News for Friday, July 11, 2008

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Fans: 'Hancock' not your typical superhero 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: "Hancock." Want to be a Film Fan?

A terrible 'Journey' Brendan Fraser offers very little depth to classic 1959 film

Journey to the Center of the Earth (PG)

65-year-old Snellville woman found unharmed in Habersham

SNELLVILLE - An elderly woman suffering from undiagnosed dementia and memory loss who went missing Wednesday has been found unharmed, police said late Thursday.

Spotlight on DVD

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Crane falls into Lanier, spills oil

LAWRENCEVILLE - A construction crane slipped off a barge and into Lake Lanier Wednesday, spilling diesel fuel near a drinking water intake pipe.

Toyota making changes

DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp., the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that saw its U.S. sales double in the last decade, has come back down to earth.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Pain-ful lesson learned

DULUTH - The end of last season was abrupt and unpleasant for Chad Painchaud.

GMC: Open heart program under attack Area hospitals question state's approval

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three area hospitals are questioning the state's approval of Gwinnett Medical Center's $33 million open heart program, a development GMC president and CEO Phil Wolfe blasted Thursday.

World briefs

UN says it will investigate Bhutto death

Loganville to enact urban zoning ordinance

LOGANVILLE - In an unprecedented move Thursday night, Loganville council members adopted a Planned Urban Village district zoning ordinance.

Must read: Reprimand over uniform mars police officer's last day

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer retired wearing a light blue uniform shirt phased out after Hurricane Katrina, saying he wanted to salute 18 colleagues who died in the line of duty. Never mind that he was dressed down by superiors for a rules violation on his last work day.

Jobless claims dip but labor market still weak

WASHINGTON - Fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits last week, but the dip was not enough to overcome continuing weakness in the country's labor market.

Gwinnett Calendar

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One nation, under English

WASHINGTON

Guard called to fight fires

ALBION, Calif. - Sweat rolled down Lisa Mirander's forehead as she hacked a tangle of saplings and brush down to bare dirt to prevent a wildfire from spreading. It was a tough job, but no harder than the 13 months she served in Afghanistan.

30-year mortgage rates rise, other rates mixed

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages edged up this week, while rates on other home loans were a mixed bag.

'Our hands are tied' Snellville subdivision residents upset by new neighbor

SNELLVILLE - Some residents of the Abbington Park subdivision off U.S. Highway 78 are upset about the business that's about to become their new neighbor. They aren't exactly rolling out the welcome mat for the Cremation Society of the South.

Investment firms didn't draw emergency Fed loans

WASHINGTON - Wall Street companies didn't borrow from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program over the past week while commercial banks scaled back, sending a sign of some improvements in credit strains.

Commissioner candidates share revitalization objective

The Republican race for Gwinnett District 1 Commissioner pits three candidates with contrasting styles, varied political backgrounds and distinct areas of expertise.

Movie Trivia

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.

Police: Suspect was near slain pregnant woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - Derrick Walker claims he was nowhere near his pregnant girlfriend when she was murdered and set on fire Easter Sunday.

'Army' of darkness

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (PG-13)

Clippers now courting Smith

ATLANTA - The relief Hawks fans felt when Elton Brand signed with the 76ers may have lasted only as long as it took Josh Smith to sit down for dinner in Los Angeles with Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy.

Major honor

Toby Basner hasn't made the major leagues yet, but this is the next best thing.

Metro Calendar

Today

Psychiatrist indicted on 16 counts of assault

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former Lawrenceville-based psychiatrist was indicted Thursday on charges he sexually assaulted 14 patients who were under his care, court documents show.

Two more bites taken out of liberty

Bush and his cronies once again want to tell us to do one thing while they do another.

People briefs

Brinkley settles divorce case

Nation briefs

Bush signs new law changing wiretapping rules

HOOPS HOTBED

SUWANEE - Metro Atlanta - and specifically Gwinnett County - has become a hotbed in high school and youth basketball. So it should come as no surprise one of the nation's top girls showcase events is now a mainstay here.

Getting to Know ... Dana White

In 2001, Dana White convinced Las Vegas casino executives Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to buy a struggling league called the Ultimate Fighting Championship for $2 million.

Gwinnett schools try to fill positions

SUWANEE - With a month to go before classes begin, Gwinnett County Public Schools is well on its way to filling its vacant teaching positions, a district official said.

Dish: Tabby's Irish Pub

Open since: December 2007

Stan Hall makes leap from ballet to the Hudgens Center

For someone who doesn't actually perform ballet, Stan Hall has made an enormous "grande jete" from his board chairmanship at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre to become board chairman at the Hudgens Center. He will launch his new chairmanship when he presides over the board meeting Thursday.

Olympic swimmer Shanteau has testicular cancer

ATLANTA (AP) - Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau is heading to Beijing with a startling diagnosis: He has cancer.

Norris Anglin

Norris W. Anglin, age 63, of Cumming, Ga. died July 10, 2008. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia will be in charge of arrangements 770-887-2388.

Glenn Newall

Mr. Glenn Erwin Newall age 91, of Wartrace, TN passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Judy Shubert

Judy Barrett Shubert, age 53, of Lawrenceville died July 9, 2008. She was preceded in death by her brother, Stephen Treadwell. She is survived by her children, Deborah, Dennis, Jr ...

Margaret Mcdowell

ANN Margaret Ann McDowell, age 78 of Lawrenceville, died July 8, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Emmie H. Dove

Emmie H. Dove, age 90 of Winder, formerly of Duluth, passed away July 9, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Mildred Spratlin

Mildred Moon Piper Spratlin, age 85 of Loganville, GA passed away, July 10, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.

Virginia Reese

Virginia L. Reese, age 81 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, July 11, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...