News for Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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PREP ROUNDUP: Williams leads Archer past East Jackson 5-2

COMMERCE -- Alliyah Williams (1-0) threw a complete game, scattering seven hits and an earned run with two strikeouts, to lift the Tigers (1-0) past the Eagles in their season opener 5-2.

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SWAT standoff: Eviction results in 4-hour incident

A four-hour showdown between deputies and two Duluth residents determined not to be evicted devolved into a SWAT incident Wednesday, illustrating what some called fallout from the couple's misfortunes and a sour economy.

USG requests $9.1 million for college

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The governing board of the University System of Georgia has recommended that $9.1 million be included in an upcoming state budget for a new building and infrastructure improvements at Georgia Gwinnett College.

GGC adds 130 faculty members

LAWRENCEVILLE -- More than 130 faculty members have been hired for Georgia Gwinnett College's fall semester.

Duluth to mull new alcohol law

Alcohol is on the minds of many of Gwinnett's elected officials, with several cities taking recent looks at laws to cater to connoisseurs.

Karen Handel concedes race for governor

Former Secretary of State Karen Handel on Wednesday conceded the race for the Republican nomination for governor, throwing her support behind former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Buford church offering reward to find cemetery vandals

A plaque at the entrance of New Prospect United Methodist Church's cemetery reads, in part, "Their bodies are buried in peace but their names live on generation after generation."

GCPS gets grant to improve teaching of American history

Gwinnett County Public Schools has received a $927,763 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a professional development program that will improve teachers' knowledge of American history, an administrator said.

Police searching for SunTrust bank robber

Gwinnett police and the FBI are looking into a Wednesday afternoon bank robbery that took place inside a Lawrenceville Publix.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heckman starts offensive against Woodall

Doug Heckman didn't take long to take a swipe as his competitor in the 7th Congressional District race.

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Death toll in China rising

ZHOUQU, China -- Heavy rains lashed a remote section of northwestern China as the death toll from weekend flooding that triggered massive landslides jumped to 1,117, although the fading hopes of rescuers got a boost late Wednesday when a survivor was found in the debris.

Gas leak causes 10 to evacuate from homes

Ten people were evacuated from their homes along Shenley Park Lane in Duluth on Wednesday afternoon after construction crews hit a natural gas line, officials said.

NATION IN BRIEF: US Marshal says Ariz. fugitives may be in Ark.

PHOENIX -- The manhunt for a fugitive from Arizona and his fiancee shifted from Montana to Arkansas after they were suspected of holding up a beauty supply store there Wedneday morning, the U.S. Marshal's Service said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Official: US on track to end Iraq combat role

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is satisfied that United States can safely end its combat role in Iraq on schedule at the end of the month, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday after the president was briefed by his national security team and the top U.S. commander in Iraq.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan judge recuses herself from case

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The judge who sent Lindsay Lohan to jail has removed herself from the case after a prosecutor complained she improperly contacted experts or participants in the case privately, including a rehabilitation facility, officials said Wednesday.

MUST READ: 3 war vets, 1 good leg: Amputees climb Kilimanjaro

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The three American veterans from three different wars had only one good leg among them. But that didn't stop them from summiting Africa's highest mountain.

Police: Man knew woman whose body was found in trunk

BUFORD -- The woman found dead in the trunk of a car Monday night was an acquaintance of the man who fled the scene in the backyard of an unsuspecting Buford widow.

GGC: No undocumented students here

LAWRENCEVILLE -- No undocumented students have been identified at Georgia Gwinnett College, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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SUPER SIX: Focused Sims ready to lead in senior season

Stay focused. A.J. Sims is fast. He's blown by plenty of defenders and made a host of others miss. He creates yards from inches of space."Every time he has the ball in his hands he has a chance to make a big play," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said of his wide receiver, punt returner and defensive back.

Matteson hoping for winning week

KOHLER, Wisc. -- This has been a summer of surprises at the major golf championships. Three months ago Graeme McDowell was just another good young player; today he's the U.S. Open champion. Louis Oosthuizen wasn't mentioned as the next great hope for South African golf; today observers marvel about the beauty of his swing after he ran away with the British Open.

HAMMOCK: Titan fan base grows with Cook, Curran

The date was Jan. 4, 1981 and I was a serious Atlanta Falcons football fan. Or at least as serious as a 7-year-old can be.I begged my dad to take me with him to the hyped playoff matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, but he said I was too young and it was too cold (in the 30s I believe). I'm sure he didn't have an extra ticket, either. So I watched painfully on TV as the Cowboys rallied with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to shock the freezing crowd, 30-27.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: North to sell tickets to scrimmage, Corky Kell

North Gwinnett High School will sell advance general admission tickets for Saturday's noon scrimmage with Grayson on Friday. Sales will be from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the school's commons area. Tickets are $7 each.

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THOMAS: Downsizing defense

As Republicans take their case to the voters in November about the Obama administration's massive overspending and record debt, they should seriously consider what could be a rare bipartisan objective: cutting defense spending

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PARKER: Taking a trip at the wrong time

Observing the Michelle Obama vacation controversy unfold, one is of multiple minds.

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Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski dies

CHICAGO -- Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the Chicago Democrat who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy in the Reagan era but later went to federal prison for corruption, died Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 82. View and sign Guest Book inside this story.

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Sweltering pooch lands woman in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An Atlanta woman faces animal cruelty charges for leaving her small dog unattended in a sweltering vehicle Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, officials said.

Handel concedes race for Georgia governor

ATLANTA -- Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has conceded the race for the Republican nomination for governor, throwing her support behind former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

Jose Angel Lopez Lazano

Mr. Jose Angel Lopez Lazano, age 47, of Duluth, GA passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

James Borders

Mr. James Ronald "Jim" Borders, age 63, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Monday, August 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Angelina Iannelli

Angelina Iannelli, age 99 of Tucker, GA passed away August 5, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Ruthlene Crowe

Ruthlene Massey Crowe, age 65, of Covington, GA, died August 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Janice Price

Janice Price, age 64 of Snellville, passed away Monday, August 9, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, August 13, 2010 at Believer's Baptist Church in Lawrenceville with ...

Alma Montgomery

Ms. Alma Montgomery, age 79, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Paul Outland

Paul D. Outland, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 10, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Catherine Brazel

Catherine D. Brazel, age 91, of Loganville, GA passed away August 10, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550