News for Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Talking to a first-hand source on the oil spill

Flying back to Washington from Pensacola, Fla., on June 15, President Barack Obama and the man he put in charge of handling the gulf oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, had a come-to-Jesus talk. The administration was getting hammered for a slow and disorganized response to the environmental disaster, and the president wanted to know, then and there, what resources Allen needed to get the job done. Obama made clear, in Allen's words, that "there would be no do-overs."

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Gwinnett County sets its eye on China

The Gwinnett Chamber economic development team recently conducted its 2010 global business mission to China and Korea. Nearly 20 business delegates accompanied Gwinnett Chamber leaders over the course of 10 days as each sought opportunities for global expansion and foreign direct investment. The mission included international trade shows, one-on-one meetings and several opportunities for initial connections that would spur future growth and development. Most importantly, though, were the accomplishments realized while on this business mission to the rising super power of the East.

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What should investors be doing with their money?

Some of the questions that are often asked when I appear on the Fox Business Network or on local TV are: Why is the market moving up and down in big swings? Are we heading for a double dip recession and another crash in the market? Should I be invested in the market or jump out again?

PREP ROUNDUP: Eagles win Diamond bracket

Collins Hill beat North Gwinnett 6-4, Greater Atlanta Christian 6-0 and Brookwood 3-1 on Saturday to win the Diamond Bracket of the South Gwinnett softball tournament.

Snellville offering 2010 Citizens Police Academy

Snellville's police department is offering its first 2010 Citizens Police Academy, but don't expect regular Joes running wild like in the '80s slapstick movies. Rather, Snellville residents and non-residents alike can enroll in a free 10-week course starting Aug. 24 to learn more about law enforcement and how it affects their lives.

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Pharmacy school opens with 78 students

SUWANEE -- Growing up in Vietnam, Anh Thao Vuong saw people in underserved and rural areas of the country die from common, treatable diseases.

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Feeling the heat: Firefighters battle soaring temperatures as well as blazes

On a particularly sultry summer day, Gwinnett County firefighters lounge under a nearby outcropping of trees, gulping Gatorade and draping frigid towels around their necks.

Kidsignments sale is back

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Just in time for back to school, the semi-annual children's consignment sale Kidsignments will set up shop at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Deal has lead, but Barnes questions ethics

As former Gov. Roy Barnes began an ad campaign bashing his Republican opponent Nathan Deal, Deal reportedly expanded his lead in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

Charity poker tourney will benefit Haiti

DULUTH -- It's a game of cards in which everyone will walk away winners.

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8 shot, 4 dead in NY shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Eight people leaving a party at a downtown Buffalo restaurant were shot early Saturday, four of them fatally, including a Texas man who had returned to his hometown to celebrate his first wedding anniversary, police said.

Infamous crash set for trial

Falleen Randle has revisited the pain by design. She's reviewed accident scene photos of Interstate 85 where two of her three children, and her only grandchild, were killed in a calamity of asphalt, metal and glass. She's read each word of their autopsy reports.

Police arrest 16-year-old in teen shooting

A 16-year-old has been arrested in Friday night's shooting at a local elementary school. Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said he and school police officers are still investigating the circumstances of the confrontation, which occurred in front of Britt Elementary School, just after a scrimmage let out at nearby South Gwinnett High School.

WORLD: 6 Iraqis killed at checkpoints

BAGHDAD -- Gunmen killed six Iraqi security personnel Saturday, including a pair of sleeping policemen who were shot and set on fire, amid persistent debate over whether Iraqi forces can protect the country as U.S. troops leave.

PEOPLE: Co-founder of Little Feat dies

NEW YORK -- Richie Hayward, co-founder of the Little Feat, an eclectic jamband that maintained a strong cult following throughout the decades, has died. He was 64.

Pink Panther jewelry heist suspect extradited to Japan

TOKYO -- A suspected member of the storied ''Pink Panther'' ring of jewel thieves is being extradited to Japan from Spain on accusations he stole a $2 million diamond tiara in Tokyo three years ago, Spain's Interior Ministry and Japanese media said Saturday.

