News for Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Jurrjens returns in Braves win

ATLANTA -- Jair Jurrjens gave up one run and had a run-scoring single in his first start in two months, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Lawyer: County chair not impaired

Chairman Charles Bannister's attorney said his defense against charges of DUI from an incident Monday is easy: he wasn't impaired.

Fatal wreck: Police say racing led to accident

Police have arrested a second driver in a Saturday crash that killed a Dacula teen after an investigation revealed the two cars involved were racing, officials said Wednesday.

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Officials urge caution when celebrating with fireworks

In layman's terms, if a firework explodes or takes flight, it's a no-no in Georgia. Festive and traditional as they may seem, bottle rockets, cherry bombs, Roman candles, firecrackers and their dazzling brethren are simply illegal to ignite or sell in the Peach State.

3 shot, 1 dead in Auburn crime spree

A Barrow County man shot three men, killing one, Tuesday night before carjacking a truck and fleeing to Buford, where he was apprehended before he could harm his girlfriend, authorities said.

Norcross restaurant blaze ruled arson

Investigators suspect arson in an overnight fire at a Mexican seafood restaurant in the 5500 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Norcross.

Police: Victim in June 16 beating dies

A 49-year-old Lilburn man has died two weeks after police found him soaked in blood in the breezeway of an apartment complex on Pleasant Hill Road, police said.

Sugarloaf SunTrust robber leaves few clues

The man who robbed a local SunTrust branch Tuesday made out with approximately $1,645 and was careful not to leave any clues behind, police said Wednesday.

Teachers organization investigating GCPS non-renewals

The Georgia Association of Educators is looking into Gwinnett County Public Schools' assertion that no teachers were laid off at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

Two CIDs get grants for transportation improvements

Two local community improvement districts were awarded million-dollar grants by the governor Wednesday, both for major transportation improvements in their areas.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Conway endorses Hill in House race

Sheriff Butch Conway is getting involved in yet another political battle this July. The popular lawman is endorsing Wayne Hill, who served as chairman for 12 years before losing the job in 2004. He is now seeking a state House seat in northern Gwinnett.

Changes in store for school heads

CONYERS -- Several administrative changes are taking place over the summer following J.H. House Elementary School Principal Carolyn Poole's February announcement that she would retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

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Eagles trying to find replacement for Perkins

Collins Hill grad Charles Perkins is now preparing for his first season under head coach Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech, while his high school team continues to search for someone who can fill the void in the offense.

Central's Adams transferring to Oak Hill

As a member of one of the nation's top AAU basketball programs, Central Gwinnett's Jordan Adams has gotten used to doing plenty of traveling during the summer. And after leading the Black Knights to a historic season, the Daily Post second-team All-County forward will continue to be on the move, culminating with his transfer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for his junior season beginning in August.

Former North standout finds rewarding career

Katie Williamson Sanders is on a challenging, yet rewarding path, one that could have been predicted by any teacher or coach who spent any substantial time with her over the years. She was a good athlete in her day -- a star in both basketball and soccer at North Gwinnett, then a three-time all-conference college basketball player at North Georgia -- but what she does off the court defines her best.

AAC lands 2014 U.S. Amateur

DULUTH -- The Atlanta Athletic Club has been selected to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur.

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Obama attacks Republicans

RACINE, Wis. -- Seizing on a political opportunity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday lashed out at Republicans as out of touch with the daily problems of Americans, hoping to sharpen the contrast with the opposition party as midterm elections loom and economic anxiety still runs high.

Giant predatory whale named for 'Moby Dick' author

LONDON -- Scientists have discovered an ancient whale whose bite ripped huge chunks of flesh out of other whales about 12 million years ago -- and they've named it after the author of ''Moby Dick.''

NATION: Gulf beaches hit as hurricane pushes oil spill

GRAND ISLE, La. -- Rough seas generated by Hurricane Alex pushed more oil from the massive spill onto Gulf Coast beaches Wednesday as cleanup vessels were sidelined by the faraway storm's ripple effects.

WORLD: Pope shuffles Vatican leaders before vacation

VATICAN CITY -- Preoccupied for months by the clerical sex abuse scandal, the pope on Wednesday shuffled the Vatican bureaucracy before heading off on vacation. His most significant appointment: the head of a new office designed to fight secularism in the West.

PEOPLE: 'Avatar' sta

LOS ANGELES -- Zoe Saldana is capping off a string of hit films with another big engagement -- to her longtime boyfriend.

One man killed, two more shot in Auburn crime spree

AUBURN -- A Barrow County man shot three men, killing one, Tuesday night before carjacking a truck and fleeing to the Buford area, where he was apprehended, authorities said.

Racing pointed to as cause of fatal crash

DACULA -- Police have arrested a second driver in a Saturday crash that killed a Dacula teen after an investigation revealed the two involved cars were racing, officials said Wednesday.

Norcross restaurant fire ruled arson

NORCROSS -- An overnight fire Wednesday damaged a Norcross restaurant in the 5500 block of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, near McDonough Drive, officials said.

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Senate confirms Petraeus as Afghan war chief

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the new commander of the Afghanistan war. The vote was 99-0.

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Nigeria's president suspends soccer team

ABUJA, Nigeria -- The president of Nigeria has suspended the national soccer team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.

Central's Adams transferring to Oak Hill

As a member of one of the nation’s top AAU basketball programs, Central Gwinnett’s Jordan Adams has gotten used to doing plenty of traveling during the summer.

GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville attorneys to serve on board

Lawrenceville attorneys to serve on board

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DALY: Brown patch disease a problem for many lawns

The extension office has recently received numerous phone calls from homeowners concerned about mysterious brown circular patches that have suddenly appeared on their lawns. The cause may be the fungal disease brown patch, which can destroy the beauty of a lawn.

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‘Avatar’ star is engaged

BISHER: We have seen Stephen Strasburg and ... he impresses

Yes, Stephen Strasburg has arrived and there has been no scene of such an inauguration since a presidential arrival. And there is little doubt that this mellow young man brings more to the municipal budget of the city of Washington than any of his recent predecessors.

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Burl Rape

Mr. Burl Shelton Rape, age 84, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, June 28, 2010. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Tommy Morris ...

Kenneth Basye

Kenneth H. Basye, age 65 of Snellville, GA passed away June 23, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Deloris Basye and is survived by his ...

Jarah Nelson

Jarah Nelson, age 1, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Joan Minor

Joan Dailey Minor, age 71 of Snellville, GA passed away June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

John Hughes, Jr.

John William “Billy” Hughes, Jr., age 61 of Roswell, GA passed away June 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Edwin Ray Hathaway, Jr.

EDWIN Edwin Ray Hathaway, Jr., age 69 of Monroe, Ga passed away June 28, 2010. He was a member of Statham First Baptist Church. Mr. Hathaway is survived by his ...

Steven Mobley

Steven Ray Mobley, age 40 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

William Peterson

William Frank Peterson, age 53, of Tucker, GA passed away June 19, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Imogene Brand

Imogene Cain Brand, age 78, of Demorest, GA, passed away on Monday, June 28, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 58 years Jerry Brand, daughter and son in ...

Thomas Wall

Mr. Thomas Andrew Wall, age 40, of Smyrna, GA passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

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