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China mine blast kills 21

BEIJING -- China joined the world in breathless coverage of the Chilean mine rescue, but when a gas blast killed 21 Chinese miners and trapped 16 Saturday, the national TV evening news didn't say a word. Rescuers said they were fighting tons of coal dust to reach the miners, who have been located but whose condition was unknown.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Obama steps into Mass. governor's race to aid ally

BOSTON -- President Barack Obama stepped into the Massachusetts gubernatorial race Saturday to rally for friend and political ally Deval Patrick, who is struggling to overcome the anti-incumbent mood that has swept across the country during this election season.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Attacks hit Kandahar, killing two Afghan civilians

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A series of blasts killed at least two civilians and wounded several others Saturday in Afghanistan's main southern city, the scene of several recent deadly attacks on police.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Neil Patrick Harris, partner welcome twins

LOS ANGELES -- Neil Patrick Harris, star of ''How I Met Your Mother,'' is a father twice over.According to a Twitter message Friday from Harris that was confirmed by his publicist, the actor and his partner, David Burtka, welcomed twins this week.

Barbara Billingsley of 'Leave it to Beaver' dies at age 94

LOS ANGELES -- Barbara Billingsley, who gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in ''Leave it to Beaver,'' died Saturday. She was 94.

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Team of firsts: Collins Hill boys cross country sparked school's title run

A big grin comes over Matthew Johnson's face when he talks about Collins Hill's first state championship team. The Suwanee school was beginning its seventh season of existence in 2000 and was still without a championship. Johnson's boys cross country team changed all that when it won the Class AAAAA crown in November of that year.

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MURPHY: Who wants to be Gwinnett's next commission chairman?

It's too early to make a short list for the March 15 special election that will fill the void left by Charles Bannister's resignation as the Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Still, folks are talking about who can lead Gwinnett out of its malaise.

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'Warriors have scars": Local toddler fights rare form of leukemia

Like many children, Darby Farnsworth began walking shortly after turning 1 year old. Teetering and tottering through those first real steps, she began exploring the world on her own like any other kid.

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Board of Commissioners: Lasseter busy in new role

A week ago, Shirley Lasseter got a hurried text message from the Chamber of Commerce.

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BRACK: BOC in need of some good restructuring

The midterm vacancy for Gwinnett County commission chairman points to the problem: Who wants to run for the position, with the aggravation it brings and the low salary?

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Community turns out for Taste of Suwanee

Several thousand foodies and otherwise interested residents made their way to Town Center Park on a beautiful Saturday, taking part in the annual Taste of Suwanee festivities. Photo slide show inside

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Georgia shuts down Vanderbilt

ATHENS -- It was sloppy at times, especially early, but Georgia easily managed to maintain momentum gained with last week's rout of Tennessee on Saturday. This time, the victim was Tennessee's in-state rival Vanderbilt, and once again, Aaron Murray and the Georgia passing game, plus an aggressive defensive effort, were the main weapons that helped the Bulldogs torpedo the Commodores 43-0 before an announced homecoming crowd of 92,746 at Sanford Stadium.

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UGA NOTES: Instant replay costs Bulldogs two TDs

ATHENS -- Upon further review. Those were three words the Georgia Bulldogs and their fans did not like hearing in the early stages of Saturday's 43-0 victory over Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium. Two apparent touchdowns by the Georgia defense were nullified thanks to video replay during the first quarter.

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PARKER: Getting back to the basics

It is time that someone wrote an article on the fundamentals. A “Get Back to the Basics,” if you will.

TV show aims to encourage reading

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County Public Schools is set to debut a new, locally produced television show that will encourage a love of reading.

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Gladiators pick up first win of season

Looks like the Florida Everblades celebrated their first win too much.

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BRODER: The GOP's thoughtful opposites

While much of Washington was preoccupied Thursday evening by the contrast between the unacceptable and the profoundly uncomfortable — the first televised debate between Majority Leader Harry Reid and his challenger, Sharron Angle — a different scene was unfolding in a hotel ballroom here.

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ROBINSON: Looney, and that's no debate

OK, I want to make sure I understand. Two years ago, with the nation facing a host of complex and difficult problems, voters put a bunch of thoughtful, well-educated people in charge of the government. Now many of those same voters, unhappy and impatient, have decided that things will get better if some crazy, ignorant people are running the show? Seriously?

OUR VIEW: GCPS hopes to show off Broad smiles

Gwinnett County Public Schools could be feeling like a million bucks next week if the school system’s name is called during an announcement for the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education on Tuesday in New York City.

Vance kicks another game-winner for Panthers

ATLANTA — Georgia State’s first-year football program took another step in the maturation process on Saturday.

Road Closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

LOCAL BRIEFS: Work continues on HOT lanes

Work continues on HOT lanes

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MURPHY: Who wants to be Gwinnett's next commission chairman?

It’s too early to make a short list for the March 15 special election that will fill the void left by Charles Bannister’s resignation as the Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Still, folks are talking about who can lead Gwinnett out of its malaise.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Tea Party puts out platform

Wonder what local tea parties stand for?

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O'REILLY: So, Barack, what happened?

Two years ago, Barack Obama was the political equivalent of Elvis Presley — rolling into towns across America, performing before adoring crowds. Like the King, then-Sen. Obama relished the adoration and gave the crowd a great show. I saw it myself in New Hampshire.

Blackmon shinning in Arizona Fall League

Charlie Blackmon was more than just one of the Colorado Rockies’ top prospects when he arrived at the Arizona Fall League.

Burnette helps team to championship

Chase Burnette’s first spring training is still more than four months away, but he’s already familiar with the Cleveland Indians’ facilities in Arizona.

Fiscal year challenge for University System

LAWRENCEVILLE — The upcoming fiscal year will be one of the most challenging the University System of Georgia has ever experienced, Chancellor Erroll Davis told the Daily Post this week.

Reggie Norris

Mr. Reggie Norris, age 76 of Winder, GA passed away October 14, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

James Northcutt

Jim Northcutt, age 73 of Bethlehem, passed away Friday, October 15, 2010. Memorial Services will be held at 3 PM, Sunday, October 17, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church ...

Phouliane Meksvanh

Mr. Phouliane Meksvanh age 73 of Suwanee, GA passed away on Friday, October 15, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Jimmy Brock

Jimmy (Grady) Brock, age 69 of Lawrenceville passed away, Thursday, October 14, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 17, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Richard Breedlove

Richard Edward Breedlove, age 73, of Greensboro, GA died October 15, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Tita Hall

Tita Cayme Hall, age 50, of Lawrenceville, GA died October 5, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Jan Lebovitz

Jan David Lebovitz, age 58, of Lilburn, GA passed away October 13, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

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  • Don Sand

    Don Sand, age 81, of Lilburn, GA died Thursday, October 14, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

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