News for Friday, June 20, 2008


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Most who failed Gateway promoted

SUWANEE - Nearly 87 percent of students who performed well in the classroom but failed Gwinnett County Public Schools' required Gateway exam will be promoted, school board members decided Thursday.

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Police: Doctor trapped patient 2 workers indicted

DULUTH - A Duluth doctor turned himself in to authorities this week on charges he ordered a patient be locked in a room, fearing she couldn't pay an outpatient bill.

Candidates don't support MARTA

LILBURN - Commission chairman candidates want to see transportation alternatives for Gwinnett, but they aren't sure if a MARTA rail or the Brain Train are viable options, the three said during a forum on environmental issues Thursday.

Getting to Know ... Mike Eddy

Mike Eddy is the president and chief operating office of the Suwanee Sports Academy. The job keeps him extremely busy, but does afford him the chance to do things like take a few days to travel to Vancouver for the Triathlon World Championships.

Film Fans: 'Hulk' receives mixed reviews

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Incredible Hulk."

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'Lego Indiana Jones' fun for everyone

I don't envy video game designers who have to work on movie tie-ins. Artists have to duplicate the look of a film with a much smaller budget. Writers have to stick pretty closely to someone else's script, even as they stretch a two-hour story into an eight-hour game. There's not much room for creativity.

Spotlight on DVD: Control, Joy Division

Control (R)

World briefs

Iraqi troops make arrests, raise tension

Revamping rehab GMC rehabilitation center undergoes renovations

DULUTH - Gwinnett Medical Center's Glancy Rehabilitation Center recently underwent a rehab of its own.

Sheriff's Dept. cleared in shooting case

LAWRENCEVILLE - A federal court has cleared the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department of wrongdoing in the case of a Buford motorist shot to death by a deputy in 2005.

GAC's Jordan, Wilcox transferring to Norcross Duo leaving to play for Blue Devils' Hembree

The list of the top girls high school basketball players in Georgia to play for Angie Hembree over the past decade is a long one.

Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

Board of Education rejects charter school application

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education voted Thursday to deny the charter application for Millennium Scholars Academy.

Two charged on Wall Street in mortgage meltdown

NEW YORK - Two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers were hauled into jail Thursday and charged with lying to investors about the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, perhaps signaling the start of a wave of prosecutions arising from the housing meltdown.

Diamond Dawgs and deja vu

Somewhere, there is a very rare T-shirt.

Gwinnett Calendar

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No love lost here Mike Myers misses the mark with 'Love Guru'

"The Love Guru" (PG-13)

The Dish: Fratelli's Italian Restaurant

Fratelli's Italian Restaurant

Housework: Whose job is it anyway?

The only thing more tedious than doing housework is reading about housework.

Premium gas sales tank as fuel prices rise

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Ernesto Evangelista prefers to pump premium gas into his seven-month-old Nissan Titan, thinking it makes the truck run better.

Police identify victim of Buford shooting

BUFORD - The victim of Buford's first murder in nearly two years was identified by police Thursday as Demetrius Willingham, a 33-year-old Decatur man reported missing by his girlfriend the day he was slain.

Silver star Steinmann's goals power unbeaten Silverbacks

Sarah Steinmann had an ideal situation.

Nation briefs

Barge floats large home from Wash. to Canada

Bush visits flooded Iowa cities

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Carrying the painful lessons of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush said on a tour of Midwest flooding on Thursday that he is listening to small-town concerns and understands the exhaustion of rescuers.

Woman indicted in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury indicted Dacula resident Laurie Louise Alexander this week on charges she stabbed her husband to death in December.

GTC elects Otis P. Jones to board of directors

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Transmission Corporation elected resident Otis P. Jones to its 14-member board of directors at a recent special meeting in Greensboro.

'Kit Kittredge' a long 'After-School Special'

"Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" (G)

Berkeley Lake approves colors, design for City Hall

BERKELEY LAKE - Lindell Sherrill of architectural firm Wakefield, Beasley and Associates presented exterior and interior materials and colors to Mayor Lois Salter and City Council members Thursday for their thumbs-up.

Art Beat: More young dancers attending summer intensives

There are so many talented young dancers from Gwinnett going off to special summer study programs that one Art Beat column couldn't contain them. Here are more dancers who have auditioned and won places in prime summer programs called "summer intensives."

Thrashers cling to No. 3 pick

Based on the Atlanta Thrashers' needs and what is available in this year's NHL draft, it's highly unlikely they would trade away the No. 3 overall pick today.

Obama, choose the man from Margaritaville

What does it take to be appointed vice president? A strong resume? A negative drug test?

People briefs

Family friend: Girl born to Jamie Lynn Spears

'Mongol' offers impressive visuals

"Mongol" (NR)

Breslin beams about role in doll-derived film

She may have just celebrated her 12th birthday in April, but you wouldn't know it from her resume.

Out in the Crowd: R.E.M. brings 'Accelerate' tour to Lakewood

Founded right up the road in Athens nearly three decades ago, R.E.M. has always been known for three things: guitarist Peter Buck's signature playing style, an ever-innovative spirit that helped lay the groundwork for alternative music as we know it, and the fact that no one ever knows what in the world Michael Stipe is singing about. (That's right, Stipe: I still haven't forgiven you for not including lyrics with "Monster" so that my 10-year-old self could sing along to "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" on his cassette player. People don't forget, baldy.)


“Too Tall” Willoughby, age 54 of Cumming & Duluth, passed away June 18, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Martha Estelle Smith

Martha Estelle Smith, age 91, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away June 18, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Eunice Sweeten

Eunice "Sunny" Vance Sweeten age 83, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on June 18, 2008. She is survived by her children; Carmen Johnson of Sugar Hill, GA, William Pinkham ...

Reiko Tarasavage

Reiko Tarasavage, age 79, of Statham, GA passed away June 18, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Jerry Morrow

July 20, 1939 – June 19, 2008 Jerry Morrow, 68, of Lawrenceville, GA went to sleep on a beautiful moonlit night and awoke on June 19th, 2008, in heaven with ...

Mildred Long

Mildred Henderson Britt Long, age 78, of Coventry Place, Decatur, passed away June 18, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726

Ronnie Jacob

Ronnie Jacob of Lawrenceville. The J.W. Williams Funeral Directors of Cordele and Vienna are in charge of arrangements.

Loyce Hamilton

Loyce Loudermilk Hamilton, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, 72, of Dawsonville, GA, died June 18, 2008. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21st, at Crowell ...