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Astronauts make longest, hardest spacewalk yet

Hall - Lytle

Billy and Evelyn Hall of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Michelle Hall of Snellvile, to Chaz Justin Lytle of Lake Mary, Fla., son of Charlie and Brenda Lytle of Lake Mary, Fla.

Development coming to Duluth

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Community section. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Jamie Ward, planning and zoning reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304. Or e-mail him at jamie.ward@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Bush hopes for N. Korea deal Outgoing president seeks disarmament before leaving office

LIMA, Peru - President George W. Bush scrambled allies Saturday to secure a North Korea disarmament deal before he leaves office, rushing hard for a late, legacy-shaping win.

Ivy Prep girls to see inauguration Founder to use grant for field trip to Washington

NORCROSS - The founder of an all-girls charter school said she plans to use a $10,000 grant to help fund the school's first out-of-state field trip to the inauguration of the 44th president.

'I'm pretty lucky' Paralyzed 17-year-old leaves hospital one month after accident

DACULA - The doctors never thought it could happen so fast.

Panthers look to end Falcons' title hopes

ATLANTA - The Carolina Panthers have a chance to deliver a knockout blow to one of their rivals in the NFC South. They don't want to pass it up.

Sullivan - Bailey

Ernie and Joyce Sullivan of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Bree Sullivan of Dacula, to Reid Bailey of Dacula, son of Jake Bailey of Asheville, N.C., and Gail Bailey of Roswell.

Births

Sept. 17

Education controls our future

I became the first president of the Law Republicans at the University of Georgia this fall. My story is unlikely. I was born in Connecticut and raised in New York, but now I am a proud Southerner. My parents left South Korea to become Americans almost 30 years ago. My family grew up in a rent-controlled, tiny, one-bedroom apartment. My parents took on three jobs at a time to make ends meet.

Collision course Wesleyan, Norcross girls to meet for first time

LILBURN - It looked like the Sandy Creek girls might be ready to spoil the first-ever meeting between neighbors Norcross and Wesleyan.

Proposed parallel street for U.S. Highway 78 re-evaluated

SNELLVILLE - Officials want input on a proposed parallel street to U.S. Highway 78, which is part of a proposed network to provide access and improve safety along the corridor.

Ministry jazzes up Thanksgiving with open mic event

LAWRENCEVILLE - By no means was it your run-of-the-mill Thanksgiving borefest.

Segway inventor touts Conn. island as an energy model

MYSTIC, Conn. - Energy independence is still only a hypothetical goal for the U.S., but the owner of a tiny island off the coast of Connecticut says he has already achieved that feat and is offering his work as a model.

Central Gwinnett High locked down

LAWRENCEVILLE - Central Gwinnett High School was locked down Friday afternoon after a former student was spotted on campus and fled from school officials, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman said.

Youth Rounudup: North Gwinnett wins regional crown

The North Gwinnett Ice Dogs defeated a team from Greenville, South Carolina to win the Southern Regional championship of the International Silver Stick Inc. ice hockey tournament held in Huntsville, Ala., earlier this month.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Zoning results

ZONING CASES - RESULTS: Here's a look at the actions taken by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on rezonings and other requests at its Tuesday meeting.

GAC stumbles in first round Wesleyan beats Parkview in Tip-Off Classic

LILBURN - Greater Atlanta Christian would have had to stop Georgia Tech signee Mfon Udofia if the Spartans had made it to the boys semifinals in the Parkview Tip-Off Classic.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month hits too close to home

November is Pet Cancer Awareness month. I became all too aware of pet cancer at 5:30 in the afternoon Tuesday, Nov. 11, when my veterinarian, Dr. John Wallis at Gwinnett Animal Clinic, called to tell me my 13-year-old chow chow, Harley, had cancer.

Good News from Schools: GCPS students name county's new recycling carts

Gwinnett residents will soon have "Bart the Smart Cart" at their homes.

Community Calendar

Send items for the Community Calendar to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

Senior center holds rabbit wedding

TUCKER - Singer Billy Idol had a famous song about a white wedding, but he probably never envisioned anything like a rabbit wedding. But that's what took place Thursday afternoon to the delight of about 20 residents of the Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care Center for Seniors.

