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Daily Post a little taste of home while serving in Afghanistan

I graduated from Mill Creek High School in 2006, a two-time letterman in football. It seems like yesterday that I was taking that long bus ride after school to the old Norcross stadium for Mill Creek's first practices.

In brief

Stocks jump on GDP, job data

Spotlight on DVD

American Experience: The Presidents Collection (NR)

State briefs

6-legged deer dies two days after surgery

Bragging rights on the line for Dacula, Mill Creek New local rivalry continues to build

It may not have the intensity or region implications of Brookwood-Parkview or the history of Duluth-Norcross or Central Gwinnett-South Gwinnett.

Pedestrian struck by car in Winder

WINDER - A pedestrian was struck by a motorist while crossing a downtown Winder intersection Thursday morning, authorities said.

'Ratchet & Clank' leads wave of fresh PSN games

Of the three video-game console manufacturers, Microsoft was the first to embrace online gaming, and its Xbox Live has become essential to anyone who wants to play against faraway competitors. Sony and Nintendo are trying to catch up with, respectively, the PlayStation Network and the Virtual Console.

To the editor: Daily Post a little taste of home while serving in Afghanistan

I graduated from Mill Creek High School in 2006, a two-time letterman in football. It seems like yesterday that I was taking that long bus ride after school to the old Norcross stadium for Mill Creek's first practices.

Clues scarce in parking lot slaying

STONE MOUNTAIN - Police continued the search Thursday for two men suspected of gunning down an Atlanta man in a hotel parking lot.

People briefs

Lohan lashes out at father

Metro Calendar

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Art Beat: 'Idol' contest a prelude to 'America's Most Talented'

A group of 22 talented young performers gathered July 8 at the Hudgens Center to vie for the title of "American Dream Idol." This event was a talent search where each contestant performed one song for a panel of three judges. One grand prize winner and a people's choice winner were announced.

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Long road home

When Mickey Conn first started the Grayson football program, he loaded up buses with his then-Class AAA team and hauled them to the Georgia Dome.

Tech crushes Jacksonville State in opener

ATLANTA - So far, so good for Georgia Tech's option offense under new coach Paul Johnson.

'Idol' contest a prelude to 'America's Most Talented'

A group of 22 talented young performers gathered July 8 at the Hudgens Center to vie for the title of "American Dream Idol." This event was a talent search where each contestant performed one song for a panel of three judges. One grand prize winner and a people's choice winner were announced.

Clintons waiting to seize the day if Obama loses

The night was praised as a merging of the seas, as Bill and Hillary Clinton led their party in a healing ritual of unity by anointing The One.

Getting to Know ... Jeff Porter

Head athletic trainer Jeff Porter, in his 24th year with the Atlanta Braves, has had to work overtime this season.

Prep roundup: Martin, North edge Lions

SUWANEE - Kacey Martin drove in the game-winning run for North Gwinnett in the Bulldogs' 1-0 eight-inning victory over Peachtree Ridge Thursday.

Obama: I'll fix Washington Senator accepts Democratic nomination for president

DENVER - Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd, Barack Obama promised a clean break from the 'broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush' Thursday night as he embarked on the final lap of his audacious bid to become the nation's first black president.

Hometown Barbeque

· Open since: 2004

The Dish: Hometown Barbeque

Open since: 2004

Lions begin tough schedule with No. 10 Hoyas

As tough as Peachtree Ridge coach Bill Ballard figures the Region 7-AAAAA football race will be this season, he wanted tough pre-region contests to get his young squad ready.

Italy museum defies pope's anger over crucified frog

ROME - An art museum in northern Italy said Thursday it will continue displaying a sculpture portraying a green frog nailed to a cross that has angered Pope Benedict XVI and local officials.

Rebuilding lives Gwinnett Habitat to celebrate 20 years

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bianca Baker said it's the best thing that's ever happened to her family.

Alleged impersonators again charged, jailed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two men arrested last week in separate alleged acts of impersonating a police officer are in hot water again.

Film Fans: 'The Rocker' receives some mixed reviews

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: "The Rocker." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

UGA stocked with targets for Stafford

ATHENS - Mohamed Massaquoi never saw a need to play the role of leader during his three years at Georgia, not because he was opposed to the idea.

