News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010


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Details sketchy in shooting at gas station

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Conflicting stories surround a Wednesday afternoon shooting at a Lawrenceville gas station that left one man in serious condition.

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Literacy Institute teaches students, educators new skills

SNELLVILLE -- As Aaron Peters tasted a grape-flavored Tootsie Pop on Wednesday, he remembered watching commercials for the hard candy lollipops.

10 races set for runoffs

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Campaign season continues, as Gwinnett voters must go back to the polls to determine nominees for governor, congress and commission.

Voters back civic center for Buford

BUFORD -- Funding for a city civic center in Buford has been lined up, thanks to voters Tuesday.

Immigration impersonators rob family

DULUTH -- A family told police that three men entered their Duluth apartment last week under the ruse that they were from immigration and "needed to check some things out," brandishing a machine gun and robbing them once inside.

Lilburn annexation ends in 9-9 tie

LILBURN -- Lilburn may not be annexing anything into its city limits after all.

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Relative leads cops to child porn cache

SNELLVILLE -- A family member led police to a cache of child pornography in a Snellville home that included hundreds of CDs and DVDs, police said Wednesday.

Asst. superintendent to temporarily lead Barrow middle school

WINDER -- Barrow County's Russell Middle School will have an interim principal when school starts Aug. 2.

Wanted fugitive nabbed

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies tracked down a Lawrenceville man Wednesday wanted for his failure to appear in court for kidnapping and other charges.

Gas leak shuts down Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd.

SUWANEE -- A natural gas leak shut down part of a major Gwinnett road for several hours Wednesday.

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Safety workers compare notes on equipment

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fire and police agencies from five counties and Atlanta came together Wednesday at Coolray Field to compare their equipment and ability to respond to terrorist attacks.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Thurmond optimistic about economy

A day after his big win in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Michael Thurmond started his campaign with a speech to Gwinnett's Chamber of Commerce.

G-Braves score late to top Yankees

SCRANTON, Pa. -- A Diory Hernandez RBI triple in the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and paved the way to a 3-2 Gwinnett Braves win Wednesday over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

Isner works for win over Muller

JOHNS CREEK -- It wasn't quite the marathon he had to go through at Wimbledon earlier this summer, but John Isner had to put in a full day's work in his first singles match at the Atlanta Tennis Championships.

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Storm halts relief drilling

NEW ORLEANS -- A storm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug the ruptured oil well to a near standstill Wednesday just as BP was getting tantalizingly close to going in for the kill.

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NATION IN BRIEF: NYC's Naked Cowboy sues Naked Cowgirl

NEW YORK -- It's not exactly the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.New York City's famous Naked Cowboy is headed to court to protect his trademark from the Naked Cowgirl.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Prosecutors in Brazil file suit against Google

SAO PAULO -- Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro said they have filed a civil suit against the Brazilian subsidiary of Google because its Orkut social-networking service is being used to promote pedophilia and defamation and to defend organized crime.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Sheriff probing Gibson's ex for extortion

LOS ANGELES -- Sheriff's detectives in Los Angeles are checking extortion allegations against Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend.

Connecticut judge's ruling: Cheerleading not an official sport

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in ordering a Connecticut school to keep its women's volleyball team.

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Greetings from space: Conyers Middle students receive an out-of-this-world talk from astronauts

CONYERS -- Usually when middle school students think about ISS, they are dreading sitting alone doing school work during In School Suspension. But this week, several Conyers Middle School students couldn't stop thinking about ISS -- the International Space Station.

Lafontaine files charges against county

CONYERS -- A lawyer representing former Rockdale County public affairs deputy director Holly Lafontaine confirmed Wednesday he has filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning her release as part of a county work force reduction.

Judge rejects Florida demand for water in dispute

ATLANTA -- A federal judge has declined Florida's request to release more water from a north Georgia dam to protect three threatened or endangered species downstream.The Wednesday ruling from U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson rejected releasing more water from dams along the Chattahoochee River to benefit the gulf sturgeon, the fat threeridge mussel and the purple bankclimber mussel.

