News for Saturday, September 4, 2010


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Earl hits land without fanfare

YARMOUTH, Mass. -- Earl's worst damage in New England was to seasonal businesses hoping to end their summer on a high note.

Jurrjens helps Braves blank Marlins

Jair Jurrjens pitched seven innings and earned his first victory in 10 road starts this season when the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 2-0 on Saturday night.

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McMurray wins with hard work

It was a long time coming. Jamie McMurray returned to victory lane Saturday night for the first time in a Nationwide car since winning Darlington in 2004. And he had to work for it.

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Murray, UGA offense pass test with flying colors

Yes, it's only one game, and it was only against Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Lafayette. However, the two biggest areas of concern for the Georgia Bulldogs heading into the 2010 season couldn't have passed their first tests any better.

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Tech, Nesbitt get off to fast start

Georgia Tech almost stumbled against out-manned and unheralded Gardner-Webb in 2008, being forced to hang on for a 10-7 victory that left no one satisfied. But that was Paul Johnson's first year as Yellow Jackets coach, and his program is fully established now. Gone are near slipups against lesser opponents.

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Jacobs has diamond focus

Brandon Jacobs' season ends today, but the former Parkview two-sport star won't get much of a break. After a couple of weeks at home, it will be right back to baseball. "It's almost 24/7 year-round right now," he said.

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WORLD IN BRIEF: Shoes, eggs hurled at ex-Brit PM Blair in Dublin

DUBLIN -- Protesters hurled shoes and eggs Saturday at Tony Blair, who held the first public signing of his memoir amid high security in Ireland's capital. Hundreds more people lined up to have their books autographed -- evidence that the divisions left by Blair's decade as British leader have yet to heal.

GEORGIA TECH NOTES: Frosh get nod in opener

Although he was listed first in the depth chart, freshman Isaiah Johnson didn't get the start at safety in his first game for Georgia Tech.

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GEORGIA NOTES: Green held out of game

The continuing saga involving the NCAA's investigation of several of the nation's top players' possible involvement with agents took another turn Saturday with A.J. Green being held out of Georgia's opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Falcons keeping Palmer

Michael Palmer wasn't drafted and maybe that wasn't a bad thing at all. He got his choice of NFL teams as a free agent and he definitely picked the right one.

NATION IN BRIEF: Crews lifting key device from Gulf face delay

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO -- Icelike crystals had formed Saturday on the 300-ton blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, forcing BP crews to wait before they could safely hoist the device to the surface.

Kanye still hurting over Swift debacle

NEW YORK -- Hip-hop star Kanye West is still feeling the pain over his trophy grab from Taylor Swift last year -- and he's expressing his pain all over Twitter.

Hamlin on pole for Sprint race

Denny Hamlin seemed as surprised as anyone when he knocked perennial front-spot sitter Ryan Newman off the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.

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Group spreads word on expansion

Several Gwinnett County residents opposed to the expansion of Briscoe Field visited downtown Lawrenceville on Saturday to raise awareness about and money for their cause.

Car plows through restaurant

A restaurant patron suffered a minor injury Saturday after a vehicle struck a plate glass window at the establishment at 7075 Jimmy Carter Blvd., officials said.

'Alive' survivors to Chilean miners' families: Stay strong

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile -- Former rugby players from Uruguay who survived more than two months of isolation in the snow-covered Andes met Saturday with some of the relatives of 33 trapped miners and urged them to stay strong.

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Local leaders remain frustrated, but Gwinnett Place Mall officials are counting on a ... different strategy

DULUTH -- Inside, the floors still gleam, but many of the storefronts have darkened. Outside, the recently pressure-washed stone walls aren't enough to stop perceptions of neglect and crime.

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'Mr. 500' to open today's NASCAR race

Terry Green has never been to an auto race, but he's checking that item off in grand style. The retired public health and environmental worker was chosen to be the grand marshal for the Emory Healthcare 500 today at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

City council to consider Lilburn sports complex

Leaders in Lilburn are hoping a proposed sports complex will bring economic development to the city. On Sept. 13, the City Council will consider a franchise agreement with Big League Dreams, a California-based company that operates tournament-level facilities in four states.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Lawrenceville mayor, council races set

Lawrenceville is promising another interesting election year.

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McNEIL: Commissioners not listening on airport

Gwinnett commissioners have lost the trust of their constituents. When they took office, they pledged to uphold the Code of Ethics for Gwinnett, which states: "to give to the performance of his/her duties his/her earnest effort and best thought, to seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished, make no private promises of any kind upon the duties of office, and uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust."

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BRODER: No ambivalence in the Pennsylvania race for Senate

PHILADELPHIA — For decades, Pennsylvania has perfected a unique politics of ambivalence in its Senate races, sending to Washington nonconformists who do not fit comfortably into their parties’ norms but reflect accurately the subtle variations within their constituencies.

Knights get to G-Braves early, cruise

Charlotte beat the Gwinnett Braves for the first time in five tries, winning 9-2 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.

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ROBINSON: Voters prepare to throw a big temper tantrum

According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an “electoral wave,” it’s a temper tantrum.

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BISHER: Perfect start for GSU, Curry adds intrigue to 'Bama matchup

The Georgia State Panthers threw a football party for a few friends Thursday night and 30,237 showed up. And most were still there at the end, by which time GSU was still undefeated, and its loyal patrons had even broken out into a wave. You know, the real thing, a rolling wave of Blue, the dominant GSU color.

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O'REILLY: Drug cartels in Mexico kill by thousands

One of the most underreported ongoing stories around is the war in Mexico between the government and the drug cartels. Here are the grisly stats: More than 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 1996. In Iraq, 4,421 Americans have been killed. In Afghanistan, 1,141.

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William Grap

BILL" Mr. William "Bill" Grap, age 84, of Auburn, GA passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-five years, Janine ...

Teresa Cogswell

Teresa Cogswell, of Lawrenceville, GA, age 85, passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2010. She is preceded in death by; husband, David Gage Cogswell, parents, Thomas Edward & Evelyn C ...

Allen Matheny

Mr. Allen L. Matheny, age 92, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Marilyn Duke

Marilyn Inez Waters Duke, age 87, of Loganville, GA formerly of Stone Mountain died Thursday, September 2, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Mattie Lou ...

Maria Fuerte

Maria A. Fuerte, age 63 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away September 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,

Kathryn Mickan

Kathryn Mickan, age 99 of Cumming, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Lillian Page

Lillian Geneva Page, age 95 of Lilburn, GA passed away September 2, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Cleveland Page, Jr., daughter, Sandra Brown, sister and ...

Ray Brand, Sr.

Mr. Ray Brand, Sr., age 75, of Hoschton, Georgia died September 2, 2010.A native of Atlanta, he was preceded in death by his father, Wilburn N. Brand. Mr. Brand ...

James Riley

James A. Riley, age 72 of Marietta, Georgia passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Stella Dellano

Stella Dellano, age 99 of Cumming, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Elaine Minor

Elaine Minor, 51, of Snellville, GA, passed away on September 2, 2010, after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her father, Horace Minor; sister, Jerry ...

Judith Hodgson

Judith Hodgson, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA died September 1, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Howard Rogers

Mr. Howard L. Rogers, age 86, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary Metcalf Rogers, Lawrenceville ...

Thomas Jacob

Thomas Jacob, age 42 of Cumming, Georgia passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Charles Harper, Sr.

CHARLES Mr. Charles W. Harper, Sr., age 78, of Anderson, SC and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2010. He was preceded in death by his ...

Billy Clay

Billy Clay, age 29, of Winder, GA, died September 1, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544