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'Cornerstone class': Mill Creek says goodbye to first students to spend all four years at school

HOSCHTON - Melinda Dolphyn knows Mill Creek's class of 2005 was special. Those students were the high school's inaugural graduates.

Black Creek

· Open since: Nov. 12

Back in action

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (PG-13)

Husband offering $100K reward for tips in wife's slaying

DULUTH - It's been three weeks since Eva Kay Wenal's body was found covered in blood at her upscale Duluth home, and there's still no indication who killed her, a family representative said Wednesday.

Sweeney Todd brings his sharp, shiny 'friends' to Atlanta

Tim Burton's much-praised adaptation of the Broadway classic "Sweeney Todd" collected both an armful of Golden Globes (at a ceremony no one came to or watched, but still) and a handful of Oscar nods last year. It proved that a dark, brooding and just plain bloody musical can indeed become a marketable success, and that Jack Sparrow can actually carry a tune better than he lets on in those "Pirates" flicks.

GCPS makes organizational changes for summer

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools is undergoing some restructuring this summer.

Nation briefs

Obama to stand in for Ted Kennedy

Jones leaving Gamecocks, transferring Collins Hill grad to visit other SEC, ACC schools

One trip through the college recruiting process is usually enough stress for most.

Seizure of kids thrown out Appeals court rules authorities had no right to remove children from Texas polygamist sect

SAN ANGELO, Texas - In a ruling that could torpedo the case against the West Texas polygamist sect, a state appeals court Thursday said authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group's compound last month.

Winder soldier granted clemency on assault charge

WINDER - Debra Kessler of Winder said she is grateful to God that her son, Army Spc. Christopher (Phil) Shore, was granted clemency Tuesday after being convicted of aggravated assault in the murder of an Iraqi civilian.

Worth waiting Broncos sweep East Coweta, host N. Cobb

SHARPSBURG - The rain that wiped out the first attempt at Game 2 of Brookwood's Class AAAAA state baseball quarterfinal series against East Coweta was seen at the time as a bad break.

vboggs galleries pushing through economic challenges

Gas is expensive, and grocery prices have gone through the roof. Everyone knows the economy is in a "crunch." But everyone also must have gas and groceries, so purchasing these commodities is a matter of "grin and bear it."

Suspected gang members arrested on gun charges

BUFORD - Police say they arrested four alleged members of the infamous Bloods street gang earlier this month during a routine traffic stop that netted three handguns and a stash of marijuana.

CIDs get grants to study financing, parking

LAWRENCEVILLE - Grants will allow redevelopment officials in the Gwinnett Place area to study parking and, in the Gwinnett Village area, financing.

World briefs

Sweden releases suspects in nuclear sabotage

Teen indicted in triple slaying 17-year-old accused of shooting mom, two sisters

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury indicted triple-murder suspect Anthony Terrell Jr., 17, this week on charges he killed his mother and two sisters in February.

The Dish: Black Creek

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People briefs

Daughter of Christian music star killed by car

Georgia parole board commutes convicted killer's death sentence

ATLANTA - The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted killer Samuel David Crowe on Thursday, just hours before his scheduled execution.

Getting to Know ... Sara Geiger

Sara Geiger, 22, is finishing her first year as a math teacher and head girls soccer coach at St. Pius. The 2003 Parkview grad and former player at Samford University led St. Pius to a state runner-up finish this spring.

Metro Calendar

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Ply Mart to close its lumber division

NORCROSS - Officials with the 40-year-old Norcross-based Ply Mart announced recently that the company will close its lumber division in the coming weeks. A housing slump and customers who haven't paid their debts to Ply Mart pushed the privately owned company into the decision, Chairman Randy Mahaffey, the owner, said.

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.

4-year-old killed in single-car wreck in Lilburn

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 4-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured in a single-car wreck Thursday afternoon on Lawrenceville Highway, police said.

Back in action Fourth 'Indiana Jones' flick fails to recapture the magic of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (R)

Must read: High gas prices force police officers to walk the beat more

NEWBERRY, S.C. - With gasoline climbing toward $4 a gallon, police officers around the country are losing the right to take their patrol cars home and are being forced to double up in cruisers and walk the beat more.

Father's Day comes early for me

My first really good memory of Madyson is one of my favorites.

Spotlight on DVD: Short Citcuit

Short Circuit (PG)

Less travelers, more deaths predicted for Memorial Day

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia State Patrol predicts that 19 people will die in 2,300 wrecks on Georgia's roads during the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend, said Senior Trooper Larry Schnall, GSP spokesman. Meanwhile, AAA expects .09 percent less people will travel this weekend as compared to 2007.

California company buys Suwanee building

SUWANEE - California-based KBS REIT recently purchased the 205,645-square-foot Suwanee Point 300 industrial property in Suwanee.

Gwinnett Calendar

Calendar items should be e-mailed to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com 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.

Police find nearly $1M worth of pot in trunk

NORCROSS - A North Carolina man is in jail after authorities found nearly $1 million worth of marijuana in his wrecked vehicle Thursday, an official said.

GCPS pleased with test decision

SUWANEE - Leaders of Gwinnett County Public Schools are pleased with State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox's decision to invalidate the results of the CRCT's social studies subtest for sixth- and seventh-graders, a spokeswoman said.

Film Fans: 'Caspian' an entertaining film for the family

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

Business briefs

Gas tops $3.83 to begin long weekend

The truth about the boys crisis

Declaring and debunking crises has become a subsidiary industry of the gender wars.

Out in the Crowd: Sweeney Todd brings his sharp, shiny 'friends' to Atlanta

Tim Burton's much-praised adaptation of the Broadway classic "Sweeney Todd" collected both an armful of Golden Globes (at a ceremony no one came to or watched, but still) and a handful of Oscar nods last year. It proved that a dark, brooding and just plain bloody musical can indeed become a marketable success, and that Jack Sparrow can actually carry a tune better than he lets on in those "Pirates" flicks.

Art Beat: vboggs galleries pushing through economic challenges

Gas is expensive, and grocery prices have gone through the roof. Everyone knows the economy is in a "crunch." But everyone also must have gas and groceries, so purchasing these commodities is a matter of "grin and bear it."

American Indian Festival is an educational event

Cultural education.

James H. Moore

James H. Moore, age 78 of Lilburn, GA passed away on May 21, 2008 after a long battle with Myleodysplastic Syndrome. He is survived by his wife of 52 years ...

Claudine Tuttle

Claudine Tuttle, age 84 of Lawrenceville, GA died May 21, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 ...

Marisela Flores

Marisela Gonzalez Flores, Age 44, of Lilburn, GA, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726

Donald Hultquist

Donald Hultquist, age 96, of Duluth, GA, died May 21, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Marilyn Braun

Marilyn Ann Braun, age 61 of Dacula passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Timothy Mcgaughey

Timothy Mark (Tim) McGaughey, was born at Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, on April 2, 1956. He went to be with our Lord and Savior Monday May 19, 2008. He attended ...

Etheline Timms

Etheline Tow Harris Timms, age 72 of Winder, formerly of Dawsonville, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Delores Cunnington

Delores Cunnington, age 87 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.