News for Saturday, July 19, 2008

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Choi atop British Open board

SOUTHPORT, England - Tiger Woods on crutches was supposed to be a chance for someone else to seize the spotlight at the British Open. Greg Norman wasn't the guy anyone had in mind.

To the editor: No need to drill while companies export oil

I am proud to be an American. "Home of the brave, land of the free." But lately there has been an insurgence of fear. A fear that we will not have enough gas to run our SUVs.

To the editor: State should get the ball rolling and adopt FairTax

On the issue of the FairTax, it seems that all I ever hear about from the media is national tax reform.

Gladiators sign pair of rookies

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators added a pair of rookie forwards to their roster on Friday, announcing the signings of Ben Geelan and Carl Bresser for the 2008-09 season.

Starbucks closing 3 Gwinnett locations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County will soon have three fewer Starbucks coffee houses serving up skinny lattes, soy-whipped, mocha-infused frappuccinos and red-eyed shots-in-the-dark after an announcement made Thursday. This comes on the heels of the coffee giant's announcement July 1 concerning the closing of 600 stores nationwide.

Beyond diabetes From E.R.s to swimming pools, girls learn how to overcome disease

Nine-year-old Lauren Ladzinski spends many of her summer days swimming in her neighbor's pool. She'll soon start another season of softball. She has been on the Jones Bridge swim team since she was 6.

Woman rescues Dalmation six weeks after it escaped

NORCROSS - Louise Stewart is a magnet for stray animals.

People briefs

Spears gets overnights with boys added, trial averted

Funeral for soldier set for Sunday

SNELLVILLE - The funeral for a Shiloh High graduate killed in Afghanistan is scheduled for Sunday, his family said.

State should get the ball rolling and adopt FairTax

On the issue of the FairTax, it seems that all I ever hear about from the media is national tax reform.

No need to drill while companies export oil

I am proud to be an American. "Home of the brave, land of the free." But lately there has been an insurgence of fear. A fear that we will not have enough gas to run our SUVs.

Man eludes police Suspected car thief prompts manhunt

LAWRENCEVILLE - A suspected car thief picked what's probably the worst spot in Gwinnett to run from police Friday.

Lilburn finds new manager

LILBURN - Bill Johnsa, the former Dawson County manager, has been chosen to lead Lilburn's city operations.

Women should limit conniption fits to once or twice a year

Right then and there in the Los Angeles International Airport, I thought I was going to have to pitch a conniption fit. That, to explain a conniption fit properly, is when a woman of Southern origin creates a scene of dramatic wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Auto biz lands ex-cop in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former sergeant with the Gwinnett County Police Department was arrested this week for operating an underground auto sales business, his former colleagues said Friday.

Fewer calls received about stormwater fee

LAWRENCEVILLE - In the first two days since property tax bills went out to citizens, officials said they are fielding less calls about the county's stormwater fee.

Smog level to be unhealthy today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia's Clean Air Campaign issued its third forecast of the year for an unhealthy smog level Saturday. In other words - code red and take it easy.

McCann delivers Duluth grad's 3-run double keys 7-6 win

ATLANTA - Brian McCann's three-run double gave Atlanta the lead in the third inning, and the Braves survived the Washington National's ninth-inning rally to win 7-6 on Friday night.

Weeding out those nasty voter e-mails

No good deed goes unpunished. Recently, I mentioned that Sen. Saxby Chambliss wanted to hear from you regarding your thoughts on the current energy crisis. A lot of you wrote him, and many of you sent me a copy.

The mud will be slinging all the way to November

Well, the preliminaries are over. Bring on the main event. The primaries are done, the votes are cast and counted, and from the looks of things we are in for a bare-knuckle brawl from now until November on just about every political level.

Woman shot near Gwinnett Place Mall

DULUTH - A young black woman was shot Friday night near Gwinnett Place Mall, Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

Must Read: Army to shoot live pigs for medical drill in Honolulu

HONOLULU - The Army says it's critical to saving the lives of wounded soldiers. Animal-rights activists called the training cruel and outdated.

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Bush talks Iraq 'time horizon'

WASHINGTON - President Bush has agreed to set a 'general time horizon' for deeper U.S. troop cuts in Iraq, the White House said Friday, a dramatic shift from his once-ironclad unwillingness to talk about any kind of deadlines or timetables.

'She's a legend' Thunderbolts coach Cripe to coach 26th county championship

SUWANEE - Carole Cripe been offered big money for her hat.

Still with the pack Harvey enjoying life as post-game radio host

Terry Harvey knows what it's like to be scrutinized.

If only we could all have Hollywood deliveries

I want a do-over with my two kids. Not the kids themselves, they're absolutely fabulous.

World briefs

Hundreds of dead penguins wash ashore on Brazil's beaches

Nation briefs

Mass. turnpike driver gives toll attendant $100

Man charged with spraying graffiti

NORCROSS - Gwinnett County police have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of spraying gang graffiti on utility boxes and road signs in Peachtree Corners.

Ran Wilson

Ran Wilson, age 74, of Lilburn, died at home on Thursday July 17, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Monday July 21, 2008 in the Chapel ...

Rev. John Colbaugh

Rev. John Colbaugh, age 62 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770) 962-3100

Lucille Landress

Lucille Landress, age 80 of Snellville passed away, Friday, July 18, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Helen Caravella

Helen Caravella, age 76, of Atlanta, GA passed away July 17, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Davis Simonton

Davis “Coda” Simonton, age 76, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Friday, July 18, 2008. He served in the United States Armed Forces and retired from General Motors ...

Jeff Parks

Jeff Parks, age 41 of Bethlehem, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, July 20, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Michael R. Fortson

July 19, 2007 In Loving Memory of Michael R. Fortson Gone but never forgotten Every Step we take, everymove we make, Everytime we pray, we'll be missing you. Thinking of ...

Glyndon C. Pruitt

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 5:00 P.M. at the Buford First United Methodist Church, Buford, Georgia. The graveside service will be private. Visitation will ...

Jerry Griswell

Jerry W. Griswell, age 77, of Lawrenceville, Ga., died Friday, July 18, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Shirley May Sadowski

1937-2008) Shirley Sadowski, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on Tuesday, July 15 in Decatur, Georgia after a brief struggle with cancer. Born in Chicago and raised in southeastern ...

Don Patton

Don Cooper Patton, age 64, of Winder, GA, passed away July 17, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553