News for Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Update your home with low- or no-cost ideas

Contrary to what may be a widespread belief these days, high gas and food prices don't mean you have to forego updating your home if you feel you need a change. Low- or no-cost redecorating ideas - from rearranging your current furniture to moving pieces to different rooms - can help you update your surroundings and keep your cash for necessities.

5 arrested in armed robbery

NORCROSS - Five suspects didn't get far Tuesday morning after they ganged up on three men and robbed them at gunpoint, police said.

Georgia colleges brace for state budget cuts

ATLANTA - Fewer police officers. More part-time faculty in the classroom. No computer upgrades. Not as many books and magazines in the library.

Delta: Body of woman, 61, found in plane bathroom

ATLANTA - Flight attendants discovered the body of a 61-year-old woman in the restroom of a plane shortly before the flight landed in Atlanta Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Raspberries can last all summer

The harvest of raspberries slows about now, each day bringing fewer and smaller berries.

13-year-old dies after practice Teen experiences symptoms of heart attack minutes after football camp

SNELLVILLE - A 13-year-old Gwinnett Football League player died Monday evening following a practice at Shiloh High School, an official said.

World

FDA finds more salmonella at Mexican farm

Gwinnett Gab

Senior Leadership Gwinnett names new members

Political notebook: Commissioner candidate announces plan for transit

OK, Gwinnett voters aren't interested in paying a penny tax for MARTA. They said so in the informal questions asked July 15.

Loganville resident wins $25,000 in Ga. Lottery

LOGANVILLE - Although he doesn't turn 60 until next month, James Sheppard received a great early birthday present. The retired fireman won a $25,000 prize last week from the Georgia Lottery.

Virtual learning Business offers visit of aquarium through video conference

NORCROSS - Some children got a lesson Wednesday on the ocean's predatory fish that was just as easy - but definitely more interactive - than tuning into Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

Tax-free shopping starts today

LAWRENCEVILLE - At exactly 12:01 a.m. today, Georgia consumers will not have to pay sales tax on selected items.

Charter school submits petition to state

SNELLVILLE - The lead proponent of a proposed K-12 charter school on Wednesday said she has submitted her petition to the state Department of Education.

Nation

One killed when crane topples into river

Homes of plants, trees can yield different results

Growing up on Galveston Bay with crape myrtle then moving to Georgia almost 30 years ago, and enjoying crape myrtle here, led me to believe I knew crape myrtle. Visiting Galveston Bay last week I was stunned at the magnificent beauty of their Muskogee crape myrtle. The pale lavender blooms consistently engulfed the trees regardless of brutal heat, humidity and blasting winds rolling in from west Texas every few weeks.

People

Cheech, Chong end feud, to tour

Gardening in Gwinnett: Cameras aid in diagnosing problems

Recently, a resident contacted me to ask about an insect she observed on her hibiscus plants. From her description of the insect, I suspected what it could be, but without actually seeing it I was unable to be certain. She sent me several digital pictures of the insect, and I was able to diagnose the problem as mealybugs, a common insect pest of many ornamental plants. I was then able to recommend treatment for it.

Occasionally, Congress finds time to do its job

If you were to ask Democrats Barney Frank and Chris Dodd - the principal architects of the massive housing bill signed Wednesday by President Bush - which of its many features pleases them most, the answer would surprise you.

Cameras aid in diagnosing problems

Recently, a resident contacted me to ask about an insect she observed on her hibiscus plants. From her description of the insect, I suspected what it could be, but without actually seeing it I was unable to be certain. She sent me several digital pictures of the insect, and I was able to diagnose the problem as mealybugs, a common insect pest of many ornamental plants. I was then able to recommend treatment for it.

Life is worth more than a few shekels

Most inhumanities start small, like the beginning of a tsunami, but then build, as they head toward inevitable and unstoppable destruction.

Business briefs

Stocks surge higher, led by financial sector

Wolves add experience

There's something to be said for young football coaches, their relentless energy and their fresh passion for a kid's game. They grew up in a high-tech age, learning how to coach football with the help of digital video and other software programs that continue to advance with each passing season.

Commissioner candidate announces plan for transit

OK, Gwinnett voters aren't interested in paying a penny tax for MARTA. They said so in the informal questions asked July 15.

Fast track GAC grad Phelps making his way up racing ranks

The players quickly shed their drenched jerseys and shoulder pads as another week's worth of work comes to an end. They mill around the field, under the still-glaring Friday night lights, talking to coaches and friends and family and fans.

Tony Pace

Tony Pace, age 54 of Loganville, GA passed away, July 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.

Fred Brooks

Mr. Fred L. Brooks, age 89, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ada Mae Oliver Brooks ...

Janice Elliott

Janice Elliott, age 72 of Loganville, passed away July 30, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100

Marie Comeau

Marie Irene Comeau, age 85 of Lawrenceville, GA, died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. (770)945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Steven Cavender

Steven Cavender, age 45, of Monroe, GA, passed away July 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 823 East Spring Street, Monroe, GA, 30655, 770-267-2594. Please sign online guest ...

Brunhilde Henderson

Brunhilde Henderson, age 79, died July 28, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Dorothy Wills

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Dorothy M. Wills, age 92, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...

Sandra Corpus

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Sandra Ruth Corpus, age 26, of Jefferson, who passed away on Monday, July 28, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...

Reece Evans

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Reece Evans, age 90 of Hoschton, Georgia who died Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Evans ...