News for Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Snellville opposes crematory outside city limits

Crematory proposed outside Snellville.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful earns national recognition

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been recognized for the number of plastic bottles recycled during the Great American Cleanup.

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Spat over children may have fueled killing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An newly released incident report sheds more light on the possible motive of a Norcross murder suspect who has been on the lam since last week.. Gwinnett County police believe that Juan Valencia-Doroteo, 37, forced his way into his ex-wife's unit at the Legacy Commons Apartments

Movie filmed at GGC airs Friday

A made-for-TV movie with some scenes filmed on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus will air at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC.

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Sloshed driver nabbed at courthouse

Officials say driver with BAC four times legal limit made ill-advised trip to a Lawrenceville courthouse.

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Mason to be first Peachtree Corners mayor, 20 qualify for six council seats

Mike Mason will be mayor, and 20 people to vie for six council seats in first Peachtree Corners election.

Lilburn councilman: DOJ lawsuit 'without basis'

LILBURN -- What exactly did we do wrong?. A dozen or so officials from the city of Lilburn -- council and mayor, planning and zoning, code enforcement -- participated in federally-mandated training regarding the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) Wednesday night.. The session was a condition

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Sears employee run over in foiled shoplifting plot

Police: Loss-prevention officer run over in foiled shoplifting plot.

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Gwinnett Fire scores rare national accreditation

Gwinnett Fire scores rare national accreditation.

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GMC heart center named after Stricklands, to open in January

Couple has given $3.2 million to GMC Foundation

Quinn House asking for support for Christmas program

Nonprofit taking donations.

Lilburn man killed in head-on crash

Lilburn man killed in morning crash.

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Maxwell High gets visit from superintendent

District officials toured Maxwell High School of Technology on Wednesday.

Suwanee approves police substation contractor

SUWANEE -- Norcross' Hogan Construction Group has been approved as the contractor for Suwanee's new 7,100 foot police substation and training facility at 2996 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on the Suwanee Gateway area.. Work is expected to begin by the end of December or early January. Construction was approved at a

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Eddie Owen opens new live music venue in Duluth

Duluth's Red Clay Theatre opens Dec. 2 under new management -- Eddie Owen of Eddie's Attic.

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GMC heart center named after Stricklands, to open in January

Couple has given $3.2 million to GMC Foundation

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Mason to be first Peachtree Corners mayor, 20 qualify for six council seats

Mike Mason will be mayor, and 20 people to vie for six council seats in first Peachtree Corners election.

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Burned Norcross church to be reborn as senior living facility

Gwinnett firefighters were on the scene of a Norcross church "heavily involved" with flames late Tuesday night.

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Gladiators brings back Bendickson

Gwinnett brings back talented forward

Smith optimistic about Atlanta Hawks' chances

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks were back on the court. One player, at least.. Josh Smith showed up at Philips Arena on Thursday as NBA teams opened up their facilities for voluntary workouts, in preparation for a delayed start to the season.. A tentative agreement between the owners and players

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Atlanta CBs Franks, Owens ready for big challenge

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta needs Dominique Franks and Christopher Owens to step up at cornerback.. Starter Brent Grimes, an alternate Pro Bowl pick in 2010, had minor surgery Thursday on his right knee that will sideline him for two to four weeks. Franks and Owens say not to worry, they're

Wake, Duke, FSU and Stanford play for College Cup

KENNESAW -- There will be more than a little familiarity at the Women's College Cup this weekend and the NCAA's final four Division I women's soccer teams have different feelings about their relationships with one another.. Stanford (23-0-1), which finished the regular season ranked No. 1, is in the national

Torres finishes 2nd at US Winter Nationals

ATLANTA -- Dara Torres climbed to the second step on the podium.. It's been a while.. With her surgically repaired left knee aching a bit, Torres was second in the 50-meter freestyle Thursday night at the U.S. Winter Nationals, her highest finish since the Beijing Olympics.. "I'll take that

WRESTLING NOTES: Mountain View Duals features special mat

The Mountain View Duals will feature a mat in Walt Hennebaul's honor.

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ROBINSON: The two faces of China

BEIJING — Don't hold your breath waiting for any kind of Occupy Beijing movement to set up camp.

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MCCULLOUGH: Second phone no smarter than the first, and neither am I

I have a new smart phone, but I don't know how smart it actually is.

NY man 'under spell' arrested in Italian college student's death

NEW YORK -- A man claiming to be under an evil spell went to the home of an acquaintance, a college student from Italy, and stabbed and choked her to death, then made a cryptic 911 call to authorities about the body, police said Thursday.. Bakary Camara, 41, was arrested

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Biden: Troops brought Iraq war to end

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq -- As Iraqi flags were raised in what was once a giant U.S. military base, Joe Biden joined Iraqi officials in honoring forces who the vice president said made it possible to "end this war."

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Woman charged with stalking after pair of bar fights

Charges stem from separate incidents at Buford bars

Buford faces challenge of beating Carver again

Buford travels to Columbus to play Carver in the Class AA state semifinals.

Grayson in position to 'Finish The Mission'

Grayson hosts Colquitt County in the Class AAAAA state semifinals tonight.

Berkmar, Shiloh boys start 8-AAAAA slate with a bang

When this season's Region 8-AAAAA basketball schedules were drawn up during the offseason, tonight's boys region opener between Berkmar and Shiloh didn't seem particularly noteworthy.. However, with the No. 8 state-ranked and defending champion Patriots returning several key pieces of last year's region championship team and both teams

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Getting to Know ... Jackie Lindquist

Jackie Lindquist is the head girls basketball coach at the third-year school Mountain View. The former Berkmar head coach and Central Gwinnett assistant moved to Georgia from New Jersey to play basketball at Tift and Mercer and began coaching immediately after graduation. In this installment of "Getting to Know..." Lindquist talks with staff writer Ben Beitzel about building a program from scratch, taking a decade between head coaching jobs, the Atlanta Dream and one of her favorite years. Hint: 2009.

