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Hard headed

LOGANVILLE - Travis Poore swears he likes walking.

Chipper gets win as birthday present

ATLANTA - Happy birthday, Chipper Jones.

Mark your calendar: Summer movie preview Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at this summer's blockbusters and a few sleepers that might surprise

In 2007, the roster of summer studio blockbusters was long on sequels and spin-offs and low on original material. For the first time in anyone's memory, it was the post-July 4th offerings that most pleased audiences and critics. This year's slate of releases is relatively low on sequels, but still long on formula. Here's a list of some of the higher profile titles along with what could be some surprising, low-visibility sleepers. All release dates are subject to change.

Out in the crowd: No day but today, Saturday, Sunday to see 'Rent'

Multiply 525,600 minutes by 12 years and you'll have a pretty good idea of just how long it's been since "Rent" made its 1996 Broadway debut. Alas, after countless "Seasons of Love" spent along The Great White Way, the Tony Award-winning contemporary classic will finally wave bye-bye to the Big Apple this September.

Gwinnett Calendar

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To the editor: Earth, money can both be saved

Save your wallet and save the earth, Mr. Michael White. Your recent letter ("My wallet needs saving, not Earth," April 23) is a statement of contradiction.

Local legislators report so-so session

DULUTH - Looking back on a session crammed with fights and friction, local legislators Thursday said they were proud to have completed a few of Gwinnett's goals.

Nation Briefs

Senate passes anti-genetic discrimination bill

Vocal Bibby must step up play on court

BOSTON - Mike Bibby succeeded in firing up Boston's fans with his mouth.

People Briefs

News media ask for access to R. Kelly's pretrial hearings

'Harold & Kumar' delivers a few scattered laughs

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay (R)

Michelle Williams best part of 'Deception'

Deception (R)

Metro Calendar

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To the editor: Legislative session not a complete loss

Prior to the 2008 Georgia General Assembly convening, there was talk of members working together on key policy issues such as transportation, water, education, health care, foreclosures and tax reform. With the legislative session ending April 4, the final product pales in comparison to the good intentions articulated in January.

Art beat: Classical musicians present 'Sunday Serenade' at courthouse

More than 40 performers will display their skills April 27 when "Sunday Serenade" is presented at 2:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville by the Crane Classical Music Society. Musicians studying both violin and viola will be featured, and there will be performers of all ages, from elementary school, middle school and high school to adults.

'A clear hazard' Pilots fear cell tower could endanger planes at small Lenora Airport

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three times a day, William Bundrant said, small airplanes land on a grassy, 200-foot airstrip off Lenora Road.

Arby's owner buying Wendy's for $2.34 billion stock deal

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After at least two rejections, billionaire Nelson Peltz has finally succeeded in landing Wendy's in a $2.3 billion deal that would add the chain known for its square burger and chocolate Frosty dessert to his ownership of Arby's and its roast beef sandwiches.

Sports briefs

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Prep roundup: Cash pitches, hits Buford to victory

BUFORD - Hunter Cash led Buford's baseball team to a 4-2 Region 6-AA victory over Decatur on Thursday.

Business briefs

Rates on 30-year mortgages top 6 percent amid worry

Former South teacher indicted in sex crimes

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted a former high school teacher on charges he sexually assaulted a female student two years ago.

Tautou shines in French 'Priceless'

Priceless (Hors de prix)(NR)

Community agency forum is planned

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services will host a community agency forum May 7 to engage all community agencies and their representatives in the planning process for the county's comprehensive health and human services plan.

Bush supports Palestinian state

WASHINGTON - President Bush sought Thursday to boost the flagging Mideast peace process by voicing fresh optimism about the creation of a Palestinian state. He said he remained confident that the definition of a state for the Palestinian people would be reached before he leaves office in January.

Spotlight on DVDs: Cloverfield

Cloverfield (PG-13)

Thomas the hero in GAC win

NORCROSS - Chris Thomas was on track to be the game's hero, then his top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian boys soccer team collapsed.

'Baby Mama' a smart romantic comedy

Baby Mama (PG-13)

Professor arrested in connection with child pornography

SUWANEE - A professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee was arrested this week in connection with downloading child pornography on a school-issued laptop computer, jail records show.

Providence boys bounce back to win state soccer opener

BOGART - The Providence Christian boys soccer team didn't get down when it gave up the first goal in Thursday's first round state soccer game.

