News for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Obama clears way for oil drilling off US coasts

WASHINGTON -- Reversing a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an expansive new policy that could put new oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska.

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Collins Hill claws back for PK win

Celebration started a bit early for Collins Hill. Up a goal in penalty kicks, it looked like freshman keeper Jackson Taylor won the game for the Eagles when he knocked down a Norcross kick. But he didn't catch it and the spin of the ball carried it across the goal line. His teammates were halfway to him when they realized.

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County seniors go out in style

Competing in the third annual Gwinnett County Senior All-Star Game at Grayson High School, players not only had a chance to have a little fun but also competed for a good cause, raising money for Relay for Life.

Lanier hires Duluth's Huckaby

Gwinnett's newest high school has filled its most prominent remaining void Tuesday when Lanier announced the hire of Duluth's Jeremy Huckaby as its first head girls basketball coach.

Moore tops AP honors

This is now an annual rite of spring for Collins Hill grad Maya Moore, who is fast joining some of the greatest players in women's college basketball.

Williams, Carter lead Gwinnett Tipoff Club honors

Central Gwinnett's Brian Williams and Buford's Andraya Carter took the top honors as boys and girls players of the year in voting by the Gwinnett Tipoff Club, which held its season-ending banquet Sunday at Archer.

PREP ROUNDUP: Broncos remain undefeated

Brookwood claimed a 6-2 win over Dacula on Tuesday to remain undefeated in Region 8-AAAAA.

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Officials, lawmakers discuss county's concerns

ATLANTA -- The minute Bobby Reese walked into the Georgia Freight Depot on Tuesday, Gwinnett's schools superintendent was imploring him to save education funding.

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Isakson back in hospital

ATLANTA -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is back in the hospital.

Cops say man bullied into paying $3,500

LILBURN -- A Douglasville man is behind bars for bullying an elderly man out of thousands of dollars for tree-cutting services he didn't ask for, police said Tuesday.

Thrashers win, stay in playoff hunt

Nik Antropov scored the winner Tuesday night to help the Atlanta Thrashers keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Stories varied in rape trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Prosecutors call it a secret so big and hurtful it eventually bubbled to the surface. The defense contends it's an outright lie concocted by two unruly, adolescent girls.

One man injured in shooting

NORCROSS -- An altercation between three men at an apartment off Holcomb Bridge Road left one man hospitalized with gunshot wounds Monday, police said.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Shiloh's Coleman signs with Xavier

Xavier University of Louisiana has signed Shiloh senior Donye Coleman to a cross country scholarship. Coleman has been a four-year leader of the Shiloh running program, posting a career-best time of 19 minutes, 27.48 seconds.

Auburn man charged with arson

AUBURN -- An Auburn man was arrested Tuesday for lighting his own trailer on fire.Cedric Jefferson, 25, was charged with one count of arson and two counts of criminal damage to property, after fire completely destroyed the singlewide trailer early Tuesday, a press release said.

Barrow County gangs investigated

WINDER -- Barrow County officials have decided they've encountered enough gang activity to warrant setting up a countywide narcotics and gangs task force.

School board names Duncan Creek principal

HOSCHTON -- A veteran administrator has been tapped to replace the retiring principal of Duncan Creek Elementary.

Farmers' markets to get wireless terminals

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A grant for new technology will make it possible for low-income families or participants in the food assistance programs to purchase fresh food from farmers' markets near their homes.

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Putin talks tough after bombings

MOSCOW -- The old Vladimir Putin is back, confronting a terrorist attack in Moscow by using the same kind of coarse and colorful language that helped him win the presidency a decade ago.

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NATION IN BRIEF: 3,000 attend funeral for nine killed in crash

MARROWBONE, Ky. -- More than 3,000 mourners, most of them Mennonites or Amish, traveled by the busload Tuesday to pay their respects to nine Mennonites killed when a tractor-trailer struck a family's van in south-central Kentucky.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Afghan leader wraps up talks with insurgents

KABUL -- President Hamid Karzai and representatives of a major militant group wrapped up a first round of peace talks Tuesday, reaching no final deal but pledging to continue a dialogue that if successful would split the ranks of the Taliban-led insurgency.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Stewart returns to Broadway in Mamet revival

NEW YORK -- Patrick Stewart will star in David Mamet's next Broadway production, a revival of ''A Life in the Theatre,'' opening this fall.

Nissan electric car to cost about $25,000 after tax credit

NEW YORK -- Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday its new electric car will cost just over $25,000 in the U.S., a move that could force rivals to lower prices on similar vehicles.

CLINE: Fooled by a hidden real world

Looks can be deceiving. We all know it. But sometimes we get fooled anyway. It happened to me last week on my drive home. Idling on Suwanee Dam Road in stop-and-go traffic -- is there any other kind on the commute home? -- I watched what I thought was a family moving into a home.

