News for Saturday, March 20, 2010


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Tom Glavine takes to Gladiators' rink for charity work

DULUTH -- A number of jokes were made as Tom Glavine signed his official ECHL contract for the Gwinnett Gladiators on Saturday.

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Former Interior Secretary Udall dies at age 90

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Stewart Udall, an elder in a famed political family who led the Interior Department as it promoted an expansion of public lands and helped win passage of major environmental laws, has died at the age of 90.

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Houts, Robinson lead Georgia past Tulane 64-59

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Georgia was just too big for Tulane, and the smallest of the Lady Bulldogs was just too tenacious.Ashley Houts scored 22 points and Angel Robinson had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Georgia to a 64-59 victory over the Green Wave on Saturday night in the opening round of the NCAA women's tournament.

MALONE: Do you choose a politician or a public servant?

I am your city, county, state, federal elected official. I was elected because the best and the brightest chose to be contributors to society and would not subject themselves to the election process. I, on the other hand, choose to feed at the public trough and will say or do anything to get and stay elected. I was elected because I am the lesser of the evils that ran against me.

EBERHART: Contrary to popular belief, Americans will do the jobs

As an African-American, I would find it quite refreshing to hear "leaders" in the minority community and editorial writers acknowledge the damage done by illegal immigration. The Americans most and first affected by the crime of illegal immigration are native-born Hispanics and African-Americans.

Fire briefs

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A tractor-trailer jack-knifed off the roadway and tipped over Saturday morning at U.S. Highway 29 just north of the Ronald Reagan Parkway bridge, damaging the guardrail next to the road, officials said.

Man struck, killed on interstate

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A man who got out of a vehicle that broke down on the interstate Saturday afternoon was hit and killed by a pickup truck, police said.

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Crooners try for gig at Coolray

Heather Brown, a student at Mountain View High School, was the fourth person to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Gwinnett Braves' national anthem auditions. She arrived at the stadium about 7:30 a.m.
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Schools raise funds for girl's heart surgery

BUFORD -- One little girl's enlarged heart is bringing the Mill Creek cluster of schools together.

Police: Boy, 16, made racial announcement at Wal-Mart

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A 16-year-old boy who police said made an announcement at Walmart ordering all black people in the southern New Jersey store to leave was charged with harassment and bias intimidation, authorities said Saturday.

WORLD: Sandstorm covers Beijing

BEIJING -- Tons of sand turned Beijing's sky orange as the strongest sandstorm this year hit northern China, a gritty reminder that the country's expanding deserts have led to a sharp increase in the storms.

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Obama makes final pitch

WASHINGTON -- Victory within reach, President Barack Obama exhorted House Democrats on Saturday to stay true to their party's legacy and make history by bringing health insurance to millions of struggling families now left out. Leaders exuded confidence as they defused thorny problems in the countdown to a landmark vote.

NATION: Snowstorm hits Plains on first day of spring

NORMAN, Okla. -- A powerful storm began blowing through Oklahoma and the southern Plains on the first day of spring Saturday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds a day after temperatures reached into the 70s.

PEOPLE: Earnhardt visits 'Handy Manny' in primetime

LOS ANGELES -- The children's animated TV series ''Handy Manny Big Race'' went prime time Saturday night with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

PREP ROUNDUP: Manga scores hat trick in Hebron's 3-1 victory

WALNUT GROVE -- Josh Manga scored all three goals as the Lions beat Walnut Grove 3-1 on Saturday.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Cox amasses even more endorsements

While Don Balfour's departure from the 7th Congressional District race could prompt other candidates to enter it, the new front-runner said people are rallying around him.

Thrashers notch third straight win

ATLANTA -- Colby Armstrong scored two goals and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Saturday night to continue their late postseason push.

Lowe tagged in Braves' loss to Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- After the Toronto Blue Jays pounded Derek Lowe for four early runs and a 7-6 win on Saturday, the Atlanta right-hander will be very happy if he never has to pitch another interleague game.

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Brogdon fills void for state champion Spartans

GAC won its first state championship since 1977 Malcolm Brogdon was a big enough piece of the puzzle to earn the Daily Post's Boys Player of the Year honors.

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Coleman's willingness helps Panthers to perfect regular season

Parkview's Lauren Coleman is the Daily Post's Player of the Year after averaging 17 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game in helping the Panthers to a 28-1 record and the Region 8-AAAAA championship.

Hudgens Center hosts benefit cup, bowl sale

The Hudgens Center for the Arts invites Gwinnett residents to leave its upcoming Soup Bowl Benefit with a full stomach while taking home a handmade piece of pottery created and donated by the center's staff and students.

Nominations being taken for Gwinnett HOF

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nominations are currently being accepted for inductees to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame.

PEOPLE: Earnhardt visits 'Handy Manny' in primetime

Earnhardt visits ‘Handy Manny' in primetime

PREP ROUNDUP: Manga scores hat trick in Hebron's 3-1 victory

WALNUT GROVE — Josh Manga scored all three goals as the Lions beat Walnut Grove 3-1 on Saturday.

G-Braves reliever stuck in Dominican

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Spring training has just two weeks remaining and Luis Valdez is still stuck in his native Dominican Republic.

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Coleman's willingness helps Panthers to perfect regular season

The difference between a good player and a great player can sometimes be the unwillingness to settle for being the former and the willingness to put forth the effort to become the latter.

Gladiators beat Devils to keep hope alive

DULUTH — With the playoffs on the line and a precarious one-goal lead going into the third period, the Gwinnett Gladiators proved they can finish under pressure.

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Wayne Allen

Mr. Wayne Allen, age 63, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010. He was preceded in death by: daughter, Shelley Dunn and son, Sean Allen. He is ...

Helen Mitchell

Helen Corey Mitchell, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Helen was born October 31, 1927 to her late parents, Anthony and Mary Corey in ...

Cecil Edwards

Cecil L. Edwards, age 86 of Winder, GA passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100

Barbara Jean Gazaway

Barbara Jean Gazaway, age 71 of Atlanta, GA passed away March 19, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Nell Martin

Nell Grace Martin, age 94 of Winder, GA, passed away March 14, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Billy Watson

Billy D. Watson, age 74, of Lilburn, GA passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Virginia Spivey

Virginia Spivey, age 77, of Snellville, GA, passed away March 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Margie Dillard

Margie H. Dillard, age 91 of Bethlehem, GA, passed away March 19, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553