News for Friday, June 4, 2010

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Restaurants caught up in alien sting

ATLANTA -- Six Gwinnett residents, including three local restaurant owners, were either indicted or arrested this week on charges stemming from an alleged ring that funneled illegal aliens into the country and provided them with low-paying jobs at Asian restaurants.

1 dead, 1 hurt in shooting

DULUTH -- Gwinnett County police are still piecing together exactly what happened Friday evening when gunshots erupted in the parking lot of a Duluth apartment complex, leaving one victim wounded and another dead.

Former UCLA coach Wooden dies

LOS ANGELES -- John Wooden, college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever, has died. He was 99.

Man accused of driving drunk with kids in car

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An underage Lawrenceville man is facing a myriad of charges after allegedly driving drunk in the wee hours of Sunday morning, two children under the age of 5 unrestrained in the vehicle.

Man found guilty of 1999 Norcross rape

LAWRENCEVILLE -- As is typical, the rape trial of Raymond Contreras boiled down to the issue of consent -- and an abundance of he said, she said. A jury on Friday believed her.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Panthers' Patterson signs with Reinhardt

Recent Parkview grad Christian Patterson has signed a letter of intent with the Reinhardt University men's basketball program. Patterson was the Panthers' second-leading scorer as a senior, his second season as a Parkview starter.

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GAC's Bennett sparks Bama's win in regional

ATLANTA -- Brock Bennett isn't known for his hitting. It's his work behind the plate -- not at it -- that earned the walk-on a regular spot in the Alabama lineup.

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Mercer's Langley has homecoming in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- As Mercer's players gathered on Memorial Day to watch the NCAA tournament selection show on TV, the rumor had the Bears headed to the Auburn regional for the school's first tourney appearance. But senior second baseman Michael Langley thought otherwise and he turned out to be correct.

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Junuzovic powers Dacula's breakout season

Ado Junuzovic has become a hero of sorts for Dacula's soccer program, helping the Falcons to their best season ever this past spring. They won their first Region 8-AAAAA title, beating traditional powers Brookwood and Parkview along the way, and made the state playoffs.

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Spence has record-breaking year

Kim Spence, the Daily Post's girls soccer player of the year, scored a school-record 33 goals. She also pushed her career goals total to 90, also taking over the No. 1 spot from Crawford, a former Clemson standout who had the previous mark of 85.

Hall of Famer Harvey a heralded three-sport star

Nearly 20 years since he last played a game in Gwinnett County, the name Terry Harvey still gets mentioned in high school coaching circles. To coaches and others who saw him compete, the former Dacula star is the classic example of a slowly vanishing, throwback creature, the three-sport star.

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Glass recall raises questions

MILLVILLE, N.J. -- A recall of 12 million cadmium-tainted ''Shrek'' drinking glasses sold by McDonald's raises questions about the safety of millions of similar cheap promotional products that have been sitting in Americans' kitchen cabinets for years.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Millionaire's rocket blasts off on 1st test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A multimillionaire's test rocket blasted off on its maiden voyage Friday and successfully reached orbit in a dry run for NASA's push to go commercial.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Conference of Afghanis calls for talks with the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai got a boost Friday from a national conference of tribal, religious and civic leaders for his plans to approach the Taliban to talk peace. Karzai's more difficult challenge: convincing insurgent leaders and the Obama administration.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Sheryl Crow adopts second baby boy

NEW YORK -- Sheryl Crow is the mother of another baby boy.The singer-songwriter announced Friday that she has adopted another son, Levi James, who was born April 30.

Shaq, controversy mark final day of Scripps Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON -- Even Shaquille O'Neal got overshadowed by a bit of controversy at the spelling bee.O'Neal walked onstage Friday at the Scripps National Spelling Bee and challenged last year's winner to a spell-off, but the presence of the NBA great didn't generate anywhere near the passion created by a decision to suspend the semifinals so that there would be enough spellers left for ABC's primetime broadcast Friday night.

BOC to hold millage rate steady despite $31M shortfall

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners plans to adopt a 13.25 millage rate for 2010, the same rate as the amended property tax levy for 2009.

