News for Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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Michele Jones

Michele Renee Jones, 48, of Duluth, GA, passed Saturday, February 9, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558 ...

Louie Wilkerson

Louie Wilkerson, age 68 of Loganville, passed away Monday, February 18, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Don Cochran

Don Cochran, age 72 of Loganville, died February 18, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at ...

William Buren Williams, Jr.

William Buren Williams, Jr., age 45, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Monday, February 18, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign ...

Rador Masters

Rador Nell Masters, age 74 of Snellville passed away Monday, February 18, 2008. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

John Sherwood

John B. Sherwood, age 62, of Lilburn, GA, passed away February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Russell Norris

Russell “Bo” Norris a resident of Panama City Beach, Florida since August 2000, passed away February 17, 2008 after a short battle with cancer. He was retired from ...

Nation briefs

Storm recovery under way in hard-hit South

Old JFK documents revealed Items associated with assassination had been locked away for years

DALLAS - Long-hidden items and documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy were revealed for the first time Monday, after spending nearly two decades locked inside a courthouse safe.

Our view: Keep politics out of colleges and universities

From the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it category: Currently under consideration at the Statehouse is House Resolution 1245, which, in simple terms, would do away with the University System Board of Regents and replace it with a Board of Higher Education elected by members of the General Assembly.

Redevelopment plan passed by CIDs

DULUTH - A plan that would offer incentives to developers in certain areas who improve their property has been given the go-ahead.

Investigator: Refinery had small explosion before fatal blast

SAVANNAH - Dust collected in a piece of safety equipment caused a small explosion at a sugar refinery weeks before sugar dust beneath the plant's silos ignited to cause the deadly blast that killed nine workers, a federal investigator said Sunday.

State lawmakers approaching pro-life amendment cautiously

ATLANTA - Members of a House subcommittee Monday expressed strong reservations about proposed anti-abortion legislation that even some pro-life groups oppose as overly broad.

Prep Roundup: Spartans stay perfect over Holy Innocents'

ATLANTA - Chris Thomas scored a goal and added an assist to lead GAC over Holy Innocents' 3-1 on Monday.

Scientists discover fossil of bowling ball-sized 'Devil Toad'

WASHINGTON - A frog the size of a bowling ball, with heavy armor and teeth, lived among dinosaurs millions of years ago - intimidating enough that scientists who unearthed its fossils dubbed the beast Beelzebufo, or Devil Toad.

World briefs

Rocket attack kills at least five near Iraqi airport

Golf Super Six

Louisa Yang's Story

Grayson council approves training trip

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council approved Monday night a trip for the mayor and council to attend the Georgia Municipal Association Convention and training classes in Savannah in June.

Fidel Castro resigns Cuban presidency after nearly half-century in power

HAVANA - An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday.

Misplaced hope can be dangerous

"Hope is a dangerous thing,' says 'Red' to 'Andy' in the 1994 film 'The Shawshank Redemption.' Red, played by Morgan Freeman, means that Andy, played by Tim Robbins, risks despair if he hopes to get out of prison.

Median in the making Reversible lane signs come down on first section of U.S. 78

STONE MOUNTAIN - Drivers and business owners along U.S. Highway 78 won't miss the reversible lanes, as they come down beginning this week.

Gladiators notes: Gladiators make move with Sunday win

The Gwinnett Gladiators jumped alone into second place in the ECHL South Division standings on Sunday after defeating the Reading Royals 4-3 in overtime.

Gwinnett fills state tourney Twenty-three teams to play this weekend

The NCAA may have its "March Madness," but it could be said 23 high school basketball teams in Gwinnett County are about to experience a "February Frenzy."

Yang looking to make final run the most fun

SUWANEE - When Louisa Yang turned 12, she started playing golf with her father.

Hospital appoints new CEO

SNELLVILLE - Emory Eastside Medical center has a new chief operating officer, hospital officials announced Monday.

People briefs

Lohan recreates famous nude pose of Monroe

Gwinnett readies for high-rises

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's county seat raised the stakes last month when Lawrenceville City Council members approved a high-rise ordinance that would allow buildings of up to 35 stories along Ga. Highway 316.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the planning commission will consider Feb. 19. The panel meets at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Hoops notes: Duluth gets game it wanted in Jan.

The state tournament may be uncharted territory for the Duluth girls, who will be making their first appearance in 32 years after finishing as runner-up of last week's Region 8-AAAAA tournament.

Winder man charged with sexual exploitation of children

WINDER - A restaurant manager was arrested Friday and charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Police officer's home damaged by fire

TUCKER - An Atlanta police officer and his wife's home was damaged by flames early Sunday morning, authorities said.

'Biggest Loser' provides viewers with nothing but winners

Producers for the NBC reality show "The Biggest Loser" were in town this past weekend, interviewing prospective candidates for season six of the show. About 500 showed up in Duluth, hoping for a chance to be on the program, basically a televised weight loss competition.