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Freeze on for county hires Safety positions exempt

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's government has implemented a hiring freeze because of flat revenues, although police officers and sheriff's deputies will still be recruited.

Nation briefs

Flight attendant: Osteen's wife pushed co-worker

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People briefs

Elvis' peacock jumpsuit sells for $300K

'American Teen' offers inside look at Indiana high schoolers

American Teen (PG-13)

Mini Renaissance festival coming to Flowery Branch

Robin Hood and his band of merry men - wielding spoons, rather than other, more, ummm, threatening weapons - will be in the spotlight in Flowery Branch tonight and Saturday.

Fire hurts crash recovery 9 presumed dead in helicopter wreck

SAN FRANCISCO - Fire raging through rugged, dense terrain was complicating efforts Thursday to recover victims and evidence from the remote part of a Northern California forest where a firefighting helicopter crashed. Nine people were presumed dead, but four others were rescued.

Up to Bat Aurora hopes to hit it out of the park with baseball musical

LAWRENCEVILLE - The house lights dim to almost darkness, the curtain slowly draws back and CRACK!

Different strokes Berkmar adjusts to different offense under new coach

Entering last season, Berkmar's then-head coach Wendell Early made it clear how his offense would operate.

Fire guts Suwanee home

Gwinnett firefighter/paramedic Peter Keane directs emergency personnel in front of the remains of a single-story home on the 100 block of Arbour Run in Suwanee on Thursday.

Man shoots neighbor, kills self SWAT responds after attack on man mowing grass

LOGANVILLE - A man who police say shot his neighbor several times Thursday in broad daylight later committed suicide inside his home, ending a three-hour standoff with SWAT officers.

Mayor advises residents of stormwater duties

DACULA - Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks addresses residents twice every year concerning their responsibility to keep water clean and manage runoff from their properties. The mayor did so again Thursday during a city council meeting, and in the heat of summer and the middle of a drought, admonished residents to be diligent in the small things.

Pileup on Interstate 85 snares midday commute

DULUTH - Firefighters employed the "Jaws of Life" on Interstate 85 Thursday to extricate a man from his crushed vehicle after a pileup tangled midday traffic, an official said.

Movie Trivia Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

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.

Sometimes, I'd rather be lucky

According to the Chinese, today, with all its eights, is a lucky day.

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Gladiators ink three players Gwinnett signs two forwards, one defenseman

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signings of two forwards and a defenseman on Thursday, adding to an ever developing roster for the 2008-09 season.

Suwanee Performing Arts conjures up magic with 'Aladdin'

Exotic locales and beautiful maidens, a magical genie and all kinds of dance will fill the Suwanee Town Center Park stage this weekend as Suwanee Performing Arts Inc. presents "Aladdin" and "Ali Babba and the 40 Thieves." And it's free.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Redman to start Saturday QB edges Falcons' rookie for the job

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman has edged out rookie Matt Ryan and will start at quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener Saturday night at Jacksonville.

Gwinnett Braves GM opens 'Yankees'

Gwinnett Braves General Manager Bruce Baldwin, left, celebrates after throwing out the first pitch with Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, right, during the opening night of "Damn Yankees" Thursday in Lawrenceville.

Buford begins school year

BUFORD - Forbes Hamby has always attended Buford City Schools.

Spotlight on DVD

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (PG)

National association honors Gwinnett Chamber

DULUTH - The American Chamber of Commerce Executives presented the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce with two national awards for communications excellence at its 2008 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. last week.

Wearing thin 'Traveling Pants 2' can't live up to the first

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (PG-13)

Bishop's 'Hell Ride' pays homage to biker movies

Hell Ride (R)

Film Fans vote yes for new Kevin Costner film

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

Residents turn out for rally

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 100 people turned out at a Lawrenceville rally Thursday to unite for energy independence and balancing the federal budget.

Grand jury indicts man in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was indicted this week on charges he stabbed his brother to death during a brawl in May.

Must read: Feds investigate if Rockefeller was German student

HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut man says he is convinced the mysterious man accused of kidnapping his daughter in Boston and wanted for questioning in the 1985 disappearance of a California couple was a German student who lived with his family decades ago.

Getting to Know ... Tony Schiavone

Tony Schiavone is still best known as the longtime TV host of World Championship Wrestling, but he is busier than ever in his post-ring existence. The sports director of WSB-AM, among other jobs, will return to his baseball play-by-play roots next year as the voice of the new Gwinnett Braves on WDUN-AM, where he also works.

Firefighters rescue stranded kayakers

A man and a woman stranded after their kayak capsized from strong currents on the Chattahoochee River were rescued by firefighters Thursday, authorities said.

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More point finger at Cub leader Seven additional children claim man molested them

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seven additional children have told police that a former Gwinnett library official and Cub Scout leader molested them, upping the count of alleged victims to 10, police said Thursday.

World briefs

Jury gives bin Laden driver light sentence

Paris can not be forgotten, even politically

A year ago, it was impossible to get through a day without some mention of Paris Hilton - the ingenue famous mostly for being famous.

GWINNETT BRAVES MASCOT NAMING CONTEST: OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

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Judge slaps Aminu with probation, fine

LAWRENCEVILLE - Towering above a podium in Gwinnett Superior Court, a basketball star of national renown took his lumps from a stern judge Thursday, but he left with his freedom.

Tonnie Archer

Mrs. Tonnie Wilson Archer, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2008. She is survived by her: Husband of 46 years: James Archer, Lawrenceville, GA; Daughter ...

Frank Golden

Frank Golden, 82, Valdosta, GA, former resident of Albany, died Thursday, August 7, 2008 at Langdale Hospice House in Valdosta. His funeral service will be SATURDAY 11 AM at Kimbrell ...

Earler Mobley

Earler Mae Mobley, age 76 of Buford, Georgia, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2008. Funeral arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924

Sallie Mason

Sallie Bell Littleton Mason, 89, of Duluth, GA, died August 7th, 2008. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 9th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral ...

Melvin H. Talley

Melvin H. Talley (Talley Ho) 65, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2008. He is survived by his wife Peggy; mother Marie Deal; son James Talley; daughter Teresa Duffy; stepdaughter Terri ...

Rhonda Tuck

Rhonda Lynn Tuck, age 46 of Loganville, passed away Wednesday August 6, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3:30 PM, Saturday August 9, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Mattie Pruett

Mattie Pearl Pruett, 91, of Duluth, died August 7, 2008. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 11 AM at Bill Head Funeral Home. Interment ...