News for Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Marietta soldier dies in Afghanistan

MARIETTA -- A soldier from Marietta has died in Afghanistan.Department of Defense officials Wednesday announced 22-year-old Spc. Jonathan K. Peney died June 1 in Kandahar province. Officials say he died of wounds sustained when he was shot by enemy forces.

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Obama calls for energy bill

Seizing on a disastrous oil spill to advance a cause, President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on Congress to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil and pass a clean-energy bill that he says would help the nation end its dependence on fossil fuels.

NATION IN BRIEFS: Former suspect in Ramsey death recruiting kids<

A woman who has a restraining order against the man who falsely claimed to have murdered JonBenet Ramsey said Wednesday the former suspect is living as a woman and trying to form a cult of little girls to have sex with him.

WORLD IN BRIEF: First Turkish activists' plane lands

Turkey's state-run television said an ambulance plane carrying activists wounded in Israel's deadly raid against Gaza-bound aid ships is the first to land in Turkey.

Afternoon lightning spurs fires

DULUTH -- A lightning strike caught a Duluth townhome on fire Wednesday afternoon, one of three lightning-related blazes within an hour during the day's pop-up thunderstorms, Gwinnett fire officials said.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coleman's wife says he had head bleeding

Actor Gary Coleman's distraught wife told a Utah emergency dispatcher that the former child TV star was bleeding from the back of his head after falling at their home, according to a 911 tape released Wednesday.

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Dog owners take pooches to Coolray for Bark in the Park

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jumpin' Jack Flash and Ruby Tuesday are named after classic Rolling Stones songs, but don't let that fool you -- those are some baseball loving dogs.

MUST READ: Jackson's hometown moves ahead with museum plans

Work could begin next year on a $300 million museum and arts center dedicated to Michael Jackson in his hometown, his father and Gary officials announced Wednesday.

Cops arrest 1 in attack with bleach

LILBURN -- Lilburn police have arrested and charged the 16-year-old alleged ringleader of last week's prank-gone-wrong that left a Lilburn Middle School student battling for his eyesight.

New curriculum aims to put states on same standard

SUWANEE -- By third grade, students should know how to write a complex sentence and add fractions, no matter if they live in Georgia or California.

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Rescue team shows dangers of rising river

Video insideBUFORD -- Wednesday afternoon, like most other days, sirens sound near the Buford Dam. Within several minutes, the serene and inviting Chattahoochee River turns dangerous -- water levels rise quickly, the current picks up and the waterway becomes a tumultuous one to navigate.

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Superfans anticipate Taylor concert at Arena

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Paul Cromie first heard a James Taylor song when he was 14. He was working as a dishwasher at a summer camp in New York where the camp director's daughter, a counselor, played Taylor's music after campers were tucked into their bunks for the night.

Summer art classes planned

DULUTH -- Summer art classes for adults and children at The Hudgens Center for the Arts will begin next week.

Man arrested in co-worker stabbing

NORCROSS -- Police arrested a Tucker man Tuesday on charges he stabbed and injured a co-worker he'd been feuding with at a Norcross moving and storage business. The alleged stabbing happened in a warehouse area at Hilldrup Moving and Storage on North Norcross-Tucker Road, police said.

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Rape recounted in case hinged on DNA

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The teen told her mother she was working late at Papa John's Pizza on Aug. 15, 1999, when in truth she was carousing with friends at an all-ages pool hall. Around midnight, walking home near Jimmy Carter Boulevard, a green truck slowed down, its headlights staring.

Gwinnett Gab 6/3/2010

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville city officials will have a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today for a new police department.

Business briefs

DULUTH -- The parent company of a Duluth-based franchise is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Infante's RBI carries Braves past Phillies

Omar Infante lined a two-out, run-scoring single in the eighth inning to back Derek Lowe's best outing of the season, leading the Atlanta Braves to their eighth straight win, 2-1 over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Locals lead Dogs back to WCWS

Shiloh grad Megan Wiggins is one of several UGA veterans of last year's WCWS, including fellow junior Brianna Hesson, a North Gwinnett grad. They are joined on the Bulldog roster by three other Gwinnett grads -- sophomore Ashley Razey (Buford), junior Alanna Hadley (Dacula) and freshman Amberlie Saxton (Mill Creek). Peachtree Ridge grad Rhea Taylor also is playing in the event with Missouri.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Brookwood's Oster named Peach Belt's top scholar-athlete

Brookwood grad Anders Oster, who just finished his senior season with the North Georgia baseball team, was named the Peach Belt Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the league's annual meetings Wednesday morning.

