News for Friday, July 25, 2008

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Sheriff: Taser lawsuit is over

LAWRENCEVILLE - A civil lawsuit brought against Sheriff Butch Conway and several sheriff's deputies by the family of Frederick Jerome Williams, who died in custody, has been dropped, Conway announced Thursday.

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Havana South

Havana South

Man accused of killing buddy with television

LAWRENCEVILLE - As police tell it, Reggie Pulley stopped by his buddy Darryl Mason's Norcross apartment on April 9 to simply catch up.

Not just visiting

ATLANTA - To any baseball fan, a career with a major league team can seem extremely glamorous.

Shooting victim ID'd as Norcross man, 30

NORCROSS - Police identified a man slain in a deadly scuffle this week as a 30-year-old apartment dweller from Norcross.

Film Fans: 'The Dark Knight' full of action, great acting

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: "The Dark Knight" Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Out in the crowd: Southern musician brings his brand of country, rock to Buford

LAWRENCEVILLE - Get ready to raise a glass to Tyler Reeve, who's bringing his blend of raw Texas country and Southern rock to Buford's 37 Main on Saturday night.

So-called goat proves that he's the bigger man

Someone has made Steve Bartman an offer that would be hard to refuse, but refuse it he did.

In brief

Body of missing woman found

Man accused of '07 killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a 2007 slaying in Buford, authorities said.

Shawn Mullins to perform in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - Shawn Mullins has spent the past two weeks out in the Tennessee woods writing songs, but he'll be on Gwinnett's Historic Courthouse lawn to perform tonight.

Sports briefs

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A calculated break Students refresh knowledge at algebra camp

SNELLVILLE - For some Brookwood High School students, preparing for the upcoming school year equates to simplifying quadratic equations and multiplying binomials.

The Dish: Havana South

Havana South

Silverbacks to host W-League playoffs

A showdown between two of the W-League's best women's soccer teams is brewing this weekend in Atlanta, but first those two squads have to win tonight.

Business briefs

GOP kills effort to release oil from national stockpile

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World Briefs

Former official: Karzai hurting the drug war

UGA's Richt to keep letting emotions out

HOOVER, Ala. - The mild-mannered, pokerfaced Mark Richt of the past won't be back patrolling Georgia's sidelines this season.

Georgia coping with all the buzz

HOOVER, Ala. - The Georgia Bulldogs were still celebrating a Sugar Bowl victory when the national title talk started.

Spotlight on DVD: Comedy Central's TV Funhouse

Comedy Central's TV Funhouse

Must Read: Should the mail-in votes of dead people be counted?

If you vote by mail, but die before Election Day, does your vote count? It depends on where you lived.

Ford posts $8.67 billion loss

DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history Thursday, losing $8.67 billion in the second quarter.

Restaurant shuttered after scoring 15 on health inspection

DULUTH - The Gwinnett County Health Department has closed a restaurant on Pleasant Hill Road after a routine, surprise inspection found food handling violations that posed an imminent health hazard, an official said Thursday.

Angels call Bulger back to majors

Jason Bulger is back in the major leagues - at least for the moment.

Nation Briefs

Feds to release report on Utah mine disaster

Convicted gun runner sentenced to 12 years

ATLANTA - A New Jersey man who recruited five Gwinnett residents to help run an illegal weapons operation was sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Southern musician brings his brand of country, rock to Buford

LAWRENCEVILLE - Get ready to raise a glass to Tyler Reeve, who's bringing his blend of raw Texas country and Southern rock to Buford's 37 Main on Saturday night.

Police: CNN report unjust

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Police Department is condemning a recent CNN special report on race in America in which police are accused of racial profiling.

Police say robbery suspect lied about ID

NORCROSS - Police lodged additional charges Thursday against a home invasion suspect who allegedly provided them a false identity.

Partnership Gwinnett's first year called a success

LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite the challenges presented by a slowing economy, Partnership Gwinnett has had a successful first year, officials said Thursday during a summit designed to give a progress update on the initiative's four goals.