STATE IN BRIEF: Nathan Deal disputes ethics allegations

Nathan Deal disputes ethics allegations

Kimbrel to begin season in Gwinnett

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Craig Kimbrel still start the season in Gwinnett rather than Atlanta despite not allowing a run in seven spring appearances with the Braves.

LETTERS: Daily Post putting too much focus on canines

What is going on with the Gwinnett Daily Post? Everytime I pick up the paper there seems to be a front page article about dogs. Just this past week there have been at least three such articles not only on the front page but "above the fold." One was about a dog getting shot in the paw — did this really need to be on the front page? Another was about an animal rescue organization that specializes in large white dogs and now Saturday I pick up the paper and the front page article is about stray dogs and their interaction with county inmates.

Farmers' markets to get wireless terminals

LAWRENCEVILLE — A grant for new technology will make it possible for low-income families or participants in the food assistance programs to purchase fresh food from farmers' markets near their homes.

BISHER: No need for Tiger on Tour, at Masters

It was a line out of Sports Illustrated a week or so ago, and it was like raking a teacher's fingernails across the blackboard. It was like a screech in my ears.

Gladiators officially eliminated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gwinnett Gladiators arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday needing every possible point to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Lanier hires Grayson's Huckaby

Gwinnett's newest high school has filled its most prominent remaining void Tuesday when Lanier announced the hire of Duluth's Jeremy Huckaby as its first head girls basketball coach.

LETTERS: Commission getting too involved in lives of Gwinnett residents

Why do we need Obama when we have the Gwinnett County Commissioners?

LETTERS: Daily Post opinion page more balanced than mainstream media

Ray Harvin's letter to the editor complaining of conservative bias on the part of the Daily Post ("Opinion page lacks any alternative to conservatives," March 28, Page 10A) is pure propaganda and blatant bellyaching. I find it hilarious that Mr. Harvin's letter is printed directly underneath a column by the Washington Post's David Broder, a left-leaning columnist. Oh, the irony!

THOMAS: Vactican should protect its flock, not pedophiles

God knows — and He does — Protestants shouldn't be throwing stones at the Roman Catholic Church for the scandals involving the abuse of children by some priests. Protestants have a blemished history of how they have handled their own scandals involving extramarital sex, misappropriated funds and arrogant behavior.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Shiloh's Coleman signs with Xavier

Shiloh's Coleman signs with Xavier

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Mark Dwelly

Mr. Mark A. Dwelly, age 48, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Monday, March 29, 2010. He is survived by: wife of twenty-eight years, Janice Dwelly, Suwanee, GA; daughters ...

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Patsy Testement

Mrs. Patricia “Patsy” Testement, age 57, of Auburn, GA passed away on Monday, March 29, 2010. She was preceded in death by her father, William Lloyd Edwards. She ...

Margaret Moermond

Margaret Moermond, age 82 of Cumming, GA formerly of Ft. Thomas, KY passed away Saturday, March 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com ...

Ronnie Gee

Ronnie Clyde Gee, age 59 of Gainesville, GA, who passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Irene Sala

Irene Sala, age 77 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on March 29, 2010. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Gaetano W. Sala; children, Patricia A. Navarro ...

Gloria Grant

Gloria Grant, age 67 of Ellenwood, GA passed away Monday, March 22, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Louis Arena, Jr.

Louis Frank Arena, Jr., age 72 of Norcross, GA, passed away March 26, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Elizabeth Greene

Elizabeth Ann Greene, age 47 of Lawrenceville passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010. Memorial Services will be held 4:00 PM, Thursday, April 1, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Shirley Caylor

Mrs. Shirley Allen Caylor, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2010. She was preceded in death by parents, Seals and Luna Allen; brother, James Howard ...

Joe Mckinstry

Joe McKinstry, age 75 of Winder, GA passed away March 27, 2010. He taught at Norcross High School for 26 years. He is preceded in death by his parents: John ...

Lewis Allen

Lewis B. “Fred” Allen, age 91 of Marietta, GA passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Anna Gaines

Anna Perry Gaines, age 29, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Snellville, Georgia, died Saturday, March 27, 2010. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 3:00pm at ...

John Webb

John B. Webb, age 83 of Loganville, GA passed away March 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Mary Holland

Mrs. Mary Frances Holland, age 76, of Lilburn, Ga. passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2010. She is survived by her Husband of 58 years, Thomas J. “Tink” ...

Eulice Crawford, Iii

Eulice “Pete” Crawford, III., age 80 of Winder, GA, passed away March 27, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Brandon Kohler

Brandon Ward Kohler, age 19 of Winder, GA, passed away March 24, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

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