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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Court hears appeal for OJ Simpson

LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson's lawyer told a panel of Nevada Supreme Court justices Friday that the former football star's conviction in a gunpoint hotel room heist amounted to prejudicial ''payback'' for Simpson's 1994 double-murder acquittal.

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Arkansas flash floods kill 16

CADDO GAP, Ark. -- Floodwaters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour rushed into a remote Arkansas valley early Friday, killing at least 16 people, many of them campers who became trapped by a devastating wall of water. Dozens more were missing and feared dead.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Suicide attacker kills 3 Iraqis, 2 Americans

BAGHDAD -- A suicide attacker in an explosives-rigged car bombed U.S. and Iraqi forces on joint patrol Friday, killing two Americans and at least three Iraqis.

NATION IN BRIEF: New oil numbers may do more harm to wildlife

HOUSTON -- New numbers showing the amount of oil gushing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico may be double as much as previously thought means the crude is likely to travel farther away, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife that call the fragile waters their home, scientists said Friday.

MUST READ: 1,000 NYC students walk out to save free rides

NEW YORK -- About 1,000 New York City high school students chanted ''This is what democracy looks like!'' and waved homemade signs and banners Friday as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest a plan to eliminate their free transit passes.

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Comforting camp: Burn-injured children attend weeklong event

Here, they're like any other kids at any other day camp -- swimming, painting pictures, riding bikes. Photo slide show inside

Liriano out-duels Hudson, Braves

MINNEAPOLIS -- Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 11 batters to edge Tim Hudson in a dazzling pitchers' duel as the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Friday night.

Carter, DeShields selected to USA Basketball teams

A pair of Daily Post All-County high school girls basketball players were selected to national teams by USA Basketball on Friday.

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Flying the coop: Peacock escapes Yellow River Game Ranch

LILBURN -- If you were driving in Lilburn over the last couple of days, you weren't hallucinating after all -- that was a peacock you saw trotting along.

Man found guilty of murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Why Devin Grell shot and killed what some have described as his best friend could remain a mystery -- but it will be something he'll have to think about as he spends the rest of his life behind bars.

Loganville parade chairman dies at 39

LOGANVILLE -- A memorial service is planned for Saturday for the chairman of the Loganville Fourth of July Parade, who died Sunday after a yearlong battle with leukemia.

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Dodson, Moreau remain friends despite distance in minors

Still close friends, former Georgia Bulldog teammates Stephen Dodson and Nathan Moreau chat at least once a week despite playing on opposite coasts. Life in the minors, though, is not the main topic of conversation.

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Blackmon, Wilkerson victims of injuries

Charlie Blackmon's season began on Memorial Day, rather than in early April. Shannon Wilkerson got started on time, but then had his season interrupted. Injuries are the curse of minor league players determined to show what they can do and move up as quickly as possible. Outfield prospects Blackmon and Wilkerson have both been victims this year.

MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Carter flourishing in reliever role with Birmingham

Anthony Carter won 11 games in both 2008 and 2009 as a starter, but his future in the Chicago White Sox organization appears to be as a reliever.

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North Gwinnett runner-up at passing tournament

SUGAR HILL -- In the grand scheme of things, wins and losses matter little to high school football teams in summer 7-on-7 passing leagues and camps, even ones as talent-laden as North Gwinnett's National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier.

Gwinnett players lead North to split of all-star doubleheader

DALTON -- Four recently graduated Gwinnett County seniors helped the North all-stars earn a split with the South in the GACA all-star softball doubleheader late Wednesday at Heritage Park.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Broncos' Freeman named freshman All-American

Kennesaw State's Ronnie Freeman, a Brookwood grad, has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team. Freeman led the Owls in batting average (.365), hits (77), total bases (112) and RBIs (47).

AP source: Hawks set to hire Larry Drew as coach

ATLANTA -- A person familiar with the situation says that the Atlanta Hawks are poised to hire Larry Drew as their next head coach.

Wendy's/Arby's shares rise on takeover inquiry

CHICAGO -- Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. Chairman Nelson Peltz said he's reviewing an overture from an unnamed group interested in acquiring the fast-food company.

BUCKELEW: Soccer, America mix better than oil, seawater

For nearly two months, we have been treated to an ongoing tragedy of historic proportions a few hundred miles south of us. Spurred by an explosion on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at first saddened us with the loss of 11 men working on the rig. Since then, we have moved from fear of a replay of the Exxon Valdez disaster all the way to our current situation of the largest oil spill in American history.

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Nebraska joins Big Ten conference

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Paterno vs. Pelini. Huskers vs. Hawkeyes. Trips to Columbus, Ohio, instead of Columbia, Mo.So long, Big 12. Nebraska's membership in the Big Ten Conference is official.

Collins Hill to raise funds for football program with movie

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Collins Hill Athletic Association will hold its main fundraiser for youth football in July, hosting its "Movie at the Rock" event.

MCLEOD: You can volunteer your way to job-hunting success

If you've already got a job, there are plenty of people out there who are quite eager to take your place. And if you're looking for work, you already know how tough it is.

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FBI: Serial bank robber targets Gwinnett

DULUTH -- An armed bandit who robbed a Duluth Wachovia Bank on Friday could be behind a similar heist at a Stone Mountain branch in August, the FBI said Friday.

