News for Thursday, January 21, 2010


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Vernon Taylor

Vernon Wilson Taylor, age 82, of Suwanee, GA formerly of Stone Mountain died January 19, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years Eleanor Louise Taylor ...

Gerry Potts

Mr. Gerry Potts, age 61 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Kathy Mccart

Kathy Lee McCart, age 55 of Loganville, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2010. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Friday, January 22, 2010 in the Loganville Chapel of ...

Dean Miskuff

Dean Miskuff, age 47, of Buford, GA passed away January 19, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Troyce Pugh

Mr. Troyce Edward Pugh, age 74, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2010. He was preceded in death by: parents, Roe and Bertha Pugh; brothers, Thurmond ...

Zackie Ree Deal

Zackie Ree Deal, age 80 of Snellville passed away Thursday, January 21, 2010. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 23, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Jeremiah Elliott

Jeremiah Elliott, age 82 of Loganville, GA, passed away January 6, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Warrants issued for DeKalb Commissioner

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A DeKalb County Commissioner who made history with her 2008 election to the board is wanted in Gwinnett for deposit account fraud, according to arrest warrants.

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Texting ban?: Locals, officials weigh in on proposed bill

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville resident Scott Denney was driving along Interstate 16 in Macon on Monday when another driver, who Denney said was using his cell phone to text, crossed over into his lane of traffic.

County late on paying Atlanta Regional Commission dues

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County was four months late on paying dues to the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Wild ride ends in charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- What started as a couple's argument in the parking lot of a Buford Wal-Mart escalated to a harrowing ride through a busy shopping district and, eventually, felony charges, authorities said.

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Cancer Society honors top volunteer

SUWANEE -- During its annual Volunteer Awards Reception on Thursday at George Pierce Park, the Gwinnett Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society named Duane Downs winner of the 2009 Martha and John Adams Award.

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Volunteers show sixth-graders wonders of science

DULUTH -- When Cole Scott asked a class of sixth-graders Thursday if chairs grew in the forest, he was greeted by a few snickers.

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Film by Lilburn native hits the big screen

LAWRENCEVILLE -- This past April, when Scott Teems' film had just received the jury award for best narrative feature at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, the Lilburn native said seeing his movie in theaters "would be a real dream come true."

Local in brief

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County is asking for help from the public to catch people who are prying up sewer system manhole covers to dump various kinds of waste.

BRODER: A wake-up call for all Democrats

When I talked with Rep. Richard Neal, the veteran Democratic congressman from Springfield, Mass., on the afternoon of the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, he told me, "It's an alarm clock moment for us."

STATE IN BRIEF: Ga. faces $506M Medicaid gap

ATLANTA -- Facing a massive gap in Medicaid funding, Georgia's top health official on Thursday urged state legislators to adopt a tax hike on hospitals and health care plans.

School challenges classes to bring in canned goods

SNELLVILLE -- Two multiage classes at Pharr Elementary School have challenged other classes to each bring in 100 canned goods for a food bank by the 100th day of school.

Board opposes equalization grant change

SUWANEE -- Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education expressed concern Thursday about proposed legislation that would change the funding formula for equalization grants.

No. 8 Georgia knocks off No. 3 Tennessee

ATHENS -- Porsha Phillips scored the go-ahead basket off a pass from Ashley Houts with 39 seconds remaining, then added two free throws that clinched No. 8 Georgia's 53-50 upset of third-ranked Tennessee in a rugged Southeastern Conference showdown Thursday night.

Staal powers Carolina past Thrashers

ATLANTA -- Eric Staal scored three goals in his first game since becoming Carolina's captain and the Hurricanes beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-2 on Thursday night for a rare road victory.

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Court eases limits on spending

Bitterly divided, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that big business can spend its millions to directly support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, a decision that sharply reverses a century-long trend to limit the political influence of corporations and labor unions. It remakes the political landscape just as crucial midterm election campaigns are getting under way.

