News for Saturday, May 10, 2008

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McCain escaping teeth of the press

If there is any one thing that has become abundently clear in the ongoing race for the presidency, the right-wing media attack dogs far exceed their left-wing counterparts in trashing their opposing candidates.

People Briefs

Mary J. Blige starts foundation to help women with careers

Rocket hits BBC bureau in Baghdad US military: Al-Qaida leader not captured

BAGHDAD - Shiite militants launched rockets toward the fortified Green Zone on Friday, taking advantage of a sandstorm that gave cover from attacks by U.S. aircraft. Some rockets fell short, including one that damaged the British Broadcasting Corp. bureau.

Police: Man was drunk, groped girl

NORCROSS - A 14-year-old Norcross girl told police she awoke Thursday morning to an Asian man rubbing her in bed, tugging at her clothes.

March trade deficit drops by bigger-than-expected amount

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit narrowed sharply in March as demand for imports fell by the largest amount since the last recession was ending. Analysts forecast that trade would continue to be one of the economy's few bright spots this year.

Must read: Happy Mother's Day: Ark. woman pregnant with 18th child

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman - she's pregnant with her 18th child.

Apalachee students outperform state on test

WINDER - Apalachee High School juniors scored higher than state averages on all four subject content areas of the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

WBHS principal promoted to assistant superintendent

WINDER - Rob Johnson wanted to be a high school principal since he was 17 years old, he said. After leading Winder-Barrow High School for nine years, Johnson has been promoted to assistant superintendent of district services.

Gas jumps above $3.67 Oil passes $126 on Venezuela concerns

NEW YORK - Oil rose above $126 a barrel for the first time Friday, bringing its advance this week to nearly $10, as investors questioned whether a possible confrontation between the U.S. and Venezuela could cut exports from the OPEC member. Gas prices, meanwhile, rose above an average $3.67 a gallon at the pump, following oil's recent path higher.

World Briefs

Train quarantined in Ontario with mystery illness

Barrow sheriff's deputies make series of drug nabs

WINDER - Barrow County Sheriff's deputies arrested 19 people, several of them from Gwinnett, and seized $135,625 worth of drugs in a sting operation last weekend.

Spartans score plenty; split with N. Oconee

BOGART - After the first two games of the Class AA state baseball playoffs, it was apparent that Greater Atlanta Christian brought its bats to its opening round series against North Oconee.

State briefs

Two North Cobb students drown while swimming at Lake Allatoona

Memory garden honors veteran firefighter

DACULA - It might not look like much to the naked eye - a small gray tablet flanked by boxwood and juniper bushes, carissa hollies, begonias and a scrawny Japanese maple.

Spiritual calendar

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Parkview seniors have shot at soccer history Panthers can win third girls state title in four years tonight

When it comes to individual accolades and Division I college talent, this might not be the most touted group of seniors in the history of Parkview girls soccer.

Hawks take both from Kennesaw Mill Creek advances to playoffs' second round

HOSCHTON - After being knocked out of the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs last year by Kennesaw Mountain, Mill Creek returned the favor Friday night as the Hawks swept the Mustangs 2-0 in first-round action.

Erassa, Gossett take home titles

Kirubel Erassa of Grayson and Matt Gossett of Wesleyan each took home state titles in the 3,200-meter run at the boys state track meet in Jefferson.

Nation Briefs

Man finds Ill. woman's wallet that had been stolen in 1973

Panthers swept out of playoffs

LILBURN - Walton bounced Parkview out of the state baseball playoffs Friday, sweeping the Panthers on their home field by scores of 7-0 and 6-5 and winning the best of three series 2-0.

Heartbreaker Own goal costs Eagles

MARIETTA - It was probably the most painful way to end the Collins Hill boys soccer team's long playoff journey.

Mama knew how to survive times of crisis

As Mother's Day drew nearer and nearer this week, I found myself thinking a lot about my own mother, who missed seeing the 21st century arrive by about two weeks. I couldn't help but wonder what she would have to say about the world and the shape it is in - and about the condition of our nation.

Rams hire girls basketball coach

Molly Tideback was ready to be an English teacher at Grayson.

Focused on Life Thousands turn out for annual event to fight cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Overcoming breast cancer has given Lisa Coleman pause when life's inconveniences test her patience.

South forces decisive Game 3 with Kell

MARIETTA - The goal for South Gwinnett was to split its doubleheader with Kell, the No. 4-ranked team in Class AAAAA and a second-seed in the state baseball playoffs.

GAC boys title run continues Spartans claim fourth straight state tennis crown

JONESBORO - Matt Maggart raised four fingers above his head and then ran to hug his teammate Justin Lumsden.

North Gwinnett can't climb past N. Cobb

ACWORTH - North Gwinnett found itself having to fight from behind all day and night in its first-round Class AAAAA playoff series against North Cobb on Friday at Harvey Cochran Field.

