News for Friday, July 4, 2008

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Long lasting Crackers reach 1,000 game milestone

NORCROSS - As much as any other sport, baseball is a game that values its milestones, and the Gwinnett-based Atlanta Crackers of the Stan Musial League of Georgia recently reached a major one.

Business briefs

Charge it: Airlines no longer taking cash onboard

Gwinnett calendar

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Ky. lawyers face new trial in diet-drug settlement

COVINGTON, Ky. - Two lawyers accused of defrauding their clients in a diet-drug settlement of $65 million were sent back to jail Thursday after a jury deadlocked and a federal judge declared a mistrial.

Blackmon off to solid start in minors North grad batting .286 in Class A league

Charlie Blackmon has picked up right where he left off at Georgia Tech, getting his professional career off to a solid start.

Self-defense claim frees man in stabbing case

LAWRENCEVILLE - At 4:14 p.m. Thursday, Charles Coats was again a free man.

Nation Briefs

Military: Freed US hostages in good shape

Police: Death an accident Man found on boat likely died from CO poisoning

BUFORD - Authorities believe a McDonough man found dead in his boat on Lake Lanier likely died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Local foundation sending 10 kids to Amazon

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ten lucky kids  - including three from Gwinnett - are going to spend eight days exploring the Amazon, thanks to the Frank Ski Kids Foundation Inc., an Atlanta-based organization founded in 2000.

Don't forget what it took to get here

The Fourth of July is unique, not only because its the day we celebrate the birth of our nation, but it personifies the challenges and hardships we've had to endure and overcome since our independence. It also commemorates and honors the men and women who have served and those who have sacrificed their lives for this country throughout its history.

Shanteau makes Olympic team Parkview grad qualifies in 200 breaststroke

OMAHA, Neb. - Missing the Olympic team by mere seconds in 2004 was almost too much for Eric Shanteau to handle. So when the Games were on TV, he could barely even watch, knowing how close he came to being there in person.

The Dish: Hidalgo's Mexican Restaurant

· Open since: The Lawrenceville location has been open since 2003. The other Hidalgo's, in Marietta, has been around since 1993.

People Briefs

Will Smith's kids see 'daddy being mean' in new film

Work of a genius Documentary about author Hunter S. Thompson paints a vivid picture

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Sugar Hill man dies in plane crash on Wednesday

WHITE COUNTY - A Sugar Hill man died Wednesday when his small aircraft malfunctioned and plummeted to a grassy airstrip in White County, authorities said.

High school students charged with burglary

SNELLVILLE - A trio of Shiloh High School student-athletes were arrested Monday on burglary charges, jail records show.

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.

World Briefs

Betancourt sees children for first time in six years

Getting to Know ... Randy Mobley

The International League, which will welcome the Gwinnett Braves next season, is baseball's oldest minor league. This is the 125th year for the 14-team Class AAA league and staff correspondent Guy Curtright met with IL president Randy Mobley to talk about all the changes in the minors and what Gwinnett fans can expect. Mobley, based in Dublin, Ohio, has been president of the league since 1990 after getting his start in professional baseball as an intern with the Columbus Clippers.

Movie trivia

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.

Witherspoon makes first cut at U18 trials

Former Berkmar star and Memphis signee Wesley Witherspoon has survived the first cut to make the USA Basketball U18 National Team.

What this day is really about

Before you throw those burgers on the grill, before you slice into that watermelon, before you flop down on a picnic blanket to watch the fireworks, let me tell you a story.

Bulger named to AAA All-Star game

When Jason Bulger is eventually called back up to the Los Angeles Angels, he won't be the only one happy about the move.

Now showing

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To the editor: Don't forget what it took to get here

The Fourth of July is unique, not only because its the day we celebrate the birth of our nation, but it personifies the challenges and hardships we've had to endure and overcome since our independence. It also commemorates and honors the men and women who have served and those who have sacrificed their lives for this country throughout its history.

Kandji scores two in Silverbacks' win

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Silverbacks used a dominating, three-goal first half to pull away from Minnesota and earn a 3-2 victory Thursday night at Silverbacks Park.

Must read: Utah is switching to four-day workweek to save energy

SALT LAKE CITY - Starting next month, it will be 'TGIT' for Utah state employees. As in: 'Thank God It's Thursday.'

Corps of Engineers urge safety on the lake Swimmers, boaters should take extra precautions during drought, holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Attention swimmers and boaters, Lake Lanier is low. Take extra, special precautions.

Patriotic preparation Company readies fireworks for Mall of Georgia's Fourth celebration

BUFORD - Nine hundred shells. Six hundred shots. One hundred and fifty hours of setup. Sixty hours of transportation. Eight strong men and women armed with yards of electrical cable.

New home damaged in arson

GRAYSON - A home under construction in a Grayson subdivision sustained minimal damage Thursday from a fire in the basement, authorities said.

Spotlight on DVD

Heathers

Oil heads past $145 for first time

NEW YORK - Soaring fuel costs are taking some of the celebration out of this holiday weekend.

Food drive to restock co-ops

LAWRENCEVILLE - When students who depend on free and reduced school lunch programs go on summer vacation, where do they get their food?

Metro calendar

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Francouer sent to AA Mississippi

ATLANTA - Slumping Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur was sent to the minors to work on his hitting, with his average having dropped to .234.

Film Fans: All fans agree, "Wall-E" is a sight to see

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

Man finds calling in Fourth history

CLARKSBURG, Md. - Historian James Heintze can tick off colorful accounts of how the nation has celebrated the Fourth of July over the years: In the 19th century, canons fired, church bells sounded and fireworks exploded.

The world as Bush sees it

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Gwinnett artist Mikki Dillon shares her time, talent

The name Mikki Dillon has long been familiar among the visual arts community in Gwinnett, but it's amazing to find out how deeply involved in the arts she truly is. Dillon can be found volunteering at the Kudzu Arts Zone in Norcross or painting the walls of St. Edwards Episcopal Church's art gallery. But that's just for starters, because she seems to be everywhere.

Evelio Gonzalez

Evelio Gonzalez, age 70 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Marina Cadenhead

E. Marina E. Cadenhead age 54, of Snellville, GA passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC ...

Corine Brown

Corine Brown, age 79 of Conyers, GA, formerly of Gwinnett County, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC ...

Anthony Maxwell

Anthony Nolan "Tony" Maxwell, age 50 of Douglasville, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Mr. Maxwell was born, March 3, 1958. A Machinist by trade, Mr. Maxwell was preceded in ...

Thomas Yancy

Thomas J. Yancey, age 88 of Loganville, GA died July 2, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Eunice Yancey; daughters, Peggy Garrett and her husband, Luke ...

James Roy Camp

James Roy Camp, age 73, of Monroe, formerly of Snellville, died Thursday, July 3, 2008 after a long illness. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchild ...

Dot Carter

Mrs. Dot Carter, age 67, of Auburn, Georgia passed away July 2, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. (770)867-1361