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Starting from scratch: Friends start professional theater group

Frustration from waiting for theater companies to produce such shows and offer more diversity throughout their seasons prompted Jeffrey Scott Bailey, Eric Michael Bragg and Stephanie Darlene Wallace to ask, "Why wait?"

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology top of state on grad test

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The inaugural class of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology has set the bar high for students who take the Georgia High School Graduation Test in the future.

Resident: Coyotes a problem

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A pack of coyotes has lurked in the shadow of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration for a few years, one Lawrenceville resident says, and the wild canines are starting to get bolder.

Sheriff to look into Chateau Elan allegations

BRASELTON -- A CBS Atlanta report that the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office will launch an investigation into the employment of illegal immigrants at Chateau Elan is not entirely true, Sheriff Butch Conway said Wednesday afternoon.

Driver arrested in hit-and-run

DULUTH -- A suspected hit-and-run driver made his situation worse Wednesday, eluding police officers and hitting four more vehicles on Interstate 85 South before finally being taken into custody, police said.

State CRCT scores show improvement

Following Wednesday's release of statewide results from the spring Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT, local school systems across Georgia are hoping for good results when county and city numbers are released later this summer.

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Local knitters to meet on the Square this Saturday

For the second year in a row, Covington Knitters is joining crafters throughout the world Saturday and hosting Worldwide Knit in Public Day on the Square.

Sheriff's Dept. re-certifies

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia State Certification program has awarded the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department re-certification, making it one of only about 15 percent of Georgia agencies statewide to do so.

Ga. students improve on CRCTs

ATLANTA -- Georgia students performed better on state standardized tests this spring for the second year in a row.

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Hennelly learns fast, earns respect as young captain

Jennifer Hennelly knows what pressure feels like and she knows how to handle it. After all, as just a sophomore and junior, Hennelly served as captain of the girls lacrosse team for Peachtree Ridge.

Man charged for crude behavior at kiddie pool

DULUTH -- Police arrested a Duluth man this week on charges he was masturbating near an apartment kiddie pool filled with small children.

Local lefties drafted on final day

The final day of the Major League Baseball draft saw three more former Gwinnett high school stars selected during the final 20 rounds Wednesday. All three locals selected were left-handed pitchers, a much-coveted commodity among pro teams.

Junior Team Georgia laden with Gwinnett talent

Georgia's reputation as a high school baseball hotbed has always been strong, but it has really grown over the past decade.

HAMMOCK: Keppinger still solidly displays MLB talent

Jeff Keppinger shares the same first name as the guy who followed him in baseball stardom at Parkview, two-sport high school legend Jeff Francoeur, but he was never as heralded.

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Modest recovery is spreading

For the first time since the beginning of the recession, economic growth -- modest and fragile, but growth nonetheless -- has spread to every corner of the country.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Taylor named to all-tourney WCWS team

Missouri junior and Peachtree Ridge grad Rhea Taylor was named to the Women's College World Series all-tournament softball team Tuesday night.

MUST READ: New NYC hotel offers up close views of ground zero

At rates from $199 a night, guests at the new World Center Hotel can get as close to the hive of activity that is ground zero as it's possible to get without a hard hat.

Unprecedented hype for US-England match

American soccer players have been on magazine covers and the nightly news shows in ever increasing numbers. The World Cup is receiving unprecedented promotion in the United States.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A-1: No jibba jabba with this A-Team flick

Based on the wildly popular '80s TV series of the same name, "The A-Team" is a loud and raucous summer popcorn movie that pulls off something of a minor miracle. A throwback of sorts, it reminds us of a time when action movies weren't drenched in blood, unnecessarily profane, sexually overt or dumb as a sack of hammers.

ART BEAT: Lawrenceville ballet school to host 'LA Intensive' with dancers from TV

Most young dance students are avid fans of the hit television show "So You Think You Can Dance." Over the past few seasons, the show has been a springboard for numerous aspiring dancers to leap to fame by showcasing their artistic abilities as well as their winning personalities.

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Director Zambello brings Wilder's stories to the stage

Not only has she directed "Little House on the Prairie -- The Musical," Francesca Zambello was the impetus behind bringing Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved stories of a pioneer family settling in South Dakota to the theater stage.

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Gwinnett duo takes the lead in Red Clay's play 'Moon'

Sharon Wilson and Jim Dailey burst through a door onto the stage at the Red Clay Theatre, each with a pointed, silver foil in hand. The duo, who play husband and wife in this production of "Moon Over Buffalo," engage in a mock fencing battle, foils clinking as they connect.

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Jewel celebrates release of latest album with concert

The concert will be stripped down, solo and acoustic -- the way Jewel was raised performing while growing up in Alaska. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter, who went country in 2008, likens the audience experience to hanging out, getting to know her in the comfort of her own living room.

Audition to be held for 'White Christmas'

ATLANTA -- Two girls will share a role in a production of "White Christmas." One could be your child. Theater of the Stars will hold auditions for the role of Susan Waverly for girls between the ages of 10 and 13 for a tour of Irving Berlin's popular holiday musical.

Grayson kicks off calendar of local summer activities

The city of Grayson is celebrating summer with a series of events and activities throughout this season of warm weather.

