News for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Atlanta economy ties to transportation vote, economist says

Economist says Atlanta recovery tied to transportation tax vote

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Winegarden launches new judicial campaign

Former judge to run for another seat on the bench.

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Kenerly files for bankruptcy

Former commissioner listed less than $50,000 in assets

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Hyundai Construction opens Norcross headquarters

Governor celebrates opening of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas' Norcross headquarters.

Gas leak evacuates Snellville Burger King

Carbon dioxide leak originated from drink fountain

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Couple slammed by car expected to recover, family says

Family reports that recovery is likely for elderly couple plowed by car.

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Maintenance worker arrested in death of 7-year-old Canton girl

A 20-year-old maintenance worker has been arrested in the beating death of a 7-year-old north Georgia girl who was abducted and killed at an apartment complex and her body left in a trash bin, authorities said Wednesday.

GAB: Local man inducted into educational hall of fame

The Association of Educational Publishers has inducted Suwanee resident Paul McFall into its hall of fame.

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Soccer tournament benefits local family

A charity soccer game on Saturday will benefit the family of the Late Glen Walker.

Chamber gives out first-ever health care awards

Chamber names nine winners of inaugural awards

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Grayson students produce second rap video for title game

The Grayson students that made a popular YouTube rap video earlier this year have made another.

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Occupy Gwinnett targets foreclosure auction

Occupy Gwinnett targets foreclosure auctions, scorns process.

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Girl wins $15,000 in upgrades for her school

A student from Jenkins Elementary won a national award from McGraw Hill for art she created. It means her school also gets a $15,000 in technology upgrades.

Airport committee looks at other private ventures

Committee members discuss other airports who have privatized.

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Martin holds onto seat in Lawrenceville runoff, Wells wins in Dacula

Results of Tuesday's runoffs in Lawrenceville and Dacula

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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Rainbow Village gives thanks

Holiday party to be held Dec. 17.

Eastside patients can now pre-register for some procedures online

Certain patients can now pre-register for procedures at Eastside Medical

Student brings handgun to Hull Middle, turns self in

Student self-reported himself to counselor

Feedback sought for new, current GCPS curriculum

The Gwinnett County Public School System is seeking input from parents, community members and school staff regarding current and new curriculum.

Lawrenceville man charged with striking 2 pedestrians

Lawrenceville man, 20, charged with striking 2 pedestrians.

Distributors: More sandwiches recalled

Officials with RaceTrac are assuring customers that all products from Chicago-based Flying Foods have been removed from store shelves. The food distributors recently announced more sandwich recalls.

Stroke, osteoporosis screenings offered in Buford

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings at Buford church

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Eastside Medical opens expanded emergency department

New construction, renovation combined for $12-million project

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Hyundai Construction opens Norcross headquarters

Governor celebrates opening of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas' Norcross headquarters.

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Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary

About 120 survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor observed a moment of silence to commemorate the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago Wednesday.

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Justice center holds annual crime victims vigil

Nineteen Gwinnett homicide victims in 2011 remembered

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Lake levels on the rise

Recent rains have brought Lake Lanier's water level up, and showers Tuesday could mean more good news for the body of water.

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GMC's open heart center 'a dream come true'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- This has been a long time coming.. Strolling through the halls of Gwinnett Medical Center's freshly christened Strickland Heart Center this week, Dr. Manfred Sandler was visibly excited. The 40,000 square-foot addition to the west end of GMC's Lawrenceville campus -- which will eliminate Gwinnett's moniker as

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DALY: Many pine trees are being troubled by bark beetles

After infestation, only recourse is to remove tree.

Coolray Field to host Toys for Tots event

The Gwinnett Braves have teamed up with Venture Sport Shows to host their 13th annual Toys for Tots drive.

North's Palmer signs with Pfeiffer lacrosse

Senior to play college lacrosse

Grayson, Buford on Gwinnett Prep Rally

Football playoffs, Parkview basketball featured on latest GPR

Mountain View beats Meadowcreek in dual 37-27

Mountain View wrestling defeated Meadowcreek on Wednesday.

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Brickell hoping for strong finish at nationals

Peachtree Ridge's Josh Brickell will compete in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Saturday in San Diego.

