News for Thursday, August 19, 2010

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A day's work: Unemployed wait hours at local job fair

Michael Ramer, 58, has been out of work since September. The Lawrenceville resident used to work in a warehouse. He's visited several job fairs and completed tons of applications. Ramer is frustrated by unreturned calls, and thinks many employers are not looking out for the grunt workers like him.

Police say shooter had PTSD

Family members told police that the Lilburn man who shot two neighbors before turning the gun on himself during a four-hour SWAT standoff Wednesday night was a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Illegal alien in court over driving charges

Dacula resident Aubrey Sosebee, an octogenarian Army veteran who served during World War II, was walking to his mailbox on Ga. Highway 124 one day several years ago when an errant driver plowed over him, then fled the scene.

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BOE officials take tours of schools

Jeannie Lanio wore a high-tech-looking device around her neck like a futuristic piece of jewelry as she taught biology class at Lanier High School on Thursday.

Airport expansion foes get organized

More than 100 local residents turned out to the first organizational meeting for an effort to stop the expansion of Briscoe Field.

PREP ROUNDUP: Eggert doubles to lead Providence

NORCROSS -- Providence was tied 1-1 against Parkview when Lauren Eggert broke the tie in the seventh inning with a two run double to help the Stars beat Parkview 4-1 on Thursday.

Police ID pair tied to elderly woman's beating, robbery

Lilburn police have fingered two suspects in last week's beating and robbery of a 70-year-old female business owner.

Judy Johnson announces second bid for Lawrenceville mayor

Judy Jordan Johnson began her second bid to become mayor of Gwinnett's county seat Thursday.

Suwanee company fined for violating federal visa laws

A Suwanee computer consulting company has to pay a hefty price to 135 workers for violations to the federal visa laws.

Roswell cops nab woman wanted for animal cruelty

Roswell police tracked down a woman Wednesday that Gwinnett sheriff's deputies had been in search of for several months.

Seniors can take part in ID program today

Seniors wishing to participate in a Senior Identification program may do so from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Noble Village Senior Living facility, 1220 Satellite Blvd., Suwanee.

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Clemens charged with perjury

WASHINGTON -- A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids and growth hormone.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Day 2 of Tenn. deluge washes out rail line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deluged Tennessee saw more rain Thursday that washed out a commuter rail line a day after flooding swept away a home, trapped drivers in their vehicles and derailed a freight train.

Strangled woman's family calls out suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Tracey Quinn tried to keep calm Thursday morning in Gwinnett Magistrate Court, though she says the man accused of strangling her mother and abandoning the body in an Oldsmobile's trunk, Paul Sherman, smirked as his probable cause hearing unfolded.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Pakistan leader: Militants may exploit floods

ISLAMABAD -- Islamist terrorists may exploit the chaos and misery caused by the floods in Pakistan to gain new recruits, the country's president warned Thursday -- remarks echoed by a leading U.S. senator who said America would stand by its vital wartime ally during the crisis.

Body found in Lilburn

LILBURN -- Details are scarce about the body of an adult man found in Lilburn Thursday, the apparent victim of a homicide.

Berkeley Lake and FEMA still in talks

BERKELEY LAKE -- Mayor Lois Salter, City Engineer Rich Edinger, Safe Dams representatives and other city officials are in talks with FEMA again, in an effort to convince the federal agency to pitch in more money for Lake Berkeley dam repairs.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Member of Cannibal band dies at 65

LOS ANGELES -- Richard Lopez, an original member of the band Cannibal & the Headhunters which scored a 1965 hit with ''Land of 1,000 Dances,'' has died. He was 65.

75-year-old mystery: Two fetuses found in steamer trunk

LOS ANGELES -- Yiming Xing peeled back the tattered Los Angeles Times pages from the first of two small bundles, hoping to find antiques beneath the 1930s newsprint. Then came the stunning realization that she was staring at tiny human remains.

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Forever hers: Broncos retire No. 22 in Riley's honor

SNELLVILLE -- When Amanda Riley was growing up, she insisted on wearing No. 22 on her basketball jersey.And if someone already had the number, she would play them for it and win it back.Brookwood's girls basketball program made sure no one would ever wear that number again. The Broncos retired Riley's jersey posthumously on Thursday in the school's gym in front of family, teammates and friends.

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Funny men: Aurora to feature GGC comedian, two others tonight

His day job is helping coordinate auxiliary services for Georgia Gwinnett College, but at night, Mike Haun moonlights as a comedian.

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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: The Fox is alive ...

