News for Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Jerry Lamar Mcpherson, Sr.

Jerry Lamar McPherson, Sr., age 64 of Auburn, GA, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. He is survived by his wife Joyce McPherson of Auburn, children, Jerry Lamar McPherson ...

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Paula Camp

Mrs. Paula Bagwell Camp, age 73, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away peacefully at home in her sleep surrounded by family Monday afternoon February 8, 2010 after a six year difficult ...

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Mell Hall

Mell Raymond Hall, age 67 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2010, at 12Stone Church ...

Lynn Hudson

Lynn Hudson, age 67, of Oxford, GA, died February 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Charles Woodruff

Charles H. Woodruff, age 85 of Loganville, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2010 in the Chapel ...

John Ogbighen

John Aridi Ogbighen, age 48 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, January 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Nursing homes get high marks

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Three Gwinnett nursing homes have received overall five-star ratings in U.S. News & World Report's listings of the nation's best facilities.

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Cops blame texting in man's death

DULUTH -- Eastbound on Sugarloaf Parkway in her 2008 Ford Edge, Lori Reineke had a green light at the intersection where she fatally struck James Eaton III on the night before Halloween last year, authorities said.

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Chairman: County strong despite economy

DULUTH -- Charles Bannister isn't "breaking out the champagne," but Gwinnett's chairman said local residents have a lot to be optimistic about, during his annual State of the County speech Wednesday.
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Braves caravan pays visit to local school

SUGAR HILL -- The Atlanta Braves' two-week journey through five Southeastern states is coming to an end today.Photo slide show inside

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Bronco boys after third straight title

The Brookwood boys swimmers were the chasers for years, regularly finishing as runner-ups during Parkview's years of dominance at the state meet. Now the Broncos are building their own dynasty, courtesy of back-to-back Class AAAAA state championships the past two years.

Parkview divers make a splash

Parkview's Sean Piner racked up 445.90 points on his way to a state runner-up finish in the Class AAAAA boys state diving championship.

HAMMOCK: Veteran hoops coaches Martin, Marelle guide Spartan teams

Greater Atlanta Christian's Eddie Martin and Joe Marelle have coached more than 1,500 varsity games, just about all with Gwinnett teams.

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Storm pounds East Coast

WASHINGTON -- A blizzard howled up the East Coast on Wednesday, making roads from Baltimore to New York City so treacherous that even plow drivers pulled over and bringing more misery to a Mid-Atlantic region having the snowiest winter on record.

Police identify victim of apparent homicide

DULUTH -- Police have identified a man found dead in his apartment Tuesday afternoon but have remained tight-lipped about details surrounding his death.

Case of tuberculosis suspected at school

LILBURN -- About 175 children at Lilburn Middle School need to be tested for exposure to tuberculosis, officials said Wednesday.

Analysis: GCPS testing process working

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A statewide analysis of standardized test scores revealed one Gwinnett County school fell into a category of minimal concern for the number of erasures on students' tests.

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SNELLVILLE -- The Yoga Source, a yoga studio in Snellville, will celebrate Valentine's Day with a yoga class for couples from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

House rejects Perdue lottery plan

ATLANTA -- House budget writers have rejected Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to take money from the state lottery reserves to pay for scholarships and grants typically funded with taxpayer dollars.

O'Neal leads Heat past short-handed Hawks

ATLANTA -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points, Dwyane Wade had 18 and the Miami Heat took advantage of Atlanta's thin bench and pulled away with a 10-0 run in the final period to beat the Hawks 94-76 on Wednesday night.

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Linder, GOP: Medicaid expansion to be burden

Congressman John Linder and his colleagues in the Georgia Republican delegation are fighting a proposed expansion of Medicaid as a part of government takeover of health care.

Miami beats Tech at buzzer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- After missing a chance to seal the win, James Dews made a 15-footer at the buzzer Wednesday night to give Miami a 64-62 victory over No. 20 Georgia Tech.

Daily Post enters delivery partnership

Delivery of the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen has been outsourced to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was announced Wednesday.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Buford's Thomas, Fullem and Dickie commit to colleges

Buford juniors Chelsie Thomas, Karly Fullem and Melissa Dickie, who have led the Wolves to the past three state championships, recently made commitments to college fastpitch softball programs.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Ex-Jackson doctor back in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The doctor facing a manslaughter charge in singer Michael Jackson's death has returned to Nevada to resume his medical practice and await trial, his representatives said Wednesday.

NATION IN BRIEF: 2 principals shot at Tenn. school on snow day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Officials said a Tennessee elementary school principal is in critical condition after she and an assistant principal were shot and wounded by a co-worker at their office.

WORLD IN BRIEF: IAEA says Iran's new enrichment modest amount<

VIENNA -- Iran expects to produce its first batch of higher enriched uranium within a few days but its effort is modest, using only a small amount of feedstock and a fraction of its capacities, according to a confidential document shared with The Associated Press.

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CALMES: Choral Guild to perform at Spivey Hall

The Gwinnett Choral Guild's history is taking a new turn, one that will lead to the very prestigious performing space at Spivey Hall on Feb. 21. This concert will be the first performance the group has given in the Clayton County theater, a performing space that has offered Atlanta audiences the highest quality classical and jazz music since 1991.

Local gallery celebrates Valentine's Day with exhibit of paintings from the heart

Kudzu Art Zone is celebrating the month of February and Valentine's Day with an exhibit of work based on the theme "Reflections of the Heart."

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'Dancing Spirit' makes its way to Fox Theatre stage

Ask Jamar Roberts to select his favorite piece from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's current touring repertory and the 27-year-old company dancer becomes torn.

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Police: Man smashes 29 TVs at Lilburn Wal-Mart

LILBURN -- Talk about raging against the machine. The TV machine. Authorities have no idea what set off 23-year-old Westley Strellis on Wednesday afternoon, but say he took his frustrations out on 29 television sets at the Lawrenceville Highway Wal-Mart.AP video clip inside

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Disc Spotlight: A Serious Man

Even with their considerable industry clout, this is the type of movie the Coen brothers could have only made after winning a Best Picture Oscar. The bleak black comedy features a cast of virtual unknowns dealing with a plethora of moral, religious and ethical issues in a 1967 Minnesota suburb and in traditional Coen fashion, it often gets messy. For those not well-versed in Hebrew or Yiddish, there is a guide included in the bonus section that should be viewed before watching the film.

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Love is all around: All-star cast leads the search for romance in 'Valentine's Day'

In an interview aired this week on "CBS Sunday Morning," director Garry Marshall stated he doesn't do explosions nor does he care much for special effects; he likes to film people talking. A man true to his word, Marshall and his "Valentine's Day" screenwriter Katherine Fugate fill their new movie with nothing but talk and to quote Paul Simon, they're all "people talking without speaking." You'd be hard-pressed to find a movie with more dialogue that said less than this one.

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'Last Station' offers a look at the war, peace of Tolstoy's life

Considering how colorful most of their lives were and how much material they've provided to filmmakers over the years, it's odd that nobody has yet to make a full-blown biography about a famous writer.

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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'Percy Jackson' movie is all Greek to fans of the books

For those who find the "Harry Potter" franchise too dark, intense or cerebral, there's "Percy Jackson." The first in what could turn out to be five films, "The Lightning Thief" is a shameless Potter knock-off that forgoes things like nuance and depth and replaces them with broad family action and humor and a simpleton plot.

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Boom boom wow: Black Eyed Peas bring fun, energy to Philips

A green, computer-generated face greets the crowd from a jumbotron saying, "Welcome to the E.N.D. The energy never dies. Energy cannot be destroyed or created -- it always is and it always will be. This is the end and the beginning -- forever, infinite. Welcome."Then, one by one, the Black Eyed Peas -- Will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and Apl De Ap -- step out on stage surrounded by smoke and green lights as their 2010 world tour, sponsored by Bacardi, kicked off Feb. 4.

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Local gallery celebrates Valentine's Day with exhibit of paintings from the heart

Kudzu Art Zone is celebrating the month of February and Valentine's Day with an exhibit of work based on the theme "Reflections of the Heart."

PARKER: Men want shovels, and only the biggest will do

WASHINGTON — Much time and many volumes have been devoted to Freud's famous question — What do women want? — with little commensurate attention to the male counterpart.

Gwinnett Calendar

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THOMAS: Is Obama prepared to give a little?

At first it seemed like a great idea. President Barack Obama, fresh from good reviews for his appearance at the House Republican retreat two weeks ago, invited Republican leaders to Blair House in Washington for negotiations on a health insurance reform bill. But the essence of negotiation is in its definition — ‘‘to deal or bargain with another or others.'' Or, to quote an old song lyric: ‘‘You've got to give a little, take a little, and let your poor heart break a little.'' We know what the president is willing to take, but what is he prepared to give?

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DALY: George Washington Carver's contributions often overlooked

One of the greatest contributors to modern agriculture was George Washington Carver. Although he was born into slavery and suffered from multiple illnesses as a child, he did not let this stop his mind from being creative.

PREP ROUNDUP: Lamb scores 30 in Norcross win

JOHNS CREEK — Jeremy Lamb scored 30 points to lift Norcross past Northview 82-69 on Wednesday. Chris Bolden added 20 points for the Blue Devils (22-2, 15-1).

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Buford's Thomas, Fullem and Dickie commit to colleges

Buford's Thomas, Fullem and Dickie commit to colleges

'Last Station' offers a look at the war, peace of Tolstoy's life

The Last Station (R)

'Percy Jackson' movie is all Greek to fans of the books

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG)

Gladiators' winning streak snapped

ESTERO, Fla. — Gwinnett saw its four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night at the Germain Arena. The Everblades broke a 1-1 deadlock with just over three minutes to play in the third to take a 3-1 win over the Gladiators.

Film Fans: Travolta the lone bright spot in 'Paris with Love'

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "To Paris with Love." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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