News for Wednesday, September 15, 2010


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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Campaign launched for trauma fee

A new campaign has kicked off, but not for a local candidate.The Yes 2 Save Lives Campaign launched this week to urge voters to say yes on a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot.

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Opening day: Ferris wheel, funnel cakes back at fairgrounds

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A section of bright yellow track hung suspended from cables attached to a crane high above the fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon as workers pieced together the colorful Crazy Mouse roller coaster.
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New details emerge in kidnap case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Charges against the Hall County man accused of kidnapping 10-year-old Mario Taddeo were bound over to Gwinnett County Superior Court on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Department Family and Children Services has deprived Taddeo's mother of all three of her children, officials said.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Mideast talks end amid fresh violence

A mortar attack by Palestinian militants and airstrikes by Israel formed the grim backdrop as Mideast leaders ended their latest round of peace talks Wednesday, still divided on major issues. There was no word on when they would meet again.

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Dacula student surprised with scholarship

DACULA -- Dacula High School senior Chloe Stegeman is known for her fun greetings on the school's morning announcements, such as, "Have a wonderful, wacky Wednesday."But Stegeman, the student body president, wasn't prepared for the spectacular surprise she received during her Advanced Placement English literature class Wednesday morning.

Inmate suing sheriff wants trial moved

The Rockdale County Jail inmate who filed a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Jeff Wigington has asked that his trial on charges for which he was originally jailed be moved to another location, citing concerns of having an impartial jury in Rockdale County.

Nathan Deal faces big debt

ATLANTA -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal said Wednesday that he faces financial troubles after backing a failed venture by one of his daughters and her husband, but he insisted he won't file for bankruptcy to help repay the debts.

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Karl hits Mexico's Yucatan

A strong Tropical Storm Karl made landfall on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, hitting a sparsely populated stretch of Caribbean coast, while two powerful hurricanes roared further out in the Atlantic.

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McGowan a playmaker on defense for Bulldogs

After the first three games of the season, North Gwinnett's Brandon McGowan has shown the ability to play at the big-time college level. He hasn't picked up an official offer from a BCS program yet, but has caught the attention of some SEC schools.

NATION IN BRIEF: Arlington opens graves, finds 3 misplaced bodies

Three people were buried in the wrong graves at Arlington National Cemetery, the Army said Wednesday as it followed up an investigation into bookkeeping problems and burial mix-ups at one of the nation's most hallowed sites.

HAMMOCK: Dacula football survives, thrives despite shrinking student body

It's amazing what Dacula's football program accomplishes year in and year out. The Falcons withstood three rounds of knockout punches in a five-year period, first losing roughly 1,200 students to Mill Creek when it opened and then losing more to Archer and Mountain View.

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Brookwood principal chosen as Outstanding Educator of the Year

SNELLVILLE -- Two Georgia professional educator groups have selected a veteran administrator in Gwinnett County Public Schools as the Outstanding Educator of the Year.

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Fair brings thrills and excitement back to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's that time of year again, when the Gwinnett fairgrounds come alive with the thrill of rides, the anticipation of playing games of chance, the aroma of fabulous foods and the excitement that goes along with the annual county fair.

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ART BEAT: Suwanee Day marks 26 years of showcasing local artists

The first Suwanee Day was held in 1984 and consisted of 75 participants. Twenty-six years later, Suwanee Day is one of the biggest festivals in the area, anticipating a crowd of 40,000 for the event Saturday.

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THE DISH: Gold Medal Diner

The glow of colorful neon lights gives Gold Medal Diner what Peter Costapoulos said is n more traditional diner atmosphere one might find in New York establishments.

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Beatles tribute band to play at Fox Theatre

The acclaimed concert experience features members of RAIN performing live as the Beatles. Bithorn takes the stage as lead guitarist George Harrison, impersonating Harrison from his look and accent down to his vocals.

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One-man Aurora show dives into childhood memories

The Aurora Theatre's current stage production features a single cast member. It's a one-man show that puts actor Daniel May at the center of a story that comically explores the complex relationship between a man and his father.

