News for Saturday, July 16, 2011


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NATION IN BRIEF: L.A. avoids feared 'Carmageddon'

Southern Californians appeared Saturday to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to avoid the dreaded ''Carmageddon'' -- leaving their cars in the garage.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Franklin's publishing company sued over royalties

A longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album.

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ROBINSON: Go ahead, make my day

"Eric, don't call my bluff."Those words suggest President Obama has had it up to here with the preening and posturing of Republican "negotiators" who won't negotiate. Who could blame him?

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O'REILLY: Law will protect the kids

The moment Casey Anthony walks out of jail in Florida, America will be a poorer place. This woman's negligence and apathy toward her precious 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, eliminate her as a responsible citizen. She's simply another barbarian who couldn't even be bothered to protect her baby.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Rep. Johnson gets National Parks award

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is a friend of parks.

Campus to offer SAT prep courses

In order to help students prepare for the SAT Exam, the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education is offering preparation courses during July.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Comets win Dixie Youth title

For the first time in more than seven years, the SGAA South Comets T-Ball All stars won the championship in the Dixie Youth Baseball.

Loganville giving amnesty for unpaid traffic violations

The city of Loganville is offering temporary amnesty and waiving certain warrants and fees for those with outstanding traffic and ordinance violations.

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Americans take rocky road to World Cup finals

The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along. Eight months after having to win a playoff just to get to Germany, the Americans face Japan in the Women's World Cup final today.

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Clarke still leads after weathering storms

About the only predictable part of this British Open is the weather. The biggest surprise is the list of contenders for the claret jug.

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.

Parkview High students win national song competition

A group of Parkview High School students just got back from a national competition, where they secured first place for a song they produced.

Young chefs fare well nationally

After cooking a beef tenderloin and mashed potato dish to near perfection, three Meadowcreek High School students came home from a national competition with their heads held high.

Kiwanis clubs to host annual golf tournament

The Kiwanis Clubs of Suwanee and Duluth will host their annual golf tournament on Aug. 16. The event will help raise money for children and young adults in Gwinnett.

Car Seat Coalition on mission to remind

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.

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G-Braves host Bobby Cox Night on Monday

Cox back at Coolray Field for first pitch and more.

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LARSON: Friend knows how to live every day to the fullest

I love field trips. When my kids were in school I was always the first to volunteer to chaperone. Friends still tease me about the way I used to pile all the kids in the cul-de-sac into my mini-van and haul them off on some local adventure.

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JENKINS: An open letter to the family of Shannon Stone

First, let me express my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband, son, and father, who died tragically when he fell from the bleachers while trying to catch a baseball during a Texas Rangers' game on July 7.

GWINNETT GAB: Public invited to Path2College 529 Plan celebration

Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Treasurer Tommy Hills will announce milestone achievements Tuesday intended to help Georgia families in their efforts to financially prepare for their children's education.

Bethlehem Christian achieves SACS, ACSI accreditations

Bethlehem Christian Academy has earned accreditation that recognizes it as a school that meets the standards necessary for quality education in an authentic Christian setting.

Suwanee beer fest is Saturday

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.

Local yarn artists create a tight-knit group through hobby

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.

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.

CID awarded $500,000 in grants

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

Cast your vote for Suwanee's SculpTour

The city of Suwanee is encouraging residents and visitors to cast a vote for their favorite submission to the city's "SculpTour," a selection of 15 outdoor sculptures that have been installed through Town Center.

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Body found thought to be missing woman

As of Saturday night, officials had not yet determined whether a body found in the Collins Hill area is that of a woman that had been missing since July 8.

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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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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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Employees of county taking survey on cuts

LAWRENCEVILLE — Taxpayers aren’t the only people who will feel the crunch by dropping revenues in the county coffers.

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McCoughtry takes Dream past Sky

ATLANTA — Angel McCoughtry scored 24 points, Lindsey Harding added 14 and the Atlanta Dream snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.

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O'REILLY: Law will protect the kids

The moment Casey Anthony walks out of jail in Florida, America will be a poorer place. This woman’s negligence and apathy toward her precious 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, eliminate her as a responsible citizen. She’s simply another barbarian who couldn’t even be bothered to protect her baby.

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Grayson joins North at national 7-on-7 tourney

North Gwinnett is making a return trip the to the National Select 7-on-7 championship.

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CEPEDA: Addressing childhood obesity

CHICAGO — Finally, two experts had the courage to state the obvious: Parents who let their children become obese enough to suffer from serious medical complications are committing child abuse.

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PARKER: A story not quite right

WASHINGTON — Most would agree that one would have to stoop pretty low to question the story of a man's mother's death.

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Family fight: Daughter diagnosed with cancer after helping mom beat disease 4 times

... have the love of family and friends as your support group. They can lift you up so high, and the days just pass by so much faster ... No one fights alone!

