News for Monday, July 12, 2010


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Three dead in office shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A former employee opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer Monday, killing two people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police called a domestic violence dispute.

WORLD: Court charges Sudan leader with genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The International Criminal Court on Monday charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with three counts of genocide in Darfur, a move that will pile further diplomatic pressure on his isolated regime.

Comic book writer Harvey Pekar dies at 70 in Ohio

CLEVELAND -- Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical comic book series ''American Splendor'' portrayed his unglamorous life with bone-dry honesty and wit, was found dead at home early Monday, authorities said. He was 70.

NATION: Robots work to put new cap on Gulf oil leak

NEW ORLEANS -- Deep-sea robots swarmed around BP's ruptured oil well Monday in a delicately choreographed effort to attach a tighter-fitting cap that could finally stop crude from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months into the crisis.

PEOPLE: Hugh Hefner offers to take Playboy private

CHICAGO -- Hugh Hefner's offer to take Playboy Enterprises Inc. private drew the promise of a competing bid on Monday from the owner of archrival Penthouse magazine. That raises the possibility that Playboy's 84-year-old founder could lose control of the men's magazine he started more than half a century ago.

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A new role: Lanier principal prepares for school opening

Sixteen years ago, Kerensa Wing helped open Collins Hill High School as a social studies teacher and girls basketball coach.

Counties rethink growth plans

WINDER -- Officials in Barrow, Jackson and other northeast Georgia counties are rethinking plans to deal with population growth, which is not matching earlier expectations.

Man dies in crash after running light

DULUTH -- A 58-year-old Duluth man died Saturday after he ran a red light and hit two other vehicles, a Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman said Monday.

Chamber opens new branch in China

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Halfway around the world, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials opened a new international economic development branch.

Woman, 26, drowns at Lake Lanier

The Hall County sheriff's office is looking into a Sunday boating incident that ended in the drowning of a Buford woman.

BOE to receive update on school openings

SUWANEE -- A Gwinnett County Public Schools administrator will update the board Thursday evening on the school openings planned for August.

Police rescue elderly man from blaze

Two Gwinnett County police officers in the right place at the right time proved to be heroes Monday night, pulling an elderly handicapped man from his burning Lilburn home.

Snellville tourism board off to good start

SNELLVILLE -- Don Britt, who heads up Snellville's new Tourism and Trade Association, addressed Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and city council members for the first time ever Monday night. With STAT and its board only 1 month old, Britt had several positive things to report during the council meeting.

Ride the Ducks attraction reopens at Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park's Ride the Ducks attraction has reopened, after a Philadelphia tragedy caused the closure of operations throughout the country.

Duluth looks to save trees

DULUTH -- At the behest of residents, the Duluth City Council on Monday agreed to look at ways to improve West Lawrenceville Street to reduce the number of trees removed.

Man crashes car into Sonic

For the second time in less than two weeks, a car crashed into a Gwinnett County restaurant.

Sugar Hill works out details of City Hall plan

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill could sign a contract as soon as Monday with architect Precision Planning to design its $8.5 million City Hall.

3 candidates vie for District 2 board of commissioners seat

Gwinnett voters will decide July 20 which of three Republican candidates will run against the lone, unopposed Democrat for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat.

District 4 candidates aim to regain trust among constituents

For the five Republican candidates for the seat of Gwinnett County's District 4 Commissioner, it's all about trust.

Course record set despite rain

DULUTH -- Lightning delays wreaked havoc on golfers' rhythms and dampened some of the excitement of the opening round of The Championship at Berkeley Hills, but low scores persisted on the day.

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Hittin' the links

SNELLVILLE -- There was some bad slices, a double bogey or two, moans and groans and some good-natured ribbing at Summit Chase Country Club on Monday.Gwinnett County football coaches hit the links for the inaugural Touchdown Club of Gwinnett Golf Classic, but don't worry football fans, judging by some of the scores posted none of the coaches will be applying for a PGA Tour card anytime soon.Photo slide show inside

Lynch goes to Orange

Cameron Lynch has aspirations to work in the airline industry as an engineer one day and plans to use his football talents to get him there.The rising Brookwood senior committed to Syracuse University over the weekend where plans to major in mechanical engineering."I went up there and I felt the love as soon as I got off the plane," Lynch said. "I saw the Carrier Dome, meet the people and I loved it."

Crackers win 800th

The storied history of the Atlanta Crackers amateur baseball team added another chapter Thursday night.A 7-2 victory over the Home Plate Chukars in a Sun Belt Baseball League regular season game in Peachtree City was the 800th in the club's run, which has lasted more than 40 years, many of which the club has been based in Gwinnett County.

All-Star game becoming tradition for McCann

It is becoming an annual ritual to Brian McCann's midseason schedule at the end of the second weekend in July.Instead of catching a flight home for a three-day vacation following Sunday's loss to the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves catcher instead hit the road to participate in baseball's All-Star Game.

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Police: 6 dead, 4 wounded in Albuquerque shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A gunman opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer on Monday, killing five people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police said was a domestic violence dispute.

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Hittin' the links

SNELLVILLE — There was some bad slices, a double bogey or two, moans and groans and some good-natured ribbing at Summit Chase Country Club on Monday.

IN BRIEF: Dog dies in home fire

BUFORD — An afternoon fire resulted in the total loss of a Buford home Monday, with a family pet dying after being caught in the blaze.

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Republicans spar over ethics

ATLANTA -- With just nine days left until Georgia's primary, the leading Democratic and Republican candidates for governor faced off in back-to-back debates Sunday night