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One of the most intelligent and gruesome crime thrillers ever made, director David Fincher's "Se7en" is also a movie that just gets richer with each subsequent viewing.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sex (or lack thereof) sells in teen movie 'Easy A'

A more-than-worthy companion piece to "Clueless" or "Mean Girls," "Easy A" is a teen sex comedy where no teen actually has sex but they all talk about it incessantly. The tagline is perfect: "Let's not and say we did." As with "Clueless," it's also a morality play based loosely on a literary classic and might actually be too smart (and far too tame) for most of its target audience.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Affleck continues directing success with 'The Town'

For the longest time, Ben Affleck was known primarily as a steady, reliable supplier of fodder for the tabloids and garbage-strewn entertainment TV news shows. Even though he'd won an Oscar in 1998 for co-writing (with pal Matt Damon) "Good Will Hunting," Affleck's turbulent personal life and uncanny ability to pick bad material made him an industry joke and talking head punching bag.

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THOMAS: America, follow the lead of Cuba

In arguing against extending the Bush-era tax cuts for ‘‘the wealthy,’’ President Barack Obama claims the government can’t afford to ‘‘borrow’’ the estimated $700 billion he says it will ‘‘cost government.’’ What about the cost of tax increases for those earning the money? It’s funny how the president doesn’t mind borrowing money that has put us on a trajectory for a national debt exceeding $13 trillion.

Suspected member of gang arrested

DULUTH — A believed gang member was arrested Tuesday after police said he fired several rifle rounds into a Duluth home, the bullets stopping just short of a child’s bedroom.

Former captain returns to Glads

Former captain Paul Flache is returning to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Police seek robbers who bound worker

DULUTH — Police on Wednesday released telling surveillance images of two robbers who bound a video-game store employee with duct tape while pillaging the store last month. Investigators seek public assistance in finding the duo.

LETTERS: Forget past and enjoy a G-Braves game at Coolray

I read, with interest, an article in the Gwinnett Daily Post about attendance falling in the Gwinnett Braves second year.

Police: Auto business burglars caught in act

DULUTH — Police caught two teenage burglars red-handed after they targeted automotive businesses near Gwinnett Place Mall before dawn Tuesday, officials said.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Julie McKinnon of Lawrenceville.

Note-passing bank robber sought

LILBURN — Lilburn police seek public assistance in catching a note-passing robber who targeted an RBC Centura Bank in Lilburn on Tuesday.

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Community showcase set for Saturday

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Georgia State faces big test with No. 4 JSU

ATLANTA — Just like it didn’t have much time to come back down to Earth from the high of the first win in school history, Georgia State’s football team has little time to rebound from the first loss — Saturday’s 23-14 setback to NAIA Lambuth.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: NBC's Edwin Newman dies

NBC’s Edwin Newman dies

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PARKER: Crackpot theories show no sign of ending soon

Of course I knew it all along. President Barack Obama is a Kenyan anti-colonialist and that’s why he doesn’t get us. He’s a ticked-off African.

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Wilbanks: GCPS will be state leader

DULUTH — Gwinnett County Public Schools will be a leader for the state as it works to implement Georgia’s Race to the Top plan, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said Wednesday.

Film Fans: If you like the series, you'll enjoy 'Afterlife'

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PREP ROUNDUP: Norcross gets first win of year

SNELLVILLE — Norcross won its first game of the season by beating St. Pius 4-0 Wednesday in the South Gwinnett pool of the Brookwood Invitational.

Frances Wozniak

Frances Wozniak, age 91 of Lilburn, GA passed away September 13, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Barbara Eaton

Mrs. Barbara Lee Eaton, age 73 of Winder, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late George T. and ...

Judy Strong

Judy Elizabeth Strong, 60, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010, in Snellville. She was born on June 5, 1950 in Atlanta to William and Mattie Cruse. Judy worked for ...

Rusty Shelton

Rusty Shelton, age 52, of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, September 13, 2010. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Shelton, and brother, John Shelton. He is survived by ...

Sharon Wiley

Sharon Pitts Wiley, age 58, of Buford, GA., died September 13, 2010. The funeral service will be held, Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel ...

Youem Long

Mr. Youem Long, age 92 of Jefferson, GA who passed away on September 12, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Lucile Jackson

Mrs. Lucile "Gracie" Jackson, age 101 of Jefferson, GA who passed away on September 14, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

John Rowley

John E. Rowley age 67 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Charles Foster, Jr.

Charles "Chuck" Frederick Foster, Jr., 54, of Mansfield, GA passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. He was preceded in death by his ...

Robert Watson

Mr. Robert Watson, age 69 of Jefferson, GA who passed away on September 13, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Daryl Hood

Daryl Riley Hood, age 69 of Buford, GA died Saturday, September 11, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Robert Stanifer

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Joe Stanifer, age 73, of Jefferson, who passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Mr. Stanifer was born on January 30 ...