News for Saturday, May 24, 2008

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Controlled chaos brings the shot to your screen

Spend a few minutes inside an ESPN truck, and you quickly learn the crew has a language all its own.

World briefs

Palestinian, Israeli officers hold meeting

Gas prices on the rise for holiday weekend

NEW YORK - As consumers began hitting the road Friday for the Memorial Day weekend, they faced the sobering reality that it now costs $87 to fill a Ford Explorer SUV, up $14 from last year, and $72 to fill a mid-sized Honda Accord, up $12.

Grow house busted Police find 31 plants in Winder residence

WINDER - Winder police say they uncovered a veritable jungle of marijuana Friday morning in a home across the street from a middle school.

GCPS to honor nearly 300 retirees

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools will bid farewell to 297 retirees at an annual luncheon Tuesday.

Parade to feature 2 WWII vets

LAWRENCEVILLE - Fifteen years ago, Marvin Atherton wondered if anyone would show up to his Memorial Day parade.

Gwinnett Braves plan on dramatic attendance boost

Their future home is still just a hole in the ground, but the Gwinnett Braves have already received nearly 1,500 deposits for season tickets.

Nation briefs

Plane crashes into building, kills pilot

Berkmar's Akins tests positive for marijuana

ZAGREB, Croatia - Former Georgia Tech basketball player Tony Akins tested positive for marijuana and was suspended for one year by the Croatian basketball federation.

People briefs

N.Y. governor issues pardon for hip-hop pioneer

Police remember officer Authorities use anniversary of death to remind public to be careful during holiday travel

NORCROSS - Gwinnett police Officer Chris Magill was two weeks away from celebrating his 40th birthday when he was struck and killed by a drunken driver in the line of duty 15 years ago.

Detective: Man was stabbed six times with pocket knife

LAWRENCEVILLE - A tumultuous relationship between two Lawrenceville brothers came to a head last week when Tracy Pirkle whipped his younger brother, Jason Pirkle, in a five-minute, shirtless brawl, a detective said Friday.

Existing home sales drop by 1 percent

WASHINGTON - Existing home sales fell for the eighth time in the past nine months, a string of weakness expected to continue as the housing industry, mired in its worst slump in decades, battles falling home prices, tight lending conditions and a weak economy.

Hundreds mourn President Carter's chief of staff

ATLANTA - Hundreds of friends and family grieved Friday at a memorial for former White House aide Hamilton Jordan, and President Jimmy Carter said he would miss his right-hand man for the rest of his life.

Star-sprinkled songs World War II vet, others enjoy Air Force Reserve Band concert on rainy night

SUWANEE - The next time you think you're having a terrible day, consider the ordeal of World War II veteran Hugh Atkinson more than 65 years ago.

Norcross man drowns in Lanier

GAINESVILLE - An 18-year-old Norcross man became Lake Lanier's first drowning victim of 2008 this week, and his death serves as an eerie reminder of responsible swimming and boating as Memorial Day approaches, an official said.

Gwinnett grads: Swinging low Norcross grad Martin leads team to 11th straight NCAA crown

Each year the Methodist College (N.C.) women's golf team faces the pressure of continuing its streak of NCAA Division III titles.

Wreck that killed boy, 5, also injures sister, cousin

LAWRENCEVILLE - A child killed in a single-car wreck on Lawrenceville Highway that injured two other passengers Thursday has been identified as 5-year-old Maahir Bhai, police say.

Must read: Chicago officials considering boarding schools for homeless

CHICAGO - She began high school in a shelter, doing homework on the floor of the bathroom. It was the only place with lights after 9 p.m. Her senior year was spent raising her little brother when her mother disappeared on cocaine binges.

FCC chief wants cell phone cancellation fees regulated

WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission said Friday he wants to regulate fees charged to cell phone users who cancel their wireless contracts early.

Spiritual Calendar

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Authorities appeal court ruling Child-welfare officials defend removal of children from Texas polygamist sect

SAN ANGELO, Texas - State child welfare authorities on Friday appealed a stinging court ruling that said their seizure of more than 440 children from a polygamist sect's ranch was unjustified, but they also agreed to reunite 12 children with their parents while the case moves on.

Meeting the real Gump

I have met the real Forrest Gump. Not the ninny sitting on a Savannah park bench, prattling about a box of chocolates. His name is Sammy L. Davis and he is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, this nation's highest award for military heroism.

Speed cameras ESPN leading digital revolution in NASCAR

HAMPTON - It's 1:30. You grab a cold drink, a bag of chips and plop down in front of your plasma TV. You crank up the surround sound. The green flag waves and the roar of 43 race cars threatens to shake the pictures off your wall.

SWAT unveils new gadgets

NORCROSS - Gwinnett County Police SWAT members on Friday showed off the two latest additions to their arsenal of high-tech gadgets designed to battle crime in the 21st century.

Behind the facade of the bragging bachelor

I've just met the worst person in the world.

Women conduct romance by committee with friends

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: We women normally conduct our romances by committee.

State briefs

Man accused of dumping body

On the list of things to do: Find a good car salesman

It's almost summer. Again.

Tuong Van Vo

Mr. Tuong Van Vo, age 40, of Lilburn, GA passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008. Service arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Evelyn Weaver

L. Evelyn L. Weaver, age 82 of Auburn passed away on May 22, 2008. She was a member of Grayson United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughter and ...

Dr. Ned E. Gladstone

NED Dr. Ned E. Gladstone, age 52 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Plymouth, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008. A graduate of Life University School of Chiropractic, Dr. Gladstone was ...

Alexander Bush

T . Alexander T. (Al) Bush, age 77, of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 after a long illness. He is survived by his sisters, Tina Bush of ...

John Mundy

Mr. John Weston Mundy, age 58, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008. He is survived by his Wife of 34 years: Mrs. Gail Cochran Mundy, Suwanee ...

Jimmie Drake

Jimmie Drake, age 50, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away May 23, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.