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Storms kill 3 in Minnesota

ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- As tornadoes bore down on southern Minnesota, Angie Woodside called her in-laws and said they should rush to her house west of Albert Lea, where there was a basement to take cover. Her mother-in-law, Kathy Woodside, refused.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP removes Hayward from spill oversight

NEW ORLEANS -- BP removed Chief Executive Tony Hayward from day-to-day oversight of the Gulf oil spill crisis a day after he was pummeled by lawmakers in an appearance on Capitol Hill, the company's chairman said Friday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Mexican army seizes $1M from house

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican soldiers seized more than $1 million in cash from a house in a northern state that is the home base of the country's most powerful cartel, authorities said Friday.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Korn urges BP boycott with tour buses

NEW YORK -- Korn's Jonathan Davis is urging artists to boycott troubled oil giant BP over the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Utah puts killer to death by his choice of firing squad

DRAPER, Utah -- A barrage of bullets tore into Ronnie Lee Gardner's chest where a target had been pinned over his heart. Two minutes later, the twice-convicted killer was pronounced dead as blood pooled in his dark blue prison jumpsuit.

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Feeling green: Suwanee to celebrate opening of park, garden

The Suwanee community will celebrate the grand opening of the Harvest Farm at White Street Park today with a bountiful harvest of activities.

Firefighters accepting fans, ACs

Think you are having trouble staying cool this summer? What about Gwinnett's most vulnerable residents?

GCPS hires 349 teachers

Gwinnett County Public Schools has hired 349 teachers for the 2010-11 school year, Chief Human Resources Officer Frances Davis told the school board this week.

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Lawrenceville native lands role on ABC's 'The Gates'

Justin Miles has gone from appearing in a film about bloodthirsty, zombie-like townspeople in the film "The Crazies" to policing a community of vampires and other supernatural creatures in the ABC television show "The Gates."

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Suwanee police still trying to ID library vending machine thieves

Suwanee police are still trying to identify an unusual pair of bandits, ones they say have been pilfering from vending machines at several Gwinnett County Public Library branches.

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Blank to receive Four Pillar Award

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank will be awarded the prestigious Four Pillar Award from the Council for Quality Growth.

Parents graduate from leadership institute

A class of more than 30 residents from Gwinnett and Cobb counties graduated Friday from the Parent Leadership Institute, a series of six workshops designed to train and support emerging parent leaders.

Reservist dead in Gillem shooting

Army officials are investigating the shooting death of an Army reservist at a military base south of Atlanta. Another reservist is in custody.

Church group brings repairs, fellowship to community

Hanging shingles, putting up siding and painting 150-year-old houses -- that's what the Lawrenceville Assistance Project is all about.

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Lawrenceville man arrested for trafficking $22K worth of meth

A Lawrenceville man was arrested in Woodstock Thursday night with an estimated $22,000 worth of methamphetamine, police said.

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In the running

Grayson head football coach Mickey Conn knows the Ram offense will enter this season without one key component from the past three seasons -- the exceptional Ean Pemberton.

Plagman signs with Tigers

Just hours after his Georgia Tech teammate -- Buford grad Chase Burnette -- agreed to a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Wesleyan grad Tony Plagman came to terms with the Detroit Tigers.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Shanahan qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

Sloan Shanahan of Suwanee emerged from a three-way playoff for the last of five qualifying spots Thursday, earning a trip to the U.S. Girls Junior Championship July 19-24 at The Country Club of North Carolina.

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Stained: Local man's artistry shown through glass creations

Ken Hardeman sits down at a work table where various pieces of colored glass are arranged in a pattern. The hand-cut shards are the beginnings of a stained glass window that will be installed at Abiding Faith Lutheran Church in Covington.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett teacher celebrates retirement with former students

Jo Beth Stoecker, who recently retired after teaching for 20 years at B.B. Harris Elementary School, celebrated her career with many of the children she taught.

Benefit to help out children whose moms were killed earlier this year

Just over a month after Katie Hulsey witnessed the murder of her mother, the sound of thunder gave her a fright. That is, until a reassurance from a friend turned the child's imagination to her mother at a bowling party in heaven.

Park rink gets new scoreboard thanks to booster club donation

Thanks to a donation from the community, a new hockey scoreboard will be raised at the Pinckneyville Park rink in Norcross. The Peachtree Boosters Club -- one of 26 volunteer-run youth athletic associations in Gwinnett -- made a $3,500 donation for the scoreboard, which county commissioners accepted last week.

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Local muralist donates services to Trip Elementary

For two years, Nicole Dineen, the media specialist at Trip Elementary School, had been saving money from book fair sales to pay for someone to paint a mural in the media center.

Eateries offer 3-course meals for $21.21 during restaurant week

Select local restaurants will participate in the fifth annual Gwinnett Restaurant Week taking place July 19 through the 22.

Suwanee land purchases will be turned into park, parking lot

The city of Suwanee has purchased nearly 15 acres of land valued over $1 million, separate parcels that will serve as a park and additional parking for Town Center in the future.