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: '80s classic film sweeps the leg from 'Kid' remake

Fellow children of the '80s: Merely pondering the possibility of a "Karate Kid" remake tears at the very fiber of our adolescence.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Kings' falls flat on director Jones' artistic liberties

After the opening credits for "Kings of the Evening" conclude, producer/director/co-writer Andrew P. Jones inserts these four words of on-screen text: "Inspired by actual events." While vague, mostly unaccountable and not nearly as frequently abused or purposefully misleading as the similar "based on a true story," Jones' declaration implies what we're about to see actually took place. It didn't -- at least not where and when it does in Jones' movie.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: Shutter Island

Receiving equal amounts of scorn and praise, "Shutter Island" is nonetheless a worthy addition to director Martin Scorsese's canon and allowed him to tackle a genre (psychological horror/thriller) he hadn't visited since "Cape Fear."

Dumpster fire closes Norcross road

NORCROSS -- A toxic fire in a Dumpster full of batteries led officials to close a Norcross road and lockdown a business this afternoon. The fire was reported at 2 p.m. in the 6200 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. As a precaution, fire officials have closed a nearby section of North Berkeley Lake Road to Blue Ridge Industrial Boulevard until after 6 p.m.

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FBI paid $15K in van der Sloot sting

WASHINGTON -- Two federal law enforcement officials say U.S. authorities paid Joran van der Sloot $15,000 in a sting operation and delayed arresting him because they were trying to help build a murder case against him in the 5-year-old unsolved slaying of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

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Accuser says she didn't fight Roethlisberger

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- The college student who accused Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her said she didn't try to fight him off because he appeared earlier in the night to have a short temper.

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Gwinnett duo takes the lead in Red Clay's play 'Moon'

Sharon Wilson and Jim Dailey burst through a door onto the stage at the Red Clay Theatre, each with a pointed, silver foil in hand.

Sheriff's Dept. re-certifies

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia State Certification program has awarded the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department re-certification, making it one of only about 15 percent of Georgia agencies statewide to do so.

GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville native retires from Air Force

Lawrenceville native retires from Air Force

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THE DISH: KoKai Thai Bistro

KoKai Thai Bistro

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40 Watt Club

WORLD IN BRIEF: Afghan ex-spy boss opposes talking to Taliban

Afghan ex-spy boss opposes talking to Taliban

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FILM FANS: Great dane Marmaduke fetches great family fun

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

THOMAS: Believers now seeing Obama as a mortal

There is a scene in the film ‘‘Superman II’’ in which the Man of Steel chooses to give up his powers and become mortal for Lois Lane, the woman he loves.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Larry King's wife recovering from apparent overdose

Larry King’s wife recovering from apparent overdose

ART BEAT: Lawrenceville ballet school to host 'LA Intensive' with dancers from TV

Most young dance students are avid fans of the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Over the past few seasons, the show has been a springboard for numerous aspiring dancers to leap to fame by showcasing their artistic abilities as well as their winning personalities.

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Director Zambello brings Wilder's stories to the stage

Not only has she directed “Little House on the Prairie — The Musical,” Francesca Zambello was the impetus behind bringing Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved stories of a pioneer family settling in South Dakota to the theater stage.

Audition to be held for 'White Christmas'

ATLANTA — Two girls will share a role in a production of “White Christmas.”

Tomatoes produce abundantly

Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetable garden plants grown. The Extension office receives more calls regarding them than any other vegetable. They are relatively easy to grow and are an excellent choice for gardeners with limited space. Each plant has the potential to yield 10 to 15 pounds or more of fruit when planted and given proper care.

PARKER: The little engine that might

The Pentagon doesn’t want it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it’s unnecessary. Former President George W. Bush was against it, as is Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto a defense authorization bill that includes it.

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Gwinnett Calendar

Send items for Gwinnett Calendar to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, time and date, location, with address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

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Ann Moss

Mrs. Ann Plowden Moss, age 63, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, May 7, 2010. She was preceded in death by: husband, Emory Clay Moss and father, Douglas Randolph ...

Jose Hernandez

Jose Homero Hernandez, age 74 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

George Bridges

George Lanier Bridges, age 46 of Martin, GA passed away, Sunday, June 6, 2010. Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, June 10, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Billie Franklin-Owens

Billie Franklin-Owens, age 65, of Duluth, GA passed away June 6, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Flossie Haralson O'kelley

Flossie Haralson O'Kelley, age 95 of Monroe, GA, passed away June 7, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Gerald Hutton

Mr. Gerald C. Hutton, age 71, of Summerville, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Jackie Puckett Hutton, Summerville ...

Sue Spinks

Mrs. Sue Spinks, age 65, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away June 7, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

George Puckett

George D. Puckett age 82 of Lawrenceville, Ga. Passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years Mattie Lou Puckett. He is ...

Dorothy Maxwell

Mrs. Dorothy L. Maxwell, age 81, of Sugar Hill, GA and formerly of Columbus, MS passed away on Monday, June 7, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband ...

Patrick Fenneran

Patrick Fenneran, age 39, of Loganville, GA, died June 6, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Lisa Woodard

Lisa Woodard, age 45, of Winder, GA, passed away June 6, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Harold Wenal

Harold S. Wenal, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 7, 2010. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

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