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Searching for a place to call home

NORCROSS -- For 14-year-old Cinthia Carrillo, the L.O.T. Community and Youth Center is a safe haven.L.O.T. stands for Leaders of Tomorrow, and the center is designed to be a refuge for teens seeking to escape negative peer pressure. The volunteers who lead the center encourage a positive atmosphere by helping the teens develop their interests and leadership skills.
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Gwinnett Tech radiology program earns accolades

Gwinnett Technical College radiologic technology program students and faculty have received awards, scholarships and accolades from the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists and Emory Johns Creek Hospital Auxiliary.

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Perdue signs texting while driving ban

ATLANTA -- Put down the cell phone and step away from the car.Georgia drivers soon will be banned from texting, checking e-mail or using the Internet behind the wheel and teens will be prohibited from using their cell phones at all while driving, under a pair of laws signed Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

MCLEOD: The Male Factor: The secret beliefs of men that women miss

Why do people of the opposite sex act so weird at work?Anyone who works in an environment where their sex is in the minority knows that men and women are different. Actually, anyone who's ever gone to school, ridden a bus, dated, read a Facebook page, been married, raised kids or walked through a mall knows we're different.

Suwanee offering grants for clean buildings

SUWANEE -- During June, Suwanee is giving extra incentive to beautify the facades of downtown buildings.The city's Downtown Development Authority is offering a matching grant program to help business owners and residents "preserve, restore and improve downtown structures," accepting applications through the end of the month.

Officials warn hurricane season brings local threats

WINDER -- Say Barrow County, and beach-pounding, home-wrecking, tree-shredding hurricanes don't exactly leap to mind. But with the onset of June 1 -- the official start of the 2010 hurricane season -- officials in this land-locked, hardly coastal county reminded residents that sea-born torrents can have local repercussions.

GCPS to re-air 'Parentvision' shows

SUWANEE -- While school is out for Gwinnett County Public Schools students this summer, the district has homework for parents and guardians.

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LARSON: Column writing sometimes takes little bit of patience, intelligence

People ask how I find column ideas. Rhonda Rich, the columnist whose column appears in the Daily Post on Saturdays, addressed that question recently. "I wait for them to come to me," she said. And that's exactly what happened with this column.

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JENKINS: To reform college athletics, control coaches' pay

Note that I'm writing these columns about reforming collegiate athletics when the NCAA basketball tournament is two months behind us and the start of football practice is nearly two months away. That's not a coincidence.

New Dawn opens drama camp registration

DULUTH -- Registration for the second session of New Dawn Theater Company's summer drama camp for kids is open through Tuesday.

Child kidnapped in shoplifting chase

DULUTH -- A kidnapped 5-year-old child was caught in the middle of police pursuit that originated at Gwinnett Place Mall on Thursday afternoon, police said.

GCPS to re-air 'Parentvision' shows

SUWANEE — While school is out for Gwinnett County Public Schools students this summer, the district has homework for parents and guardians.

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LETTERS: Current sources of fuel causing too much death

I, like all Americans, have been watching the events in the Gulf of Mexico unfold. What frequently is not mentioned is the incredible loss of human life associated with our continued insatiable quest for fossil fuels in the form of oil, coal and even non-fossil fuels like nuclear.

YARBROUGH: We'll figure out our own laws, Mexico

Would somebody tell that guy that runs Mexico to buy a map?

COLLEGE NOTES

Kate Gervais of Lawrenceville was awarded the Junior Insight Award during the Department of English and Philosophy’s annual English Awards Program at the University of West Georgia.

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Mercer's Langley has homecoming in Atlanta

ATLANTA — As Mercer’s players gathered on Memorial Day to watch the NCAA tournament selection show on TV, the rumor had the Bears headed to the Auburn regional for the school’s first tourney appearance.

LETTERS: Pre-payment for trash service not smelling right

I received my letter this week from Gwinnett County outlining the new trash pickup program.

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Pobst - Schroeder

Gary and Gloria Pobst of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter Lori Jean Pobst of West Chester, Ohio, to Lothar John Schroeder of West Chester, son of Lothar and Marianne Schroeder of Columbia, Md.

