News for Tuesday, July 27, 2010


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CLINE: Friends tour country on roads less traveled

It's a premise as simple as it is appealing: Two guys, a road trip and no plans. For the second straight year, a pair of local men -- Cliff Ramos and Steve West -- set off to tour the backroads and by-ways, following their whims instead of a map.

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Seconds, please: Rexall Grill reopens to hungry crowd

Bud Knox said members of his Sunday school group have been eating breakfast on Tuesday mornings at the Duluth Rexall Grill for 25 years. Photo slide show inside

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Tried and true: Rugby proves right fit for Parkview's Chosewood

Of the more than 1,000 active member schools in the NCAA, five have varsity women's rugby teams. Only one of those -- Eastern Illinois University of all places -- is Division I. Emily Chosewood, who started playing rugby two years ago, is going there in the fall. On scholarship. She is the first Gwinnett County girl to do so.

Two students accused of shooting at home

TUCKER -- Two Gwinnett County high school students are facing a slew of aggravated assault charges after police say they opened fire into a Tucker home on Monday.

Slaying suspect turns himself in to marshals

STONE MOUNTAIN -- A man wanted in connection with a bloody homicide in Tennessee turned himself in to United States Marshals in Stone Mountain on Sunday.

Interest in girls rugby on rise in Gwinnett, nation

Women's rugby has been identified as an emerging sport by the NCAA and participation levels are on the rise nationwide. Though there are still a limited number of high school club teams -- and only one varsity program at Florida's Sebastian River -- growth at the prep level increased 1,000 percent from 2002 to 2008, according to USA Rugby.

Suwanee accepts land donation

SUWANEE -- City leaders voted to accept a donation of 6.33 acres of land Tuesday, and the plan is to use the undeveloped property for greenspace.

Officials wait on decision to fill budget gap

In a meeting Tuesday, in which a woman pleaded for help in freeing child support checks, county officials waited on a decision to fill a budget gap.

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Focus finally gets back to football field

Following summer months filled with conference expansion, realignment talk and the most recent controversy regarding player-agent relations, the focus of college football is finally starting to return to the games themselves. That was the message of Tuesday's Atlanta Sports Council's College Football Preview Luncheon.

Gwinnett Tech sees increase in student enrollment

Enrollment at Gwinnett Technical College continues to grow at a blistering pace, with significant increases posted for both the summer quarter and the 2010 academic year overall.

Child's mystery wounds warrant felony charges

NORCROSS -- Norcross police continue to investigate how a 4-week-old infant landed at an Atlanta hospital this month with skull fractures and bleeding on her brain.

Barrow will buy fire suits

WINDER -- Though the fate of its embattled chief remains uncertain, Barrow County's Emergency Services department continues to make strides.

Sans Strasburg, Nats beat Braves

With Stephen Strasburg suddenly scratched, reliever Miguel Batista was pressed into making his first start in nearly two years -- and the 39-year-old journeyman was rather Strasburglike.

BOC holds off on unpaid holidays

CONYERS -- A proposal to implement unpaid holidays for Rockdale County employees was deferred Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners for further study.

Events planned to reduce crime

CONYERS -- Law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to take a stand and help reduce residential crimes by participating in this year's National Night Out event.

Local wins $17.5M in airport lawsuit

ATLANTA -- Billy Corey spoke Tuesday as if he had won a battle "for the little guys." Corey and officials with his company shared details of a federal jury award of $17.5 million he received in a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta over an indoor advertising contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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BP taps new American CEO

NEW ORLEANS -- The American picked to lead oil giant BP as it struggles to restore its finances and oil spill-stained reputation pledged Tuesday that his company will remain committed to the Gulf region even after the busted well is sealed.

Oil spews after boat hits well

NEW ORLEANS -- A tow boat slammed into an abandoned well north of a bay already hit by crude from the Gulf oil spill, sending a plume of oil and gas spewing into the air Tuesday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Oil leak pollutes Michigan river

MARSHALL TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Hanna wards off bears with pepper spray

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- TV host and zookeeper Jack Hanna said he took his own advice and used pepper spray on grizzlies headed toward him.

GM hopes $41,000 electric Volt will be powerful seller

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt electric car will start at $41,000 when it goes on sale in November.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Big war boost clears Congress

WASHINGTON -- The House on Tuesday sent President Barack Obama a major war-funding increase of $33 billion to pay for his troop surge in Afghanistan, unmoved by the leaking of classified documents that portray a military effort struggling between 2004 and 2009 against a strengthening insurgency.

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Husband charged in fatal crash

Police have filed criminal charges in a fatal crash originally thought to be caused by Monday evening's torrential rains.

Toddler's mystery wounds warrant felony charges

NORCROSS — Norcross police continue to investigate how a 4-week-old toddler landed at an Atlanta hospital this month with skull fractures and bleeding on her brain.

