News for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Subscribe

All Stories

Tease photo

Witherspoon scores winning layup as Memphis nips St. John's in NIT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Wesley Witherspoon scored 18 points, including the winning layup as time expired, to give Memphis a 73-71 victory over St. John's in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.
Video clip inside story

Bosh hits winner for Raptors to beat Hawks by one

TORONTO -- Chris Bosh hit a 16-foot jumper with 2.1 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Tease photo

Tech makes noise to get in NCAA tourney

After finishing runner-up at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Georgia Tech will play Oklahoma State Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Wesleyan's Azar named top coach

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Jan Azar as the Georgia high school girls coach of the year after guiding her team to its third straight state title this past Saturday.

HAMMOCK: Beckham won't be back

The lead to Maria Cheng's Associated Press story this week about England's greatest soccer star goes like this, "David Beckham's torn Achilles tendon is hardly surprising for an elite athlete."

Tiger Woods' aura gone, probably for good

Oddsmakers didn't take long to make Tiger Woods the Masters favorite. Even his fellow competitors say they can see him trying on another green jacket. They're expecting the Tiger of old at Augusta National. That might be because it's the only Tiger they know. I say he'll be lucky to make the cut.

Hanson sharp over five innings

JUPITER, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson pitched like he was in midseason form Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves. Hanson allowed one run on six hits in five innings in Atlanta's 4-2 win over the Marlins. It was the longest outing of the spring for Hanson, projected to be Atlanta's No. 3 starter.

WORLD: Iraqi PM may lose election

BAGHDAD -- The man who has led Iraq for the past four years is battling for his political survival just as U.S. troops are getting ready to pack up and go home.

PEOPLE: Picasso could fetch $60 million

LONDON -- Christie's auction house said Wednesday that it will sell a celebrated Pablo Picasso portrait that was the subject of a dispute about its Nazi-era ownership.

NATION IN BRIEF: Idaho governor first to sign law against health bill

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. C.L. ''Butch'' Otter on Wednesday became the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue Congress if it passes health reforms that force residents to buy insurance.

Wal-Mart store announcement has chain in hot water

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- An announcement at a Wal-Mart store in New Jersey ordering black people to leave brought chagrin and apologies Wednesday from leaders of the company, which has built a fragile trust among minority communities.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Ridge's Green gets second look from LA Galaxy

Former Peachtree Ridge standout Andrew Green was selected from an open tryout of more than 200 players for a trial in May with a feeder team of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

Tease photo

Deputies find 'gruesome' animal cruelty in Norcross

NORCROSS -- Records indicate a Norcross woman accused of leaving her dogs and cats in a disturbing state of filth and starvation has a background in animal care -- and in thieving animal medication.

Tease photo

Meadowcreek prepares for graduation test

NORCROSS -- Meadowcreek High School junior Devin Dozia is confident he will pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test next week.

House OKs Emerson Privacy Act

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A week after Hustler magazine requested crime scene photos of a Buford woman who was killed while hiking in the mountains, the Georgia House of Representatives voted to keep such photos sealed.

Tease photo

Berkeley Lake fights for dam repair funding

BERKELEY LAKE -- A question as to whether damage to Berkeley Lake's earthen dam was caused by last year's floods has city officials fighting for federal emergency repair funds.

Schools to hold fair for special-need students

Gwinnett County Public Schools students with special needs and their families can attend the school system's upcoming Transition Fair to learn about services and programs to prepare students for the transition from high school to adulthood.

Gang rumors nix school activities

SNELLVILLE -- Rumors of non-students trespassing on school grounds led South Gwinnett High School officials to cancel athletic practices, club meetings and after-school programs Tuesday, an official said.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidate challenges health care vote

With Gwinnett's Chamber of Commerce encouraging people to lobby legislators against a likely vote this week for health care reform in Congress, a local candidate is challenging one of Gwinnett's congressman to change his stance on the proposal.

