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'Modern Family,' 'Glee' among Peabody winners

ATHENS -- The winners of the 2009 Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday, include the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," Fox network's "Glee," CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."

Study: Small soda taxes don't dent obesity

ATLANTA -- Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, according to new research.

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Littlest helpers

Fifth-graders at Hopkins Elementary School were sworn in Wednesday as census 2010 ambassadors. "Go to every house in your neighborhood," Marilyn Stephens, assistant regional census manager of the U.S. Census Bureau, told the students. "Tell your neighbors, 'You count, and you must be counted.' Tell them to complete the questionnaire and put it in the mail today."

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Local umpire ruled threat, denied bond

A judge on Tuesday declared a Gwinnett baseball umpire a danger to the community after he allegedly struck up an Internet romance with a 17-year-old Ohio girl and talked her into absconding.

Solicitor to hold training on paperwork

Few public officials seem to understand the laws regarding campaign disclosures and zoning cases, Gwinnett Solicitor Rosanna Szabo said. So the top attorney on prosecuting such cases has organized a training session to help.

Gwinnett Center names new director of sales and marketing

A Lawrenceville resident will join the staff at the Gwinnett Center as the new director of sales and marketing. Laura Zacharias will take over the position vacated by Cheryl Gee, who recently resigned after 16 years with the events facility to take a similar job at the new Mobile Bay Convention Center in Mobile, Ala.

Fire briefs: Man charged with DUI after car crashes into apartment building

A Duluth man charged with driving under the influence drove his SUV into an apartment building early Wednesday morning, police said, stopping just a few feet shy of a toddler asleep in its crib.

Prep Roundup: Bates, Black Knights walk off with win 2-1 win over South

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Phillip Bates hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to lift Central Gwinnett to a 2-1 win over South Gwinnett in a Region 8-AAAAA baseball game Wednesday.

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Reese disappointed jobs bill won't happen

A local legislator's bill aimed at protecting jobs died in the Legislature last week. The Georgia Employer and Worker Protection Act proposed by Rep. Bobby Reese, R-Sugar Hill, did not get a hearing before Crossover Day Friday, ending its chances of passage this year.

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GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Follow label directions when using pesticides

Throughout the year, a variety of pests can potentially plague both our homes and gardens. To remedy the problem, homeowners will purchase chemical pesticides.

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Late bloom

SUWANEE -- Having already found one complement to ace Matthew Grimes, Mill Creek has been looking for even more depth to its starting rotation.In Wednesday's Region 7-AAAAA game at Peachtree Ridge, the Hawks may have found it in the form of Brian Stillman.

USA hoops picks Norcross pair

In March, Kaela Davis and Diamond DeShields each turned 15 a week apart.The two Norcross freshmen celebrated a Blue Devil state championship in between their birthdays, showing off the vast potential that basketball coaches and recruiting gurus have seen coming for years. Apparently USA Basketball has taken notice, too.

Berkmar boys beat Parkview finally

For the better part of his life, Tracy Crouch saw one side of the Lilburn's long-running prep rivalry.The orange side.That has changed the past few years for the Parkview-raised Crouch, in his first season as the Berkmar boys soccer coach. On Tuesday night, he helped his new program experience the rare joy that comes with knocking off your rival.

Elam ends NFL career with Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Jason Elam returned to the team that drafted him into the NFL on Wednesday to say goodbye for good.Elam signed a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos before announcing he was ending his 17-year NFL career. The Pro Bowl kicker spent his first 15 years with the Broncos and the last two with the Atlanta Falcons, who waived him nearly four months ago.

Heritage boys win seventh consecutive Conyers Cup

The final day of the boy's Conyers Cup golf tournament came down to a sibling rivalry, Wednesday at Highland Golf Club.

Church set to perform Easter drama "3 nails"

BUFORD -- Where did the three nails used to pin Jesus' hands and feet to a wooden cross come from? In this Easter drama, a shop owner realizes too late that a trio of old, rusty nails purchased by a Roman soldier are intended to be used to crucify the man who healed his disabled son.

Engage Gwinnett looks at cuts

DULUTH -- Community members agree that cutting services should be the first thing commissioners turn to if the economy causes another huge dip in the tax digest.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Clash of the Titans' remake left lying in ruins

Riding high on the successes of "Terminator Salvation" and "Avatar," leading man Sam Worthington continues his march toward becoming the industry's top action hero in this remake of "Clash of the Titans." As it turns out, Worthington's march here is more of a slow-motion slog.

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Visual artist featured in 'A Matter of Time Part II'

Mikki Dillon has been a force for the visual arts in Gwinnett for the past 31 years.

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THE DISH: American Tavern

The owners of American Tavern have branded the restaurant upscale casual and have created a relaxed atmosphere in which they hope diners will sit and stay awhile.

Art walk canceled

DULUTH -- Duluth's First Friday Art Walk has been canceled for April due to Good Friday.

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Flooding drowns Northeast

CRANSTON, R.I. -- Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of people from their homes and businesses Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems and isolated communities as it washed out bridges and rippled across thoroughfares from Maine to Connecticut.

