News for Wednesday, August 4, 2010

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Brookwood athletes lunch with retirees

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jared Munday, a lineman for the Brookwood Broncos, talked football over lunch Wednesday with a couple of residents at the Lawrenceville retirement community Ashton Hall.

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Kicking it off

ATLANTA -- Ever since Georgia State announced it was starting a football programs just over two years ago, the "Countdown to Kickoff" began.With 29 days remaining until the Panthers' inaugural season begins with the Sept. 2 opener against Shorter at the Georgia Dome with the program's first media day and first day of practice, the countdown -- also called the "Countdown to Touchdown" -- is now called the "Countdown to History."

Anglers gear up for super bowl of fishing

DULUTH -- Seventy-eight men took turns posing for photos with the Forrest Wood Cup on Wednesday afternoon, some serious, some with silly faux celebrations.

Police to hear comments on accreditation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police want to hear your thoughts on them.

Brothers accused of baseball bat attack

NORCROSS -- Police arrested three Norcross family members for allegedly beating a man with baseball bats in a Home Depot parking lot Saturday.

Hammock: Carousel continues

The stress and pressure is too much. The school and its boosters expect wins. The time demands are too brutal. The fundraising is more than a major chore.

Bar spat lands man in jail

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett police say they escorted an intoxicated man from a Norcross sports bar over the weekend, later arresting him after they found a loaded pistol in his bookbag.

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Gwinnett Tech gets car for automotive program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The automotive technology program at Gwinnett Technical College has a new addition to its training fleet -- an all-new Kia Sorento donated by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc.

Winder mayor, council butt heads on city administrator salary

WINDER -- One of the items on Winder's Tuesday City Council meeting agenda was labeled "City Administrator's Salary." Councilman Bob Dixon requested that the item be included in the August meeting.

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Cops seek IDs of theft suspects

NORCROSS -- Norcross police are asking for help identifying three suspects who robbed a local gas station after hours Sunday night, taking only dozens of cartons of cigarettes.

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Police: Gunman out for managers

The warehouse driver who fatally shot eight co-workers and himself at a beer distributorship apparently targeted managers who had hired a private detective to tail him and forced him to resign because he stole beer from work, police said Wednesday.

County wraps up case in service dispute trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Attorneys for Gwinnett County wrapped up their case Wednesday in a trial with local cities.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Smog from wildfires engulfs Moscow skies

Moscow was engulfed Wednesday by the thickest blanket of smog yet this summer, an acrid, choking haze from wildfires that have wiped out Russian forests, villages and a military base.

Local candidates ready for runoff election

LILBURN -- Local house primaries still need to be sorted out even as voters plan to end high-profile statewide primaries on Tuesday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP says leak plugged, oil fading

Crews made key progress in plugging BP's blown-out Gulf oil well Wednesday as a report said much of the spilled crude is gone, twin victories that heartened leaders who have taken political heat but left some experts and Gulf Coast residents skeptical.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heard gets backing of former competitors

John Heard has the backing of three former competitors in the upcoming Tuesday runoff.

Traffic to be stopped today, Friday on Ga. Highway 20 for blasting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Traffic will be halted between Grayson and Loganville, as crews blast rock to widen a major thoroughfare between the two towns.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coroner: Pneumonia killed Murphy's husband

Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack died from pneumonia, the same illness that killed his actress wife months earlier, coroner's officials said Wednesday.

MUST READ: Obama turns 49 with Mrs. Obama, kids out of town

Home alone, President Barack Obama turned 49 on Wednesday. First lady Michelle Obama has taken their youngest daughter, Sasha, to Spain. Their other daughter, Malia, is away at summer camp.

BOC hopefuls face off

CONYERS -- Democratic candidate Courtney Dillard and Republican incumbent JaNice Van Ness met for the first time in a candidate forum Tuesday in their race for the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Post 2 seat.

RCPS students unable to transfer

CONYERS -- No students in Rockdale County Public Schools will be able to transfer to an unassigned school this year based on current enrollment figures.

Debate over chairman leads to board stalemate

CONYERS -- The two partisan members of the Rockdale County Board of Elections and Voter Registration reopened their search for a non-partisan chairman Wednesday after coming to a deadlock over two finalists for the position.

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THE DISH: Pizza Pub

With beer posters and neon signs plastered all over the walls, this "pub" stands out.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett student performers prepare to go back to school

Gwinnett's many young actors and dancers have enjoyed a summer filled with intense study in their chosen art forms. Now it is time to focus on the season before them, filled with performances and concentration on becoming better at their craft

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A personal touch: Kudzu Art Zone hosting new exhibit

Strings on a guitar. The doorway of a small church in Lititz, Pa. A goldfish pond that was dug by hand. An old shrimp boat unloading its catch.

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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Fox to host silent film screening with organist

Seated at an organ, Clark Wilson's job is to provide live soundtracks to silent films, trailing his fingers over the organ keys to manipulate an audiences' emotions as the story unfolds silently on screen.

