News for Friday, December 16, 2011


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Matt Ryan, Falcons feeling confident after another win

Atlanta inching closer to playoff berth after clinching another winning season

Americans set world record in first event of Duel in the Pool

The United States set a short-course world record Friday night in the women's 400-meter medley relay, the very first event of Duel in the Pool against the European All-Stars

PREP ROUNDUP: Meadowcreek boys sink Berkmar 43-41

Results from Friday's prep sports action

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Norcross boys hoops defense stifles Peachtree Ridge

Norcross boys beat Peachtree Ridge 62-50 on Friday.

Clackson scores game-winner for Gladiators

Gwinnett Gladiators beat South Carolina 2-1 on Friday

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Snellville nonprofit opens shop for needy parents to buy toys

Nonprofit gives needy families a place to shop for children

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Richt expects Georgia RB Samuel to play in Outback Bowl

Powerful back could give boost against No. 12 Michigan State

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YARBROUGH: From bionic hips to Nathan Deal's slips, it was an interesting year

In appreciation for your loyalty and support this past year, I had planned to thank you by sending each of you your own personalized Dick Yarbrough Christmas card -- suitable for framing -- that you could proudly show your envious friends. The cards might even become a collector's item some

LETTERS: Gingrich's immigration ideas bring questions

Proposal is just another form of amnesty.

After stabbing, moratorium placed on personal care homes

Snellville police arrest personal care resident after stabbing.

Nearly 160 GGC students attend commencement

Nearly 160 students of Georgia Gwinnett College gathered Friday during the institution's commencement ceremony.

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Local Buford woman teaches pre-schoolers the joy of giving

Shan Hicks of Buford donates hair to Locks for Love while teaching children the joy of giving.

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Cisco helps battle world hunger

Cisco's annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign finished strong last week, a fundraising effort that aims to bring awareness to world hunger.

Report: Felony charges for Norcross student caught with knife

Student arrested on felony charges for knife in pocket.

Gang arrest tally nears 50

Gang sweep arrest tally nears 50, conference expected Monday.

Pedestrian killed in Norcross wreck

Pedstrian second in Gwinnett killed in two days

Buford honors outgoing board member

Officials with Buford City Schools honored longtime board member Leon Johnson for his service during Friday's regular meeting.

MCLEOD: How to enjoy business travel

Though you'd rather be home, here are six tips to making life on the road bearable.

RICH: Babysitting is not for me

If I'm watching the kids, you know it was the parents' last resort.

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Dacula's Armah raises stock with versatility

Dacula's Alex Armah's versatility has made him atttractive to college recruiters.

Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game celebrates fifth year

Annual showcase game Saturday at Mountain View

Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game rosters

A look at the final rosters for Saturday's Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game

Mountain View wins county youth wrestling title

Bears produce 12 individual county champs

McCann's Windward Baseball Academy announces camps, clinics

Local baseball facility announces upcoming events

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GWINNETT GRADS: Nimley starring right away at the next level

Collins Hill grad is one of numerous freshmen standing out in college basketball

GCPS associate superintendent retires

A 16-year veteran of the Gwinnett County Public School System has announced his retirement.

Lawrenceville church provides Christmas groceries to families of unemployed

Church offers meals to 6,000 unemployed families.

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Judge gives Bonds house arrest, then delays it

Barry Bonds will remain free while he appeals his conviction for giving misleading testimony before a grand jury.

Ga. not a winner in education grant competition

Georgia is not among the winners of the U.S. Department of Education's grant competition for early learning programs, federal officials announced Friday.

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Penn St. coach: I saw molestation and reported it

A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that he believes he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy on campus and that he fully conveyed what he had seen to two Penn State administrators.

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Police: Fatal stabbing suspect may have fled country, another arrested

Police believe fourth murder suspect has fled to Korea.

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Saab sought in hit-and-run death

Saab sought in pedestrian's death.

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death. CANTON -- The mayor of Canton is calling for a review of how police responded during the search for a missing 7-year-old girl who was later found dead.. Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood said he wanted an independent investigation into

New parts of Ga. immigration law to take effect

With the arrival of the new year, a key section of Georgia's new law targeting illegal immigration will begin to take effect.

