News for Friday, October 29, 2010

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U.S. terror attack thwarted

WASHINGTON -- Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets. The plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign.

NATION: Police: Gunman surrenders at Nevada Walmart

RENO, Nev. -- A gunman who police said was about to be fired surrendered Friday after shooting three co-workers at a Walmart store in Nevada in a possible retaliation attack, authorities said.

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McLEOD: Why people who think they know everything are usually wrong

Are you like Galileo? Or do you approach life more like a frightened Roman? In 1663 Galileo Galilei was jailed as a heretic for having the audacity to suggest that the earth moved around the sun. The man whose groundbreaking work marked the dawn of modern astronomy was convicted of heresy because he had the gall to tell the people of Rome that the sun did not actually rise and set upon them.

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RICH: Everyone knows you are supposed to fry okra

A while back, I was on a book tour when my publicist called to say I had been asked to cook on a television show.

WORLD: Suicide bomb kills 21 in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt killed at least 21 people, mostly Shiites, on Friday in a town north of Baghdad, shattering what had been weeks of relative calm, the town's mayor said.

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Male sex sting a 'debacle'?

BUFORD -- A Gwinnett State Court jury of six needed no longer than 12 minutes last week to declare Kenneth Butler not guilty of lewd conduct in a Buford Kmart bathroom, his attorney said.

Climbers can now tweet, check Facebook on Everest

KATMANDU, Nepal -- You can't get away from a cell phone call, even at the top of the world.

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Teacher of the year finalist Saldarriaga: 'Important to genuinely care'

SUWANEE -- Katie Saldarriaga doesn't think she chose a career in education.

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Norcross High School band to reunite

NORCROSS -- Former Norcross High School band members will march down memory lane next Saturday.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Stronger Harris main target for Rebels

The gift of height started coming to Melvin Harris in earnest between his sophomore and junior seasons at Buford High School. At 6-foot-2, he wasn't short. But he sprouted up to 6-5 quickly. By the time he finished high school and signed a football scholarship with Ole Miss, he was 6-6, quite imposing for a wide receiver.

Pastor consecrated as bishop

LAWRENCEVILLE — The rector and pastor of a Loganville church was consecrated earlier this month as the first bishop of the newly formed Anglican Diocese of the South.

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West - Valentine

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen West of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura West, to Tommy Valentine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Valentine of Athens.

Gladiators find shootout success

TRENTON, N.J. — Coming into Friday night’s game at the Sun National Bank Center, the Gladiators had yet to even score in the shootout, much less win one outright.

Norcross voters to decide on future term length

NORCROSS — With the only three Norcross City Council seats up for election unopposed, incumbents Andrew Hixson, Ross Kaul and David McElroy will serve another term.

PEOPLE: Fans hoping rally boosts activism

Fans hoping rally boosts activism

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Walters - Lattimore

James and Margaret Walters of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Marianne Elizabeth Walters of Lilburn, to John Thomas Lattimore of Greenville, S.C., son of Tommy and Carolyn Lattimore of Greenville.

ATF offering reward for information on burglary

NORCROSS — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a reward for information regarding a recent burglary at a Norcross gun dealer.

Halstead HRs put Eagles in final

COLUMBUS — Collins Hill’s softball team has prided itself on finding a different hero each game this season.

Three Mill Creek teens suspected in robberies

BUFORD — Robbery investigators believe three Mill Creek High School students are behind two armed robberies within hours of each other earlier this month.

LETTERS: Clearing the air before election

As I run for the U.S. Congress seat that is being vacated by John Linder, I wanted to correct two mischaracterizations by this newspaper. The first is from an article on Oct 23 titled “War veteran faces political newcomer in race to replace Linder.” Rob Woodall has lived and worked in politics in Washington, D.C., for the past 16 years. He is not a “newcomer.” I am, in fact, the newcomer with absolutely no political experience.

