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Have a good school year

A projected enrollment of 159,258 - about 7,000 more than last year. Almost 11,000 teachers (more than 1,500 of them new), and 23,000 total employees districtwide.

Three new elementary schools, two new charter schools, a replacement school and Gwinnett County's first-ever startup charter school.

Countless new notebooks, pens and pencils. Plenty of anticipation and a little nervousness. One bell to start the whole thing Monday morning.

Welcome back, Gwinnett County Public Schools. We hope the new school year treats you well.

Bonds can top record but not Aaron's legacy

Much to the chagrin of locals, who for 33 years have been proud to call Hank Aaron the home run king, the mighty Barry Bonds did not strike out Tuesday night. The San Francisco slugger, mighty allegedly due to steroid use, hit the 756th homer of his career late Tuesday to move past the man known as Hammerin' Hank atop Major League Baseball's home run list.

Outside of San Francisco, where the home fans cheered Bonds' record-breaking slam, the record has been met with indifference. In the Atlanta area it's been more like disdain. Here, the Braves' stadium at Turner Field boasts the 755 Club to honor a hometown hero who is highly regarded as both a person and an athlete.

Bonds is not that kind of person, and because of the steroid allegations, his athletic feats are in question as well. A sensational talent before he allegedly started using the juice, Bonds' numbers are legendary even though his reputation is decidedly not.

A seven-time MVP of the National League, Bonds is regarded as the best player of his era. But that era is the Steroids Era, not a proud time for baseball. Bonds is hardly alone in this - for instance, the pitcher he homered off to tie Aaron's mark previously served a suspension for steroid use - which some people use as a defense for the slugger.

But the "everyone was doing it" defense does not fly. Yes, Bonds may have hit homers and competed against other players on the juice, but that does not OK his alleged use. And though his mark stands, his punishment is the questioning of it.

Said Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports: "I think (Bonds) will be viewed with this cloud in his lifetime and forever."

Consider that legacy versus Aaron's, and maybe the mighty Bonds struck out after all.

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