Committee talks potential closing of libraries, parks

DULUTH -- If Gwinnett's tax digest takes another dive, a resident study committee should be prepared to cut another 10 percent from the county government, leaders said.

Tease photo

Texas manager tested positive for cocaine in 2009

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington failed a Major League Baseball test for cocaine last season, but has apologized and will keep his job.

Tease photo

Obama predicts Jayhawks will win national title

NEW YORK -- The First Fan is a big fan of basketball programs from Kansas.

Tease photo

Georgia's Lawrence named track athlete of the year

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia sprinter Torrin Lawrence, who won the 400-meter indoor national championship last week, has added a big honor from the nation's coaches.

Tease photo

FACT CHECK: Premiums would rise under Obama plan

WASHINGTON -- Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.

Tease photo

GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Organic vegetable gardening is all about the soil

Some of the most frequent questions we receive at the Extension office are on the subject of organic gardening. It is the combination of methods and strategies for the production of healthy plants based on a holistic view of the garden.

Wesleyan's Azar named top coach

Wesleyan's Jan Azar, the leader of the state's most dominant girls basketball program of the past decade, received praise for her most recent championship Wednesday.

HAMMOCK: Beckham won't be back

The lead to Maria Cheng's Associated Press story this week about England's greatest soccer star goes like this, "David Beckham's torn Achilles tendon is hardly surprising for an elite athlete."

LETTERS: BOC needs to keep out of trash business

I am currently receiving a senior citizen's discount from my trash provider. Upon reading the 2010 Gwinnett County Trash Plan from beginning to end, I did not find any provision in the plan to provide discounts to seniors.

GWINNETT GAB: Dyslexia expert to give free presentation

Dyslexia expert to give free presentation

PARKER: What's with the hurry to pass health care reform?

As Democrats consider shoving health care reform through the House with a process known as "deem and pass," it is helpful to return to square one and ask: What, again, is the rush?

PREP ROUNDUP: Felt, Alonzo help Hawks to win

HOSCHTON — Sophomore Mason Felt did the pitching and senior Eric Alonzo did the hitting to lead Mill Creek to a 7-1 win over Dacula on Wednesday.

THOMAS: Peace can't move ahead without logic

Enemy: "A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.'' — Dictionary.com

Tease photo

Deputies find 'gruesome' animal cruelty in Norcross

NORCROSS — Records indicate a Norcross woman accused of leaving her dogs and cats in a disturbing state of filth and starvation has a background in animal care — and in thieving animal medication.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Ridge's Green gets second look from LA Galaxy

Ridge's Green gets second look from LA Galaxy

Tease photo

Rosalyn Venable

Rosalyn Pratt Venable, age 76, of Dacula, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord on March 15, 2010. She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Sam ...

Madeline Watkins

Madeline Watkins, age 87 of Winder, GA passed away March 18, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Lou Anna Stowe

Lou Anna Puckett Stowe, age 94, of Monroe, GA passed away March 14, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Norman Nutter, Sr.

Norman G. Nutter, Sr., age 74 of Dacula, GA passed away March 18, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Soo Kim

Mrs. Soo Ja Kim, age 60 of Woodstock, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Charles Ruark, Sr.

Charles Thomas Ruark, Sr., age 79, of Bostwick, GA passed away March 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Jacob Graves

Jacob Graves, 19 of Duluth passed away March 13, 2010. He is survived by his parents Rochelle and David Graves, and his sister Jennifer Graves. A funeral service will be ...

Helen Mitchell

Mrs. Helen Mitchell, age 82 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Norma Kessler

Norma Elisabeth Kessler, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 16, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Anthony Testa

Anthony S. Testa, age 51 of Las Vegas, NV passed away March 11, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535

Frances Anderson

Mrs. Frances Bailey Anderson, age 72, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2010. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Bill Anderson; and son, Rickey Wallace ...

Photos