News for Friday, July 15, 2011


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HUCKABY: Sad to see space shuttle go

I had almost forgotten about the final space shuttle launch when a friend sent me a text reminding me to turn on the television.

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Swimming Spirit: Lindsay's battle with autism inspires others

Charles Lindsay was diagnosed as having autism with severe language impairment at age 2.The 16-year-old has had plenty of obstacles to overcome in his young life.

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Thunderbolts aim to break run of near-misses

Over the past decade, the Thunderbolts have been in the mix consistently for the Gwinnett County Swim League's overall championship. Each time they've fallen a little short.

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Braves, first-rounder Gilmartin agree to terms

A week after Sean Gilmartin visited Turner Field and said that he was ready to get going with his professional career, the Braves announced the signing of the Florida State pitcher on Friday. He received a bonus of $1.15 million.

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Braves system stuck in losing rut

Midseason managerial dismissals are rare in the minor leagues, but Matt Walbeck was fired by Atlanta recently after Rome lost 20 of 22 games in the Class A South Atlantic League. It has been that kind of year in the lower levels of the Braves farm system.

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Clarke, Glover lead a close British Open

Only seven shots separate first from worst going into the weekend at the British Open.

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NASCAR president vows to fix Kentucky traffic woes

LOUDON, N.H. -- Bruton Smith boasted about the largest crowd to attend a NASCAR race this season: More than 100,000 fans filled Kentucky Speedway in its inaugural Sprint Cup Series event. Unfortunately for NASCAR, it was the fans who couldn't get there that got the headlines.

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Tressel had history of compliance issues at Ohio St.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was told by the school that he did a poor job of self-reporting NCAA violations years before he failed to tell his bosses that players were selling championship rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia, a cover-up that cost him his job.

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Buford's Lee named to Butkus watch list

Buford linebacker Dillon Lee was named to the High School Butkus Award watch list.

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Buford's Roberts wins Georgia PGA tourney

Ari Roberts, a Buford resident, shot 74 Thursday at Chestatee Golf Club and won the Georgia PGA Junior Tour's third Summer Series tournament.

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Moore is 1st rookie WNBA All-Star starter since 2002

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, a Collins Hill grad, was voted a starter for the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday night. She is the first rookie to be so honored since 2002.

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Youngblood 50th anniversary


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Hughes 50th anniversary


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"In God We Trust" confusion delays new Ga. car tag

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal has delayed selecting a new Georgia license plate due to confusion over whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the winning design.

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Feds sue officers, directors of failed Gwinnett bank

DULUTH -- Federal regulators have sued 15 former directors and officers of a failed Duluth bank.

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THE DISH: Fisherman's Bucket

Lam said not only did he want a family-oriented feel but also a casual one because "you have to get your hands dirty" when you eat at Fisherman's Bucket.

Locals get chance to be rich men, and women, with 'Fiddler'

The Tony Award-winning musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is coming to the Fox Theatre for eight performances starting Tuesday and will feature performances from Atlanta's local youth.

'Last 5 Years' coming this weekend to Duluth

The Live Arts Theatre is hosting "The Last 5 Years" at the New Dawn Theater in Duluth on Saturday and Sunday.

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FILM FANS: Watching 'Horrible Bosses' fun for some, hard work for others

Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Horrible Bosses." Want to be a film fan? Email

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ART BEAT: Lionheart ends summer with camps, 'Velveteen Rabbit'

Lionheart Theatre has been active this summer with drama camps for kids of all ages, but it's not too late to get in on the action. Two more weeks of camp will be held the week of July 25-29 at Lionheart's facility at 10 College St. in Downtown Historic Norcross.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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Sporting far more obscure classic movie references than it probably should, "Rango" pulls off the rare feat of pleasing adults, children and critics and thus far is the best animated film of 2011.

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Saying goodbye to Harry

I know I'm not supposed to do it, but I judged a book by its cover.

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G-Braves go big for millionth fan

LAWRENCEVILLE — A limo ride, club-level seats and season tickets are just some of the perks the Gwinnett Braves plan to bestow to the 1 millionth fan to enter Coolray Field.

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Hernandez single lifts G-Braves to 4-3 win in extra innings

LAWRENCEVILLE — In a game in which, at one point, there were more runs scored than hits Gwinnett finally got the hit it needed in the 11th inning and even that was barely earned.

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Force on verge of postseason spot

By the time the Georgia Force take the floor of the St. Pete Times Forum to meet the Tampa Bay Predators at 7:30 p.m., they may already have secured an Arena Football League playoff berth.

