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Darden a backcourt force for Buford

Occasionally, an individual athlete can become an overriding symbol of the program he or she plays for. And it's difficult to think of Buford's volleyball team without Elizabeth Darden.

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Wolves show off versatility

The defensive look Seminole County used against the Wesleyan offense was no surprise and it won't be the last time this season the Wolves see nine defenders in the box.

Braves throttle Mets 9-2

David Ross hit his first career grand slam to cap a seven-run inning made possible by Luis Castillo's error, and the Atlanta Braves routed the New York Mets 9-2 on Tuesday night.

GAC move-in Cranshaw already makes splash

Shannon Cranshaw hasn't yet played a game for Greater Atlanta Christian's girls basketball team, or even played a high school game in the state of Georgia. But it hasn't taken her long to make an impact on the state, and Gwinnett County, hoops scene.

Tech has handle on opening-night foe

The beginning of each new season brings plenty of challenges for any college football team. But Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson can't help but note how different the challenges are for this year's opener -- Saturday's game with South Carolina State at Bobby Dodd Stadium -- than the first two under his watch.

PREP ROUNDUP: Floor's no-hitter leads Eagles to win

Collins Hill pitcher Kayla Floor (5-1) delivered a no-hitter on Tuesday, striking out 12 in five innings as the Eagles blanked Duluth 8-0 in Region 7-AAAAA.

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Francoeur traded to Rangers for playoff push

ATLANTA -- The first-place Texas Rangers acquired Parkview grad Jeff Francoeur for their playoff push Tuesday night, just hours before the deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason roster.

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FBI: Men not plotting terror

The FBI probe of two men arrested in Amsterdam after suspicious items turned up in one of the men's luggage is finding they were probably not on a test run for a future terror attack, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on earlier suggestions even as Dutch authorities held the pair on suspicion of conspiring to commit a terrorist act.

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NATION IN BRIEF: US braces as Hurricane Earl nears coast

A powerful Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe much of the East Coast just ahead of Labor Day, worrying countless vacationers who planned to spend the traditional last week of summer at the beach.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Palestinian kills 4 Israelis on eve of peace talks

Palestinian gunmen opened fire Tuesday on an Israeli car in the West Bank and killed four passengers on the eve of a new round of Mideast peace talks in Washington. The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Donations to restore dresses hit $30,000

Yes, those legions of ''Gone With the Wind'' fans really do care.

MUST READ: 'Unprecedented' challenge to save trapped Chilean miners

The effort to save 33 Chilean men trapped deep in a mine is an unprecedented challenge, mining safety experts said Tuesday. It means months of drilling, then a harrowing three-hour trip in a cage up a narrow hole carved through solid rock.

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Riverside fourth-graders make voices heard in mock election

Nearly 380 fourth- and fifth-graders at Riverside Elementary School voted Tuesday in a mock election. The activity was designed to help students learn about the government process and raise voter awareness, said Tonya Bothe, Riverside PTA's vice president and legislative committee chair.

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Obama marks official end of US combat mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Claiming no victory, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: "It is time to turn the page." Now, he said, the nation's most urgent priority must be fixing its own sickly economy.

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Going green earns Hamilton Mill library gold

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Hamilton Mill library has been recognized as one of the most innovative, unique and challenging construction projects in the nation by the Building of America Network.

Braves' Lowe receives injection in arm

For six weeks, Derek Lowe has pitched with a nagging pain near his right elbow. He doesn't expect it to keep him off the mound during the Atlanta Braves' playoff push, but it was serious enough for him to receive the first injection of his career.

Bryant's misses causing Falcons worry

Matt Bryant knows how fickle the kicking profession can be. He's made nearly 82 percent of the field-goal attempts in his career. Still, three misses in the preseason -- including an extra point -- have the Atlanta Falcons worrying about another uncertain season in the kicking game.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Winslow, Brennan named top runners

Vicky Winslow of Collins Hill and Sean Brennan of Brookwood were named runners of the week in voting by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches.

Isakson promotes tax cuts at Rotary

DULUTH -- To get out of the Great Recession, politicians need to keep taxes low and regulations predictable, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Gwinnett.

Jumper accused of taking from church

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Planning Commissioner Floy Jumper is facing an investigation over checks written to himself as treasurer of his church.

Clash with deputies costs man 3 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to brawling with two Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies was sentenced to serve three years in prison, a prosecutor said.

