News for Saturday, January 2, 2010

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Patricia Mcelhannon

Mrs. Patricia Poss McElhannon, age 65, of Toccoa, GA and formerly of Monroe, GA passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior ...

June Sorohan

June Lee Sorohan, age 64 of Lawrenceville, died December 30, 2009. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday January 6, 2010 at Epic Faith Church, 2650 Olde Towne ...

Christopher Crabtree

Christopher Todd Crabtree, age 20, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away January 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Betty Nix

Betty Plumley Nix, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Mary Dunlap

Mary Katherine Dunlap, age 84, of Snellville, GA, died December 26, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Howard Giles Dunlap, her childhood sweetheart. She ...

Russell Eugene Porter

Mr. Russell Eugene “Gene” Porter, age 72, of Loganville, GA passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan ...

Kathleen Scurto

Mrs. Kathleen Fiorello Scurto, age 61, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mary Bass

Mary E. Bass, age 74 of Lawrenceville passed away January 1, 2010. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 4, 2010 at 11 AM in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Betty Nix

Betty Plumley Nix, age 84 of Lawrenceville, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Thursday, December 31, 2009. She was born June 22, 1925 and lived her ...

Penelope Newton

Penelope Laura Newton, age 45, of Tucker, GA died December 31, 2009. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Billy Edwards

Billy George Edwards, age 82 of Bethlehem, GA, passed away December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Sharlene Lampkin

Sharlene Smith Lampkin, age 73, of Tucker, GA died January 1, 2010. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Dorsey Cook

Mr. Dorsey C. Cook, age 82, of Douglasville, GA passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

MURPHY: This '09 big news list omits Jon and Kate

By now you've been deluged with end-of-2009 lists. From news to movies to books to celebrities to scandals, we like to put a Top 10 tag on just about anything.

GGC enrollment exceeds expectations

Georgia Gwinnett College will have more students on its campus than ever before when spring semester begins later this month. Since the doors first opened in 2006, the college's enrollment had doubled each year, but this is the first year there will be a significant enrollment increase midyear, officials said.

North, central Georgia saw heavy rain in '09

After three years of drought conditions, 2009 drenched northern and central Georgia with above-average rainfall, causing epic flooding in metro Atlanta and giving Columbus its wettest year on record.

New bus service links Atlanta to Stone Mountain

A new bus service will begin connecting people from Stone Mountain to Atlanta.

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The road ahead: Accident-prone thoroughfare has residents on edge

It's a hilly, twisty road in a county chock-full of hilly, twisty roads. But this double S-shaped stretch of South Bogan Road between Buford Drive and its namesake park hearkens the Monaco Gran Prix. Elevation changes and tight turns demand the attention of its 13,500 daily drivers.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Towns arrange events for old, new leaders

One town will be honoring an outgoing councilman, while another welcomes new leaders.

Transit bus schedule to see changes

Most local transit buses rolled for the last Saturday. The service will transition to a weekday schedule this week, with only the popular Norcross-Doraville route continuing on Saturdays, officials said.

Pet soup kitchen sending care packages to military dogs

Especially during the holidays, people remember soldiers far from home and try to get them some creature comforts that will make the time away from their families a little more bearable. So when Tom Wargo learned that hundreds of four-legged soldiers might need some supplies, too, he decided to help.

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Obama cites al-Qaida in plot

An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Somali charged in attack on cartoonist<

An ax-wielding Somali man with suspected al-Qaida links was charged Saturday with two counts of attempted murder after breaking into the home of a Danish artist whose Prophet Muhammad cartoon outraged the Muslim world three years ago.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Pioneering plaintiff wants DC's first gay marriage

Gay marriage could be coming to Washington in just a couple of months, and one man said he deserves the district's first license. Craig Dean and his partner sued the city in 1990 for the right to be legally wed. They lost their landmark case five years later, and Dean's partner died of AIDS in 1997.

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A swimmer, a scholar

Most of Wesley Pate's Sundays are spent at church, either in worship or playing lead guitar in his youth praise band, In Christ Unashamed.The Greater Atlanta Christian senior's fondness for music doesn't end there. He and some friends have a garage band, giving him a chance to add some vocal duties to his guitar skills, as well as helping write some original music.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Elton says he's helping Eminem battle drugs

Elton John said he has been helping American rapper Eminem fight drug problems for more than a year.

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New Year blues

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators scrapped to force a shootout with a third-period comeback but fell 5-4 to the Florida Everblades on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.Head coach Jeff Pyle said they were lucky to get a point out of it."Yeah, with as undisciplined as we were," Pyle said. "New Year's Eve was way more important to these guys than this game. And that showed."

Remains of early 1900s plane found in Antarctica

Remains of the first airplane ever taken to Antarctica, in 1912, have been found by Australian researchers, the team announced Saturday. The Mawson's Huts Foundation had been searching for the plane for three summers before stumbling upon metal pieces of it on New Year's Day.

BISHER: Greetings, from an old friend

Furman Bisher's first column for the Gwinnett Daily Post in January 2010.

Ancient trees found on Ga. state land

James Holland, Altamaha Riverkeeper, said the state has just purchased a stretch of land that harbors a few natural surprises.

Youth Bowl attracts local players

College football's most coveted game will be played in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday between the Longhorns of Texas and the Crimson Tide from Alabama. But a game of equal importance to its players will happen two days later in San Antonio.

Pet adoptions rise at Macon shelter

The harsh economy hasn't stopped people in the Macon area from adopting pets.

Hubbard roars in All-Star game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Adrian Hubbard took time off from the Norcross basketball team to play in the Under Armour All-American Game and he put his football ability on display for a national television audience as well as recruiting analysts.

Prep Roundup: Meadowcreek wins losers' bracket

OCALA, Fla. -- Lavon Hooks made the All-Tournament Team and Levi Williams won the slam dunk contest to cap off a successful trip to the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Florida.

Prep Roundup: Meadowcreek wins losers' bracket

OCALA, Fla. — Lavon Hooks made the All-Tournament Team and Levi Williams won the slam dunk contest to cap off a successful trip to the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Florida.

MURPHY: This '09 big news list omits Jon and Kate

By now you've been deluged with end-of-2009 lists. From news to movies to books to celebrities to scandals, we like to put a Top 10 tag on just about anything.

BRODER: Napolitano a steady figure in Obama administration

Most Americans got their first prolonged look at Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, last weekend. After a passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam ignited a concealed fuse as the plane approached Detroit for a landing, apparently intending to blow it up and kill all aboard, it fell to Napolitano to take charge of the federal response.

STATE IN BRIEF: Couple arrested for tattooing children

Couple arrested for tattooing children

O'REILLY: Yemen not the place to send suspected al-Qaida terrorists

It was puzzling to read opinion pieces in liberal newspapers like The New York Times and Newsday lamenting the Christmas Day al-Qaida attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet. Most of the liberal press agreed: That was not a nice thing to do, and those terrorists should stop the attacks this very minute. But no actual solutions to stopping terrorism were put forth by the progressive press.

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