News for Saturday, July 26, 2008

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Fresh start for Falcons after dismal '07

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White wheeled up in his black Escalade, with Lil Wayne blaring from the speakers and not a care in the world.

$7.7 million in marijuana discovered

DULUTH - An anonymous tip led police to $7.7 million worth of marijuana inside a Duluth residence, authorities announced Friday.

Firefighter jailed on charge of contempt

GRAYSON - A Gwinnett County Fire Department firefighter remained in jail Friday after a judge ordered his incarceration on a charge of felony contempt of court, documents show.

McCann homers twice in 8-2 win

PHILADELPHIA - Jair Jurrjens pitched eight scoreless innings and Brian McCann hit two homers, including a grand slam, to lead the Atlanta Braves over the struggling Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 on Friday night.

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Renewable energy can be good for country, planet

I concur in Jan Erb's letter to the editor opposing new offshore drilling for oil.

Pests lurk in Texas floodwaters Fire ants, tarantulas hinder cleanup of hurricane's mess

EDINBURG, Texas - South Texans eager to salvage what they can from waterlogged homes struck by Hurricane Dolly have another problem: The floodwaters they're slogging through are laced with stinging fire ants, snakes and tarantulas.

Parker's thinking not logical

Kathleen Parker writes well, but her logic escapes me. In her last column ("Pride clouding Obama's vision on Iraq surge," July 25) she jumps from the belief that the surge was successful to the conclusion that violence would not have subsided had the surge not been waged.

Professor whose 'last lecture' became a sensation dies

PITTSBURGH - Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose 'last lecture' about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died Friday. He was 47.

Bengals waive injured Irons Family expects Dacula grad to be back

The severity of Kenny Irons' knee injury caused him to fail a physical this week, and it forced the Cincinnati Bengals to waive their 2007 second-round draft pick on Friday.

Good leaders know how to get people excited to work

Is the quest for perfection ruining your organization?

Ready to roll Bike Fest rides into Norcross

NORCROSS - There were no tour buses emblazoned with big-name sponsorships (basketball).

Schools hold info sessions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Information sessions will be conducted Tuesday evening at six Gwinnett County schools required under federal No Child Left Behind provisions to offer parents the opportunity to transfer their child to another school.

Group holds autism camp

SUWANEE - Claire Dees knew there was a need for an autism support group in Gwinnett County when 100 people showed up to Spectrum's first meeting 10 years ago.

Getting tough Gladiators sign gritty forward Sullivan

Dan Sullivan is most looking forward to two things when he dons a Gwinnett Gladiators' jersey in October.

World briefs

Qantas jet lands with gaping hole in its fuselage

People briefs

Berry pushes back against paparazzi

Georgians at forefront of US politics

Are we Georgians a privileged group or what? Here we sit in the greatest state in the union with its majestic mountains; beautiful beaches; the oldest state-chartered university in the nation located in Athens, the Classic City of the South; sweet Vidalia onions and more barbecue than we can eat.

Neighboring counties reach exceptional drought

LAWRENCEVILLE - Exceptional drought - the worst drought classification possible - reached a few of Gwinnett County's neighbors the state's climatologist said Thursday. And despite some localized rain showers during July, it's not been enough to get the rivers up north flowing he said.

Old flame walks back into town and into Mama's living room

As life stretches on, it is always a blessing to share a history with those who know you well. It is a bond that cannot be fabricated, for it is created by the times and stories you mutually share over many years.

Can't beat the real thing Berkmar grad successful CFO for Coca-Cola

Keith Allen has always had a love for Coca-Cola.

Top 11 reasons not to get a tattoo

Know how you sometimes look at pictures of yourself taken when you were in high school and wonder, "What the heck was I thinking?"

Forget Perfect: Good leaders know how to get people excited to work

Is the quest for perfection ruining your organization?

Gas leak evacuates day care

BUFORD - A Buford day care was evacuated Friday when road construction workers struck a nearby gas main, an official said.

Nation briefs

Grandmother pleads guilty in Texas child porn case

O'Charley's, Boys & Girls team up for school supplies drive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Aug. 11, many students will return to school with all the required supplies for the new year.

Verizon wireless calling all church choirs to compete

Verizon Wireless, the well-known voice and data network company, is looking to crown the nation's sweetest-sounding church choir.

Proud to be a Southerner

I sat in last week with a group of highly educated folks who were debating regional distinctions in America. Most of them were of the opinion that they no longer exist. I beg to differ.

AYP: Six miss mark

LAWRENCEVILLE - Although the number of Georgia public schools meeting federal No Child Left Behind requirements plummeted this year, more schools in Gwinnett County met the state's accountability goals, according to information released Friday by the Georgia Department of Education.

To the editor: Renewable energy can be good for country, planet

I concur in Jan Erb's letter to the editor opposing new offshore drilling for oil.

To the editor: Parker's thinking not logical

Kathleen Parker writes well, but her logic escapes me. In her last column ("Pride clouding Obama's vision on Iraq surge," July 25) she jumps from the belief that the surge was successful to the conclusion that violence would not have subsided had the surge not been waged.

Renee King

Renee King, age 42, of Lilburn, GA died Thursday, July 24, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Chumley of Lilburn, daughter and son, Emily and Aaron Niemann ...

Anthony Crawford

Anthony Crawford 21 of Sugar Hill, GA passed Sunday, July 20, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Dan Holliday

Dan Holliday, age 42, of Statham, GA, passed away July 24, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Elvin Waldrop

Elvin “Dude” Waldrop, age 91, of Monroe, GA, passed away July 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 823 East Spring Street, Monroe, GA, 30655, 770-267-2594. Please ...

Madaline Hampton

Madaline Hampton, age 59 of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irma Hyde Benge and father, Joe Hyde. She ...

Kim Simicevic

Kim C. Simicevic, age 45, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on July 24, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Esther L. Bullock

Mrs. Esther Lyn (Kinman) Bullock, age 44, of Highway 319 Bartow, formerly of Buford, died Thursday, July 24, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services will be held 3:00PM Sunday, July ...

Yeabsra Solomone

Yeabsra Solomone, age 18, of Snellville, GA, died Friday, July 25, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Russell Smith, age 86, of Norcross, GA, died Friday, July 25, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Ted Mcfarland

Ted McFarland, age 50 of Dacula passed away, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 27, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Jewel Cook

Jewel H. Cook, age 81 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 24, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.