News for Thursday, June 17, 2010


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Gwinnett powers Team Georgia to championship

Junior Team Georgia brought home the tournament's championship trophy for the sixth time in the last 12 years following a 5-4 win over Tennessee in the title game.

Heyward, Glaus help Hudson, Braves beat Rays

ATLANTA -- Jason Heyward homered and Troy Glaus drove in two runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson in the Atlanta Braves' 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.

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Military investigates deadly shooting at Fort Gillem

FOREST PARK -- An Army reservist was shot to death and another was custody Thursday at a post south of Atlanta that is a gathering place for area reserve units.Army spokesman Col. Dan Baggio said the victim died at the U.S. Army Reserve Center located on Fort Gillem. He could not offer specifics about the shooting that happened between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

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On location: Gwinnett clinic site of another Hollywood film

A make-up artist applies a thick, red-colored liquid along the side of actress Kimberly Elise's neck and to the front of her shirt.

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Parents to remember son's life

William Long's determination to go to Iraq was unparalleled.

DOT official: Road buckles from heat, rain

Extreme heat, a lot of rain and a lack of funding are all to blame for the buckling of Buford Highway, which caused the road to be closed during Thursday's morning rush hour, a transportation official said.

Boy remains critical after suffering third-degree burns

The 8-year-old Stone Mountain boy who sustained third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body last week remains in critical condition but is stable, a family member said Thursday.

Local man elected chairman of State Transportation Board

A Suwanee businessman will head the State Transportation Board.

BOE waives promotion requirements in Gateway review

The Gwinnett County Board of Education waived local promotion requirements for 278 elementary and middle school students who did not do as well as expected on state assessments, based on their classroom grades.

Man gets six years for trafficking 400,000 stolen credit card numbers

A Norcross man was sentenced to six years in federal prison Thursday after trafficking more than 400,000 stolen credit card numbers.

County's stormwater division wins 2 awards after dealing with flood

Last year, Gwinnett's stormwater division faced its greatest test of its short tenure.

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Lawmakers bash BP boss

WASHINGTON -- Channeling the nation's anger, lawmakers pilloried BP's boss in a withering day of judgment Thursday for the oil company at the center of the Gulf calamity. Unflinching, BP chief executive Tony Hayward said he was out of the loop on decisions at the well and coolly asserted, ''I'm not stonewalling.''

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NATION IN BRIEF: 4 Massachusetts family members dead after fight

WOBURN, Mass. -- Authorities said a man killed his wife, two young children and mother-in-law in their suburban Boston home after an argument and ''ongoing marital discord.''

Park to host first Bark for Life event

Gwinnett's annual Relay for Life event is the most successful in the world. And Saturday morning, local pets will be chipping in for the first time.

Five charged in botched drug-related robbery

Five individuals have been charged for their roles in a botched drug-related robbery that ended with a car in a ditch and two men shot Wednesday afternoon in Snellville, police said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: White House welcomes looser hold on Gaza Strip

WASHINGTON -- The White House is welcoming Israel's decision to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Calif. man arrested for alleged kidnapping

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping actor Jeremy London and forcing him to use drugs, police said Thursday.

Toy soldiers run afoul of school's weapons ban

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Christan Morales said her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.

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Wood's call to majors brings him home

ATLANTA -- Blake Wood didn't check the Kansas City schedule when it came out. What would have been the point? He figured to have little chance of pitching for the Royals this season.

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Getting to Know ... Kevin Rodgers

Kevin Rodgers, 34, is an assistant swimming and diving coach at Mill Creek High School, as well as head coach of the Hidden Falls Rapids of the Gwinnett County Swim League.

George Maloof passing tourney begins today

Five Gwinnett teams are involved in this year's George B. Maloof Passing Tournament, scheduled for today and Saturday at Roswell and St. Pius.

One year after fire, work on Georgia Theatre set to begin

ATHENS -- Reconstruction of the Georgia Theatre, a major concert venue in Athens for more than 30 years, is expected to begin shortly, a year after the building was destroyed by fire.Owner Wilmot Greene said construction could start next week.

PSC mulls 40-mile gas pipeline

ATLANTA -- The Public Service Commission is considering a proposal by Atlanta Gas Light to run a 40-mile pipeline to the Reynolds Plantation resort community at Lake Oconee.