Police find burglary suspects napping in Gainesville home

Police find burglary suspects napping in Gainesville home. Police find burglary suspects napping in home. GAINESVILLE -- Police responding to a call found two suspects napping at the Gainesville home they are accused of burglarizing.. Hall County Sheriff's Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said a family member of the property owner called

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Surgeons named for GMC's open heart program

Surgeons have 35 years of experience in cardiac surgery

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Ryan leads Falcons to 41-14 rout of Jags

QB throws for 3 TDs as Atlanta builds 41-0 lead, clinches fourth straight winning season

MLB to study possibility of international draft

NEW YORK — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, Tampa Bay executive vice president Andrew Friedman and retired player Tony Clark have been appointed to a committee to study whether baseball should have an international draft. Retired player Stan Javier, Kim Ng of the commissioner's office and Rick Shapiro of the players' association also will be on the committee, which is co-chaired by union head Michael Weiner and MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred.

Mill Creek boys hoops soaring from start

When he talks about his Mill Creek team, Chad Rogers doesn't easily find a catalyst.

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Feuerbach seeks to become GAC's first state champ

On the wall of Greater Atlanta Christian's wrestling room is a list of the school's state placers.

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BISHER: Busy bowl season is way too much

So, how do you like your bowl game? Rare, medium, or over-cooked? I almost said "unnecessary," and there has never been as many bowl games as unnecessary as the crop we have coming up this wintry season.

US looks for another swim Duel win against Europeans

ATLANTA -- Duel in the Pool? More like Slaughter in the Water.

Gwinnett players make Atlanta Tipoff Club watch list

The Norcross and Wesleyan girls basketball teams led the list of Gwinnett players selected to the Atlanta Tipoff Club's preseason watch list, released Thursday with the club's top 30 boys and top 30 girls players in metro Atlanta.

Shaq launching new career as NBA analyst for TNT

ATLANTA -- Shaquille O'Neal doesn't like the Chris Paul trade; Charles Barkley says Commissioner David Stern made a mistake.

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Dacula's Armah raises stock with versatility

Alex Armah wasn't sure what to make of first-year Dacula head coach Jared Zito.

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Surgeons named for GMC's open heart program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center has announced the pair of physicians who will lead its much-awaited cardiac surgery program.

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GCPS associate superintendent retires

SUWANEE -- An associate superintendent with Gwinnett County Public Schools has announced his retirement after 16 years with the system.

County wrestling tournament wide open

For the last 15 years, Collins Hill and Parkview have been the only teams to win the Gwinnett County wrestling championship.

McCann's Windward Baseball Academy announces camps, clinics

McCann's Windward Baseball Academy announced a series of events this week, including a high school baseball winter workout camp that begins Dec. 27 and runs through Jan. 29.

Mayor wants review of probe of Ga. girl's death

CANTON -- The mayor of Canton is calling for a review of how police responded during the search for a missing 7-year-old girl who was later found dead.

Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor, age 84, of Buford, GA, passed away December 15, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Jewell Gravitt

Jewell Marshall Gravitt, age 81, of Atlanta, GA, passed away December 13, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

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Robert Davis

Mr. Robert Frank Davis, Sr. was born May 17, 1925 in Columbia, SC and died Tuesday December 13, 2011. Mr. Davis, a long time resident of DeKalb County, retired after ...

Julia Rogers

Mrs. Julia Reed Rogers, age 103, of Gainesville passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Bell Manor Nursing Home, following a brief illness. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon ...

Elizabeth Plunkett

Elizabeth Cash Plunkett, age 59, of Buford, GA, passed away December 14, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Edward Harley

Edward Tatum Harley, age 61, of Buford, GA, passed away December 15, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

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Gladiators badger, bury Blades in third period

DULUTH -- Cody Brookwell's first goal of the season was a doozy.

LETTERS: Gingrinch's immigration ideas bring questions

Although Newt Gingrich has a lot of deep solutions to our nation's problems, I have questions about his proposed solutions to address illegal immigration. As a former Immigration Inspector with the old INS, I am well aware of the myriad problems with the 1986 Amnesty which Newt supported. We were promised that 1. only about 300,000 illegals would be granted amnesty, 2. internal workplace enforcement would be implemented, and 3. there would never be another amnesty. All were lies since funding for the computer systems that would help identify illegal aliens was canceled, effective vetting of illegal aliens eligible for amnesty was overridden and even fraudulent applications were "rubber-stamped." And here we are with still another amnesty.

FCA Gwinnett to host second winter lacrosse camp

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gwinnett will host its second Winter Lacrosse Camp Dec. 27 at Gary Pirkle Park in Sugar Hill.

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THE DISH: Taqueria Los Hermanos


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Getting to Know ... Jim Clanahan

Peachtree Ridge assistant girls basketball coach Jim Clanahan has spent most of the last 30-plus years teaching and coaching in Gwinnett. He officially retired from South Gwinnett in 2005, but hasn't really quit. This year, his son James, asked him to be one of his assistants.