News for Saturday, August 28, 2010


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ROBINSON: Even Beck can't mar King's legacy

The majestic grounds of the Lincoln Memorial belong to all Americans -- even to egomaniacal talk-show hosts who profit handsomely from stoking fear, resentment and anger. So let me state clearly that Glenn Beck has every right to hold his absurdly titled "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday.

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Grayson defense leads way to 20-9 win

Despite a pair of turnovers, the Grayson defense killed each one as the Rams posted a 20-9 win over Spain Park, Ala., on Saturday night in the Progressive Football Challenge at North Gwinnett High School.Photo slide show inside

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Bulldogs roll to 42-20 win

North turned a pair of turnovers and a miscue on a punt into touchdowns to roll up a big halftime lead in a 42-20 rout of the northern Alabama powerhouse Saturday night at Tom Robinson Stadium.Photo slide show inside

Shiloh drops opener

COVINGTON -- Shiloh moved the ball effectively and played good defense in its opener Saturday night at Newton but untimely mistakes and turnovers were too much to overcome in a 24-6 loss.

SMITH: Jones' mother molds him into standout football player

Those who should know give Ben Jones high marks as a prospect for Sunday employment in the National Football League. If he realizes his lifelong ambition, there will be many reasons noted for his reaching his goal.

Oklahoma could use Kenney as kicker this year

NORMAN, Okla. -- Cameron Kenney still loves to get his kicks. Wrapped up in a tight competition to start at receiver for No. 7 Oklahoma, Kenney said he's going to keep that as his focus even as coach Bob Stoops scrambles to see if anyone can do better than his inconsistent group of kickers.

Bronco boys, Eagle girls defend Stage Races title

DULUTH -- Brookwood's boys and Collins Hill's girls repeated as champions of Saturday's cross country Stage Races, uniquely formatted 3,200-meter races in which boys and girls compete together, against their position counterparts from other teams at the River Green Complex.

Dirty Spokes to host local XTERRA events

Dirty Spokes Productions, a company that puts together mountain bike, trail running and duathlon races throughout the Southeast, will be hosting six trail running races starting this September as part of the 2010-11 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run Series.

Hudson K's 13 in Braves' 12-3 win

ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson struck out a career-high 13 and Martin Prado equaled his career best with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 12-3 rout of the Florida Marlins on Saturday night.

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Thousands turn out for Polish food festival in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ania Chmielewska loves pierogi -- so much so that she was willing to wait Saturday in a line that rivaled the queues found at most amusement parks.Photo slide show inside

Police looking for mother, daughter

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Gwinnett County police issued a Mattie's Call on Saturday for a mentally disabled 24-year-old woman and her 3-year-old daughter, who were last seen Friday.

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Go fetch: Dogs, owners take part in dock jumping day

Fetching the newspaper seemed like child's play Saturday.

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For love of the game: Atlanta Defenders sacrifice for gridiron glory, charity

Despite an imposing physique and Charles Bronson-esque scowl, Jeremey Webb had never played organized football until a fellow Gwinnett firefighter lured him onto the Atlanta Defenders' roster two years ago.

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4 women get Legacy Awards

The Women's Leadership Council of United Way in Gwinnett wants the community to know that doing good is fashionable.

Former GCPS teachers file complaint

A group of teachers who lost their jobs with Gwinnett County Public Schools has filed a complaint with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission against J. Alvin Wilbanks, alleging the superintendent conspired to cover up layoffs in the school system.

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Beck: Restore American values

WASHINGTON -- Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King's message. Civil rights leaders who accused the group of hijacking King's legacy held their own rally and march.

NATION IN BRIEF: Summer was a scorcher in US

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New numbers confirm what the sweaty brows of Northeasterners have been saying for months: The summer of 2010 was a record-breaking scorcher.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Paris Hilton arrested on cocaine charge in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Paris Hilton was arrested late Friday after a police motorcycle officer smelled marijuana smoke wafting from a black Cadillac Escalade driven by her boyfriend on the Las Vegas Strip, then found cocaine in her purse, authorities said.

9 years later, signs of life start to emerge at ground zero

NEW YORK -- After nearly nine years, life is returning to ground zero in a tangible way.Crews Saturday began planting 16 swamp white oaks at the World Trade Center site. They are the first of nearly 400 trees to be planted around the eight-acre memorial to the nearly 2,800 people who were killed when terrorists attacked the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Top prosecutor in Afghanistan forced to retire

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A top Afghan prosecutor who has complained that the attorney general and others are blocking corruption cases against high-ranking government officials said Saturday that he had been forced into retirement.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson reflects on 'I Have a Dream' speech

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech has been an inspiration for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

Suspected cop fighter set for trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross man accused in a wild clash with deputies that involved pepper spray, Tasers and a 2-by-6 piece of wood is due for trial this week.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson reflects on 'I Have a Dream' speech

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech has been an inspiration for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

Sammons bat, Redmond's start fall flat for G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For the season, Clint Sammons has five home runs.

BISHER: Braves go through struggles, but luck keeps them in first place

Let’s begin at the beginning. It’s spring. The Braves need a first baseman, when they could have had Adam LaRoche, but he was too expensive. So they re-tool Troy Glaus, who has been a third baseman all his life, hand him a first baseman’s mitt and play ball.

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.

BUSINESS IN BRIEF: Gwinnett company breaks safety milestone

Gwinnett company breaks safety milestone

Charles Harris

Charles "Chas" Lamar Harris, Jr., age 43 of Monroe, GA passed away August 26, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Guy Lites, Iii

Guy Edward Lites, III., age 63 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away August 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez, age 94 of Alpharetta, GA died August 27, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535