News for Friday, May 2, 2008

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Collins Hill's test: Stay focused

With only two days separating perhaps the most historic win during its most historic season, the Collins Hill boys soccer team faces a much different challenge in today's Class AAAAA state semifinal game against Houston County.

Spotlight on DVD

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Vol. 3 - The Years of Change

Man found guilty in illegal weapons case

ATLANTA - A New Jersey man who recruited five Gwinnett residents to help run an illegal weapons operation was found guilty Thursday in federal court on a slew of charges, officials said.

Witherspoon picks Memphis

LILBURN - Berkmar boys basketball star Wesley Witherspoon kept the suspense going well into Thursday's news conference to announce his decision on where he would play college basketball.

People briefs

Cosby tells crowd to confront ills of black America

Smoltz pondering return to bullpen

ATLANTA - Facing the prospect of trying to make it through the season with an aching shoulder, John Smoltz is pondering another dramatic career change.

Movie Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

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.

Business briefs

Airlines slow down to save on fuel

World briefs

US airstrike kills al-Qaida's top leader in Somalia

Dacula sees record number of permits

DACULA - According to Joey Murphy, the Dacula city planner, his department issued more commercial development permits during the last week of April than Gwinnett County did for the entire month. "We're getting a good balance of commercial and residential development in the city now," Murphy said.

Gwinnett clears up water rules County's restrictions now same as the state's

LAWRENCEVILLE - The rules to watering became clearer for Gwinnettians on Thursday, when county officials decided to echo state mandates instead of using their own rules.

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Arena at Gwinnett Center

Parents sign up kids for school as kindergarten registration begins

DULUTH - Liliana Hajdu said she's ready for kindergarten.

Third Republican joins race for BOC chairman

LAWRENCEVILLE - A third person entered the fray Thursday for the Republican nomination for chairman.

Eagles go 1-2 by a nose

ALBANY - Second place was the real race.

Thurman, Wood, Amurri stand out in 'Life Before Her Eyes'

The Life Before Her Eyes (R)

Summer term registration opens for high schoolers

LAWRENCEVILLE - In a few weeks, students will have just more than two months off for summer - unless they want to earn academic credit to get ahead or to make up for failing a class.

Prep roundup: Wesleyan girls advance to semis

NORCROSS - Wesleyan swept the singles matches to advance to the Class AA state girls tennis semifinals with a win over Region 6-AA foe Lovett in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Hudgens Center to display art from Africa beginning Saturday

The enormous wooden snake with a whimsical face greets visitors in the sun-filled Fowler Gallery as the introspective faces of carved wooden heads look moodily out into the room. Huge pieces of wooden sculpture, dark and full of authority, sit awaiting visitors.

Wal-Mart won't build in Duluth Company withdraws plans for new store in city

LAWRENCEVILLE - Wal-Mart has withdrawn its plans to build a controversial store in Duluth.

Must read: Treasure trove found in 500-year-old shipwreck off Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The ship was laden with tons of copper ingots, elephant tusks, gold coins - and cannons to fend off pirates.

Nightclub shooting likely gang-related

NORCROSS - An early morning squabble at a Norcross nightclub that prompted gunfire Sunday likely involved a street gang known as "YNT," police said.

Atlanta earns dubious distinction for gridlock

Well, it's official: Atlantans have the worst commute in the nation.

The Dish: Totori

Open since: April 18

Worley show at Wild Bill's tonight won't be 'Forgotten'

DULUTH - Like a saloon on steroids, popular Duluth bar Wild Bill's continues to flex its muscles as a legitimate live music venue with a show tonight from chart-topping country artist Darryl Worley. The concert is part of the Road to the CMA's Tour.

Totori

Open since: April 18

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Getting to Know ... Michael Woods

Michael Woods, the new athletic director at Providence Christian, came to the Lilburn school after spending more than 25 years in the corporate business world. Originally from New Mexico, Woods began his career in education and was the athletic director of Woodward (Okla.) High School before branching into sales and business.

Cancer Care center holds open house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Accented by modern art and vibrant, colorful walls - and yes, that unmistakable "new" building smell - a visitor could be excused for likening the new Georgia Center for Total Cancer Care to the offices of a fancy advertising agency or news magazine.

Hilton Garden Inn to be built near mall, new stadium

LAWRENCEVILLE - A six-story hotel on Financial Center Way, part of a large complex that will include a conference center, offices and restaurants, has received permission to begin construction.

Latest Mario Kart puts you behind the wheel

Just when you think you've accomplished something, that darn blue shell knocks you right back into your place.

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Father accused of violently shaking infant son Child hospitalized with bleeding on the brain, fractured skull

NORCROSS - A 23-year-old Norcross man was arrested this week for shaking and striking his infant son violently enough to fracture the child's skull, police said.

Film Fans split on the drama in 'Baby Mama'

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: "Baby Mama." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Police, fire reports

Convenience store robbed

Stanton strikes out 15 in Wesleyan win over rival GAC

NORCROSS - Grayson Garvin wasn't on the mound Thursday night, but it was hard to tell.

Nation briefs

Ky. student dies in school bus accident

Out in the Crowd: Lads pose as ladies in latest Lionheart show

Is a guy wearing fake boobs and a wig ever not funny? Well, yeah, pretty often, actually. Perhaps you sat through "Big Momma's House 2." Or "White Chicks." Or (God forbid) "Norbit."

'Bad Dads' yet another male punching bag

Of those everyone loves to hate, few can compete with the deadbeat dad for longevity.

Trivia Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

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.

'D.C. Madam' commits suicide Woman who headed prostitution service found dead in Fla.

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A woman convicted two weeks ago of being the 'D.C. Madam' hanged herself Thursday, apparently making good on her vow never to go to prison for running a high-end Washington prostitution ring.

Charles Parker

Charles Bradley Parker, age 44, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on April 30, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Barbara Powell

Mrs. Barbara W. Powell, age 65, of East Point, GA passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. She is survived by her Husband of 48 years: Timothy G. Powell, East ...

Steven Buckner

Steven Roy Buckner, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2008 after an long and couragous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife ...

Estelle Johnson

Estelle Lenerz Johnson, 88 of Buford, GA, formerly of Port Richey died, surrounded by loved ones on Monday April 28, 2008 at the home of her son, Paul, in Suwanee ...

Angie Mccart

Angie McCart, age 48, of Loganville, GA, passed away April 30, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

Anna Bremus

Anna G. Bremus, age 93, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 1, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Edward Merritt

Edward D. Merritt, age 75, of Buford, GA, passed away on April 30, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Edward Dodd

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Edward Marcus Dodd, age 85 of Athens, Georgia who passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by ...

Martin Van Dudley

Martin Van Dudley, age 55, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away April 30, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.