News for Friday, February 29, 2008


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John Grewell

John “Jack” Grewell, age 95, of Winder, Georgia, died February 28, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Chester Brownagle

Chester Calvin “Chet” Brownagle, age 76, of Pine Forest Road, Gainesville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. A memorial service will be ...

Najarian Jackson

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 ...

David Cardone

David Jon Cardone, age 59, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on February 21, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton Sr., age 70, of Jefferson, GA, passed away February 27, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Lawrence Sieradzki

Lawrence Edward Sieradzki, age 51, of Snellville, GA, died Thursday, February 28, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Eunice Landrum

Mrs. Eunice L. Landrum of Duluth passed away Thursday February 28, 2008. She is survived by her son Roy Newton of Smyrna; daughter Diane Martin of Lawrenceville; sister Erma Hall ...

Bryan Mough

Bryan Joseph Mough, age 21, of Winder, Georgia, died February 25, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Nichols indicted on kidnapping charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - The day before Brian Nichols appeared before a new judge about the long-awaited trial for the March 2005 Fulton County Courthouse shooting, a Gwinnett grand jury indicted the man for suspected crimes committed after the rampage.

Playoff hopes fade for Thrashers

ATLANTA - Marian Hossa is gone and so are the Atlanta Thrashers' playoff hopes.

'Charlie Bartlett' a typical teen movie

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: "Charlie Bartlett." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Little Gardens to close following Sunday's brunch

LAWRENCEVILLE - Pam Woods' three sons all earned extra cash working in the dish pit at Little Gardens Restaurant and Lounge in Lawrenceville.

State representative says tax still sought for transportation

DULUTH -Calling transportation "a very serious issue," Rep. Vance Smith told members of Gwinnett's Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the clock is ticking on efforts to find solutions to a statewide funding problem.

Deputy's son arrested in killing of mother, sisters

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 17-year-old who faces murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother, a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy, and two younger sisters waived his initial court appearance Friday.

'City of Men' offers a close look into gang life

City of Men (R)

'We're all No. 1s' Force's trio of receivers ready to step out of the shadows

FLOWERY BRANCH - Undiscovered. Sleeper. Not on the radar. A lot to prove. Potential. Question mark.

'Penelope' features a talented cast, but risks nothing

Penelope (PG)

People Briefs

Jolie praises troop surge

FBI opens Clemens investigation Inquiry to determine whether pitcher lied to Congress about steroids

WASHINGTON - The FBI has begun investigating whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Little Gardens closing its doors

Sunday marks the end of an era as Little Gardens Restaurant and Lounge closes its doors after nearly 30 years as a Gwinnett fine dining destination.

Berkmar wins 6th academic trophy

LILBURN - For the sixth year in a row, Berkmar High School's Academic Decathlon team received the Howard Stroud Championship trophy for scoring the highest points overall in the annual state competition.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Nation Briefs

Man admits Internet hoax threatening 7 NFL stadiums in'06

Berkmar ready for mighty Wheeler

Tommy McWhorter knows what to expect when his Berkmar boys basketball team takes on No. 1-ranked Wheeler tonight.

Pilots said to be still looking for solution in Delta talks

MINNEAPOLIS - Northwest Airlines pilots are continuing to look for a solution to the stalled talks with Delta pilots, and they're not under a deadline to make a deal, a person with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday.

Leaping into Leap Year

Today is Feb. 29, Leap Day, a day that only comes around every four years.

Arcado Community Theatre takes a final bow

After 20 years of bringing musical theatre to the outer 'burbs of metro Atlanta, Arcado Community Theatre is taking its final bow. When the curtain comes down on the last performance of "Sweet Charity," to be held at the Shiloh High School auditorium March 7-9, this pioneering arts group will disperse.

Van Halen concert rescheduled

Van Halen fans, you're in luck.

Ferrell wants audiences to love him sexy in 'Semi-Pro'

With his famously doughy physique, he's an unlikely candidate to portray a professional athlete, much less three of them. And that might be precisely why Will Ferrell has become the go-to guy for big-screen sports comedies.

Arthur Blank talks about bringing arena football back to Gwinnett

With Saturday's Georgia Force season opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center just a day away, team owner Arthur Blank sat down in his Flowery Branch office for a question-and-answer session with sports editor Will Hammock. The Home Depot founder, Atlanta Falcons owner and well-known philanthropist talks about a variety of topics, ranging from his teams to his childhood to Gwinnett County's rise in professional sports.

Wing Ranch

Open since: August 2006

Deputy, two daughters found dead in house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police found the bodies of two young girls and their mother - a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputy - Thursday night in a triple homicide that rocked a sleepy Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Police reports

Construction equipment stolen

Gwinnett Calendar

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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.

World Briefs

Al-Maliki calls on Iraqis to boost political process

Prospects highlight early-season game Wesleyan, Lassiter face off Saturday

Lassiter draws well for baseball, but there may be nearly as many scouts with radar guns as there are fans when the Cobb County high school hosts Wesleyan on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Driver plows into Duluth insurance office

DULUTH - Officials at a Duluth insurance company had little to say Wednesday after a car plowed through the front of their building, smashing a glass window, a door frame and a partition wall.

Improving Gladiators ready for tough weekend Defenseman Jackson back for today's game

DULUTH - Still riding the high from Sunday's well-played game, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle was encouraged and, frankly, optimistic about his team for the first time in a while.

Prep Roundup: Birthday boy Lee goes low for North, but Norcross wins

SUWANEE - Some men pray to shoot an under-par round on their birthday. Most aren't as good as Michael Lee. He fired a 1-under round of 35 on his birthday. His North Gwinnett teammates were not as lucky. Norcross held off Lee and the Bulldogs (0-2) 165-169 at Bear's Best on Thursday. Matt Luckett shot a 3-over par 39 to lead the Blue Devils (1-0). Eric Quinn added a 40.

Metro Calendar


4 teens honored for aiding friend in sledding accident

LAWRENCEVILLE - At first, Ethan Nichols thought his friend was joking when she didn't get up after her sled hit a concrete wall in January.

Report: More than 1 in every 100 Americans is behind bars

NEW YORK - For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars.

Lilburn mayor takes over as city manager resigns

LILBURN - Snellville won't be the only city with its mayor taking control of day-to-day operations.

Committees hear rail proposals

ATLANTA - Commuter rail advocates, touting a technology often derided as old-fashioned, got stuck behind the dazzling potential of a magnetic-levitation rail project Thursday in back-to-back presentations to state lawmakers.

Google Health to rely on third parties, not ads

ORLANDO, Fla. - Google Inc. won't sell ads to support a new Internet service that stores personal medical information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search giant's first detailed comments about a venture that has raised privacy concerns.

House OKs crackdown on illegal immigrant drivers

ATLANTA - Police officers could seize vehicles at an accident scene or traffic stop if they suspect the driver is an illegal immigrant under legislation the House passed Thursday.

Lange, Allen, Bates can't save 'Bonneville'

Bonneville (PG)

Getting to Know ... Derek Bowen

Derek Bowen is in his first year as athletic director and second year as an assistant principal at Shiloh High School. Prior to that, he was a business teacher and has coached track and girls basketball for the Generals.

Buford to start season in Texas Wolves to play in Aug. 30 Texas vs. USA Showcase

After opening its 2007 football season with an out-of-state showcase, Buford will do the same in 2008.

Won't you come home, Bill Buckley?

You can't have grown up in the latter half of the 20th century and not have some impression of William F. Buckley. He was like General Electric. Always there.

Wall Street falls after jump in jobless claims

NEW YORK - Stocks sank Thursday as investors fretted over a rise in unemployment claims and the prospect of more bank failures. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 112 points, breaking its four-day winning streak.

Family affairs Portman the only standout in 'The Other Boleyn Girl'

The Other Boleyn Girl (PG-13)

Spotlight on DVD

Beowulf (Unrated Director's Cut)