News for Friday, June 27, 2008


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Strong example Stallworth adds Iron Girl to ever-growing list of the challenges she's met

What Kelly Stallworth has already accomplished in her life would be more than enough for most.

Park slaying trial continues

LAWRENCEVILLE - The murder trial of Charles Martin Coats, accused of knifing a man to death in a Gwinnett park in 2007, entered its second day of testimony Thursday.

Nation briefs

Calif. forest fire moving closer to scenic Big Sur

'Wall-E' director brings charming droid to life

Director Andrew Stanton is a blonde, bearded, bespectacled man of 42, but when he talks about the rusty little robot at the center of his latest film, his face lights up like a child's.

Must read: Germany marks 60th anniversary of postwar Berlin Airlift

BERLIN - Germany marked the 60th anniversary of the start of the Berlin Airlift on Thursday, celebrating an unprecedented undertaking that likely saved the city from falling to the Soviets and helped mend German-American wounds from World War II.

Gitmo a mess that will take time to fix

To suggest the Supreme Court ruling on Gitmo is a "political stab" at President Bush trivializes a serious matter that has significant implications for our rights and security. The truth is George Bush created a huge mess with Guantanamo that he will leave to the next president to resolve. Just like in Iraq, getting in is a lot easier than getting out.

30-year mortgage rates reach above 6 percent

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages rose again this week, climbing to the highest level in more than nine months, reflecting more concerns about how the Federal Reserve will respond to higher inflation pressures.

Getting to Know ... John Anderson

John Anderson was named as the fourth head coach in Atlanta Thrashers' team history last Friday, the same day of the NHL draft in Ottawa.

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Billy Humphrey dismissed from UGA basketball team

ATHENS - Three strikes was enough for University of Georgia men's basketball coach Dennis Felton.

Firefighters battle several blazes after evening lightning storm

LAWRENCEVILLE - A slow-moving early evening storm kept Gwinnett firefighters busy Thursday as crews responded to four known house fires caused by lightning in less than an hour, a fire official said.

Film Fans enjoy 'Get Smart'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Get Smart."

Wenal murder: Police identify man of interest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police said Thursday they have identified a person of interest in the May murder of Eva Kay Wenal, the wife of a prominent developer.

Suwanee budget funds public safety, improved technology

SUWANEE - On Thursday, Suwanee officials adopted a $12.9 million balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget becomes effective July 1. No city tax increase and no change in the 5.77 millage rate will occur to support the budget.

Mother of girl found in attic to be charged with cruelty

LAWRENCEVILLE - The mother of a 4-year-old found dead in a Lawrenceville attic 18 months after the child's alleged murder faces felony cruelty to children charges in connection with the girl's 2007 death, an arrest warrant shows.

High court affirms gun rights

WASHINGTON - Silent on central questions of gun control for two centuries, the Supreme Court found its voice Thursday in a decision affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home and addressing a constitutional riddle almost as old as the republic over what it means to say the people may keep and bear arms.

Talent show to raise awareness for learning disorders

ATLANTA - Kids, if the chance to show off your talents, help out your community and meet Jeff Foxworthy all in one day appeals to you, you're in luck.

Harris misses out on qualifying for trials

Stephen Harris will be at home this weekend in Norcross.

Commission grants accreditation candidacy to GGC

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College has achieved a milestone on its path to accreditation, officials announced Thursday.

Bond request retracted

LAWRENCEVILLE - A motion for bond that would temporarily free a Brookwood student indicted on charges he allegedly molested a 14-year-old was inexplicitly withdrawn Thursday just hours before a scheduled hearing, the second of such occurrences since April.

Millen out for one last splash Parkview grad set to begin teaching career after U.S. swimming trials

Distance events have been John Millen's swimming specialty for years.

People briefs

Drew Carey orders 45 pizzas shipped by UPS

Business briefs

Economy improves but not much better

Supreme Court makes the right call on guns

The nation's highest court has made rulings in the past that left me scratching my head, but when it gets it right, it gets it right.

Center destroyed County recycling facility gutted by overnight fire

DULUTH - The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett was completely destroyed in a fire overnight Wednesday, but officials already have a plan to have a temporary facility running within a week.

World briefs

Thousands protest in Kashmir after transfer of land

To the editor: Gitmo a mess that will take time to fix

To suggest the Supreme Court ruling on Gitmo is a "political stab" at President Bush trivializes a serious matter that has significant implications for our rights and security. The truth is George Bush created a huge mess with Guantanamo that he will leave to the next president to resolve. Just like in Iraq, getting in is a lot easier than getting out.

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Wave of bad news sends Dow down

NEW YORK - A barrage of bad news, including yet another record high for oil, drove stocks sharply lower Thursday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 360 points to their lowest level in almost two years.

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Concert to showcase conductor, young violinist

The Gwinnett Performing Arts Center continues to be a choice venue for performing arts organizations. At 7 p.m. Sunday, the New Atlanta Philharmonic will fill the hall with the beautiful melodies of Debussy, Korngold and Beethoven. The concert will be conducted by a legendary figure at the height of his career, and the guest soloist will be a young musician just beginning to make his ascent.

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Movie Trivia Test your film knowledge with Michael Clar

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.

Ga. jury finds father-in-law guilty in killing

ATLANTA - A Mississippi businessman born in India was convicted Thursday of plotting to have his black daughter-in-law killed weeks after she wed his son because, prosecutors said, he believed she would bring down the family stock.

Gwinnett Calendar

Calendar items should be e-mailed to or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.

Pact or no, kids were still irresponsible

It was such a good story: Teen girls make pregnancy pact.

Spotlight on DVD

The Spiderwick Chronicles:

Homer Holcombe

Mr. Homer F. Holcombe, age 86 of Lawrenceville passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Saturday June 28, 2008 at the Walnut Grove Baptist Church ...

Marlyn Magness

Marlyn (Molly) Young Magness, age 83, of Statham, GA, passed away June 25, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Mark Pelletier

Mark Anthony Pelletier, age 54 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel ...

Robert Bettinger

Robert Harold Bettinger, age 74, of Lilburn, Ga., died Thursday, June 26, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Thelma Ramey

Thelma Garner Ramey, age 92, of Lawrenceville, GA formerly of Atlanta went to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 26, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived ...

Prisi Vasquez

Prisi Yesenia Vasquez, age 3, of Dacula, GA passed away on June 20, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Vaughn Hempfleng

Vaughn Bryon Hempfleng, age 41, of Lawrenceville, GA, died June 23, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Irwin Feig

Irwin Feig, age 55, of Buford, Georgia died Monday, June 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign ...

Mildred Potts

Mildred Potts, age 73 of Buford passed away, Thursday, June 26, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 28, 2008 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...