News for Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Wesleyan gets in groove, eliminates Hebron 5-0

After a tight 1-0 win over Westminster last week in the opening round of the Class AA/A playoffs, Wesleyan's boys found their offensive stroke on Tuesday night with a 5-0 win over Hebron.

Taylor makes clutch save for Collins Hill boys

Harrison coach Jonathan Gross perhaps best summed up Tuesday's second round Class AAAAA state playoff game between his No. 7 state-ranked Hoyas and No. 2 Collins Hill.

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Peachtree Ridge boys surge to top of 7-AAAAA

Matt Weickert was third in the 3,200-meter run on Tuesday at Mill Creek High School. His finish along with teammate Josh Brickwell, who was runner-up, in the second to last event, secured the Region 7-AAAAA title for the Lions for the second straight year.

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Buzzer-beater dooms Dacula in second-round loss

It's a buzzer-beating goal that Dacula's boys soccer players will never forget. The one that ended a 13-game winning streak and the best season in school history.

Brookwood boys blanked by Centennial

Good teams are careful not to emotionally exhaust themselves in the early rounds of the playoffs. So after Brookwood's dramatic elimination of visiting Marietta on penalty kicks in last week's opening round of the Class AAAAA playoffs, Broncos coach Danny Klinect was pleased his team was its typically workman bunch in Tuesday's second round against Centennial, though his Broncos lost 2-0.

GAC's Cokely, Wesleyan girls just shy of titles

A day's rain delay tests the mettle of even the best golfers, but Greater Atlanta Christian's Spencer Cokely and Wesleyan's girls barely missed a beat.

Fleet-footed Wolves qualify for state

NORCROSS -- The speed that helped Buford win another Class AA state football championship last fall was showcased even more dramatically Tuesday.

Young Spartans fight hard, but fall in overtime

The Greater Atlanta Christian boys soccer team saw its season and defense of last year's state title come to an end on Tuesday night in the second round of the Class AA/A state playoffs.

Wesleyan builds lead, holds on

Wesleyan used more speed and a wealth of depth to win the team championship by almost 20 points with a 175.5 total to Eagle's Landing's 156.

PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan opens playoffs with win

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kennington Groff scored five goals to lead Wesleyan to a 17-15 victory over Whitewater in the first round of the Class AAAA-A girls lacrosse state playoffs on Tuesday.

Green gets called up by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers put shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained left hamstring and purchased the contract of well-traveled infielder Nick Green, a Duluth grad, from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Magic crush Hawks by 43 points

Dwight Howard had 21 points and 12 rebounds in one of the most crushing playoff wins in Magic history, a 114-71 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Hernandez lifts Nats to win over Braves

WASHINGTON -- Livan Hernandez had his season-low in innings and his season-high in pitches, yet he still managed to keep his ERA below 1.00 as he pitched the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

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Mike's fight: Booster soldiers on despite cancer prognosis

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Last December, Mike Johnson began having stomach pains. He thought it was indigestion.

Wastewater to empty into Lanier

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lake Lanier could be a little fuller today.

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Superintendent visits Norcross charter school

NORCROSS -- In honor of National Charter Schools Week, Georgia's superintendent of schools visited Ivy Preparatory Academy for the first time on Tuesday.

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Man offers hard lesson on DUI

LOGANVILLE -- Ten years ago, Chris Sandy made a decision that forever changed his life -- and ended the lives of two grandparents.

Student accused of possession

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Drug transactions, homemade weapons and a mother allegedly gone berserk were included in a trio of Monday arrests related to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Park design contract awarded

DACULA -- A Dacula park expansion will be designed, even as grand jurors consider the purchase.

Winder to hike water rates

WINDER -- Officials Tuesday voted 5-1 to raise water and wastewater rates within the city limits of Winder.

CLINE: Let them pour in Snellville

With the way Snellville politics go sometimes, you can't blame anyone in the city for wanting a drink no matter what day. But after a lengthy period of debate followed by a false start, it looks like the issue of Sunday alcohol sales will soon be resolved.

Police: Arson arrest may have gang ties

The 41-year-old woman awoke the morning of April 10 to find her Norcross townhome spray-painted with ominous threats, a racial epithet and the telltale markings of a murderous street gang.

Broker in real estate scam given 25-year prison term

A judge sentenced a former mortgage broker from Hoschton to 25 years in federal prison Tuesday for orchestrating a $23 million scheme that victimized more than 100 investors, authorities said.

Mall to host outdoor movies, music

Starting May 29, The Mall of Georgia will host a free summer music and movie series.

BOC approves probation service

Despite beginning a bid process, commissioners approved a probation services contractor hand-picked by Gwinnett State Court judges. The bids had never been opened, after judges expressed concerns about the process, including placing a police officer on the bid review committee.

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Times Square bomb suspect faces terror charges

NEW YORK -- A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was hauled off a plane about to fly to the Middle East and will face terrorism charges in the failed attempt to explode a bomb-laden SUV in the heart of Times Square, authorities said Tuesday.

NATION IN BRIEF: Gulf Coast watches, waits for oil spill path

NEW ORLEANS -- Cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed Tuesday as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico and people along beaches and bayous waited to find out just how badly it might damage the delicate coast.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Coroner says Haim died of pneumonia complications

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled that actor Corey Haim died from pneumonia complications and that drugs found in his system were not a factor in his death.