Shanteau, Weir part of Dec. 16-17 showcase in Atlanta

Event with world's top swimmers to be at Tech, on NBC

Hawks' Mitchell commits to Piedmont softball

Pitcher went 16-5 as a senior

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Gillespie proves to be workhorse for Rams

Underrated senior plays wherever he's needed for nationally ranked Grayson

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HAMMOCK: Hard work, struggles get Conn, Simpson to this point

Things weren't always this rosy for Rams, Wolves

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Playing percentages has Gladiators at top of conference

Head coach John Wroblewski's philosophy on how to play hockey has the Gwinnett Gladiators at the top of the conference standings.

G-Braves' Brundage part of Mill Creek hitting camp

Camp to be Dec. 17 at The Cage

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Alabama's Richardson chasing a 2nd title, Heisman

Fast, strong back one of five finalists for Saturday presentation

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Morris, tough defense give Tech first win at UGA since 1976

Jackets finally notch another wins in latest meeting of longtime rivals

Gas leak evacuates Snellville Burger King

Carbon dioxide leak originated from drink fountain

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Hyundai Construction opens Norcross headquarters

Governor celebrates opening of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas' Norcross headquarters.

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Eastside Medical opens expanded emergency department

New construction, renovation combined for $12-million project

Depleted Panthers defensive front faces big test

Slowing down running back Michael Turner has never been an easy task for the Carolina Panthers. But it might be even more difficult to put the clamps on him in Sunday's divisional rematch against the Atlanta Falcons (7-5) with both starting defensive tackles moving to injured reserve.

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McClure still rolling after rocky start in Atlanta

Center an anonymous anchor in Falcons' offensive line

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Winegarden launches new judicial campaign

Former judge to run for another seat on the bench.

Chamber gives out first-ever health care awards

Chamber names nine winners of inaugural awards

Cops nab duo suspected in four bank robberies

Duo believed responsible for at least four robberies in metro area

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Atlanta economy ties to transportation vote, economist says

Economist says Atlanta recovery tied to transportation tax vote

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CEPEDA: Schools go overboard on 'inappropriate'

Schools go overboard on 'inappropriate'. What happens when adults live in a world drenched in sexual innuendo, double entendre and sexually provocative media images? Children are inadvertently sexualized and become objects of suspicion.. Case in point: 7-year-old Mark Curran, a Boston first-grader, was recently accused of sexual

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Kenerly files for bankruptcy

Former commissioner listed less than $50,000 in assets

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THOMAS: It's a tough time for Jews

It's a tough time for Jews. In a season in which there is very little "peace on Earth" and even less "good will towards men," it is a particularly tough time for Jews, who may be finding it more and more difficult to tell who their real friends are

LETTERS: Kudos to GDP's sports coverage

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Officials: Student caught with knife at school

Student facing felony charges after allegedly bringing knife to school.

Georgia sees jump in charter school enrollment

Georgia is among a handful of states leading the nation in adding charter schools.

GAB: Local man inducted into educational hall of fame

The Association of Educational Publishers has inducted Suwanee resident Paul McFall into its hall of fame.

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Couple slammed by car expected to recover, family says

Family reports that recovery is likely for elderly couple plowed by car.

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Soccer tournament benefits local family

A charity soccer game on Saturday will benefit the family of the Late Glen Walker.

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Grayson students produce second rap video for title game

The Grayson students that made a popular YouTube rap video earlier this year have made another.

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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Rainbow Village gives thanks

Holiday party to be held Dec. 17.

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Maintenance worker arrested in death of 7-year-old Canton girl

A 20-year-old maintenance worker has been arrested in the beating death of a 7-year-old north Georgia girl who was abducted and killed at an apartment complex and her body left in a trash bin, authorities said Wednesday.

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'M-A-S-H' star Harry Morgan dies at age 96

Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan, whose portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on television's "M-A-S-H" highlighted a show business career that included nine other TV series, 50 films and the Broadway stage, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Trial begins in Eve Carson murder case

Eve Carson would have been conscious and aware after she was shot four times with a .25-caliber pistol early on the morning of March 5, 2008, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Dorothy Hubbard becomes Albany's first female mayor

When she is sworn into office next month, former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will become Albany’s first female mayor.

Newell Rubbermaid closes $800 million credit pact

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. said on Wednesday that it has closed a five-year, $800 million credit agreement to replace a smaller credit pact that had been scheduled to mature next November.

Funeral set for Canton girl who was abducted, beaten

A Canton funeral home announced that services for a 7-year-old girl who police say was abducted and killed have been set for this weekend.

Six Flags offers free pass for kids who read

Six Flags Over Georgia is partnering with Discovery Education to offer free admission to K-6 students who participate in Read to Succeed, an online program that aims to encourage kids to read outside the classroom.