Community connection: Dave Rosselle

Dave Rosselle is a down-to-earth, jack-of-all-trades who is often out working in the field serving the many businesses that encompass the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, for which he is the Director of Operations. He lives with his wife in Snellville, and before coming to the CID, Dave worked for AT&T for 30 years, helped get the Evermore CID off the ground, built Web sites in his spare time and even managed a property or two. He grew up in Brookhaven and for most of his life has called the Atlanta area home.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Development Permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS - The following are development permits received by the Gwinnett Planning and Development Department. Developers have submitted plans for these sites but have not received the Planning and Development Department's OK to begin clearing the land. Permit applications received Nov. 10 to 14.

People briefs

Jimmy Connors arrested after Calif. skirmish

Bateman sparks Gladiators' win Gwinnett gets third straight victory

DULUTH - Pat Bateman led a second-period blitzkrieg that the Gwinnett Gladiators used to blast Mississippi 5-2 on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Obama airs radio ad for Jim Martin

President-elect Barack Obama has gotten involved in the Georgia Senate race, although his transition plans have kept him from visiting the state.

State briefs

10-month-old girl killed in house fire

Our view: Thanksgiving a time to help the hungry

We'll celebrate Thanksgiving this week, most of us lucky enough to enjoy family, good food and good friends. But as we enter the holiday season, there are more folks than ever who won't have that chance.

World briefs

Blast kills 8 mourners at Pakistani funeral

31 accept retirement incentives Marks first phase of cutting development, water positions

LAWRENCEVILLE - To avoid layoffs, 31 employees in Gwinnett's departments of planning and development and water resources accepted retirement incentives by Friday's deadline.

Gwinnett Gab

GGC president joins national leadership coalition

Road closures

· Buford Dam Road from Stewart Road to Sycamore Road will close early December through mid-January for installation of a 72-inch pipeline. The detour route will be Buford Dam Road to Jimmy Dodd Road to Sycamore Road and Buford Dam Road and the reverse. For more information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6742.

Daschle a serious leader on health care

Things are looking up for substantive reform of America's troubled health care system.

Riley - Karl

Mr. and Mrs. James Riley of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Alana Kathleen Riley of Athens, to Justin Tyler Karl of Athens, son of Philip Karl of Decatur and Tammy Record of Richmond.

Suwanee resident promoted to brigadier general

SUWANEE - Col. Jerry J. Bradford of Suwanee has been promoted to brigadier general and appointed commander of the 600-member Georgia State Defense Force, Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, adjutant general for Georgia, recently announced.

Buford, Grayson win coin tosses Teams will host quarterfinal games

The luck was with two Gwinnett high school football teams on Saturday as Buford and Grayson won coin flips for the right to host state quarterfinal games on Friday.

Fire Department: Make safety first on holidays

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thanksgiving is a time for eating and being merry, meaning people are spending more time in the kitchen and at the grill - which unfortunately means an increase in cooking fires.

December offers a great variety of holiday doings

As always, for the Christmas season Gwinnett County offers way too much fun. Since none of us can do it all, here's an overview of the choices you can make.

JFK anniversary marked in Dallas President was shot, killed 45 years ago

DALLAS - About 500 people crowded Saturday into the plaza where John F. Kennedy was shot 45 years ago, all agreeing it was right to remember a pivotal moment in American history, even if they didn't all believe the official line.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful in spite of it all

This time of year, columnists usually write about things they're thankful for. Admittedly, I haven't felt too thankful lately - since Nov. 4, to be exact - but I realize that makes me guilty of ingratitude, among the direst of sins.

Suwanee police offer driver education class

SUWANEE - The Suwanee Police Department has one question for the parents of new teen drivers: Is your child's life worth two hours?

Apartment fire ruled accidental

LAWRENCEVILLE - Investigators ruled a Friday night fire at the Stanford Village Apartments accidental.

Carter - Hoppe

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Foster Carter of Tuscaloosa, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Adrienne Carter of Sugar Hill, to Steven Thomas Hoppe of Sugar Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Oliver Hoppe of Springfield, Ill.

Gwinnett will light 21st tree

LAWRENCEVILLE - Moments before the perennial lights burst to life, Tammy Gibson likes to meander through the crowds, feeling the anticipation, soaking up that festive vibe.

Prep Roundup: Dacula gives Roy first victory

HOSCHTON - First-year head coach B.J. Roy picked up his first varisty win as Dacula defeated rival Mill Creek 69-36 on Saturday.

Thanksgiving a time to help the hungry

We'll celebrate Thanksgiving this week, most of us lucky enough to enjoy family, good food and good friends. But as we enter the holiday season, there are more folks than ever who won't have that chance.