Home sales tumble across country

WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes tumbled more sharply than expected in June, pushing activity down to the lowest level in more than a decade.

People Briefs

Crow: Not working with Fleetwood Mac anytime soon

Last class keeps Skip's memory alive

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - When Tony Woods came off the court at the AAU tournament in Florida, the five-star recruit had an unsettling voicemail waiting for him.

Getting to Know ... Dan Radakovich

After two years on the job, Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich recently received a new five-year contract worth $300,000 per year in base salary, plus bonuses that could bring the total to as much as $640,000 per year.

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.

Pride clouding Obama's vision on Iraq surge

Barack Obama concedes that America's troops have contributed to improvements on the ground in Iraq, but he still stands by his vote against the surge.

XM, Sirius to settle charges for $19.7M Deal paves way for merger approval

WASHINGTON - Approval of a merger of the nation's only two satellite radio companies was imminent Thursday after the pair agreed to pay $19.7 million to settle charges they violated federal rules.

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Nick Pallas welcomes Steve Dorff for special performance

Nick Pallas, the 16-year-old singer from Grayson, will welcome his mentor and songwriter back to his home roots this coming week.

Hurricane Dolly cleanup begins

HARLINGEN, Texas - Residents across south Texas slogged through knee-deep muddy waters, tiptoed around downed power lines and dug through debris Thursday, but were thankful that Hurricane Dolly didn't pack the wallop they had feared.

Art Beat: Nick Pallas welcomes Steve Dorff for special performance

Nick Pallas, the 16-year-old singer from Grayson, will welcome his mentor and songwriter back to his home roots this coming week.

Sadness in court Hearing held in robbery, killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - When the details came out, only feet separated a weeping congregation of Tedla Lemma's family and two people accused of killing him. It was enough to break one woman.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Dwight Smith, age 34, of Winder, GA, passed away July 22, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Olga Coffman

Olga D. Coffman, age 81 of Lawrenceville passed away, Thursday, July 24, 2008. She is survived by: Husband: Norman Coffman, Lawrenceville; Children: Douglas Wayne & Michelle Coffman, Stewardstown, PA; Lisa ...

Lenora Prince

Lenora Ann Carroll Prince, age 59, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on July 22, 2008. She is survived by her children, Crystal Lee Chatwood of Phenix City, AL, Dawiana Williams ...

Elizabeth Greene

Elizabeth Rae (Betty Rae) Cecil Greene, of Bardstown, KY, age 61 yrs, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008. Arrangements entrusted to the Greenwell-Houghlin Northside Funeral Home of Bardstown (502 ...

Bertram T. Stout

Mr. Bertram T. "Bert" Stout, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette Stout of Lawrenceville, GA; children: Tom ...

Stiles Allen Richardson

Stiles Allen Richardson, age 79 of Snellville, GA died July 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edna Richardson; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and ...

William Dozier

William Dozier 72 of Loganville, GA passed Sunday, July 13, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Linda Wellmaker

Linda Diane Wellmaker, age 62 of Monroe, passed away July 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100

W. L. Morris

W. L. “Jim” Morris, age 71 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday July 24, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday, July 26, 2008 in the Lawrenceville ...

James Gaddis

James Paul (Fanchie) Gaddis, age 35, of Griffin, formerly of Winder, passed away July 22, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553

Claudine Ansley

Mrs. Claudine Ansley, 82, of 194 Pine Rock Rd., Winder, Ga. passed Thursday, July 24, 2008. Funeral arrangements to be announced later. Eberhart & Son Mortuary of Winder, Ga. in ...

Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Epting Carter, age 70, of 3858 Trenton Drive passed away at Eastside Emory Hospital on 7/22/208. She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. Wallace Houseal Epting and ...

Vera Marshall

Vera Marshall, age 94, of Tucker, Ga., died Thursday, July 24, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Dorothy Roberts

Mrs. Dorothy Burnette Roberts, age 81, of Buford, GA passed away on July 23, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...