News for Saturday, March 6, 2010

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Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson, age 32 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010. Funeral Services will be Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Elizaberth Jane Smith, age 73 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on March 6, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Charles Yeager

Charles Gordon Yeager, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 5, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Christine Blaney

Christine Craig Blaney died on March 5, 2010. She was a native of Gwinnett County, a graduate of Lawrenceville High School and she earned 3 degrees from University of Georgia ...

Anita Cheek

Mrs. Anita Parsons Cheek, 85, of Doraville, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2010. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at Holy ...

Dorothy Wildermuth

Dorothy Marie Wildermuth, age 85, of Doraville, GA passed away March 5, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Che Li

Che Li, age 81 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away February 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Mary Krehely

Mary Krehely, 93, died Friday, March 5th 2010, at her daughter's home in Lawrenceville, GA. She was born in Luzerne, PA September 6th, 1916, and she was the last surviving ...

Oswalt shaky, but Astros beat Atlanta 3-0

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Roy Oswalt threw two rocky, yet scoreless innings in his spring debut and the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 Saturday.

Junior hopes Atlanta pole start of something good

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be on the pole for the first time in nearly two years today for NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, giving the popular, second-generation driver another reason to believe that he's left behind the most dismal season of his career.

PREP ROUNDUP: Bears earn first win in baseball

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View earned its first varsity baseball victory on Saturday, beating Berkmar 11-1 in five innings.

Gladiators rally for 4-3 win over Florida

The Gladiators trailed by two goals early, but scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. The Everblades tied the game just 47 seconds into the third period, but Matt Francis struck on the power play to give Gwinnett the 4-3 victory.

Lightning take down Thrashers

TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos extended his franchise-record points streak to 16 games, and Antero Niittymaki remained perfect against Atlanta, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Thrashers 6-2 on Saturday night.

Delaney, Va. Tech beat Ga. Tech

ATLANTA -- Malcolm Delaney tied a season high with 32 points and Jeff Allen had 17 points with 10 rebounds to help Virginia Tech win its second straight game with an 88-82 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Mitchell leads LSU over UGA

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bo Spencer's off-balance jumper with 19 seconds left helped LSU close out its regular season with only its second Southeastern Conference victory of the season, 50-48 over Georgia on Saturday.

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Wesleyan girls make return trip to Final Four

Wesleyan continued its quest for a seventh championship on Saturday with a 92-45 rout of St. Francis in a quarterfinal game at Marietta High School. The Wolves had 12 players score and five reached double figures, led by Wake Forest signee Erin Hall's 18 points.

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Wesleyan boys peaking, beat Stars in state tourney

The Wolves (24-6) are headed back to the Final Four in Macon thanks to the 65-45 victory over Providence Christian.

Gwinnett Heat bound for state championship game

The Gwinnett Heat upset the second-ranked West Georgia Wolverines 22-19 in Saturday's semifinals to reach its first state championship game.

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Mill Creek digs too deep a hole

CARROLLTON -- In the end, Mill Creek's girls had too deep a hole to climb out of and too little idea how to stop Nikki Dixon in their Class AAAAA state quarterfinal game. The 5-foot-10 junior guard scored a game-high 25 points with six rebounds and helped Milton build up a big lead before holding off the Hawks' second-half charge for a 54-47 win Saturday at the University of West Georgia Arena.

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Milton edges Blue Devils

CARROLLTON -- Just a few tenths of a second is all that stood between the Norcross boys and a spot in the Class AAAAA Final Four. But a controversial call by an official and two clutch free throws with no time on the clock by Milton's Julian Royal put an end to Norcross' basketball season 52-51 in the quarterfinals Saturday night in the Coliseum at the University of West Georgia.

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Central back in Final 4

Jordan Adams scored 32 points as the Black Knights (29-2) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2002, where they will take on Westlake on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Norcross doesn't buckle under Campbell's pressure

Despite squandering a nine-point halftime lead, Norcross rallied in the fourth for 30 points and a 65-54 win over Campbell to advance to the Class AAAAA Final Four. Norcross will play Westlake at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Wounded veteran gets help getting back on road

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Operation One Voice is an organization known for helping the families of special forces troops wounded or killed in combat.

Officials hoping to make Relay bigger

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Local American Cancer Society officials are hoping to make the world's largest Relay for Life even bigger.

