News for Friday, August 6, 2010


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For the fans: Scrimmage at North Gwinnett offers up-close look at Falcons

Like many Friday nights in the past, and certainly many more in the future, fans clad in red and black packed into Tom Robinson Stadium, the home of North Gwinnett football.
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Kagan celebrates with Obama

WASHINGTON -- A beaming Elena Kagan and President Barack Obama on Friday celebrated her imminent ascension to the Supreme Court with jokes and references to the irreverent sense of humor she put on display during her Senate confirmation hearing.

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NATION IN BRIEF: NTSB probing wreck involving school buses

GRAY SUMMIT, Mo. -- National Transportation Safety Board investigators examining the Missouri crash that killed a 15-year-old school bus passenger and the teen driver of a pickup truck are hopeful they'll learn something to make school buses and road work zones safer, an NTSB official said Friday.

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Sending the catch of the day back

The sun quickly fading behind the trees surrounding Lake Lanier, a 30-foot pontoon boat tools around the mostly empty waterway. The three men on this boat have no reels, no lures, no rods -- they've just arrived, but they're already carrying the day's catch.

Police find $30,000 in fake goods in Duluth shop

Nearly $30,000 of counterfeit merchandise uncovered in a Duluth gift shop this week included faux designer clothing and stylish footwear, police said. The shop's owner, Lawrenceville resident Sigi Cherian, 34, is behind bars on charges of forgery and counterfeiting trademarks, police said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: UAE: Japanese tanker attacked in Persian Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The United Arab Emirates said Friday that a Japanese oil tanker was hit by an explosives-laden dinghy in the Persian Gulf in what would be the first attack in the strategic waterway where millions of barrels of oil are transported each day.

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Hundreds of teachers turn out for supply giveaway

In the past, Mercedes Guillermo opened her wallet to purchase supplies for her classroom. But after furlough days trimmed her paychecks, Guillermo said she didn't have the extra cash to stock up on paper, tissues and hand sanitizer.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Judge grants restraining order to Bullock

LOS ANGELES -- A judge granted Sandra Bullock a three-year restraining order Friday against a man who has a history of stalking her and allegedly traveled cross-country to try to meet the actress after being released from a mental hospital.

Buford graduate wins lottery prize

Michelle Romero, a lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship recipient, recently won the lottery. The 35-year-old Buford grad won a $250,000 second prize from matching the first five winning numbers in the July 27 Mega Millions drawing.

Mystery of Confederate sub Hunley remains 10 years later

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A decade after the raising of the Confederate submarine Hunley off the South Carolina coast, the cause of the sinking of the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship remains a mystery. But scientists are edging closer.

Testimony concludes in service delivery dispute

The fate of services and taxes in Gwinnett are in a judge's hands. After five days of testimony, the trial between the county government and 15 cities ended Friday, with no commissioners and only two mayors taking the stand.

In brief: Police: Liburn resident accuses man of sending him computer virus

A Covington man was booked in Gwinnett this week on charges he sent a computer virus to a local man he didn't like.

Burglar hits gas station via roof

Police are seeking public input to identify a gas station burglar who made an unconventional entry in his efforts to pillage a Lilburn business.

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Driving force

Alec Klassen has been on hundreds of training runs, but he'll never forget a particular one this summer.The Parkview cross country runner was training with former teammate Scott Jarvis at Juhan Park when the two were attacked by an owl. Yes, an owl. Klassen has fought off dogs nipping at his heels, but never a wild animal.

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Falcons improve under lights

SUWANEE -- The Atlanta Falcons' annual "Friday Night Lights" event is as much about reaching out to the team's fan base as it is learning things about the team in one of training camp's first live scrimmages. Photo slide show inside

Fishing field cut at Forrest Wood

DULUTH -- It was moving day at the Gwinnett Arena on Friday in the second day of the Forrest Wood Cup as the field of 78 scrambled for position in the top 30.All it took was a two-day total of 14 pounds, 11 ounces or greater to continue at a chance for the $500,000 prize. But in a tournament where fish over four pounds are scarce, mere ounces could mean the difference in fishing on Saturday in day 3 or going home.

Sun Belt back at Coolray Field

For the second straight year, the Sun Belt Baseball League -- a wooden bat collegiate summer league -- will hold its championship games at Coolray Field.The Berkeley Lake Tides, who are based out of Norcross High School, will attempt to close out the Douglasville Bulls in the best-of-three series today at 2 p.m.

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Fine tuning: Violin maker calls Duluth home

DULUTH -- Ok Kyum Kim's face is staid as he drags the bow across the viola's strings.

