News for Friday, July 2, 2010


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Infante lifts Braves in 11th inning

ATLANTA -- Omar Infante's two-run single with no outs in the 11th inning helped Atlanta rally for a 4-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night, the Braves' 15th final at-bat win.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Third 'Twilight' film better, but not by much

The bookend scenes of placid puppy-love set in a sunbathed field of lavender and lilies that more resemble a Hallmark ad than a vampire movie is an ideal indicator regarding the content of "Eclipse." This isn't a dangerous occult franchise populated with the undead and shape-shifters steeped in lust and forbidden love, it's a six-hour collection of featherweight Abercrombie & Fitch commercials.

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9 hurt after driver smashes into restaurant

SNELLVILLE -- Nine people were injured Friday when a driver lost control of her car, sped across U.S. Highway 78 and through a shopping center parking lot, caromed off two parked vehicles and plunged into a Chinese buffet restaurant during lunch rush, officials said.

Bannister's arrest leads to GBI look

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate the controversial drunken driving arrest -- and speedy exoneration -- of Gwinnett's top government official this week, authorities said Friday.

Schools pool resources for summer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the second year in a row, some Gwinnett County schools have clustered together for the summer session.

High-tech fireworks displays featured this holiday weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE -- These aren't your Uncle Sam's fireworks shows. Complex computer programs, perfect synchronization and choreographed soundtracks have become the norm for Fourth of July extravaganzas, as technology has become as much of the equation as patriotism.

Twi-hards could get surprise of a lifetime

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Movie-goers at Mall of Georgia and Discover Mills on Saturday may recognize a familiar face in the crowd -- that of an actor from the recently released film "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." An unnamed male cast member is set to make appearances at the two Gwinnett theaters this evening.

Stove fire leaves woman burned

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A stove fire at a Lawrenceville apartment left one female occupant with minor burns.

Gas leak closes two businesses

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A natural gas leak that shut down two Lawrenceville businesses Friday afternoon may have been caused by a recent lightning strike, officials said.

Dog believed to be in storm drain

BUFORD -- For the second time in 24 hours, Gwinnett County fire's tactical rescue team responded to a call of a dog trapped in a Buford storm drain Friday afternoon.

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Blue holiday for Gulf Coast

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. -- Fireworks displays have been canceled. White-sand beaches that should be crowded with sunbathers are instead dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Normally packed hotels are trying to fill rooms ahead of what is a crucial weekend for beach businesses.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Obama, Clinton honor Sen. Byrd

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Barack Obama and thousands of ordinary West Virginians honored the late Robert C. Byrd at a memorial service in the late senator's home state Friday.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: South Africa police detain Paris Hilton

JOHANNESBURG -- Two South African police officers say that Paris Hilton was detained in the city of Port Elizabeth, while in possession of marijuana.

Jefferson made slip in Declaration of Independence

WASHINGTON -- Preservation scientists at the Library of Congress have discovered that Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchial rule.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Embassy denies it has spy fugitive

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus has flatly denied local media reports that a fugitive spy suspect is in U.S. custody at the embassy compound.

Neglected horses lead to arrest

BUFORD -- A Buford man is in jail after he reportedly neglected a horse, tying it to a truck with nothing but weeds and kudzu to eat.

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Young coaches abound in summer swim league

The Gwinnett County Swim League has a considerable number of young head coaches to oversee large teams.

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Eagles' QB to appear on reality show

Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke was one of eight quarterbacks selected to appear on "The Ride Season 2" a reality TV show that follows the players as they compete for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

UConn's Moore to play for USA against WNBA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Connecticut star Maya Moore will play for the USA Basketball Women's national team in the WNBA vs. USA Basketball game July 10 in Uncasville, Conn.

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Paris Hilton marijuana charges dropped in South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- A court in South Africa has dropped a marijuana-smoking case against Paris Hilton.

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Paris Hilton seen in South African courtroom

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- Paris Hilton appeared briefly late Friday in a South African courtroom after being arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana.

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RICH: Hair happens to be a pretty big thing in the South

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day.

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Netherlands shocks Brazil 2-1

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- Don't call the Dutch underachievers anymore. Not after the way the Netherlands rallied to upset five-time champion Brazil 2-1 in the World Cup quarterfinals Friday.

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Uruguay beats Ghana 4-2 in penalty shootout

JOHANNESBURG -- Victories -- and defeats -- don't come any tougher than this. Uruguay survived when Ghana missed a penalty kick at the very end of extra time, and it then won the shootout 4-2 after a 1-1 draw Friday. The wild win sent the South Americans into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 40 years. It sent the final African team home in tears.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Norcross student named journalism 'Rock Star'

Meghan Walsh of Norcross High School was named the "Rock Star" for broadcast writing and reporting in the 2010 Georgia Journalism Academy, hosted by the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Winder music venue to host open mic night

WINDER -- Got a song to share? Here's a chance to take the stage.

Successful yard sale series continues July 12

AUBURN -- Downtown Auburn this summer is home to one-stop yard-sale shopping.

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Suwanee Day design winner chosen

SUWANEE -- The City of Suwanee has announced the winner of the 2010 Suwanee Day design competition, and, for the first time in the six-year contest, there was a repeat victor.

Railway Museum to host summer camp

DULUTH -- Your kids can do a little "working on the railroad" this summer.

Sugar Hill Golf Club offers online tee times

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill Golf Club is now offering online tee time reservations.

Probe sought in arrest of Ga. commission chairman

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it will investigate the arrest of Gwinnett County Commission chairman Charles Bannister.

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LARSON: Farmers market helps people buy into community

I’ve always loved buying fresh produce from roadside stands, so I was delighted to see all the weekly farmers markets scheduled for the summer in Suwannee, Norcross, Auburn, Lilburn, Lawrenceville and Snellville. But then, living within walking distance of the International Farmers Market in Lilburn, what could these vendors in their little booths offer that I couldn’t find at the big market every day?

LETTER: Congress looked foolish

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Patrick’s letter to the editor that ran on June 19 about the BP hearing. I am a BP stockholder and proud of it, although our dividends have been suspended for the balance of 2010 and many stockholders will suffer because of the suspension, just as the people of the Gulf Coast are because of the oil spill.

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GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Bar Association earns honors from State Bar

Gwinnett Bar Association earns honors from State Bar

LETTER: Why focus on chairman?

A local bar patron calls a Gwinnett deputy sheriff to report that County Chairman Charles Bannister has been drinking at the bar, having arrived in a county vehicle. A deputy is duly dispatched to stake out the place and follows Bannister as he leaves about an hour later. He reports he observed the chairman’s car weaving and stopped him after observing an improper lane change. After smelling alcohol on Bannister’s breath he administered several field sobriety tests, all of which Bannister failed. The chairman was then arrested and taken to the county jail where a breath test was given which read zero alcohol in his system. Bannister then agreed to a blood alcohol test which confirmed no alcohol had been in his blood system.

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LETTER: Reprimands in order

I want to know why a law enforcement officer with 14 years experience can’t tell the difference between someone without a trace of alcohol in their blood and someone who is too drunk to drive.

LETTER: DUI arrest stinks

I’ve known Charles Bannister since about 1953. He is a good man.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Third 'Twilight' film better, but not by much

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13)

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Eagles' QB to appear on reality show

Collins Hill’s Taylor Heinicke has no official college football scholarship offers, but that could change by the end of the of the year.

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Warren Co. schools may join Clayton

Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.

College notes

The following students were named to the Dean’s list for the Spring 2010 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology:

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HUCKABY: UGA students start grand adventure

Happy Independence Day weekend, y’all.

McLEOD: Want to get motivated? Succumb to peer pressure

Can a friend help you get promoted? Or lose weight? Or be a better parent?

Wendell Williams

Wendell Lamar Williams, age 87, of Knoxville, TN, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 at Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville. A native of Snellville, GA, he was the son ...

Charles Oliver

Charles (Chuck) Oliver, age 75, of Loganville, GA, died June 30, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Martha Phillips

Martha L. Phillips, age 102 of Duluth, died July 1, 2010. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment ...

Anthony Woodman

Anthony “Tony” Woodman, age 38, of Duluth, GA passed away June 29, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535