News for Thursday, March 25, 2010


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THE DISH: Cuernavaca Grill & Mexican Restaurant

Cuernavaca has a vibrant atmosphere in which new customers and those who have been dining since the restaurant opened gather together.

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

After watching director Steve Pink's "Hot Tub Time Machine," it would be easy to label it little more than a Judd Apatow knock-off.

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Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Now Showing

Recently reviewed films now playing in theaters.

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.

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

In 2009, Hollywood gave us a number of great animated features and even though it lost the Oscar to "Up," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" was arguably the best of the esteemed lot.

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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.

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

For the second time in as many weeks, Hollywood gives us a movie based on a popular children's book that strays far from the original text.

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'Chloe' is a seedy, sexually drenched thriller

Never one to shy away from depressing or lascivious subject matter, arthouse Egyptian-born Canadian director Atom Egoyan delivers the closest thing to a mainstream movie he'll ever make with "Chloe."

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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Obama to GOP: 'Go for it'

President Barack Obama dared Republicans to try to repeal his new health care law, telling them Thursday to ''Go for it'' and see how well they do with voters in November.

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GAC's Tuggle juggles track, tennis schedules

Jessica Tuggle bounces from track meets and tennis matches every week, but she still manages to be one of the top athletes in the state. Tuggle won the Class AA triple jump state title last year and ranks among the best in Class AA in three events this season. She'll see where she stacks up against Gwinnett County's best this weekend at the county track and field championships.

Red Oak Sanitation files against county over trash plan

Even as some lawsuits over the county's garbage service are being settled, others are being filed. Red Oak Sanitation, a company that serves about 3,500 customers, filed a suit against the county Monday, a few days after news of a settlement with other companies had been reached.

MUST READ: Herd of horses gallop through San Diego County suburb

Manes and tails flying, a herd of horses galloped along paved streets of this San Diego suburb, through a parking lot, fields and an Olympic training center for up to two hours before a mustachioed cowboy herded them back to the ranch.

High rise evacuated for blaze

Smoke in a five-story office building in the 6600 block of The Corners Parkway in Norcross led firefighters to briefly evacuate its occupants Wednesday night. Fire crews found the source to be a malfunctioning HVAC unit on the building's roof, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Winder man killed in fall off balcony

Authorities have identified a 19-year-old spring breaker from Georgia who died after falling five stories from a Panama City Beach motel balcony. Authorities on Thursday identified the teen as Brandon Kohler of Winder.

Parkview boys try to fill holes at county

The Panthers head into Saturday's two-day county track meet at Mill Creek High School looking to fill some holes in their lineup after graduating some key seniors.

Wolves' Carter picks Vols

Just a sophomore at Buford High School, Andraya Carter gave a verbal commitment to the Tennessee women's basketball program.

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Getting to Know ...Russ Stroud

In this installment of "Getting to Know ...," Russ Stroud talks to staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including blending soccer with business, picking an Ivy League school and the Appalachian Trail.

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Students dedicate sculpture in memory of teacher's son

Jeff Mather said he has always associated peace with stillness.

Stanton, Wolves hold off Providence 3-2

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan's baseball team is used to using Devin Stanton's left arm as one of its biggest weapons. In Thursday's Region 7-A opener against Providence Christian, the Georgia Tech-bound senior helped the Wolves out with both his arm and his bat, going 2-for-2 with a home run at the plate and pitching a scoreless seventh to close out a 3-2 victory over the Stars at Donn Gaebelein Field.

Two men plead guilty in 2008 kidnapping

Two men pleaded guilty this week to kidnapping charges in a ransom ploy gone awry in 2008.

Police: Thousands in bogus cash discovered in apartment complex

Police say they uncovered several thousand dollars in counterfeit cash alongside drugs and guns in an apartment near Duluth this week.

GCPS names top bus drivers of the year

Gwinnett County Public Schools recently honored the professionals who transport Gwinnett students safely to and from school each school day.

Pirates score on wild pitch to top Braves

BRADENTON, Fla. -- For a while on Thursday, it seemed the former Pittsburgh Pirates on the Atlanta Braves' traveling roster would sink their old team. Nate McLouth, trying to break out of a deep batting slump, homered in his first at-bat and Eric Hinske added a three-run shot, but Jesse Chavez allowed five runs in the eighth inning as the Pirates rallied for a 7-6 victory in 10 innings.