The musical score. The cast. The touching story. These are a few of Mandy Bruno's favorite things as she takes a turn in the iconic role of Maria Rainer in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," coming to Atlanta's Fox Theatre stage this week.

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ART BEAT: School of Rock proves there's more to music than classics

The Gwinnett School of Rock has been offering youth and adult musicians the chance to perform more than just air guitar to their favorite popular songs.

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She's back: Emma Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee

The sequel to the 2005 original is another riff on "Mary Poppins" with essentially the same story as the first, features lesser known actors and contains more slapstick and potty humor. In other words, it's a standard issue sequel with absolutely nothing new to say or even a new way to say it.

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'The Switch' a great date movie

Long before her stint as Rachel Green on "Friends" was over, Jennifer Aniston inherited the position of America's Sweetheart once held by Meg Ryan, then Julia Roberts and later by Sandra Bullock. To her credit, Aniston has regularly turned down a lot of fluff productions in favor of gutsier, low-visibility arthouse fare ("The Good Girl," "Management," "Friends with Money") and sports a fairly balanced, above average resume.

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'Life During Wartime' revisits characters from earlier film

Well over a decade ago, writer/director Todd Solondz delivered "Welcome to The Dollhouse" and "Happiness" -- two of the most acclaimed and blistering films of the '90s art-house boom. In the dozen years since then, Solondz has made just two other movies -- both of them inferior -- and lost his artistic momentum.

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Don't make the extra effort for 'Extra Man'

With few exceptions ("Dave," "Trade," "The Big Chill"), Kevin Kline usually plays eccentric, off-beat characters and he's generally pretty good it at. The same can be said about Paul Dano, Kline's co-lead in "The Extra Man."

'Hubble 3D' is out of this world

Although it certainly comes in handy on a couple of occasions, 3-D isn't that important of a feature for a documentary like "Hubble 3D." If you have a space-based telescope that can clearly present actual images that are 150 trillion miles from Earth with the clarity of a microscope, 3-D becomes redundant. You also don't need 3-D for static scenes in a brightly lit cement room showing astronauts being suited up prior to launch.

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Georgia gorgeous backdrop to superb acting in 'Get Low'

It's odd, ironic and more than a little cruel that on the one day people we know are most likely to say something nice about us, we'll never hear it. We'll be there -- stiff, cold, horizontal and in a box -- but we'll never be privy to the post-mortem accolades falling from the lips of those who knew us best.

Negative stereotypes ruin 'Lottery Ticket'

In addition to "Get Low," "Lottery Ticket" is the other movie opening this weekend that was shot in Atlanta. The best thing that can be said about this patently offensive and supremely unentertaining travesty is that rookie director Erik White manages to make even the most blight-riddled parts of the city look good.

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Suwanee's 'Rock & Jock' to feature Cowboy Mouth

It's an event that will combine music and sports -- rock and roll and country tunes performed live with appearances and autograph signings by athletes and coaches.

Maloofs kick-start football

There are so many storylines for the opener to Gwinnett County's high school football season -- almost too many for just one game.For starters, Dacula and Norcross get a jump on every other county team except for South Gwinnett when they square off at Barron Stadium tonight at 7:30."It puts us in a big-time atmopshere," Norcross coach Keith Maloof said of the early opener. "It's a fun way to start the season. (The early start) really doesn't matter. Playing this early, and then us having a week off, is big for us. It lets us see where we're at."

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Juggernaut awaits South

Brookwood and North Gwinnett have lost state championship games down there, while Peachtree Ridge opened the last two seasons with losses at the same place.Now South Gwinnett will try to do something few Gwinnett County teams have been able to do -- beat the mighty Lowndes Vikings.

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Getting to Know ... Todd Wofford

Todd Wofford is the new head coach at Central Gwinnett. The Cass High School graduate comes to Lawrenceville after previously serving as the offensive coordinator at Gainesville.A former Presbyterian College wide receiver, Wofford has been an assistant coach at Presbyterian as well as at Woodland, Hiram and Peachtree Ridge high schools before moving to Gainesville and then accepting his first head coaching position at Central Gwinnett. In this installment of "Getting to Know ..." staff writer Ben Beitzel talks with Wofford about his love of Georgia, college recruiting, building and rebuilding football programs and his favorite places to eat.

Johnson to announce election move

Judy Jordan Johnson is expected to re-emerge in Lawrenceville politics today. Johnson has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. at the historic county courthouse to talk about the upcoming general election in her hometown.

