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Troops welcomed home; fallen honored

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A sea of camouflage calmly swarms around a single pillar, its black marble, like the others standing around it, shining in the humid morning sun. Photo slideshow inside

Hesson's hit leads UGA past Florida

North Gwinnett grad Brianna Hesson singled home the winning run in the fifth inning and Erin Arevalo struck out the final five batters to snuff out a Florida rally and secure a 3-2 win for Georgia on Saturday night at the Women's College World Series.

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The Champ: County to honor legendary boxer Charles today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Like the boxing memorabilia he stored in the attic, the tales of Ezzard Charles' early years were hidden throughout the former heavyweight champion's life.

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Lesson from losses: Outreach rebounds after $75,000 theft

SNELLVILLE -- Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, Cathy was unsatisfied with the high-priced, traditional counseling she was receiving. With her daughter's wedding on the horizon, stresses mounted and worries accrued.

Plastics company moving to Carl

CARL -- A German plastics manufacturer is relocating its Georgia plant from Doraville to Barrow County after outgrowing its facility.

Murder trial set to start Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The murder trial of a Dacula man alleged to be responsible for the brutal 2008 killing of his best friend and high school chum is scheduled to begin Monday morning.

Victim ID'd in deadly drug shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have identified the Duluth man killed in a shooting at a Lawrenceville apartment complex Friday, a crime they now believe may have been a drug deal gone bad.

Early voting begins

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Early voting in the primary election is taking place now through July 16 at the Gwinnett County Elections Office in Lawrenceville.

Teen charged in bleach attack held by immigration

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A 17-year-old accused of throwing bleach in the face of another teen is being held at the request of immigration authorities.

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Buford grad Burnette leads Tech past Alabama

A day after Tony Plagman went 5-for-5 with two homers, another former Gwinnett County high school standout had a big game at the plate for Georgia Tech. Chase Burnette wasn't quite as productive, but his effort came with more on the line.

Mercer still alive in first tournament trip

Having already staved off elimination once, Mercer will turn to former Collins Hill standout Justice French in an attempt to do it again today. Until Saturday, it was in doubt whether the Bears would make it to a third game in their first NCAA Tournament appearance and that French would be available even it they did.

Peachtree Ridge receives top honors in journalism

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Peachtree Ridge High School's student-created news magazine, "The Roar," won the top award in a high school journalism contest sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

No matter the sport, Aiken a leader for Eagles

COVINGTON -- He had over 2,500 all-purpose yards on the football field and led his team in six categories on the baseball field. Whatever field Eastside's Athlete of the Year Git Aiken was on, he made his presence felt.

WARBINGTON: Gwinnett recognizes mobility as critical to county's future

Over the past several decades, Gwinnett County exploded with growth and consequently suffered from many of the growing pains associated with rapid expansion.

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Hawkins stayed focused during Bulldogs' big run

Chris Hawkins' senior numbers speak for themselves. The North Gwinnett shortstop's .520 batting average included 64 hits, which broke the 24-year-old county record of 61 set by Brookwood's Tom Green. He also hit safely in 35 of the Bulldogs' 36 games, including the final 32 straight.

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Oil's threat to wildlife turns real

ON BARATARIA BAY, La. -- The wildlife apocalypse along the Gulf Coast that everyone has feared for weeks is fast becoming a terrible reality.Pelicans struggle to free themselves from oil, thick as tar, that gathers in hip-deep pools, while others stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude. Dead birds and dolphins wash ashore, coated in the sludge. Seashells that once glinted pearly white under the hot June sun are stained crimson.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Police probe lead on 4th wife of Peterson

PEORIA, Ill. -- Investigators searched a muddy stretch of remote central Illinois Saturday for the remains of the fourth wife of Drew Peterson, the former suburban Chicago police officer awaiting trial for the murder of his previous spouse.

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Grimes leaves impressive legacy at Mill Creek

After a summer and fall in which Matthew Grimes showcased his talents and learned much about the world of elite-level amateur baseball, the pitcher and Mill Creek coach Doug Jones were eagerly anticipating what he could do in his senior season. But they almost never found out.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Jimmy Buffett laments the fouling of his paradise

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. -- The timing might be a bit off for tourists hoping to waste away in Margaritaville. But that doesn't bother Jimmy Buffett.

D-Day Pointe du Hoc in fight against Mother Nature

PARIS -- The Nazis thought the jagged cliffs were unassailable until the elite U.S. Rangers scaled them in a valiant D-Day assault. Now the rocks are undergoing major surgery to save them from an even greater force -- Mother Nature.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Moist-eyed van der Sloot interrogated

LIMA, Peru -- The lone suspect in the disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway was paraded -- moist-eyed and looking stunned -- before reporters on Saturday as Peruvians denounced him and detectives began interrogating him about the murder of a Lima student.

Resop, G-Braves edged by Yankees

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chris Resop battled and clawed his way through six scoreless innings.

OUR VIEW: Ban on texts while driving will save lives

It’s hard to keep your eyes on the road when they are drawn to the screen on your phone. Metro roadways are treacherous enough without having the added distractions, which is why we applaud Friday’s announcement that the state is banning drivers from texting, checking e-mail or using the Internet while driving.

O'REILLY: Slick is as slick does

President Barack Obama is angry. His brisk demeanor while giving a speech at Carnegie Mellon University a few days ago signaled that loud and clear. No cute remarks, no comic relief — just straight-ahead knives directed at the oil companies and the Republican Party.

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Hawkins stayed focused during Bulldogs' big run

SUWANEE — Chris Hawkins’ senior numbers speak for themselves.

Victim ID'd in deadly drug shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE — Police have identified the Duluth man killed in a shooting at a Lawrenceville apartment complex Friday, a crime they now believe may have been a drug deal gone bad.

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Slight change returns Redmond to form

LAWRENCEVILLE — Go ahead, swing at Todd Redmond’s pitches, it’s what he wants.

BISHER: Glaus, Braves making believers out of us

There were critics, your correspondent not excluded. Even the bright spring never turned many heads. Who pays attention to who wins or who loses in March?

Anthony Dodd

Anthony Dwayne Dodd, age 29 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 28, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

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  • Margaret Sauers

    Margaret (Peggy) Sauers, age 82, of Loganville, GA, died June 3, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

    Maudie Cooper

    Maudie Payne Cooper, age 92 of Snellville, formerly of Monroe, passed away June 3, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday, June 6, 2010 in the Monroe ...

    Robert O. Wilkins

    Mr. Robert O. “Bob” Wilkins, age 86 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

    Judy Cooper

    Judy Cooper, age 55, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away June 1, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

    James Schwickert

    James A. Schwickert, age 77 of Gahanna, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2010. James was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, son of the late Albert and Helen Schwickert ...