Tech's Hewitt turns down St. John's job

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- St. John's won't get its first choice for a new basketball coach. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt confirmed Thursday he has turned down an offer from St. John's.

Fisherman rescued from river

A swept-away fisherman rescued in rising Chattahoochee waters near Norcross on Thursday serves as further proof of the river's strength in the wake of Buford Dam releases, officials said.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Dacula's Johnson commits to Brevard College

Dacula senior Garrett Johnson plans to sign a letter of intent with the Brevard College (N.C.) football team, a Division II program. Johnson played offensive line at Dacula and was recruited by Brevard as a tackle.

Leafs take down Thrashers in OT

ATLANTA -- Mikhail Grabovski's tip-in 39 seconds into overtime gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over Atlanta on Thursday night, damaging the Thrashers' playoff hopes.

Fans invited to on-field play day

Back in February, the Gwinnett Braves had a play day at Coolray Field scheduled. Fans would be able to come and tour the stadium, play catch on the field and run the bases, all for free.

Perdue to name special AG for health suit

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he plans to appoint a special attorney general to sue the federal government over a new federal health care reform law.

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Local lends expertise on NBC show

Brad Quinlin's sixth great-grandfather was Nathaniel Green, a major general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and second in command under George Washington.

Hall Co. bus driver faces child porn charges

ATLANTA -- Authorities have arrested a Hall County school bus driver on charges of possessing child pornography.

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Isakson released from hospital

ATLANTA -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has been released from the hospital where he was being treated for a bacterial infection.

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Georgia governor to name special AG for health lawsuit

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue says he plans to appoint a special attorney general to sue the federal government over the new federal health care overhaul law.

House: Don't transfer Guantanamo inmates to Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Georgia House has a message for President Barack Obama: we don't want prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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Senate's fix to health care law slowed by snag

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brushing off a snag in the Senate, House Democratic leaders said they are prepared to finish work by late Thursday on a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama.

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Students dedicate sculpture in memory of teacher's son

SUWANEE — Jeff Mather said he has always associated peace with stillness.

LETTERS: Giving thanks to Red Cross and its supporters

March is American Red Cross Month, a time to reflect on the unique and vital role the Red Cross plays in our community everyday to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster.

LETTERS: Residents deserve choice in trash plan

I'm a Gwinnett property owner and I have a few thoughts about the new Gwinnett County solid waste management plan:

PREP ROUNDUP: Eck throws complete game for Buford

ROSWELL — Buford took an 11-6 win over Blessed Trinity on Thursday night.

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GAC's Tuggle juggles track, tennis schedules

At the start of the semester, Jessica Tuggle gets out her calendar and begins to fill in dates.

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BRODER: Dingell has waited long for reform

WASHINGTON — No one waited longer for the passage of health care reform than John Dingell, so it was only right that no one smiled more broadly than the 83-year-old congressman while seated at the president's side for the bill-signing ceremony in the White House East Room.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Dacula's Johnson commits to Brevard College

Dacula's Johnson commits to Brevard College

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McCULLOUGH: Just monkeying around

Elrod Fontana here. I have once again been asked to fill in for Nate while he is on vacation, though why he would need a vacation is beyond me. I guess legally they have to give him one every now and then.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Elton John to honor life of Ind. AIDS victim

Elton John to honor life of Ind. AIDS victim

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Pope finds new role on mound

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Van Pope once impressed Bobby Cox so much during spring training that the Atlanta manager brought up the name of probably the greatest fielding third baseman ever as a comparison.

James Smith, Sr.

Mr. James Thomas Smith, Sr., age 83, of Carnesville, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. He is survived by: wife of sixty-two ...

James Weir, Jr.

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 ...

Dale Geib, Jr.

Mr. Dale Geib, Jr., age 59, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. He is survived by: wife of eight years, Theresa Sullivan, Lawrenceville, GA; sons ...

Beatrice Hantus

Mrs. Beatrice Elva Hantus, age 70 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Ron Leach

Ron Leach, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA died Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100

Damien Harrington

Damien Harrington, age 33, of Grayson, GA passed away March 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200