News for Monday, July 11, 2011

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Snellville city leaders fail to agree on property tax millage rate

SNELLVILLE -- City council members and Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer did not reach a majority vote on whether to raise, lower or maintain the property tax millage rate in the city Monday evening.

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Man charged in death of girlfriend

A Norcross man has been charged with manslaughter after his girlfriend was struck by several vehicles and killed on Interstate 285 early Sunday morning.

Norcross woman killed in crash on I-75 in Fla.

WILLISTON, Fla. -- A Norcross woman died and six others were injured when a blown tire caused the vehicle they were traveling in to overturn on Interstate 75 in north Florida.

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Obama demands big deal

WASHINGTON -- Imploring both political parties to give ground, President Barack Obama declared Monday he would reject any stopgap extension of the nation's borrowing limit, adding fresh urgency for Republicans and fellow Democrats to resolve intense tax and spending disputes and head off economic calamity.

Blaze starts at recycling center

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Firefighters were able to make quick work of a Monday evening fire at a Lawrenceville recycling center, bringing the blaze atop a 12-ton pile of scrap metal under control in about 15 minutes, officials said.

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MARAN: Technology: Where Georgia and Gwinnett lead

Technology permeates every aspect of life in our present day.

NATION IN BRIEF: Ex-cop says he helped cover up Katrina shootings

NEW ORLEANS -- A former police detective testified Monday that he participated in a plot to fabricate witnesses, falsify reports and plant a gun to make it seem police were justified in shooting unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

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Sugar Hill to allow Sunday sales vote

SUGAR HILL -- Gwinnett County's third largest city made an example of itself in two ways Monday.

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Coaches teeing off before they tee it up

In this day and age, being a high school football coach is pretty much a year-round job. That workload makes outings like the second annual Gwinnett Football Fellowship Golf Tournament a welcome diversion.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Syria protesters attack French, US embassies

BEIRUT -- Hundreds of Syrian government supporters attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Monday, smashing windows and spray-painting walls with obscenities and graffiti that called the American ambassador a ''dog.'' Guards at the French Embassy fired in the air to ward off another group of protesters.

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WNBA team's practice at Brookwood benefits Riley Foundation

The Atlanta Dream have never been hesitant to "Take the Show on the Road" to Brookwood High School.

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Officials to mull more budget cuts

Just how the budget set to be approved by commissioners on July 19 will affect various departments, and how many staff members will be displaced, is still not clear.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Shore' star OK for pretrial intervention

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- ''Jersey Shore'' cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has been admitted into a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid a criminal record for an assault that was shown on the first season of the MTV reality series.

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More seasoned McCann ready for first all-star start

The question was for Brian McCann, but a smiling Dan Uggla chimed in late last week as he sat in front of the locker next door at Turner Field.

Murdoch empire's scandal spreads to new publications

LONDON -- The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's media empire exploded in several directions Monday, with fresh reports of phone hacking attacks against some of the nation's most powerful figures, including royals and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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Masino denies sabotaging land deal in court filing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino denies that he sabotaged the sale of Settles Bridge Farm to a private Catholic school, according to legal documents filed in Superior Court last week.

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Kimbrel, Freeman lead Braves' strong rookie class

Rookies are a big reason the Atlanta Braves take the NL's second-best record and the fourth-best mark in the majors into the All-Star break.

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11 'escorts' booked in vice sting

Norcross police conducted a sting Saturday to crackdown on illegal escort services who advertise widely as providing services to the city, said Norcross police spokesman Capt. Brian Harr.

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Famous Gwinnett Diner shuts its doors

Gwinnett Diner closed its doors for the final time on Sunday.

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Lawrenceville votes to lower millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE -- City of Lawrenceville residents will be receiving a 9 percent decrease in their property tax bills for 2011 following a vote Monday night by the City Council.

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G-Braves have their best record at break

The Gwinnett Braves are still a half-game out of first place, but they went into the break for the Class AAA All-Star Game with their best first-half record ever and some momentum on their side.

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Teheran hit for leadoff homer in Futures Game

Julio Teheran got the start for the World team in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Soon afterwards, he might have wished that he hadn't.

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US team all the rage after epic win over Brazil

The U.S. women's soccer team shared the Yankee Stadium scoreboard with Derek Jeter, made an appearance on ''Good Morning America'' and can now count Tom Hanks, Lil Wayne and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers among their list of star-studded admirers.

Duluth's Green named IL player of the week

Duluth grad Nick Green, a utility player for the Norfolk Tides, was named the International League's Batter of the Week on Monday.

Reeves ties for fifth at state am

Peachtree Ridge grad Seth Reeves tied for fifth at this past weekend's 90th annual Georgia State Amateur Championship at the Cherokee Town and Country Club.

Moore scores career-high 26

Minnesota Lynx rookie Maya Moore scored a season-high 26 points Saturday night in a 90-67 rout of the Connecticut Sun.

Plummer wins HJGT event

Buford's Katie Plummer won the girls 14- to 18-year-old division at the Wilmington Island Junior Open, a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour stop.

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Crews to begin taking down Ga. 324 bridge over I-85

After months of watching a bridge go up, now commuters will see one come down. Crews will begin work Tuesday night to demolish the Ga. Highway 324 bridge over Interstate 85, after traffic shifted to new lanes that went up earlier this year.

CEPEDA: Space program changing, not ending

As beautiful as it was to watch the last space shuttle launch, the most emotional part was reading other people's real-time reactions to this closing event.

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SWAT call ends in suicide

A domestic clash escalated to a SWAT call and ultimately the suicide of a Buford man Monday morning, officials said.

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Obama: 'We need to' work out debt deal in 10 days

WASHINGTON -- Grasping for a deal on the nation's debt, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained divided Sunday over the size and the components of a plan to reduce long term deficits.

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US suspends military aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to suspend $800 million in aid to the Pakistan's military signals a tougher U.S. line with a critical but sometimes unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism.

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11 'escorts' booked in vice sting

NORCROSS — They descended on Norcross from across metro Atlanta, from Lithonia to Marietta, allegedly attracted by the promise of sex for profit.

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WNBA team's practice at Brookwood benefits Riley Foundation

SNELLVILLE — The Atlanta Dream have never been hesitant to “Take the Show on the Road” to Brookwood High School.

Duluth's Green named IL player of the week

Duluth grad Nick Green, a utility player for the Norfolk Tides, was named the International League’s Batter of the Week on Monday.

Murdoch empire's scandal spreads to new publications

LONDON — The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire exploded in several directions Monday, with fresh reports of phone hacking attacks against some of the nation’s most powerful figures, including royals and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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