News for Wednesday, July 13, 2011


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CID unveils new look for Pleasant Hill bridge

Special lighting, landscaping and a new facade will greet interstate drivers as they approach the Pleasant Hill Road bridge.

Lightning causes brush fire

A brush fire broke out in Buford on Tuesday after lightning struck a utility pole, officials said.

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Gwinnett wrestler, teammates accused of sex assault

Four teen wrestlers, including a Gwinnett all-county selection from Mountain View High School, could spend months in jail near Rome on charges they held down, roughed up and tried to sexually assault a younger teammate during a wrestling camp last week.

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DALY: Mosquitoes can be controlled but not completely eliminated

Mosquitoes are quite troublesome throughout the summer and interfere with outdoor activities. They are more than just an irritating annoyance because they can spread diseases.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local GOP to consider cutting meetings to once every quarter

Republicans are looking at a rule change that could streamline the organization.

GWINNETT GAB: New musician singing Sunday at Gwinnett Place

On Sunday, Gwinnett Place Mall shoppers are invited to come out and hear Jacob Latimore, a new artist to the Atlanta music scene, perform songs from his debut album.

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McConnell gives GOP warning

WASHINGTON -- Failure to raise the U.S. debt limit would probably ensure President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow conservatives on Wednesday, fresh evidence of deep GOP political divisions on an issue of paramount importance to the nation and its economy.

NATION: Boy, 8, found dismembered

NEW YORK -- An 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who got lost while walking home alone from day camp in his Orthodox Jewish neighborhood was killed and dismembered by a stranger he had asked for directions, and his remains were found stuffed in a trash bin and the man's refrigerator, police said Wednesday.

3 bombings rock Mumbai

MUMBAI, India -- Three coordinated bombings tore through the heart of India's busy financial capital during rush hour Wednesday, killing 21 people in the worst terror attack in the country since the 2008 Mumbai siege. The attacks came just months after peace talks resumed between India and Pakistan, which New Delhi has blamed for past attacks.

ROBINSON: Something to squawk about

Washington has many lazy habits, and one of the worst is a reflexive tendency to see equivalence where none exists. Hence the nonsense being peddled by politicians and commentators who should know better that "both sides" are equally at fault in the deadlocked talks over the debt ceiling.

PEOPLE: Report: Sheen escort was OK

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia officers who gave a police escort with sirens and flashing lights to actor Charlie Sheen from a northern Virginia airport to a city performance did not violate department policies, according to a new report that calls such escorts a routine and accepted practice.

Netflix price hike angers some subscribers, who drop plan

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some Netflix customers called it a slap in the face. Others a betrayal. Many threatened to drop the movie service.

THOMAS: How do you judge the faith of a candidate?

The Constitution is specific when it prohibits a ''religious test'' for ''any office or public trust'' -- Article VI, Paragraph IIIThat doesn't mean that voters are prohibited from taking a person's faith (or lack thereof) into account when deciding for whom they will vote. No law could stop them.

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Fire Honor Guard gets uniform award

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County Fire Department specialized unit that represents the agency at funerals, parades and other ceremonies was honored with a national award Wednesday not for their service -- but for their clothing.

Three nabbed on drug, gun charges

DULUTH -- Three men were arrested Monday for their alleged possession of drugs and an assortment of firepower near a Duluth daycare.

Winder council OKs new voting districts

WINDER -- City council members voted Tuesday to approve new election wards for Winder, based on data gathered in the 2010 Census.

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Road warriors: Success away from home keeps G-Braves in contention

The question: "What is different about this Gwinnett Braves team when its on the road?"

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HAMMOCK: Gwinnett Braves products making MLB impact

Local baseball fans tuning in Tuesday night had more local interest than usual because of the Class AAA Gwinnett Braves' pipeline to the majors.

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DeShields off for U19 US team training

But she headed to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this week for the team's training camp in advance of the 2011 FIBA World Championship for Women later this month in Chile.

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Gwinnett represented in Sunbelt League All-Star Game

Several former Gwinnett high school players now playing college baseball are among the 43 players selected for the Sunbelt Baseball League All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday at Oglethorpe University's Hermance Stadium in Atlanta.

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Central football to host car show fundraiser

Central Gwinnett's football program will host its second Black Knight Car Show on Saturday, July 23 in the high school parking lot.

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Teen struck by car, hospitalized

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A teenage boy attempting to cross Sugarloaf Parkway was struck by a car and hospitalized Tuesday evening, police said.

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Teenager booked, charged in fatal apartment shooting

LILBURN -- Investigators have charged a Lilburn teenager in a fatal shooting at his apartment complex last month.

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Man arrested for racing, DUI

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Stone Mountain man was arrested over the holiday weekend after police say he was racing on Interstate 85 while intoxicated -- with three children along for the ride.

