News for Friday, February 8, 2008

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Clair Cronic

Mr. Clair Cronic, age 79, of Winder, GA, passed away February 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Virginia Hall Sailors

Virginia Hall Sailors, age 73, of Jefferson, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Gregory Hinton

Mr. Gregoray Hinton, 36, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Friday, February 1, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558 ...

Wilma Randolph

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Wilma Randolph, age 69, of Jefferson, GA, who departed this life on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral ...

Maureen Loretta Nieuwenhuis

Maureen Loretta Nieuwenhuis, age 79, of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away February 6, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewart-fh.com.

Wilson Parks Medlock

Wilson Parks Medlock, age 93 of Snellville, GA died February 6, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Canada Medlock, Son, Michael Medlock and his wife Joanne of Conyers ...

Karen Lee Kalman

Karen Lee Kalman, age 54, of Buford, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Nikie Ankrah-Colclough

Mrs. Nikie Ankrah-Colclough, age 32, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Sunday, January 27, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558 ...

Harold Donaldson Skelton

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Harold Donaldson Skelton, age 82, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Couple and dog stranded for 12 days found alive by snowplow driver

SALT LAKE CITY - A couple and their dog stranded for 12 days when their truck got stuck in the snow survived by rationing what little food they had, starting the truck periodically for heat and then hiking through waist-deep snow for three days.

World Briefs

Parliament revolt freezes bill on Iraqi elections

Men jailed in shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two men accused of robbing a man of stereo equipment and shooting him three times are in jail.

Murder charge to be dismissed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Murder charges against a 21-year-old woman accused in the November death of a 17-year-old man are set to be dismissed, attorneys said Thursday.

Metro Calendar

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Tenn. lawmakers scoff at Ga. talk of changing border

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee lawmakers say they sympathize with Georgia's water shortages but they will oppose an effort by their lawmakers to redraw the states' border.

Spotlight on DVD

Tony and Emmy Award-winning director Julie Taymor's musical love letter to the 1960s is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of affair. Cramming everything from Vietnam to the civil rights movement to the Summer of Love into just over two hours is a tall order, and the story feels somewhat rushed and overly condensed. The shaky plot is more than compensated for by the eye-popping visuals and the best set of Beatles cover versions ever recorded. The five featurettes contain everything you could possibly want to know about the film, and the commentary from Taymor is informative without being intrusive. She's so good at it, she should do it for other people's movies.

Police reports

Gas leak shuts down road

'Leap of faith' pays off Environmental center wins national award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's green gift has not gone unnoticed.

Bronco, Panther boys expect duel Parkview coach Gayle looks for close finish similar to 1998 thriller

Jack Gayle will never forget one of the closest state high school swimming and diving meet finishes in Georgia.

Beating the best After breaking Weir's record, North phenom eyes two state titles

There was the expected happiness after her record-breaking race, but Caroline Kenney still isn't super giddy about the county meet two weeks ago.

The Truman Show

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman

Nation Briefs

Atlantis blasts off after lengthy delay

'Over Her Dead Body' is for a teen audience

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: "Over Her Dead Body." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Riders: Carpooling better alternative than higher fares

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County transit riders came to Lawrenceville en masse Thursday to chide county officials for proposing a fare increase they say will price the system out of the range of many commuters.

Prep Roundup: Berkmar out-duels Wildcats at home

LILBURN - Nine wrestlers picked up wins for Berkmar on Thursday as the Patriots beat Duluth 57-21 at home.

Circus(es) to come to town this week

If you're terrified of clowns (and OK, they're a little creepy), you might be in for a rough week. Everyone else, on the other hand, has not one but two circuses to choose from as a pair of big-top bazaars roll right into town.

People Briefs

Her visa denied, Winehouse won't attend Grammys

Crash victims ID'd

SNELLVILLE - The victim of a deadly Tuesday morning car crash has been identified as a 29-year-old Snellville man, police said Thursday.

Gwinnett Choral Guild to perform fundraising event at Aurora

The Gwinnett Choral Guild will celebrate its 24th season as one of the area's oldest performing arts groups by holding its annual fundraiser in a new location. On Feb. 16, the Choral Guild will fill the beautiful new Aurora Theatre with food, fun and song.

Mill Creek's Cowgill places 3rd in AAAAA diving

ATLANTA - Mill Creek freshman Cameron Cowgill stood out in his first high school state meet, placing third Thursday afternoon in Class AAAAA diving.

It's Money Vaughn offers hilarious look at world of comedy

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights From Hollywood to the Heartland (NR)

College narrows mascot choices

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Centurions. The Generals. The Green Knights. The Grizzlies. The Patriots.

The audacity of compromise

Kamikaze Republicans - those who say they'll never vote for John McCain because he isn't conservative enough - may get what they deserve: The Clintons.

Romney suspends campaign Controversial McCain seals GOP nomination

WASHINGTON - John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering campaign. 'I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,' Romney told conservatives.

High school science fair opens today

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 140 projects researched by Gwinnett County Public School students will be on display this evening at the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

In brief

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Getting to Know ... Frank Wren

After seven years as assistant general manager, Frank Wren stepped up to general manager when John Schuerholz became president of the Atlanta Braves in October. Wren, once general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, has already been busy. The 49-year-old has presided over a major shuffling of the team roster in his four months on the job, making five trades, and re-signing former Atlanta favorites Tom Glavine and Javy Lopez.

Police probe reason behind cop shootout First hearing set for Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - A week after two Georgia police officers reportedly shot each other in a bizarre chain of events, investigators are wondering whether the fracas could have been triggered by alcohol or drugs.

Lawrence overstays his welcome in 'Roscoe Jenkins'

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (PG-13)

Man indicted in crash that killed his son

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Buford man was indicted this week on charges he was driving drunk in a 2006 crash that killed his son.

'Caramel' starts out shaky, but gets better

Caramel (Sukkar Banat) (PG)

Crescent Moon

Open since: The Buford location opened its doors Jan. 31, but the well-known original on Ponce de Leon Avenue has been serving Decatur patrons for 15 years.

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.

Yet another good thing must come to its end

Eventually, it seems, greed will always cause trouble.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Police Department accreditation renewed

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Police Department passed a recent review of its standards and operating procedures by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Bill aims at illegal drivers Opponents say measure promotes racial profiling

ATLANTA - The Senate approved legislation Thursday that would stiffen penalties for motorists caught repeatedly driving without a valid Georgia license.

Gwinnett Calendar

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Robinson follows Chupp as GAC head coach Spartans' defensive coordinator named to job one day after son signed with Georgia

The past two days have been eventful ones in Ken Robinson's household.

'Taxi to the Dark Side' an emotionally charged film

Taxi to the Dark Side (R)

Gladiators set for busy Feb.

DULUTH - Even in a leap year, February is a short month. It probably won't seem like it to the Gwinnett Gladiators.