Lamp sparks house fire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A heating lamp being used to keep a neighborhood cat warm is to blame for a house fire on Scholar Drive, officials said.

Fire damages apartments

NORCROSS -- An apartment fire Friday night damaged five units at an Ashley Lakes Drive complex.

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Teams from all over compete in robotics contest

DULUTH -- With the women's Southeastern Conference basketball tournament under way next door, fans and competitors of a different sort filled the Gwinnett Civic Center on Saturday.

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Vote to test Iraq democracy

BAGHDAD -- Billed as a key test of Iraq's nascent democracy, Iraqis fear today's parliamentary election will lead to a protracted period of uncertainty as the winners and losers try to cobble together a new government -- even as American forces prepare to go home.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Police resume search for missing teen

SAN DIEGO -- Police in Escondido have resumed a search for missing teen Amber Dubois after a woman reported her children found what looked like human hair in a park.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Aftershocks weaken Chile's quake-damaged buildings

CONCEPCION, Chile -- A father's unanswered cry for his missing son rang out Saturday from the wreckage of a fallen 15-story apartment building that has become a symbol of Chile's devastating earthquake.

MS-13 reign was public and bloody

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The street gang MS-13 left a bloody imprint during its decade-long turf war in Gwinnett.

Oscars arrive, predictability out of picture

LOS ANGELES -- Too predictable. That's the persistent complaint about the Academy Awards, whose drama generally is sapped by a glut of earlier award shows that spell out what films will win at the Oscars before the show starts.Not this time -- at least for today's top prize.

Lanier raises questions on water supply

WASHINGTON -- Sixty years ago, the late Atlanta Mayor William Hartsfield resisted helping to pay for Lake Lanier, a new federal reservoir being built north of town. Atlanta had plenty of water, he wrote Congress. Thanks, but no thanks.

Indonesian villages cashing in on local 'hobbit' craze

RAMPASASA, Indonesia -- I started hearing the offers soon after arriving at the Liang Bua cave in the mountains of Flores island.''You want to see a living hobbit?'' a guard at the cave whispered. ''I can take you there but it will cost 500,000 rupiah ($55).''

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Tapestry of art: Schools set up showcase of student artwork

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County parents and community members are invited to celebrate the arts throughout the month of March by experiencing the annual Tapestry Display, a showcase featuring student artwork.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Everson, Cox take jabs at opponents

Ready for some hard-knuckle politics?

LLOYD: Vets aren't alone when struggling with big bills

Veterans have served our country selflessly and without question upheld our country's morals and values. With a son stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base being deployed to Iraq in June, I feel a personal connection to our vets and their courageous, admirable service.

YORK: Extremely proud of a brother I will never forget

Men who have brothers are fortunate. My favorite person when I was a kid was my only brother. He was two years older than me.

LLOYD: Vets aren't alone when struggling with big bills

Veterans have served our country selflessly and without question upheld our country's morals and values. With a son stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base being deployed to Iraq in June, I feel a personal connection to our vets and their courageous, admirable service.

O'REILLY: Redefining living legends

Stay with me, because you are not going to believe this column. This month in Chicago, an event will honor three men as ‘‘living legends.'' The men are Minister Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of Barack Obama's church, and Father Michael Pfleger, a radical-left Catholic priest. The men will stand together, and thousands of spectators will pay to see them.

BRODER: Fall of a no-pretence guy

This is not the way Sandy Levin would have wanted it.

Official hoping to make Relay bigger

LAWRENCEVILLE — Local American Red Cross officials are hoping to make the world's largest Relay for Life even bigger.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Aftershocks weaken Chile's quake-damaged buildings

CONCEPCION, Chile — A father's unanswered cry for his missing son rang out Saturday from the wreckage of a fallen 15-story apartment building that has become a symbol of Chile's devastating earthquake.

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Norcross doesn't buckle under Campbell's pressure

CARROLLTON — Campbell's shots started early.

OUR VIEW: Gang bust a reminder of real danger

The news this week that the gang Mara Salvatrucha — or MS-13 — has been effectively put out of commission in metro Atlanta by a federal indictment that ties 26 members to murders, robberies and other crimes is a reminder of the underbelly that exists in Gwinnett County.

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