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YARBROUGH: Georgia needs a champion for public education

In my house, the contest for state school superintendent is as important as the governor’s race. I have a son, son-in-law and now a grandson who are public school teachers, and they — and all the other teachers — deserve a draw-a-line-in-the-sand advocate.

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HUCKABY: Let's eat, drink and be scary

It is the Season of the Witch! I’m not talking about election day in Delaware, I am talking about Halloween. Halloween is when most people start thinking about ghosts and goblins and carving pumpkins and dressing up in scary costumes and doing all the things people do on Halloween these days. (I am old enough to remember when it was holiday for kids.)

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Longo - Bradford

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Longo of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Valerie Beth Longo, of Alpharetta, to William Samuel Bradford of Alpharetta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Corbin of Cumming and Dr. William Bradford of Reidsville, N.C.

Officials: Buford man involved in pedestrian death in Forsyth

CUMMING — A Buford man was behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Forsyth County Thursday, officials said.

LETTERS: Good luck to all candidates

Very shortly, on Nov. 3, we will know which of you candidates have been elected.

Eclectic bunch vie for Loganville council

LOGANVILLE — Candidates with varied backgrounds and political views are vying for three of six seats on the Loganville City Council in the Tuesday’s election.

Taiwanese auto industry leader relocates to Gwinnett

NORCROSS — An international company that recently relocated its Southeast headquarters and distribution operations to Norcross held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced.

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Male sex sting a 'debacle'?

BUFORD — A Gwinnett State Court jury of six needed no longer than 12 minutes last week to declare Kenneth Butler not guilty of lewd conduct in a Buford Kmart bathroom, his attorney said.

North Gwinnett holds 'Pink Out'

SUWANEE — The stands at North Gwinnett’s gridiron clash with Duluth on Friday night were overwhelmingly pink, as football fans and supporters of breast cancer awareness became one during the Bulldogs’ “Pink Out.”

Dickie saves best for last, maybe

COLUMBUS — Three years ago, Melissa Dickie shut out then-No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian in her Class AA state tournament debut. It lifted Buford to an upset win in the winner’s bracket final and put the Wolves on the course for the first of three straight state championships.

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Mark Craig

Mr. Mark A. Craig, age 50, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Renee Craig, Lawrenceville, GA ...

Joyce Mabry

Joyce B. Mabry, age 82, of Loganville, GA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Frank E. Mabry ...

V. R. V. Attaway

V. R. V. Attaway age 79 of Snellville passed away, Thursday, October 28, 2010. Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Saturday, October 30, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

Effie Pierce

Effie Fletcher Pierce, age 91, of Lilburn, died Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, November 1, 2010 at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens in ...

William Hayes, Jr.

William Herbert Hayes, Jr., age 82 of Buford, GA died October 27, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com

Jerry Masters

Mr. Jerry Masters age 73 of Buford, GA passed away on October 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

John Isley

John William Isley, age 86, of Hoschton, GA passed away Oct. 27, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Rory Yates

Rory Marshall Yates, 9 days old of Duluth, GA, passed away October 27, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Shirley Scroggins

Mrs. Shirley Sanders Scroggins, age 70, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Her husband, Clifford E. Scroggins, preceded her in death. She is survived by ...

Fred Bishop

Fred A. Bishop, age 68 of Duluth, GA, passed away October 27, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Elizabeth Camp

Elizabeth Panton Camp, age 89, of Lawrenceville, GA died Monday, October 25, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Mary Stamps

Mary Elizabeth Stamps age 64 of Chickamauga, GA passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Frances Ramirez

Frances Ann Ramirez age 44 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, October 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

James Robert Arnold, Sr.

Mr. James Robert Arnold, Sr., age 67 of Hull, GA who passed away on October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Scott Watson

Scott James Watson, age 22, of Suwanee, GA passed away October 26, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Kenny Johnson

Kenny Johnson, age 52, of Loganville, GA passed away October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Myrtle Thurmond

Myrtle Lean Thurmond, age 87, of Statham, GA passed away Oct. 27, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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