News for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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THE DISH: Maracas Cantina

Maracas Cantina offers an intimate dining area with upbeat Latin American music and incandescent lighting. The restaurant provides an upscale setting of both high-top and regular tables decorated with white tablecloths, black cloth napkins and candles.

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Massive storm rips nation

VALE, N.C. -- Yolanda Corona prayed she wouldn't die.

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Hawks open season with win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Joe Johnson scored 22 points and Zaza Pachulia provided a spark off the bench with 17 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 119-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night in both teams' season openers.

WORLD: Karzai pushes back deadline on guns-for-hire

KABUL -- President Hamid Karzai agreed Wednesday to push back his deadline for kicking private security guards out of Afghanistan, a concession the U.S. and other countries considered essential to prevent billions of dollars worth of development and reconstruction projects from shutting down.

PEOPLE: Urgent plea for testing items from Jackson

LOS ANGELES -- Arguing that evidence is deteriorating, defense lawyers for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death are seeking urgent testing of two syringes and an IV bag found in the singer's mansion after his death.

Maine diver videos underwater encounter with shark

PORTLAND, Maine -- A scuba diver who came face-to-teeth with a shark used a camera to fend off the animal when it came at him with its teeth bared -- and he has the frightening video to prove it.

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Candidates focusing on jobs, education

Georgia State Senate Districts 5, 9, 40 and 41 account for a sizable chunk of Gwinnett County, and encompass areas from Tucker, to Grayson, to Norcross.

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BOE OKs new Alford principal

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sebastian "Shon" Davis is preparing to take on his new role of principal of Alford Elementary School.

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HAMMOCK: Game 9 fun may top season finales

Remember when Brookwood and Parkview played a few years in a row in the season finale? Or when North Gwinnett-Norcross or North Gwinnett-Peachtree Ridge in Game 10 decided the region title?

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THOMAS: Could what if be what now for Democrats?

The great ‘‘what-if’’ looks like it is about to happen. With all of the media attention focused on Tuesday’s midterm election, Republicans are faced with a greater task than winning a majority in the House of Representatives or getting at least close enough to a majority that they will be able to halt or slow the Obama agenda.

Gwinnett Gab: Schools to participate in Meadowcreek homecoming parade

Schools to participate in Meadowcreek homecoming parade

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Teacher of the Year Finalist Trevino: 'This is home'

GRAYSON — Debbie Trevino knows her job as a teacher doesn’t just stop with the kids in her classroom at Bay Creek Middle School.

Barrow approves agreement for use of SPLOST funds

WINDER — The Barrow County Commission at its semi-monthly meeting Tuesday voted to allow Chairman Danny Yearwood to execute an intergovernmental agreement with the county’s six municipalities to determine use of a projected $60 million in a continued special purpose local option sales tax beginning 20 months from now.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two Gwinnett residents vie for write-in votes

Two Gwinnett County residents are asking voters to write them in on the ballot for Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor.

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PARKER: High-tech lynching, redux

NEW YORK — In 1991, the world divided itself in two camps: those who believed Anita Hill and those who didn’t. I fell somewhere in the middle: She may have told the truth, but so what?

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Roster shuffles as Gladiators hit road

Even before the season opener, Jeff Pyle wasn’t nervous.

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FULLY ENGAGED: Broncos' Lynch finds focus in football's challenges

SNELLVILLE — This conversation has grown tiresome, at least for Cameron Lynch.

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DALY: Fall leaf colors: One of nature's greatest shows

The brilliant leaf colors of the fall are one of nature’s most fascinating shows. The mountains of North Georgia and other states are popular destinations for observing spectacular displays of color. However, one does not need to go far since the trees in our area can be just as beautiful.

LETTER: Johnson more responsive to county needs

In Tuesday’s article profiling the 4th District congressional race, Liz Carter alleged that Rep. Hank Johnson has been unresponsive and unwilling to meet with Gwinnett County’s Community Improvement Districts.

Eagles bring experience to state tourney

From a program perspective, none of the six remaining teams representing Gwinnett County are strangers to the state softball tournament.

NATION: Virginia man charged in plot against subway

Virginia man charged in plot against subway

Kathleen Massey Smith

Kathleen Massey Smith, age 86 of Loganville, passed away Monday, October 25, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, October 28, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Violet Fidanza

Violet Fidanza, age 88 of Lilburn, GA passed away October 26, 2010. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Dena Fidanza, Jim and Rhonda Fidanza ...

Daniel Sevier

Daniel Edward Sevier, age 58 of Waleska, GA, being of Baptist faith, went home to our Lord on October 25, 2010. Daniel worked as a mechanic for the City of ...

Martin Scharle

Mr. Martin Scharle age 15 of Buford, GA passed away on October 26, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Federico Aldarondo

Federico Aldarondo, age 75, of Lilburn, Ga., died Tuesday, October 26, 2010. His funeral will be Thursday, October 28, 2010, at 11 am in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn ...

Roger Lohsen

Roger George Lohsen, age 84 of Norcross, died October 26, 2010. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Leroy May, Iii

LeRoy May III, 51, passed away on Monday, October 25, in Social Circle, GA. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, from 5-9 pm at Eternal Hills Funeral Home ...

Kathy Sue New

Kathy Sue New age 51 of Duluth passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010. Memorial Services will be held 3 PM, Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church ...

Peggy Pirkle

Peggy Ann Pirkle, age 53 of Gainesville, Ga passed away October 25, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

L.l. Kitchens

Rev. L. L. (Preacher) Kitchens, age 86, of Loganville, GA, died October 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Don Hight

Dr. Don Hight, age 75, of Winder, GA passed away Oct. 26, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Sandra Shuler

Sandra Sanchez Shuler, age 62, of Winder, GA passed away Oct. 25, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Hoyt C. Parham

Hoyt C. Parham, age 73 of Snellville passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, October 28, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Marty Clark

Marty N. Clark, age 44, of Gainesville, GA passed away October 26, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Thomas Morgan

Dr. Thomas E. "Tod" Morgan age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Sunday, October 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Bruce Edwards

Bruce G. Edwards, age 85, of Dacula, GA passed away October 26, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

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