Hunt for stolen TVs turns up computers, pot

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A search warrant served by Gwinnett County School Police turned up a pair of stolen computers and some marijuana Monday, but not the TVs pilfered from a local elementary school they were looking for.

GPEE speaks to candidates about issues in education

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Leaders of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education urged political candidates to think about what they can do to help more people into the work force.

Paramore to play Arena on Wednesday

Taylor York spent about two years as a sort of auxiliary member of the band Paramore.

G-Braves' slim playoff hopes end

The Gwinnett Braves fell to the Norfolk Tides 5-2 and were officially eliminated from the International League playoffs Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va.

IL honors Freeman, Canizares

Barbaro Canizares leads the International League in batting with a .339 average. Teammate Freddie Freeman is second .319.

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THOMAS: Liberals begin to turn against Obamanomics

President Barack Obama may have experienced his Walter Cronkite moment over the economy.

LETTERS: Lincoln Memorial, day of King's speech belong to all

Reading Eugene Robinson’s blast in Sunday’s paper goes beyond far left liberalism.

PREP ROUNDUP: Floor's no-hitter leads Eagles to win

DULUTH — Collins Hill pitcher Kayla Floor (5-1) delivered a no-hitter on Tuesday, striking out 12 in five innings as the Eagles blanked Duluth 8-0 in Region 7-AAAAA.

Red Cross in 'critical need' of blood

LAWRENCEVILLE — The American Red Cross is stressing an urgent need for blood donors — particularly those with type O negative — and several blood drives in Gwinnett over the long Labor Day weekend will be doing their part to try and help.

LETTERS: Liberals like Robinson know America is conservative

I was absolutely delighted by the recent attack by columnist Eugene Robinson on Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington (“Even Beck can’t mar King’s legacy,” Aug. 29, Page 10A). The attack reflects the desperation of the leftists. You see, anytime far-leftist columnists like Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post, Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald and Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution get upset and go off on their routine vicious unhinged tirades against anyone who is conservative, then I know that these leftists are very frightened that Americans may finally be questioning the far-left socialist tilt of this administration.

Braves promote another young star

ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman will reach the majors at age 20, just like close friend Jason Heyward did. It just took him until the last month of the regular season.

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CLINE: Good news can rise out of the bad

Like most of you, I like when the guy gets the girl, the underdog wins the game, the good guys save the day and everyone lives happily ever after. But we all know the news of the day doesn’t always unfold that way.

LETTERS: BOC an expert on trying to lower quality in Gwinnett

Does anyone else find it extremely ironic that the BOC took aim at Gwinnett Place Mall management (“Mall managers respond to digs from officials,” Aug. 24, Page 1A) about “lowering the quality of the county’s first major shopping mecca” by allowing check-cashing? Are they kidding? The BOC wants to lower the quality of all of Gwinnett County by privitizing Briscoe Field. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black?

Emory Eastside to hold community health screenings

SNELLVILLE — The Health to You program at Emory Eastside Medical Center will host a community health screening on the morning of Sept. 15.

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Jakeyln Knecht

Jakelyn Orr Knecht, age 80 of Dacula, born in Buford & a life long resident of Gwinnett County, passed away on Sunday, August 29, 2010. Funeral Service will be held ...

Jimmy Leach

"MIKE" Jimmy Michael "Mike" Leach, age 53 of Winder, GA, passed away August 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Roger Shimmin

Roger Shimmin, age 59 of Winder, GA passed away August 28, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Maurine Mcquilken

Maurine L. McQuilken, age 84 of Sugar Hill, GA and formerly of Allentown, PA died Sunday, August 29, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Shirley Herrington

Shirley Faye Herrington, age 61 of Bethlehem, Ga passed away August 28, 2010. She was of the Baptist Faith and a member of Ewings Chapel Church. She was a loving ...

Charles Harris, Jr.

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

Shelley Tarantino

Shelley Tarantino age 52 of Lawrenceville passed away Friday, August 27, 2010. Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

George Beck

George Warren Beck, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 29, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Robin Turk

Robin Turk, age 50 of Winder, GA passed away August 30, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Debra Keller

Debra Ann Keller age 57 of Lilburn, GA passed away August 29, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Douglas Bryden

Douglas Lynn Bryden, 53, died August 26, 2010 in Duluth, Georgia. He was born September, 1956, son of Merwin and Edna Bryden. Doug grew up on and worked the family ...

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