News for Friday, February 22, 2008


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Alfred Colby

Alfred Louis Colby, age 87, of Buford, passed away Thursday evening, February 21, 2008. Al was born in Boston, MA on May 29, 1920 and was raised in Rochester, NH ...

Lucy Shadburn

Mrs. Lucy Burton Mabry Shadburn, age 88, of Buford, GA, and formerly of Sandy Springs, GA, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008. She was preceded in death by her ...

Marie Cook

Marie H. Cook, age 81 of Stone Mountain, GA, died Friday, February 22, 2008. She was preceded in death by sister, Etheleen Swint, and brothers, Max Hamby, Eugene Hamby and ...

Jack Reynolds

Jack Reynolds, age 56, of Dacula, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Judi Reynolds; daughters and sons-in-law, Chelsea & Paul ...

John Kovich

John L. Kovich, age 90, of Snellville, GA, died February 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Ruth Palmour

Ruth Youngblood Palmour, age 71, of Duluth, died February 22, 2008. Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 24, 2008 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel, with ...

Serena Williamson

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Serena Dell Williamson, age 82, of Hull, who passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Stacy Johnson

Stacy Johnson, age 88, of Stone Mountain, GA, formerly of Snellville, GA, died February 21, 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Susan J. Davis of Braselton; son, Stacy Warren ...

Berkeley Lake's contract with police set to expire

BERKELEY LAKE - Mayor Lois Salter and city council members are faced with an important decision to be made by the end of this month, when the city's contract with the Gwinnett County police department expires.

Slowdown showing likeness to eve of past recession

NEW YORK - The slowdown in the U.S. economy, coupled with a steady drip of bleak economic data, is starting to echo the conditions that presaged the country's most recent recession.

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American Gangster (2 Disc Unrated Extended Edition) (R)

Only 1 in 4 Americans know heart attack warning signs CDC labels rate 'alarmingly low'

ATLANTA - Only about 1 in 4 Americans know the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do first, according to a new government report.

GHSA considering adding pre-state wrestling tourney

Gwinnett Daily Post staff writer Brandon Brigman caught up with Gary Phillips on day two of the traditional state wrestling tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Thursday. Phillips is the assistant executive director for the Georgia High School Association and has been in charge of wrestling for the last seven years. Phillips also oversees cross country, track and field and golf.

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USDA: More than a third of recalled beef went to schools; 20M pounds were eaten

LOS ANGELES - More than a third of the 143 million pounds of California beef recalled last week went to school lunch programs, with at least 20 million pounds consumed, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

Film Fans split on 'Definitely, Maybe'

3 stars out of 4

State senate OKs mid-year budget

ATLANTA - The Senate Thursday overwhelmingly approved a mid-year budget that includes new spending for water, health care and education.

Controversial call costs Grayson's Isburgh

SUWANEE - Jon Isburgh was on his way to the biggest win of his career on Thursday at the traditional state wrestling tournament.

'Be Kind Rewind' looks like a skit from 'SNL'

Be Kind Rewind (PG-13)

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Oysters, alcohol come together at annual event

I can't think of two things that mix better than hard liquor and shellfish. OK, that's definitely not true, but it doesn't mean that when one or both are consumed in relative moderation, they can't add up to a pretty good time.

Oscars Movie critic predicts who will take home the gold

Time once again to get down to brass tacks.

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Nation Briefs

McCain calls news report suggesting relationship false

Gladiators on 6-1-1 run despite ever-changing roster

DULUTH - Jeff Pyle splurged and bought himself a shiny new dry erase board to hang behind his desk.

Watering by hand to be a no-no Pool filling allowed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnettians can get relief from the heat this summer in local pools, but their lawns will have to remain thirsty for now, according to an announcement made Thursday by the county government.

Without ego

NORCROSS - Before one regular season practice Anne Marie Armstrong is shuffling across the floor, circling the top of Wesleyan's new gym in her socks.

