News for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Officer shot gunman in exchange

An Army psychiatrist who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood still had nearly 200 rounds of ammunition and a second gun in his pockets when he was shot by police, a military court heard Wednesday.

Transportation, water issues face hurdles in 2012

DULUTH -- Metro Atlanta's fate could take a dramatic swing in just a few weeks in the summer of 2012, noted Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Demming Bass.

NATION IN BRIEF: Dr.: Defendant in home invasion tried suicide

A psychiatrist said the Connecticut man convicted in a deadly home invasion told him he wanted to take the stand and encourage a jury to give him the death sentence.

Norcross parking lot goes green

NORCROSS -- The city of Norcross is planning to make its newest parking lot less of an eyesore and more green than gray.

Sheriff's Department: Gang e-mail a hoax

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office is warning the public that an e-mail being circulated about a purported new trend in gang activity is not actually its doing.

Suspect in man's death turns himself in

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Conyers man suspected of killing another man and leaving his body in Lawrenceville earlier this week turned himself in at a DeKalb County hospital Wednesday, officials said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Gunmen raid Iraqi home, kill 5

Iraqi officials said gunmen have stormed the home of a policeman in northern Iraq, killing him and four members of his family.

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Pioneering fireman succumbs to cancer

WINDER -- Firefighter veteran Mike Page will be remembered by his Barrow brethren as a ground-breaker. Literally.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Paltrow to sing at CMA Awards

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards -- as a performer.

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Broncos keep fighting, earn sweep

Susan Norris lit the fireworks in the first game, but Game 2 was the third baseman's finale. Norris hit a grand slam in Brookwood's opening-game, five-inning 9-0 romp of Mill Creek in the sweet sixteen of the state Class AAAAA softball tournament.

MUST READ: Astronomers say they've found oldest galaxy so far

Astronomers believe they've found the oldest thing they've ever seen in the universe: It's a galaxy far, far away from a time long, long ago.

Man accused of weaving false tale about gun possession

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An intoxicated Lawrenceville man was arrested on a series of charges last week after reportedly weaving a false story about moustachioed Mexican robbers to explain the concealed weapon he was carrying.

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No. 1 Eagles capitalize on Tiger mistakes

It wasn't difficult to tell which team was the postseason veteran and which the newcomer in the second-round Class AAAAA series between top-ranked Collins Hill and Archer.

BOE to mull '11 priorities

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education will be asked Thursday to vote on its legislative priorities for the upcoming year.

Buford cruises into elite eight

After easily eliminating its first two opponents in the Class AA softball playoffs, Buford now faces a formidable challenge -- not losing momentum during eight days off before its sixth straight appearance in the elite eight tournament at the Columbus Softball Complex beginning Oct. 28.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Meyer being recruited for chairman's race

A political adviser has tossed a new name into the Gwinnett chairman's race, and she already has some momentum.

Errors prevent Stars from completing sweep

When freshman MacKenzie Tuttle hit a home run to pad the lead, it looked like Providence Christian had done all it needed to do to earn a return trip to Columbus for the state softball tournament next week. George Walton Academy had other ideas, though.

Parkview rebounds to force Game 3

Parkview came back from a 13-0 drubbing to beat Lassiter 6-0 in Game 2 of their second-round Class AAAAA playoff series Wednesday.

GARDENING IN GWINNETT: The kudzu bug: A new insect pest in our area

Last fall, several county agents in areas northeast of metro Atlanta began receiving phone calls from homeowners observing small insects congregating in large numbers on the sides of their homes. They were also found in high concentrations in nearby kudzu patches.

HAMMOCK: Gwinnett goes to the pass

Sometimes I miss the old days, when the running game ruled in Gwinnett County. If you consider the old days 1997, when I covered my first football game for this newspaper.

Brookwood grad Miles to start for Gamecocks

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said backup tailback and Brookwood grad Kenny Miles will start for the 19th-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday against Vanderbilt in place of injured freshman Marcus Lattimore.

Sabres beat Thrashers to snap five-game winless streak

Tyler Myers and Cody McCormick scored early in the second period, and Ryan Miller made 17 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres end a five-game winless streak with a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Driver, three kids hurt in Barrow bus crash

WINDER — A school bus driver and three students were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a vehicle rear-ended a Barrow County school bus.

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THOMAS: Obama can't get enough of himself

President Barack Obama reminds me of the type of man so many single women complain about on a date. He only wants to talk about himself: ‘‘But enough about me, now what do you think about me?’’

BOE to mull '11 priorities

SUWANEE — The Gwinnett County Board of Education will be asked Thursday to vote on its legislative priorities for the upcoming year.

Suspect in man's death turns himself in

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Conyers man suspected of killing another man and leaving his body in Lawrenceville earlier this week turned himself in at a DeKalb County hospital Wednesday, officials said.

Sheriff's Department: Gang e-mail a hoax

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public that an e-mail being circulated about a purported new trend in gang activity is not actually its doing.

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PARKER: With election nearing, the mean girls are out

Fair is foul, and foul is fair. There’s something witchy in the air.

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Norcross High Foundation hosts input meeting

Arrest made in auto arson

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County fire investigators made an arrest in a Norcross vehicle arson case last Wednesday night, citing the suspect’s motive as revenge.

Josephine Fisher

Josephine Fisher, age 79, of Lawrenceville, Ga, died October 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

William Mccluskey

William "Mac" McCluskey, age 87, of Snellville, Ga, died October 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Sharon Ross

Sharon Ross, age 64, of Stone Mountain, Ga, died October 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Fonville Mcwhorter

Fonville McWhorter age 82 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Hubert Spinks

Hubert H. Spinks, age 85 of Doraville, GA, passed away October 18, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Michael Page

Michael Larry Page age 63 of Winder, GA passed away October 18, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Al Burns

Al Burns, age 64 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010. He is survived by his children Erik Burns and his wife Tonya of Lawrenceville, GA., Stephanie Sperry ...

Lloyd Denton

Mr. Lloyd Wayne Denton age 60 of Monroe, passed away Monday, October 18, 2010. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

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