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Majic Man

Some international basketball teams are in beautiful locales, some in not-so-great places. The best pros play in crowded gyms, others in quiet, nearly empty spaces.B.J. Puckett has seen all ranges of the spectrum as he's traveled the world playing pro hoops, learning that each job has its different pros and cons. The teams offering better perks are appealing, but in the world of international basketball one thing truly matters.

Quiet Panther breaking out

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- With so many Parkview graduates in professional baseball, Anthony Carter often gets overlooked in the crowd. After all, the former Panthers standout didn't play big-time college baseball and he wasn't a high draft choice. Carter, though, is having the kind of breakout year in the minors this season that makes him impossible to ignore.

Norcross Soccer Academy to open indoor center

Plans have been made for an impressive addition to the Norcross Soccer Academy, as club officials have moved forward on a new indoor training center and a corporate office that are slated to open in late fall.

HAMMOCK: Fire show local future

Tuesday night's victory over Mexican side Pumas UNAM probably didn't mean much to most Chicago Fire fans, who enjoyed a victory but knew the game was simply the finish to a disappointing early elimination from the SuperLiga competition.

Absentee votes change outcome of Lilburn annexation

LILBURN -- Lilburn won't be annexing anything into its city limits after all. Four absentee ballots voting "no" to the proposed incorporation of 293 acres of commercial and residential land made Tuesday's vote an even 9-9 draw, meaning roughly 200 residents would not be added into the population.

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White House apologizes to fired Ag worker; she mulls return

WASHINGTON -- The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique" new position and said she was thinking it over.

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Obama signs sweeping financial overhaul into law

WASHINGTON -- Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street.

STATEWIDE CANDIDATES has submitted a six-part questionnaire to candidates for statewide public offices. Following are responses from the candidates. Not all candidates have responded to the questionnaires. Only candidates in contested July primary elections are currently listed. The responses, along with some north Georgia district races, can be found at

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THOMAS: Government waste gets outsourced

In another country also called America, there were no credit cards and excessive debt was seen as a character flaw. In that America, my grandparents and their parents had discussions when they wanted to buy almost anything. The conversations focused on two questions: Can we afford it and do we need it? If the answer to either question was ‘‘no,’’ they didn’t buy it.

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PARKER: It's getting easier to be Alvin Greene

It is often said that there are no new stories, just different ways of telling the same ones. Familiar plots persist through literature: man versus nature, “rags to riches,” the hero quest, and so on.

GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville's visitors center marks anniversary

Lawrenceville’s visitors center marks anniversary

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Ginnie Braswell

Ginnie Gaynell Scott Braswell, 95, of Lawrenceville passed away peaceful, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews at Peachtree Christian Hospice Tuesday, July 20, 2010. She was ...

Phyllis Zimmer

Phyllis Ann “Shad” Zimmer, age 59 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Winter Wright

Winter Elizabeth Wright, age 9 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on July 17, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Dorothy Turner

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Turner, age 73 of Pendergrass, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Jeff Richardson

Jeff Richardson, age 50, of Grayson, Georgia, entered into rest on Saturday, July 17, 2010 surrounded by his devoted family after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by ...

Wanda Meese

Wanda L. Meese, age 79 of Chamblee, GA passed away July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Andrea Russell

Andrea Louise Russell, age 60 of Winder, formerly of Duluth, died July 19, 2010. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday July 22, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home ...

Hugh Arnold

Hugh Allen Arnold, age 55 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 24, 2010 in the Chapel of ...

Joseph Harris, Sr.

Joseph Harris, Sr., age 77, of Duluth, GA passed away July 20, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Margaret Jones

Margaret O. Jones, age 81, of Buford, GA passed away Monday July 19, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Joseph Cason Lowry, Jr.

CPL JOSEPH CASON CPL Joseph Cason Lowry, Jr., (Casey), age 25 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2010 after a 3 year battle with cancer. Funeral Services will be ...

Mary Cassell

Mary Nicole “Nikki” Cassell, age 33 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on July 17, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.