we can 11Alive Can-A-Thon food drive in its 26th year

The 26th annual 11Alive Can-A-Thon is calling for canned food donations.

Indian airports on high alert

MUMBAI, India - Airports in India went on high alert Thursday following fresh attack warnings, and officials said India suspects two senior leaders of a banned Pakistani militant group orchestrated last week's deadly Mumbai attacks.

People Briefs

Fonda to return to Broadway

Prep roundup: Mutakabbir, Blackwell score 24 points each in Peachtree Ridge's win

SUWANEE - Khalid Mutakabbir and C.J. Blackwell each scored 24 points in Peachtree Ridge's 64-52 win over South Forsyth on Thursday.

Spotlight on DVD: "Wanted" 2-disc special edition

"Wanted" 2-disc special edition (R)

Metro Calendar

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Wesleyan continues to build its own tradition Wolves face state power Lincoln County

NORCROSS - For Wesleyan, tonight's Class A state semifinal appearance is uncharted territory. For the Wolves' opponent, No. 3 state-ranked Lincoln County, it's old hat.

Art Beat: Masterworks concert features guest artists

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra will present its first full concert of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

To the editor: Give Obama a chance to lead

If President George W. Bush is a lame duck in his presidency, Cal Thomas is a crippled turkey as a political columnist. He can't seem to control his venomous rant against President-elect Barack Obama long enough to give the man a chance to jump start his program for change.

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Shanteau on comeback trail Parkview grad back in the pool after cancer surgery

ATLANTA - Eric Shanteau looks as healthy as any other swimmer on deck at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Movie Trivia Contest 12/5/2008

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.

County pride on the line Grayson, Peachtree Ridge playing to represent Gwinnett in finals

Here's the good news. Gwinnett County is assured a team in the Class AAAAA state finals.

Cinematic presents Michael Clark breaks down the holiday movie season's offerings -- and then some

With turkey and the initial holiday shopping rush out of the way, Hollywood is about to uncork its most promising Oscar-hopeful products, which will be followed by its least promising. In lieu of the usual year-end forecast, we've chosen to also tip-toe into early 2009 and give you a look at what's to come in these frigid, daylight-shorted months ahead. Note that all opening dates are subject to change.

His fan club, not God, fails Republicans

When it comes to irresistible words, "oogedy-boogedy" has few peers.