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DALY: Popular Bradford pear trees have drawbacks

One of the most popular flowering trees over the past few decades has been the Bradford pear tree. They have been planted extensively by homeowners and landscapers for their rapid growth, beautiful pyramidal form, white spring flowers and colorful fall foliage. These trees have the ability to grow in all types of environmental conditions and are pest resistant.

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Lions' Lombardo has deep love for lacrosse

Nick Lombardo has become perhaps the premier offensive player among Gwinnett County's eight varsity lacrosse teams, as well as one of the top scorers in the state.

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Attorneys sharpen legal tools

As lawsuits over Toyota acceleration problems multiply, more than 150 attorneys gathered to sharpen their legal tools Wednesday on the eve of a major federal court hearing on whether dozens of cases will be consolidated before a single judge.

WORLD IN BRIEF: US wants to know more about new plan for Jerusalem

Challenging Israel anew, the Obama administration demanded more information on Wednesday about a new plan to expand Jewish housing in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians claim as a future capital.

HAMMOCK: Coming home to coach

The thought hit me a few times during this past basketball season as I glanced at the assistant coaches for the Norcross boys and Mill Creek girls teams. First, I'm getting old. Secondly, it plenty of kids who grew up in Gwinnett are coming back here to teach and coach.

MUST READ: Elusive monkey romps in Tampa Bay area for nearly a year

In the hours after a monkey on the lam fell into a woman's pool and then swiped some fruit from her backyard tree, fans of the wily primate cheered it for avoiding capture.''Go little monkey, go! No cages for you,'' wrote a guy named Jack on the ''Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay'' Facebook fan page. There were more than 21,000 fans of the elusive monkey as of Wednesday morning.

Woodall hopes to keep FairTax momentum alive

When his boss, U.S. Rep. John Linder made a surprise retirement announcement a few weeks ago, Rob Woodall waited for a torrent of candidates to come forward.Instead, only three entered the race and one subsequently backed out.

Spain Park joins North showcase

Alabama power Spain Park has signed a contract to play Grayson in the annual high school football showcase, scheduled for Aug. 28. That 5 p.m. matchup will be followed by host North vs. Bob Jones (Ala.) at 8 p.m.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reese won't run in Deal special vote

Congressman Nathan Deal's departure became official this week, as soon as he fulfilled his obligation to vote against the national health care reform package.

First county lacrosse tourney on tap

Gwinnett County schools will get a chance to establish themselves within the county with the inaugural County High School Lacrosse Tournament, which gets under way today and runs through Saturday at Greater Atlanta Christian School.

'Suspicious' man sought in shed fire

Fire investigators are trying to locate a man who may be connected to a Lilburn shed fire Wednesday, officials said.

Gwinnett Coalition to reveal results of health survey

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services will host a community town hall meeting Friday to engage the public and community agencies and their representatives in updating the county's comprehensive health and human services plan.

CID board taps group to lead study of tennis stadium

Business owners are hoping a tie to Stone Mountain Park will give an aging Olympic tennis venue a new life.

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'Gentle giants:' Nonprofit helps rescue Great Pyrenees breed

Dixie Belle came to her foster family in pretty poor condition.

Smith's dunk at buzzer leads Hawks past Magic

ATLANTA -- Josh Smith swooped in to slam through Joe Johnson's missed shot just ahead of the buzzer and the Atlanta Hawks finally beat the Orlando Magic, clinching a third straight trip to the playoffs with an 86-84 victory Wednesday night.

Tuberculosis screening: Results: 50 exposed to infection

Public health officials said 50 students and faculty members at Lilburn Middle School tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis after a screening.

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One arrested in local club shootings

Lawrenceville police have arrested a man they say opened fire at a popular teen nightclub early Saturday, hitting at least four.

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GGC faculty member gets teaching award

Candace Timpte, an associate professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, is one of four University System of Georgia faculty members recently honored with the Board of Regents' Teaching Excellence and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

50 test positive for TB exposure at Lilburn Middle

LILBURN -- Officials say 50 students and faculty members at Lilburn Middle School have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis during a screening.

Disc Spotlight: Fantastic Mr. Fox 3-disc Blu-ray/ DVD combo (PG)

Disc Spotlight: Fantastic Mr. Fox 3-disc Blu-ray/ DVD combo (PG)

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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Oprah settles lawsuit with headmistress at school

Oprah settles lawsuit with headmistress at school

STATE IN BRIEF: Georgia Senate approves controversial gun carry law

Georgia Senate approves controversial gun carry law

FIRE BRIEFS: Man jumps from window during early-morning home fire

Man jumps from window during early-morning home fire

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'Magical show': Audiences should expect spontaneity in 'Alice in Wonderland'

The Cheshire cat makes its way around the stage and into the audience, seeming to appear and disappear at will.

