News for Friday, July 9, 2010


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Oil may be contained soon

NEW ORLEANS -- The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well, the government official in charge of the crisis said Friday in some of the most encouraging news to come out of the Gulf in the 21/2 months since the disaster struck.

New Mexico police say father taught son to build bombs

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The father of a 6-year-old taught the boy how to build homemade bombs out of empty milk jugs, gunpowder and other materials, then took him to the New Mexico desert to blow up the devices, investigators said Friday.

NATION: River rises in Rio Grande City

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas -- Upstream communities began to assess the damage Friday wrought by a Rio Grande that jumped its banks in the Texas city of Laredo, while downriver people marveled warily at a river that bore little resemblance to the lazy waterway that usually divides border cities.

WORLD: Former Russian spy dies at 53

WASHINGTON -- A former top Russian spy who defected to the U.S. after running espionage operations from the United Nations, Sergei Tretyakov, has died in Florida, his wife and a friend said Friday. He was 53.

PEOPLE: Charlie Sheen court date is postponed

ASPEN, Colo. -- A court hearing during which actor Charlie Sheen was expected to plead guilty to a charge stemming from a Christmas Day dispute with his wife has been postponed.

GGC application deadline looms

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The application deadline for Georgia Gwinnett College's fall semester is the earliest it's ever been.

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Buford native running for governor in Texas

BUFORD -- The daughter of a retired school secretary and General Motors worker, Kathie Youngblood Glass was taught the importance of education and hard work during her Buford upbringing.

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Silverbacks gig perfect for UGA-bound duo

The commute to Atlanta Silverbacks practices is a breeze for Alexa Newfield and Nicole Locandro, particularly in comparison to their trips for club soccer workouts.

Barrow fire chief charged with theft

ATLANTA -- Authorities have charged Barrow County Fire and Emergency Chief Donald Towne with one count of theft by taking.

2 women robbed, tied up by assailant

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two women were taken to a vacant residence on Pleasant Hill Road in separate incidents Thursday night, lured there before being tied up and robbed by a male assailant, police said.

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Stinchcomb talks success at Chamber

DULUTH -- Former NFL offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb said playing professional football is like working for any business organization: You're expected to meet expectations and achieve a number of goals laid out over the course of a week.

Fire damages Snellville home

SNELLVILLE -- Firefighters battled a blaze that caused heavy damage to a Snellville home Friday night.

Braves topple Mets with HRs

Melky Cabrera and Omar Infante hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the seventh inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 4-2 Friday night.

Locals named All-American swimmers

A total of 16 individual performances and nine relays received All-American honors this week from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.

Brookwood Track Club national runner-up

The Brookwood Track Club finished second in the nation at the Nike Track Nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on July 2. Brookwood was led by senior Tyler Anyan, who won the national title in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 12.76 seconds in front of more than 3,000 fans along the track.

MCLEOD: Anger vs. depression: Two sides of the same coin

Would you rather be around someone who's depressed, or someone who's angry?It's not exactly Sophie's Choice.

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RICH: Common folks are often the unexpected heroes

Out of curiosity, folks will sometimes ask who is an inspiration or hero to me. Since I rarely think in those terms, I have to stop and think about that answer.

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Southern Cycle marks 35 years of keeping Harleys running

For the last 35 of those, John Cheek's run Southern Cycle at its location on Nelson Brogdon Road, tinkering with other people's motorcycles and priding himself on top-notch service, parts, accessories and bike building.
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Wandering toddlers found safe

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Twin toddlers found wandering unattended near Lawrenceville Highway early Friday morning remained in the care of the Department of Family and Child Services overnight, after their mother noticed they were gone several hours later.

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BRODER: Tea party must latch to a Reaganesque platform

The tea party phenomenon is one of the significant puzzles of this year’s politics — exciting to some people and alarming to others. By placing it in the historical context of other populist movements, Henry Olsen of the American Enterprise Institute has helped define it — and the important choice Republicans now face.

OUR VIEW: Benchmarks give students a progress gauge

On Thursday, Georgia joined 20 states in adopting a set of standards for what students should be expected to know at certain points in their education.

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PARKER: To kill a 'Mockingbird' is to mock a hero

Fifty years ago today, a novel hit America’s bookshelves that changed the way millions thought about race and the inexplicable South.

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South 60th anniversary

Richard and Frances South of Duluth recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married June 24, 1950, in Newnan. Richard is employed with General Motors Inc. and Frances is employed with Hartford Insurance Company. They have three children, Terry Dietrich, Allan South and Marsha Chandler, married to Melvin Chandler. They also have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They celebrated at home with family.