MUST READ: California high court strikes down medical pot limits

A unanimous California Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that sought to impose limits on the amount of marijuana a medical patient can legally possess.

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Getting to Know ... Chris Hardin

Parkview wrestling coach Chris Hardin talks to staff writer Brandon Brigman about his favorite Christmas gift, proposing to his wife Brandy McElroy and being a Georgia Tech fan.

Providence starts HOF

Providence will induct the first class into its athletic hall of fame Saturday evening at halftime of a boys basketball game against Landmark Christian. The inaugural class features soccer players Sarah Steinmann and Lindsay Duncan, four-sport athlete Heidi Sauers and former soccer coach John Spracklin.

Norcross hosts hoops showcase

Norcross High School has had plenty of success hosting the Marriott Invitational boys basketball showcase in recent years, attracting so much interest from teams around the nation that a second showcase event has been added. The new event, today's Atlanta National Invitational Showcase, tips off two straight weekends of elite high school boys basketball events at Norcross.

OUT IN THE CROWD: Mixed Nuts offers comedy from the female perspective

Sue Ryerson said "Mixed Nuts" is a moniker that suits her group of comedians well. Take a handful of funny women, sprinkle in some salt, and you get just that. But there's no quirky story about how the name was selected.

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LOCAL EVENT: Artistic Georgians: Hudgens Center showcasing works from native artists

Herbert Creecy brushed, poured, splattered and dribbled paints onto his canvasses, layering a visual explosion of shapes, colors and textures. The layers of the late abstract painter's artwork have bled over into the layers of the latest installment of exhibits at the Hudgens Center for the Arts.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A fairy tale: Family flick falls flat by making lead character unlikeable

With the possible exception of Hulk Hogan, no former professional wrestler has had a more successful post-ring career than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Cro-Magnon handsome with ripped pectorals, a thousand-watt smile and a likeability factor that's practically off the charts, Johnson has quickly become the industry's top choice for ultra-light family comedies.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nothing extraordinary: 'Measures' a formulaic behind-the-scenes look at health care

"Extraordinary Measures" is the first theatrical release from the newly formed subsidiary of the CBS broadcast network. The first frame seen is a variation of the network's iconic "eye" logo and the change is so slight, you'll suspect you're about to watch a made-for-TV movie. When it's over, your suspicions will be confirmed.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Holbrook shines in 'That Evening Sun'

Although officially beginning in 1958 with "Cat on a Hoot Tin Roof" and continuing a decade later with "In the Heat of the Night," the Southern Gothic genre didn't hit full stride until "Sling Blade" in 1996. Even with massive critical praise and a heavy push by many of Hollywood's biggest players, "SoGo" as some call it, never has and never likely will catch on with the masses.

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ART BEAT: New Suwanee nonprofit seeks to embrace all art forms, artists

"Suwanee is an award-winning community, recognized twice by Money magazine as one of America's best places to live. Now it's time to become one of America's best places to enjoy the arts," said Vickie Johnson, co-founder and president of the new North Gwinnett Arts Association Inc. She made this enthusiastic pronouncement while outlining the goals and aspirations of this new group in support of community arts and artists.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Clinton urges China to investigate Google case

Clinton urges China to investigate Google case

In limbo no longer

Jeff Pyle rarely questions his goalies. But he had reason to trust in David Brown before the netminder ever arrived in Gwinnett.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Cher's home sold at auction for $8.7 million

Cher's home sold at auction for $8.7 million

McCullough:Corporate America tightens its grip on political system

We're one step closer to replacing the stars on the flag with dollar signs.

Gladiators pair score in All-Star game

ONTARIO, Calif. — Gwinnett Gladiators Drew Paris and Sam Roberts each scored goals to help the American Conference claim a 10-9 shootout victory Wednesday in the ECHL All-Star Game.

NATION IN BRIEF: Trial begins for cops charged in sex attack

Trial begins for cops charged in sex attack