News for Monday, November 1, 2010


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Election Day: Weather may factor in turnout

This year's election has all the makings of a high turnout -- a contentious gubernatorial race and a citizenry rife with anger at local politicians.

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Local music legend loses cancer battle

A local legend who spent his Saturday nights playing bluegrass music for standing-room only crowds in a small Suwanee venue named for his family has died.

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Gwinnett educator receives prestigious Milken award

A reading specialist at Meadowcreek Elementary School was surprised Monday with a $25,000 award from the Milken Family Foundation. Kelly Stopp, who teaches second-grade reading classes, was chosen as a recipient of the Milken Educator Award, one of the nation's most prestigious teacher recognition programs.

Dacula man survives W.Va. helicopter crash

Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed an electric lineman in Tucker County, an Allegheny Energy spokesman said Monday.

New investors to give Brand Bank $200M in capital

Thanks to three investors, Lawrenceville-based Brand Group Holdings will have even more capital to invest in the community.

Windows broken at Grayson High School

Police are investigating an act of vandalism that left several windows broken early Monday morning at Grayson High School, officials said.

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1st humanoid heads to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space is about to get its first humanoid from planet Earth.

Sugar Hill discusses time restrictions for alcohol sales

This month's scheduled opening of Sugar Hill's first 24-hour grocery store is forcing the city to address an issue those with round-the-clock grocers must.

NATION: Jury convicts woman, 61, in bomb robbery

ERIE, Pa. -- A 61-year-old woman was convicted of participating in a bizarre plot in which a pizza delivery driver was forced to rob a bank wearing a metal bomb collar that later exploded, killing him.

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Buford, Collins Hill meet expectations of winning state

COLUMBUS -- After winning their respective classifications again at the state softball tournament last weekend, both Buford and Collins Hill have become familiar figures in holding up trophies on championship Saturday at the South Commons Softball Complex.

WORLD: Iraqi Christians mourn after siege kills 58

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's dwindling Christian community was grieving and afraid on Monday after militants seized a Baghdad church during evening Mass, held the congregation hostage and triggered a raid by Iraqi security forces. The bloodbath left at least 58 people killed and 78 wounded -- nearly everyone inside.

PEOPLE: Freeman denies doing ad for N.C. candidate

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman on Monday disputed a Republican congressional candidate's claim that Freeman recorded a campaign ad on his behalf.

Ex-Rep. Condit: No involvement in Chandra Levy killing

WASHINGTON -- Former California Rep. Gary Condit told jurors Monday that he didn't murder Chandra Levy and insisted he cooperated fully with police when they investigated the Washington intern's disappearance nearly a decade ago.

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Another Blue Devil commits

Wing forward E. Victor Nickerson is the last Blue Devil to ensure he will take his game to the next level when he gave a verbal commitment to UNC Charlotte over the weekend.

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Tech still clinging to hope in ACC

ATLANTA -- Paul Johnson has always been a bit defiant. Tell him that his option offense can't work at a major college, and he'll fire right back with all the reasons it can. So, it's not surprising that the coach is holding out hope of getting back to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The Yellow Jackets (5-3, 3-2 ACC) need a major upset Thursday night at No. 20 Virginia Tech -- and even that may not be enough to give them a shot at defending their conference title in Charlotte.

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Week 10: Honor roll and defensive player of the week

Who: Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin

Duluth apartments damaged in fire

DULUTH — Apartment dwellers were displaced Saturday by a fire at the Overlook at Berkeley Lake Apartments.

Investigators say vacant home blaze was arson

LAWRENCEVILLE — Fire investigators say arson was to blame for a fire at a vacant house.

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Week 10: Honor roll and offensive player of the week

Who: Hebron’s Tyler Matthews