News for Tuesday, July 20, 2010


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Republican Black wins ag commissioner primary

ATLANTA -- The past president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council won the Republican primary on Tuesday for state agriculture commissioner, a post held by a Democrat for more than 40 years and responsible for regulating and promoting a $7 billion industry.

Hodges beats Teilhet in heated AG race

ATLANTA -- Former prosecutor Ken Hodges scored a resounding victory Tuesday over rival state Rep. Rob Teilhet in the Democratic race for the state's first open attorney general's seat in more than 60 years.

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Barnes versus who? Handel and Deal in runoff

ATLANTA -- Former Gov. Roy Barnes swept to a commanding win in the Democratic race for governor on Tuesday, while Karen Handel and Nathan Deal will meet in a runoff three weeks from now to decide the Republican nominee.

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District 2 BOC candidates move on to runoff

Before a Republican will face off against the Democratic candidate for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat in November, Gwinnett voters must once again head to the polls.

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Heard, Sullivan to vie for District 4 Republican nod

With nobody receiving a simple majority of the votes in a tight race Tuesday, Republicans John Heard and Tim Sullivan will need a runoff to decide who will face the lone Democratic candidate for the District 4 spot on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

Rice, Clark big winners in Republican House races

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Many of the seven Republican primary races for the state House of Representatives were close calls in Gwinnett, preliminary results show.

Carter to face Johnson in November

Republican Lisbeth Carter will challenge Democratic incumbent Hank Johnson in November for the District 4 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Experience trumps newcomers in GOP Senate races

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two experienced state legislators appear to have soundly defeated their opposition in the Republican primary for state Senate.

Marin, Mitchell re-elected; Collins, Dickerson in runoff

Democratic House incumbents who faced political newcomers have been spared -- for now. Because freshman legislator Toney Collins failed to capture more than 50 percent of the votes, the District 95 race will go into a runoff.

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Felony charge dropped for Falcons defender

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A key cog in the Atlanta Falcons defensive regime will avoid jail time thanks to a plea deal reached with Gwinnett prosecutors last week.Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux pleaded no contest last Wednesday in Gwinnett Superior Court to three misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession. Prosecutors reduced a felony charge of marijuana possession in exchange for the plea, reported.

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Shirley Sherrod resigns USDA job after discovery of racist act against white farmer

Shirley Sherrod, in an interview this morning with The Albany Herald, says video comments she made about an incident 24 years ago were taken out of context. They also cost her her job as the first African American in charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.

Many races will result in runoffs

COVINGTON -- Runoffs are in the future for many candidates vying for state elections.The race to fill the state Senate seat vacated by John Douglas appears to be headed to a runoff between Republicans Rick Jeffares of Henry County and Covington resident Todd Hilton. Jeffares took an early lead as precinct totals began to roll in Tuesday night, but Hilton and former Newton County Commissioner Ester Fleming weren't too far behind.

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Apartment fire displaces nine families

An afternoon apartment fire in Buford dispatched almost 60 Gwinnett County firefighters Tuesday, displacing nine different families.

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Woodall, Hice in 7th District runoff; Cox finishes third

LAWRENCEVILLE -- John Linder's right-hand man is one step closer to succeeding him in Congress.Photo slide show inside

BOC gives nod to diverging diamond

Commissioners signed off on proposals to create diverging diamond interchanges on two of Gwinnett's biggest interstate bridges, granting money for officials to get started.

New Jersey police release info on Suwanee CEO's shooting

New information regarding Friday's police-related fatal shooting of a Suwanee man in New Jersey was made public Tuesday.

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Long journey: Wells laying foundation at Lanier

A few perks in the early stages of the new Lanier football program spoiled head coach Billy Wells, his staff and his players.

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Tisdale returning to Grayson as AD

After a year away, Brent Tisdale is returning to Grayson, the high school where he has spent nearly his entire career in education.

Ginepri rebounds to win 2nd match at hometown ATC

After dropping his opening doubles match Monday at the Atlanta Tennis Championships, local hero Robby Ginepri had a decidedly better homecoming in his singles opener.

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Hot-hitting Diaz, Braves top Padres

Matt Diaz homered in his third straight game, Jair Jurrjens gave up only one run in seven innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of first-place teams.

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NHL rejects Kovalchuk's 17-year deal with Devils

The NHL rejected Ilya Kovalchuk's landmark 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night after it was deemed to circumvent the league's salary cap.

Snellville approves Sunday liquor sales by the drink

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville bars will be open Sunday.According to unofficial results, city residents voted 1,386 to 784 in favor of allowing sales on Sunday, six years after the first city referendum opening up liquor-by-the-drink sales six days a week.

