News for Monday, July 5, 2010


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Stoudemire to play for Knicks

Amare Stoudemire and Knicks reach a verbal agreement

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Tiger struggles in Ireland

Tiger Woods, in danger of losing his No. 1 ranking, bogeys his way to 7-over-par at the J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am in Ireland Monday.

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Hot enough for ya? Temps soar

NEW YORK -- The heat wasn't going to keep Jerryll Freels inside on his vacation.The 28-year-old made his way through Times Square on Monday, combating the hot weather with a wet white washcloth over his head and a water bottle in hand.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Oil cleanup idled by poor weather

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. -- Across a wide stretch of the Gulf of Mexico, the cleanup of the region's worst-ever oil spill has been essentially landlocked for more than a week, leaving skimmers stuck close to shore.

IN BRIEF: Fireworks believed to be cause of house fire

LILBURN -- An early morning fire at a home on the 100 block of Stoneview Drive in Lilburn is believed to have been caused by fireworks.

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Back in the water: With Lake Lanier near full pool, boat business is booming

A business sign along Holiday Road reads, "The lake is back buy a boat." The body of water to which that sign refers -- Lake Sidney Lanier -- was less than a quarter of a foot shy of full pool Monday.

Sugarloaf extension costs rise

Sugarloaf Parkway's new interchange with Ga. Highway 316 is beginning to take shape -- on paper at least. Last month, commissioners approved a nearly $1 million change order to a design contract for the extension, which will complete the nearly five-mile trek from Ga. Highway 20 to Ga. 316.

No fatalities, major wrecks in Gwinnett over weekend

The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported 10 traffic-related deaths occurred statewide during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, fewer than the number estimated before the weekend began.

WORLD IN BRIEF: McCain says Kandahar key to Afghan war

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday that NATO and Afghan troops will prevail in the war if they can succeed in securing and bolstering governance in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.

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Sugar Hill hopes new Hindu temple will bring development to downtown

Sugar Hill hopes its planned $14 million downtown district catapults it from an easily missed place to a sought-after destination. A $3.5 million Hindu temple planned a mile away might make that destination an international one.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Queen finishes Canadian visit

WATERLOO, Ontario -- Queen Elizabeth II toured the headquarters of BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion and had a state dinner with the prime minister on the last full day of her nine-day visit to Canada.

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County kickoff

Football season is just around the corner. In just a few weeks, the University of Georgia football players will put on the pads and start their preparations for the 2010 season.Right now however, the focus for the SEC program is on the 2010 Countdown to Kickoff event, which will be held on July 16-17 in Athens.

Eating champ leaves New York jail after hot dog fracas

NEW YORK -- Japanese eating champion Takeru Kobayashi, arrested at a July 4th hot dog-eating contest, was freed Monday after a night in jail, looking a little weary and saying he was hungry.

McCann an all-star for 5th time

Brian McCann still hasn't been voted an all-star starter by the fans, but he clearly has the respect of his peers.The Atlanta Braves catcher and Duluth product was selected for his fifth straight all-star game in five full major league seasons on Sunday, and all of his all-star selections have come through votes from his fellow major-leaguers. The 26-year-old set a Braves record with three all-star appearances in his first three seasons, and each season he has added to his record.

Gwinnett Braves to begin giving grants to nonprofits

Beginning in August, the Gwinnett Braves will distribute monthly grants to local nonprofits. Under the Gwinnett Braves Grant Program, each month will feature a different theme, with organizations applying for $1,000 grants. Organizations may apply for more than one month and area of giving.

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Georgia's Evans resigns as AD following DUI arrest

ATHENS -- Damon Evans offered another apology on the day his resignation as Georgia's athletic director was announced by the school's president.

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SULLIVAN: We must know the facts before discussing airport privatization

Imagine the Gwinnett County Commission has two development proposals to consider. The first project would bring 20,000 new jobs for area residents. It would be an economic engine, potentially lowering property taxes for homeowners and businesses alike. Its presence would act as a seed for additional jobs in the high paying biotech industry.

G-Braves fall hard to Bulls

DURHAM — The Gwinnett Braves lost to the Durham Bulls 11-0 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to end their road trip Monday night.

No fatalities, major wrecks over weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Department of Public Safety reported 10 traffic-related deaths occurred statewide during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, fewer than the number estimated before the weekend began.

Fire briefs

Fireworks believed to be cause of house fire