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Aurora starts season with 'Singin' in the Rain'

Rain falls on the Aurora Theatre stage as actor Justin Tanner tap dances through puddles, the pitter-patter of water droplets providing a fitting accompaniment for the song "Singin' in the Rain."

Fun Factory to make stop at Mall of Georgia

BUFORD -- The Simon Kidgits Club's Kidgits Fun Factory tour is coming to Atlanta this weekend.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Director of 'Alice Creed' has major talent

With a cast of just three and taking place mostly in a single room, this bare-bones English crime thriller looks like something that would be absolutely electric if performed live on stage.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ferrell, McKay partner for best movie yet in 'Other Guys'

Since leaving "Saturday Night Live" in 2002, Will Ferrell has made a few decent art-house films but has spent the bulk of his time churning out mostly horrible action comedies.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Documentary takes look at different nuclear war scenarios

As "An Inconvenient Truth" was to global warming, "Food Inc." was to agriculture and "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" was to financial malfeasance, "Countdown to Zero" is a preaching-to-the-choir documentary about the history of nuclear weapons.

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Recently reviewed films now playing in theaters.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Wild Grass' full of art-house snobbery

If you're looking for another reason to hate the French -- and really, who isn't? -- "Wild Grass" will provide you with more than enough ammunition to fill both barrels.

Movie Trivia Contest 8/6

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: The Breakfast Club

The film that defined the final wave of Baby Boomers and made the late filmmaker John Hughes a household name has aged far better than the many inferior knock-offs it spawned.

Film Fans mixed over Efron's performance

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

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THOMAS: The mission in Iraq is still not accomplished

President Barack Obama claims to have kept his campaign promise to cease American combat operations — though not U.S. troop presence — in Iraq by the end of this month. But it’s not about his keeping promises about a war and an objective he never supported. It’s about whether the mission has been a success. And the answer to that question is: we don’t know yet.

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Many factors determine whether a tree survives a lightning strike

With the recent heavy thunderstorm activity in our area, lightning has struck trees on the property of many local homeowners. Afterward, they are concerned whether or not the trees will survive. The severity of the damage depends on the intensity of the lightning strike, the level of damage it causes and the overall health of the tree.

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Aurora starts season with 'Singin' in the Rain'

Rain falls on the Aurora Theatre stage as actor Justin Tanner tap dances through puddles, the pitter-patter of water droplets providing a fitting accompaniment for the song “Singin’ in the Rain.”

GWINNETT GAB: JCPenney to 'round up' for Y

LAWRENCEVILLE — Through Aug. 17, shoppers at JCPenney at the Mall of Georgia are invited to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to JM Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA to support quality after-school programs in their community.

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Beachy's makes unlikely rise through minors

LAWRENCEVILLE — Few could have foreseen Brandon Beachy’s rise through the Atlanta Braves’ farm system and arrival at Class AAA Gwinnett in just over two years. Not for an undrafted free agent out of Indiana Wesleyan University, a National Christian College Athletic Association school.

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PARKER: The meaning of Olive Street

We’ve heard much these past few years about “small town values,” most recently iterated and personified by Sarah Palin.

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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coroner: Pneumonia killed Murphy's husband

Coroner: Pneumonia killed Murphy’s husband

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MOVIE REVIEW: Director of 'Alice Creed' has major talent

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Bisher: Tech's practice policy and other random thoughts

So Paul Johnson decides to close the gates on Georgia Tech football practices. Big deal!

Richard Landry

Dick Landry, age 61 of Cumming, passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday, August 1, 2010. Dick worked in the transportation industry for decades. He enjoyed traveling, music, children ...

Thomas Mullinix

Mr. Thomas H. Mullinix, age 65, of Auburn, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Hazel Monforte

Mr. Hazel Monforte, age 84, of Snellville, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Charles Gaddis

Mr. Charles Ray Gaddis, age 67 of Braselton, GA, who passed away on Monday, August 2, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Ola Scruggs

Mrs. Ola Williams Scruggs, age 94, of Eastanollee, widow of Eugene Scruggs, died Sunday, August 1, 2010. Survivors daughters & son-in-law, Elise & James Beaver of Eastanollee & ...

Addie Barrett

Mrs. Addie Cl. Barrett, age 82 of Alpharetta, GA passed away Monday, August 2, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Christopher Murrell

BRYAN Christopher "Chris" Murrell, age 24 of Auburn passed away Saturday, July 31, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 11AM, Thursday, August 5, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Mildred Day

Mrs. Mildred Day, age 80, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, August 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Johnny Maddox

Johnny Maddox, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Monday, August 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Joe Johnson

Joe C. Johnson, age 76, of Loganville, GA, died Monday, August 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Myrtle Mcginnis

Mrs. Myrtle Croy McGinnis, age 86 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Frederick Rogers

Frederick Bernard Rogers, age 49, of Duluth, GA, passed away July 31, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Thelma Hardy

Thelma Dlean Ledford Hardy, age 88 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Monday, August 2, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

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