News for Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Emily Still

Emily Waldrop Still, age 78, of Lilburn, GA, passed away November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Mclynn Tuttle

McLynn B. (M.B.) Tuttle, age 86, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Wednesday November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Iris Austin

Mrs. Iris Austin, age 96, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2008. She is survived by her Daughter; Imogene Livingston of Lawrenceville, GA; Grandson & Wife; Steven ...

Billy Clark

Billy Clark, age 60, of Hoschton, GA, passed away Wednesday, November 019, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA 706-367-5467

Abiodun Idowu

Abiodun Idowu, age 53, of Norcross, GA, passed away November 17, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett, age 73, of Loganville, GA, passed away November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Beverly King

Beverly King, age 53, of Young Harris, GA, passed away November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

John M. Borek, Sr.

., JOHN 1st Lt. John M. Borek, Sr., age 90, of Grayson, GA, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Charles Gravitt

Mr. Charles D. Gravitt, age 80, of Atlanta, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, DeWitt ...

Roy Mitchell

Roy Thomas Mitchell, age 89, of Loganville, GA, passed away November 19, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Holiday plants brighten up the home

As we enter the holiday season, several ornamental houseplants are purchased for home and office. Among the most popular are Christmas cacti and the poinsettias. These can be excellent plants if properly cared for.

Fed sharply lowers forecasts, hints of rate cut

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sharply lowered its projections for economic activity this year and next, and signaled that additional interest rate reductions may be needed to help combat the worst financial crisis to jolt the country in more than a half-century.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Holiday plants brighten up the home

As we enter the holiday season, several ornamental houseplants are purchased for home and office. Among the most popular are Christmas cacti and the poinsettias. These can be excellent plants if properly cared for.

Miami trying to seal ACC fate

ATLANTA - Look who's back in the rankings and trying to nail down a championship.

Parents attend info session on charter school

SNELLVILLE - As a former special education teacher, Monise Seward said she knows the importance of getting - and keeping - parents involved in their children's education.

Winslow's move to Georgia changed her life

When Amanda Winslow was growing up, she set goals to one day be one of the top high school runners in Ohio. She figured she would go to college in Ohio and maybe even raise a family in the Buckeye State.

Imperial Sugar resumes refining after Feb. blast

PORT WENTWORTH - Imperial Sugar has resumed refining sugar in Georgia for the first time since a February explosion killed 14 people and workers celebrated Wednesday at the groundbreaking of a new 75,000-square-foot packaging plant to replace the one destroyed.

Political Notebook: Politicians converge on Georgia for Senate race

Clinton and Gore. They were a winning combination in 1992 and 1996, but will they be in 2008?

Board rejects proposed change to teacher pensions

ATLANTA - A state board voted unanimously Wednesday to keep a nearly 40-year-old policy that guarantees cost-of-living increases to pension payments for retired Georgia teachers.

Attorney General Mukasey collapses during speech

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed during a speech Thursday night and lost consciousness, a Justice Department official said.

2 injured in bus wreck

NORCROSS - Two children were taken to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital to be evaluated after a passenger car struck the back of the day care bus they were riding in near the Forum shopping center Wednesday.

World

Iraqi debate on security pact ends in scuffle

Detweiler's drive makes him one of state's best

Not long after the Class AAAAA boys state cross country meet, Brian Detweiler was upset.

Gladiators finally win in overtime Fox scores game-winner in important 4-3 victory

DULUTH - It was a new opponent and an all-new result.

Deputies intercept weapons at Brian Nichols trial

ATLANTA - Twice in the last week Fulton County deputies seized weapons from people attempting to attend the trial of courthouse gunman Brian Nichols, confiscating a razor and a gun from two people who tried to enter the courtroom where he is being tried.

Georgia program's recovery unit aids injured homeless

ATLANTA - At 52, John Silver has a history of strokes, heart trouble and a cough that echoes through his large chest.

