News for Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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BOE to decide on promotion

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday will conduct its annual review of individual students' preliminary Gateway scores.

Gay couples rush to get married

SAN FRANCISCO - County clerk offices across California opened for their first full day of same-sex marriages Tuesday, with hundreds of happy gay and lesbian couples ready to take the plunge in what in some cities was a party atmosphere.

Nation briefs

Rising Mississippi disrupts travel

Health Briefs

Cancer Wellness at Piedmont's offers programs

People briefs

Joan Rivers booted from British TV over curse word

Police: Man claims officers poison Gwinnettians with pesticide

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities say a Snellville man recently threatened to kill law enforcement officers across Gwinnett because they've poisoned citizens with a nuclear pesticide called "Pulmo."

Powerful dreams, weighty goals

Walking into Coffee's Gym in Marietta is certainly an experience. The tiny gym in an old shopping center, is packed full of weights but still gives off a relaxing vibe.

Falcons jettison Williams

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons released disgruntled safety Jimmy Williams on Tuesday, two years after trading up 10 spots to pick him in the second round of the NFL draft.

GAC grad plays in World Cup qualifier

It won't have a ton of information on the Web site just yet, but FIFA.com will have a few statistics for the profile of Danny Irizarry.

Former legislator pleads guilty U.S. Attorney's Office: Man defrauded church of $250,000

ATLANTA - Disgraced former state legislator Ron Sailor pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal district court to defrauding his church of $250,000 even as he cooperated with federal investigators in a drug-related corruption probe, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

World briefs

Car bomb ends Baghdad's calm

Commission denies rezoning request

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents near and of Suwanee's Old Civilians Square subdivision applauded the county planning commission's recommendation Tuesday to deny a rezoning request to allow a proposed commercial property.

Mother helps educate others on son's disease

SUGAR HILL - John Sellers is an old man stuck in a 9 1/2 year-old's body.

'A place to imagine' Norcross launches new ad campaign to brand the area

NORCROSS - A classy, urban timepiece in black graces the left side of the advertisement. A motto in white announces that "something extraordinary is about to happen" in the "hip, creative option to mediocrity" located a "few minutes north of Atlanta."

Must read: Study: New SAT not a much better predictor of performance

The writing section added to the SAT has done little to improve the exam's overall ability to predict how students will do in college, according to research released Tuesday by the test's owner.

CEO prepared for disaster

DULUTH - God forbid, if Gwinnett faces a monumental natural disaster, Emory Eastside Medical Center will be in experienced hands.

Trash changes move forward

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials made steps Tuesday to implement a new county trash plan, which they contend would cut the number of garbage trucks on the streets and increase recycling.

Authorities seek help to ID suspect

SNELLVILLE - Authorities are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect involved in a recent Snellville home invasion in which a 13-year-old girl was shot and wounded, police said.

Bad mothers lost in debate of social ills

Barack Obama's recent call for responsible fatherhood is welcome, overdue - and misleadingly incomplete.

Rangers hammer Hudson

ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead to stay with his American League-best 19th homer and Milton Bradley added a two-run single on which he got hurt in the Rangers' 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

What does life have planned for Emily Grace?

Emily Grace came sweeping into our house in her little pink basket Sunday to inspect her great-grandparents for the first time. She must have given Reny and me high marks. She giggled and smiled during most of the visit. She only made a face and cried when bottle time ticked around.

Tim Russert will be missed

It had been a week already full of death when I learned Tim Russert died of a heart attack Friday.

DA to file pandering charges on professor

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Tuesday he intends to file pandering charges against an Emory professor who allegedly was a customer of the infamous "Mansion Madam" prostitution ring, the last of such charges in the case.

Lula Mae Smith

Mrs. Lula Mae Dockery Smith, age 79, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Monday, June 16, 2008. She is survived by her Husband of 54 years: Rev. Thomas P ...

Betty Shedd King

Betty Shedd King, age 82 of Lawrenceville passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, June 20, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Marion Peterson

Marion E. Peterson, 77, of Duluth, GA, died June 17, 2008. Ms. Peterson, a native of Saginaw, MI, retired from Graphic Art Service of Marietta, GA, and was a member ...

Doris Pfender

Doris Marie Pfender of Buford, GA, formally Doris Hunter of Taunton Lakes, NJ was called home to be with the Lord on the 13th of June, 2008. She is survived ...

Albert Keating

Retired Teacher Albert (Al) W. Keating, age 67, of Lawrenceville, GA formerly of New York, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 13, 2008. He is survived by his Son; Scott ...

Barbara Cunningham

Miss Barbara J. Cunningham, age 31, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2008. She is survived by her Parents: Roosevelt and Martha Poole Cunningham, Buford, GA; Sisters ...

Bosiljka Bratic

Bosiljka Bratic, age 78 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 ...

Tom W. Moss, Jr.

July 18, 1925 – June 16, 2008 Tom W. Moss, Jr., formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, June 16, 2008 after a long period of declining health at ...

Rose Blanchard

Rose H. Blanchard, age 76 of Lawrenceville died June 16, 2008. She is survived by her husband John F. Blanchard; children John T. Blanchard of Stafford, VA, Diane M. Blanchard ...

Jerry Oxford

Jerry Oxford, age 67, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away June 16, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553

Rudy James Barber

Rudy James Barber, age 66 of Lawrenceville, passed away June 16, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.