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Toys meet world: Third installment of 'Toy Story' franchise practically perfect in every way

If a studio gets lucky with a franchise, it'll make an exceptional original and a worthy follow-up. This has been done with relative regularity for quite a while. If they crank out two decent sequels ("The Godfather," the "Jason Bourne" collection, Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns), they're blessed. Until today no studio has been fortunate enough to achieve franchise perfection with three movies.

'Solitary Man' short, simple, superbly cast

If you're any kind of pop music fan, you're already aware this movie shares its title with a 1966 song written and originally performed by a 25-year-old Neil Diamond. Instead of going all cliche and using Diamond's mostly bouncy version, the filmmakers instead chose a more obscure one from 2003 by the near-death Johnny Cash. Slower, expectedly gravely and borderline morose, Cash's unnerving rendering gives the lyrics an entirely different meaning and acts as a perfect precursor for the story.

Movie Trivia

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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Even more so than traditional animation, "claymation" is disregarded by most adults as a strictly kids' medium, but "Mary and Max" (much like this week's "Toy Story 3") is predominantly an adult movie.

Be a kid again: Lionheart Theatre Company presents 'Peter Pan and Wendy'

Audiences will get up close and personal with a crocodile that has set its sights on a certain pirate captain in Lionheart Theatre Company's adaptation of "Peter Pan."

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ARTIST PROFILE: Buford resident has passion for ballet

Julian Duque has only been studying ballet seriously for a year. A graceful and powerful dancer already, the 18-year-old has been accepted to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where he will study intensely in order to pursue a career in dance. In this artist profile, the Buford resident, who has studied for the past year at Sugarloaf Performing Arts, talks to staff writer Deanna Allen about his intense practice schedule and his aspirations as a dancer.

Medieval Times partners with hotel for night of fun

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has partnered with Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta to offer an overnight hotel stay inspired by knights and squires of old.

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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.

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Revamped Newsboys to close Atlanta Fest at Stone Mountain

A new incarnation of the well-known Christian band Newsboys will close out Atlanta Fest 2010. The group is one of more than 75 artists and speakers part of the four-day Christian music festival, which kicked off Wednesday, held for the third consecutive year at Stone Mountain Park.

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South African killed by family for watching football

JOHANNESBURG -- A South African man who wanted to watch a World Cup football match instead of a religious program was beaten to death by his family in the northeastern part of the country, police said Thursday.

DOT reopens Buford Highway

DULUTH -- Highway crews have reopened Buford Highway in northern Gwinnett County.

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Reyes finally gets first win

LAWRENCEVILLE — It was a long time coming, but Gwinnett Braves pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes finally recorded his first win of the season Thursday night.

McCULLOUGH: Matters of the heart

In a scant 18 months, you finally will be able to have a heart attack in Gwinnett County.

BRODER: Oil spill crisis has taken Obama off economic duty

Far be it from me to tell the crew of public relations officials who now occupy those West Wing offices as a reward for running one of the best presidential campaigns anyone has ever seen, but ...

County's stormwater division wins 2 awards after dealing with flood

LAWRENCEVILLE — Last year, Gwinnett’s stormwater division faced its greatest test of its short tenure.

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Wood's call to majors brings him home

ATLANTA — Blake Wood didn’t check the Kansas City schedule when it came out. What would have been the point? He figured to have little chance of pitching for the Royals this season.

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Lisha Page

Lisha Kay Carnes Page has passed on from this life Wednesday, June 16th at the much too young age of 50. Lisha had lived in Buford for the past 12 ...

Jeanette Thompson

Jeanette Lurene Thompson, age 83 of Commerce, GA passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Vallentina Tiffin

Vallentina Tiffin age 83, of Atlanta, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Norman Bogiel

Norman S. Bogiel, age 72, of Gwinnett County, GA passed away June 14, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Helen Mitchell

Helen Mitchell, age 93 of Marietta, GA, passed away June 14, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Heather Helms-Owenby

Heather Lynn Helms-Owenby, age 35 of Clarkesville, GA passed away Saturday, June 12, 2010, due to injuries in a traffic accident. Heather was born in DeKalb County, November 3 ...

Sara Nix

Mrs. Sara Baker Nix, age 74 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.