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GAC's Bennett sparks Bama's win in regional

ATLANTA — Brock Bennett isn’t known for his hitting. It’s his work behind the plate — not at it — that earned the walk-on a regular spot in the Alabama lineup.

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Black - Dimassi

Alicia Monday of Snellville and Michael Black of Lucama, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter Brittany Black of Alpharetta to Mike Dimassi of Alpharetta, son of Al Dimassi of Grayson and Missy Michener of Anchorage, Alaska.

MILITARY NEWS

Navy Reserve Seaman Recruit Phillip T. Livingston recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Janine V. Livingston of Oklahoma City and Willie Taylor of Stone Mountain.

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RICH: Thank you notes are appreciated

When Dixie Dew got a box full of doggie treats from one of her fans, she wagged her tail and jumped around the kitchen, eager to dive into them.

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GWINNETT GAB: Tennis tourney raises money for Hemophilia of Ga.

FLOWERY BRANCH — Sterling on the Lake’s second annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament raised more than $7,500 for Hemophilia of Georgia, an organization that helps people affected by bleeding disorders live as normally and productively as possible.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Panthers' Patterson signs with Reinhardt

Panthers’ Patterson signs with Reinhardt

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Gagnier - Canzano

Gerry and Ann Gagnier of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Holland Annette Gagnier of Clearwater, Fla., to Vincent Michael Canzano of Clearwater, Fla., son of Vince and Leslee Canzano of Rochester, Penn.

Gustafson's arm leads G-Braves to win over Yankees

LAWRENCEVILLE — Tim Gustafson could only watch as the Gwinnett Braves bullpen flirted with disaster over the final two innings of Friday night’s series opener with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

HUCKABY: You can't find a better man than John Wooden

I was a student at UGA — a physical education major — and was just beginning to realize that I didn’t know everything. Such a realization can be a real eye-opener for a 21-year-old. I wanted to be a basketball coach and a teacher, quite frankly, in that order. I outgrew that, too.

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Buck - Snavely

Darin and Terry Buck of Evans announce the engagement of their daughter Vanessa Diane Buck of Cumming to Shaun Charles Snavely of Cumming, son of Craig and Denise Snavely of Suwanee.

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Gray - Hardy

Melissa Lyn Gray and Trevor Steven Hardy were married April 24 at Snellville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Walter Jones officiated the ceremony.

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Anthony Dwayne Dodd

Anthony Dwayne Dodd 29, of Lawrenceville, Ga. passed away Friday, May 28, 2010. Mr. Dodd was survived by: parents step dad Damian Brown; mom Sheila Dodd; sister Christina Brown; brother ...

Pamela Beabout

Mrs. Pamela D. Beabout, age 55, of Valley Dr., Carrollton, Ga., passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 2 PM from ...

Monique Trotta

Monique M. Trotta, age 86, of Alpharetta, GA passed away June 2, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

James Greenway

147;RONNIE” Mr. James “Ronnie” Greenway, age 54, of Buford, Georgia, formerly of Winder, died June 2, 2010. Mr. Greenway was a member of Chapel Christian Church ...

Helen Deason

Helen Mary Deason, age 87 of Cumming, GA passed away June 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Thuong Nguyen

Thuong Thi Nguyen, age 74 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away June 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Christopher Sweeney

Christopher Leo Sweeney, age 54 of Suwanee, died June 1, 2010. A Funeral Mass will be said 11:00 AM Saturday June 5, 2010 at the Catholic Church of St. Monica ...

Glen Gregory Copponex, Iii

Glen Gregory Copponex, III., age 2 1/2 months of Braselton, GA passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Carrie Wilbanks

Mrs. Carrie Dean Wall Wilbanks, age 81 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Elizabeth Clyburn

Elizabeth Lorene Clyburn, 96, previously of 227 Prince Anthony, Lawrenceville, GA, born April 5, 1914, died peacefully on May 31, 2010 in Allen, TX. She is survived by the Brown ...

Deolindo Vida

Deolindo DeSilva Vida, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 2, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Gregory Cantinella

Gregory A. Cantinella, age 59, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 2, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

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