News for Saturday, August 7, 2010

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ROBINSON: A mighty argument for marriage equality

The 14th Amendment is a mighty sword, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used it Wednesday to slice and shred all the specious arguments -- and I mean all of them -- that are used to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans. Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow.

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Speedy Tech-bound senior sparks Buford attack

A pretty good track runner in the 100- and 200-meter dash, Chelsie Thomas is known for her quick starts, though as the distances get longer, she gets reeled in some by her opponents with longer strides.

Buford's Mann Jr. misses cut

DULUTH -- Fishing on your home lake in a tournament is considered to be a blessing by some and a curse by others. It could be argued that both of those sentiments came true for Buford's Tom Mann Jr

OSU's Heyward wants to make senior year greatest yet

CHICAGO -- Cameron Heyward wants to be great. The Peachtree Ridge grad doesn't need to be in an NFL training camp this month to achieve that goal.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Titans cap season with World Series title

The Shiloh Titans 10U baseball team won the Grand Slam World Series in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Marshall helps Berkeley Lake to title

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Of greater Gwinnett's nearly two dozen former high school players in the Sunbelt League baseball playoffs, second baseman Kurtis Robinson and pitcher Ben Marshall made lasting impressions -- from opposing dugouts at Coolray Field on Saturday.

Eagles' Gonzalez wins Dennis McCormick race

SUWANEE -- Andy Gonzalez has run the Dennis McCormick Road Race the last 10 years and finally achieved one of his goals on Saturday. The Collins Hill senior won the 14th annual event hosted by the Eagle's cross country program with a time of 16 minutes, 18 seconds.

Tech not concerned about defending title

ATLANTA -- The biggest question surrounding Georgia Tech's defense of last year's Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2010 was how it will deal with the loss of NFL draft picks Jonathan Dwyer and Demaryius Thomas on offense and Derrick Morgan and Morgan Burnett on defense.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson working to repeal 'Obamacare'

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is working on five bills to repeal parts of the new "terribly flawed" health care law.

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BISHER: Ceremony shows Braves, Glavine make up

There is little that excites me about watching people retire. You know, everybody is full of good cheer -- some with good reason, some applauding inwardly. Sometimes there's a gold watch and all is positive. Nothing more depressing than your own retirement, which in my case was little more than switching gears.

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Kagan 4th woman on Court

WASHINGTON -- Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court.

Runoffs mostly in the South

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's been rare lately for the Gwinnett GOP to decide its nominees for county commission without a runoff.

The ABCs of back to school

As thousands of students in Gwinnett prepare to return to school, we've taken an alphabetic approach to the upcoming academic year.

NATION: Third spacewalk needed to restore cooling system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA said a third spacewalk is now needed to restore a crucial cooling system at the International Space Station.

County prison hurting after uncertainty

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A year ago, county prison guard seemed like the most unstable job in Gwinnett.

PEOPLE: Lady Gaga returns to Lollapalooza

CHICAGO -- Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival -- but she hasn't forgotten some critics' less-than-stellar reviews of that performance.

Fire guts home, kills dog

LOGANVILLE -- After initially fearing two residents were trapped inside their burning Loganville home Saturday evening, Gwinnett firefighters ultimately found them to be safe and sound.

WORLD: Basra blast kills 20 Iraqis

BAGHDAD -- Explosions killed at least 20 people and wounded as many as 100 Saturday night at a downtown market in Iraq's second-largest city, a senior official said, coming at the end of a violent day that also saw the slaying of seven policemen around the country.

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Fishing tourney makes local economic impact

DULUTH -- Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue closed his address to a few thousand fishing fans at Gwinnett Arena with this Saturday: "The state's enjoyed it, and go fishing y'all."

Deal to avert BlackBerry ban could set world precedent

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A preliminary agreement between the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some access to users' data, will avert a ban on the phone in that country.

GGC forms alliance with Technology Association

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College and the Technology Association of Georgia have formed a strategic alliance that will allow students access to TAG's technology-focused programming, resources and networking opportunities.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall, Hice battle it out in Tuesday's runoff

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Both Jody Hice and Rob Woodall consider themselves underdogs in next week's runoff for the GOP nomination to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder.

FBI arrests suspect in bank robberies

DULUTH -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested the man suspected in at least three local bank robberies, police said.

Eagles' Gonzalez wins Dennis McCormick race

SUWANEE — Andy Gonzalez has run the Dennis McCormick Road Race the last 10 years and finally achieved one of his goals on Saturday.

Buford's Mann Jr. misses cut

DULUTH — Fishing on your home lake in a tournament is considered to be a blessing by some and a curse by others.

BISHER: Ceremony shows Braves, Glavine finally make up

There is little that excites me about watching people retire. You know, everybody is full of good cheer — some with good reason, some applauding inwardly. Sometimes there’s a gold watch and all is positive. Nothing more depressing than your own retirement, which in my case was little more than switching gears.

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.

Gene Barnard

Gene Barnard, age 69 of Stone Mountain passed away Thursday, August 5, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM, Sunday, August 8, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Mary Everette

Mary L. Everette, age 81 of Bethlehem, GA passed away August 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Ada Elder

Mrs. Ada Hardy Elder, age 77 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Donald Strohmeyer

Donald L. Strohmeyer, age 74, of Duluth, GA and Boca Raton, FL passed away August 6, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Edward Murphy

Edward T. Murphy, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 5, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

James F. Starnes

James F. Starnes age 78 of Norcross, Ga died August 5, 2010. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM in the Bill Head Funeral ...

Jane Martin

Jane Harris Martin, age 75 of Winder, GA passed away August 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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