News for Friday, October 22, 2010


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A fresh start: Gladiator fans come out for home opener

DULUTH -- The Arena at Gwinnett Center erupted midway through the first period of play Friday night as right winger Derek Nesbitt scored the inaugural goal of the Gwinnett Gladiators' home campaign.

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BOC RACES: A lot of power up for grabs

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's commission races got even more interesting this month, since the two new members elected Nov. 2 will have half the power of the board, at least until March when a new chairman is elected.

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Local stars dance to fight cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Clyde Strickland's wife, Sandra, was diagnosed with cancer at 28. His brother died at 71, his father-in-law at 52 and his mother-in-law at 67, all after battling the disease.

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Tucker teen suspected in 5 bank heists

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police believe a Tucker teenager arrested this week could have played a role in five bank robberies across Gwinnett, Fulton and Forsyth counties.

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Leaks: No probe of many abuses

LONDON -- U.S. forces often failed to follow up on credible evidence that Iraqi forces mistreated, tortured and killed their captives as they battled a violent insurgency, according to accounts contained in what was purportedly the largest leak of secret information in U.S. history.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Police: 2 killed at Ohio plant, suspect arrested

CLEVELAND -- A gunman shot a woman dead in her sport-utility vehicle in the parking lot of an Ohio manufacturing plant Friday, then went inside and killed a man before being hit with a stun gun and apprehended a few blocks away, police said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Grounded UK nuclear sub freed off coast

LONDON -- Britain's newest nuclear-powered submarine ran aground off the coast of Scotland on Friday, but officials said the incident was not serious and no one was injured.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Oprah lands Bush, Jackson's parents for Nov. sweeps

CHICAGO -- Former President George W. Bush and Michael Jackson's parents are among the big names ''The Oprah Winfrey Show'' has booked for the November ratings sweeps.

Branson dedicates spaceport runway in New Mexico desert

UPHAM, N.M. -- Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and prospective astronauts gathered in the southern New Mexico desert Friday to celebrate the completion of the runway at the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

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Strong ties: Gwinnett builds soccer pipeline to South Carolina

A large senior class graduated off last year's South Carolina women's soccer team, leaving plenty of question marks going into this season.The 18th-ranked Gamecocks have answered all of them, relying heavily on Gwinnett products Maria Petroni, Christine Watts and Danielle Au to build their SEC-best 7-1-1 record entering Sunday's nationally televised match vs. LSU. All three locals have started every game for South Carolina (13-2-3), which plays Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

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Former UGA quarterback Quincy Carter arrested in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former University of Georgia and NFL quarterback Quincy Carter was arrested again last week -- this time in Gwinnett County, on a battery warrant from earlier this month.

IN BRIEF: Fire damages old Buford home

Fire damages old Buford home

UGA request puts Regents in political bind

The State Board of Regents voted recently to tighten their policies governing illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities and they did it with little discussion.

Hamilton Mill library gets green award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County Public Library’s Hamilton Mill Branch has received another award for being green.

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HUCKABY: Be wary of Thought Police

The public should beware the Thought Police are out in full force. If you don’t believe me, just ask Juan Williams.

Falcons player starting Lawrenceville youth club

LAWRENCEVILLE — An Atlanta Falcons player is launching a youth club in Lawrenceville that will focus on environmental education.

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Fire damages old Buford home

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Nesbitt has hat trick in Gladiators' rout of S.C.

DULUTH — Aaron Bendickson and Derek Nesbitt put on a show and a crowded Arena at Gwinnett Center was plenty appreciative.

Lilburn man to stand trial for possessing pictures of girl, 14

LAWRENCEVILLE — The trial of a Lilburn man accused of sending and receiving sexually charged text messages with a 14-year-old girl is scheduled to begin Monday.

LETTERS: Haunted house disparaging to the mentally ill

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Gwinnett is aware of the Halloween haunted house, Terror in the Square, in Lawrenceville. NAMI Gwinnett members are offended and appalled at the concept of this form of “entertainment” and its advertisement.

LETTERS: NPR would rather journalists lie

National Public Radio fired their senior news analyst, Juan Williams, because he said, “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

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Gwinnett students' AP participation up, performance down

SUWANEE — Gwinnett County Public Schools has been successful in increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement course work and exams. Now, district officials said, the focus needs to shift to improving student performance on the tests.

Doris Springer

Doris Loretta Springer age 69 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Bertha Miller

Bertha Adell Clark Crow Miller, age 89, of Monroe, GA, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2010. She is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Shirley and Charles ...

Thomas Schmittinger

Thomas L. Schmittinger, 76, of Lawrenceville, GA., died Thursday October 21, 2010. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funereal Home and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726.

Richard Anderson

Richard Lee Anderson, age 51, of Bethlehem, GA passed away Oct. 20, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

David Flowers

David Flowers, age 49, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Mary Ann Anderson

Mary Anderson, age 80 of Lilburn , passed away Wednesday, October 20,2010. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday, October 23 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

Anne Michel

Anne Margaret Michel, age 93 of Dacula, GA passed away October 20, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Lawrenceville Chapel, 7709-963-2411