News for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Woodall wins GOP nod

Rob Woodall won a huge victory Tuesday in his race to replace his former boss John Linder in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Runoff for governor too close

The bitter, Republican runoff for Georgia governor between former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel was too close to call Tuesday night.

Close finishes in BOC races

Tight races characterized the pair of Republican runoffs for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, with both counts coming down to the wire.

Body found in trunk baffles Buford residents

Josephine Jordan, a feisty widow who gets around with a knobby cane and lives alone, relies on a four-legged security alarm and her faith to keep her Buford home safe.

Pak wins in District 102; Dickerson bests Collins

The final local state house primaries have been decided -- resulting in the victory of a former federal prosecutor and the fall of an incumbent.

Olens, Sinkfield win runoffs for statewide posts

Former Cobb County Commission chair Sam Olens handily defeated his Republican rival Tuesday to win the Republican Party's nod in the race to fill the state attorney general's seat, which is open for the first time in decades.

Back to school means more smog

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The start of the school year marks more than the return to classes for students.

Barrow mulls Ga. 211 improvement

WINDER -- Often-discussed creation of a left turn lane at the treacherous intersection of Ga. Highway 211 and Barrow Park Drive in Barrow County soon might become reality.

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CLINE: Dealing with the JetBlues

These stories always come out of the blue. Or, in the case of Steven Slater, JetBlue. And what amazes me more than the flight attendant's movie-like outburst is the way seemingly ordinary people like him become overnight heroes.

Conrad homer rallies Braves in 9th

Brooks Conrad's two-run homer in the ninth inning powered the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

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Former Senator Ted Stevens, 4 others killed in plane crash

JUNEAU, Alaska -- A float plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe crashed into a remote mountainside in Alaska, killing the longtime senator and four others, authorities said Tuesday.

NATION IN BRIEF: Feds: Storms delay drilling for final well plug

NEW ORLEANS -- Approaching storms forced crews to suspend drilling the final stretch of a relief well aimed at shooting a permanent underground plug into BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the government's point man for the disaster said Tuesday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Co-pilot Putin helps put out wildfires

MOSCOW -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into a firefighting plane Tuesday and dumped water on two of the hundreds of wildfires sweeping through western Russia and cloaking Moscow in a suffocating smog.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Scarlett's dresses need repairs

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's time to find out if fans of ''Gone With the Wind'' frankly give a damn about the fabulous dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the multiple Oscar-winning Civil War drama.

MUST READ: New York judge grants bail for angry flight attendant

NEW YORK -- A JetBlue flight attendant was suspended Tuesday after accusations that he cursed out a passenger over a plane's loudspeakers, grabbed some beer from the galley and exited on the emergency slide. The lawyer for the attendant, who has become an Internet sensation, said the rule-breaking passenger provoked him.

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SUPER SIX: Alston is tower of strength

Like any car enthusiast, Norcross football player Demetrius Alston likes to make his ride look good, as the shiny rims on his 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis illustrate. However, he also knows it's what's under the hood that matters most.

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Lions' Watley is Carolina bound

South Carolina's football program continues to make recruiting Gwinnett a major focus, returning to an area regularly that has produced current Gamecocks Kenny Miles of Brookwood, Du'Von Millsap and Steven Singleton of Buford and Corey Simmons of Greater Atlanta Christian in recent years. The latest addition is two-way Peachtree Ridge standout Angelo Watley.

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Prognosis good after Mickelson reveals arthritis

Forget chasing the No. 1 ranking. Phil Mickelson was more worried about being able to get out of bed. Mickelson revealed Tuesday he has psoriatic arthritis, which causes his immune system to attack his joints and tendons and produced such intense pain he couldn't walk.

SECond to none on the gridiron

Excuse the Southeastern Conference if it views the national championship race as a rather private affair -- neighbor against neighbor, battling it out through the fall until there are only two teams left standing, setting up a final showdown in Atlanta on the first Saturday in December.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Broncos' Brown signs volleyball scholarship

Stephen Brown, a 2010 Brookwood graduate, has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for King College in Bristol, Tenn.

Gas leak prompts evacuations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A gas leak led to evacuations and shut down part of Bramlett Shoals Road in Lawrenceville around lunchtime Tuesday.

