News for Wednesday, July 7, 2010


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HAMMOCK: Team finds way to cool the pool in summer heat

One Gwinnett Swim League team, Chateau Elan, found a way to chill things out in its last regular season meet on Tuesday. The club's swimmers and parents brought in bags of ice prior to a matchup with Morning View, setting up their "Lowering the temp so swimmers can raise the bar" theme night.

Cone invited to national team tryout

The Parkview grad and current Georgia Bulldogs outfielder Zach Cone is one of 39 college players nationwide invited to take part in the 2010 College National Team Trials, which run through Sunday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C

McCann, Prado power Braves over Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Brian McCann hit a go-ahead three-run double during a six-run sixth inning, Kris Medlen pitched neatly into the seventh and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on Wednesday night.

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Waste not: Local agency discusses how to recycle

Connie Wiggins appreciates anyone who recycles, but she said those who are educated about the process can help reduce the waste that ends up at recycling centers.

Hospital won't hire smokers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's second-leading employer has put a kibosh on hiring smokers.

DA: Texting no basis for felony charge

Felony vehicular homicide charges have been downgraded to a misdemeanor for a Duluth woman accused of killing a pedestrian while text-messaging behind the wheel last year.

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Mobile crime lab assists with animal cruelty cases

If Chris Schindler was a superhero, his nemeses would be dogfighting rings, puppy mills, animal hoarders, cockfighting syndicates and other large-scale animal cruelties.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Civil rights leader to endorse Hank Johnson

One of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is expected to back incumbent U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson today.

Man gets 5 years for defrauding elderly clients of more than $4M

A Sugar Hill man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years in prison Wednesday, after he defrauded elderly clients out of more than $4 million over a three-year span.

Secretary of State Kemp says he will fight for voters

DULUTH -- Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he will fight "all the way to the Supreme Court" to protect Georgia's voter rolls.

Local director for cancer society promoted to VP

DULUTH -- After spending six years helping build what has become one of the most successful Relay for Life programs in the world, Randy Redner has been promoted.

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Hudgens Center gives out 3 Gwinnie Awards

DULUTH -- The Hudgens Center for the Arts recognized two individuals recently who have made significant contributions to the arts organization and arts in Gwinnett.

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Heat swelters East Coast

PHILADELPHIA -- The eastern U.S. cooked for another day Wednesday as unrelenting heat again sent thermometers past 100 degrees in urban ''heat islands,'' buckled roads, slowed trains and pushed utilities toward the limit of the electrical grid's capacity.

NATION IN BRIEF: Barge hits tourist boat in Philly; 2 missing

PHILADELPHIA -- Officials said a fire on board had shut down a duck boat that was struck by a barge in the Delaware River off Philadelphia.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Jury: Disney owes makers of 'Millionaire'

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A federal jury awarded the creators of ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' $269.2 million in damages because they didn't get their fair share of profits from the popular Walt Disney Co. game show.

WORLD IN BRIEF: More than 50 killed in attacks across Baghdad

BAGHDAD -- Militants struck across the Iraqi capital Wednesday, killing more than 50 people, including 32 in a suicide bombing that targeted pilgrims commemorating a revered Shiite saint, Iraqi police said.

MUST READ: Broadcast television viewership hits historic low

NEW YORK -- Americans avoided television in historic levels over the past week.

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BISHER: Memories of MLB All-Star Games past

Whereas All-Star time is upon us, and whereas the game will return to Anaheim for the first time since 1967, and since it has been proven that even Bud Selig couldn't wreck it, seems a fellow might look back on some of the memories that won't go away.

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DALY: Annoying mosquitoes can be controlled but not eliminated

Mosquitoes are a constant menace throughout the summer and interfere with outdoor activities. They are more than just an irritating annoyance because they can spread diseases.

Van Wieren book signing comes to Gwinnett

Even in 43 years of broadcasting, Pete Van Wieren never fully grasped his affect on those listening.

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Tides use big seventh inning to hand G-Braves 10-2 loss

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves spent most of Wednesday’s game against the Norfolk Tides trying to break through against left-hander Troy Patton.

THOMAS: The right stuff goes wrong under Obama

Silly me. I thought America’s unparalleled space program (before the present administration began dismantling it) was a triumph of American ingenuity, technology, vision and boldness. Instead, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says its ‘‘foremost mission’’ is not returning to the moon, or completing a mission to Mars; rather it is improving relations with the Muslim world. Bolden says President Barack Obama told him he also wants NASA to encourage children to study science and math, but isn’t that best done by applying science and math to a robust space program?

GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC offers industrial energy, water assessment

Jackson EMC offers industrial energy, water assessment

PARKER: Hard truths, comfy chairs

Sometimes it takes a scientific study to reveal the obvious. The latest discovery — that touch influences how we perceive things — is something like the warning on a steaming cup of coffee.

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Debbie Ryder

Mrs. Debbie Tribble Ryder, age 52, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by ...

Frances Moore

Frances S. Moore, age 82, of Johns Creek, GA passed away July 6, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Mona Allen

Mrs. Mona Allen, age 77, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Marvin Stringer

Marvin Thomas Stringer, age 71, of Berkeley Lake, GA, passed away July 5, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Harrison Ferris

Harrison Tatum Ferris, age 60, of Buford, GA, died Sunday, July 4, 2010. Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 2 PM at Hamilton Mill United Methodist ...

Mildren Wallace

Mildren Grace Wallace, age 86, of Winder, GA, passed away July 4, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Bud Pettus

Bud Pettus, age 67 of Monroe, GA, passed away July 5, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Rose Pfeil

Rose Marie Pfeil, age 90, of Suwanee, GA passed away July 5, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Norman Kowlsen, Jr.

Norman Kowlsen, Jr., age 73 of Lilburn, GA passed away July 05, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200