News for Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Firefighters raise funds for foundation

LAWRENCEVILLE - In just under a month, Gwinnett firefighters raised more than $62,000 on behalf of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

People briefs

NYC judge tells 50 Cent to hold onto N.Y. property

Smoltz has surgery, future still uncertain

ATLANTA - John Smoltz had the labrum in his right shoulder repaired on Tuesday, and the Atlanta Braves said it will be months before the pitcher knows if his career can resume.

World briefs

Stabbing suspect had small cache of weapons

Health briefs

Dream House hosts health conference panel

Champions live here

Gwinnett County continued its winning ways in high school sports this past school year.

City adopts new occupational tax system

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council voted Monday to switch its occupational tax system for businesses operating in the city.

Tomatoes pulled off shelves amid salmonella scare

CHICAGO - Federal officials hunted for the source of a 17-state salmonella outbreak linked to three types of raw tomatoes, while the list of supermarkets and restaurants yanking those varieties from shelves and menus grew.

Braves succumb to hard-hitting Cubs

CHICAGO -Ted Lilly settled down after a shaky start to get his first win in three weeks and Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto homered Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs continued their dominant play at Wrigley Field, beating the Atlanta Braves 10-5.

Woodson unsure if he'll be kept by Hawks

ATLANTA - Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson says he still doesn't know if he'll be offered a new contract by new general manager Rick Sund.

Educators named Master Teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Six educators in Gwinnett County Public Schools have earned the Master Teacher certification, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.

Must read: 90-year-old accepts high school diploma in Michigan

DETROIT - John Lawrence Locher has accomplished many things in his 90 years, including living through the Great Depression, fighting in the Pacific during World War II and a long career with General Motors.

Sports briefs

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Sudanese plane crash kills dozens

KHARTOUM, Sudan - A Sudanese Airbus carrying 214 people veered off the runway in a thunderstorm and burst into flames late Tuesday, killing dozens unable to escape the inferno. Officials said more than 100 people fled the plane before it was engulfed by towering orange flames.

Turn summer vacation into a learning escapade

There is an oft-quoted principle in education: Twenty percent of the influence in a child's life comes from school, 80 percent comes from the home. In a nutshell, this means that, even though private schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools will soon go into dormancy for 10 weeks, the students' education goes on - in a big way. Who's the teacher? That's right, mom and dad, it's you! What are you going to do to continue your child's education this summer?

Former Bulldog working way back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Never mind the three turnovers, the small crowd or a 50-yard playing field that must feel depressingly claustrophobic to a man who once marched the Dallas Cowboys into the NFL playoffs.

Amputees fight caps in insurance coverage for prosthetics

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - After bone cancer forced the amputation of her right leg below the knee, Eileen Casey got even more bad news: Her insurer told her that she had spent her $10,000 lifetime coverage limit on her temporary limb and that the company wouldn't pay for a permanent one.

Annual 'State of Health Care in Gwinnett' planned

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will host its annual "State of Health Care in Gwinnett" forum Tuesday at the Atlanta Marriot - Gwinnett Place.

Colleges get short end of budget stick

Beyond measuring the prospects of the Georgia football team and the misuse of credit cards on a grand scale at Georgia Tech, you don't hear much about the goings-on in higher education these days.

Nation briefs

Photos show extensive damage inside mansion

Larry Puckett

Mr. Larry Vernon Puckett, age 64, of Talmo Road, Talmo, Georgia, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness. Funeral services are scheduled ...

William Hofius

William J. (Bill) Hofius, age 83, of Snellville, passed away June 9th, 2008 after an extended illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret L. Hofius ...

Helen Bone

Helen Ruth Bone, age 86 of Braselton, GA, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. (770)945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Mary Owen

KAY Mary Kay Horn Owen, 67, of Lawrenceville, GA, died on June 9, 2008. The memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Tom Wages ...

Roy Talley

K. Mr. Roy Kaylor Talley, age 64, of Duluth, GA passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Kaylor Talley and Evelyn ...

Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth Olene Montgomery, age 95, of Lilburn, GA, formerly of Plant City, FL, died June 8, 2008.  She is survived by her children, Daughter & Son-in-Law, Dr's ...