News for Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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A wonderful photo shows power of Special Olympics

Thank you for the wonderful picture of Taylor Matyas running a Special Olympics race with volunteer Brent Osborne holding her hand ("Inspiring athletes," April 30). In the picture, Taylor's fear is gone, and joy, hope and excitement shows on both of their faces.

World Briefs

Iraqi civilians flee fighting in Baghdad militia stronghold

Winder cop honored

WINDER - Lieutenant Kristi Bratcher has been appointed state certification team leader by Mike Edwards, Director of State Certification.

Nation Briefs

Charges dropped in Pa. case of autistic boy given wrong drug

Ex-booster accused of taking funds

LOGANVILLE - The new president of Grayson High's wrestling booster club is optimistic the group will recover after losing thousands of dollars in an alleged theft.

To the editor: TADs a bad deal for Gwinnett taxpayers

The tax allocation districts referendum that will be on the July 15 primary ballot in unincorporated Gwinnett County is not in your best interests.

To the editor: Gov. Perdue should listen to legislature

I read with interest the recent column about how enforcing laws against illegal aliens helps cities and counties save money ("Enforcement works, and people in Mexico know it," Perspective, May 4).

Study will examine hearts of Gwinnett's firefighters

LAWRENCEVILLE - Phillip Mull, a battalion chief with the Gwinnett County Fire Department, was home earlier this year watching football when chest discomfort interrupted an otherwise-treasured Sunday off the job.

Shooter wanted in botched robbery

NORCROSS - Gwinnett police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a Norcross man in the leg during a botched robbery last week.

TADs a bad deal for Gwinnett taxpayers

The tax allocation districts referendum that will be on the July 15 primary ballot in unincorporated Gwinnett County is not in your best interests.

Prep Roundup: Wesleyan boys into tennis semis for 1st time

ATLANTA - The Wesleyan boys advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history with a 3-2 win Tuesday over Holy Innocents' at Blackburn Park.

Stars come up just short

MARIETTA - As wild as the first half of Tuesday night's Class AA/A state semifinal game between Providence Christian and Walker was, the second half was considerably more controlled.

People Briefs

Johansson, newly engaged, flashes ring in New York

Playoff-bound Providence wielding heavy bats

LILBURN - It's not uncommon in high school baseball for a team's bats to warm up as the weather does.

Peachtree Ridge takes top prize in Post contest

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Daily Post honored the county's most talented young newspaper reporters, photographers and page designers Tuesday at Winfield Hall during the seventh annual Gwinnett High School Journalism Awards Banquet.

Hype holds first networking meeting for young professionals

DULUTH - Gwinnett County holds a lot of young, enthusiastic talent within its boundaries and Chamber officials want to keep it here.

Hillary: The new Terminator

All politicians adapt and mold themselves to fit their audience, but Hillary Clinton has elevated the art of identity politics to a science of morphology.

Man executed, ending 7-month moratorium

JACKSON - A Georgia man who killed his live-in girlfriend was executed Tuesday, the first inmate put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of lethal injections.

Moratorium affects school's plans to move to Suwanee

LAWRENCEVILLE - The president of a three-year-old Catholic school is worried that a building moratorium in Suwanee will keep it from moving its campus to the city.

Democrats fail to contest for winnable seats

For months now, we have been subjected to a steady stream of promises of political change. Georgia Democratic leaders painted their party's runaway voter turnout in the Feb. 5 presidential primary as a preview of the general election in November. Donkeys would fill up polling places to cast ballots for a new generation of Democratic candidates.

Hawks' offseason questions center on coach

ATLANTA - After a stirring run through the playoffs, one that actually got the fans of Atlanta excited about their NBA team, the Hawks headed into the offseason Monday with one major issue hanging over the team: Will Mike Woodson return as coach now that his squad is actually showing signs of hope?

Bigger and better County unveils larger buses

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett officials rolled out a fleet of bigger and more environmentally conscious buses Tuesday, the first smog alert day of the year.