Police reports

Semi trailer contents stolen

Chipper doesn't care about Mets, Phillies' division title talk

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Judging from some of the talk coming out of the New York and Philadelphia camps, the NL East must be a two-team race.

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Snellville woman dies in crash; man faces possible DUI charges

DULUTH - A Snellville woman died at the scene of a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night on Pleasant Hill Road.

Signals tweaked to help 78 flow

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eventually, a median on U.S. Highway 78 will be a blessing for drivers. But in its first day of road construction, the project took a toll.

Gold medal sprinter has new goal

SUWANEE - Training with a group of current NFL players and pro prospects, Justin Gatlin doesn't look out of place at all.

Central promotes Stokes to head coach

Central Gwinnett tragically lost its head football coach in the offseason, but his replacement is one of Dennis Roland's guys.

Meadowcreek student charged with knife possession

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Meadowcreek High School student was arrested Wednesday morning after school officials received an anonymous tip the senior had a knife in his possession, school district officials said.

Coppola's 'Youth Without Youth' a near masterpiece

Youth Without Youth (R)

30-year mortgage rates up above 6 percent for first time in 7 weeks

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages rose to the highest level in seven weeks, breaking above the 6 percent level.

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Speaker's tax reforms sail through committee

ATLANTA - House Speaker Glenn Richardson's tax reform plan easily cleared a legislative committee Thursday, putting it on track to hit the House floor next week.

'Steep' goes downhill fast

Steep (NR)

'My business is baseball'

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - No offense to Alex Rodriguez, but Mark Teixeira won't be negotiating any contracts on his own.

2 Willies' Restaurant and Bar

Open since: Late January

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Some Gwinnett Newspaper History

Movie Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

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.

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Gun trafficker sentenced to 2 years

ATLANTA - A 34-year-old Lawrenceville man was sentenced to federal prison Thursday for his role in an illegal pipeline of firearms between Atlanta and Boston.

Pros, students to perform side by side in concert

Aspiring young string instrumentalists will have a chance to see what being a professional musician is like at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth. Members of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Honor Orchestras will perform side by side with the Gwinnett Philharmonic professional musicians in what has become an annual musical event in the county.

'4 Months, 3 Weeks' takes serious look at unwanted pregnancy

'4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

'Vantage Point' is a clever, engaging film

Vantage Point (PG-13)

'The Signal' offers a fresh take on zombie films

The Signal (R)

U.S. to give China info on satellite Gates: We intend to be open about shoot-down

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday the United States is prepared to share with China some of the information it has about the U.S. shootdown of a spy satellite.

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Arena at Gwinnett Center

World Briefs

al-Sadr statement on cease-fire to be read today

Getting to Know ... Shana White

Shana White, 29, is in her first season as head coach of the Peachtree Ridge girls basketball team. A graduate of Dunwoody High School, White played basketball for one year at Wake Forest before an ACL injury ended her playing career. She has coached at Paideia and Pace Academy in Atlanta and spent a year in Springfield, Ill., working as a program director for the YMCA.

Teams spar for academic excellence

LILBURN - Teams from Berkmar, Mill Creek, Parkview and Winder-Barrow high schools are competing today and Saturday in the 22nd annual Georgia Academic Decathlon.

People Briefs

Valet awarded $318K in suit against Sharif

'Charlie Bartlett' offers a good balance of comedy, drama

Charlie Bartlett (R)

The religion that is Obama

Much has been made of the religious tenor of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Grisly testimony Man accused of killing with ax appears in court

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County magistrate judge found sufficient evidence Thursday to move charges against a Norcross man accused of murdering his live-in girlfriend to Superior Court.

Director Jon Poll discusses 'Bartlett,' laments R rating

In some circles, "Charlie Bartlett" is being touted as the quirky male counterpart to the now-ubiquitous indie crowd-pleaser "Juno."

Legislature is walking the line of foolishness

I was going to let this one go because I thought it was so ridiculous that no one would take it seriously.

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