News for Thursday, December 8, 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.

Cops nab duo suspected in four bank robberies

Duo believed responsible for at least four robberies in metro area

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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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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Julio Jones still feeling his way with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Julio Jones is ready to give the Atlanta Falcons another breakout game.. The NFL's No. 6 overall draft pick will have another chance Sunday when the Falcons (7-5) visit Carolina (4-8), but Jones believes he's barely tapped his potential in his rookie season. Injuries to both hamstrings

PREP ROUNDUP: GAC takes down Centennial

A look at Thursday's Gwinnett Prep action.

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Touchdown Club of Gwinnett honors season's best

The coaches selected the best in Gwinnett high school football

Gladiators fall to Greenville 3-1 in final period

Gladiators allow two third-period goals in loss.

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Getting to Know ... Mark Moon

Mark Moon, 35, is the offensive line coach for the state-bound Grayson Rams. A graduate of Bowden High School, Moon was a state title as a player when he was a sophomore and has been on the Grayson staff for 11 of the team's 12 years.. In this installment

Suspect in 7-year-old girl's slaying held in isolation

CANTON -- A 20-year-old maintenance worker is being held in isolation and without bond on a murder charge at a north Georgia jail in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, authorities said Thursday.. Ryan Brunn, who lived and worked at the apartment complex where the

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Snellville PD helps needy kids with Christmas shopping

15 elementary schoolers do some Christmas shopping with Snellville police officers

Gwinnett's toll lanes at capacity

NORCROSS -- While Gwinnett's HOT lanes have reached their capacity, Gov. Nathan Deal said he is still concerned about the congestion caused by the conversion of the carpool lanes on Interstate 85.. Deal spoke about the toll lanes at a Norcross business opening Thursday, saying he learned that the lanes

Carver's McGee gives coaches take on Buford-Calhoun matchup

Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee gives his insights on the Buford-Calhoun state finals matchup.

Young Broncos off to hot start on wrestling mat

Brookwood will go for its third tournament win this season when it hosts the Brookwood Invitational this weekend.

Buford seniors trying to end career with another title

Buford's senior class is one of the most decorated to ever come through the school.

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Buford, Calhoun meet again in state finals

Buford and Calhoun will play for the Class AA state title.

Lilburn man faces death penalty in law grad slaying

MACON -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the suspect accused of killing Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings.. The Macon Telegraph reported that prosecutors filed a notice of their intention to seek the death penalty in Bibb County Superior Court on Thursday morning.. The suspect, 26-year

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MCCULLOUGH: Worst abusers of children deserve harshest punishment

A look at certain pages of the Daily Post on Thursday would quickly bring you to the depths of despair. Lead on 11A: A 20-year-old maintenance worker is arrested, accused of sexually assaulting, stabbing and beating to death a 7-year-old girl and then throwing her body in the trash. Below that: Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach already facing numerous counts of child molestation, is back in jail (and is now out again) after more alleged victims came forward, one describing in testimony events so horrific that it's nearly impossible not to cry when reading.

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ROBINSON: Politics as reality TV

WASHINGTON — I guess I was wrong. I thought Republicans surely would have come to their senses by now. Instead, they seem to be rushing deeper into madness.With less than a month to go before the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney, the candidate shown by

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HUCKABY: Gifts not enough to express true feelings at Christmas

Christmas shopping can turn a holiday mood blue.

Elementary kids 'Sing for Santa'

Students from more than 30 elementary schools in north metro Atlanta are joining together Saturday and Sunday to offer a free concert at the Gwinnett Gladiators games.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Shame'

Michael Clark reviews the latest NC-17 movie, "Shame."

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37 Main. 37 E. Main St., Buford. 678-288-2030. www.37main.com-- Today: Aclarion. -- Dec. 16: Reason Y. -- Dec. 17: Zoso40 Watt Club. 285 W. Washington St., Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com-- Wednesday: WoodsArena at Gwinnett Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com-- Tuesday: Star 94's Jingle Jam with Daughtry, The

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'New Year's Eve'

Michael Clark reviews the new star-studded movie, "New Year's Eve."

ART BEAT: ArtWorks! Gwinnett seeks nominations for first arts awards

ArtWorks! Gwinnett seeks nominations for first arts award in January.

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THE DISH: Art's Bakery and Cafe

Art's Bakery and Cafe in Duluth serves Middle Eastern and French pastries, cakes and desserts.

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Movie Trivia

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

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Gwinnett Ballet Theatre celebrates 30 years with 'The Nutcracker'

The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary of performing the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker."

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FILM FANS: 'Descendants' packs emotional punch

Local Film Fans review the movie of the week, "The Descendants."

Shadowbrook Baptist Church hosts Christmas in the Park

Shadowbrook Baptist Church of Suwanee hosts Christmas in the Park Dec. 9 and 10.

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Aurora Theatre presents one-man show for 'A Christmas Carol'

The Aurora Theatre presents a one-man show of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Debt'

Michael Clark reviews "The Debt" Blu-ray disc.

