News for Friday, May 16, 2008

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Film Fan: 'Speed Racer' comes up short

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Speed Racer."

'Prince Caspian' darker second chapter in Narnia story

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)

Teaching of legal issues pays dividends for mock trial team

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate the members and coaches of the Duluth High School team as Gwinnett County champions in the 2008 Georgia Mock Trial Competition.

People briefs

Archaeological group elects Harrison Ford

Officials say similar fires in two-minute span not related

NORCROSS - Officials don't believe two early morning residential fires reported within two minutes of each other in the Norcross area Thursday are related.

Early-bird advantage

DULUTH - On every shot of Jonathan Kaye's round he expected rain.

Art Beat: 3 ballet companies end season on high pointe

Three of Gwinnett's most active ballet companies are ending, or have ended, their seasons with a lot of excitement.

World briefs

House rejects bill funding wars

Getting to Know ... Jeff Beggs

Jeff Beggs is retiring this spring as the athletic director at Winder-Barrow after 17 years at the school and 29 in education. Beggs, who came to Winder-Barrow in 1991 as an offensive line coach, has been part of an athletic program and community that has seen tremendous growth over the last two decades.

'Boom Blox,' 'Echochrome' offer pure fun

For hardcore gamers, controlling a video-game character is second nature. You use one joystick to run, use another stick to look around, press the right trigger to shoot and use various buttons to open doors, take cover or talk to other characters.

Stone Mountain laser show celebrates its 25th year

Over the past 25 years, it's become a signature Stone Mountain scene: a silent hillside, packed top to bottom with eager parkgoers on blankets and lawnchairs, gazing up at that famous granite carving as the sun ducks out of the sky.

Icahn to Yang: Sell to Microsoft or leave

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang spent months fending off Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid. Now he may only have a few weeks to persuade the software maker to revive its last offer of $47.5 billion, or risk being fired in a shareholder mutiny led by activist investor Carl Icahn.

The Dish: Auburn City BBQ

Auburn City BBQ

Berkeley Lake leaders prioritizing 2009 SPLOST uses

BERKELEY LAKE - Mayor Lois Salter asked city council members Thursday for their input regarding possible uses for future special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. Gwinnett cities are required to make their priorities known to county officials in about a month. County and city residents will vote in November to decide whether the additional tax will be renewed for another year.

Uniform hotel tax mulled

DULUTH - Gwinnett tourism officials are reaching out to local cities for help in hospitality efforts.

Berkmar High's decathletes proud of team's performance

LILBURN - Agni Chandora said she thinks the Academic Decathlon team is the best thing about her school because everyone pitches in to help the students prepare for competitions.

Putting on a show for the working class

Well, at least they didn't kiss.

Qualifier Edstrom labors through short, wet round

DULUTH - On his first hole, Reid Edstrom had to scramble from a green-side bunker to make par.

Cink goes as the weather goes

DULUTH - No player saw the effect, good and bad, of Thursday's weather more than Sugarloaf resident Stewart Cink.

AT&T Classic: Rain, rain, go away Bad weather soaks Classic

DULUTH - After last year, there was optimism.

Court program graduates 10 former drug offenders

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to privacy matters, Drug Court graduates are identified by their first name in this article.

Man indicted in ax murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - The legal process continues for a Norcross man accused of killing his girlfriend with an ax during a Valentine's Day rampage.

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Police reports

Police: Man throws dishes at wife

Wesleyan faces long trip, amped opponent in quarterfinals

NORCROSS - Wesleyan will face a familiar opponent in the Class AA state baseball quarterfinals, but this time it will be the Wolves making the long, long trip.

Fields saves best for last

ATLANTA - This was just what the Atlanta Braves envisioned a year ago.

Gwinnett Calendar

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Walk this way through the links

DULUTH - Here's a bit of advice before attending the AT&T Classic, in case it happens to rain over the next three days like it did Thursday: don't skimp on the umbrella.

Rain wipes three second-round games out

There was no waiting to the last minute on the decisions.

Magellan may have been aided by El Nino calming effects

WASHINGTON - The El Nino phenomenon that has puzzled climate scientists in recent decades may have assisted the first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago.

Battle royal 'Prince Caspian' darker second chapter in Narnia story

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (PG)

Movie Trivia Contest

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.

Some busy looking for bees

I was out for my almost-daily walk the other day and saw something I haven't seen in a long while: a honey bee.

Spotlight on DVD: The Adams Chronicles

The Adams Chronicles (NR)

Food donations welcome at free Air Force concert

The 43-piece concert band of the United States Air Force Reserve returns to the town center stage in Suwanee for a Memorial Day weekend concert May 23.

To the editor: Teaching of legal issues pays dividends for mock trial team

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate the members and coaches of the Duluth High School team as Gwinnett County champions in the 2008 Georgia Mock Trial Competition.

Nation briefs

California's top court overturns gay marriage ban

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William Carr

Mr. William “Bill” Carr, age 77, of Braselton, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on May 15, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by ...

Sharon Sheets

Mrs. Sharon Logue Sheets, age 47, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Ellis Hogsed

Ellis Hogsed, 77, of Hayesville, NC died Tuesday (May 13, 2008) in an Asheville, NC hospital. A native of Clay County, NC, he had lived in Gwinnett County, GA before ...

Maeve Fintak

Maeve Elizabeth Fintak, age Infant, of Duluth, GA, passed away May 13, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Janet Steedley

Janet Steedley, age 57, of Monroe, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Judy Pafford

Judy Bradberry Pafford, age 63, of Commerce, passed away on May 14, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

John Berry

John Andrew Berry, age 80 of Dacula, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, May 17, 2008 in the Banister Funeral Home Chapel ...

Matthew Mendoza

Infant Matthew Sombrio Mendoza, age infant, of Braselton, GA passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

James Jolly

James M. “Jim” Jolly, age 70, of Jefferson, Georgia died Thursday, May 15, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Dorothy Clouse

Dorothy Clouse (Dot), 80, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008. She is survived by her Daughter Sandra Matthews and  husband Jim of Sevierville Tennessee, Son Bob Clouse and wife ...

Crucita Boldea

Crucita Boldea, age 68, of Suwanee, GA, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Funeral arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Bonnie Harrison

Bonnie Ceil Gravitt Harrison, age 91, of Tucker, died Wednesday May 14, 2008. The funeral will be at 2:00 PM Sunday May 18, 2008 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn ...

Robert Murphy

Mr. Robert "Red" Murphy, age 75, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. He is survived by his Wife of 52 years: Mrs. Karen Murphy, Buford, GA ...

Ella Ruth Davis

Ella Ruth Davis, age 77 of Lawrenceville passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 17, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Henry Eyer, Jr.

Henry Eyer, Jr., age 67 of Stone Mountain passed away, Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Saturday, May 17, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

Barbara Steadman

Barbara Hollingsworth Steadman, age 68 of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 15th, 2008. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived ...

Ronald Wood

“WOODY” Ronald “Woody” Wood, age 58, of Winder, passed away on May 15, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553