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HICKS: Become a lifesaver by donating your organs

Organ donation, an issue that hardly ever crossed my mind, has now become an everyday obsession. The reason: An organ donation can save my son's life.

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CLINE: Voting easy, but turnout still lacking

We like easy. And in a microwaveable, push-a-button, have-it-delivered world we are always looking for easier. Problem is, when it comes to voting, it's about as easy as it's going to be for the foreseeable future.

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Feds: Don't fear oil seepage

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's oil spill chief said Tuesday that seepage two miles from BP's oil cap is coming from another well, tamping down fears that leaks mean the ruptured well is unstable.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Blagojevich may not testify

CHICAGO -- Attorneys for Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday they disagree about whether the ousted Illinois governor should testify in his own defense -- as he has long promised -- and whether they should call any defense witnesses at all.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan to spend about 2 weeks behind bars

LYNWOOD, Calif. -- Los Angeles sheriff's officials said Lindsay Lohan will likely spend about two weeks of her three-month sentence in jail.

Shop that inspired 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi reopens in NYC

The soup stand that inspired the Soup Nazi episode on ''Seinfeld'' reopened in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, six years after its famously brusque owner, Al Yeganeh, shut it down and licensed his recipes to a franchising company.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Venezuela to obtain TV share

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that his government will obtain a minority ownership share in Globovision, raising the stakes in his long-running battle with Venezuela's last remaining opposition television station.

Rockdale A's drop third straight

NORCROSS -- Jared Breen was too much for the Rockdale A's on Monday. The Signature Park Grizzlies shortstop and rising sophomore at Belmont University had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning of the Grizzlies' 8-7 win over Rockdale in a Sun Belt League game at Norcross High School.

Sports medicine focus of health council event

LAWRENCEVILLE — The latest installment of Gwinnett Medical Center and Partnership Gwinnett’s quarterly health council series will focus on sports medicine.

New Jersey police release info on Suwanee CEO's shooting

New information regarding Friday’s police-related fatal shooting of a Suwanee man in New Jersey was made public Tuesday.

Children's Healthcare names new vice president

ATLANTA — Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has named a new vice president for strategic planning.

Nine votes enough to OK Lilburn annex

LILBURN — Fourteen people decided Tuesday that Lilburn would incorporate almost 300 acres of commercial and residential land into its city limits.

LETTERS: Attacks on Obama coming without a wealth of reality

Thomas Bardugan of Buford’s letter depicting President Barack Obama as an advocate of socialism, if not of communism itself, left me speechless, a condition my wife would quickly deny.

Montero's homers doom G-Braves

The Gwinnett Braves scored the game’s first run and then not again in a 6-1 road loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday.

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THOMAS: America is realizing its big mistake

The latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll tells the story: Nearly six in 10 voters say they have ‘‘just some’’ or no confidence in President Obama to make the right decisions for the country.

LETTERS: Legal experience would help make Fair Tax the law

Your thoughtful article, “Fair Tax becomes GOP dogma in Georgia election,” highlighted an important dynamic in the race to fill Rep. John Linder’s seat.

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Craig Sadler

SSgt. Craig Jerome Sadler, lovingly known as “SAT” was born on December 26, 1977 and was called to his eternal rest on Monday, July 12, 2010. Craig graduated ...

Jeff Ballew

Mr. Jeff Ballew, age 44, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010. He is survived by sons, Jeffrey Ballew, Jefferson, GA, Jeremy Ballew, Braselton, GA and Justin ...

Joyce Williamson

Joyce A. Williamson, age 74, of Jefferson, GA passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Andre Hilaire

Andre Hilaire, age 78, of Suwanee, GA passed away July 19, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

J.t. Buice

Mr. J. T. Buice, age 86, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Victor Coney, Sr.

Mr. Victor Sam Coney, Sr., age 78, of Monroe, GA, passed away July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

J.w. Arnold, Jr.

Mr. J.W. Arnold, Jr., age 87 of Nicholson, GA, who passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Fred Walker, Sr.

Fred “Mac” Walker, Sr., age 68, of Thomson, GA, passed away July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Dawson Jacobs

Dawson Sky Jacobs, infant who passed away on July 17, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Lucy Wasieleski

Lucy Wasieleski, age 78 of Valdosta, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, July 23, 2010 at Mary Our Queen ...

Frank Walker, Jr.

Frank Leo Walker, Jr., age 84, of Dacula, GA passed away Friday, July 17, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Doris Lamb

Doris Cross Lamb, age 88, of Cedartown, GA formerly of Lawrenceville, GA entered into rest on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome, GA. She is survived ...

Luster Echols

Luster W. Echols age 80 of Winder, formerly of Duluth died July 19, 2010. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the Bill ...