News for Monday, August 2, 2010


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A great catch: Fishing vet vying for top prize in competition

It's not the end of the world if Tom Mann Jr. doesn't win this one. But it sure would be nice.

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Ankiel drives in 2 as Braves top Mets

Tim Hudson pitched six solid innings and Rick Ankiel drove in two runs with his first hit as a Brave, a two-out, two-run single in a three-run first inning that helped Atlanta to a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

District 7 hopefuls talk issues

Rob Woodall said his experience has equipped him with the know-how he'll need to effectively tackle the challenges he knows he'll face if elected to Congress. Jody Hice said his passion and love for this country and the Constitution will fuel his fight to curb a federal government he describes as out of control.

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Court date set in shooting of Duluth parents

A Duluth man accused of shooting his parents and fatally wounding his father Saturday is scheduled to face a judge on murder charges next week.

Man attacked by beaver while fishing in Chattahoochee

A bloody attack with one of nature's furry creatures sent a man to the hospital last week.

Kroger to give away $220,000 in school supplies to kick off program

Kroger's Atlanta Division is showing its support for teachers by giving away $220,000 in school supplies to kick off its 2010-11 "Earning Plus Learning" program.

Falcons' Turner expects productive season

Michael Turner is getting his swagger back. He wants the Atlanta Falcons to know he can carry a heavy workload this season. The right ankle sprain that essentially ended his 2009 campaign in mid-November has fully healed.

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Heat still on despite lower temps as prep practice begins

In recent years, the first day of high school football practice has brought concerns about the summer heat. That was not the case -- thanks to an overcast day that kept temperatures down in the low to mid-80s -- as teams throughout Gwinnett County and all of Georgia began their preparations for the 2010 season Monday.

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Murray is Bulldogs' heir apparent under center

The start of preseason practice is always a time of renewal with any college football program. But the theme of a new beginning seemed to take on a little extra resonance at Georgia as the Bulldogs met the media prior to their first official on-field workouts Monday.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Garvin earns Cape Cod League all-star nod

Wesleyan product Grayson Garvin, a rising junior for Vanderbilt's baseball program, was selected as one of the pitchers in the prestigious Cape Cod League All-Star Game last week.

Norcross looks toward November election

Mayor Bucky Johnson reminded residents Monday evening that qualifying for the upcoming Nov. 2 election will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. City council seats filled by David McLeroy, Ross Kaul and Andrew Hixson will be decided in that election. The qualifying fee is $162. Interested candidates should work through the city clerk's office to qualify.

Lawrenceville mayor delivers first State of the City address

The state of the city of Lawrenceville is good, according to Mayor Rex Millsaps, and it remains in a strong financial position.

Buford commissioners OK fiscal year budget

The Buford City Commission unanimously approved its $88.2 million fiscal year 2011 operating budget Monday night, $800,000 more than last year, including $300,000 more for the Buford School System.

Newton to host '12 Dixie Boys World Series

The boys of summer are heading back to Newton County. The Newton County Recreation Department, spearheaded by Tommy Hailey, won the bid to host the 2012 13- to 14-year-old Dixie Boys World Series.

RYSA wins third title in a row

The benefits keep rolling in for a state champion at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association. RYSA United, a 19-under team which won the state cup this past spring, took part in the Parade of Champions at the Georgia Dome before the Manchester City-Club America game July 28.

Dealership to host free event with FLW Tour fishing pros

Leading up to the most prestigious tournament in all of bass fishing, set to take place this weekend on Lake Lanier, fans of the sport can swap stories with fishing pros during an event at a Duluth business.

Official: Brenau's reorganization will not affect regional campus operations

Brenau University has officially reorganized its academic programs, consolidating three previous academic units into more logical groupings to streamline management and use resources more efficiently, officials announced this week.

Law enforcement prep for event to raise crime awareness

Law enforcement across Gwinnett are partnering this evening to raise crime awareness as part of the National Night Out, an annual event meant to fuse stronger relationships between police and the communities they serve.

County, cities battle in court over service delivery, taxes

A long-awaited trial between Gwinnett County and 15 municipal governments began Monday with a bitter start.

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Obama praises end of combat

Nearing a milestone in the long and divisive Iraq war, President Barack Obama on Monday hailed this month's planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops -- ''as promised and on schedule'' -- as a major success despite deep doubts about the Iraqis' ability to police and govern their country.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Masked robbers steal millions in St. Louis heist

Four armed bandits clad from head to toe in black overpowered two workers at an ATM-servicing business Monday, then used an armored vehicle to haul away possibly millions of dollars in a well-orchestrated heist.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan released from jail, goes to rehab center

Lindsay Lohan has been released from jail, but she's not exactly a free woman.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Bombings, shootings kill 12 in Iraq

Bombings and drive-by shootings killed 12 people Monday, a reminder of Iraq's ongoing instability as President Barack Obama cited progress amid the looming end of U.S. military operations in the country.

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MUST READ: Hail yes, it's big: Colorado lab gets record hailstone

North America's heaviest hailstone ever might also be its most-traveled. A 1-pound, 15-ounce hailstone that fell in Vivian, S.D., on July 23 has been taken to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., about 370 miles away.

Millage rate gets approval

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Education approved its first increased millage rate since 2003.

Early voting for Aug. 10 primary election runoffs begins today

CONYERS -- Early voting for the Aug. 10 runoff election begins today in Rockdale County and runs through Friday.

Suwanee's Wright wins amateur title

Suwanee resident Kendall Wright, a rising sophomore on Georgia's golf team, won the 81st Georgia Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship last week at White Columns Country Club.

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Chelsea Clinton weds at exclusive New York estate

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- It was high society inside and high security outside as Chelsea Clinton wed her longtime boyfriend at an elegant estate in a Hudson River village where several prominent guests were spotted beforehand, but the husband-and-wife-to-be stayed out of sight. Slideshow inside story

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We're No. 1! UGA tops party schools ranking

ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia has won a national title this year -- top party school.

Suwanee's Wright wins amateur title

ALPHARETTA — Suwanee resident Kendall Wright, a rising sophomore on Georgia’s golf team, won the 81st Georgia Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship last week at White Columns Country Club.

Official: Brenau's reorganization will not affect regional campus operations

GAINESVILLE — Brenau University has officially reorganized its academic programs, consolidating three previous academic units into more logical groupings to streamline management and use resources more efficiently, officials announced this week.

Beachy battles through six innings as G-Braves roll

LAWRENCEVILLE — This first win stuff keeps coming.

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Karen Handel, Nathan Deal clash in runoff debate

ATLANTA -- The Republican runoff campaign for governor turned hostile Sunday night as Karen Handel blasted Nathan Deal as corrupt and Deal fired back that the former secretary of state's sharp attacks show her campaign lacks substance.

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Guillen says MLB treats Asians better than Latins

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen rips MLB for treating Asian players better than Latin players and says MLB doesn't care about stopping steroid use among Latins.

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Biffle wins one for Mr. Roush

Greg Biffle hadn't won a race since 2008, but he dedicated Sunday's victory at Pocono to Jack Roush, who is recovering from injuries suffered in a plane crash.

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Reds topple Braves, 2-1

The Reds hand the Braves their third loss in the last four games as Atlanta finishes 3-6 on the road trip after wasting a solid outing by Tommy Hanson in a 2-1 loss.