Two suspects arrested in South Gwinnett shooting

SNELLVILLE -- Investigators have arrested two suspected gang members in connection with a Friday shooting on the campus of a Snellville Elementary School, upping the arrest total to three.

Veteran Gwinnett firefighter missing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A veteran Gwinnett County firefighter has been missing since Monday, when he made troubling statements to his wife at their Woodstock home and drove away, officials said.

Police ID pair tied to elderly woman's beating, robbery

LILBURN — Lilburn police have fingered two suspects in last week’s beating and robbery of a 70-year-old female business owner.

FIRE BRIEF: Vacant home burns in Lilburn

Vacant home burns in Lilburn

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40 Watt Club

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THE DISH: Macky's Caribbean Cuisine

• Open Since: October 2009

DISC SPOTLIGHT: Hamlet (Blu-ray book)

DISC SPOTLIGHT: Hamlet (Blu-ray book) (PG-13)

FILM FANS: 'Expendables' fun for some, not so for others

EDITOR’S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “The Expendables.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

BUSINESS BRIEF: Motel 6 moves in to Suwanee

Motel 6 moves in to Suwanee

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Suwanee's 'Rock & Jock' to feature Cowboy Mouth

It’s an event that will combine music and sports — rock and roll and country tunes performed live with appearances and autograph signings by athletes and coaches.

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She's back: Emma Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

'Hubble 3D' is out of this world

Hubble 3D (G)

Strangled woman's family calls out suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE — Tracey Quinn tried to keep calm Thursday morning in Gwinnett Magistrate Court, though she says the man accused of strangling her mother and abandoning the body in an Oldsmobile’s trunk, Paul Sherman, smirked as his probable cause hearing unfolded.

MOVIE TRIVIA

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.

Negative stereotypes ruin 'Lottery Ticket'

Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

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'Life During Wartime' revisits characters from earlier film

Life During Wartime (R)

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'The Switch' a great date movie

The Switch (PG-13)

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Gwinnett Calendar

Send items for Gwinnett Calendar to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, time and date, location, with address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

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ART BEAT: School of Rock proves there's more to music than classics

The Gwinnett School of Rock has been offering youth and adult musicians the chance to perform more than just air guitar to their favorite popular songs.

Suwanee senior living facility hosts GASIP

Seniors wishing to participate in a Senior Identification program may do so from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Noble Village Senior Living facility, 1220 Satellite Blvd., Suwanee.

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Don't make the extra effort for 'Extra Man'

The Extra Man (R)

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David Charles Heard

FEBRUARY 6, 1962 - AUGUST 19, 2009 The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. Our beloved brother, father, husband, and son has left us. There is no more suffering ...

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Shirley Anglin

IN LOVING MEMORY SHIRLEY ANGLIN All these lonely nights without you I sat and cried tears that said I love you. You are gone now, But I will always remember ...

Minnie Smith

Mrs. Minnie Evelyn Smith, age 85 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Roger Shane Holmes

Roger Shane Holmes, age 46, of Buford, GA, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com ...

Ron Williams

Ron Williams, age 53, of Loganville, GA, died August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Gerard Norman St. Germain

Mr. Gerard Norman St. Germain, age 71, of Marietta, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Alonzo Grant, Jr.

Alonzo Calvin Grant, Jr., age 73 of Atlanta, GA passed away August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Patricia Hafeli

Patricia Hafeli, age 78 of Alpharetta, GA passed away August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Joe Silva

Mr. Joe Silva, age 63, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

John Mooney

Mr. John Patrick Mooney, age 68 of Pendergrass, GA, who passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

William Earl Waddy, Jr.

Mr. William Earl Waddy, Jr., age 85, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Mrs. Gene Waddy ...

Judean South

Judean South, age 84 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Keith Warren

Keith Mathew Warren, age 51 of Acworth, GA passed away August 14, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

John Toothaker

John Blanchard Toothaker, age 78 of Cumming, GA passed away August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson, age 93 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away August 12, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Mikayla Rennie

Mikayla Lynn Rennie, age 19 months old of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Monday, August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

William Westbrook

William Louie Westbrook, age 84 of Cumming, GA passed away August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

James Bingham

James Carl Bingham, age 59 of Cumming, GA passed away August 14, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Frank Canich

Frank Charles Canich, age 89 of Cumming, GA passed away August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

John Jasionowski

John Jasionowski, age 90 of Snellville, GA passed away August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Sandra Fitzgerald

Sandra Joe Fitzgerald, age 71 of Acworth, GA passed away August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Alma Knesz

Alma Cox Knesz, age 70 of Cumming, GA passed away August 16, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

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