News for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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Katherine Vaughan

Katherine Miller Vaughan, age 76, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30086, 770-469-9811.

Adele Crysler

Mrs. Adele J. Crysler, age 83, of Buford, GA, passed away February 19, 2008. She is survived by her Husband of 58 years: Mr. Chris J. W. Crysler of Buford ...

Najarian Cleveland Jackson, Jr.

Najarian Cleveland Jackson Jr., 6, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

Tejion Peeler

Tejion Z. Peeler, 3 months, of Norcross, GA, passed Monday, February 18, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

Brenda Mayfield

Brenda Helen Mayfield, age 63 of Winder, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 4 PM Friday, February 22, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Wilma Story

Wilma Pentecost Story, age 88 of Loganville, GA, died February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

Michael Martin

Michael Martin, age 58, of Burford, GA, died Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside ...

Sandra Long

Sandra Long, age 72 of Oxford, GA, died February 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry ...

Allen Maddox

Allen Eugene “Gene” Maddox, age 71, of Dacula, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, February 22, 2008 in the Lawrenceville ...

Gladys Major

Gladys Major, 83, of Lilburn, GA, died February 18, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Raymond Smith

Raymond A. Smith, age 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, February 22, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Karen Davis

Mrs. Karen Davis, age 48, of Suwanee, GA, daughter of the late John F. and Anna Mary Werkmeister, passed away February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and ...

Sandra Slaton

Sandra Slaton, age 61, of Winder, GA, passed away February 20, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

People briefs

Little Richard gets ovation in Nashville

KIM-POSSIBLE

SNELLVILLE - Kim Spence wouldn't let two goals get away.

County OKs emergency water plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Even if Lake Lanier dips below Gwinnett's intake pipes this summer, residents will have water to drink, officials ensured Tuesday.

Researcher says obesity headed for top cancer killer

BOSTON - Obesity is on its way to being deadlier than smoking as a cause of cancer, a leading researcher said Friday.

Woman was bludgeoned to death

NORCROSS - Authorities confirmed Tuesday a woman found dead inside her home last week was bludgeoned to death prior to a nearly 12-hour police standoff at her home the same day.

Aminu selected as McDonald's All-American

Norcross senior Al-Farouq Aminu was selected to the 2008 McDonald's All-American East team on Tuesday night.

New version of credit freeze takes hard cap off transaction fees

ATLANTA - Consumers who order freezes on their credit to ward off identity theft couldn't be charged more than the cost of the service under legislation passed by the Senate Tuesday.

Man indicted in drug scheme

ATLANTA - Federal authorities believe a 44-year-old Lawrenceville man was part of a trio of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport employees who participated in a fake heroin and cocaine sting.

Online predators' methods different than thought

Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook do not appear to increase the risk of becoming the victim of an online predator, a study released Monday suggests.

Sports briefs

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To the editor: If Obama is the next JFK, we need him as president

In Cal Thomas' recent column ("Misplaced hope can be dangerous," Perspective, Feb. 19), he warns about the dangers of misplaced hope. He even cites a passage from his favorite book to back up his position.

If Obama is the next JFK, we need him as president

In Cal Thomas' recent column ("Misplaced hope can be dangerous," Perspective, Feb. 19), he warns about the dangers of misplaced hope. He even cites a passage from his favorite book to back up his position.

Aaron sees light at end of tunnel

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - He's no longer the home run king, but he's still the Hammer.

Braves notes: Cox leaves camp after mother-in-law dies

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Manager Bobby Cox will miss the Atlanta Braves' first full-squad workout today, leaving camp to be with his family after the death of his mother-in-law.

Police reports

Police arrest man carrying machete

Movement for hospital safety gaining steam No-pay programs for patients who experience doctor errors

WASHINGTON - It's a new way to push for patient safety: Don't pay hospitals when they commit certain errors.

Two haulers ask again to pick up trash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two residential trash haulers terminated from the county last week have applied for permission to again pick up garbage in unincorporated Gwinnett.