The Verve reunites with the new album, 'Forth'

It's been 11 years since British band The Verve released its last studio album, 1997's emotional 'Urban Hymns,' and unleashed its hit anthem 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' onto the world.

Stadium price tag goes up

DULUTH - Gwinnett's minor league baseball stadium's budget is $19 million more than anticipated. Officials are asking commissioners to dip into the county's reserve fund for the extra cash.

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.

Couple indicted in death FBI: Mom, dad of toddler still in Mexico

LAWRENCEVILLE - The case of murder victim Prisi Vasquez - a 2-year-old girl found dead in her parent's former attic in June - is moving forward, though the chief suspects could be thousands of miles away.

Bulldog Nation right where we want to be

I'm not going to lie - this is a column for UGA fans. If you're not one of those you'll probably be better off scanning across the page to whatever pearls of wisdom Kathleen Parker is offering up today.

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Arena at Gwinnett Center

Falcons clip Ravens

BALTIMORE - The top two quarterbacks selected in the 2008 NFL draft started their team's final preseason game - for vastly different reasons.

North, Central get major tests in opener Bulldogs face nation's No. 1 team, Central gets Fla. power

Tonight's doubleheader at North Gwinnett High School is billed as the Progressive Football Challenge.

World briefs

Residents flee as Gustav passes over Jamaica

McCain selects Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate

DAYTON, Ohio - John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative with less than two years in office, as his vice presidential running mate Friday in a startling choice as the Republican National Convention drew near.

Labor Day travel: Fewer people driving

LAWRENCEVILLE - The good news this holiday weekend if you're planning on hitting the highways is that less people will be on them when compared to 2007's Labor Day.

Movie Trivia Contest 8/29/2008

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.

Nation briefs

CDC says salmonella outbreak over

Terri Clark to headline Last Blast of Summer

She's a woman with a touch of an attitude.

Gwinnett Calendar

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Prime Time North Gwinnett prepares for national challenge

Bob Sphire tried to get in a quick workout Wednesday afternoon to relieve a little stress.

McCann homer lifts Braves

ATLANTA - Brian McCann hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton finally figured out how to pitch at home and the Atlanta Braves beat the slumping Florida Marlins 4-2 on Thursday night.

Olympic swimmer Shanteau upbeat after surgery Parkview grad home recovering from cancer removal

Normal patients at Emory University Hospital don't get recognized by every doctor and nurse involved in their procedure. So maybe the CNN camera crew following Eric Shanteau through pre-op and recovery was a dead giveaway.

EXCEL class builds sandbox for Dream House

LAWRENCEVILLE - Not only will children staying at the Dream House have sand to play with, but they'll also have a castle to play beneath. And it's all because the county's EXCEL class excelled at what it set out to do.

Mayors struggle with development

DULUTH - For some Gwinnett mayors development is a blessing, but others are struggling with the need to redevelop.

Yellow Daisy Festival celebrates 40 years

STONE MOUNTAIN - Painted pails and buckets, handmade dog collars, leashes and harnesses, hand-cut and painted wooden toys and puzzles, stone jewelry, hand cut metal garden art, pottery pieces and wood crafted signs ... the list of arts and crafts up for sale and on display by Gwinnett residents at the 40th annual Yellow Daisy Festival really could go on and on.

Ted Burns

Ted Burns, age 51, of Monroe, GA, passed away August 18, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Susan Clark

Susan T. Clark, age 65, of Winder, GA, passed away August 26, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

J. Roland Underwood

Rev. J. Roland Underwood, age 71 of Snellville, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Sarah Hardnett

Mrs. Sarah English Hardnett, age 58, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, August 22. 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mattie Lou English; and ...

Norman Baird

Mr. Norman Baird, age 51, of Pendergrass, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com 706-367-5467

James Puckett

147;BRAD” James Bradley "Brad" Puckett died August 27, 2008 at the age of 34. He is survived by his mother, Rhonda Spearman; his sister and brother-in-law ...

Alice Clark

CLARK: Alice Grace Clark, age 90, of Dacula, GA died Thursday, August 28,2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Estel B. Clark and her daughter, Eleanor Pruitt. She ...

Rudy Smith

Rudy J. Smith, age 71, of Buford, GA, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford 770-932-1133 ...