LETTERS: Companies won't have incentive in trash plan

The Board of Commissioners needs to put its efforts somewhere that is needed and stay out of the garbage business. We should be able to hire the garbage company we want so if we don't like their service we can change companies.

LETTERS: What keeps regulation from stopping at trash?

Beware of unintentional consequences. Regardless of where you stand on the county's garbage pan, the premise to reduce traffic, noise, pollution, and wear and tear on the roads can and will extend to other businesses they deem necessary to regulate for the good of Gwinnett.

GWINNET GAB: Retirement community to host workshop

Retirement community to host workshop

THOMAS: Coats looking to take his seat, country back

‘‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;

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'Hot Tub Time Machine' serves up plenty of raunchy laughs

Hot Tub Time Machine

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reese won't run in Deal special vote

Congressman Nathan Deal's departure became official this week, as soon as he fulfilled his obligation to vote against the national health care reform package.

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'How to Train Your Dragon' provides an enjoyable 3-D ride

How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

Film Fans mixed over 'Bounty Hunter'

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Bounty Hunter." Want to be a Film Fan?

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Lions' Lombardo has deep love for lacrosse

Unlike many kids his age that grew up in Georgia, Nick Lombardo has always had lacrosse in his blood.

Royals flush Gladiators

DULUTH — It's not an official death knell, but the Gwinnett Gladiators are on their last legs.

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The Dish: Cuernavaca Grill & Mexican Restaurant

Open since: Cuernavaca Grill & Mexican Restaurant will celebrate 20 years of business in April.

OUT IN THE CROWD: Spring concert for Gwinnett Young Singers today

The intensity of 40-plus voices — a soaring soprano line, a rumble of bass and rich layers of alto and tenor voices — blended together in hauntingly beautiful harmonies.

Move Trivia Contest (3/26)

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.

PREP ROUNDUP: Brody picks up save to help Hawks to 10-9 win

HOSCHTON — Greg Brody picked up the save with one out in the seventh inning and went 2-for-3 with a home run with three RBIs to help Mill Creek defeat North Gwinnett 10-9 on Wednesday.

'Suspicious' man sought in shed fire

LILBURN — Fire investigators are trying to locate a man who may be connected to a Lilburn shed fire Wednesday, officials said.

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April 2

ART BEAT: Libraries, Hudgens Center collaborate with altered books

The Gwinnett Public Library will be celebrating "Love Your Library Week" from April 11 to 17, and the second Altered Book Competition will be a part of the festivities.

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AARON'S Amphitheater

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John Joseph Casey, Iii

John Joseph Casey III, age 72 of Duluth, died March 22, 2010. A Funeral Mass will be said 2:00 PM Friday, March 26, 2010 at the Catholic Church of St ...

Janey Freeman

Mr. Janey Freeman of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Gretta Winn

Gretta (Sue) Winn age 47 of Dacula GA passed away Friday March 19, 2010. Sue was born January 10, 1963 to Zane Mossman and Ruthann Mossman Bramblett in Amherst Ohio ...

James Thomas Smith, Sr.

Mr. James Thomas Smith, Sr., age 83 of Carnesville, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by ...

Ila David

Ila Ruth Gunn David, age 84, of Monroe, GA passed away March 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Howard Warner

Howard D. Warner, age 65 of Duluth, died March 21, 2010. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Lawrenceville Church of God, with Rev ...

Othniel Simonca

Mr. Othniel J. Simonca, age 55 of Duluth, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Ricky Foster

Rickey E. Foster, age 52 of Buford, GA, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Gloria Frew

Gloria Frew, age 73 of Loganville, GA passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Joseph Guarino

Joseph Guarino, age 90 of Lawrenceville, died March 22, 2010. A Graveside service will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceville. Mr ...

Mr. James Weir

Mr. James B. “J.B.” Weir, Jr., age 88 of Canton, formerly of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of ...

Robert Bennett

Home-Going Services for Mr. Robert A. Bennett of Buford, GA. will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at our NORTH GWINNETT Chapel. Viewing and Visitation TODAY ...

Mary Anderson

Mary Ann Anderson, age 67 of Lawrenceville, died March 23, 2010. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel with Dr ...

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