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Swimming Spirit: Lindsay's battle with autism inspires others

SNELLVILLE — As in many years past, a very special event will kick off the 2011 Gwinnett County Swim League Championships today at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

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Gridiron Girls: Gwinnett residents power Atlanta Ravens team

Gwinnett County has been a hotbed for high school football for more than a decade, producing state champion teams and dozens of high-profile players.

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Coolray Field plays host to annual Awakening of the Dragon

BUFORD — Dragon boater Jackson Chang says there’s a bond forged by teammates on the water that grows stronger with each race.

IN BRIEF: Fire damages 100-year-old house

Fire damages 100-year-old house

Rotary to host event to raise money for Rainbow Village

LAWRENCEVILLE — Why did the Rotarian come to the ballroom? For a good cause.

MUST READ: Businessman buys Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House

LOS ANGELES — Billionaire Ron Burkle has snapped up Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Ennis House at the relative bargain price of about $4.5 million, the building’s sellers announced Friday.

CID awarded $500,000 in grants

NORCROSS — City and state funds will bring some connectivity to the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

Car Seat Coalition on mission to remind

WINDER — Barrow County Emergency Services and other Car Seat Coalition members are on a mission to keep recent changes in car seat laws fresh in parents’ minds.

Suwanee beer fest is Saturday

SUWANEE — Those attending the inaugural Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest can quench their thirst for their wheat and barley beverages with more than 120 different types.

Feds sue officers, directors of failed Ga. bank

DULUTH — Federal regulators have sued 15 former directors and officers of a failed Duluth bank.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony call it quits

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony call it quits

Wildlife division gets new law chief

The Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources promoted a new chief of law enforcement earlier this month.

Four schools to begin school year with counseling distinction

The support Gwinnett County Public Schools counselors provide to their students every day recently brought national distinction to four Gwinnett schools.

NATION IN BRIEF: NTSB joins airport crash investigation

NTSB joins airport crash investigation

Local yarn artists create a tight-knit group through hobby

DULUTH — After retiring at 89, Margaret Gaskins needed a hobby to take up some of her free time. So she joined her local church’s senior knitting club in Baltimore.

WORLD IN BRIEF: 59 escape, 7 dead in prison fight near US

59 escape, 7 dead in prison fight near US

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Buford's Roberts wins Georgia PGA tourney

Ari Roberts, a Buford resident, shot 74 Thursday at Chestatee Golf Club and won the Georgia PGA Junior Tour’s third Summer Series tournament.

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Buford's Lee named to Butkus watch list

Buford linebacker Dillon Lee was named to the High School Butkus Award watch list. Lee was one of 51 candidates from 49 high schools across 19 states to be nominated. The Butkus Award, which is named after legendary NFL linebacker Dick Butkus, will name semifinalists on Oct. 24, finalists on Nov. 22 and the winner will be notified on Dec. 7.

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MCLEOD: Why people become extremists during arguments

It starts out calm. You’re having an intelligent debate with a colleague. Then they say something that pushes your buttons and before you know it, the words are flying and logic is out the window.

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RICH: A masterpiece to be revered, not ridiculed

It wasn’t long ago that a friend of mine — a West Coaster no less — got onto the subject of country music. Some he likes, some he doesn’t, he said. Then, he laughed and recalled a song he had recently encountered.

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YARBROUGH: Calif. law not likely to pass in Ga.

The phone rang the other day and an the other end of the line was Gay Blade, the world’s flaming liberal. Gay spends a lot of time trying to raise my sensitivity toward liberal issues. So far, Gay has not had a lot of luck.

Cast your vote for Suwanee's SculpTour

SUWANEE — Now’s the chance to choose your favorite.

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Deliberations begin in Norcross murder trial

None of the roughly 35 rounds traded in apartment 1806 during a bloody, crossfire drug clash last year have been linked to Stone Mountain resident Tommy Griffin, yet he stands the real possibility of being convicted of felony murder.

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Cops: 2nd teen charged in fatal Lilburn shooting

A Snellville teenager has been arrested and charged with murder after police say he arranged a June drug deal that turned fatal at a Lilburn apartment complex.

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Chamber member DeSilva gets senior VP promotion

Gwinnett Chamber officials have given a boost to the man in charge of members.

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Open range: Children take part in Wild West camp

Kids crowded around three horseshoe-positioned tables with smiles pasted on their faces, decked out in matching cowboy hats and white bandannas, to begin a new Wild West themed craft on Thursday put on by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and held at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary.

