News for Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Government orders recall of 1.2 million high chairs

WASHINGTON -- The government is announcing a recall of 1.2 million high chairs it says pose a fall hazard to children.The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall Thursday involving the product made by Graco Children's Products Inc., of Atlanta.

Library hours added

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett library branches will be open seven days a week, board members voted Thursday.

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Moms of Multiples group holding consignment sale Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Amanda DeLong had just learned she was having twins when a co-worker and friend told her about a club for mothers of multiples.

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Country star Lambert plays Wild Bill's tonight

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For country songstress Miranda Lambert, the best part of being an artist is playing for her fans.

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Still got it -- Care Center picks pageant winner

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Preparation for the contestants in Gwinnett Extended Care Center's ninth annual pageant began early Thursday afternoon with a little pampering.

Board of Education paints dire financial picture

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is bracing for a looming financial crisis, school board members said Thursday.

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Falcons coach looks for FCA traits in players

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith spent all day Thursday evaluating free agents and potential draft picks.

Berkeley Lake considers wildlife feeding law

BERKELEY LAKE -- In an attempt to address a problem that occurs sometimes in a city that places huge importance on greenspace and wildlife, Berkeley Lake officials are considering enacting a law that provides for penalties for willfully feeding and/or trapping wildlife.

Gambling dispute lands men in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A spat over slot-machine winnings at a Duluth gas station landed two Gwinnett men in jail on gambling charges this week.

Atlanta, Antropov defeat Senators

Nik Antropov and Colby Armstrong scored two goals apiece for the Atlanta Thrashers, who gave themselves hope in the playoff race with a second straight victory, 6-3 over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

PREP ROUNDUP: Patriots come back in 7th, win in extras

Berkmar rallied twice, scoring three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth, to nip Tucker 8-7 in extra innings on Thursday.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Gladiators sign blueliner, get goalie back

The Gwinnett Gladiators signed Drew Dobson, a Michigan Tech University product, to an amateur tryout contract Thursday. They also got goaltender Danny Taylor back from another short stint with AHL Syracuse.

GERSON: Dems show true colors in reform push

The final outcome of the health-care-reform debate is uncertain -- who can predict where a writhing eel will land? -- but we have learned a few things already.

Lawal, Favors lead Tech against Cowboys

Put Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech together, and you'd pretty much have the perfect team.

Testimony continues in murder trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Car salesman Robert Lovelace had assisted the man accused of killing him with straightening out his credit and buying a new vehicle, a detective testified Thursday.

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Sunday vote looms for health bill

WASHINGTON -- Historic health care change in the balance, Democrats plowed fresh billions into insurance subsidies for consumers on Thursday and added a $250 rebate for seniors facing high prescription drugs, last-minute sweeteners to sweeping $940 billion legislation headed for a climactic weekend vote.

FIRE REPORTS: Woman treated in blaze

NORCROSS -- Fire damaged a home Wednesday night in the 1500 block of Roman Point Drive in Norcross.

Deadline for recall application extended

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The deadline for a recall petition application against Chairman Charles Bannister was extended a week, after election officials granted a new application March 12.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Rep: Jihad Jane terror suspect cooperated

PHILADELPHIA -- A woman accused of trolling the Internet as Jihad Jane and agreeing to marry a terrorist suspect and kill a Swedish artist targeted by radical Muslims cooperated with authorities, a congressman said.

Police: Runaway teen found with Gwinnett man

DACULA -- A Dacula man is behind bars after police say he coerced a 17-year-old girl into absconding from Ohio to Gwinnett County.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Producer sues Lady Gaga

NEW YORK -- A songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch pop star Lady Gaga says she squeezed him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal.

Father praises Calif. kids who helped deliver baby boy

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Alana Sanders gave birth to her fourth child, the people on hand to towel off the baby and tie its umbilical cord weren't the usual team of doctors or nurses.

WORLD IN BRIEF: US, Russia clash over nuke plant

MOSCOW -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Russian counterpart clashed openly Thursday over the planned launch this summer of Iran's first, Russian-built nuclear power plant, highlighting a split in views over how to steer Iran away from nuclear weapons.

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Balfour drops out of race for Linder's seat

ATLANTA -- Republican Senator Don Balfour will not run to replace John Linder in the U.S. House.The Snellville-based lawmaker says he wants to focus on running an efficient Rules Committee. He says he's looking forward to welcoming his son home soon from his service in Afghanistan and focusing on his career at Waffle House.

County's top swimmers, divers honored

The Gwinnett County Swim and Dive Booster Club held its annual banquet Thursday night to honor the top athletes from the county's public high schools.

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Getting to Know ... Jason Guzzardo

Jason Guzzardo was a two-sport athlete at Berkmar High School and Valdosta State and is in his first season as head girls soccer coach at Dacula.

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GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Kenney caps sparkling prep career

Caroline Kenney's best swimming event, the 200 backstroke, isn't on the list of 24 high school events contested in Georgia. The North Gwinnett senior went through nearly her entire prep career without giving that race a shot, but she finally got her chance at the Bulldogs' final regular-season meet with Peachtree Ridge and Central Gwinnett.

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BOYS SWIMMER OF YEAR: Upchurch dominant at state meet

Every sport got a shot. Luke Upchurch tried out football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and track, but each of those endeavors disappeared through his youth. Eventually only his favorite, swimming, remained.

State House OK's water conservation bill

ATLANTA -- Sweeping water conservation legislation is on its way to Gov. Sonny Perdue.The House gave the Georgia Water Stewardship Act final approval with a 153-8 vote on Thursday. The measure is expected to give Georgia with a tool in water negotiations with neighboring Alabama and Florida by showing that sprawling metro Atlanta is working to control its thirst.

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Feds: brakes weren't applied on crashed NY Prius

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators say computer data from a Toyota Prius that crashed in New York show that at the time of the accident the throttle was open and the driver was not hitting the brakes.

Maine man says he accidentally lit match on jet

BOSTON -- A man from Maine who struck a match on a U.S. Airways flight to Boston's Logan International Airport is facing some heat -- but not over the matches.

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Clinton calls Israel rift a challenge

MOSCOW -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described a rift with Israel over a Jerusalem construction project as a challenge, avoiding criticism of Tel Aviv.

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Democrats near vote on Obama health care bill

WASHINGTON -- Democratic leaders are unveiling what is expected to be their final health care bill Thursday, setting the stage for a Sunday vote on a plan that would affect most Americans and has become the defining issue in Barack Obama's presidency.

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Fantastic Voyage: Ballet company stages 'Peter Pan'

Ballerina Alexis Jones danced into the Darling children's nursery as the mischievous Peter Pan, enticing Wendy, John and Michael to follow her to Neverland.

OUT IN THE CROWD: Lionheart Theatre Company to present 'Romeo and Juliet'

A timeless story -- like that of William Shakespeare's ardent Romeo and his fair love, Juliet -- is one that can easily be taken out of its original setting and placed in another, all the while maintaining its effect.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Child's play: 'Wimpy Kid' can't engage kids, adults

The movie version of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" offers the same painful lesson as last year's "Where the Wild Things Are" -- even the most elementary and minimalist children's books can be impossible to realize when adapted for the screen.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Prophet' a must see for serious movie fans

Half prison drama and half gangster thriller, French director Jacques Audiard's Oscar-nominated film is an ambitious and uncompromising work that succeeds far more often than it should. It may look spare but is epic in scope and stuffs probably too much into its sprawling 150 minutes. Because it so closely resembles three of the greatest films ever made, it is something every serious movie fan should make an effort to see.

Venture Value Cinemas to show classic 'Wizard of Oz'

Gwinnett residents have the opportunity to see the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" on the big screen.

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'Jihad Jane' due in federal court in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Whether she was seeking love, vengeance or just an escape from her dreary, small-town existence, Colleen LaRose searched the Internet and, authorities say, found Muslim extremists eager to engage the unhappy American.

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Fantastic Voyage: Ballet company stages 'Peter Pan'

Ballerina Alexis Jones danced into the Darling children's nursery as the mischievous Peter Pan, enticing Wendy, John and Michael to follow her to Neverland.

Film Fans: Alice Eve shines in 'League'

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "She's Out of My League" Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Bullock cancels appearance at London premiere

LOS ANGELES — Sandra Bullock canceled her appearance at the London premiere of "The Blind Side" days after Internet reports alleged she was having trouble in her marriage and that she had left the couple's Southern California home.

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Still got it — Care Center picks pageant winner

LAWRENCEVILLE — Preparation for the contestants in Gwinnett Extended Care Center's ninth annual pageant began early Thursday afternoon with a little pampering.

Gwinnett Calendar

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County's top swimmers, divers honored

DULUTH — The Gwinnett County Swim and Dive Booster Club held its annual banquet Thursday night to honor the top athletes from the county's public high schools.

McCULLOUGH: Change is coming, for better or worse

It looks like Congress is going to pass health care reform whether we like it or not.

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowlege 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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ART BEAT: 'Man Child Mondays' allows artists to draw comic books

How many adults go to work every day wishing they could make a living by following a dream? By "working" at something they created and loved?

G-Braves start exhibition with experienced lineup

Many of the players ticketed for Gwinnett this season are still in major league camp, but that doesn't mean G-Braves manager Dave Brundage will only have lower-level youngsters at his disposal when exhibition games begin Saturday.

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Venture Value Cinemas to show classic 'Wizard of Oz'

DULUTH — Gwinnett residents have the opportunity to see the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" on the big screen.

Ruth Perkins

Ruth Clemmons Perkins, age 87, of Stone Mountain, Georgia went home to be with The Lord on March 16, 2010. She was born in Lowndes County Mississippi on December 10 ...

Margaret Franklin

Margaret Franklin, age 95, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on March 17, 2010. She is survived by brothers, Newton Franklin, of Lawrenceville, William Franklin, of Duluth, many nieces & nephews ...

Barbara Owens

Barbara Anne Owens, age 54, of Snellville, GA, passed away March 16, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Delaine Hester

Delaine Hester, age 72, of Stone Mountain, GA, died March 16, 2010. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Dollie Knapp and son, Chess Hester. Survivors include husband, Bobby ...

A. C. Anderson

A. C. Anderson, age 87, of Loganville, GA, died March 16, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Tony Nicolosi

Tony Joseph Nicolosi, age 43 of Alpharetta, GA passed away March 13, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Allister Howard

Allister Cyrus Howard of Lawrenceville was born Feb. 19, 2010 and passed on March 8, 2010, at Gwinnett Medical Center. He is survived by his mother Brittney Howard; grandparents Robert ...

Robert Butler

Robert Denson Butler, Sr., age 78 of Snellville, GA passed away March 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Butler; children, William Edwin Butler of Tampa, FL, Julie ...

Terrell Teague

Terrell A. Teague, Major US Army retired, age 85 of Melbourne, FL, formerly of Dunwoody and Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Terrell is survived by his ...

Ovice Roberts

Mrs. Ovice Stephens Roberts, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. She was preceded in death by husband of 73 years, George N. Roberts. She ...

Pamela Frazier

Ms. Pamela McGalliard Frazier, age 46, of Grayson, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. She is survived by: her daughter, Megan Hafer, Suwanee, GA; son, Ryan Frazier, Lawrenceville ...

Randolph Davison

Randolph Davison, age 57, of Loganville, GA, died March 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

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