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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait at the Laughing Skull Lounge

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait performs stand-up at the Laughing Skull Lounge tonight through Sunday.

Death row inmate gets new trial because of tweeting juror

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday tossed out a death row inmate's murder conviction and said he deserves a new trial because one juror slept and another tweeted during court proceedings.. Erickson Dimas-Martinez's attorneys had appealed his 2010 murder conviction because a juror sent tweets

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North Gwinnett helps Toys for Tots

Students and volunteers with the North Gwinnett Cluster worked together Thursday to ensure Christmas was a special day for children in need.

Duluth post office adds hours for holidays

The Boggs Road Postal Store in Duluth is extending its weekend hours to meet holiday mailing needs.

Suspect in Canton girl's slaying held in isolation

A 20-year-old maintenance worker charged with murder is in isolation at the north Georgia jail where he's being held without bond in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera.

Southern Baptists study possible name change

What if Southern Baptists were no longer called Southern Baptists? Would more people walk through church doors?

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Coke secret formula gets first new home since 1925

The Coca-Cola Co. has made its secret formula the centerpiece of a new exhibit at its corporate museum, ditching the confines of the bank vault where the list of ingredients had been stored since 1925.

New immigration measure is in all 159 Ga. counties

All 159 Georgia counties will now share fingerprint information with federal immigration authorities to help identify people who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes.

Proposals sought for Gwinnett's Briscoe Field

County issues call for airport proposals.

SWIMMING AND DIVING: 2011-12 Top Performances

Top high school performances so far in the 2011-12 swimming and diving season

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Official: Virginia Tech gunman believed to be dead

A law enforcement official says the gunman who fled after killing a police officer on campus is believed to be dead.

Man found fatally stabbed at Duluth Aldi

Man found fatally stabbed in Duluth parking lot.

Carver's McGee gives coaches take on Buford-Calhoun matchup

As coach of one of the common opponents of Buford and Calhoun the last two years, Carver-Columbus’ Dell McGee has a unique perspective on today’s Class AA state title clash. McGee, whose Tigers lost to Buford twice this year and to Calhoun in last year’s semifinals, breaks down both teams and gives his thoughts as to what each team has to do to win.

Suspect in 7-year-old girl's slaying held in isolation

CANTON -- A 20-year-old maintenance worker is being held in isolation and without bond on a murder charge at a north Georgia jail in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, authorities said Thursday.

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Gwinnett's toll lanes at capacity

NORCROSS -- While Gwinnett's HOT lanes have reached their capacity, Gov. Nathan Deal said he is still concerned about the congestion caused by the conversion of the carpool lanes on Interstate 85.

Elementary kids 'Sing for Santa'

DULUTH -- If you ask Gwinnett Gladiators President Steve Chapman, the Sing for Santa concert is about as cool as it gets.

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Touchdown Club of Gwinnett honors season's best

Were you Spotted?

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Playing percentages has Gladiators at top of conference

DULUTH -- Signs over the door out to the ice and dominating the wall in the Gwinnett Gladiators' locker room preach the same thing.

DALY: Many pine trees are being troubled by bark beetles

As I was driving down U.S. Highway 78 recently, I observed areas of pine trees that were dying. Additionally, we have received numerous phone calls from residents concerned about pine trees on their property that are turning brown. What could be troubling these trees?

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Proposals sought for Gwinnett's Briscoe Field

LAWRENCEVILLE — After a number of hang-ups, county officials called Thursday for proposals to privatize Briscoe Field.

Duluth post office adds hours for holidays

DULUTH -- To meet the demands of the holidays, the Boggs Road Postal Store is extending its weekend hours.

Geraldine Strickland

Geraldine Bruce Strickland age 79 of Cumming passed away Tuesday December 6,2011. Geraldine committed her life to the Lord at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church as a young girl and is ...

Rohanlall Hiralal

Rohanlall Hiralal, age 62 of Loganville, GA passed away December 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

Mary Court

Mrs. Mary Ellen Court, age 90, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on December 7, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Barbara Garner

Barbara Tuggle Garner, age 70, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away December 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Phyllis Sullivan

Mrs. Phyllis Marie Sullivan, age 93, of Braselton, passed away December 5, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Hazel Williams

Hazel E. Williams, age 94, of Winder, GA passed away on December 6, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Donna Lickteig

Mrs. Donna Lee Lickteig, age 89, of Auburn, passed away December 6, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Selena Gravitt

Selena M. Gravitt, age 97, of Stone Mountain, Ga., died December 5, 2011. Arrangements are being handled by Horis A. Ward, Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-381-5722.

Marian Gay

Marian Eason Gay, age 66 of Lilburn, GA passed away December 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Company, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200.

Marian Tallent

Marian V. Tallent, age 90, of Lilburn, Ga., died December 5, 2011. Arrangements are being handled by Horis A. Ward, Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-381-5722.

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Richard Bussee

Richard John Busse, age 65, of Cumming, GA, passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Richard moved here from Buffalo, NY to ...