News for Tuesday, July 13, 2010


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McCann makes up for near-miss, wins All-Star MVP

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Bases loaded, two outs, a real chance for the National League to break through after years of waiting.So when Brian McCann lofted a foul fly down the right-field line, there was only one thing to do.

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Fugitive captured in Bahamas

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. -- Residents of a rural Washington island lashed out at the mother of a teenager dubbed the ''Barefoot Bandit,'' saying she's trying to profit from a crime spree that police said took him from the cedar trees here to the bright beaches of the Bahamas.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP in place to slowly choke off Gulf oil geyser

NEW ORLEANS -- In a potentially pivotal moment in the Gulf crisis, BP planned to begin closing valves Tuesday in a slow and methodical process that could finally choke off the geyser of crude at the bottom of the sea after three gloomy months and up to 180 million gallons spilled.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Italy nabs 305 mobsters, reveals new mob structure

MILAN -- Anti-mafia prosecutors claimed a major victory over the powerful and growing 'ndrangheta crime syndicate, infiltrating intimate weddings, baptisms and other events to gather information that led to the arrests Tuesday of 305 people, including top bosses, and the seizure of more than $76 million in cash and property.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Amanpour to start at ABC on Aug. 1

NEW YORK -- ABC's Christiane Amanpour officially joins the Sunday morning talk world on Aug. 1.

Khrushchev's granddaughter puzzled by Russian spy case

WASHINGTON -- During his decade-long effort to burrow into U.S. society, secret Russian agent Richard Murphy raised the suspicions of at least one acquaintance in America -- the great-granddaughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

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McCann comes up big, NL finally wins All-Star game

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One key swing by Brian McCann pulled the National League out of the All-Star shadows. The Duluth grad's three-run double in the seventh inning provided the NL all the offense it needed to capture its first Midsummer Classic since 1996 with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

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Residents share lifetime of recipes at assisted-living facility

TUCKER -- Mary Hack oversaw preparation Tuesday of her special recipe, chicken paprika.

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Officers recall rescue efforts during blaze

LILBURN -- On separate patrols in separate squad cars, Gwinnett County police officers Jeremy Bailey and Darin Mitchem both heard the same message over the radio Monday evening -- there was a house fire near Camp Circle, with a handicapped man possibly trapped inside.

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CLINE: The British Open at St. Andrews brings back memories for Nelson

Like many golf fans, David Nelson will be watching the British Open this week. But for the Brookwood High teacher, the tournament's location is as interesting as the pursuit of the claret jug that is awarded the winner.

Hospital swap will result in name drop

SNELLVILLE -- The ownership of the Snellville hospital long known as Emory Eastside Medical Center is expected to complete a transition in coming months that would presumably drop the "Emory" moniker from its title.

Barrow fire chief stays on leave, not removed

WINDER -- The Barrow County Commission on Tuesday chose to take no further action against its new but recently suspended Fire and Emergency Services Chief Donald Towne.

Gwinnett Tech readies for semester conversion

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Technical College has been working for several months to ensure a smooth transition for students when Georgia's 26 technical colleges convert from the quarter to the semester system, a school administrator said.

Winder Gas Department honored

WINDER -- Mike Jewell, the Winder Gas Department's distribution director, presented Mayor Chip Thompson with two awards his department won recently. The 2009 Marketing Excellence Award and the 2009 Customer Service Award were both snagged by Jewell's department.

Election party to be held at Rexall

DULUTH -- Gwinnett's maligned Rexall Grill will open next week -- at least for one night.

GOP hopefuls pledge smaller government

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Republican primary is filled with candidates for the state House of Representatives who pledge to uphold conservative values.

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Born, Bred, Bronc

With its rich history, Brookwood expects to win region championships and compete for state championships. Despite a 6-6 season last year, there are reasons to be confident this fall. And it starts with senior quarterback Ben McLane, who returns as the county's second leading passer. McLane threw for 1,780 yards and 16 touchdowns, behind only South Gwinnett's Kent Rollins, last season.

Former Bulldog Anyaorah transfers to JUCO

On the surface, it might appear Ebuka Anyaorah's decision to attend McLennan Community College just over a month after leaving the University of Georgia is a step back in his basketball career.

Nicol holds off Skinner to win at Berkeley

Acworth's Chris Nicol shot a 71 on Tuesday for a 136 tournament total and edged Sylvester's Sonny Skinner by one stroke in the final round of The Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club.

