News for Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Sugarloaf plans tour of outside spaces

DULUTH -- For David and Kelah McNeill, their backyard is a sanctuary. Completely private, the family's outdoor living spaces were designed to be an extension of their home with an elegant, rustic style.

Cops: Man mad about support

SUWANEE -- Suwanee police say the gunman in a rampage that left himself and two Gwinnett mothers dead this week could have been upset about paying child support.

Some cited at mall may have had licenses

BUFORD -- The commander of Gwinnett County's Code Enforcement office said Thursday that he was surprised by the number of Mall of Georgia businesses cited for license-related issues Monday, but was also quick to stress consumer caution before rushing to assumptions.

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Citizens get look at police work, like what they see

LAWRENCEVILLE -- At Thursday's graduation for the 20th class of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy, Police Chief Charles M. Walters said the goal of the academy was for participants to see the police department, "warts and all."

Due date for second property tax bill looms

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Usually, the spring's biggest tax headache is the April 15 federal and state income tax deadline.

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SPCA fundraiser set for Sunday

SUWANEE -- When Rick Davis walked into the Georgia SPCA in January 2009, he told staff there he wanted to adopt the dog no one else wanted.

Foundation plans Day of Hope Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lynn Fetsko hopes Saturday will be a day of inspiration for those who make it out to the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

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Shiloh dedicates Memory Garden

SNELLVILLE -- A formerly bare courtyard at Shiloh High School has been slowly transformed into a peaceful oasis.

Man arrested after alleged threat at bar

NORCROSS -- Police say they drove a Norcross man home from a bar in the wee hours of Tuesday morning -- only to have him return to the scene, punch two bar goers in the face and declare he was going to blow up the restaurant, a threat that was recorded on a witness' 911 call.

Antique auction Saturday

The Barrow County Museum is hosting a sizable antique auction Saturday.

Two charged in bat, gun attack, robbery

GRAYSON -- Police have connected two Grayson men to a robbery in which they reportedly used a baseball bat and handgun to strong-arm three people out of electronics.

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BP turns to smaller tube

BP officials said Thursday they would thread a small tube into a jagged pipe on the seafloor to suck oil to the surface before it can spew into the Gulf and add to a disaster apparently set in motion by a long list of equipment failures.

MUST READ: Scientists discover feathers too weak for early birds

The early bird -- didn't fly very well.

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Falcon sweep

JEFFERSON -- Dacula's Robert Harvey and Eli Mahaley came to the boys state track and field meet with hopes of sweeping the shot put and discus titles.Harvey set the tone in the shot put with his first throw of the competition and Mahaley did the same in the discus as the duo claimed the Class AAAAA throwing events on Thursday.

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Mill Creek's Kopanski repeats as state champ

JEFFERSON -- Mill Creek's Michael Kopanski thought the Class AAAAA pole vault state finals would be a piece of cake.Then Newton's Tyler Ransom cleared 15 feet."Honestly, I thought it would be an easy meet," Kopanski said. "Tyler really surprised me."

Heaner sparks Wolves

NORCROSS -- Kevin O'Leary has the Gwinnett County season home run record, but he doesn't bat cleanup for Wesleyan.Gardner Heaner does and Landmark Christian found out why.The junior third baseman capped a series to remember with a record-setting game Thursday as the defending Class A champion Wolves routed the No. 1-ranked War Eagles 19-4 in five innings to advance to the state quarterfinals.

Eagles come up short

SUWANEE -- After winning Game 1 of its second-round playoff series Wednesday against Harrison, Collins Hill needed just one more win to advance to the quarterfinals.But a win in Game 2 by the Hoyas forced a deciding Game 3 on Thursday and Harrison made the most of it by posting a 7-4 win to end the Eagles' season.

Collins Hill a win away from repeat state soccer title

Was there pressure on Drew Prentice? You bet.A first-year head coach at 26, he took over a Collins Hill's boys soccer program with high expectations. The Eagles were state runners-up in 2008 and Class AAAAA state champions last season. There was no way to take the program a greater postseason accomplishment in his debut, but plenty of room to fall.

Olson, Fields lead 8-AAAAA baseball honors

Parkview's Matt Olson was named player of the year and Central Gwinnett's Taylor Fields was named pitcher of the year, earning the top honors on the All-Region 8-AAAAA baseball team released this week by the region's coaches.

ROBINSON: A bridge over our troubled racial waters

"Lena Horne is coming on!"When I was growing up, those words were the signal to drop everything and rush to the family room, where Ed Sullivan or Perry Como or Dean Martin had just announced the next performer. At the time, I didn't understand why it was unthinkable to miss one of Horne's appearances. I didn't yet realize that she was one of one of the most significant American entertainers of the 20th century -- and certainly didn't realize how burdened she was by her trailblazing success.

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Wesleyan boys on new road

In making its first trip to the Class AA/A state championship game, the Wesleyan boys soccer team is making a trip into uncharted territory.However, that's nothing compared to the unknown the No. 1 state-ranked Wolves (13-3-1) will be facing when they welcome third-ranked Thomasville to Henderson Stadium for tonight's title game at 8 p.m.

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Getting to Know ... Troy Hobbs

Troy Hobbs, 39, is in his fourth year as head boys track and field coach and assistant football coach at North Gwinnett. Hobbs is a 1989 graduate of Miami Southridge Senior High School and attended the University of Kentucky where he got his bachelor's degree in secondary education and master's degree in social work.

