News for Monday, August 16, 2010


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Braves rally in ninth for win

ATLANTA -- Melky Cabrera's two-run single off Octavio Dotel with the bases loaded in the ninth inning capped a three-run rally that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

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Man pleads guilty in fatal crash

One fact seemed to diffuse all the courtroom praise heaped on Cody Rhoden by family, attorneys and his minister: On the night of March 31, 2008, he drove maniacally enough to kill four people, however inadvertently.

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Mom backs over toddler

A simple chore turned into a deadly accident in Lawrenceville on Monday evening. With her mother backing the car down the short driveway at their Sugarloaf Forest townhome in order to get the trash can from the garage, 18-month-old Mikayla Rennie ran outside.

Pedestrian struck, killed by CSX train

A southbound train headed to Atlanta struck a pedestrian in Lawrenceville on Monday evening, killing the adult female victim.

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Family moves from suburbs to Dacula farm to focus on sustainability

Pilar Quintero spent a recent morning learning to dehydrate foods. The Dacula resident plans to extend the shelf life of the vegetables and spices she harvests from her two-acre garden. Dehydrating, she said, preserves the nutrients and the flavor of foods, unlike canning, in which the nutrients are lost.
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Local off-roader hopes Calif. crash leads to safer races

Ted Holt hopes an unprecedented tragedy will birth improved safety measures. On Saturday, a devastating crash during a sanctioned off-road race in California claimed the lives of eight spectators, as 28-year-old Brett Sloppy lost control of his vehicle, barreling into an unprotected crowd.

Three submit bids to manage airport

Three companies -- including a local conglomerate -- have submitted bids hoping to become the county's private partner in managing the Gwinnett County Airport.

GCPS adds 3,300 more students in past week

Nearly 3,300 more students enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools by the beginning of the second week of school, bringing the total student count to 159,334 on Monday. The second of five enrollment counts shows the school system has grown by 3,272 students since the first count was conducted last Tuesday, according to a news release.

BOE consent agenda contains cost-saving bond application

The Gwinnett County Board of Education is expected to approve a resolution Thursday evening authorizing the application for a $50 million allocation of State Qualified School Construction Bonds, a move that is expected to save the school system $17 million in bond interest savings.

Suspect, 16, in shooting may be tried as adult

A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a fellow teen at an elementary school after a football scrimmage Friday could be prosecuted as an adult, police said Monday.

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FBI: Robbers hit Atlanta, Norcross banks

The FBI is searching for two wig-wearing, gun-wielding robbers suspected of hitting two metro Atlanta Wachovia banks, including a Norcross branch.

Grayson approves 2010-11 budget

The Grayson City Council approved its Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget here Monday night following several public hearings. The $1,282,988 budget was "less than the previous year because of the economy," according to Mayor Jim Hinkle.

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'Miracle' in Colombia crash

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Boeing 737 jetliner filled with vacationers crashed in a thunderstorm and broke apart as it slid onto the runway on a Caribbean island Monday. Only one of the 131 people on board died, and the island's governor called it a miracle.

WORLD: China gaining in military power

WASHINGTON -- China's drive to transform itself into a major military power is being pursued in a secretive manner that increases the potential for misunderstanding and military conflict with other nations, the Pentagon says in a new report.

PEOPLE: Mel Gibson unhurt in crash

LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson was uninjured after crashing his sports car into a Malibu hillside, the California Highway Patrol said.

Judge frees church thief sentenced to potential life term

LOS ANGELES -- A judge on Monday ordered the release of a man serving a potential life sentence for stealing food from a Los Angeles church.

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WRITE STUFF: Veteran football coach pens first book

Jim Lofton recently completed his first book, "So You Think You Want To Coach," touted as a how-to guide for young football coaches. The foreward is penned, not surprisingly, by his former roommate VInce Dooley.

Norwood back on field

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Jerious Norwood was back on the field Monday. The Atlanta Falcons hope to keep him there. Production has rarely been an issue for the speedy running back, who can be one of the NFL's most dynamic off-the-bench weapons -- when he's healthy, that is. Norwood hasn't made it through an entire year without getting injured only once in his first four seasons with the Falcons.

Roderick claims biggest racing victory

MILLVILLE, N.J. -- His pre-race preparation mostly limited to YouTube, Casey Roderick still got adjusted to the New Jersey Motorsports Park pretty quickly. The Lawrenceville native -- who turned 18 just eight days earlier -- picked up the biggest win of his young career on Sunday with a first-place finish on the ARCA circuit's Garden State 150.

GHSA alters reclassification rules

THOMASTON -- The Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee made a few minor changes regarding reclassification in a relatively uneventful meeting Monday.

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Students return to growing GPC campus as class is back in session

COVINGTON -- More than 25,000 students headed to classes at Georgia Perimeter College on Monday. Many of those GPC students were from the Newton County area attending classes on the college's Newton Campus.

Officials to discuss water master plan

CONYERS -- Officials with Rockdale Water Resources will give an overview of the utility's master plan tonight during the South Rockdale Civic Association's monthly meeting.

Public comment time remains at BOC meetings

CONYERS -- Rockdale County Commission Chairman Richard Oden assured the audience at Monday's work session that public comment time would remain on the commissioners' agendas following a fall out last week over negative comments.

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'Expendables' seizes No. 1 spot with $35M debut

LOS ANGELES -- Sylvester Stallone has proven that he's not quite expendable yet at the box office.

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Family, friends mourn 8 killed in off-road wreck

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. -- Zachary Freeman loved to fish, dirt bike and camp -- but most of all, he loved to watch off-road truck racing in the vast Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles.

McLouth leads G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — As a top-of-the-order guy, Nate McLouth doesn’t get to bat with runners in scoring position much.

NATION: Gates planning to retire next year

Gates planning to retire next year

Prado still sore, but ready to go

LAWRENCEVILLE — With his pinky dipped in a paper cup of ice water, Martin Prado said he was pleased with his rehab appearance for the Gwinnett Braves.

Braves top Dodgers on Conrad's homer

ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson extended his dominant stretch of starts with three-hit ball for eight innings and Brooks Conrad homered in the seventh to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

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Kaymer takes wild PGA

Martin Kaymer survives to win the PGA Championship on Sunday in a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson after Dustin Johnson falls out of contention in a bizarre finish.

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Harvick wins in Michigan

Kevin Harvick had done just about everything except win away from Talledega, and he took care of that hurdle Sunday, winning at Michigan International Speedway.