Parkview names field in AD Bostick's honor

When he walked into a gathering Friday morning at Parkview High School, retiring Panther athletic director Karl Bostick knew he was going to reception. Just not one for him.

Grayson no match for Lassiter's bats

MARIETTA - After missing the postseason in 2007, Lassiter proved that it belongs in the tournament this year as it defeated Grayson 13-8 and 9-1 to sweep Friday night's doubleheader and advance to the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Youthful mistake can haunt you for the rest of your life

Yeah, I know we shouldn't really be surprised that a "left coast" university, San Diego State, was the site of a huge drug bust including marijuana, cocaine, ectasy and meth. But it is disturbing that the busted drug distribution network included at least 75 students.

Local bar launches shuttle service

It all started with a simple conversation.

The many ego trips for the flawed and fabulous

Have you ever noticed how some people can't stand to be told they're anything less than perfect?

To the editor: McCain escaping teeth of the press

If there is any one thing that has become abundently clear in the ongoing race for the presidency, the right-wing media attack dogs far exceed their left-wing counterparts in trashing their opposing candidates.

A good deed for our troops in Afghanistan

Okay, listen up. I have a job for you. Actually, it's not a job. It's a good deed.

Lanier group protests plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Lake Lanier Association have lambasted an Army Corps of Engineers plan for the lake, saying it is "a step backwards."

Wolves makes first round look easy

NORCROSS - Wesleyan entered the Class AA baseball playoffs ranked No. 1, meaning that everyone will be trying to knock off the Wolves.

To the editor: Youthful mistake can haunt you for the rest of your life

Yeah, I know we shouldn't really be surprised that a "left coast" university, San Diego State, was the site of a huge drug bust including marijuana, cocaine, ectasy and meth. But it is disturbing that the busted drug distribution network included at least 75 students.

School board names new principals

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education named the principals of four schools for the upcoming school year.

Collins wins 100th as Norcross advances

NORCROSS - Taylor Rakes' 12th strikeout was his biggest of the season and maybe his high school career.

Project set to relieve congestion Widening approved this week

LAWRENCEVILLE - In a matter of months, drivers on Pleasant Hill Road will soon be able to motor under Buford Highway instead of getting caught at a traffic light.

BULKED UP College turns Flanigan into power hitter

When Rob Flanigan reunites with an old classmate from South Gwinnett, somebody who hasn't seen him in years, he understands that a look of surprise may come next.

Lions name pair of new coaches Peachtree Ridge hires hoops, baseball coach

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge announced the hiring of two new head varsity coaches Friday afternoon, naming Keith Arrington as the boys basketball coach and Ryan Hanik as the baseball coach.

Brookwood stays alive

SNELLVILLE - It came down to the wire, but Brookwood managed a split of its doubleheader with Alpharetta on Friday, staying alive for today's third and deciding game of its first round playoff series with the Raiders.

Providence sweeps past Monticello

LILBURN - Providence Christian Academy has depended on a healthy offensive attack most of the regular season to chalk up 20 wins, but the Stars wil be in great shape if the pitching staff can post numbers like it did Friday en route to a double-header sweep of Monticello in the first round of the Class A state basebal playoffs.

Mama has her say in her unfinished column about Ronda

For a couple of years, I had been trying to get Mama to write my column for one week. Well aware of how much readers loved her, I knew they would be tickled to get her side of our story.

Sara L. Wood

March 5, 1925-May 8, 2008 Sara L. Wood, age 83 of Suwanee passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2008. Sara was born on March 5, 1925 in Florence, SC ...

Gladys Bindi

Gladys Bindi, 83, of Grayson, GA, passed Thursday, April 24, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Virgil Jackson

Mr. Virgil P. Jackson, age 92, of Winder, Georgia, died May 9, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Jack Lorton

Jack Leroy Lorton, of Grayson, GA died May 8, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Anna Moore

Anna Elizabeth Moore, age 67, of Demorest, GA passed away May 9, 2008. Mrs. Moore is survived by her Son & Daughter-in-law: Robert & Kim Whitmore, Buford, GA ...

Mary Huff

Mary Evelyn Garrett Huff, age 93, of Snellville, GA. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Celia Poss

Celia Stewart Poss, age 66, of Monroe, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008. Arrangements by Arthur Bowick Funeral Home, 823 East Spring Street, Monroe, GA ...

Carrie Hamilton

Carrie “Mildred” Hamilton, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away May 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Cornelia Garrett

Cornelia Garrett, age 68 of Loganville, passed away May 7, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, May 12, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Joyce Duffy

Mrs. Joyce Strickland Duffy, age 63, of Dacula, GA passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2008. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Lanis Strickland. She is survived ...

Melody Smith

Melody Smith, age 61, of Buford, Georgia died Thursday, May 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign ...