News for Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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Arthur Mcgrath

Arthur John McGrath, age 82, of Grayson, GA, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Bessie Mcdowell

Mrs. Bessie Ann McDowell, age 73, of Atlanta, died Thursday, February 21, 2008. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, 30542, 770-967-5555.

William Dust

Mr. William A. Dust, age 80, of Flowery Branch, died Monday, February 25, 2008. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, 30542, 770-967-5555.

Eugene Gibson

Eugene Gibson, age 75, of Suwanee GA, passed away February 27, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign ...

Harold Devore Adams, Jr.

Harold Devore Adams, Jr., 72, of Norcross, GA, formerly of Duluth, GA, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at Emory University Hospital from heart failure. Arrangements by The Bill Head ...

Dewey Vanderford

Dewey Vanderford, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770/ 963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Virginia Knowlton

Virginia M. Knowlton, age 94, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died February 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Chin Chang

Doctor Chin Hao Chang, age 81, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away on February 24, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Myron Boggs

Myron Alexander Boggs, age 81 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, February 29, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Nation briefs

Fla. power grid hiccup causes outages affecting 3 million people

Letter to the editor: Congrats to Walker

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate Robert D. Walker Jr. on his appointment as a Gwinnett County Magistrate Court judge.

Coosa outlasts No. 3 Spartans GAC falls 85-82 in second round

ROME - Greater Atlanta Christian and Coosa stared down each other eyeball-to-eyeball in their second round basketball game in the Class AA state tournament.

Must read: Arctic vault opens to protect world's seeds from doomsday threats

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway - Norway opened a frozen 'doomsday' vault Tuesday deep within an Arctic mountain where millions of seeds will be stored to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out food crops around the globe.

People briefs

Naomi Campbell hospitalized in Brazil for removal of a small cyst

MARTA bill could ease move into Gwinnett

ATLANTA - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make it easier to extend the MARTA rail system into Gwinnett County.

College president calls for run-off in mascot search

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two contenders remain in Georgia Gwinnett College's search for a mascot.

Making Strides Runners ditch shoes to relieve joint pain

All types of runners turn out at the annual Turkey Trot 10-kilometer run in Davis, Calif.

Letter to the editor: Obama is no John Kennedy

With the exception of youth and charisma, Barack Obama bears no resemblance to John F. Kennedy. The words "Ask not what your country can do for you" would seem callous and uncaring against Obama's "government to the rescue" approach promoting $4,000 per year tuition grants for college, socialized medicine and more.

Senate advances anti-war bill

WASHINGTON - In an about-face, Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed with Democrats to advance an anti-war bill because they said the debate would give them time to hail progress in Iraq.

Congrats to Walker

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate Robert D. Walker Jr. on his appointment as a Gwinnett County Magistrate Court judge.

Obama is no John Kennedy

With the exception of youth and charisma, Barack Obama bears no resemblance to John F. Kennedy. The words "Ask not what your country can do for you" would seem callous and uncaring against Obama's "government to the rescue" approach promoting $4,000 per year tuition grants for college, socialized medicine and more.

Attempted home break-in prompts school to lock down

LAWRENCEVILLE - Administrators at Craig Elementary locked the school's exterior doors Tuesday afternoon after they were notified that Gwinnett County police were searching for two men who reportedly attempted to burgle a home less than a mile away.

Weather woes Storms cause power outages, wind damage

LAWRENCEVILLE - Alberto Corona had beefed up his homeowner's insurance because he knew one of the towering pines behind his home would inevitably come crashing down.

World briefs

Iraq denounces Turkish invasion, demands they withdraw forces

Charter school leader leaving Principal heading to Buford High

LAWRENCEVILLE - Banks Bitterman's term as the principal of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology will end along with the school's first academic year, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said Tuesday.

Predicting breaks from seniors' bones - don't forget the men

WASHINGTON - Bone tests aren't just for women anymore. New guidelines are calling for older men to get a routine check for bone-thinning osteoporosis.

Mixed-use project near Hall County moving forward

LAWRENCEVILLE - A proposed mixed-use development at the Hall County line took advantage of a Tuesday change that expands mixed-use options on undeveloped land.

Prep Roundup: Hebron freshman scores twice in debut

LEXINGTON - If Josh Manga was nervous, it sure didn't show. In his first varsity game, the freshman had four points to lead Hebron in a comeback win over Oglethorpe County on Tuesday.

Health Briefs

Volunteer donates $5,000 to Lilburn Elementary for medical supplies

Hooters benefit a boon for animal clinic

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rarely do scantily clad waitresses, scrumptious chicken wings and pet reproduction have anything in common.

Police reports

Man arrested after pepper-spray spree

Not much Hillary can do to avoid inevitable

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House goes after purchasing card abusers

ATLANTA - The House on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation cracking down on the use of purchasing cards by state employees.

Senate OKs Sunday beer at ballpark

ATLANTA - Gwinnett baseball fans would be able to enjoy their favorite adult beverage at the planned stadium near Buford on Sundays under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Hungry Wolves Wesleyan heads to quarterfinals after 69-55 win

NORCROSS - The Wesleyan boys are in the state basketball tournament for the eighth consecutive year, but only once previously had the Wolves reached the

The Mann overboard

Most Americans won't have heard of Simon Mann and may wonder why they should care that he is being held illegally in one of the world's most notorious prisons, where torture is routine and human rights nonexistent.

BOC delays vote on immigration proposal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners will take a month to debate support of a federal immigration program to allow local law enforcement to begin deportation proceedings.

Henry leads Patriots to quarterfinals

LILBURN - After last week's first-round playoff win, Tommy McWhorter challenged Nick Henry.

Devils' den Norcross ousts Knights in state-title rematch

NORCROSS - In his six seasons as Norcross' head boys basketball coach, three huge home crowds stand out in Eddie Martin's mind.

Dacula comes up short in 2nd round Free throws carry Lithia Springs to win

DACULA - Dacula's bid to reach the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA state basketball playoffs came up short on Tuesday night as Lithia Springs topped the Falcons 69-63 in second-round action.