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Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary

About 120 survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor observed a moment of silence to commemorate the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago Wednesday.

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North's Palmer commits to Pfeiffer

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett senior attacker Matt Palmer has given a verbal commitment to play college lacrosse at Pfeiffer University, a Division II program located in Misenheimer, N.C.

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Patience, leadership help Conn build Rams

LOGANVILLE -- Four years to the date of their first meeting, Mickey Conn proposed.

BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

Prepcountry.com/Coaches Poll

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THOMAS: Adultery no longer the political kiss of death?

We live in a bipolar culture. We allow ourselves to be drenched in sexual images in movies, on television and on the Internet and then defend First Amendment protection to even the most graphic of them. Then, when a politician acts out what culture promotes, we criticize him, especially if he’s conservative, branding him with the equivalent of a “scarlet letter.”

No. 7-ranked Patriots beat No. 6 South Gwinnett

LILBURN — With the Region 8-AAAAA season less than a week old, the Berkmar boys couldn't afford another home loss.

Dorothy Hubbard becomes Albany's first female mayor

ALBANY, Ga. — When she is sworn into office next month, former city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard will become Albany’s first female mayor.

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North boys open region play with win over Peachtree Ridge

SUWANEE -- The season for North Gwinnett's boys didn't exactly get off to the start head coach Zach Smith was hoping for.

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CEPEDA: Schools go overboard on 'inappropriate'

Schools go overboard on 'inappropriate'

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Alabama's Richardson chasing a 2nd title, Heisman

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's Trent Richardson wasn't a starter when he arrived on the scene.

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Morris, tough defense give Tech first win at UGA since 1976

ATHENS -- A drought that lasted just over six minutes in the 188th basketball meeting between Georgia Tech and Georgia played a major role in ending another one that had lasted 35 years.

LETTERS: Kudos to GDP's sports coverage

Sports Editor Will Hammock, the sports staff and photographers employed by the Gwinnett Daily Post continue to provide exceptional coverage of Gwinnett County's youth and high school sports. The stories about Gwinnett's student-athletes, teams and coaches are always well written and informative.

GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

Prepcountry.com/Coaches Poll

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THOMAS: It's a tough time for Jews

It's a tough time for Jews

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CLINE: Duluth co-op planning to open thrift store

DULUTHIt's busy this time of year at the Hands of Christ Cooperative Ministry, not unlike the county's other co-ops. The end of November through the end of December are high volume at co-ops, both for families in need and people interested in volunteering, spurred on by the holiday spirit.And while the Hands of Christ, along with its fellow co-ops, welcomes food and monetary donations with open arms during the holidays, they are also faced with the realization that there is year-round need. Though holiday spirit fades in January, the need for assistance does not. Which is why Hands of Christ director Mary Roberts is so excited about what is coming to the Duluth facility early next year.

Mary Hurtt

Mary Faye Hurtt, age 83 of Bethlehem, GA passed away December 5, 2011. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Aimee Thomas and sister, Rosa Jacobs. She is survived ...

Lisa Halski

Mrs. Lisa S. Halski, age 87, of Pendergrass, who passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Tootsie Lay

Tootsie P. Lay, age 96, of Winder, GA passed away on December 4, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

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Barbara Garner

Mrs. Barbara Tuggle Garner, age 70, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, December 5, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-three years, Ralph ...

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Dorothy Weaver

Dorothy Jane Schwenke Weaver, 88, of Lawrenceville and formerly of Dunwoody, died December 5, 2011. Mrs. Weaver was born in Roanoke, Virginia and was an Alumnae of Marion College. She ...

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Heather Mairn

Heather Lea Shein Mairn, our beloved daughter, wife, mother, and Grammie left this world on December 2nd surrounded by the people she loved most…her family. Her spirit inspired ...

Dahlia Titshaw

Mr.s Dahlia Phillips Titshaw, age 94, of Melbourne, FL and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E ...

Evelyn Mitchell

Evelyn Mitchell, age 85, of Auburn, GA, passed away on December 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Vundi Mabiala

Vundi Daniel Mabiala, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away December 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Ion Ciurar

Mr. Ion Ciurar, age 80, of Buford, GA, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Willie Mae Jones

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones, age 88, of Bethlehem, GA passed away on December 5, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Hawks' Mitchell commits to Piedmont softball

Mill Creek senior Tori Mitchell has made a commitment to play fastpitch softball for Piedmont College. She is the daughter of Greg and Jeanne Mitchell.