Film fans: 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' delivers big laughs, fun

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Getting to Know ... Mike Smith

Gwinnett Daily Post staff writer Brandon Brigman sat down with Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith for a question-and-answer session at the team's training facility in Flowery Branch.

Earth, money can both be saved

Save your wallet and save the earth, Mr. Michael White. Your recent letter ("My wallet needs saving, not Earth," April 23) is a statement of contradiction.

Judge who gave blacks-only lecture teams with Bill Cosby

ATLANTA - A Georgia judge who kicked whites out of his courtroom while he lectured black defendants is getting a comedian's help in delivering his stern message.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

World Briefs

Syrian president ready to talk to Israel once Bush term ends

Legislative session not a complete loss

Prior to the 2008 Georgia General Assembly convening, there was talk of members working together on key policy issues such as transportation, water, education, health care, foreclosures and tax reform. With the legislative session ending April 4, the final product pales in comparison to the good intentions articulated in January.

White men aren't getting the affection

In the days leading up to Pennsylvania's primary, white men - those knuckle-dragging, chaw-chompin', beer-swillin' bitter troglodytes - were suddenly the debutante's delight.

Survey: More transit options needed

ATLANTA - A new, region-wide survey conducted by the Transit Planning Board indicates that more people would use transit, if only they had access to it.

New lanes to open

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction at the Wayne Shackelford Interchange of Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 316 will reach another milestone tonight, when lanes for the northbound collector-distributor system open to drivers.

The Dish: The Jerk Shack

The Jerk Shack

'Zombie Strippers!' mildly entertaining

Zombie Strippers! (R)

Must Read: Not all :) as informal writing habits creep into teen assignments

NEW YORK - It's nothing to LOL about: Despite best efforts to keep school writing assignments formal, two-thirds of teens admit in a survey that emoticons and other informal styles have crept in.

The first step is to admit that you have a problem

The cost of a gallon of gas hit $3.55 per gallon Thursday as it continued its steady march toward the $4 mark everyone keeps saying it will hit this summer.

Judge won't step down from Nichols case

ATLANTA - The judge overseeing the murder trial of accused courthouse shooter Brian Nichols said Thursday he won't step down from the case, but will ask another judge to consider a defense request to oust him.

Police briefs

College student arrested after stopping to sleep

Acclaimed 'Station Agent' director spotlights immigration in latest film

"Did the heaps of praise garnered by 'The Station Agent' (a critically adored, microbudget indie about a lonesome little person striking some unlikely friendships) pressure you to avoid a sophomore slump with your second directorial effort, 'The Visitor'?"

Movie trivia contest

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

'Visitor' a good film, but nothing new from director

The Visitor (PG-13)

Mark your calendar Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at this summer's blockbusters and a few sleepers that might surprise

In 2007, the roster of summer studio blockbusters was long on sequels and spin-offs and low on original material. For the first time in anyone's memory, it was the post-July 4th offerings that most pleased audiences and critics. This year's slate of releases is relatively low on sequels, but still long on formula. Here's a list of some of the higher profile titles along with what could be some surprising, low-visibility sleepers. All release dates are subject to change.

Ronda Jenkins

Ronda Gail Jenkins, age 22, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Henry Smith

Henry A.M. Smith, age 80 of Snellville, GA died April 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rachel Bush Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Diana ...

Thelma Yockel

Thelma L. Yockel, age 77, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on April 23, 2008. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

Mary Lou Wallace

Mary Lou Wallace, age 84 of Duluth passed away, Thursday, April 24, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 26, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Aaron Mckinney

Mr. Aaron Smith McKinney, age 74, of Athens (South Jackson Community), Georgia, died Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA. 706-367-5467 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Rosemary Hedin

Rosemary Brooks Hedin, 54 of Lawrenceville passed away April 22, 2008 after a long illness. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726

Cleveland Garmon

Cleveland “Buck” Garmon, age 84 of Lilburn, GA died April 24, 2008. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marsha G. Reed and son, Cleveland David Garmon ...

Mildred Mcmillan

Mildred Fowler McMillan, age 84, of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. (770)962-3100

Tony Everett

Mr. Tony Everett, age 42, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Friday, April 18, 2008. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lee and Carrie Everett, Chester Sexton, and ...

Dolores Bricker

Dolores W. Bricker, age 63 of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away April 23, 2008. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Otto R. and Opal L. Weber. Dolores ...