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Truck slams into Winder house

WINDER -- A Winder family of five was displaced Monday afternoon when a truck crashed into their home, officials said.

Teens plead guilty to club shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Lawrenceville teens pleaded guilty this week to opening fire in gang retaliation on a crowd of young revelers outside a club in March, striking five people, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Two slaying suspects now in custody

DULUTH -- Both suspects in the June slaying of 19-year-old Deonte Moore at a Duluth apartment complex have been apprehended.

School system planners: Enrollment on target

LAWRENCEVILLE -- More students were enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools on Tuesday -- the second day of school -- compared to a year ago, officials announced.

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Former Alaska Senator Stevens dies in plane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Former Sen. Ted Stevens, an uncompromising advocate for Alaska for four decades who spearheaded scores of expensive projects to one of the nation's most sparsely populated states, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," has died in a plane crash. He was 86. View and sign guest book inside this story.

LETTERS: Other nearby areas are better suited for private airport than Briscoe

Thanks to J.K. Murphy for your column, “Try planes near airport before we buy expansion” (Aug. 8, Page 8A). I don’t know whether the idea is feasible, but I do think that flying 737s over the area in a pattern consistent with airport expansion plans would be an eye-opener for all concerned.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Scarlett's dresses need repairs

Scarlett’s dresses need repairs

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Braves' Martinez in his zone

LAWRENCEVILLE — After his first two appearances with the Gwinnett Braves, it looked like claiming Cristhian Martinez off waivers from the Florida Marlins might not work out.

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Medical college gets mobile teaching lab

LAWRENCEVILLE — An 11-by-35-foot mobile lab on Gwinnett Medical Center’s Lawrenceville campus will soon be a home for hands-on learning.

LETTERS: Gay marriage cartoon a slap in Gwinnett's face

Well once again the Gwinnett Daily Post sticks it finger in the eye of county residents.

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THOMAS: One judge negates the will of 7 million voters

SAN DIEGO — A nation that does not see in law a right to life for its unborn children and a court that allows more than 50 million of them to be killed claiming a nonexistent ‘‘penumbra’’ in the Constitution is not about to acquire a moral — much less a constitutional — backbone when it comes to same-sex ‘‘marriage.’’

Doctor to hold class on kidney disease

LAWRENCEVILLE — One local doctor’s office will host an information session next week for those suffering from kidney disease.

G-Braves, Rochester split doubleheader

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Gwinnett Braves split Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field.

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BISHER: Whistling, or Dire, Straits?

Whistling Straits is hardly a curative destination for a golf game in dire straits, referring here to the latter-day Tiger Woods and his personal recession.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Broncos' Brown signs volleyball scholarship

Broncos’ Brown signs to play volleyball at King College

Patsy Gaddis

Patsy Gaddis, age 67 of Winder, GA passed away August 7, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Glenn Moore

Mr. Glenn M. Moore, age 60 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2010. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church. Thru the years, Glenn was active ...

Kevin Hereford

Kevin Thomas Hereford, age 24, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away on August 8, 2010. He is survived by his father and mother, Mike and Pam Hereford of Snellville; brother Chris ...

Mable Nembhard

Mable M. Nembhard, age 72, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 4, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Edward Jacobs

Edward Earl Jacobs, age 70 of Auburn GA passed away August 8, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Joseph Esco

Mr. Joseph Stanley Esco, age 45 of Royston, GA passed away Monday, August 9, 2010. Arrangements by Pruitt Funeral Home, Inc., 706-245-7234 www.pruittfhroyston.com

Kathryn Taylor

Mrs. Kathryn Roberts Taylor, age 75, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Taylor; parents, Bonnie ...

Dayton Brown

Mr. Dayton Brown, age 82 of Braselton, GA, who passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

James Fuller

James Rodney Fuller, age 66, of Norcross, died July 30, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 12, 2010, with Mrs. Susan Rumble officiating ...

Ollie Boyles

Ollie Boyles, age 92, of Loganville, GA, died August 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Lyndel Long

Lyndel Long, age 90, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Dorothy Dunbar

Mrs. Dorothy Lillian McDaniel Dunbar, age 78 of Athens, GA, who passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

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