McCann cherishes All-Star experience each time

No matter the final results, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann will have more memories like the ones he brought back from four previous trips to the All-Star Game after Tuesday's Midsummer Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

Library funding in works

CONYERS -- Nancy Guinn Memorial Library is in line to receive $300,000 in owed SPLOST revenue that will be used to purchase books and other library materials.

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Former police officer sentenced to 60 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Friends and family painted Jay Dailey as a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure deserving of leniency -- a loving father and husband pulled into malaise by alcoholism and depression that's haunted his bloodline for generations.

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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at 80

NEW YORK -- George Steinbrenner, who rebuilt the New York Yankees into a sports empire with a mix of bluster and big bucks that polarized fans all across America, died Tuesday. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday July 4. View and sign Guest Book inside this story.

LETTERS: Facts show expansion of airport will hurt neighbors

“Knowing the facts” before opposing or supporting the privatization/expansion of Briscoe Field airport is essential. Accusing those in opposition of “fear mongering” such as in Tim Sullivan’s column (“We must know the facts before discussing airport privatization,” July 4, Page 8A) is misguided. Our opposition is based solely on loss of the quality of life as we know it in Gwinnett County, should Briscoe Field be privatized/expanded.

Hospitals placed on quality honor roll

LAWRENCEVILLE — Both of Gwinnett Medical Center’s campuses have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s quality honor roll.

Polling places to offer vaccinations

LAWRENCEVILLE — This election season, two local polling places will be offering free vaccinations.

LETTERS: Hammer and sickle is a perfect symbol for Obama

This is not a letter to support Jody Hice as a candidate but to point out to his Democrat opponent that Hice is correct when Hice uses the former USSR’s symbol of the hammer and sickle when referring to Barack Obama’s administration. In his own book, Obama wrote that as a teen he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, a communist with an FBI file. He also writes that in college he sought out Marxist student groups and professors.

THOMAS: Marriage needs defense from redefinition

A federal judge in Boston has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress — 427 members voted in favor — and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 cannot take precedence over a Massachusetts law allowing same-sex marriage. The ruling again raises serious questions about the origin and purpose of law. But before we get to that larger question, the ‘‘logic’’ of Judge Joseph L. Tauro’s ruling should first be examined.

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Gwen Mauldin

Gwendolyn Mildred (Maddox) Mauldin, age 88, of Dacula, Georgia, formerly of Buford, died Sunday, July 11th following a year long battle with Alzheimer's. Gwen was born in Jackson County on ...

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Albert Hollowell

Albert Elvin Hollowell, 86, of Dacula, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 10, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. A generous and caring husband, brother, father, grandfather ...

Dustin Davis

Dustin (Dusty) Joseph Davis, age 35 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Funeral Services were held at 3 PM on Monday, July ...

Betty Hughes

Mrs. Betty Lee Hughes, age 87, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, July 12, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Robin Holland

Mrs. Robin Smith Holland, age 47, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010. She is survived by her husband of ten years, Dennis Holland, Sugar Hill ...

Terry Peterson

Mr. Terry Lee Peterson, age 51, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Frances Koutras

Frances C. Koutras, 84, of Lilburn passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010. She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Koutras, and daughter, Mimi Koutras Farr. She is survived ...

Verna Yancey

Ms. Verna Yancey, age 74, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Verna Yancey; sister, Jane Landers ...

Maria Broussard

Maria Broussard, age 67, of Snellville, GA, passed away Friday, July 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Judith Mcmichen

On July 11, 2010 Heaven gained another angel. Judith Pearl Crocker McMichen was born on January 11, 1942 to Rev. Boyd and Edna Crocker of Duluth, GA. She was swept ...

Io White

Mrs. Io White, age 92, of Lilburn, GA entered into rest on July 11, 2010. She is survived by her Honorary Son & Daughter-in-law, Richard & Becky Cochran ...

Gary Trivette

Gary (Michael) Trivette, age 55, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away July 9, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Louisa Berry

Louisa Chandler Berry, age 93, of Loganville, GA died July 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Roland Nordeen

Roland Ellsworth Nordeen age 86, of Atlanta, GA died July 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Talmadge Hanson

Talmadge Dewayne Hanson, age 53 of Winder, GA passed away July 11, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Johnnie Franklin

Mrs. Johnnie Bess (Thompson) Franklin, age 81, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010. She retired from Southern Bell after 37 years of service and was a ...