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General Lee Buford lineman the strength for defending state champs

If you drop by Buford and look for Dallas Lee, there's one place to check first.

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Smart People (R)

Police: Couple had violent history Woman, 52, charged with shooting husband

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police on Thursday said a notoriously rocky relationship ended this week in a 55-year-old man's shooting death.

2 charged in bowling alley shooting

LILBURN - A shooting that wounded a man in a bowling alley parking lot Wednesday was a botched drug deal involving two suspects now in police custody, authorities said.

The beauty of imperfection

Even as China's opening ceremonies for the Olympics inspired awe, there was something repellent in the exactitude of such mass perfection.

Loganville officials OK annexation

LOGANVILLE - By unanimous vote Thursday night, Loganville city council members voted to approve the annexation of 26.8 acres and rezoning of the resulting 27.8 acres of property to the Planned Urban Village designation.

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.

Schools may enter contract with state

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks on Thursday told school board members he wants the district to enter into a performance contract with the state Board of Education in exchange for increased flexibility in school operations.

World Briefs

Bombs target Shiite pilgrims in Iraq; 26 killed

A little skeptical about Bigfoot

When I was a kid, much like Fox Mulder on "The X-Files," I wanted to believe.

"Pineapple Express' is a big letdown for film fan

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Pineapple Express." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost

Trio to perform free concert

LAWRENCEVILLE - After his debut in 1993, Edwin McCain climbed the music charts with his top 10 hit "I'll Be" and his top 40 song "I Could Not Ask For More," and Gwinnett residents can hear the platinum-selling singer/songwriter live Saturday night at Suwanee Town Center Park amphitheater.

New ramp to open at I-85, 316

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia's Department of Transportation announced Thursday that a new ramp would open today on the Interstate 85 and Georgia Highway 316 interchange project. By 8 a.m., vehicles traveling from the northbound collector-distributor to Interstate 85 northbound should see the finished ramp open for travel.

National Football Challenge to be televised on CSS

When the idea for the National Football Challenge was conceived, it was for it to be a made-for-television event.

Luke Wilson can't carry "Henry Poole' as lead

Henry Poole is Here (PG)

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Study: Highway fatalities decline

LAWRENCEVILLE - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that highway fatalities in Georgia slightly decreased from 2006 to 2007 while the nation's overall number of traffic fatalities fell to its lowest number since 1992. In the same announcement, the department also said the number of motorcycle riders or passengers killed over the same time period increased.

Nation Briefs

Detroit mayor's tether ordered off, then back on

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Slaying suspect swaps lawyers, bumps hearing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A hearing for a 17-year-old accused of gunning down a pedestrian was continued Thursday after the suspect's family elected to hire its own lawyer.

ARC: Gwinnett growth slowing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta's 10-county official planning agency said Thursday that the metro area grew at its lowest rate in five years because of a slowdown in the home-building market. It also offered another tidbit of surprising news with its announcement.

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Saying farewell to the Gwinnett Philharmonic

The Gwinnett Arts Community has grown consistently along with the county's population since the early 1980s. Having had a front row seat since 1987, I am still amazed at the number of new groups, galleries and events that continue to pop up.

Allen's "Vicky Christina puts him back on the map

Vicky Christina Barcelona

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Stiller's spoof "Tropic Thunder' packs great laughs

In his first stint behind the camera since "Zoolander" in 2001, Ben Stiller returns to his strongest suit: satirical send-up. It was his stock-in-trade on his underappreciated sketch TV series and, with the exception of "There's Something About Mary," trounces everything he's ever done as a traditional, romantic leading man.

"Treasure of artists' Folk Fest showcases work of self-taught locals

LAWRENCEVILLE - "I never thought I'd be one," Herschel Kranitz said of folk artists, those who are self-taught in their respective art forms. "It was an accident," he said.

The Dish: Bullfrogs Bar & Grille

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Art Beat: Saying farewell to the Gwinnett Philharmonic

The Gwinnett Arts Community has grown consistently along with the county's population since the early 1980s. Having had a front row seat since 1987, I am still amazed at the number of new groups, galleries and events that continue to pop up.

Getting to Know ... John Thompson

John Thompson, 37, is in his first head coaching job at Berkmar. Through his career he has coached at North Hall, Wesleyan, East Hall and Jefferson, in addition to two stints as a graduate assistant at Georgia under Jim Donnan and Mark Richt, a recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville State, a stay at Gainesville High School and most recently at Valdosta. He was also a walk-on at Georgia.

'R' Superstore to open in Buford

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's the first of its kind in the state of Georgia and only the seventh in the nation: An "R" Superstore, combining Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us, will open today at The Plaza in Buford.

Newest Star Wars installment not worth seeing

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (G)

'Joey Sunshine' still finds ray of hope in Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH - Joey Harrington's teammates in Detroit sometimes called him 'Joey Sunshine' for staying upbeat after another crushing loss.

People Briefs

UK officials: Christian Bale will not face charges

Gates: No troops to Georgia

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he sees no need to invoke American military force in the war between Russia and Georgia and that U.S.-Russian relations could suffer for years if Moscow doesn't retreat. The White House said it was ignoring Russian 'bluster' about Georgia never regaining disputed border regions.

Fire damages Dacula home

DACULA - Fire caused extensive damage to a house located at 2756 Old Peachtree Road in Dacula, authorities said Thursday.

Emily Guthrie

Mrs. Emily Gammage Guthrie, age 92, of Jefferson, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Mrs. Guthrie, born in Union City, Georgia, was a home maker and a member of ...

John Hadley

Mr. John Douglas Hadley, age 87, of Hoschton, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA 706-367-5467

Mark Peyrefitte

Mark A. Peyrefitte, age 72, of Buford, GA, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens 770-945-6924

Christopher Spears

CHRISTOPHER “ CARTER” Christopher “Carter” Spears, infant son of Brent & Jenna Spears of Lawrenceville passed away on August 9, 2008. Although Carter was only here for ...

Walter Tokarz

Mr. Walter Norbert Tokarz, age 88, of Suwanee, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Jesse Hitt

Mr. Jesse David Hitt, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2008. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Hitt Pearman; brother, John Henry ...

Richard Atwell

Richard Dickinson Atwell, age 66, of Lawrenceville, GA., passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. Richard is survived by his wife of 44 years, Libby Atwell; daughters, Shannon Elizabeth Atwell ...

Rachel Beasley

Rachel Kendall Beasley, age 69, of Suwanee, GA, passed away August 13, 2008. Arrangements by Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville 770-277-4550

David Saxon

David R. Saxon, age 52, of Lawrenceville passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. David owned Saxon Body Shop in Doraville for over 30 years. He was a Mason and ...

Doug Moon

Doug Moon, age 64, of Loganville, GA, passed away August 13, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home 770-466-1544