News for Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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AP: Blackhawks send Byfuglien to Thrashers

ATLANTA -- The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and the Thrashers were awaiting NHL approval Wednesday on a multiplayer blockbuster trade that would send Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager from Chicago to Atlanta, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

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Beyond the classroom: GGC to open residence halls, student center, library this fall

Georgia Gwinnett College is about to undergo the biggest change of its brief history. Just four years after it opened, the college is preparing to open its residence halls, student center and new Library and Learning Center.Photo slide show inside

Budget cuts: Officials take new approach

County officials are trying a new approach to balancing a slimmer budget. During a kickoff Wednesday to prepare the 2011 spending plan, County Administrator Glenn Stephens and others outlined a plan to put service levels first and give commissioners a chance to "shop" for the level they want.

Pool waters inviting but 'dangerous'

Even with a wave of drowning and near-drowning incidents flooding Gwinnett County in recent weeks, Nancy Hearn never thought her Alex would be involved.

Gwinnett students beat state average on CRCT

Gwinnett County Public Schools students met or exceeded the state standard on the CRCT more than their peers statewide at all grade levels, school system officials announced Wednesday.

Norcross traffic stop nabs man wanted in Conn. murder

olice say a routine traffic stop in Norcross Monday evening turned up a man wanted for murder in Connecticut who's now facing 18 additional charges locally. Gwinnett County Police said that an officer stopped a vehicle on the 700 block of Chase Lane just before 7 p.m. Monday for an "observed equipment violation" before becoming suspicious that the passenger was concealing his true identity.

Residents to rally against privatizing county airport

Organizers are expecting 500 to 1,000 people to attend a rally tonight admonishing a proposal to privatize and expand the Gwinnett County Airport. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse square in Lawrenceville.

Therapist admits to sex assaults, gets two years

A former Lilburn psychotherapist entered a surprise guilty plea this week to sexual assault charges involving a patient, costing him two years in prison and his professional license.

Charges in robbery upgraded as teen dies

A 17-year-old Lawrenceville resident died a week after being shot in the head as part of a reported drug robbery gone awry, upgrading charges against the alleged shooter to murder, police said Wednesday.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heard to pay back taxes after error found

While most Gwinnettians will have two tax bills this year, after the county's infamous second billing for 2009, John Heard may have to worry about a third.

Wimbledon match lasts record 10 hours

WIMBLEDON, England -- On and on and on, and on some more, they played -- longer than anyone ever had before. And still there was no winner. John Isner of Tampa, Fla., and Nicolas Mahut of France were tied at 59-59 in the fifth set at Wimbledon after exactly 10 hours of action when play was suspended because of darkness Wednesday night. It is by far the longest match in terms of games or time in the century-plus history of tennis.

Hawks enter draft with eye on free agent Johnson

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks' NBA draft will be overshadowed by the possibility of losing Joe Johnson to free agency. The Hawks have the 24th overall pick in today's NBA draft. It could be difficult to find immediate help at that spot, but it could be especially important to add scoring help if the team loses Johnson, a four-time All-Star and the team's first option.

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Norcross graduates await NBA future

All the combines, individual workouts and interviews are over. All Al-Farouq Aminu and Gani Lawal can do now is wait. Just how long the wait will be remains to be seen, but both Norcross High School grads figure to hear their names called when the NBA Draft commences this evening at 7 p.m. in New York.

HAMMOCK: Determined Green keeps dreams alive

Nick Green, who was leading the Duluth baseball team to great heights while Brian McCann was in grade school, has taken a scenic route in Major League Baseball. The 31-year-old has played for seven major league teams, including his current one, the Toronto Blue Jays, who signed him last weekend.

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Polish hoops team visits Suwanee Sports Academy

SUWANEE -- Asseco Prokom II Gdynia, a professional basketball team from Poland, is in Gwinnett County for the week as it continues its visit in the United States during an offseason training and fun-filled trip.

Rams full of talent this season

COVINGTON -- Newton's football team is experiencing something it has not had to deal with since probably way before head coach Nick Collins arrived -- how to deal with depth.