3 responders top Barrow's public safety list

WINDER -- The Winder Noon Lions Club recently made selections for their top public servants of 2010.

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Locals participate in quilting bee for charity

LILBURN -- A recent service project completed by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will bring comfort to infants and children who have been hospitalized and placed in foster care.

Business holding Wine 101 class

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If you were ever afraid to ask about wine for fear of looking ignorant, Niko's Wine Corner is offering the chance to do so without the all-too-often snobby vibe.

GWINNETT GAB: Candeto visits AIM Atlanta campus

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former U.S. Naval Academy star quarterback and present Georgia Tech offensive backs coach Craig Candeto recently visited the Aviation Institute of Maintenance's Atlanta campus to speak to the AIM Atlanta student body.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Collins Hill teacher participates in Belfer Conference

Angela Dean, a language arts teacher at Collins Hill High School, attended the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 14th annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators from June 27 to 29.

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Belasco - Monroe

Thomas and Allyson Deater of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexa Belasco of Lawrenceville, to Corey Monroe of Lawrenceville, son of Greg and Laurie Cook of Loganville.

Prisoner had wrong kind of cell, guard says

BUFORD — A Phillips State Prison inmate was booked in the local jail this week after a routine search found him in possession of a cell phone, authorities said.

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Brewer - Hamilton

Sgt. Joseph and Gina Duffee of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Brewer of Lawrenceville, to Brad Hamilton of Lawrenceville, son of Peggy Hamilton of Lawrenceville and Pierce Hamilton of Buford.

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LARSON: Melting pot of life literally blends us all together

When I moved to Atlanta in 1973, I was invited to an old-fashioned Southern barbecue.

MCLEOD: Can you tolerate some uncertainty in life?

How comfortable are you with uncertainty? If you’re like most of us, you probably find it easier to function when things are settled.

LETTERS: Tea party needs to stay out of king-making

I was troubled by the Gwinnett Daily Post article, “Tea party groups endorse Hice for 7th District race” (Aug. 1, Page 9A). Having been a candidate in this race for Congress, a tea party supporter and a friend of both runoff candidates, I feel that I have a unique perspective to share.

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JENKINS: If you can read this, you should thank a teacher

In these times of falling test scores, cheating scandals, and budget crises, public school teachers have become convenient scapegoats — especially among certain right-wing pundits and politicians. Which seems odd, because most of the teachers I know are pretty conservative, God-fearing folks.

Redmond leads G-Braves to win

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Todd Redmond threw 72⁄3 four-hit innings and walked just two batters for his ninth win of the season as the Gwinnett Braves defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2-1 on Friday Night at Coca-Cola Park.

College notes

The following stuent made the dean’s list at Georgia College and State University:

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YARBROUGH: Frazier a great tax reform ally for Georgians

I had considered the recently-constituted Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians just so much political hooey until I saw who was elected chairman of the council: Adolphus Drewry Frazier Jr.

3 responders top Barrow's public safety list

WINDER — The Winder Noon Lions Club recently made selections for their top public servants of 2010.

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HUCKABY: Let's keep giving kids the HOPE they deserve

God bless Zell Miller. Now there was a governor.

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RICH: The South has a particular way of dealing with death

Months before Mama died, she worried incessantly about the cost of obituaries in newspapers. Some charge by the word, you know.

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Owen Freeman

Owen Freeman, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, preacher, teacher and spiritual mentor, passed away on Wednesday, August 4th, his 87th birthday. "Brother Owen" was an extraordinary Christian ...

Harry R. Taylor

Harry R. Taylor age 83 of Snellville, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2010. Funeral services will be 2:30 PM Sunday, August 8, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

George Morris

George "Donald" Morris, age 81 of Statham, GA passed away August 4, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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,

Bonita Smith

Bonita S. (Bonnie) Smith, age 81, of Lilburn, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010. A native of Kite, GA, Mrs. Smith retired as a secretary at an optometrist office in Warner ...

Thomas Mullinix, Sr.

Thomas H. Mullinix, Sr., 65, of Auburn, GA, formerly of Damascus, MD, passed away on the 3rd of August, 2010 at the Embracing Hospice Center in Snellville, GA. Born on ...

Joseph Fraser

Joseph C. Fraser, age 90 of Lawrenceville, GA died July 21, 2010. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers Alpharetta, 678-735-5500

Samuel J. Gibson

Samuel Jones Gibson, 84, of Bethlehem, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on August 4, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Carrie Gibson, and ...

Bobby Pitts

Bobby Pitts, age 67 of Monroe, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,