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Body found at Duluth apartment complex

DULUTH -- Maintenance crews at a Duluth apartment complex discovered the body of an apparent gunshot victim in a wooded area behind an electrical box this morning.

Barrow stores raided in gambling crackdown

WINDER -- Barrow County authorities raided three convenience stores Thursday as part of a crackdown on illegal gambling, an official said.

Suspected US-born drug smuggler charged in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A Texas-born man suspected of leading a Mexican drug cartel was charged Friday in federal court in Atlanta with distributing thousands of pounds of cocaine from Mexico to the eastern U.S. from 2004 to 2006.

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South Africa draws 1-1 with Mexico to open World Cup

JOHANNESBURG -- A joyous day for South Africa. A not quite perfect result.South Africa gave up the lead on a goal by Mexico's Rafael Marquez in the 79th minute and settled for a 1-1 draw Friday before 84,000 horn-blaring fans, whose euphoria over the start of the first World Cup on the continent was only slightly dimmed by the tie.

Boise State making move to Mountain West Conference

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State University has accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference in 2011.Boise State, currently a Western Athletic Conference member, would become the Mountain West Conference's 10th member. The move would be effective July 1, 2011.

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Hinton - Rigo

Andrea Marie Rigo and Douglas Eric Hinton were married Oct. 3 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

LETTERS: Vines railroad another top destination for Gwinnett

As a regular reader to your newspaper, I am a little surprised that in your article “101 things every Gwinnettian should see or do” in the newcomer’s guide, there was no mention of the only outdoor garden railroad in Georgia that is free to the public — the Vines Garden railroad.

YARBROUGH: Swami warns of trusting kakistocrats

OK, class. Our word this week is kakistocracy.

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Sullivan's camp teaches kids more than just hockey skills

Dan Sullivan’s goal with his “Come and Get It” hockey camps is to give kids a pro-like experience.

HUCKABY: In the space race, America could accomplish anything

Used to could. Now there’s a good old-fashioned Southern expression for you. Old coots that are my age use it talk about past glories.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Broncos' Freeman named freshman All-American

Broncos’ Freeman named freshman All-American

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Goss 50th anniversary

George and Margaret Goss recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 10, 1960. George is retired from Tim Timmer’s Chevrolet and Margaret is retired from the Gwinnett County Fire Department. They have three children, Mark Goss, married to Melinda Goss; Jeff Goss, married to Jan Goss; and Donna Cason, married to the Rev. Marty Cason. They have seven grandchildren, Lindsey, Timothy, Whitney, Bethany, Ben, Jonathon and Dennis. They have two great-grandchildren, Chase and Lilly. The couple celebrated at church with their family and friends.

COLLEGE NOTES

The following students participated in the spring 2010 commencement ceremony at Berry College:

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Martin 50th anniversary

Ronald and Rubye Martin of Eatonton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 10, 1960, in Lilburn. George is a self-employed contractor and Rubye is a caterer and administrative assistant. They have two children, Tammy Braner, married to Kenny Braner, and Ken Martin. They also have two grandchildren, Brandon and Brooke Braner. The couple celebrated at a dinner in their honor with family and friends.

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Carraway 50th anniversary

Thomas Alvin Carraway Jr. and Elizabeth Anne Price Carraway of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married May 28, 1960, in Fort Payne, Ala. Thomas is retired from Equifax and Elizabeth is retired from the IRS. They have four children, Tessa Shirley, married to Lewis Shirley; Ruskee Schubert, married to Joe Schubert; Tommy Carraway, married to Carla Carraway; and Kelly Cofer, married to Shane Cofer. They also have 10 grandchildren. The couple celebrated with a family vacation to Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Dutton 50th anniversary

Lamar and Evelyn Dutton of Maysville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married March 4, 1960, at the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. They have three children, Melanie Weatherby, married to Kevin Weatherby; Mickey Dutton, married to Angela Dutton; and Marcy Segre, married to Dave Segre. They also have 10 grandchildren, Justin, Jordan and Kelsey Thomas; Reed, Ryan and Katie Dutton; Sienna, Laura and Andrew Segre and Kristin Weatherby. The couple celebrated with a party in their honor, hosted by their children at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

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Snyder 65th anniversary

Harold and Theo Snyder of Buford recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married May 23, 1945, in New Lexington, Ohio. The couple has five children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated with family at a dinner.

John Smith

John Alexander “Alex” Smith, age 54, of Duluth, GA passed away June 8, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel ...

Rosemary Badertscher

Mrs. Rosemary C. Badertscher, age 84, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Mary Veliky

Mary Veliky, age 86, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 7, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Inez Smeeks

Inez Mae Smeeks, age 92 of Snellville, GA passed away June 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Reba Shelley

Reba B. Shelley, age 81 of Grayson, GA, formerly of Kokomo, IN, went home to be with the Lord at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Gwinnett Medical Center ...

Karen Goldstein

Mrs. Karen Jean Goldstein, age 59, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com ...

Nell Stewart

Mrs. Nell Henry Stewart, age 84, of Buford GA passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Deborah Wirth

Deborah Lynn Wirth, age 59 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Douglas Garner, Jr.

C. DOUGLAS C. Douglas Garner, Jr. of Lavonia, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA died June 8, 2010 at the age of 73. Funeral Services will be held at the Bethesda Methodist ...

Albert Mitchell, Jr.

Sergeant Albert Grady (A.G.) Mitchell, Jr., age 92 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

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