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Lawal drafted by Phoenix

Gani Lawal joined his former Norcross teammate Al-Farouq Aminu in beginning his NBA career after he was selected with the 46th pick in the second round by the Phoenix Suns.

Ramsay named Thrashers' coach

Craig Ramsay, who spent the last three years as an assistant with the Boston Bruins, was named the Atlanta Thrashers coach on Thursday. He joins Dudley, recently promoted to general manager, as the new leaders of a franchise that is starved for success.

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Getting to Know ... Corey Jarvis

In this latest installment of "Getting to Know ...," staff writer Brandon Brigman talks to Jarvis about building the Duluth program, the best player he's coached against and the only time he has been nervous.

BOC calls meeting on budget

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners announced two called meetings for Monday and Tuesday to discuss the proposal to eliminate the county's Emergency Services director position and reorganize the Fire Division.

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Apple works to fill demand

The iPhone 4 has arrived, but for some people the wait continues as Apple sprints to keep up with fierce demand for its latest gadget. From Tokyo to San Francisco, some stores started selling out of Apple Inc.'s newest iPhone just hours after it went on sale Thursday. Some would-be buyers walked away disappointed; tensions grew at Apple stores that hadn't run out.

Latest figures show Gwinnett ahead of state, national unemployment averages

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the 32nd consecutive month, Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is now 9.7 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

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Residents voice anger at airport proposal

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nearly two decades ago, the last time commissioners considered an expansion to Briscoe Field that would allow commercial flights, 3,000 people showed up at the courthouse.Photo slide show and map inside

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NATION IN BRIEF: Cap back after robot nudge stalls collection

A cap was back in place on BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after a deep-sea blunder forced crews to temporarily remove what has been the most effective method so far for containing some of the massive spill.

Audit: Removing lamps, fridges can save GCPS $698K

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is hoping employees will pull the plug.Energy audits identified a way for the state's largest school district to save about $698,000 a year -- remove personal desk and floor lamps and compact refrigerators from classrooms and offices.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Leaders facing worries about rising deficits

World leaders trickled into Canada's largest city on Thursday for global economic talks, but their resolve seemed less focused than at earlier meetings held in the fearful atmosphere of the worst downturn since the 1930s. New leaders in Australia, Japan and Britain could alter the dynamics.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Fans plan remembrances for Jackson

A year ago, DJ John Quick was scheduled to spin at a party when he got the news -- Michael Jackson was dead. So instead of playing the hits of the moment, the Harlem event turned into an impromptu tribute to the King of Pop.

Must read: Lake Michigan shipwreck found after 112 years

A great wooden steamship that sank more than a century ago in a violent Lake Michigan storm has been found off the Milwaukee-area shoreline, and divers say the intact vessel appears to have been perfectly preserved by the cold fresh waters.

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Camp puts technology in the hands of children

Hosted by the School of Science of Technology, GGC Tech Camp is a hand-on, experience-based week of exposure to the computing future. This summer, there were three sessions of the camp: one for middle school girls, one for middle school boys and one for high school students.

Judge denies injunction of new trash plan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials won't have a last-minute halt to the trash plan this time around.A judge Thursday denied a motion by Waste Industries for an injunction against the county's new trash plan, clearing the way for the program to begin July 1.

Suspect nabbed in Duluth murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One suspect has been arrested in connection with the apparent drug-related murder of 19-year-old Deonte Moore, whose body was found at a Duluth apartment complex earlier this month.

GGC pool closed due to chlorine levels

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College's pool was closed Wednesday after inspectors from the Gwinnett County Health Department found the pool's chlorine level was too low.

Defense rests in Dailey trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Emotions overtook Jay Dailey's mother as jurors were led from the courtroom Thursday following closing arguments in her son's trial.

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Clippers take Norcross' Al-Farouq Aminu in NBA draft

-- The Los Angeles Clippers have selected Al-Farouq Aminu of Wake Forest with the eighth pick in the NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 forward from Norcross left school after his sophomore season. He led the Demon Deacons in scoring (15.8 points), rebounding (10.7) and blocks (44) last season. He was the first Wake Forest player to lead the ACC in rebounding since Tim Duncan in 1997.