Carver has grown up since last meeting with Buford

Carver is playing the underdog role in its semifinal game against Buford.

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New Dawn Theater presents 'Dad's Christmas Miracle'

Duluth's New Dawn Theater performs its holiday play, "Dad's Christmas Miracle" for the first three weekends in December.

Film Fans captivated by Scorsese's 'Hugo'

Local Film Fans review Martin Scorsese's new movie, "Hugo" in time for the holidays.

Movie trivia contest 12/2

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett ballerina Cassie Trenary invited to join American Ballet Theatre Company

Gwinnett dancer, Cassie Trenary has been accepted into American Ballett Theatre's corp de ballet.

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THE DISH: Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli

GDP takes a look at Suwanee's Touch of Europe Polish Store and Deli.

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37 Main. 37 E. Main St., Buford. 678-288-2030. www.37main.com-- Today: Reality Check. -- Saturday: Slippery When Wet. -- Wednesday: Nelson. -- Dec. 9: Aclarion40 Watt Club. 285 W. Washington St., Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com-- Tuesday: Futurebirds and Patterson Hood. -- Dec. 14: Woods. -- Dec. 31: The WhigsArena at

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Duluth lights its Christmas tree on Dec. 3

Duluth lights its Christmas tree on Dec. 3.

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Gwinnett County's cities are celebrating Christmas on Dec. 3

Loganville, Sugar Hill, Buford and Lilburn are all celebrating Christmas on Dec. 3.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Revenge of the Electric Car'

Michael Clark reviews director Gary Paine's second film "Revenge of the Electric Car."

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Another Earth'

Michael Clark looks at "Another Earth's" Blu-ray and DVD for this week's disc spotlight.

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Eddie Owen opens new live music venue in Duluth

Duluth's Red Clay Theatre opens Dec. 2 under new management -- Eddie Owen of Eddie's Attic.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful earns national recognition

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been recognized for the number of plastic bottles recycled during the Great American Cleanup.

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Spat over children may have fueled killing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An newly released incident report sheds more light on the possible motive of a Norcross murder suspect who has been on the lam since last week.. Gwinnett County police believe that Juan Valencia-Doroteo, 37, forced his way into his ex-wife's unit at the Legacy Commons Apartments

Movie filmed at GGC airs Friday

A made-for-TV movie with some scenes filmed on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus will air at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC.

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HUCKABY: Mistletoe and magnolia: Hallmarks of a Southern Christmas

Just what makes an ideal Southern Christmas?

Snellville opposes crematory outside city limits

Crematory proposed outside Snellville.

Ex-school administrator sentenced in shooting dies

A former Fulton County middle school assistant principal who was convicted of shooting his estranged wife six times has died while serving his prison sentence.

Report: Georgia among leaders in student data systems

Georgia is being hailed as a national leader in collecting long-term student achievement data and making them accessible to schools and parents.

Morrow police chief put on unpaid leave

Morrow's city manager has put Police Chief Jeff Baker on leave without pay after the chief missed a scheduled meeting.

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Sloshed driver nabbed at courthouse

Officials say driver with BAC four times legal limit made ill-advised trip to a Lawrenceville courthouse.

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Meeting with wife may be key to future of Cain bid

He's still plotting an aggressive campaign schedule across several states, but Herman Cain also has begun to outline a possible exit strategy from the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Savannah businessman can keep advertising gas discounts

A judge's order will allow a Savannah businessman to continue advertising discounted gas prices on signs outside his service stations while he fights the state's efforts to restrict the practice.

FDR State Park to be closed for deer hunt

Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park will be closed to all but hunters on Tuesday and Wednesday as the state conducts a managed deer hunt.

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Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful earns national recognition

DULUTH -- A local non-profit organization recently received national attention for its efforts in encouraging recycling during the nation's largest community improvement program.

NY man 'under spell' arrested in Italian college student's death

NEW YORK -- A man claiming to be under an evil spell went to the home of an acquaintance, a college student from Italy, and stabbed and choked her to death, then made a cryptic 911 call to authorities about the body, police said Thursday.

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Gwinnett County's cities are celebrating Christmas on Dec. 3

December has finally arrived and several cities are eager to celebrate the holidays with parades, festivals and Santa Claus on Saturday.

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GMC heart center named after Stricklands, to open in January

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center's Heart and Vascular Center -- the much-awaited home of open heart in the county -- hasn't even opened yet, but it's already getting a new name.

Ted Johnson

Ted Johnson, age 50 of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011. A Memorial Service will be held 3 PM Friday, December 2, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Stateroom of Tim ...

Robert Unum

Robert Franklin Unum passed away on November 28th, 2011 in Monroe, Georgia. He is survived by his brother Jack (Mary) of Lima, Ohio, son Michael (Nancy) and grandsons Jesse and ...

Marsha Krieger

Marsha A. Krieger, age 73, of Lawrenceville, GA died November 28, 2011. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Huston Platt

Huston D. Platt, Sr., age 79, of Buford, GA, passed away November 30, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

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Rayford King

Mr. Rayford E. King, Ret. Air Force, age 83, of Winder, GA passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. He was preceded in death by his son, Ray H. King ...

Ray Hill

Mr. Ray Hill, age 62, of Commerce, GA passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Martha Hill; and brothers, Jack ...

Grayson in position to 'Finish The Mission'

When Mickey Conn first heard the slogan created by his seniors, he wasn't sure if he liked it.

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Lilburn councilman: DOJ lawsuit 'without basis'

LILBURN -- What exactly did we do wrong?