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White, Akande finish careers in dominating fashion

Nicky Akande and Taren White each won a pair of state championships in their differing events to end their decorated careers, sharing Daily Post Runner of the Year honors.

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Brookwood's Brewer saves best for last

Brookwood's Emily Brewer won her second straight discus state championship and is the Daily Post's Field Performer of the Year.

GAC's Brogdon a hoops pioneer

Cindy Brogdon was the first female in Georgia history to earn a full athletic scholarship, making her a groundbreaker in state's athletic history. It also made her an ideal candidate for induction Sunday as a charter member of the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame.

HAMMOCK: World Cup sans Wolff

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's arrival in South Africa for the upcoming World Cup has the players eager, busy and nervous about the sport's ultimate stage. They enter with high expectations and great pressure, something Parkview grad Josh Wolff understands very well. He was right in the middle of the hype as a member of the previous two U.S. World Cup teams.

UGA's Anyaorah granted transfer

ATHENS -- University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday that Ebuka Anyaorah has requested and been granted a release from the team and will transfer.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Marmaduke can't fetch hit movie

The best thing that can be said about "Marmaduke" is that it's not "Furry Vengeance." It's based on the single-block comic strip of the same name that started in the '50s and is slightly more daring than "Family Circus."

Select summer concert tickets available with no service fees

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Live Nation has announced the elimination of service fees on almost 8 million tickets and more than 700 shows at all of its amphitheaters nationwide for the month of June.

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ART BEAR: Actor's Edge offers youth theater camps in 2 spots

Aspiring young actors can use the summer to hone their theatrical skills at The Actor's Edge Summer Performing Arts Camps, which start Monday and run through July 30.

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Country singer Andy Velo celebrates release of first single

Asked to perform an impromptu, acoustic rendition of his upcoming single, Andy Velo doesn't hesitate. The Suwanee resident picks up his Taylor and sets to playing outside the businesses that call Buford's picturesque Tannery Row home.

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Artist turns trash to masterpieces in Hudgens exhibit

In the piece he has titled "Stewart's Sticks," artist Tom Nakashima has captured a simple, rural Virginia setting, a mass of dead tree branches his focus.

10-minute plays return to Norcross

On this back porch, in this backyard, friends will confess secrets, a teenage son will ask his mother to let go, siblings will discuss where to put their late father's remains and a grandmother will question the friendship her young granddaughter has struck up with a homeless man.

ART on the Square celebrates 7th year

Bursting with color and culture, the ground of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse will come alive with art Saturday.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your Film knowledge with Michael Clark

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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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Casino Jack' examines the rigged world of DC

When compared to the thoroughly obscene thievery of Bernie Madoff or the former executives at Enron, the financial malfeasance of Jack Abramoff is relatively small potatoes. A man with fearless moxie and a stratospheric ego, Abramoff did what every other lobbyist in U.S. history has done inside the Capital Dome since the dawn of the republic. He introduced captains of industry to influential lawmakers in exchange for money.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Mother' transcends gender, social borders

On the surface, "Mother and Child" is a straight-ahead chick flick that addresses women's issues and concerns within the context of the not-real-hot-button topic of adoption. All but one of the male characters is regulated to the background and if in the care of less-competent hands or crafted as gooey, sentimental, made-for-TV mass-consumption fodder, it would be a total waste of time.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: Alice in Wonderland

Sticking very close to the spirit if not the exact letter of Lewis Carroll's classic novel, director Tim Burton crafted a movie for adults that will (as it should) scare the tar out of little children.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Rock 'n' roll lifestyle takes center stage in Apatow's 'Greek'

After the critical and box office success of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," everyone expected producer Judd Apatow and director Nicholas Stoller to make a sequel. They did just that, but rather than simply traipsing out the entire original cast and recycling the romantic comedy plot, the filmmakers brought back just two of the performers and made a sex- and drug-fueled rock 'n' roll road flick.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Splice' caters to sci-fi enthusiasts

With the exception of animation, science-fiction is the only genre where filmmakers can flat-out ignore the laws of science and physics and get away with it. Do whatever you want but remember this catch: Once you establish the rules in your own particular cinematic universe, however silly or far-fetched, you'd better stick to them. To their immense credit, Italian director Vincenzo Natali and his two co-writers never break this cardinal rule.