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Duluth's Rexall Grill closed for tax issues

DULUTH -- Thursday was chicken and dressing day, but Rexall Grill regulars had to fend for themselves after the state closed the legendary Duluth diner.

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Under the Stars: Park to host Great American Camp Out

When Kim Towne watched a segment on NBC's "Today Show" last year highlighting the Great American Backyard Camp Out, she thought it would be a perfect event for the city of Suwanee.

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OUT IN THE CROWD: LawrenceVegas to pay homage to the Rat Pack

It's a Las Vegas-style event that combines club comedy with big band music in not one but two nights of entertainment.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sandler and posse can't save silly 'Grown Ups'

Based solely on his skills as an actor, Adam Sandler couldn't get a job at a third-rate dinner theater, but then again, no one's ever hired him to act. Every character he's ever played -- whether it is on "Saturday Night Live" or in the string of vapid, interchangeable feature films -- are slight variations on his own grating personality.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Opposites attract: Cruise, Diaz make a perfect pair in 'Knight and Day'

If "Knight and Day" had come out a decade ago -- when its two leads were the highest profile actors on the planet -- it would have been the event of the summer season. Even after a string of clunkers (animated voice-overs notwithstanding) by one of them and the uncharacteristic total off-screen meltdown of the other, it's still a big deal. If audiences respond in the way Fox studios hope they will, this could provide the jump start each of their careers needs.

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Disc Spotlight: She's Out of My League

With the once-mighty Judd Apatow juggernaut permanently off course, "She's out of My League" director Jim Field Smith picked up the bawdy adult romantic comedy mantle and totally ran with it. Starring relative unknowns Alice Eve and Jay Baruchel as a May-December Pittsburgh couple (she a "hard 10," he a "soft 5"), the movie is one of the few in this razor-thin genre that appeals equally to men and women while also catering to the mouth-breathing couch-potato crowd.

Ex-cop shies from witness stand

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Duluth police Officer Jay Dailey, accused of shooting another officer and assaulting bystanders in a bizarre drunken rage, elected not to testify in his ongoing trial this morning.

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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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Film Fans: 'Toy Story 3' offers laughs, excitement, tears

EDITOR’S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Toy Story 3.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Jurrjens helps G-Braves to win

LAWRENCEVILLE — After dropping two straight to Buffalo, the Gwinnett Braves scored seven runs in the first three innings and held off the Bisons for a 10-4 victory at Coolray Field on Thursday.

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Duluth's Rexall Grill closed for tax issues

DULUTH — Thursday was chicken and dressing day, but Rexall Grill regulars had to fend for themselves after the state closed the legendary Duluth diner.

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Lou Ellen Clark

Lou Ellen (Everett) Clark, 82, of Waukegan, Illinois, formerly of Gwinnett and Barrow Counties died, Monday, June 21, 2010, following a brief illness. Lou Ellen was born June 4, 1928 ...

Russell Sprites

Russell John Sprites (74) of Lilburn, GA formerly of Clairton, PA passed away Monday, June 21 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Lorrie (Loretta ...

Peter Gensheimer

Peter L. Gensheimer, age 59, of Norcross, GA, passed away June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Hewlett Johnson

147;BUD” Hewlett “Bud” Johnson, age 79 of Snellville, GA passed away June 22, 2010. He is survived by wife of 58 years, Shirley Johnson; daughter and ...

Michael Villegas

Mr. Michael A. Villegas, age 54, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mary Bassett

Mrs. Mary Jean Bassett, age 91, of Dacula, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Joseph Clifford Seanor, Jr.

JOSEPH Colonel Joseph Clifford Seanor, Jr., United States Air Force (Ret.), age 84 of Hoschton, Georgia, died Friday, June 18, 2010. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010 ...

Martha Scott

Martha Scott, age 80, of Winder, GA, passed away June 22, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Carrie Wallace

Carrie P. Wallace, age 87, of Atlanta, GA died June 18, 2010. Arrangements by Little & Davenport Funeral Home 770-534-5201, www.littledavenport.com

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