News for Monday, July 19, 2010


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Fish cruises in straight sets at Atlanta

For the most part, the first day of the main draw at the Atlanta Tennis Championships can best be described as efficient, with nearly all of the singles matches decided in straight sets.

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Striking success: Homeschooler wins college scholarship for bowling

Haynes, 17, will bowl for Campbellsville University in Kentucky with a scholarship covering most of his expenses.

Fewer Gwinnett schools make AYP

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Although fewer Gwinnett schools are in Needs Improvement status, the number of schools that failed to meet expectations under the federal No Child Left Behind Act increased this year.

Lawrenceville against airport expansion

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday strongly opposing Gwinnett County's plans to privatize and expand Briscoe Field to allow commercial passenger flights.

Officials predict low turnout at the polls today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Just a third of Gwinnett's voters are likely to make it to the polls today, Elections Director Lynn Ledford predicted.

Suspicious package found on transit bus

DULUTH -- A suspicious package on a Gwinnett County Transit bus shut down traffic on part of Satellite Boulevard for several hours Monday before bomb squad personnel determined it was a hoax.

Gwinnett Bike Fest kicks off Wednesday

Hundreds of racers of all skill levels will pour into Gwinnett this week to participate in the fourth annual Gwinnett Bike Fest, billed as the largest cycling race in the Southeast.

Chamber names new public policy director

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's new lobbyist is the woman who organized the Engage Gwinnett committee.

Man says police beat him up

LOGANVILLE -- A Gwinnett man plans to sue the Loganville Police Department after he says they brutally beat him in the wake of his stepson's suicide.

Road work to close Ga. 20 lanes

SUGAR HILL -- Only one lane will be open on the Ga. Highway 20 bridge over the Chattahoochee River Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Police search for missing man

BUFORD -- Police are searching for a mentally disabled man last seen in Lawrenceville on Friday morning.

Heritage Academy now accepting applications

BRASELTON -- Heritage Academy, which recently moved from Sugar Hill to a larger space in Braselton, is accepting applications for first, fourth and middle school grades.

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Gwinnett native named Miss USA Petite

LAWRENCEVILLE -- At 5 feet even, Sabrina Nooruddin might not have the height most pageant winners do, but her 7-inch tall crown more than makes up for that.

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Feds: Oil, gas leaking from cap

NEW ORLEANS -- BP's broken well was leaking oil and gas again Monday for the first time since the company capped it last week, but the Obama administration's spill chief said it was no reason for alarm. The stopper was left in place for now.

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NATION IN BRIEF: 60 votes in place, Dems to push for jobless money

WASHINGTON -- With a new face and a 60th vote for breaking a Republican filibuster, Senate Democrats are preparing to restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits ran out during a congressional standoff over deficit spending. President Barack Obama said, ''It's time to do what's right.''

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Local primary races now in the hands of voters

CONYERS -- Months of campaigning end tonight as voters across Georgia will cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries and choose who will continue on to the Nov. 2 general election.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iraqi cleric meets with prime minister candidate

BAGHDAD -- Anti-American Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took a rare, public step into the political arena Monday, meeting in neighboring Syria with the man directly challenging Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his office.

Students invited to first look at schools

CONYERS -- Parents and students of Rockdale County Public Schools can get a first look inside their schools and classrooms next week during open house times.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Major League' actor Gammon dies at age 70

LOS ANGELES -- James Gammon, the gravel-voiced actor who played the manager of the Cleveland Indians in the 1980s comedy ''Major League'' and had a host of other movie and TV roles, has died. He was 70.

AIDS breakthrough: Gel effective in preventing infection

For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman's chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool to help women whose partners won't use condoms.

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Chateau Elan back on top

As he read over the final team standings from the Gwinnett County Swim League championship meet, Rick Creed got confirmation of what he saw play out over two days of competition at Georgia Tech.
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Kovalchuk agrees to deal with Devils

Ilya Kovalchuk is staying with the New Jersey Devils, agreeing to a staggering 17-year, $102 million deal with the team.

Four families displaced after fire destroys quadraplex

BUFORD -- Four families were displaced from their homes late Sunday night after a fire destroyed a quadraplex on the 4600 block of Lois Drive in Buford, a fire department spokesman said.

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Louie Who scores another win for South Africa

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The South Africans have a new soundtrack of success. The drone of the vuvuzela has been succeeded by the skirl of the bagpipe.

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BISHER: Oosthuizen a deserving British Open champ

There is much more to the new British Open champion than his name, which, in reality is Ludewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen, but you can call him Louis Oosthuizen if you’re in a hurry.

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And the Open's champ name is...

There is much more to the new British Open champion than his name, which, in reality is Lodewicus Theodorus Oosthuizen, but you can call him Louis Oosthuizen if you’re in a hurry. And you pronounce it: “Oost-hugh-zen,” according to no one in particular. No, it’s not Tiger Woods. Somewhere along the way Eldrick has lost his game. He finished tied for 23rd.

G-Braves put stop to three-game skid

The Gwinnett Braves snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 road win over the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees on Monday night at PNC Field.

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BOX OFFICE: 'Inception' earns dreamy reception with $60.4M

LOS ANGELES -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is anything but a sleeper as the thriller opened big with $60.4 million and a No. 1 finish at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Texas mayor who killed self had financial troubles

COPPELL, Texas -- A Dallas area mayor who authorities believe killed herself and her daughter left a note saying the two were still grieving over the 2008 death of their husband and father from cancer, police said Friday. Video available inside this story