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Perdue signs transportation bill

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a long-awaited transportation bill on Wednesday that will allow Georgia voters to decide whether to hike the sales tax to pay for roads and infrastructure.

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Gunman kills 5, wounds 25 in northwest England

LONDON -- A taxi driver described as quiet but friendly went on a shooting spree across a picturesque rural area of northwestern England on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 25 before apparently turning the gun on himself.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Brookwood's Oster named Peach Belt's top scholar-athlete

Brookwood’s Oster named Peach Belt’s top scholar-athlete

WORLD IN BRIEF: First Turkish activists' plane lands

First Turkish activists’ plane lands

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G-Braves find just enough offense

LAWRENCEVILLE — After losing 6-0 in a seven inning rain delayed game late Tuesday night, it looked like the G-Braves bats got as little rest as the players.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Marmaduke can't fetch hit movie

Marmaduke (PG)

UGA's Anyaorah granted transfer

ATHENS — University of Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox announced on Wednesday that Ebuka Anyaorah has requested and been granted a release from the team and will transfer.

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THE DISH: Mirko Pasta

Mirko Pasta

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coleman's wife says he had head bleeding

Coleman’s wife says he had head bleeding

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Film Fans: 'Sex and the City' lost its sparkle in 2nd flick

EDITOR’S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Sex and the City 2.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

G-Braves fall in rain-delayed Game 2

LAWRENCEVILLE — The G-Braves were eventually able to dodge the raindrops in Tuesday's game against Indianapolis.

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Saturday

Glads release protected list

The Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team released its protected list of 18 players Wednesday, giving that designation to seven defensemen, 10 forwards and one goalie.

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ART BEAR: Actor's Edge offers youth theater camps in 2 spots

Aspiring young actors can use the summer to hone their theatrical skills at The Actor’s Edge Summer Performing Arts Camps, which start Monday and run through July 30.

GAC's Brogdon a hoops pioneer

A shortage of eighth-grade players left the Buford school system’s basketball coaches scrambling for seventh-graders to fill out the roster, a scene that could hardly be imagined these days. But this was 1969.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Casino Jack' examines the rigged world of DC

Casino Jack and the United States of Money (R)

Work on soil conditions to control moss in lawns

Frequently the Extension office receives phone calls from homeowners who are concerned about moss growing in their lawns. The presence of moss indicates the cultural conditions of the lawn are not right for the growth of healthy turfgrass. If your lawn has areas with moss, carefully evaluate the site conditions and your turf care practices.

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Sabrina Toner

Sabrina Shea Toner, born July 30, 1970, of Dacula, GA, passed away suddenly on May 30, 2010. She is survived by her husband John Toner; children, Alyssa, Rachel, Abrielle and ...

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Richard Clay

147;TONY” Mr. Richard Anthony “Tony” Clay, age 64, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010. He is survived by wife of forty ...

Jean Dunn

Jean M. Dunn, age 88 of Cumming, GA passed away May 28, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Charles Lewis

Charles Pattillo "Pat" Lewis, age 92, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, May 31, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral ...

Doris Mclaughlin

Doris A. McLaughlin, age 84 of Cumming, GA passed away May 31, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Edwin Johnson, age 57 of Dawsonville, GA passed away May 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

James Nix

James Donald Nix, age 91 of Snellville, GA passed away May 30, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Kate Wisecarver

Mrs. Kate Wisecarver, age 81, of Bethlehem, GA passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

John Mccue

Mr. John William “Jack” McCue, age 83, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Deloras Robinson

Deloras E. Robinson, age 90 of Decatur, GA passed away May 31, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Gloria Johnson

Gloria Ana Johnson, age 90 of Cumming, GA passed away May 29, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Barbara Lee

Mrs. Barbara Ann Lee, age 66 of Winder, GA passed away May 31, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

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