News for Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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People Helping People: Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute Recruits Its 14th Class of Leaders

Are you or a friend interested in meeting local leaders and learning more about community resources in Gwinnett? Have you wanted to become more active in your neighborhood but did not know where to start?

Inflation moves up on Federal Reserve chairman's worry list

WASHINGTON - Worried about high prices for energy, food and other things? Ben Bernanke is, too.

Board approves second phase of park

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the second phase of development of Bay Creek Park in Loganville.

Barrow school budget reflects $4 million shortfall

WINDER - Barrow County's school district's proposed 2009-10 budget reflects a $4 million shortfall that will cause the system to dip into its reserves.

Towns hope border proposal dies

COPPERHILL, Tenn. - Patrons at Patrick's Pub and Grill drink their beer in Tennessee, but a walk to the restroom in the same building takes them across the state line to a dry county in Georgia.

DragonCon founder: House arrest lifted Man accused of molesting teens

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the first time since his 2000 release from jail, Duluth resident and DragonCon founder Ed Kramer is free from house arrest restrictions, following a recent order by a Gwinnett judge.

GM to close four truck, SUV plants

WILMINGTON, Del. - General Motors Corp. officially blew up its old business model Tuesday, closing four pickup truck and sport utility vehicle factories, announcing a new small car that could get 45 miles per gallon and shedding 10,000 jobs.

Board of Education names two new principals

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved two principal appointments this week.

Gladiators protect 18 players for next season

DULUTH - The ECHL released the protected lists for all 25 of its teams on Tuesday, including the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Who really benefits from rail plan?

I find it amazing that Emory Morseberger thinks that commuter rail is such a good deal ("Facts paint rosy picture for local commuter rail," June 1) that he wants to use the taxpayers money to finance it. There is always a suspicion when someone wants to use my money, but not his own.

Motorcycle crash causes gridlock on Ga. 316

LAWRENCEVILLE - A motorcyclist was airlifted from the westbound lanes of Ga. Highway 316 on Tuesday morning after he rear-ended a truck, authorities said.

Nation briefs

Astronauts begin station installations

High gas prices lead to surge in mass transit

WASHINGTON - It's standing-room-only on many commuter buses from Washington's suburbs. Rail systems from Boston to Los Angeles are begging passengers to shift their travel to non-peak hours. And some seats have been removed from San Francisco's subway cars to allow more people to cram in.

Braves rally again to beat Marlins

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer and Greg Norton came through with a two-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves another come-from-behind victory, 5-4 over the slumping Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

Surgery decision nearing Hospital expects ruling on open heart program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Medical Center will likely receive a decision by the end of the week from the state regarding the fate of the hospital's proposed open heart surgery program at its Lawrenceville campus, officials say.

In brief

Music to UGA's original fight song makes its way back home - via eBay

Texas sect families reunited

SAN ANGELO, Texas - Parents awaiting the release of children taken into state custody during a raid of a polygamist group's ranch may need to wait a few days because so many parents are showing up at foster homes simultaneously, a sect leader said Tuesday.

Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute Recruits Its 14th Class of Leaders

Are you or a friend interested in meeting local leaders and learning more about community resources in Gwinnett? Have you wanted to become more active in your neighborhood but did not know where to start?

Winder cops honored

WINDER - Police Chief Stanley Rodgers honored several police officers and one communication officer Tuesday for their brave efforts during last month's deadly head-on collision on Ga Highway 11.

Police still looking for armed man

DULUTH - Authorities say it's only a matter of time before they apprehend a man whose alleged death threat against his girlfriend - and outstanding violent charges in a neighboring state - led to a SWAT standoff from which he escaped last week.

This Father's Day, remind dad to be healthy

SNELLVILLE - With Father's Day just a week and a half away, it's time to remind the special men in your life of how they can stay healthy.

Beckham could be top pick in draft

GRIFFIN - While playing catch at the end of baseball practice, Tim Beckham tosses the ball around his back, flips it between his legs and shows off his jump shot.

Health briefs

Local runner-up at Tour of Atlanta

Sports briefs

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World briefs

US nets al-Qaida suspects, Shiite leader in Iraq

Deja vu all over again

"Why would we ever go back?"

Boys tennis player of the year: Lions' junior always trying to improve

It's hard to improve on the kind of sophomore season Tyler Droll had as the top singles player for the Peachtree Ridge boys tennis team a year ago.

Lawrenceville puts moratorium on certain outbuildings

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Council on Monday placed a 90-day moratorium on the construction of accessory buildings in residential districts.

People briefs

Judge denies Bollea's bid to end jail isolation

Ballpark buzz Officials break ground on Gwinnett Braves stadium

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Gwinnett's baseball stadium opens next April, 13-year-old Jonathan Moses and his twin sister, Emily, plan to walk from their home to watch some ball games.

Painter injured in fall from ladder

LILBURN - A construction worker incurred serious injuries Tuesday morning when he plummeted nearly 20 feet from a ladder in Lilburn.

Letter to the editor: Who really benefits from rail plan?

I find it amazing that Emory Morseberger thinks that commuter rail is such a good deal ("Facts paint rosy picture for local commuter rail," June 1) that he wants to use the taxpayers money to finance it. There is always a suspicion when someone wants to use my money, but not his own.

Girls tennis player of the year: McLane looking forward to college

SNELLVILLE - There's no doubt where Courtney McLane is going to college.

Helaine Stone

Helaine Susan Stone, age 60, of Stone Mountain, GA, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726 ...

Bertha King

Bertha W. King, age 88, of Stone Mountain, GA, died , June 3, 2008. Horis A. Ward, Stone Mountain Chapel, 1355 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA (Gwinnett County) 770-381-5722.

Donald Davis

R. Donald R. Davis, age 77 of Loganville, GA died June 2, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Davis and is survived by his daughter and ...

Timothy Pusieko

Timothy Justin Pusieko, age 33 of Tucker, GA died June 1, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel ...

Hal Ensor, Jr.

Hal B. Ensor, Jr., age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 2, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.