Patriots win division at S. Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Heritage softball pitcher Lauren Golden achieved a rare feat Saturday in the South Gwinnett Diamond Classic. Golden started, and after reliever Lydia Walden had to come out of the game in the fourth inning for wearing an illegal face piercing, Golden returned to the mound and closed out a 5-4 victory over Loganville, picking up the win and the save.

Tigers, Rams end Classic on high note

GRIFFIN -- After a less than exemplary beginning to the Griffin-Diamond Classic at Volunteer Park on Friday, Alcovy and Newton came back to go 3-0 and win their division Saturday.

Eastside grad qualifies for US Amateur

COVINGTON -- It seems that the third time was the charm for Taylor Smith.The former Eagles golfer and rising sophomore at Georgia College and State University probably made the biggest three-foot putt in his career as it sent Smith to the 110th U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, Wash., starting Aug. 23.

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SUPER SIX: North's Uzomah a force at QB, WR

The tall, gangly sophomore was a lifelong quarterback, a position he held since he first strapped on a helmet as a 6-year-old. He could run and he could throw, traits that made him a dangerous dual threat and the heir apparent to record-breaking Mikey Tamburo.

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North passes for 4 TDs to top Grayson in scrimmage

Behind two touchdown passes each from senior C.J. Uzomah and junior Scott Hosch, North Gwinnett prevailed 28-15 in Saturday's scrimmage against Grayson.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Hodge wins gold at AAU national championship

Kyleeyah Hodge captured the gold medal for the bantam girls in the 100-meter run with a time of 14.23 seconds at the AAU Track and Field National Championship at Norfolk State University in Virginia from July 31-Aug. 7.

OUR VIEW: Cities exploring new alcohol laws to boost downtowns

Local governments facing difficult economic times are saying cheers to letting alcohol help boost business. The most publicized was Snellville’s recent vote to allow Sunday liquor by the drink sales, but other Gwinnett cities are also exploring options to relax liquor laws and promote business in their downtown areas.

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SUPER SIX: North's Uzomah a force at QB, WR

The tall, gangly sophomore was a lifelong quarterback, a position he held since he first strapped on a helmet as a 6-year-old. He could run and he could throw, traits that made him a dangerous dual threat and the heir apparent to record-breaking Mikey Tamburo.

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O'REILLY: O and Ro tag team

Oprah Winfrey is a savvy businesswoman whose perspicacity in presenting herself to the public has earned her hundreds of millions of dollars. Recently, Winfrey announced she is getting out of broadcast television and into cable with the startup of her own channel, fittingly titled the Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN. Yes, she owns much of it.

G-Braves split doubleheader with Durham

LAWRENCEVILLE — An early big inning means more when there are less innings to play with.

NATION: Obama says oil stopped, but job far from finished

Obama says oil stopped, but job far from finished

Road closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

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POLITICS: Deal has lead, but Barnes questions ethics

As former Gov. Roy Barnes began an ad campaign bashing his Republican opponent Nathan Deal, Deal reportedly expanded his lead in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

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Rev. (Dr.) Paul Outland

Rev. (Dr.) Paul D. Outland went home to be with Jesus Christ his Savior and Lord on August 10, 2010. Paul was born in Paducah, Ky. to Raymond and Goldie ...

Linda Herrington

Mrs. Linda Sue Gunter Herrington, age 69, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, August 13, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Clyde Reddick

Mr. Clyde Reddick, age 74 of Winder, GA passed away August 13, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Carole Pooser

Carole G. Pooser, age 65, of Norcross, GA, passed away August 13, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Peggy Sanders

Peggy R. Sanders, age 79 of Lawrenceville passed away Friday, August 13, 2010. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 15, 2010, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Lynn Tatom

Lynn Tatom, age 68, of Loganville, GA, died August 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Bland Massie, Sr.

Bland Massie, Sr., of Fort Valley, Georgia, died suddenly on August 11, 2010, at the age of 82. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan on March 27, 1928, grew up ...

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