Majic to kick off WBA season tonight

Ever heard of the Gwinnett Majic? Outside of the coaches and players' friends and family, there's a good chance that the answer is no.It's not like the team suffers from a talent deficiency after winning the World Basketball Association Exposure League (WBA) championship last season. It also isn't because the players aren't well known with a roster that includes former Berkmar standouts Adrien Borders and Wayne Arnold, as well as Dacula product B.J Puckett.

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LOCAL EVENT: Tannery Row exhibit adds hue to black and white art

Christine Canova laid her first brush strokes in the upper left corner of the canvas. James Klippel started painting in the lower right.

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Aurora Theatre's children's shows to feature circus, puppets, juggling

The Aurora Theatre will close out its children's performance series this month with circus antics. Two shows are left in the final installment of the Aurora's Children's Playhouse series in the 2009-10 show season.

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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Copperfield brings art of illusion to Fox

The ability to evoke amazement and a child-like sense of wonder in someone at any age is, for this illusionist, the basic tenant of the art of magic.

INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Fox unveils lineup for '10 film festival

The 2010 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will kick off this June with a mix of movie classics and modern-day hits. The film schedule includes "The Blind Side" showing June 3, a double feature with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club" on June 4 and "Wizard of Oz" and "Jaws," in its 35th anniversary, showing separately June 5.

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ART BEAT: Red Phoenix Theatre rises in Duluth's historic downtown

On a cold winter's night in 2009, three theatrical friends sat discussing all the plays they wanted to produce, act in or direct: theater with bite, with diversity.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Robin Hood' sticks close to facts behind the folklore legend

You've got to applaud the "Robin Hood" filmmakers for trying something few would have dared. They took a centuries-old story and set of characters who have been seen on the big and small screens close to 50 times already and made them into something completely unexpected. Not all that original, but certainly unexpected. There's not a single man in tights to be found.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Letters to Juliet' looks pretty but leaves something to be desired

If you've caught the trailer for "Letters to Juliet," you've already seen the entire movie and should consider yourself lucky that you've saved some money and can now put 90 minutes of your life to better use. That's not "entire" in the literal sense but certainly in the figurative. There are two minutes of substance surrounded by 50 times that much of inert and innocuous filler.

Movie Trivia

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.

Lady Gaga bringing show to Gwinnett Arena

Lady Gaga has announced a 2011 North American tour that will bring the singer-songwriter-musician to the Arena at Gwinnett Center. An extension of her sold-out 2010 tour The Monster Ball, the 2011 leg will open Feb. 19 at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, taking Lady Gaga's spectacular show to top arenas and a host of new cities, including Duluth on April 18.

FILM FANS: 'Iron Man 2' lives up to most expectations

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Iron Man 2." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Fox unveils lineup for '10 film festival

ATLANTA — The 2010 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will kick off this June with a mix of movie classics and modern-day hits.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Crash survivor reunites with his family

Crash survivor reunites with his family

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ART BEAT: Red Phoenix Theatre rises in Duluth's historic downtown

On a cold winter's night in 2009, three theatrical friends sat discussing all the plays they wanted to produce, act in or direct: theater with bite, with diversity.

G-Braves to hold jersey fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE — Baseball fans will have the chance to bid on game-worn Gwinnett Braves jerseys tonight, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Annie' comic strip ending after 85 years

‘Annie’ comic strip ending after 85 years

McCULLOUGH: America can't abandon role as space exploration leader

I had an Apollo rocket toy as a child.

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Gwinnett Calendar

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Mill Creek's Kopanski repeats as state champ

JEFFERSON — Mill Creek’s Michael Kopanski thought the Class AAAAA pole vault state finals would be a piece of cake.

Loganville passes $14 million budget

LOGANVILLE — City Council members voted Thursday to pass a $14 million-plus budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 – June 30.

Help awaits struggling G-Braves

The Gwinnett Braves will have some reinforcements waiting for them when they get back to Coolray Field, which is a good thing.

LETTERS: People near airport in need of commissioner who won't privatize

This letter is in response to the article "Moderator Questions Candidates in Race for Gwinnett Commissioner" (May 13, Page 5A) and the question regarding the privatizing-commercialization of Briscoe Field.

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Judy Giles

Mrs. Judy A. Giles, age 69, of Suwanee, GA and formerly of Chamblee, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Albert Forrand

Mr. Albert A Forrand, age 90, of Suwanee, GA and Holiday, FL passed away on Monday, May 10, 2010. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Tiffany Hulsey

Ms. Tiffany Hulsey, age 24 of Sugar Hill, Georgia passed away May 11, 2010. She is survived by her daughters: Katie Elizabeth Hulsey, Kenzie Rae Hulsey; mother and step father ...

Lamar Bagwell

Lamar Bagwell, age 85 of Monroe,GA passed away Monday, May 10, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe, Georgia. 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Ruth Hagood

Ruth Carolyn Chapman Hagood, age 87 of Lilburn, GA passed away May 11, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Hagood, Sr.; son, Glenn Hagood, Jr. and wife Debbie ...

Merrill Paige

Merrill Joy Paige, 65, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Sunday May 9, 2010. She was born to the late Everett and Hilda Campbell, March 10, 1945, in Peoria, IL. She ...

Marvin Howard

Marvin Nathaniel Howard, age 79, of Norcross, GA passed away May 8, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Annie Mauldin

Mrs. Annie C. Mauldin, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, May 10, 2010. She was preceded in death by: husband, Jason W. Mauldin and son, Stanley W ...

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