Thrashers' prospects making early impression

DULUTH — A few players from the Atlanta Thrashers’ prospect development camp this week have a shot at making the big time and Jeff Pyle has a front-row seat for the early part of their campaigns.

LETTERS: Employers don't need lessons on hiring practices

In response to Nate McCullough’s column, “Hospital’s anti-smoking goal is noble, but oversteps its bounds” (July 9, Page 6A):

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Katz - Wilkes

Barry and Sharon Katz of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Shani Katz of New York to Steven Wilkes of New York, son of Harold and Donna Wilkes of Cheshire, Conn.

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O'REILLY: The undead have risen

Bela Lugosi must be turning over in his grave — that is, if the stake through his heart would allow it. Lugosi, as you may know, became famous as Dracula in the 1931 movie based on Bram Stoker’s novel about a villainous Transylvanian blood-sucking vampire. For more than a century, Dracula and vampires in general were spooky cinema stalkers, usually dispatched with a sharp object in the chest.

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Spencer Frendt, a recent graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School, received the Eagle Scout award on May 23. He started a shoe drive collecting more than 2800 pairs of shoes for Haiti. Spencer is the son of Scott and Sandy Frendt of Duluth.

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Gwinnett players boost morale at rehab center

DULUTH — Cyndi Deen of Suwanee has been a patient in the Glancy Rehabilitation Center for two weeks. But on Friday morning, she and her visiting mother Marilyn Epperson of Duluth received a treat: Gwinnett Braves’s players Josh Anderson and Wes Timmons came for a visit.

Knights rally by G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For the third straight game, a big inning did in the Gwinnett Braves.

LETTERS: 'Comprehensive' reform means get ready for an amnesty attempt

I tell my friends that when you hear a liberal use the word “comprehensive,” you need to run the other way.

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Carver 25th anniversary

David and Renay Carver of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple was married at Cross Creek Country Club on July 6, 1985. David is a sales manager for Schneider Electric and Renay is the operations manager for Wholesale Events. They have three children, Laura, married to Brock Hardy of Nashville, Tenn., Melissa Carver and Greg Carver. The couple celebrated with a trip to Northern California.

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Rainey - Butler

James and Tracey Rainey of Hoschton announce the engagement of their daughter Danielle Rainey of Hoschton to Jonathan Butler of Dahlonega, son of Jimmy and Donna Butler of Dahlonega.

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YARBROUGH: OMG, I can't LOL while driving now?

This time of year is referred to as “Dog Days.” That is because state government feels that in appreciation for your tax contributions this is a great time to hound you with a bunch of new laws, regulations and similar irritations that usually become effective July 1. Hence, Dog Days.

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James Edwards

Funeral Services for Mr. James William Edwards of Duluth, GA, will be held TODAY Friday, July 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM at North Atlanta Memorial Park, 5188 Winters Chapel Road ...

Mary Ellen Barron

Mary Ellen Barron, age 89, of Tucker, GA passed away July 6, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Pauline Bryant

Mrs. Pauline S. Bryant, age 66 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Bascome Osborne

Bascome Lavonia Osborne, age 82, of Lilburn GA passed away July 7, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Kathryn Smith

147;MEME” Mrs. Kathryn Robison Smith, “MeMe”, age 91 of Buford, GA, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Mrs. Smith was formerly from Monroe, GA. A ...

David Parasolick

David Michael Parasolick, age 60, of Tucker, GA passed away July 4, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Davey Sanchez

Infant Davey Lopez Sanchez, age 23 days, of Buford, GA passed away on July 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Beth Still

Beth Beaver Still, age 36 of Loganville, GA passed away July 8, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Sarah Page

Sarah Frank Page, age 79, of Winder, GA, passed away July 7, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Gene Story

Gene R. Story, age 89, of Tucker, GA passed away July 7, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Helen Gandolfo

Helen J. Gandolfo passed away on July 6, 2010. Mother, Sister, Aunt, friend and avid gardener, Helen will be missed by many including son Paul Gandolfo; daughter & granddaughter Karen ...

Louise Childress

Louise V. Childress, age 77, of Jefferson, GA, passed away July 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Jennifer Savoie

Jennifer Elizabeth Hardy Savoie, 34, of Suwanee, GA made her transition on July 4, 2010. Jennifer was born in Atlanta, GA and lived in Suwanee, GA for the past nine ...

Margaret Hammond

Margaret Rutledge Hammond, age 84, of Lilburn, GA died July 7, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411