News for Saturday, June 21, 2008

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To the editor: While we are fighting in Iraq, nature rips at our homeland

We are witnessing some pretty scary weather scenarios these days, and we probably haven't seen anything yet. While we are well aware of the havoc Mother Nature can wreak on her own, we are beginning to suspect that she is nevertheless getting plenty of help from us.

Eagle relay team earns All-American

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Running together in an event not recognized by the Georgia High School Association a foursome from Collins Hill earned All-American status on Friday.

Park murder trial to get under way Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of slitting a jogger's throat in a Stone Mountain park last year is scheduled to face a jury trial next week.

Parkview's Moreau to start for UGA today

OMAHA, Neb. - With a berth in the College World Series finals on the line today, Georgia's baseball team is turning to Parkview grad Nathan Moreau.

Youth choir to perform benefit at Sugarloaf United Methodist

Testify, a non-denominational youth choir from Charlotte, N.C., will be performing at the Sugarloaf United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Wednesday in honor of members of The Next Stop Foundation Inc. According to its Web site, Testify is a traveling choir group for teenagers that performs choreographed musical dramas to "spread the Word of God to those in our community and in other states."

In the spotlight Aurora Theatre holds summer acting camps

For any kid bitten by the acting bug, there's no better place to be this summer than the Aurora Theatre in downtown Lawrenceville.

While we are fighting in Iraq, nature rips at our homeland

We are witnessing some pretty scary weather scenarios these days, and we probably haven't seen anything yet. While we are well aware of the havoc Mother Nature can wreak on her own, we are beginning to suspect that she is nevertheless getting plenty of help from us.

A lifelong affair with movies

I'm a movie kind of guy. Not the kind of guy who would ever be in a movie, understand, but the kind of guy who loves to watch movies.

World briefs

Afghan villagers return to grim aftermath of fight

People briefs

Carell holds screening for cancer patient

Police pursuing gas pump crusher

SUWANEE - Sure, gas prices are astronomical. Enough to induce rage. But, as police remind drivers, the high prices don't mean you can bludgeon the pump.

McClellan puts fault on Bush Former press secretary blames administration for public's mistrust

WASHINGTON - If the nation doesn't trust the Bush White House, it's the president's and Dick Cheney's own fault, Bush's former spokesman told Congress Friday.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and also his heart

Sophie Rose was not, in the assessment of other women, what you would call "pretty."

Former Norcross police chief dies from cancer

NORCROSS - Richard Miller, the former chief of Norcross' police department, died Thursday.

Curry scores one for the geriatric gang

Hooray for Bill Curry! He is the new football coach of the Georgia State University Panthers. Yes, I know he is a Georgia Tech man, but that is beside the point. The point is that at the ripe young age of 65, Curry is about to jump-start the football program at GSU, which will begin play in 2010. Mary McElroy, the athletic director at Georgia State, decided that in getting football going at the urban institution, age doesn't matter; quality does.

Owner left dogs to die, police say

LAWRENCEVILLE - Animal control authorities say they recently made a gruesome discovery in a Lawrenceville man's backyard, where a dog was so starved it had begun eating its cage mate, a black Labrador puppy.

Man accused of wild threats denied bond

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Snellville man jailed for allegedly authoring an e-mail in which he threatened to kill law enforcement officers across the county claims he had the ability to speak at birth and was recruited by the government soon after for top secret assignments, an official testified Friday.

Carter's career hits faster pace

If Anthony Carter didn't have patience when he first entered the ranks of professional baseball, he's certainly learned it over the last two years.

Officials say drought is here to stay

LAWRENCEVILLE - A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official confirmed Thursday what the state's top climatologist said last week - the metro area's drought is here to stay.

A few tips to make air travel a little easier

Ahh, the glamorous life of a business traveler. Winging your way from one city to the next, whisking through airports with your calf leather luggage slung casually over your shoulder. Los Angeles one day, New York the next, and you looking fresh and fabulous, punctual and polished everywhere you go.

Telework gaining support

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sometimes Sprint Nextel Manager Steve Hansen of Duluth rides his bike to work, and sometimes he's doesn't. Either way, he's still working.

Spiritual Calendar

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Life adjustment Green gets used to life away from major leagues

NORFOLK, Va. - The victim of too many minor league bad hops, Nick Green took things into his own hands.

Summer scholars Students choose to attend classes during break

NORCROSS - Ben Emery wanted to take band and French during his sophomore year at Norcross High School. There was just one catch: He had no room in his schedule for health or physical education.

Concert to benefit Gwinnett Special Olympics athletes

Phil Keaggy, a Grammy-nominated guitarist, will be performing at the Lilburn First Baptist Church on Saturday to raise money for the Gwinnett County Special Olympics. In the first half of the concert, Keaggy will be playing "The Master and the Musician," a recreation of his first instrumental album, which was released 30 years ago. The second half of the concert will consist of hits from the past 35 years.

Nation briefs

Woman gives birth to very large twins

Bonnie Strickland

Bonnie L. Waters Strickland of Norcross, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, June 22, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Irving Cecil Alvord

Irving Cecil Alvord, age 79 of Lawrenceville passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, June 29, 2008 at the First Christian Church of ...

Richard L. Miller, Sr.

Richard L. Miller, Sr., age 59 of Norcross, passed away June 19, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Lucy Johnson

Lucy Johnson age 64 of Lilburn Georgia, died Tuesday June 17, 2008. she is survived by her husband, George Johnson of Lilburn; daughter & son-in-law, Cary & David ...