News for Wednesday, July 14, 2010


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Tea party stirring up controversy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a conservative community that has been quick to protest health reform and local tax increases, tea party politics is alive and well.

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Norcross co-op assists people during hard times

NORCROSS -- Terese Walsh sorted donated clothes at a table the basement of the Norcross Cooperative Ministry on Monday.

First winner chosen for Legacy Award

DULUTH -- The first-ever recipient of the Anna Shackelford Legacy Award was announced Wednesday.

Republican Senate primary sees new vs. old

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two experienced state legislators are each facing opposition from two other candidates in the Republican primary for state Senate.

Dispute over kids gets pair arrested

NORCROSS -- An apparent dispute about a Norcross woman's children with another man resulted in a young couple going to jail and their infant son being taken into the custody of the Department of Family and Child Services, police said.

DUI charge dropped in officer arrest

GAINESVILLE -- Drunken driving charges in Hall County have been dropped for a Gwinnett police officer whose actions were questioned in a fatal mother-daughter shooting last summer.

Incumbents challenged in Democratic House primary races

Tuesday's Democratic primary is filled with candidates who have never held office challenging incumbent state representatives.

LORAN SMITH: Former British Open champ Ballesteros missed at this year's tourney

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- When several former winners of the British Open championship gathered here yesterday for a four-hole exhibition, the most beloved European winner ever was missing.

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McCann comes through for NL to earn MVP award

Brian McCann's bases-loaded double in the seventh inning not only propelled the National League to a 3-1 victory -- it's first All-Star win since 1996 -- it also made him the toast of the baseball world, at least for a day, as the game's Most Valuable Player.

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BP begins testing on oil cap

NEW ORLEANS -- BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and began testing the new, tighter-fitting cap Wednesday that could finally choke off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NATION IN BRIEF: 'Barefoot Bandit' suspect appears in US court

MIAMI -- The teenager dubbed the ''Barefoot Bandit'' by authorities will cool his heels in a Miami jail at least two more days while he sorts out which attorney will represent him.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged

NEW YORK -- Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they're engaged -- and they haven't told her parents yet.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidate questions integrity of opponent

A state House candidate's past professional life is being questioned in the District 104 race.

Univ. of Texas to mull taking Klansman's name off dorm

AUSTIN, Texas -- The president of the University of Texas will ask the school's regents to remove the name of a former professor and Klux Klan member from a campus dormitory.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Afghan attacks kill 8 US troops in 24 hours

KABUL, Afghanistan -- American forces suffered a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan, with eight troops killed in attacks including an audacious Taliban raid on a police compound in the key southern city of Kandahar, officials said Wednesday.

HAMMOCK: Moves of LeBron, prep stars same

The LeBron James saga was juiced-up version of an all too common problem in Georgia high school basketball -- an abundance of transfers always seeking greener pastures. With each passing year, more prep players follow James' path of abandoning their home school for another known as a basketball powerhouse, fueling certain high school teams that are conglomerates of AAU buddies.

Job fair set for Norcross

About 35 employers, educational institutions and resource agencies that provide assistance to those seeking employment will be on hand today in Norcross for CareerFest 2010 and a coinciding job fair.

Thrashers' grueling prospect camp yields results

Forward Jimmy Bubnick, one of the Atlanta Thrashers' draft picks in 2009, compared the team's annual prospect development camp to the rigors of a playoff run. The six days of skating and working out wrapped up Tuesday at the IceForum in Duluth. No one disputed the toll it took physically. Nor did they have anything but positive things to say about the camp.

Pair booked for blasting guns near school

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Gwinnett men are behind bars for firing guns near a Lawrenceville elementary school and other fishy behavior, police said.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Hawkins named All-American

Recent North Gwinnett grad Chris Hawkins has been named to the first team of Baseball America's 2010 High School All-America Team in the publication's July 12-25 issue.

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Braves acquire Alex Gonzalez from Jays

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have acquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez and sent Yunel Escobar to the Toronto Blue Jays in a five-player trade.

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Georgia magician gets 20 years for child porn charges

ATLANTA -- A former children's magician and one-time church youth counselor was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to stalking young boys in public restrooms at metro Atlanta department stores and secretly taping them.

G-Braves' Dunn Ks three in All-Star game victory

Unlike veteran Gwinnett teammates Barbaro Canizares and Wes Timmons, Mike Dunn was appearing in his first Triple-A All-Star Game and the left-handed reliever certainly made the most of the showcase.

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THOMAS: Time for us to put the government on a diet

The co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s Debt and Deficit Commission painted a gloomy picture of the economy last weekend when they appeared at the closing session of the National Governors Association meeting in Boston. Former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, called the current budgetary trends a cancer ‘‘that will destroy the country from within’’ unless checked by tough action in Washington.

Thrashers' grueling prospect camp yields results

Forward Jimmy Bubnick, one of the Atlanta Thrashers’ draft picks in 2009, compared the team’s annual prospect development camp to the rigors of a playoff run.

GWINNETT GAB: Gas South becomes gas provider of Stone Mountain Park

Gas South becomes gas provider of Stone Mountain Park

DALY: Digital photography helps diagnose landscaping issues

Recently a resident contacted me regarding some insects she observed infesting her hibiscus plants. From her description, I suspected what they were, but without actually seeing them, I could not be certain. She sent me several digital pictures of the insects.

Clark Zeigler Wisenbaker

Zeke to family and friends – passed away July 11, 2010 at the age of 85. A former resident of Morganton, Georgia for 29 years, Zeke and his wife Polly ...

Robert Mills

Robert A. “Bob” Mills, age 51, of Decatur, GA, passed away July 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Io White

Mrs. Io White, age 92 of Lilburn, GA passed away July 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Larry Walker

Larry Walker, age 68 of Loganville, passed away July 11, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 1 PM in the Loganville Chapel of Tim ...

Tammy Lou Yarbrough

Mrs. Tammy Lou Yarbrough, age 46 of Commerce, GA, who passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Doris Cooper

Doris Jane Cooper, age 69, of Dacula, GA passed away July 13, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Jennie Mccannon

Jennie Patten McCannon, age 92, of Norcross, GA, passed away July 13, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Eleanor Regan

Mrs. Eleanor Spratt Regan, age 87, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Monday, July 12, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...