A Helping Heart Snellville woman, 999 others write letters of support for hospital's open heart program

On Dec. 11 of last year, Peggy Britt took out a pen and a sheet of lined paper in hopes a short letter could coerce state officials to approve an open heart program for a local hospital.

Sheriff plans to pursue training deputies in deportation program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sheriff Butch Conway plans to train his deputies to begin deportation proceedings for illegal immigrants.

Prep roundup: McKain penalty kicks lead Eagles past Centennial

SNELLVILLE - Nick McKain scored two goals on a pair of penalty kicks in leading Collins Hill to a 3-0 shutout over Centennial on Tuesday in the ProSys Tournament at Brookwood.

Ethics class can't compete with Daytona

An ethics class for lobbyists?

County's immigration ordinance weakened

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's strong stand to keep illegal immigrants from working on county contracts will be weakened.

It can be hard to have friends who aren't mothers

If I didn't notice it before, I get it now: There is a huge difference between my girlfriends who have kids and those who do not.

17-year-old charged with setting room on fire Father injured trying to save son

LILBURN - A 17-year-old Lilburn resident is charged with arson after setting a fire that landed his father in an Atlanta hospital, officials said.

Falcons exceed expectations

Every coach enters basketball season with optimism that the season's goals are attainable, whether it's a winless team hoping for five victories or a playoff team aiming for a state championship.

Planners see no reason to change zoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - It was a tough decision, planning commissioners said, but they decided Tuesday that neither the long drought nor the burgeoning economic recession were reason enough to change the way land is used in the county.

School funding sticking point in mid-year budget

ATLANTA - Both House and Senate budget writers say they support spending more money on education.

School systems prepare to destroy recalled beef

LAWRENCEVILLE - School district officials in Gwinnett and Barrow counties are awaiting instructions on how to destroy products that contain beef processed at a California slaughterhouse that violated federal food safety regulations.

Cubans cautiously optimistic With resignation of Castro, locals hope for democracy

NORCROSS - When 12-year-old Jose Perez climbed onto a DC3 twin engine airplane to depart Cuba, his parents believed the revolution was a temporary hiccup on the island. It would be five years before the elder Perezes were reunited with their youngest son in Key West, Fla.

Browsing for bargains

Top, Rory Mechling, 2, of Duluth does some shopping of her own Tuesday afternoon at the Kidsignments sale at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. The sale was started in the garage of Jeri Lynn Cunningham 14 years ago and now uses close to 100 volunteers. The sale continues through Saturday and includes merchandise from close to 1,000 sellers. Everything from clothing to games to baby equipment can be purchased at the sale. Bottom, Athens resident Lynn Doster reaches the end of the line after waiting nearly three hours Tuesday at the sale. Doster is 27-weeks pregnant with a baby girl and was shopping for newborn clothing and accessories. "I was expecting to wait two hours so three wasn't that much worse."

Gladiators trade MacRae for defenseman

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle has been threatening to make trades for several weeks now and especially wanted a defenseman.

Housing the base of our economy

Stabilizing housing should be square one for any meaningful effort to stimulate the nation's economy and pull it back from the brink of recession. If Congress is serious about averting job losses and boosting consumer confidence, it needs to start by shoring up housing. For most U.S. families, a home is their largest financial asset.

World briefs

Iraq police told to round up homeless people

Restaurant Guide

Gwinnett Restaurant Guide

Health Briefs

Screenings available at local hospital

Coaching is its own reward

Editor's note: With the traditional state wrestling championships being held this week at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Daily Post asked Collins Hill coach Cliff Ramos to write about his recent induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Bostain's Journal 10

We have continued playing good basketball and we have been on a little bit of a roll as of late.

10 illegal immigrants found in truck Group accused of entering country as part of human smuggling ring

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly a dozen people accused of entering the country as part of a possible human smuggling ring were taken into custody by Gwinnett County police Monday.