News for Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Lover jailed in woman's killing

NORCROSS - A lovers' spat turned deadly this weekend, when a man allegedly strangled his girlfriend before calling police to turn himself in.

Lightning causes Sunday house fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters fought two early morning blazes Sunday that may have been caused by a thunderstorm.

Atlanta's UPS lowers second-quarter outlook

ATLANTA - UPS Inc., the world's largest shipping carrier, lowered its earnings expectations for the second quarter Monday because of slowing U.S. economic growth and high fuel costs.

People briefs

Brian Wilson joins Newport folk lineup

Statham man killed Saturday in crash

DACULA - Police have identified the driver killed Saturday in a single-car crash near Dacula as a 28-year-old Statham man.

Sheets throws complete game as Brewers beat Braves

ATLANTA - The best stat of the night for Milwaukee manager Ned Yost was the 'zero' for pitches thrown in the bullpen by his relievers.

Motorist strikes, totals police cruiser

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville police officer suffered a fractured hand Friday when another car struck and totaled his police cruiser while he was en route to a separate traffic accident, police said.

North grad Johnson eyeing Olympic berth

One big thing could make Kibwe Johnson's life better.

Martin to replace Mitchell at GAC

Mike Mitchell took the Greater Atlanta Christian basketball teams to great heights in eight seasons, but he made the hard choice last week to resign as head boys coach.

MARTA makes its case to voters

NORCROSS - Gwinnett voters will be asked in the upcoming primary election whether or not they support a 1-cent sales tax to pay for MARTA rail service in the county. Monday night at the Global Mall, MARTA made its case why residents should vote yes.

Lawrenceville water plant, well project under way

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mayor Rex Millsaps knocked down the first tree himself last week, to make room for a water plant and begin using long-defunct city wells.

Morsberger honored for development work

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville "redeveloper" Emory Morsberger was rewarded for his efforts to transform Gwinnett's county seat this weekend.

Stocks end mostly lower as oil prices advance

NEW YORK - Stocks stalled Monday, ending mostly lower after rising oil prices and ongoing worries about the financial sector gave investors little reason to buy a day ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting.

Ga. man charged in taped assault case ordered held

ATLANTA - A northwest Georgia tennis coach accused videotaping sexual assaults of a young girl and posting the images on the Internet was ordered held without bond Monday after a judge heard testimony from an FBI agent who described the tapes in graphic detail.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: On the agenda

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will consider today. The panel meets 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Slumping Francoeur returns to lineup

ATLANTA - The numbers tell the story of Jeff Francoeur's hitting funk.

Georgia rallies in 8th - again

OMAHA, Neb. - Joey Lewis hit a tiebreaking double in Georgia's four-run eighth inning, and the Bulldogs came from three runs down to defeat Fresno State 7-6 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.

Nation briefs

Trial in E. Texas sex club case postponed

Carlin made you laugh while making you think

George Carlin died on Sunday of heart failure and the tributes poured in soon after. They were apropos for a man considered a comedy legend. But as the Associated Press obituary explained, he was much more.

Jury selection continues in murder trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jury selection will continue today in the trial of a man accused of killing a jogger in a Stone Mountain park last year.

Mass. mayor: No proof of pact

GLOUCESTER, Mass. - The city's mayor said Monday there is no evidence a group of young girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together, seeking to dispel an explosive theory put forth by the high school principal.

South's Flanigan signs with Giants

The reward for Rob Flanigan's huge season with the North Georgia baseball team came last week - he is officially a professional baseball player.

Finding the right way Gwinnett Place CID rebrands with a new sign system

DULUTH - The central business Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District will soon be easier to get around.

Man faces child sex charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 31-year-old Lilburn man faces several sex-related charges involving a female minor, jail records show.

Dream's season turning into nightmare

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Dream are off to a nightmarish start as the WNBA expansion franchise is one setback away from its league-record 14th consecutive loss.

Must read: George Carlin mourned as a counterculture hero

LOS ANGELES - Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television. Some People Are Stupid. Stuff. People I Can Do Without.

World briefs

Zimbabwe police raid opposition party headquarters

Progress made in Iraq, but no one tells us

There is a reason progress in Iraq is not receiving more attention. It isn't that Americans are 'bored' or 'tired' or have 'moved on' or 'don't care' or 'have already made up their minds that the war was a colossal mistake.' All of these are variations on themes articulated by certain liberals, Bush-haters, Barack Obama supporters (but I repeat myself) inside and outside the big media.

Mary Lou Harris

Mrs. Mary Lou Whigham Harris, 60 years old, of Sugar Hill, GA died Sunday, June 22, 2008 of cryptogenic liver disease. Mrs. Harris was born March 23, 1948 in Thomas ...

Dallas Brownlee

Dallas Harold Brownlee, age 85 of Conyers, GA died June 21, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Brandy Cline

Brandy Cline, age 22, of Statham, GA, passed away June 21, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Viola Pealock

Mrs. Viola Shelton Pealock, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008. She is survived by her Daughters and Son-in-Law: Gloria and Lamar Gilliland ...

Nancy Wood

Nancy Burns Wood, daughter of Garrell and Leona Burns, died peacefully in her sleep early Saturday morning, June 21, 2008. She received care from Embracing Hospice in the home of ...

Dallin Kelley

Dallin Kelley, age 2, of Winder, GA, passed away June 21, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Vivian Grassi

Vivian June (Ray) Grassi, age 85 of Norcross, GA passed away June 20, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel ...

Devan Levi Drouault

Devan Levi Drouault, age 16 of Good Hope, died on June 20, 2008. He was born in Clarke County on February 26, 1992 to John Drouault and Elizabeth Dianne Thomason ...

Thomas Leitch

Thomas E. Leitch age 62 of Norcross, GA died June 20, 2008. The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 26, 2008 at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church in Norcross. The ...

Phillip Hamilton

Phillip “Rodney” Hamilton, age 60, of Stone Mountain, Ga. passed away Saturday, June 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Geraldine Hamilton, sons, Michael ...