Officials: Molotov cocktail starts early morning fire

SNELLVILLE - Investigators said an early morning house fire Wednesday was sparked by a Molotov cocktail.

Students charged in armed robbery Meadowcreek football stars in trouble for second time this month

NORCROSS - Police have implicated four teens, including two Meadowcreek High School football standouts, in an armed robbery in which they allegedly stole $700 at gunpoint from a Norcross man.

Plant exciting foliage and your garden won't be boring

Tony Avent, plant explorer, author and owner of Plant Delights in Raleigh, N.C., was a passionate and crazy young plantsman when he spoke at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 1988, a year after he began his mail order nursery business. Now - middle-aged with rock star good looks - think Sting, he's grown into something better. A man with convictions about plants conveyed with infectious passion.

Gutsy Byrne bounces back

The scar on Mary Byrne's left ankle is nice and long, the kind of mark that easily becomes a conversation piece.

Politicians converge on Georgia for Senate race

Clinton and Gore. They were a winning combination in 1992 and 1996, but will they be in 2008?

After buckling down, Falcons receiver White shows talent

FLOWERY BRANCH - Roddy White was kicking himself after the game. Sure, it would have been a tough catch, but it shows just how far he's come that everyone expected him to make it.

Clinton not right as top Obama diplomat

It may be moot and it certainly is presumptuous, but I would be less than honest with readers if I did not say what I believe: Making Hillary Rodham Clinton the secretary of state in Barack Obama's administration would be a mistake.

Economist: US has months to go before recovery

DULUTH - A Mercer University economist predicts a few more months of economic turmoil before the nation recovers, but he had hope for a group of business leaders Wednesday.

Gwinnett schools recognized by state 2 Buford, 23 GCPS facilities receive student achievement scores

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 280 Georgia public schools, including 23 in Gwinnett County and two in Buford, will receive awards for student achievement and improvement during the 2007-08 school year, state officials announced Wednesday.

Gwinnett Gab

NAACP honors Junior Achievement of Georgia

Police: Rumors of mall area break-ins are false

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police said reports of recent robberies, thefts and carjackings in the parking lots surrounding the Mall of Georgia are untrue.

New trash plan: County looks into fee September charge may have been illegal

LAWRENCEVILLE - $23.50 could end up being the consumer's lucky number. But only if it turns out they don't need to pay it.

Nation

Woman loses appeal over Nazi-era art suit

Agencies receive funds from United Way Women's Legacy

LAWRENCEVILLE -Ten Gwinnett County agencies Wednesday received funds in support of their programs and services from the United Way Women's Legacy.

Ga. 316 upgrades: Public to comment on project

LAWRENCEVILLE - A long-awaited project to create an interchange on Ga. Highway 316 at the entrance to Georgia Gwinnett College is back before the public in a meeting tonight.

Sports briefs

local

Lack of civics knowledge troubles US

While Congress spends - and plans to spend - like the proverbial drunken sailor to 'bail out' various industries for practices that are largely their fault and the fault of those in Congress who were supposed to provide oversight, another deficit looms that is at least as troubling as the economic one.

Williams' jumper ends Hawks' losing skid at 4

ATLANTA - Marvin Williams hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Caron Butler's 32-point effort to beat the Washington Wizards 91-87 on Wednesday night.

Suspect surrenders after SWAT standoff

NORCROSS - A SWAT standoff near Norcross was short-lived Wednesday when a shooting suspect surrendered in minutes, authorities said.

Competitive kitties Local felines to compete in international cat show

LAWRENCEVILLE - As College Park hosts the largest cat show in the Western hemisphere this weekend, two local felines will be vying for top honors in the international competition.

Autopsy results show body was male, shot to death

WINDER - Autopsy results on a decomposed body found Sunday behind an abandoned house in Barrow County lead authorities to believe the body was that of a man who was shot to death.

People

Van Der Beek back in N.C. for 'One Tree Hill'

North's little-known defense has grown up Bulldogs have gone from liability to strength

Zach Humphrey, Chandler Cross, Trey Sims.