News for Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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Joseph Groom

Joseph Martin Groom, age 93, of Loganville, GA, died February 6, 2008. Funeral Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 3705 Hwy. 78 West, Snellville, Georgia 30039, 770-979-3200 ...

Wieslawa Zboinska

Wieslawa M. Zboinska, age 60, of Duluth, GA, passed away February 3, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Joyce Barnhart

Joyce M. Barnhart, age 60, of Suwanee, GA, died Tuesday, February 5, 2008. The body will be cremated and a private service will be held at a later date at ...

Cynthia Hines

Elder Cynthia Hines, 50, of Lithonia, GA, passed January 31, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558.

Marguerite Alley

Marguerite Starke Alley, 85, of Tiger, Georgia, and formerly of Oak Hill, FL, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at Habersham Medical Center. She was born in Paris, France ...

Donna Holcomb

Donna M. Holcomb, age 45, of Buford, Georgia, died January 30, 2008 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Valerie Coletti

Mrs. Valerie A. Coletti, age 74, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Sandra Doby

Sandra (Sandy) Lee Phillips Doby, beloved mother and grandmother, 63, of Denver, Colorado, died Monday, January 28, 2008 at Denver Health Medical Center from an accidental head injury. Born May ...

Patrick Barrett

Mr. Patrick Barrett, 49, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed January 29, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558.

Janie Aten

Mrs. Janie Calhoun Aten, age 77, of Suwanee, GA, and formerly of Hiawassee, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior ...

Jerry Mcdowell

Jerry Olen McDowell, age 54, of Buford, Georgia, died February 6, 2008 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Health costs lower for smokers, obese More expensive for government to care for healthy people who live years longer

LONDON - Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn't save money, researchers reported Monday.

Winder revokes pawn shop's license

WINDER - Bonanza Pawn, a pawn shop in the city of Winder, had its license permanently revoked by the City Council on Tuesday night.

Two men sought in Suwanee Waffle House robbery

SUWANEE - Police searched Tuesday for two men who robbed a Waffle House in Suwanee - and attacked an employee in the process.

Obama, Huckabee win Georgia Young voters, blacks push Illinois senator to victory

ATLANTA - Fueled by black voters and a message of change, Barack Obama swept to a commanding victory in Georgia's Democratic presidential primary while Republican Mike Huckabee edged out his GOP rivals with the help of a folksy style and a campaign that weighed heavily on conservative values in a successful bid to attract Christian evangelicals.

Police reports

Wheels stolen from man

Health Briefs

New exec joins Life Care Center

McCain's ties to amnesty troubling

Too many people are forgetting that Sen John McCain joined with "open-borders" Teddy Kennedy and tried to push through the biggest and most damaging amnesty this country has ever seen. I think McCain's stand against terrorism is great, but his pro-amnesty stance is in a way just as destructive to our nation as a violent terrorist attack.

State loses major water ruling on rights to Lake Lanier

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out an agreement that Georgia reached with the Army Corps of Engineers for water rights to a major federal reservoir outside Atlanta, handing Alabama and Florida a major victory in the states' years-long water wars.

Healthy Helping Restaurateur makes woman's meals more diabetes-friendly

Like many a Southern woman, Deborah Brown loves to cook.

To the editor: McCain's ties to amnesty troubling

Too many people are forgetting that Sen John McCain joined with "open-borders" Teddy Kennedy and tried to push through the biggest and most damaging amnesty this country has ever seen. I think McCain's stand against terrorism is great, but his pro-amnesty stance is in a way just as destructive to our nation as a violent terrorist attack.

Tests to track value of getting personal electronic health records

WASHINGTON - Just like with do-it-yourself taxes, a growing software industry lets patients create their own 'personal health records.' No more answering 10-page questionnaires every time you visit a new doctor - just hit the print button before leaving home to arrive armed with your life's medical history.

School bond referendum gets big yes from voters

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools' aggressive building plan will continue without interruption, as voters Tuesday chose to allow the school district to issue up to $750 million in general obligation bonds.

Nation briefs

Dems, some in GOP look askance at budget priorities

Middle periods key for Comets, Knights

LAWRENCEVILLE - The middle two quarters proved decisive in both ends of the South Gwinnett-Central Gwinnett basketball doubleheader Tuesday night at Central.

World briefs

French court orders airline to pay presidential couple over ad

It all matters with such a diverse field

If Barack Obama were a state, he'd be California, said Maria Shriver as she endorsed Obama last weekend.

US faces more claims of civilian deaths

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces - amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.

Walk-ing away a winner

DULUTH - Duluth's Mykala Walker had a tough first half.

People briefs

Craig Ferguson to entertain at press dinner

Lawyer makes good money from bad food

SAN FRANCISCO - A girl fell into a 40-day coma after eating a bad Jack in the Box hamburger. Fifteen years later, she is still suffering ill effects. That doesn't bode well for a toddler who spent six weeks in the hospital in 2006 after eating E. coli-tainted spinach from California.

Lawrenceville declines pay raises for council, mayor

LAWRENCEVILLE - After comparing salaries in nearby cities and discussing the issue in a work session last month, the Lawrenceville City Council on Monday declined to act on pay increases for the mayor and council members.

Schell added to lineup

DULUTH - Brad Schell was officially added to the Gwinnett Gladiators' roster on Tuesday, giving the ECHL team a lineup that includes the league's two most recent MVPs.

Flyers continue mastery of Thrashers

ATLANTA - A visit to Atlanta means it's Antero Nittymaki time for the Flyers.

Everything they can Big job for coaches promoting high school players

The North Gwinnett football team will have at least seven players sign scholarships today, the most in the school's 50-year history.

Sports briefs

Comets' Doster commits to Valdosta State

Witherspoon leads Patriots past Mustangs

LILBURN - One of Wesley Witherspoon's greatest strengths can at times be his biggest weakness.

Must read: Presidential race gives Mardi Gras celebration a political flavor

NEW ORLEANS - Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday collided on the streets of the French Quarter, where revelers added a distinctly political flavor to the city's annual raucous bash.

Judge Fuller gets a lesson in who to trust

Senior Judge Hilton Fuller probably deserves an award after abruptly resigning as presiding judge over the Brian Nichols multiple-murder case. Perhaps the judge ought to be considered for an honorary degree in journalism ethics. He has certainly completed the requisite course while overseeing preparations for the Nichols trial.

Harbins Park to be county's largest

DACULA - When Chuck Rinaldo moved to his Cammie Wages Road home 30 years ago, the road wasn't paved. But over the past decade or so, suburban sprawl has crept his way.

Solar panel manufacturing firm considers opening Gwinnett facility

ATLANTA - An Atlanta-based solar energy firm is considering opening a facility in Gwinnett County and bringing as many as 230 jobs in 2009.

Signing Day should be formality for county's top stars

Today should be a simple ceremony.

Voters enjoy tight races, excitement

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Sharon Harris was growing up, her family wasn't really interested in candidates and campaigns.

Readers treated to article about a wonderful woman

What a pleasure to have picked up the Jan. 26 paper and read your delightful article on Louise Howington ("A League of Her Own," Page 1C).

Buford can't hold off No. 1 Wolves

BUFORD - For the first three quarters, Buford withstood the constant pressure from the Wesleyan girls basketball team.

Horses, cows, pigs and a goat seized from home

SUGAR HILL - A Sugar Hill man has been cited with 30 counts of animal neglect after authorities located more than 20 animals living in unsanitary conditions on his property, police said.

To the editor: Readers treated to article about a wonderful woman

What a pleasure to have picked up the Jan. 26 paper and read your delightful article on Louise Howington ("A League of Her Own," Page 1C).

Francoeur, Kyle Maynard kick-start FCA Crowd packs group's first banquet, fundraiser

SNELLVILLE - It's a good thing Jeff Francoeur's smile never fades and his hand never cramps.

Barrow mayors discuss state of county's cities

WINDER - Revitalizing downtown areas, creating walker friendly towns and growing business bases are goals toward which Barrow County's municipalities are working.

Prep roundup: White, Grayson girls knock off Brookwood in OT

SNELLVILLE - Host Brookwood forced overtime with a late 3-pointer, but the Grayson girls basketball team prevailed in the extra period for a 55-53 win over the Broncos on Tuesday night.

County voters give slight edge to Romney

LAWRENCEVILLE - While Gwinnett County's Democrats clearly backed Barack Obama during Tuesday's presidential preference primary vote, local Republicans were torn between the party's three favorites.