News for Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Cynthia Houston

Cynthia Denise Houston, age 51, of Snellville, GA, passed away November 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Alberto Coreas

Alberto Noe Coreas, age 17, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away November 24, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Elizabeth Mckenna

Elizabeth McKenna, age 77, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away November 24, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Samuel Williams

Samuel Lee Williams, age 30, of Jefferson, GA, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA 706-367-5467

Dale Crippin

Dale Wayne Crippin, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411

Gladiators still need a lot of improvement Gwinnett falls to division leader 5-0

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle was looking at Tuesday's game against Florida as another measuring stick.

Prep Roundup: Eagles play into tourney finals

JEFFERSON - Collins Hill defeated Heritage 51-49 in the Jefferson Thanksgiving Tournament on Tuesday, propelling the Eagles to the championship game on Saturday.

Wesleyan's Schamp scores 29 in loss

LILBURN - Howard Thompkins is now a Georgia Bulldog, but Wesleyan still has one of the leading boys scorers in Gwinnett County.

To the editor: Chambliss' ads show his lack of plan in office

There is a lack of a leader in the Georgia Congressional delegation. This is apparant in the campaign ads of Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Nation

Miami judge rules against ban on gay adoption

Prosecutor: Man confesses to New Jersey church killings

MONROE - A man accused of gunning down his estranged wife and a man in a New Jersey church told authorities Tuesday in a videotaped confession that he would've killed everyone in the building if he'd had a machine gun, a Georgia prosecutor said.

World

Sunni support for pact in doubt

Uninformed public not healthy for our society

So much for the wisdom of The People.

Boss Jim, the most powerful man in Georgia

As long as I have covered politics, I never realized until now that one of the most powerful people working the government scam right under my nose was a seemingly meek, bleeding-heart Democrat named Jim Martin.

Iron Bowl's top targets have run different routes

Julio Jones has been one of No. 1 Alabama's most talked about players since stepping on campus. Rod Smith arrived at Auburn no fanfare - or scholarship.

Officer charged with DUI Lawrenceville police fire man after arrest

GAINESVILLE - A Lawrenceville police officer has been fired after crashing his unmarked patrol Sunday night in Hall County and being charged with driving under the influence.

Pieces coming together Wesleyan offense has set school record for points

Before the football season started, Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen had a lot of different questions for his offense.

Nap without guilt: It boosts sophisticated memory

WASHINGTON - Just in time for the holidays, some medical advice most people will like: Take a nap.

People

New trustee named in Brown estate saga

Sports Briefs

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Stepping stone Parkview knocks off Norcross to win tourney championship

LILBURN - After beating nationally ranked Wesleyan, all the attention was on the Norcross girls.

Duluth holds off Berkmar Wildcats win third in a row

LILBURN - After a season-opening loss to Parkview, the third-ranked Duluth girls basketball team has started to find its stride. The Wildcats won their third straight game Tuesday night, holding on for a 54-51 win over Berkmar in the Berkmar Tipoff Tournament.

Palin coming to Gwinnett for Chambliss rally

LAWRENCEVILLE - The world's most famous hockey mom is coming to the Gwinnett Arena, but not for a Gladiators game.

Wrestling Roundup: Three local tournaments on tap

Wrapped around Thanksgiving are three great local wrestling tournaments this week, featuring some of the top teams in Gwinnett County and the state.

I-85 HOV lanes to charge toll $110M grant to help fund conversion

NORCROSS - Interstate 85's carpool lanes will be converted to toll lanes, as U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters on Tuesday announced a $110 million grant to get Gwinnett's traffic moving.

Fire stations help out for Toys for Tots

LAWRENCEVILLE - For years Gwinnett firefighters have done something to help needy families during the holidays.

Police hunt for suspect in shooting Man, 39, wanted in death of 17-year-old

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are hunting for a 39-year-old Lawrenceville man suspected of blindly shooting into a car full of teenagers Monday night, killing one.

Gwinnett Tech expansion, community center renovations on hold

LAWRENCEVILLE - An expansion to Gwinnett Technical College and a grant to restore a historic community center are two of the victims of Georgia's state budget issues.

In brief

Ga. Supreme Court strikes down sex offender rule

Selfless soldier Winder man earns Purple Heart for heroics in Iraq

LAWRENCEVILLE - When a suicide bomb exploded in a car just a few feet away from Travis Towler, his instincts kicked in.

To the editor: Martin doesn't represent our conservative Georgia values

From now until Tuesday's runoff election, Georgians will have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the future of our country. Our Senator, Saxby Chambliss, is in a tough runoff against Jim Martin, who is well-funded by the national, liberal Democrats.

Prisoner caught on razor wire attempting to escape jail

The idea of going to prison didn't sit well with an inmate at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Tuesday night, so he made a dash for freedom.