News for Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Buford students fired up as they head back to class

BUFORD -- Joy Davis was up well before dawn Thursday. Excitement about Buford's first day of school pulled her from her bed.
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Fish fanatics converge on Lanier, Arena

DULUTH -- Dozens of men stand in line behind a curtain, tired from eight hours' work on Lake Lanier and holding their day's catch in vats of water.

No injuries when car hits townhome

TUCKER -- Three people escaped injury Thursday morning when a vehicle plowed into a townhome in the 6400 block of Wedgewood Trace in Tucker, authorities said.

BOC candidates working hard for runoff votes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The four Republican candidates remaining in the races for two Gwinnett County Commission seats have been braving the heat and pounding the pavement to convince voters to choose them in the upcoming runoff election.

Ex-Falcon booked on drug, gun charges

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett police arrested a former Atlanta Falcon after finding prescription drugs and a handgun inside his vehicle during a late-night traffic stop, police said.

Hudgens Center to hold family day

A large, transparent window scene created during this event will complement The Hudgens Center for the Arts' beautiful koi pond.

Braves rally, hold Giants at bay

Teammates quietly wished Eric Hinske a happy birthday before the game. The celebration came afterward. Hinske snapped an 0-for-17 hitless streak with a tiebreaking, sixth-inning home run off Tim Lincecum to help the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

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Heat wave turning deadly

JACKSON, Miss. -- This heat wave isn't just stifling -- it's deadly.Extreme temperatures continued Thursday across a large swath of the country, killing more than a dozen people, at least two police dogs and likely contributing to the death of Franklin the rhinoceros at a Mississippi zoo. Arkansas fire departments were volunteering to hose down overheated cattle, and people as far north as Maine were looking for ways to stay cool.

Cops: 100,000 images in child porn cache

SNELLVILLE -- An ongoing investigation into a Snellville man's penchant for child pornography has uncovered nearly 100,000 images and 300 CDs containing illegal images, police said Thursday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP finishes putting cement into blowout

NEW ORLEANS -- BP finished pumping fresh cement into its blown-out oil well Thursday as aimed to seal for good the ruptured pipe that for months spewed crude into Gulf of Mexico in one of the world's worst spills.

Sheriff's deputies nab shooting suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett sheriff's deputies nabbed a man Thursday wanted for the July shooting that caused a man to lose his spleen and half of a kidney.

Fire damages Snellville home

SNELLVILLE -- A Thursday night house fire in Snellville has been ruled accidental and is believed to have been caused by an unattended pot left on a stove.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Mexican court upholds gay marriage law

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing same-sex marriages in Mexico City is constitutional, rejecting an appeal by federal prosecutors who argued it violated the charter's guarantees to protect the family.

Dacula to Partnership Gwinnett: 'Not so fast'

DACULA -- City officials voted to delay a $4,500 payment to Partnership Gwinnett on Thursday, taking a "wait and see" stance and sending a clear message.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Drug bottles found in Smith death room

LOS ANGELES -- Drug bottles, a duffel bag full of cash and Anna Nicole Smith's sobbing boyfriend were found in the Florida hotel room where the Playboy model died of an overdose three years ago, a police detective testified Thursday.

Fed court bars candidate's lawsuit over ballot expletive

MADISON, Wis. -- A federal court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an independent candidate for the state Assembly in Wisconsin who wants to use a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot.

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Wesleyan's Smith driven to go out on top

It can truly be said Maggie Smith was groomed to be a winner throughout her involvement in Wesleyan's ultra-successful volleyball program.

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Falcons savor chance to play under Friday lights

For some of the Atlanta Falcons, it's been more than a decade since they played on Friday nights. It's a little more recent for others, but that doesn't diminish the nostalgia. For the third straight year, the Falcons are holding their Friday Night Lights team scrimmage in Gwinnett County.

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Getting to Know ... Charlie Conn

Charlie Conn, 66, has been an important member of the Grayson Touchdown Club since the school opened in 2000 and his son Mickey became the Rams' first (and still only) head football coach.

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Heat limits catch at Forrest Wood Cup

Throughout the weigh-in of the first day of the Forrest Wood Cup bass tournament Thursday night at the Gwinnett Arena, one word was repeated by almost every angler. Tough.

HYDER: Help troops get the credit they deserve

Several veteran groups are imploring legislatures, governors, boards of regents, and presidents of universities and colleges to do right for service members and veterans when it comes to obtaining university and college credits. Credits are appropriate by having completed comparable, equivalent federal military schools and courses. Notwithstanding, the vast majority of public universities and colleges continue to perpetuate unfairness by disregarding accredited federal education.

McCormick race back for 14th year

Former Collins Hill cross country coaches Matt Johnson and David Ellwanger started a local race nearly 15 years ago as a fundraiser for their program. It had mild success it first few years, but now has grown into a yearly tradition and has garnered a sponsor.

Community organizes group to support Norcross schools

NORCROSS -- The community is rallying around Norcross schools.

Gift certificates available for Suwanee shops, restaurants

SUWANEE -- The Downtown Development Authority and newly formed Downtown Business Association are offering gift certificates that may be used at more than a dozen downtown Suwanee shops and restaurants as well as many merchants at the Suwanee Farmers Market.

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Senators confirm Kagan as Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Atlanta to lose 1 Sprint Cup date next year

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Motor Speedway will host just one NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2011. The track announced Thursday it will hold a 500-mile Cup race at the track on Labor Day weekend next year. It marks the first time since the track opened in 1960 that it will not host two Cup events in a season.

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Dacula to Partnership Gwinnett: 'Not so fast'

DACULA — City officials voted to delay a $4,500 payment to Partnership Gwinnett on Thursday, taking a “wait and see” stance and sending a clear message.

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BRODER: Senate needs an influx of good leaders

Earlier this week, as the United States Senate went through the motions of debating Elena Kagan’s nomination to a Supreme Court seat that became hers Thursday, readers of The New Yorker across the country could review journalist George Packer’s masterful article “The Empty Chamber,” tracing the decline and fall of that same Senate.

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Wesleyan's Smith driven to go out on top

It can truly be said Maggie Smith was groomed to be a winner throughout her involvement in Wesleyan’s ultra-successful volleyball program.

Freemen homer leads G-Braves to win

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer that put Gwinnett in front for good in the third inning and the Braves defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-1 on Thursday night.

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McCULLOUGH: Going to miss springtime at the racetrack in Atlanta

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Addie E. Gonsalves

ADDIE E. GONSALVES July 4, 1923 - July 29, 2010 Service is being held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 10932 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44108. Repast following immediately . Arrangements by ...

Pat Autry

Pat Witcher Autry, age 69, of Snellville, GA, died August 4, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Joyce Chriswell

Joyce Chriswell, age 62, of Loganville, GA, died August 3, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Ann Bell

Ann Blagg Bell, age 84 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Monday, August 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com ...

Doris Thompson Garner

Doris Thompson Garner, age 89 of Snellville passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM, Friday, August 6, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Claude Sutton

Claude (Poppa) Sutton age 87 of Lawrenceville, GA was born and raised in Haywood County, North Carolina. He served his beloved country in the U. S. Army during WW II ...

Joachin Madison

Joachin "Fo Fo" Madison, age 80, of Loganville, GA, passed away July 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Virginia Greer

Virginia McCants Greer, age 94, of Sandy Springs, GA, passed away August 3, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

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