News for Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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Another oil threatens the Arctic Circle

IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE - North of Oslo, north of Longyearbyen, almost as north as North itself, the National Geographic Endeavor breaks pack ice in endless daylight through a gray-teal sea. The expedition has been cruising near Svalbard, a group of high arctic islands larger than Denmark - in summer, a land of brown mountains streaked with snow-filled gullies, low clouds that blur distinctions of sky and land, and wide glaciers reaching the ocean in gashes of bright sky blue.

BOC tables project

LAWRENCEVILLE - Development company Greene Investments didn't receive a green light at the Board of Commissioners meeting for the mixed-use-overlay (MUO) project they've proposed along Pleasant Hill Road north of Shorty Howell Park. But they didn't get a red light either. Instead, the board decided to table the case until Aug. 19.

Theft suspect who triggered manhunt caught

LAWRENCEVILLE - A suspected car thief who triggered a multi-agency manhunt Friday, running from and eluding swarms of police in broad daylight, is now behind bars, police said.

Is Jindal the man to complete GOP ticket?

Drum roll. Suspense. Who will it be?

Evening thunderstorms keep fire department busy

LAWRENCEVILLE - A powerful storm that blew through Gwinnett County on Tuesday evening spurred 143 fire-related calls to the Gwinnett Fire Department between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., authorities said.

A fatherly impression Watkins' son following dad's coaching path

Tony Watkins has more than 450 career victories as a high school basketball coach. He consistently puts teams in the playoffs and has even reached the Final Four.

Health Briefs

Medical center to sponsor free seminar

Court ruling may let companies off in fraud forfeiture

ATLANTA - Two corporations owned by a former Republic Bank president and his cohorts in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme 15 years ago could be allowed to keep their ill-gotten gains.

Hurricane Dolly makes landfall in Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Hurricane Dolly slammed into the South Texas coast Wednesday with punishing rain and winds of 100 mph, blowing down signs, damaging an apartment complex and knocking out power to thousands before weakening over land.

People briefs

Bale arrested and released; denies assault

Magnified interest Lacrosse finds way onto Gwinnett varsity fields

When Gwinnett County finally agreed to grant schools varsity status for lacrosse, there remained a degree of uncertainty as to the first teams to break through.

Police: Fake officer arrested

DULUTH - Gwinnett police are asking for the public's assistance in building a case against a Duluth man arrested last week on charges he allegedly was posing as a Georgia State Patrol officer at a Duluth apartment complex.

Hot air balloon lands in street

SUWANEE - A hot air balloon pilot made an impromptu landing Tuesday morning in the middle of a Suwanee street, an official said.

City chooses logo for Suwanee Day

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Suwanee Day festival will likely be extra special for Lawrenceville resident Ashleigh James, whose logo design was selected to represent this year's 25th annual event.

Numbers game Tally the same after election recount

LAWRENCEVILLE - After two hours of crunching the numbers Tuesday morning, officials certified the same vote-spread of last week's GOP primary for District 1 commissioner.

In brief

Cafe Erotica closing party set for Aug. 8

Suwanee honors police chief for leading association

SUWANEE - Chief Mike Jones was honored by Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams and the City Council on Tuesday night.

Increase buses before sinking money into rail

It seems to me the opponents of MARTA are not "idiotic" as asserted in Sunday's article ("MARTA vote: Business owners respond," Page 1A). I do think they are skeptical about MARTA, the Brain Train or Xpress buses being the single magic solution to our transportation problems.

Nation briefs

Prosecutor: Missing girl may have been killed

To the editor: Increase buses before sinking money into rail

It seems to me the opponents of MARTA are not "idiotic" as asserted in Sunday's article ("MARTA vote: Business owners respond," Page 1A). I do think they are skeptical about MARTA, the Brain Train or Xpress buses being the single magic solution to our transportation problems.

Results of study for depression found encouraging

ATLANTA - Patients with treatment-resistant depression who underwent deep brain stimulation show the intervention is generally safe and provides significant improvement as early as one month after treatment, according to a study led by a notable doctor from the Emory University School of Medicine.

World Briefs

India's gov't survives vote of confidence

Thieves take $12,000 in copper

SUWANEE - More than $12,000 worth of copper was stolen from a Suwanee electrical business over the weekend, police records show.

Man shot on Graves Road

NORCROSS - male was shot at 1355 Graves Road Tuesday evening, according to Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

John Mccright

Mr. John E. "Johnny" McCright, age 65, of Auburn, GA and the Mt. Moriah Community passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents ...

Mollie Leazer

Mollie V. Leazer, age 84 of Stone Mountain passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, July 24, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

John Stein

John (Jack) William Stein, III, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on July 19, 2008. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 23rd, at the Catholic Church ...

Jeannette Charland

Mrs. Jeannette O. Paradis Charland, age 106, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, July 21, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Charland. She is ...

Larry Rowe

Larry E. Rowe, age 44 of Winder, GA died July 21, 2008. Cremation handled by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC & North Georgia Crematory, Lawrenceville GA 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Jewel Gaddis

Jewel P. Gaddis, age 89, of Hoschton, GA, passed away July 22, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553