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Girl honored for heroism

A scream outside her bedroom window roused Hannah Overmyer the morning of May 2. She nearly shrugged it off, dismissing it as the sound of disabled residents at the personal care home next door. Too early to get ready for school, anyhow, she thought.

Small fire burns church kitchen

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church to find a small kitchen fire already extinguished, officials said.

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Young man wins $1K scholarship

If you ask Alexander Lopez, there's no cookie-cutter approach to teaching English to non-native speakers.

Gas leak closes highway lanes

A natural gas leak forced officials to close two lanes of Buford Highway in Duluth for several hours Thursday.

MCCULLOUGH: Apply yourself when you're applying

I have decided this week to do my part to help with the unemployment crisis.

CEPEDA: An epiphany in Arizona

I have just returned from visiting the so-called craziest state in the union. I'm talking about the one with both an official state reptile and a state gun (the ridge-nosed rattlesnake and Colt single-action Army revolver, respectively).

Tourism and Trade Association director resigns

Lawrenceville's first tourism director is taking a new role in north Georgia.

House of Joy to host event for women, kids

The House of Joy is hosting "The Cry of the Homeless" today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dream Center at 10 College St. in Norcross.

Discover Mills retailers planning fashion show

Students and parents looking to see the latest back-to-school fashion can visit Discover Mills on Saturday, where more than a dozen retailers are planning a fashion show.

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Norcross man, stepson indicted in New Year's death

A Norcross man and his stepson were indicted this week on charges stemming from celebratory New Year's Eve gunfire that struck and killed a neighbor.

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Ford returns to Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- With a military honor guard carrying her casket, Betty Ford returned Thursday to the church where she and her husband got married more than 60 years ago, a wedding that launched the unassuming Michigan couple on an unexpected path to the White House.

NATION: Vegas cops make big meth bust

LAS VEGAS -- Ten illegal immigrants from Mexico were arrested on drug trafficking charges after federal and Las Vegas law enforcement officials seized 212 pounds of drugs worth $5.7 million in the largest methamphetamine bust in Nevada history, authorities announced Thursday.

Loganville council honors Nash for 27 years of service

Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash was honored at Thursday's city council meeting in Loganville, with a reception being held before the meeting and a proclamation read in her honor during the meeting. In a proclamation read publicly, mayor Ray Nunley expressed the city's gratitude to Nash for her 27 years of service to Gwinnett County, and congratulations on her election to the position of chairman in March of this year.

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Deal to give $10 million to charters affected by ruling

Gov. Nathan Deal's office on Thursday pledged $10 million for a handful of charter schools affected by a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the state's charter school law.

WORLD: FBI to probe phone hacking

LONDON -- Rupert Murdoch and his son James first refused, then agreed Thursday to appear before U.K. lawmakers investigating phone hacking and police bribery, while in the U.S., the FBI opened a review into allegations the Murdoch media empire sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims.

Fire officials: Hot mower may have caused shed fire

A hot lawnmower may have caused a fire that engulfed a shed behind a Lawrenceville home Thursday evening, officials said.

Ga. megachurch to announce new campus in Gwinnett Co.

A Georgia megachurch plans to announce details for another campus in fast-growing Gwinnett, which will include a new church building.

PEOPLE: Leary donates 'Rescue Me' 9/11 props

WASHINGTON -- Denis Leary donated props, costumes and other objects from his TV series ''Rescue Me'' to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Thursday because of the show's connection to New York City firefighters after Sept. 11.

1888 Edison recording may be first try at talking doll

TRENTON, N.J. -- Scientists using advanced imaging technology have recovered a 123-year-old recording made by Thomas Edison that is believed to be the world's first attempt at a talking doll and may mark the dawn of the American recording industry.

Donna Mace

Mrs. Donna Sweat Mace, age 65 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

James E. Ivey

James E. Ivey, age 85 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM, Saturday July 16, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Curtis Viola Standridge

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Curtis Viola Evans Standridge, age 84, of Hartwell, GA, who passed away on Wednesday July 13, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467 ...

Rita Henderson

Rita Henderson, age 83, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Carolyn Crowe

Carolyn Crowe, age 71 of Snellville, GA passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Glen From

Glen From, age 73 of Snellville, GA, passed away July 13, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Ruby Winters

Ruby Carter Winters, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA (formerly of Powder Springs, GA), passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011. She was born in Rockmart, GA, September 20, 1916, to the ...

Marie Lejeune

Mrs. Marie George LeJeune, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...