Relationships set to song in Red Clay's latest production

From the groove of a dancer's hips rocking rhythmically from side to side to the grace of another's arms stretched wide to express the lyrics to a song, these stories are told in movement and music.

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Stone Mountain kicks off spring with 9-day celebration

Stone Mountain Park is celebrating spring -- and spring break -- with nine days of entertainment, adventure and family fun.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cyrus goes serious in Sparks' flop 'The Last Song'

One of the most micromanaged and pinpoint-marketed entertainers of the last half century, teenager Miley Cyrus has hit a professional crossroads with "The Last Song" and the crossroads have hit back.

NATION IN BRIEF: New Orleans cop resigns amid cover-up

NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans police officer who is expected to plead guilty to helping cover up a deadly shooting of unarmed residents in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has resigned from the police department.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST (APRIL 2): Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

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.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Palin's show drops LL Cool J after complaints

NEW YORK -- An upcoming Fox News Channel special hosted by Sarah Palin is titled ''Real American Stories.''

WORLD IN BRIEF: Police find body of missing girl in her bedroom

TOLUCA, Mexico -- Prosecutors said the body of a 4-year-old disabled girl has been found in furniture in her own bedroom 10 days after her wealthy parents grabbed the country's attention with a public campaign to find her.

MUST READ: To scientists, laughter is no joke -- it's serious business

WASHINGTON -- So a scientist walks into a shopping mall to watch people laugh.

Disc spotlight: An Education (PG-13)

Even though Sandra Bullock walked away with every major award, it was the little-known Carey Mulligan who turned in 2009's finest lead female performance in this near-perfect coming-of-age drama.

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Palin's show drops LL Cool J after he complains

NEW YORK -- An upcoming Fox News Channel special hosted by Sarah Palin is titled "Real American Stories."

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Visual artist featured in 'A Matter of Time Part II'

Mikki Dillon has been a force for the visual arts in Gwinnett for the past 31 years.

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HOME&GARDEN: Follow label directions when using pesticides

Throughout the year, a variety of pests can potentially plague both our homes and gardens. To remedy the problem, homeowners will purchase chemical pesticides.

Struggles continue for Gwinnett

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators had a painful minute.

Two Gladiators earn All-Rookie honors

DULUTH — A day after the Gwinnett Gladiators were eliminated from playoff contention, the team's No. 1 defensive pair was recognized for their efforts this season.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Palin's show drops LL Cool J after complaints

Palin's show drops LL Cool J after complaints

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Clash of the Titans' remake left lying in ruins

Clash of the Titans (PG-13)

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Reese disappointed jobs bill won't happen

A local legislator's bill aimed at protecting jobs died in the Legislature last week.

Film Fans: 'Dragon' appeals to audiences young and old

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

GWINNETT GAB: Girl Scouts collecting treats for soldiers

Girl Scouts collecting treats for soldiers

Relationships set to song in Red Clay's latest production

From the groove of a dancer's hips rocking rhythmically from side to side to the grace of another's arms stretched wide to express the lyrics to a song, these stories are told in movement and music.

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Hammock: Schools, sports foster community

It happens all over small-town America and throughout Georgia, from Folkston to Blairsville.

THOMAS: What would Newt do to fix Washington?

Sitting in his spacious Washington, D.C., office on K Street, the leader of the last Republican revolution, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, ponders the future and likes what he sees. The intensity and commitment by the tea partiers to "throw the bums" out, seems to him as strong as the 1994 revolution that swept Democrats from power and gave Republicans an opportunity Gingrich readily admits they squandered.

PARKER: The Steele lock not securing RNC funds

What a difference $2,000 in a lesbian bondage strip club makes.

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Frances Burdine

Frances Pauline Steidinger Burdine, 95, of Atlanta, GA died Monday March 29, in her sleep. She was the wife of the late Atlanta psychiatrist Winston E. Burdine, MD who died ...

Michael Murphy

Mr. Michael T. Murphy, age 54 of Gainesville, GA passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

George Sammons

Mr. George H. Sammons, age 76, of Winder, GA passed away on Monday, March 29, 2010. He is survived by: wife of fifty-five years, Clara Dalton Sammons, Winder, GA ...

Felipe Marrero

Felipe F. Marrero, age 89 of Lawrenceville, died March 27, 2010. Mr. Marrero was born in Cuba and was retired from the textile industry. He is survived by his wife ...

Ricky Quiett

Mr. Ricky Dean Quiett, age 50 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Brenda Wells

Brenda S. Wells, age 63, of Snellville passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM, Friday, April 2, 2010 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church ...

Beatrice Maxfield

Beatrice Irene Maxfield, age 87 of Duluth, GA passed away March 28, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Ernestine Hood

Ernestine Hood, age 79, of Monroe, GA passed away March 30, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Mary Cannon

Mary Edna Husley Cannon age 91 of Snellville passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Lenora Baptist Church ...

Retha Coggins

Retha Nell Coggins, age 58 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Margaret Patterson

Margaret G. Patterson, age 83 of Lilburn, GA passed away March 28, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535

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