News for Saturday, July 3, 2010


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'Eclipse' star visits mall

BUFORD -- The movie trailers that rolled before the 7 p.m. IMAX showing of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" at the Mall of Georgia on Saturday were interrupted.

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Lawrenceville holds 7th Prelude to the Fourth

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sisters Lauren, 6, and Adriana Kieser, 3, had a front row seat for fireworks in Lawrenceville on Saturday night, both dressed for the occasion in red, white and blue dresses.
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Religious convention draws 9,000

DULUTH -- One by one, they came as individuals to the baptismal pools. After submitting themselves to be immersed in the water, they emerged part of a worldwide family of believers. Sixty-two individuals of all ages, races and ethnicities were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses on Saturday during a district convention held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. More than 9,000 were in attendance, with about a hundred of those gathered beside the two baptismal pools set up on the floor level to celebrate with those baptized.
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McGinnis Ferry bridge work to close lanes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Drivers on Interstate 85 have seen signs of a bridge coming soon over the highway.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressional candidate gets tea party support

The tea party pick for U.S. House District 4 -- at least by the spokesman and organizer of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots -- is Liz Carter.

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Oil skimmer being tested in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS -- Gulf of Mexico cleanup crews working to block millions of gallons of oil from reaching land may soon have a giant on their side, if a weekend test of a new skimmer goes well.

NATION IN BRIEF: Maine suspect planned to live with victim's child

AMITY, Maine -- A man who police said confessed to killing two men and a boy in Maine was planning to move in with a woman who had a child with one of the men.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Woods, voice of Cinderella, dies at age 81

LOS ANGELES -- Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella in Disney's animated classic, has died. She was 81.

WORLD IN BRIEF: NY spy suspect wants to stay, lawyer says

NEW YORK -- The Russian diplomat's daughter accused of being a spy is ''embarrassed'' by photos of her that have turned up in media reports and fears she will be deported, her lawyer said.

MUST READ: New US satellite to monitor debris in Earth orbit

DENVER -- A new U.S. Air Force satellite will provide the first full-time, space-based surveillance of hundreds of satellites and thousands of pieces of debris that could crash into American and allied assets circling the Earth.

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Time to run

Aniko Brewer could find a lot of excuses not to get out of bed every morning for training.The Suwanee resident could say she doesn't have time to run when she has to work a full-time job. Or maybe that taking care of three kids, including one with special needs, takes up too much of her time. Or the fact that she has Type 2 diabetes.

Davis back home

Brent Davis is back where he wants to be, in the blue and gold of Georgia Southern University. "It is sort of like coming home," Davis said. "I started my coaching career here and I was fortunate enough to be part of this program where I spent nine years and where we had that amazing run. It is really like coming home."

Hanson rebounds as Braves top Marlins

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox had a quick answer when asked how Tommy Hanson returned to his winning form.

Road closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

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Shooting down the Constitution

Even a simple guy like me can figure out these words from the U.S. Constitution: ‘‘The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’’ That’s contained in the Second Amendment. So why did four Supreme Court justices this week vote to infringe on the right to bear arms?

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On Independence Day, remember legacy of Henry Clay

Just as this year, Independence Day in 1852 fell on a Sunday. But in New York City the traditional celebration was upstaged by another event. The casket bearing the remains of Henry Clay had arrived aboard the steamboat Trenton.

G-Braves keep winning vs. Bulls

DURHAM, N.C. — The Gwinnett Braves beat the Durham Bulls 3-0 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C., on Saturday night in the opening game of the three-game series.

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Tuttle - Hale

Courtney Marie Tuttle and James Matthew Hale were married May 29 in Norcross. The Rev. Jeff Lewis officiated the ceremony.

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Bulau - Harris

Carissa Lynn Bulau and Daniel Ryan Harris were married April 25 at Tribble MIll Park. Pastor Bob Walk officiated the ceremony.

Community news

Jess Vics of Duluth was honored on May 10 by Mayor and Council for an amazing achievement in Boy Scouts. Vics family became the first family to achieve four generations of Eagle Scouts.

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61st anniversary

Alfonse Solomon Hunt and Cortese Rosa Hunt of Lilburn recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. The couple was married June 26, 1949, in Chicago.

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50th anniversary

Oscar Herbert and Barbara Joyce Pounds Brown recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married June 25, 1960, in Muscadine, Ala.

OUR VIEW: Answers came more quickly than expected

In an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, the Post called for quick answers to the questions swirling around Monday night’s arrest of Commission Chairman Charles Bannister.

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Lankford - Gilstrap

Jerry and Sandra Lankford of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Elizabeth Lankford of Cartersville, to Stephen Marion Gilstrap of Cartersville, son of Mark Gilstrap of Cartersville and Caroline Baltzegar of Bluffton, S.C.

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Spicer - Wyre

Guy Kevin Spicer and Faye Chastain Spicer of Jefferson announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Rae Spicer of Jefferson, to Hadley Whitney Wyre of Decatur, son of Harry Wilmer Wyre Jr. and Kim Ann Wyre of Silver Spring, Md.

IN BRIEF: Trucking company expands services in Gwinnett

Trucking company expands services in Gwinnett

Lazy day on the river

As summer temperatures rise to the 80s and 90s, Gwinnettians look for ways to stay cool. Some stay inside, some go to the pool and others turn to a five to 14 mile stretch of the


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Wasul Tschiniak

Wasul (Bro Bill) Kondrad Tschiniak, age 69, of Winder, GA, passed away July 2, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Michelle Wilson, age 19, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 1, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Cordelia Blazina

Cordelia Evelyn Blazina, age 91, of Atlanta, GA passed away July 2, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Ruth Brown

Ruth Clark Brown, age 90, Franklin, NC passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010. Born in Fulton County, GA she was the daughter of the late John Henry Clark, Sr. and ...