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McChrystal relieved of duty

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, and chose the familiar, admired -- and tightly disciplined -- Gen. David Petraeus to replace him. Petraeus, architect of the Iraq war turnaround, was once again to take hands-on leadership of a troubled war effort.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant surgery Wednesday morning at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Chaos renews airport time debate

NEWARK, N.J. -- A hot, dark and miserable four-hour stretch spent by hundreds of travelers parked in a diverted trans-Atlantic plane renewed calls Wednesday to add international travel to a months-old federal rule limiting how long airlines can keep passengers trapped on the tarmac.

Iowa aquarium exhibit to mimic impact of Gulf oil spill

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A new exhibit at an aquarium in Iowa that had intended to showcase the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico will instead be void of life to underline the environmental impact of a massive oil spill in the ocean basin.

WORLD IN BRIEF: 5.0 earthquake rattles Canada

TORONTO -- A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck at the Ontario-Quebec border region of Canada on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and homes and businesses were shaken from Canada's capital in Ottawa on south to an arc of U.S. states.

Former Fulton cop takes stand, recalls shooting with Dailey

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On the fringes of a chaotic scene, Cpl. Paul Phillips mistook the man accused of derailing his law enforcement ambitions with a single bullet as an ally.

Haulers ready to start new trash plan

Trash haulers are gearing up for the new county trash district service by practicing routes and delivering carts. Some have hired employees, too.

Routine traffic stop nabs a murder suspect

NORCROSS -- Police say a routine traffic stop in Norcross Monday evening turned up a man wanted for murder in Connecticut, who's now facing 18 additional charges locally.

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Donovan injury time goal puts US in World Cup second round

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Landon Donovan scored a stunning goal in the first minute of injury time, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria.

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Obama ousts Afghan commander McChrystal

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying that his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermine civilian control of the military and erode the needed trust on the president's war team.

PARKER: The sisterhood of the pro-life political women

Proving one’s feminist bona fides has become the latest challenge for women aspiring to public office.

DALY: Georgia Gold Medal Winners beautify landscape

Each year, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, an organization composed of plant professionals throughout the state, choose certain plants to label as “Gold Medal Winners.” The goal of the committee is “to promote the production, sale and use of superior ornamental plants.”

THOMAS: Loose lips sink general, but what about the war?

The World War II slogan ‘‘Loose Lips Sink Ships,’’ which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs.

GWINNETT GAB: BBQ today supports K-9 programs

BBQ today supports K-9 programs

Glads re-sign reserve Roberts

Sam Roberts is a fairly quiet guy for the most part.

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G-Braves can't cash in on opportunities

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves certainly haven’t lacked opportunities during the current series with Buffalo.

Pool waters inviting but 'dangerous'

LILBURN — Even with a wave of drowning and near-drowning incidents flooding Gwinnett County in recent weeks, Nancy Hearn never thought her Alex would be involved.

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James D. Polson, Jr.

JAMES Brigadier General (Ret. USANG) 1930-2010 James (Jim) D. Polson, Jr. of Snellville, Ga. died Friday evening June 18, 2010 of an overwhelming infection which eventually led to a cardiac ...

William Dunagan

William “Reed” Dunagan, age 75, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, entered into rest on June 22, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Helen Marie Dunagan ...

Betty Kelley

Betty Helen Kelley, age 83 of Bethlehem, GA passed away June 21, 2010. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She retired from the IRS in 1987 and is ...

Mark Phillips

Mark C. Phillips, age 56 of Winder, GA passed away June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Felix Caban-Velez

Felix N. Caban-Velez, age 65 of Monroe, GA, passed away June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Olympsia Jean-Baptiste

Olympsia Jean-Baptiste, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 19, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Sarah Burkhalter

Sarah Kathryn Burkhalter, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA died on June 19, 2010. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-8182

Dennis Diresta

Dennis DiResta, age 57, of Doraville, GA passed away June 20, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535