News for Saturday, June 12, 2010


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WIGGINS: Thousands help make Gwinnett more beautiful

For more than a quarter of a century, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has worked with community partners, friends and neighbors to improve Gwinnett's environment. Since our beginning in 1980, we have removed millions of pounds of litter and planted an untold number of trees and flowers. We have recycled millions of pounds of recyclables and instilled a sense of conservation in generations of children and adults.

CASAS: Vetoes of sensible bills need to be overridden

Georgia is still battling the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Our schools have felt the negative effects with budget cuts, furloughs and teacher layoffs.

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Check the deck: Safety a concern as about 5 Gwinnett decks topple yearly

Before the plunge, Jennifer Martinez's family crowded the deck at her in-laws' two-story home on Omega Drive in Lawrenceville, their appetites whetted for a Mother's Day feast of chicken.

Erassa finishes 11th in Dream Mile race

NEW YORK -- Grayson graduate Kirubel Erassa ran his Dream Mile in 4 minutes, 28.57 seconds in Saturday's race.

Best deer hunter search under way

The American Whitetail Authority, conducting a nationwide search for the country's best whitetail hunter, will take their search to the Discover Mills' Bass Pro Shops this week.

GCPS first to see majority-minority

When 2009 Census estimates were released this week showing that the majority of people who lived in Gwinnett were minorities, those familiar with the county's school system weren't surprised.

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Families go fishin' at Dacula park

Alexander Scott reeled in a 13-inch bass Saturday while fishing at Little Mulberry Park. After measuring his first catch of the day, Alexander threw the fish back in the lake.

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Success does live here

By the turn of the century, Gwinnett County had begun to make its mark as one of the most successful high school sports areas in the state.Football was on the rise, swimming and cross county championships were a yearly tradition and athletes were becoming nationally recognized.

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Lucky draw: England keeper gives US 1-1 tie in opener

RUSTENBURG, South Africa -- The record will show it was a tie, but it was hardly that.One found renewed confidence; the other will feel the heat.

WORLD CUP ROUNDUP: Argentina edges Nigeria by a goal

JOHANNESBURG -- Even though Lionel Messi baffled Nigeria's defenders, Argentina still had to sweat out Diego Maradona's first World Cup victory as a coach.

Crowd gathers for trash plan protest

A few hundred people gathered around the gazebo next to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Saturday to protest Gwinnett County's new trash plan, which goes into effect July 1.

BOE expected to maintain same millage rate

The Gwinnett County Board of Education will meet Monday morning to set the millage rate for the upcoming year.

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Teen calls sea ordeal 'crazy'

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- A California teenager who spent three days adrift on the turbulent Indian Ocean described her ordeal as ''crazy'' as she started a long journey home aboard a French fishing boat that rescued her Saturday from her crippled sailboat.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Coast Guard tells BP to speed up

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The federal government has given BP until the end of the weekend to find ways to speed up efforts to contain huge amounts of oil gushing from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a letter released Saturday, as large globs of brown crude coated Alabama's white sand beaches.

WORLD IN BRIEF: US, Iraqi forces kill two in raid

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military said American-backed Iraqi security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested seven others south of Baghdad.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Kid Cudi arrested in NY

NEW YORK -- Rapper Kid Cudi was arrested on criminal charges in New York City.Sgt. John Butorn said Cudi was arrested Friday on charges of criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Historic Polaroid collection going to New York auction

NEW YORK -- A striking black-and-white photograph of the majestic Bridalveil waterfall is among numerous that landscape photographer Ansel Adams took with Polaroid film -- a technology many celebrated artists embraced to produce innovative and surprising works.

G-Braves bats come alive in Durham

DURHAM, N.C. — After dropping its series to Norfolk thanks mostly to a stagnant offense, the Gwinnett Braves shook a little life out of their bats when they got to Durham.

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Gladiators get forward Brandt back

Proving that he was sincere in his regret over having to trade Andy Brandt last summer, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle reacquired the forward’s rights today.

Youth Roundup: GSA's Phoenix win Georgia Youth Soccer State Cup

The Gwinnett Soccer Association Phoenix Red 94 U16 Boys won the GYSA State Cup on June 6 by defeating the Cobb Futbol Club 94 Gold 1-0 in overtime.

O'REILLY: Race has nothing to do with Obama's demeanor

President Barack Obama and I may have one distinct thing in common. Often when folks disagree with my analysis, they label me an angry white man. The far left loves to do that. Any passion shown by forces opposed to the “progressive” agenda is often described as irrational and vitriolic.

Elmer Ethridge

Mr. Elmer F. Ethridge, age 87, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Friday, June 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Cesario Guevara

Cesario Guevara, age 61 of Norcross, GA passed away June 11, 2010. Arrangements by Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811

Jane Taylor

Jane G. Taylor, age 85, of Snellville, GA entered into rest on June 11, 2010. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 35 years, Robert Lee Taylor ...

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,

Donald Collinsworth

Donald Lee “Whimp” Collinsworth, age 67 of Monroe, GA, passed away June 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

James Duncan

James E. Duncan age 84 of Dacula, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, June 12, 2010, with Rev. Charles Dispain, Rev ...

R. Don Jorns

R. Don Jorns, age 85 of Lady Lake, FL passed away June 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Mary White

Mary Long White, age 93, of Cumming, GA, formerly of Norcross, GA, died on June 10, 2010, as a result of a long term condition of congestive heart disease. Mrs ...

Sarah Carver

Sarah Moore Carver, age 89, of Tucker, GA passed away June 10, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.