News for Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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People briefs

Anderson auctions car for PETA cause

Back in action Recycling continues at other locations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Recycling in Gwinnett will continue despite a fire last week that temporarily closed the county's recycling bank in Duluth.

Attorney says client was attacked first

LAWRENCEVILLE - Friends of Charles "Chaz" Coats say the former contractor in wartime Iraq was known for a hot temper but was never considered a troublemaker.

Shanteau fourth in 100 breast

OMAHA, Neb. - Brendan Hansen looked at the time, stared at the water, then shook his head slightly.

School looks to return artwork to students

BUFORD - The Lanier Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association is trying to locate some former students to return some framed pictures.

Iraq opens oil field bidding

BAGHDAD - Iraq opened international bidding for eight enormous oil and gas fields Monday, paving the way for investment in a nation with some of the world's largest petroleum reserves.

Sports briefs

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Woods recovering from rebuilt knee

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods does not know when he can play golf again, but he said Monday his rebuilt left knee has been sore his entire PGA Tour career and he looks forward to playing on two good legs.

Two perfect brothers BOE honors students who never missed school

LILBURN - For William Tran, having perfect attendance is a family tradition.

Nation briefs

Bush signs $162 billion war spending bill

Drought increases fireworks hazard Gwinnett Fire says to leave displays to the professionals

LAWRENCEVILLE - With the drought worsening, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine warns Georgia residents to exercise extra caution with fireworks this July Fourth.

MARTA readies for new gun law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 300,000 registered gun owners now have the right to carry their firearms on public transit, into state parks while visiting and into restaurants that serve alcohol. The only caveat - they need a carry permit, which requires a criminal background check.

Unity between Obama, Clinton doesn't seem genuine

In keeping with his "messiah" image, Barack Obama might have been more at home in Bethlehem, Pa., than in Unity, N.H., when he and his "former" nemesis, Hillary Clinton, opened their new act on the road to mixed reviews.

Surprising fact: More than half of gun deaths are suicides

ATLANTA - The Supreme Court's landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens' ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves.

Vendors sought for annual C.O.P.S. fest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Approaching its 11th year running, the C.O.P.S. Festival has evolved into an annual tip-of-the-hat to community do-gooders who help make Gwinnett neighborhoods safer.

Davis commits to UCF football

Apparently, Troy Davis is just fine dealing with change.

World briefs

Mystery blast kills eight at militant base

In brief

Former Home Depot worker enters guilty plea in kickback scheme

Coming to a neighborhood near you

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the Gwinnett County Planning Commission will consider today. The panel meets 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Berkmar star still Patriotic

Wesley Witherspoon has proven himself to be one of the best basketball players under the age of 18 in Georgia throughout his career at Berkmar.

Good dawg

My friend Uga VI is dead.

Candidates debate future of Gwinnett's economy

DULUTH - Gwinnett's slumping economy was the hot topic Monday during a candidate forum hosted by the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors.

Edwin McCain to play free concert in Suwanee

SUWANEE - Altering between old and new, Edwin McCain is planning to belt out a number of tunes to Suwanee from vintage R&B to his own self-penned hits Aug. 16.

Hawks face big decisions with Smith, Childress

ATLANTA - Josh Smith and Josh Childress were considered franchise cornerstones for the Atlanta Hawks four years ago.

Duluth graduate bids adieu to civilian life

An entry on her family's blog is indicative of the unique college choice Michelle Lanford has made. The blog entry gives her summer mailing address, but also reminds perspective pen pals that letters sent to her at school may be opened and read aloud.

Joyce Sims

Joyce Green Sims age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2008. She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws, David (Joyce) of Atlanta and ...

Rev L. Mchoyt Moore

Rev. L. McHoyt Moore, age 77, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents; Loyce and Alma Ethridge Moore. He ...

Griffeth Brown

Griffeth T. Brown, age 77 of Loganville, passed away Monday, June 30, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Jerry Bunch

Mr. Jerry Otwell Bunch, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2008. He is survived by his Brother: Marshall Bunch, Lawrenceville, GA; Fiancee: Michelle Boutin, Lawrenceville ...

Hazel Mobley

Mrs. Hazel R. Mobley died Sunday, June 29, 2008 at her home in Demopolis. Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. (EST) Thursday, July 3 at Westview Cemetery 1680 Westview Drive ...

Eldredge Stone

Mr. Eldredge J. Stone, age 70, of Braselton, GA passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2008. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael James Stone; parents, Dennis and ...

Rev Paul Moody

Rev. Paul Samuel Moody, age 83, of Snellville, Ga., died June 28, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Adelle Ferguson

Adelle Hammond Ferguson, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away June 29, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553