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LARSON: Ham radio still rules airwaves after 100 years

It's 2010. We can all text and tweet. So, why would anyone still use a method of communication that employs late 19th century technology?

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JENKINS: Let's put the 'student' back in 'student-athlete'

In this final installment of my series on reforming college athletics, I'd like to focus on the athletes. The impending financial implosion isn't their fault; they're just the piece of foam board on which the entire house of cards is built. Any reforms must include them.

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McLEOD: There are good friends and then there are great friends

What makes someone a great friend? Is it being supportive and accepting you just the way you are? Or is it someone who has the guts to kick you in the tail and demand that you do better? I had an abysmal book signing several years ago that gave me a different perspective on what it really means to be a friend.

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RICH: Father's wisdom resonates even after he's been gone many years

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, "this ol' vale of tears and sorrow."

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Second-half comeback keeps US alive with 2-2 draw

JOHANNESBURG -- Down two goals and facing an abrupt end to their World Cup, the Americans turned to their leader -- and Landon Donovan turned around the match.

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RICH: Father's wisdom resonates even after he's been gone many years

Often, I find myself thinking of the wisdom of my daddy. His observations and experiences continue to guide me daily 11 years after his departure from what he sometimes called, “this ol’ vale of tears and sorrow.”

Births

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JENKINS: Let's put the 'student' back in 'student-athlete'

In this final installment of my series on reforming college athletics, I’d like to focus on the athletes. The impending financial implosion isn’t their fault; they’re just the piece of foam board on which the entire house of cards is built. Any reforms must include them.

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Jollay - Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leonard Jollay of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Kathryn Jollay to Jonathan David Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Leon Roberts III of Blackshear.

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Patton - Stanaway

Ellen Elizabeth Patton and Nathanael Noble Stanaway were married Dec. 20 at the Carl House in Auburn. The Rev. Jeremiah West officiated the ceremony.

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G-Braves swept by Syracuse in doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves found hits almost impossible to come by in the opener of Friday night’s doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs.

LETTERS: Letters could be more respectful, open-minded

The letters to the editor feature was intended to be a way for readers to submit their opinions freely and openly in a civil and intelligent way without resorting to name-calling and character trashing, an attempt to enlighten and hopefully bring mutual benefit to one and all. Yeah, right.

College notes

Jessica A. Williams of Loganville earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton.

HUCKABY: A nation gets what it elected in 2008

About six months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, I made a trip to the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. I saw a woman who must have been 80 if she were a day, working in the hot sun, trying to clean up the refuse from the storm that still littered the yard in her modest home. Next door a 30-year-old man sat on the front steps of his equally devastated dwelling, watching the old woman work.

Gwinnett Gab

Tourney to benefit law enforcement families

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LAWSON: Ham radio still rules airwaves after 100 years

It’s 2010. We can all text and tweet. So, why would anyone still use a method of communication that employs late 19th century technology?

LETTERS: Congress made a fool of itself at BP hearing

I am not a stockholder of BP, but I am disgusted with the questions asked of CEO Tony Hayward by both sides of the congressional aisle.

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Stained: Local man's artistry shown through glass creations

DULUTH — Ken Hardeman sits down at a work table where various pieces of colored glass are arranged in a pattern.

YARBROUGH: Teachers, the time is now to be heard

OK, teachers. It is put-up or shut-up time.

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Community news: 5 generations

Mildred Peavy, of Duluth, welcomed her great-great grandson Mason Garmon of Augusta, who was born April 21 completing five generations for the family. She celebrated Memorial Day with family at the Duluth home of her daughter, Joann Evans of Winder, grandson Jeff Hamrick of Lawrenceville and great-grandson Eric Ray, of Augusta and her great-great grandson.

Spirit Calendar

June 27

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McHugh - Baker

Scott and Karla McHugh of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Ashley McHugh of Atlanta to Andrew Stephen Baker of Conyers, son of Howard and Norma Baker of Conyers.

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Donald Jones

Donald Burton Jones, age 84 of Snellville, GA passed away June 15, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dena Guinn Jones and is survived by his wife ...

Jackie Price

Jackie Price, age 65, of Madison, GA, passed away June 15, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Brenda Callahan

Brenda Gail Callahan, age 67 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Jesse Lanning

Mr. Jesse James Lanning, age 58, of Statham, GA passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mary Rowe

Mary Elise Rowe, age 70, of Winder, GA, passed away June 16, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Gene Persall

Mr. Gene Persall, age 71, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Willie May

Willie M. Goss May, age 88, of Monroe, GA, passed away June 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

James Fowler

James T. Fowler age 65 of Statham , formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Graveside Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Pleasant Grove ...

Lynn Wallace

Lynn L. Wallace, age 51, of Winder, GA, passed away June 16, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Martha Manders

147;MOTT” Martha “Mott” Manders, age 62, of Sweetwater, TN, formerly of Gwinnett County, Georgia passed away on, June 16, 2010. She is survived by daughters, Stacy ...

Suzelle Oliver

Suzelle White Oliver, age 62, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 17, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

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