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Super Duper Mini Chefs event set for mall

DULUTH - If your kids' idols span from Emeril Lagasse to Rachael Ray, bring them to the mall.

Blackmon, Cone go in early rounds of MLB draft

As recently as March, it would have been difficult for Charlie Blackmon or Zach Cone to imagine themselves being selected on the first day of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Mill Creek added to Newsweek's top schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mill Creek has been added to Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the United States, increasing the number of Gwinnett County schools on the list to 12.

World briefs

Egypt uncovers missing pyramid

People briefs

J.K. Rowling stresses role of imagination

Jones hits 400th homer; Braves rally to beat Marlins

ATLANTA - A threat to hit 400? Chipper Jones is already there.

GMC gets open heart program State approves Certificate of Need application

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's go time for Gwinnett Medical Center.

Business briefs

Home Depot won't abandon professional installation

Lynch selected as runner of year

LILBURN - Running down the litany of races he competed in during the track season, Marcelis Lynch neglected to mention the 800.

Barrow school year finally ends

WINDER - Barrow County students are ending the school year today, about two weeks after other students in the area began their summer vacations.

Man kills himself at mall

LAWRENCEVILLE - An unidentified man committed suicide Thursday afternoon in his car in a Discover Mills parking lot, police said.

Sports briefs

Funderburke to play hoops for Tennessee State

Metro Calendar

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Spotlight on DVD

The Red Violin: The Meridian Collection

Summer screenings light up the night in metro area

Southern summers simply scream for outdoor movies. It's the perfect weather to catch a classic flick in the grass, where you won't have to worry about sticky floors, or broken seats or ABC gum on your armrest. Here are some spots in the Atlanta area where you can take in cinema and a sunset simultaneously:

Continental Airlines to cut 3,000 jobs, capacity

DALLAS - Business travelers are likely to lose out when the fall off-peak season arrives and airlines that have cut flights slap more restrictions on the cheap fares that usually come that time of year.

Wesleyan wins Directors Cup with record score

The title had been clinched for weeks, but Wesleyan was announced Thursday as the official winner of the Class AA Georgia Athletic Directors Association/Dodge Directors Cup, given to the state's top high school athletic program.

Clinton disavows push for VP

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday disavowed efforts by some supporters who have urged Barack Obama to choose her as his running mate. The push-back came a day after the former first lady said she would end her quest for the Democratic nomination and endorse the Illinois senator.

Wood off to super start in minor leagues

The next Gwinnett County product to reach the majors may be Blake Wood, who is fast-tracking through the Kansas City Royals system.

'Standard Operating Procedure' a captivating documentary

Standard Operating Procedure (R)

Film Fans split on 'Sex and the City'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Sex and the City." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

We lost a real-life Superman

In April, I spent the better portion of a couple of afternoons trying to get in touch with a man named Jack Lucas.

Funny Fridays wraps up its first season

What a long, hilarious trip it's been. But alas, it's time for the first season finale of Funny Fridays at the Aurora Theatre in downtown Lawrenceville.

Hi-Life

Open since: Though 10 years old, Hi-Life has been under new ownership with a drastically made-over menu since September 2007.

Berkmar's Halim earns field performer of year honors

Every night before he went to bed, Hasheem Halim did 25 push-ups and 50 sit-ups.

Official shows off future of transit County could one day see new hybrid buses

LAWRENCEVILLE - The solution to public transportation problems throughout metro Atlanta could be Bus Rapid Transit, according to Bruce LeVell, the Gwinnett County representative on the MARTA board of directors and the Gwinnett Village CID board of directors.

Three indicted in Stone Mountain death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three metro Atlanta men were indicted this week for their roles in an alleged double-shooting that killed a South Carolina man in January.

Getting to Know ... Bruce Baldwin

After 21 seasons as general manager of the Atlanta Braves' Class AAA franchise in the International League, Bruce Baldwin is overseeing the team's final year in Richmond while getting ready for the first season in Gwinnett County next year.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

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.

Must read: WWII vet who earned Medal of Honor at age 17 dies

JACKSON, Miss. - Jack Lucas, who at 14 lied his way into military service during World War II and became the youngest Marine to receive the Medal of Honor, died Thursday in a Hattiesburg, Miss., hospital. He was 80.

Suniva Inc. to move to Norcross Company encouraged by incentives

ATLANTA - A solar cell manufacturer is relocating to Norcross from Atlanta, encouraged by $10 million worth of incentives.

Gwinnett Calendar

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Student scribes: 165 children participate in annual writing institute

HOSCHTON - James Cai remembers reading about Chicken Little, who was hit in the head with an acorn and thought the sky was falling.

Pike Nursery headquarters will relocate to Duluth

DULUTH - Pike Nursery is relocating its headquarters from Norcross to an 8,800-square-foot facility in the Park Summit building at 2675 Breckinridge Blvd. in Duluth.

Bank of America wins approval to buy Countrywide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Federal Reserve on Thursday approved Bank of America Corp.'s purchase of distressed subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.

Nation briefs

Stolen Jesus statue returned to Detroit church

Gwinnett performers embark on summer full of learning

It's that time of year again, when Gwinnett area dancers pack their pointe shoes and stuff their leotards and tights into a suitcase. "Summer intensives" are being offered at major dance companies all over the country. Gwinnett is well represented as our talented youth embark on a summer full of learning and growing in their chosen art form.

Now Showing

Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters:

Obama: The man and the phenomenon

The history-making moment with which we're now all familiar seems to have surpassed inevitability and entered the realm of foregoneness.

Jack Denton, Sr.

Jack L Denton, Sr., age 85 of Loganville, passed away , Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Olge Faglier

V . Ogle V. Faglier, age 86 of Buford, GA died Wednesday, June 4, 2008 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 11:00 AM ...

Wesley Kalberg

Wesley “Big Wes” Kalberg of Lawrenceville, GA was taken from us much too soon at the age of 28, he passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. He ...

James H. Dock

James H. Dock, age 63 of Snellville, GA died June 1, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel ...

Frances Jennings

A Frances A. Jennings, age 86 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday June 4, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday June 6, 2008 in the Lawrenceville ...

Glyndon Beard

Mr. Glyndon Beard age 88, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. He is survived by his Wife of 67 years: Mrs. Sara Pass Beard, Buford, GA ...

Nelle Free

Nelle Perham Free, age 85 of Lilburn, GA formerly of Clarkesville, GA passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Those wishing may send condolences online at www.hillsidememorialchapel.com. Funeral arrangements by Hillside ...

Clyde Landress, Sr.

CLYDE Clyde Henry Landress, Sr., age 53 of Snellville, GA died June 3, 2008. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry H. Landers and is survived by his ...

John Vincent Ford

John Vincent Ford, age 70 of Snellville, passed away , May 31, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Louise Barrett

Louise Britt Barrett, age 79 of Gwinnett County, passed away, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 7, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of ...