School's new exit welcomed Grayson High changes aim to improve safety

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly five years after a tragic accident on the road that leads to Grayson High School, officials have come to an agreement to build a new school entrance on Ga. Highway 20.

Must Read: Hitting age 60, nation of Israel gets nostalgic for the old days

JERUSALEM - As Israel celebrates its 60th birthday, Israelis have their gaze set firmly backward.

More amenities requested at development

LAWRENCEVILLE - A high-end mixed-use development near Braselton may need more entertainment options for its expected professional residents, planning commissioners said.

Restaurant tobacco bans influence teen smoking

BOSTON - A Massachusetts study suggests that restaurant smoking bans may play a big role in persuading teens not to become smokers.

Walton edges Brookwood girls in tennis quarterfinals

MARIETTA - "I can breathe now."

Fire officials warn of 'toy' lighter danger

LAWRENCEVILLE - They look like the miniature toys found at the bottom of a box of sugar-coated cereal.

Gov. Perdue should listen to legislature

I read with interest the recent column about how enforcing laws against illegal aliens helps cities and counties save money ("Enforcement works, and people in Mexico know it," Perspective, May 4).

Motorcyclist injured in head-on crash

BUFORD - A 54-year-old Buford man is expected to survive a head-on collision Sunday between his motorcycle and a Camaro.

To the editor: A wonderful photo shows power of Special Olympics

Thank you for the wonderful picture of Taylor Matyas running a Special Olympics race with volunteer Brent Osborne holding her hand ("Inspiring athletes," April 30). In the picture, Taylor's fear is gone, and joy, hope and excitement shows on both of their faces.

Police task force makes gang arrests

SNELLVILLE - A recent showdown between two feuding street gangs in which gunfire was traded has lead to four arrests and the recovery of several firearms, police said.

Broncos busted

SNELLVILLE - Not much separated the two highest ranked Class AAAAA boys soccer teams on Tuesday night.

Jones, Braves hang on to beat Padres for 4th straight win

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night to improve the NL's best home record.

Police reports

Bandit targets store twice

Pombo wins inaugural VW Cup race

Duluth resident Mark Pombo took an important step in his racing career at Virginia International Raceway, winning the inaugural event of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup slightly more than a week ago.

Firefighters aim to be good neighbors New station set for Bunten Road

DULUTH - Charlie Culbertson wonders what kind of noise his new neighbors will make, but he admits they will be nice to have around if a fire breaks out.

Wolves, Stars represent area well

Area 11-AA/A might be the toughest in girls soccer.

Health Briefs

HIV Symposium to be held at Norcross church

JUAN'S WORLD

SHARPSBURG - Collins Hill won its first overtime match in the playoffs with a brick wall. The Eagles won their second with a bulldozer.

Wendell Moore

Wendell Moore, age 88 of Snellville passed away, Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, Lawrenceville with ...

Wynelle Holland

Wynelle Holland, age 71, of Lilburn, GA was born in Duluth, GA, Gwinnett County. She was one of six children, 3 boys and 3 girls. Wynelle was preceded in death ...

L. Klesna Smith

Mrs. L. Klesna Smith, 92, of Duluth, GA, passed away May 5, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Dorothy Peden

Dorothy Dixie Hawkins Peden, age 79, of Hartwell, GA died Monday, May 5, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726 ...

Betty Smith

Betty L. Smith, age 78, of Stone Mountain, formerly of Augusta, died Monday, May 5, 2008. She was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Herbie and is survived by ...

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Monday, May 5, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick

Elizabeth Greer Kirkpatrick, age 83, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726

John Blessing

John “Rick” Blessing, age 53, of Winder, GA, passed away May 4, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

James Wright

James Chapin Wright, age 66, of Winder, GA, passed away May 3, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Rebecca Gongar

Rebecca Gongar, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Saturday, May 3, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Norma Mccaughan

Mrs. Norma S. McCaughan, age 91, of Lawrenceville, GA went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 3, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan ...