News for Monday, March 22, 2010

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Eagles take top honors at county wrestling banquet

The Gwinnett County wrestling coaches held their season-ending banquet Monday at Parkview High School and Collins Hill brought home three of the top honors.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Atlanta Tipoff Club honors 16 local players

A total of 16 Gwinnett high school basketball players were named to the Atlanta Tipoff Club All-Metro Teams, which were released Monday.

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Bush, Clinton visit Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton toured Haiti's rubble-filled capital Monday to raise aid and investment for a country still reeling from a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

PREP ROUNDUP: Rollins' double lifts Comets

Kent Rollins' game-winning two-RBI double led South Gwinnett past Redan 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday.

State rejects opting out of health mandates

ATLANTA -- Georgia waded into the polarizing debate over health care reform Monday as the Republican-controlled House rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the state's residents to opt out of federal health mandates in a sweeping bill approved by Congress.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Fargo's long-term flood solution: 10 years, $1.3B

FARGO, N.D. -- The Red River Valley's battle with major flooding for the second straight year has intensified the push for a solution that doesn't rely on thousands of volunteers and millions of sandbags.

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Like national pundits, local residents split on passage of reform plan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Alfred Stewart isn't sure what to think of a massive health care reform measure passed in Congress on Sunday. But as he left Gwinnett Medical Center on Monday after visiting a friend, he knew one thing: He hopes it will help the thousands of people who don't have health insurance.

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Police: Enraged neighbor shot pup

NORCROSS -- Sadie's in high spirits despite the bullet. The 3-month-old pit bull puppy acted as an outlet for her neighbor's rage last week, and will live out her dog years with a bullet lodged in her right front paw, according to police and the animal's caretakers.

Gas prices highest in 17 months

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Prices at the gas pump are at their highest in almost a year and a half. Prices for gasoline lingered at a 17-month high Monday following a steady climb in recent weeks.

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Stores turn to bartering as new form of currency

DACULA -- Amanda McKinley recently had about $9,200 worth of dental work done and paid only $1,200 cash for lab fees for the services.

Duluth attorney sentenced to year in federal prison

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Duluth attorney has been sentenced to serve time in federal prison on charges of filing false documents in an effort to assist clients in obtaining legal status in the U.S.

Attorney enters race for state seat

LILBURN -- Local attorney Keith Royal entered his name into the House District 102 race. Royal, a Republican, is seeking the state House seat after Rep. Clay Cox announced he would run for Congress.

2 held, 3rd sought in Buford shooting

BUFORD -- Two men are behind bars and a woman is wanted in connection with a double-shooting near downtown Buford on Friday night, police said Monday.

Missing teenager found safe in Duluth

SUWANEE -- A canine search team found a Suwanee teen in good health near Duluth on Monday, after he'd reportedly ran away from home a day and a half prior, police said.

Snellville postpones vote on pawn shop

SNELLVILLE -- By a vote of 4-2 Monday, Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and City Council members voted to postpone a vote that would grant or deny a conditional-use permit for a pawn shop on U.S. Highway 78.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Karzai meets envoys of group linked to Taliban

KABUL -- President Hamid Karzai has met with representatives of a major Taliban-linked insurgent group in a step toward national reconciliation, presidential spokesmen said Monday.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Ben Affleck launches aid group in Congo

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Ben Affleck launched a new initiative Monday to raise money and awareness over atrocities committed against women and children during years of conflict in eastern Congo, Affleck told The Associated Press.

Judge hears lesbian teenager's suit to force school prom

ABERDEEN, Miss. -- Mississippi officials who canceled a prom after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend told a federal judge Monday that there were issues with the event even before that.

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Duluth's Falk has overwhelming passion for soccer

There's a place in South America where kids play soccer year-round. They wake up early before school to play a game and then will play some more after school. The soccer fields are mostly dirt and less grass. Actual soccer cleats are seldom used and soccer goals are fashioned out of makeshift materials.

Garner out as North coach

North Gwinnett boys basketball head coach Len Garner tendered his resignation after a meeting with school officials last week when it became clear there were different visions in the direction of the program.

GHSA to suspend member dues for year

In an effort to assist school systems suffering financial woes, the Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee voted in a measure of help Monday at its meeting.

Extra reps do trick for McLouth

Wearing contact lenses for the first time, Nate McLouth has been able to see the ball better than ever this spring. That doesn't mean, however, that the Atlanta center fielder has been able to hit it.

Jurrjens has start with G-Braves

With Atlanta having its only scheduled day off of the spring, Jair Jurrjens got in four innings of work with the G-Braves in an exhibition game against Toledo.

Venters having great spring

With Mike Dunn and Mariano Gomez sent to Gwinnett, the battle for the final spot in the Atlanta bullpen appears to be down to a couple of surprise candidates.

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Deal quits House to run for governor in Georgia

ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has resigned from Congress after casting a vote against a sweeping Democratic-sponsored overhaul of healthcare. He is leaving to pursue the Republican nomination for governor in Georgia.

PREP ROUNDUP: Rollins' double lifts Comets

SNELLVILLE — Kent Rollins' game-winning two-RBI double led South Gwinnett past Redan 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday.

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McCain said Democrats have not heard end of debate

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain says Democrats who championed the historic health care bill that passed the House haven't heard the last of the issue, predicting reprisals at the polls and in the courts.

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