News for Wednesday, June 16, 2010


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A sneak peek: Program gives freshmen exposure to classes

Classes don't begin until August, but incoming freshmen at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology are already getting a taste of their curriculum.

Obama says BP agrees to $20B fund

President Barack Obama and BP reached agreement Wednesday on a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the giant British company's chairman apologized to America for the worst environmental accident in the nation's history.

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Cops: Two shot after robbery

An apparent drug-related robbery attempt in Snellville on Wednesday afternoon resulted in gunfire, a car in a ditch and two people shot, police said.

Hi-Hope hits 50 years in community

When Marie Collier's first child was born, the then 19-year-old new mother did not know what Down syndrome meant.

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GMC breaks ground on open-heart facility

After years of planning and a little controversy, Gwinnett Medical Center finally broke ground on its Heart & Vascular Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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'No-fly' student stranded

CAIRO -- A Virginia man, stuck in Egypt for the last six weeks living in a cheap hotel and surviving on fast food, said Wednesday his name was placed on a U.S. no-fly list because of a trip to Yemen.

NATION IN BRIEF: Lawyer: Gays denied right by marriage ban

SAN FRANCISCO -- The landmark federal trial over the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban resumed Wednesday, with a lawyer arguing that supporters of the ban were trying to deprive same-sex couples of a relationship the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized as a fundamental right.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: No charges for 'Jersey Shore' cast member

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Prosecutors won't file charges against a cast member of MTV's ''Jersey Shore'' who had been accused of punching another woman at a South Beach nightclub.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Israel expected to ease Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM -- Israel is likely to significantly ease the land blockade of Gaza in coming days in an effort to blunt the international outcry over its deadly raid on a blockade-busting flotilla, officials said Wednesday.

MUST READ: BP comment about 'small people' angers Gulf residents

NEW ORLEANS -- The BP chairman's comment that the oil giant cares about ''the small people'' received an icy reception on Wednesday from residents along the Gulf Coast.

HAMMOCK: Trip home for Maya this year

If you love Maya Moore, mark Nov. 21 on your calendar. Georgia Tech's women's basketball team will host two-time defending national champion Connecticut that day, giving the Huskies' three-time All-American a trip back to her home state. Tech's campus is just a short drive down I-85 from Collins Hill High School, where Moore led the Eagles to three state titles and a national championship her senior season.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Right to Life endorses state candidates

Georgia Right to Life has given its approval to a laundry list of candidates for office in Georgia.The Lawrenceville-based anti-abortion group sometimes recommended no one for office or recommended several candidates who share its stance on the sanctity of life.

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Three routes considered for extension of Reagan Parkway

ATLANTA -- A citizens committee has narrowed the proposed Ronald Reagan Parkway extension to three routes, and officials are studying the costs and feasibility, Gwinnett Transportation Director Brian Allen said Wednesday.

Police find man soaked in blood

LILBURN -- A man is in serious condition after being found soaked in blood with burn marks around his head and shoulders early Wednesday, police said.

Officials ID found bodies

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police identified two men found dead in a ditch near Buford early Tuesday and are seeking the public's help in solving the crime.

T-Mobile LaGrange closure will cost 392 jobs

LaGRANGE -- T-Mobile USA will close a LaGrange center, cutting 392 jobs in the process.

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Man seized at Army post had land mine, laser scope

FORT GORDON, Ga. -- A former national guardsman pretending to be a U.S. Army soldier convinced an officer to give him a sophisticated laser sight for military rifles before he was caught hours later on the base with a land mine, several grenades and night vision devices, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Crowd of Republicans seeking Georgia insurance seat

ATLANTA -- A crowded field of candidates is battling it out to become the state's next insurance commissioner, with several vowing to fight the new federal health care law.

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BP agrees to $20B fund for spill victims

WASHINGTON -- BP will set aside $20 billion to pay the victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, senior administration officials said Wednesday, a move made under pressure by the White House as the company copes with causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Statham man dies in house fire

STATHAM -- Fire officials in Barrow County say a 65-year-old man has died in a house fire.

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Patient days

LAWRENCEVILLE — Like an expensive game of musical chairs, Joe Thurston found himself the last man without a chair when the Atlanta Braves made their spring training cuts.

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DALY: Bigleaf hydrangeas are excellent shade plants

The bigleaf hydrangeas, also called French or snowball hydrangeas, are the most popular and well known of the hydrangeas grown in our area. They bloom profusely during the early summer months with pink to dark blue clusters of flowers.

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THOMAS: Obama lacking any sense of direction

President Barack Obama’s first address from the Oval Office can be summed up with a song lyric from the 1951 Broadway musical, ‘‘Paint Your Wagon’’:

PARKER: Education is the key to free Afghanistan

Amid all the dark news from Afghanistan, every now and then a sliver of light slips through the cracks.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: No charges for 'Jersey Shore' cast member

No charges for ‘Jersey Shore’ cast member

Schafer's ups and downs continue

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jordan Schafer has seen both ends of the baseball spectrum.

LETTERS: Bannister owed a chance to share his viewpoint

I was at the trash protest this past Saturday (“Protestors missed out by shouting down Bannister,” June 16, Page 6A) and I agree that an opportunity was wasted. Quite frankly I was embarrassed. Embarrassed for Chairman Charles Bannister, embarrassed for the people of Gwinnett and embarrassed for those who heckled the chairman.

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ART BEAT: Author returns to Norcross Barnes & Noble

Atlanta’s Karin Slaughter is petite, blonde, vivacious and brilliant. She neither looks nor acts like the author of murder mysteries that leave little to the imagination. However, her novels have enjoyed inclusion on the New York Times Best Seller list and have been translated into numerous foreign languages.

GWINNETT GAB: BJ's to showcase local restaurants

BJ’s to showcase local restaurants

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Barbara Burnside

Barbara “Betty” Burnside 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away quietly with her family by her side on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Born in Regensburg Germany Barbara was the ...

Brunhilde Lively

Brunhilde Ilona Lively, age 67 of St. Mountain, GA passed away June 14, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 46 1/2 years, John Lively; daughter and son-in ...

Danette Tucker

Danette Raeleen Tucker, age 46 of Atlanta, GA passed away June 13, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Carlos And Juan Mendoza

Infants, Carlos Alberto & Juan Manuel Mendoza of Doraville, GA passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Ruby Shaver

Ruby Joyce Shaver, age 95 of Alma, GA, formerly of Atlanta, GA passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010. She was preceded in death by husband Owen A. Shaver, Sr. and ...

Merlene Lowdermilk

Merlene L. Lowdermilk, age 78 of Branford, FL passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100

June Schreiber

June Lucille Schreiber, age 85, of Duluth, GA, passed away June 15, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Phyllis Davis

Phyllis Elaine Davis, age 58 of Dacula, GA passed away Monday, June 14, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100

Vaughn Carlson

Vaughn DeLee Carlson, age 52 of Emerson, GA passed away Monday, June 14, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Sylvia Hall

Sylvia Frances Hall, born in Clinton, South Carolina, February 10, 1921. She went to her final home on June 12, 2010 after a long illness. She is predeceased by her ...

Glennis Curtis

Glennis Lee Curtis, age 82, of Alto, GA formerly of Duluth, GA passed away June 13, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth ...