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Blaze called arson

SNELLVILLE -- Investigators found evidence of arson Wednesday at a burned Snellville home where police have responded to five calls for assistance in recent months, officials said.

Duluth alcohol plan headed to city council

DULUTH -- A daily jaunt through the Town Green with wine in a plastic cup is less likely after Duluth's Alcohol Review Board balked at the idea.

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Norcross church to offer free help for GEDs

NORCROSS -- Kimberly Everett, 36, hung out with the wrong crowd and dropped out of school when she was 12. She lost her Wendy's job in 2009. But she hopes to open her own restaurant someday.

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POLITICS: Woodall praises Partnership effort

Congressional candidate Rob Woodall praised Gwinnett leaders for efforts to draw jobs to the county.

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SUWANEE -- A new Century 21 office in Suwanee will hold a grand opening today.

PREP ROUNDUP: Kleinschmidt K's 1,000th batter

BUFORD -- It wasn't the best night for Providence softball, but it was a still a night to celebrate.Dominating pitcher Kylie Kleinschmidt struck out 13 batters over two games to surpass the 1,000 career mark for strikeouts.

Wigged bank robbers strike again

ATLANTA -- Two metro Atlanta bank robbers whose guises fall somewhere between Lil Jon and Cousin Itt have struck again, the FBI said Wednesday.

Snellville asked to end appeal

SNELLVILLE -- The residents who successfully sued Snellville to stop Sunday liquor sales late last year say an appeal of the issue is moot, since a referendum on the issue passed last month.

Woman arrested at spa on prostitution charges

DULUTH -- An employee known as "Connie" at a Duluth massage parlor is facing prostitution charges after she solicited an undercover vice officer this week, police said.

Police ID robbery suspect

LILBURN -- Using blood droplets found on a shattered piece of glass, Lilburn police have identified an oft-arrested suspect in a violent March home invasion.

Evermore CID stymied by lack of quorum

SNELLVILLE -- A stalemate among the Evermore Community Improvement District has kept the board from reaching a quorum for more than a month.

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Woods' ex-wife finally speaks

WINDERMERE, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren said she has ''been through hell'' since her husband's infidelity surfaced but she never hit him, according to an interview released Wednesday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Reputed mobster linked to Fla. scam admits guilt

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A reputed Italian mobster linked to a massive Ponzi scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering conspiracy charges brought after the FBI recorded him agreeing to destroy evidence and hide cash from the $1.2 billion fraud scam.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Attacks in kill 55, raise fears of insurgents

BAGHDAD -- Bombers and gunmen killed at least 55 Iraqis in two dozen attacks across the country Wednesday, mostly targeting security forces and rekindling memories of the days when insurgents ruled the streets.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Writer of 'What a Wonderful World' dies

OLDWICK, N.J. -- George David Weiss, who helped write chart-topping pop hits including ''Can't Help Falling in Love'' and ''What a Wonderful World,'' has died. He was 89.

British woman says sorry for dumping cat in trash

LONDON -- A British woman who outraged pet lovers around the world after she was caught on surveillance camera dumping a cat in a garbage bin apologized on Wednesday for what she called misjudgment and said the situation has gotten ''out of control.''

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PARKER: It's time to hit pause button on the outrage

As I was perusing headlines that seem seldom to change -- mosque, immigration, sacred ground, 9/11, more mosque -- an unlikely trio intruded upon my malaise: Paul Newman, Rodney King and John Lennon.

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Sister vs. Sister: Sibling rivals face off on volleyball court

Much was made of Gwinnett's opening football game of the 2010 season pitting Kevin Maloof's Dacula squad against his brother Keith's team from Norcross last Friday.Another family feud will be taking place in the county today, this time on the volleyball court at the new Lanier High School in Sugar Hill.And as competitive as the Maloof brothers were in their battle on the gridiron, the clash between the host Longhorns' volleyball team, coached by Beth Harper, and Meadowcreek, coached by her younger sister Katie Lewis, figures to be just as hotly contested.