WORLD IN BRIEF: N. Korea's Kim to meet Chinese heads on rare visit

BEIJING -- North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Il was making his way Tuesday to China's capital on a rare overseas trip meant to be so secret that Beijing refused to confirm it -- despite videos shot by foreign media showing him leaving a Chinese hotel.

MUST READ: Winston Churchill memorabilia sold at London auction

LONDON -- Christie's said Tuesday it was auctioning what it said was the most important private collection of letters and books related to Britain's World War II prime minister, Winston Churchill.

11 county baseball teams earn playoff berths

After the final days of the regular season provided plenty of drama, 11 area high school baseball teams are getting ready for Friday's state playoff openers.

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Coroner: Haim died of pneumonia complications

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Corey Haim died from pneumonia complicated by an enlarged heart, bad lungs and narrowed blood vessels, while drugs found in his system played no role in his death, the Los Angeles County coroner said Tuesday.

Man, boys found dead in Jefferson home

JEFFERSON -- Authorities in Jackson County are investigating the shooting deaths of a 36-year-old man, his son and his girlfriend's other son, and the county's chief deputy sheriff said the killings appeared to be murder-suicide.

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Former Tech star Nick Rogers dies in car accident

ATLANTA -- Former NFL player and Georgia Tech star Nick Rogers has died in a one-car accident. He was 30. View and sign Guest Book inside story

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Gulf Coast watches, waits for path of oil spill

NEW ORLEANS -- Cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed Tuesday as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico and people along beaches and bayous waited to find out just how badly it might damage the delicate coast.

Gwinnett can't hold on for sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE — He may not have been in the top of the order, but Gregor Blanco did plenty of damage hitting seventh.

LETTERS: Regional transportation tax allows area to better compete for business

Last month, the Georgia General Assembly, in a bipartisan effort, passed legislation that allows voters to decide in regions throughout Georgia if they want to levy a 1 percent sales and use tax for regional transportation investments.

WORLD IN BRIEF: N. Korea's Kim to meet Chinese heads on rare visit

N. Korea's Kim to meet Chinese heads on rare visit

Radiation centers keep strict guidelines

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Food and Drug Administration has urged health care leaders to raise the bar when it comes to radiation therapy safety, and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia agrees.

LETTERS: Opposition to Arizona law much ado about nothing new on books

There appear to be a lot of people talking who should have been reading in reference to the recent Arizona immigration law. This law authorizes law enforcement agencies to do nothing more than is currently codified in federal law, the only difference being that that federal authorities are not serious about enforcing existing immigration laws whereas the state feels a dire need to enforce border controls. Over a quarter of a million illegals cross the Arizona border yearly. The civil war between the drug dealers and the Mexican government is spilling over the border into Arizona, whose capitol is now the kidnapping capital of the Western Hemisphere.

Preventative steps can be taken against stroke

LAWRENCEVILLE — Strokes can seemingly strike without warning — but that doesn't mean preventative steps can't be taken.

Lions fall to powerful Walton tennis

MARIETTA — The Walton girls knew for weeks their six-year-old winning streak would be tested if they faced Peachtree Ridge in the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.

THOMAS: America, Britain can make choice of less government

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat candidate for prime minister and the Susan Boyle of British politics, said something during the first debate on April 15 that resonated with the British public and will be familiar to American tea party activists.

GAC's Cokely, Wesleyan girls just shy of titles

A day's rain delay tests the mettle of even the best golfers, but Greater Atlanta Christian's Spencer Cokely and Wesleyan's girls barely missed a beat.

David Lambert

David Lambert, age 48 of Cumming, GA passed away April 30, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Jeanne Dent

Mrs. Jeanne W. Dent, 68, of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She worked ...

Pablo Bermudez

Rev. Pablo Bermudez, age 77 of Duluth, GA passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Kenneth Gander

Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Gander, age 62 of Auburn, GA passed away on Monday, May 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Larry Randolph

Larry Seat Randolph, age 69 of Cumming, GA passed away May 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Virginia Williamson

Virginia Lee Williamson of Cumming, GA passed away May 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Gladys Friend

Gladys Vivian Friend, age 72 of Duluth, GA passed away May 3, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535

Lizzie Dean Childers

Lizzie Dean Childers, age 79, of Lawrenceville, Georgia entered into rest on May 3, 2010. She is survived by her son, Larry Childers of McDonough, GA; grandsons and their wives ...

Ed Hughes

Ed Hughes, age 94, of Loganville, GA passed away May 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Georgie Miller

Georgie Miller, age 96, of Loganville, GA, died May 1, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Richard Durnell

Richard Durnell, age 70 of Bethlehem, GA passed away May 1, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Norman Daniel

Norman F. “Danny” Daniel, age 57, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Martha Holycross

Martha Ann Holycross, passed away April 26th 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene J. Holycross; daughter and son-in-law Beth and Ron Hardy and son ...

Brian Hunter

Mr. Brian D. Hunter, age 52 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Ruby Davis

Ruby Beatrice Davis, age 88 of Hoschton, formerly of Doraville, GA passed away May 3, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535 ...

Inie Godfrey

Mrs. Inie S. Myers Godfrey, age 86, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2010. She was preceded in death by: daughter, Evelyn Godfrey; parents, James Dean ...

Mildred Miller

Mildred Geneva Miller, age 97, of Decatur, GA, passed away May 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Hazel Lay

Hazel Lay, age 95 of Winder, GA, passed away April 29, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

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