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Hernandez wins it for G-Braves in extras again

LAWRENCEVILLE — Brian Matusz left the game just in time for the Gwinnett Braves.

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Car show raises funds for local charities

LAWRENCEVILLE — What started out as rainy weather in the morning turned sunny and mild Saturday during the ninth annual Car and Bike Show in downtown Lawrenceville.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Franklin's publishing company sued over royalties

Franklin’s publishing company sued over royalties

WORLD IN BRIEF: Shooter in Afghan army uniform kills NATO trooper

Shooter in Afghan army uniform kills NATO trooper

MUST READ: Oldest son of Austria's last emperor buried Saturday

VIENNA — Lederhosen-clad Tyrollean guardsmen hoisted the coffin of Otto Von Habsburg onto their shoulders Saturday, carrying the oldest son of Austria’s last emperor to rest in a pomp-filled ceremony evocative of the country’s past grandeur as a ruler of much of Europe.

Turner Field to host blood drive

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves and the American Red Cross have scheduled the third annual Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the 755 Club at Turner Field.

Young girl nearly drowns in Lanier

Authorities responded Saturday afternoon after a 2-year-old nearly drowned at Buford Dam Park on Lake Lanier.

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BISHER: Let's revamp all-star manager selections

Well, let’s begin with the managers.

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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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G-Braves go big for millionth fan

The G-Braves entered Friday's game with a total attendance of 984,021 since opening in 2009 and plan to exceed the 1 million mark before the team hits the road Friday. Whenever fan No. 1,000,000 crosses into the stadium, the celebration will be expansive.

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Force on verge of postseason spot

After last week's 51-41 loss to Chicago in the home finale at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Force are hoping to right the ship tonight in order to not only make sure of the postseason berth, but to regain momentum heading into the postseason.

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Prado returns with HR, Braves beat Nats 11-1

ATLANTA -- Martin Prado had two hits, including a homer, in his return from five weeks on the disabled list and the Braves beat the error-prone Washington Nationals 11-1 on Friday night for the 10,000th win in franchise history.

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Kind soles: 10-year-old collects shoes for homeless

When McClain Hermes set a collection goal for the second year of her Shoes for the Souls project, her dad issued her a challenge.

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Man gets life in '10 shootout

A Gwinnett County jury found Stone Mountain resident Tommy Griffin guilty of felony murder and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole Friday, despite the fact that the bullet that killed another man during a bloody drug battle was never linked directly to him.

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City dedicates treatment plant to former council member

The city of Lawrenceville celebrated its new Water Treatment Plant on Friday morning, located on Winer Industrial Way, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony after dedicating the plant to former City Council member Mahlon Burson.

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Outlook grim if no debt deal

Horror stories are flying about the damage that might be wreaked should Congress and President Barack Obama fail to cut a deal by the Aug. 2 deadline to increase America's borrowing limit. Nearly every American is in harm's way, either directly or indirectly.

NATION IN BRIEF: NTSB joins airport crash investigation

The crash between two airliners on a taxiway at Boston's Logan International Airport was upgraded from an ''incident'' to an ''accident'' on Friday by federal investigators, prompting the involvement of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Feds sue officers, directors of failed Ga. bank

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

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

Mexican officials said fighting among inmates at a prison near the U.S. border has killed seven prisoners and allowed at least 59 others to escape.

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Off-duty police officers foil two would-be criminals

In separate incidents, two off-duty Gwinnett County police officers foiled a pair of would-be criminals Thursday night.

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

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's marriage has hit a sour note: The superstar couple announced Friday they are breaking up.

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

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.

IN BRIEF: Fire damages 100-year-old house

An overnight fire at a vacant, 100-year-old house does not appear suspicious, officials said.

Rotary to host event to raise money for Rainbow Village

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

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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.

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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.

Philip Tidwell

Philip Wayne Tidwell, age 53, of Lilburn, GA, died Thursday, July 14, 2011. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Kenneth Aldridge

Mr. Kenneth Aldridge, 73, of Auburn, Georgia died July 14, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Jerry Parnell

Jerry Parnell, age 54 of Buford, GA passed away on July 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Robert Parker

Robert Holdman Parker, age 83 of Auburn, GA passed away July 14, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Linda Maynard

Ms. Linda Maynard, 62, of Auburn, Georgia died July 13, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Verlon Higgins

Verlon Higgins, age 86, of Tucker, GA, died Friday, July 15, 2011. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

David Grafton

"Richard" David Grafton, age 71 of Winder, GA passed away July 14, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Dollie Lamont

Dollie V. Lamont, age 90, of Johns Creek, GA died Friday July 15, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Edna Britt

Edna S. Britt, age 93 of Snellville, GA passed away July 13, 2011. Edna was born February 15, 1918. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lillian ...