Waiting on a star

For the last few years it was pretty clear who the top runner was in Gwinnett County.Collins Hill's Nicky Akande continued that trend on the girls side last year, following in the footsteps the Eagles' Amanda Winslow and Jackie Drouin.Grayson's Kirubel Erassa and Brookwood's Tyler Anyan were the county's top boys runners by far last year. But this season it's different. The county doesn't have elite runners like Akande, Erassa or Anyan. Instead, there's a large group of standout boys and girls runners just waiting to take the spotlight.

Sitton steps down as Lions' coach

Tomy Sitton has been so heavily involved with cross county and track and field in the state of Georgia that eventually it all became too much for him.The Peachtree Ridge girls cross country and track and field coach resigned earlier this month after 26 years as a teacher and coach.

HAMMOCK: Turf era must wait

It's sprouting up, even though it technically doesn't grow, all over metro Atlanta.More and more high school stadiums are installing artificial turf fields each year, including those in two counties that are comparable to Gwinnett -- Cobb and Fulton. Park fields in the county are heading that way and Buford now has an artificial surface on its high school practice fields.

Cagle launches 'healthy kids' initiative

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has launched a ''healthy kids'' challenge aimed at curbing obesity and encouraging physical activity among Georgia's school-age children.Cagle, a Republican seeking re-election to a second term, visited an Atlanta elementary school Wednesday to promote the program.

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Police: Murder conspiracy foiled in Gwinnett jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Investigators say a child molestation suspect at the Gwinnett County Jail tried to pay $75,000 to have his family killed before they could testify against him this week.

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Canizares title near certain

LAWRENCEVILLE — The way he’s been hitting, Barbaro Canizares may not have needed any help. But the New York Mets gave him some anyway.

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THOMAS: Our big-spending ways must come to an end

In 2008, ‘‘60 Minutes’’ visited Denmark to report on a survey of international happiness conducted by Leicester University in England that concluded Danes are among the happiest people on Earth. The reason? They have low expectations and thus, as Morley Safer noted, ‘‘are rarely disappointed.’’

Water-saving tips for the home landscape

After an abundance of rainfall during this past winter and spring, the summer months have been quite dry. The dry conditions, combined with the excessive heat, have been stressful to landscape plants and turfgrass areas.

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LAA receives G-Braves grant

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PARKER: It's time to hit pause button on the outrage

As I was perusing headlines that seem seldom to change — mosque, immigration, sacred ground, 9/11, more mosque — an unlikely trio intruded upon my malaise: Paul Newman, Rodney King and John Lennon.

Sitton steps down as Lions' coach

Tomy Sitton has been so heavily involved with cross county and track and field in the state of Georgia that eventually it all became too much for him.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Community Foundation gets back to the basics

At the beginning of 2009, the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia pledged to the community to continue to remain focused on growing philanthropy. In the face of many uncertainties and a downturn in the economy, we re-energized ourselves to work for the greater good of our donors and friends.

Jeffrey Lopilato

Jeffrey A. LoPilato, age 33, of Duluth, GA, passed away August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Lula Puckett

Lula Etta Puckett died Monday, August 23, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Loganville, Georgia. The ...

Doris Smith

Mrs. Doris Richardson Smith, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Dan Gealy

Dan Todd Gealy, age 44, of Covington, GA, died August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Maggie Vinson

Mrs. Maggie I. Vinson, age 93 of Warner Robins, formerly of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com ...

Calvin Simmons

Calvin Simmons, age 58 of Loganville, GA, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Paul Tossona

Paul Tossona, age 57 of Sugar Hill, GA died August 19, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com

Susie Waycaster

Mrs. Susie "Sue" Lee Davis Waycaster, age 93, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Roberta Jacobs

Mrs. Roberta Berry Jacobs, age 92, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

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