News for Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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Bennigan's, Steak & Ale file for bankruptcy protection

Talking heads seem to do nothing but gripe

It amazes me how the poliical mavens in the media can come up with so many things to fault a candidate about whom they knew almost nothing about a year ago. It's all about the party he represents, of course.

Meadowcreek reveals plan for improving student achievement

NORCROSS - Meadowcreek High School has a plan to improve student achievement, principal Bob Jackson said Tuesday evening.

World briefs

Weather better, 75 await rescue from N.M. flood

Monkey from Mars: GBI museum holds alien hoax remains

DECATUR - Other museums might have more or flashier items to display. But only the mini-museum of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation can boast of possessing such an other-world oddity as the monkey from Mars.

Taylor resigns from library board 44-year-old accused of sexually molesting child, family member

LAWRENCEVILLE - Brett Taylor, jailed since July 24 on child molestation charges, has resigned his post on the Gwinnett County Public Library Board, a library official said Tuesday.

GCPS to help ease school adjustment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ready for the new school year?

Hassell endorses LeVell in commissioner runoff

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just 19 votes divided Carol Hassell and Bruce LeVell in the GOP primary for the county commission's District 1. But Hassell said there is more that unites them.

City sees brunt of storms Falling tree damages Lawrenceville apartment

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's become a recurring theme: Thunderstorm pummels Gwinnett. Damage amasses. Worries mount. The Fire Department busily files into action.

To the editor: Talking heads seem to do nothing but gripe

It amazes me how the poliical mavens in the media can come up with so many things to fault a candidate about whom they knew almost nothing about a year ago. It's all about the party he represents, of course.

To the editor: Oil, renewable energy should both be explored

Recent letter writers Allan Burns and Jan Erb have posited energy solutions, but in the process they've dumped the oil. I say let's pursue solar and wind energy development and drill onshore and offshore.

Police foil ATM scheme Three arrested in scam

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police say they've arrested three men who orchestrated a sneaky, high-tech method of bilking money from hundreds of Washington Mutual Bank customers.

Quake shakes Southern Calif.

LOS ANGELES - A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Stocks soar after another drop in oil prices

NEW YORK - Wall Street shot higher Tuesday, gaining back the previous session's sharp losses and then some, after a drop in oil prices and a rise in consumer confidence gave investors some hope for a letup in Americans' financial woes. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 266 points.

DB Wise commits to Duke Picks Blue Devils over Tech, Vandy

As the Berkmar football team continues its first week of practice in preparation for the 2008 season, a second Patriot senior shored up his college future.

Cindy McCain no stranger to foreign aid

KIGALI, Rwanda - Cindy McCain's first visit to this country, in 1994, was during the high season of roadblocks and machetes and shallow graves.

Gwinnett sheriff honored by Ga. Special Olympics

LAWRENCEVILLE - For a tough-minded lawman, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway certainly appears to break the mold.

Must read: Following Dallas DA's death, 19 convictions are undone

DALLAS - As district attorney of Dallas for an unprecedented 36 years, Henry Wade was the embodiment of Texas justice.

Home prices take record slide in May

NEW YORK - Home prices tumbled by the steepest rate ever in May, according to a closely watched housing index released Tuesday, as the housing slump deepened nationwide.

Time to throw Grayson QB hopes work leads to more opportunities

Tyler Horne shouldn't have a sore arm this week.

Wolves to name coach Gladiators' Pyle not headed to AHL

CHICAGO - The Gwinnett Gladiators' American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago is announcing its new head coach today at 12:30 p.m.

Bengals re-sign Irons to injured reserve

As his family expected, Kenny Irons' time away from the Cincinnati Bengals was short-lived.

Worker electrocuted at the Forum

NORCROSS - A 54-year-old contractor died Tuesday morning after being electrocuted at the Forum shopping center, authorities said.

People briefs

Person close to movie names LaBeouf truck passenger

Is Obama's honeymoon over?

John McCain and Barack Obama seem to occupy different universes.

Oil, renewable energy should both be explored

Recent letter writers Allan Burns and Jan Erb have posited energy solutions, but in the process they've dumped the oil. I say let's pursue solar and wind energy development and drill onshore and offshore.

Health briefs

Emory to hold health, skin screenings

How I spent part of my summer

ATLANTA - It's a little after 6 in the morning and, for another hour, Atlanta - and its orange smog - sleeps.

Road rules State brings attention to giving trucks more room

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's happened to all drivers at one time or another - you're cruising along in the left lane and an aggressive driver behind your vehicle wants to pass. To tell you "get out of my way" nonverbally, the vehicle in your rearview mirror rides your bumper until you decide to change lanes. The only problem is there's a tractor-trailer truck to your right potentially carrying 80,000 pounds of freight.

Austin Campbell

Austin Ray Campbell, age 9, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, July 28, 2008 from a bicycle accident. Surviving are: Parents: John and Barbara Campbelll, Buford, GA; Sisters: Grace ...

Sally Crosslin

Sally D. Crosslin, age 54 of Suwanee, GA, died Monday, July 28, 2008 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. (770)945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Dorothy Mills

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Dorothy M. Mills, age 93, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...

Lila Jeraldine Gravitt

Mrs. Lila Jeraldine “Jerrie” Gravitt, age 67, of Carnesville, Georgia, died July 29, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Susan Guthrie

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Susan H. Guthrie, age 61, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...

Odessa Martin

Odessa Sexton Martin, age 99 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100

Jean Henderson

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 am, Wednesday, July, 30, 2008 at Graveside in Gillsville Baptist Church Cemetery for Mrs. Jean Everhart Henderson, age 83, of Gainesville. Burial will be ...