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Gladiators' Pyle hired to coach AHL Texas

The only coach in Gwinnett Gladiators' history, Jeff Pyle, is moving up to take over the same position with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. The hiring was announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Gladiators' Pyle hired to coach AHL Texas

The only head coach in Gwinnett Gladiators’ history, Jeff Pyle, is moving up to take over the same position with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

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Groups meet to discuss fight on homelessness

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County resident Deborah Doyle worked a full-time job with a good salary for 14 years. But a year and a half ago, her employment situation changed.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What might Georgia's HB 87 mean for Gwinnett?

House Bill 87 went into effect on July 1 here in Georgia. An attempt to crack down on illegal immigration, this controversial legislation has spurred marches, calls for boycotts and, some say, racial division. Georgia is experiencing some of the same blowback that Arizona did when state lawmakers passed similar legislation, but the questions remain: Is HB 87 necessary? Is it morally sound? Is it legally sound? Will the bill accomplish what lawmakers intended?

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Hot as blazes: Firefighter recruits tackle dangers of heat

DACULA -- Think it's hot outside? Try strapping on about 50 pounds of firefighting gear and going into a burning building where temperatures can exceed 1,000 degrees.

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Teen tried as adult in hit-and-run

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville teenager accused of fatally striking a 9-year-old pedestrian in April will be tried as an adult on a number of charges -- vehicular homicide apparently not among them.

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Ga. 20 lanes to shift today

LOGANVILLE -- Traffic will shift to new asphalt on Ga. Highway 20, a big milestone for the long-awaited widening in southern Gwinnett.

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Rowdy teen party could get host deported

DORAVILLE -- A raucous house party brimming with underage guests in Doraville last weekend could lead to deportation for one of the alleged adult hosts, authorities said Tuesday.

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.

Sugar Hill to allow vote on Sunday alcohol sales

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

Defense: Drug-house bloodbath wasn't Gwinnett man's doing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With violence reminiscent of a Cormac McCarthy novel, the 1800 building of the Sinclair Apartments was riddled with waves of bullets, leaving an apartment smudged with blood and portions of one man's face, according to testimony.

Water main work may lower pressure

BUFORD -- Work on a water main could cause low water pressure in Buford today.

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First families honor Ford

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- First ladies, past and present, and others who called the White House home remembered Betty Ford on Tuesday, not just for her decades-long work against substance abuse but for contributing to a political era when friendship among lawmakers helped them govern.

NATION: Astronauts take last spacewalk of shuttle era

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Astronauts making the last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era on Tuesday retrieved a broken pump from the International Space Station and installed a fill-er-up experiment for a robot.

Tips for keeping seniors safe in summer heat

With the summer continuing to sizzle, the Better Business Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have offered tips to help make sure seniors, often the most susceptible to heat-related illness, stay cool and safe.

WORLD: France says Gadhafi ready to give up

PARIS -- France's foreign minister said Tuesday on Paris has had contact with emissaries from Moammar Gadhafi who say the embattled Libyan strongman is ''prepared to leave'' power.

Care-Net asking for nominations

ATLANTA -- There are more than 850,000 family caregivers in Georgia, and the Atlanta Regional Commission is looking to honor the contributions of a few from the metro area.

PEOPLE: Kunis says yes to Marine date

LOS ANGELES -- Thanks to the power of the Internet, a Marine's YouTube request to go on a date with Mila Kunis got through to the actress, who said yes.

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A little reunion

Gwinnett Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recently held its 2011 NICU Graduate Reunion, welcoming back 120 former patients and their families.

No charges for brothers who lived with mother's corpse

HOUSTON -- Twin brothers who for three months lived with their elderly mother's bug-infested corpse in their Houston home won't be indicted, a Harris County grand jury decided Tuesday.

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Herbert C. Godfrey, Jr.

Mr. Herbert C. Godfrey, Jr., age 82, of Duluth, GA passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marianne Tracy Godfrey. He is ...

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Larry Richey

Mr. Larry E. Richey, 56 of Johnson City, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011 in the Johnson City Medical Center. Mr. Richey was a native of Buford, Georgia. He was ...

Frederick Mcnair

Frederick Charles McNair, age 80 of Lawrenceville, died July 12, 2011. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

W.l. Sims

Mr. W.L. Sims, age 91 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away July 11, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Mary Sutton

Mrs. Mary Joanne Sutton, age 77 of Winder, GA passed away July 11, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Charlotte Warbington

Charlotte Geneva Warbington, age 92 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 10, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Bula Simonton

Bula "Billie" Simonton age 92, of Oxford passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544.

Samuel Hall

Mr Samuel A. Hall, age 78 of Gainesville passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011. Memorial Park South Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch. 770-967-5555 ...

Lucille Hayes

Mrs. Lucille W. Hayes, age 85 of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Marvin Ledbetter

Marvin Thomas Ledbetter, age 72, of Cleveland, GA, passed away on July 11, 2011. He is survived by wife of 25 years Barbara Ledbetter, daughter, Robin Griffeth & her fianc ...

Clyde Calvit

Mr. Clyde W. Calvit, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:20 p.m. after losing a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by ...

Floy Batease

Floy Sudderth Batease, age 94 of Norcross, GA passed away July 12, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757