Falcons therapy centers get additional offices in Winder, Athens

WINDER — The Atlanta Falcons have extended their already-prominent physical therapy reach.

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THOMAS: Cleaning up Washington is no easy task

Given what members of Congress get away with these days, it takes a lot to break House ethics rules. But that’s what a House ethics subcommittee has accused 20-term Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., of doing. Rangel might have avoided a trial had he admitted to any of the charges against him, but after 40 years in Congress, it’s as if he sees himself as invincible. Rangel will face a jury of his congressional peers, which, to some, might look a lot like organized crime members trying one of their own.

McLouth sent to G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For the first time since 2005, Nate McLouth is officially in the minors.

LETTERS: Writer spreads misinformation about the FairTax

I agree with Mr. Robert Kriete (Think twice about “fair” tax, July 24, Page 7A) that we should think twice about the bottom line — our pockets. However, Kriete is misinformed as to the basics of the FairTax. His contention that it will add a 23 percent tax on top of each purchase is incorrect. The FairTax simply replaces the 23 percent tax that is already embedded into everything we purchase today. A can of beans that costs $1 today will still cost $1 under the FairTax, 77 cents for the beans and 23 cent for the tax. The consumer price does not go up!

GMC Foundation receives 3 philanthropy awards

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation was honored with three philanthropy awards last week.

LETTERS: Recall's demise disheartening, but fight must go on

It is a sad time indeed for the residents of Gwinnett as it has been for some time now. The county built a stadium without residents’ approval instead of expanding jail space. Shady land deals have lined the deep pockets of the developers with our commission chairman’s approval. The rezoning to accommodate a waste transfer station next to a church is lining more pockets due to “connections” with our commissioners. And the biggest insult of all is the new socialist trash service forced on us along with a hefty bill attached to our property tax bills so the commissioners can cover their outrageous spending. Where will it all end?

Resop strong in rehab outing

LAWRENCEVILLE — Judging by the results in the minors, Chris Resop is ready to return to the big leagues.

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Herb Knudsen

Herb Knudsen, age 88, of Lilburn, GA, loving husband, father, and grandfather, peacefully entered the presence of Jesus on July 24, 2010. He was predeceased two years ago by his ...

Karen Shockley

Karen Ann Shockley, age 40, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Friday, July 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Billy Bannister

Billy C. Bannister, age 82, of Flowery Branch passed away early Saturday morning, July 24th at his home after an extended illness. He was a long-time member of Friendship ...

Aneleter Mccalla

Aneleter McCalla, age 92, of Lawrenceville, GA died July 23, 2010. Arrangements will be announced later by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home Gwinnett Chapel, 770-338-5558

Berkley Wilfong

Berkley E. Wilfong, 73, of Stone Mountain, GA, died July 26, 2010. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 28th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral ...

Jack Carter

Jack Carter, age 80 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544,

Jean Wright

Jean D. Wright, 83, of Snellville, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wright, and daughter, Janet Wright. She is survived by ...

Emory Bruce

Mr. Emory Bruce, age 84, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2010. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Lucille Sanders Bruce, Buford, GA ...

Bobbie Casper

Mrs. Bobbie Carole Casper, age 67 of McDonough, GA, who passed away on July 24, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Jerry Mitchell

Jerry C. Mitchell age 57 of Commerce, GA passed away July 23, 2010. He was predeceased by his father Carl Cleveland Mitchell; mother Florene Heard Mitchell and brother David Cleveland ...

William Gurley

Mr. William "Bill" Gurley, age 84, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Sarah Graves

Sarah Elizabeth Graves, age 97, of Tucker, passed away July 25, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Danny Henderson

Danny Henderson, age 63 of Cumming, GA passed away Saturday, July 24 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Tony Howington

Tony Eugene Howington, 62 of Flowery Branch went home to be with the Lord On Friday July 23, 2010 @ 11:30 pm. He was loved so much and will be missed ...

Lorraine Hanson

Mrs. Lorraine Hanson, age 68, of Winder, GA passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Cislyn Forgie

Cislyn Forgie, age 88, of Lawrenceville, GA died July 23, 2010. Arrangements will be announced later by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home Gwinnett Chapel, 770-338-5558

William Milton Adams

Mr. William Milton Adams, age 55, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd and Dorothy McFee Adams ...

John Hiter

John David Hiter, age 72 of Snellville, GA passed away July 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Ruth Pittman

Ruth Pittman age 87 of Loganville passed away on Monday, July 26, 2010. Graveside Services will be held 11 AM on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Bay Creek Baptist Church ...

Deandre Perkins

Deandre Perkins, age 20, of Loganville, GA died July 21, 2010. Arrangements will be announced later by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home Gwinnett Chapel, 770-338-5558

Dorothy Chism

Dorothy Neil Chism, age 71 of Dacula, GA, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,