News for Tuesday, July 19, 2011


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Obama praises 'Gang' plan

Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened Aug. 2 government default.

NATION: Japanese tea ceremony held in Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Symbolizing how far the two countries have come, U.S. organizers on Tuesday hosted an ancient and ritualistic Japanese tea ceremony steeped in tradition at the watery grave of Pearl Harbor.

PEOPLE: Extradition of Quaid fails

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A California prosecutor said Tuesday U.S. officials rejected a request to seek the extradition of actor Randy Quaid and his wife from Canada to face felony vandalism charges.

WORLD: Murdoch takes no blame for phone hacking

LONDON -- Summoned by British lawmakers Tuesday to account for a phone hacking and bribery scandal, Rupert Murdoch said he was humbled and ashamed but accepted no personal responsibility, insisting he was at fault only for trusting the wrong people at a now-defunct tabloid that made up a tiny portion of his vast media empire.

Government panel recommends no copays for contraceptives

WASHINGTON -- Millions of women stand to gain free access to a broad menu of birth control methods, thanks to a recommendation issued Tuesday by health experts advising the government.

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Former South star Williams keeping busy

Even during the offseason, South Gwinnett grad and Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams likes to stay active, something his annual youth basketball camp has helped him do each of the last four summers.

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Old rivalry gets new venue

John Small and Todd Wofford hung toward the back amidst the group of 12 high school football coaches in the underbelly of the Georgia Dome on Tuesday afternoon.

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Slive sees change in air for NCAA

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive is well aware of the recent criticism of the NCAA -- complaints about prolonged investigations and rulings that leave coaches and administrators scratching their heads.

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Harding, Dream beat slumping Fever

Defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta won back-to-back games for the first time this season, including an impressive win over current conference leader Indiana.

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BISHER: Will the defendant please rise?

It's possible I'm not even sure how to address such a dastardly act -- and I use the term "dastardly" in comedic form. I don't generally get into these squabbles between the NCAA and its culprit members.

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Miles, other local collegians nominated for service honor

Brookwood grad Kenny Miles is among the nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, which recognizes and honors college football players for community service work.

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Pastornicky "ready to get it rolling"

Prospect Pastornicky joins G-Braves

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Astros trade Parkview grad Keppinger to Giants

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have traded second baseman Jeff Keppinger to the San Francisco Giants for two Double-A pitchers.

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Burnette throws hat in ring for Suwanee mayor

SUWANEE -- City councilman Jimmy Burnette announced Tuesday that he will run for mayor in the upcoming November election. The Suwanee native, who has served on the City Council since 1996, follows in his father's political footsteps; James Burnette, Sr., served on Suwanee's City Council for 32 years.

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BOC adopts new land acquisition policy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a new land acquisition policy Tuesday that the chairwoman said is more comprehensive than its predecessor.

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Porter asks appeals court to reconsider Kenerly decision

LAWRENCEVILLE -- As promised, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter has formally filed a request with the Georgia Court of Appeals, asking it to reconsider its decision that threw out the indictment of former Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.

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Last shuttle leaves space station, due back Thursday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The last space shuttle is headed home.Atlantis left the International Space Station on Tuesday and slipped away after a partial lap around the station. Ten pairs of eyes pressed against the windows, four in the shuttle and six in the station.

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Cops: Man who set teen ablaze found

Police arrested a Woodstock man Tuesday at an extended stay hotel in Norcross who's wanted for allegedly setting a teenager on fire last week in Cherokee County, officials said.

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Rotary Club hosts comedy night

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County is hosting a comedy night at the Gwinnett Civic Center's grand ballroom Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to raise funds for Rainbow Village, a local homeless ministry.

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Double-stabbing suspect caught

A 45-year-old man accused of stabbing a man and woman Monday night was apprehended a few hours later in a Bethlehem living room, officials said.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Divorce is a life-changer

Our children are at the ages during which they may very likely soon choose life partners. My husband and I are both divorced, and I'm grateful to say our blended family is healthy and happy 12 years into the union.

CEPEDA: Cracks in a monolith

One of the most interesting things about studying a rapidly maturing community is watching its members shake off stereotypes and go their own way. Some Latino voters are doing just that.

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Gomez's 100th homer goes in vain for G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — For nearly 10 days Mauro Gomez was stuck on career homer No. 99.

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Technology leader says tech is key to ending recession

Not only does Tino Mantella believe technology is important in Georgia, he says it can “lead us out of the recession.”

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CLINE: Can locals step up to the plate?

It’s not lost on me — or my waistline — that my television viewing habits are ironic at best, unhealthy at worst. I’m addicted to the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” show, which follows host Adam Richman as he scours the country for interesting cuisine and the biggest eating challanges.

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Thunderstruck: Thunderbolts claim county swim title

After several close calls, the Thunderbolts Swim Team has finally climbed back to the top of the Gwinnett County Swim League.

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Marietta's Ginepri tops Haas in first round

NORCROSS — Robby Ginepri’s return to the ATP World Tour was a successful one.

Burned horse's recovery offers humans hope

DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. — To hear her owner talk, Suki has always been a bit of a diva. And that hasn’t changed even after the massive barn fire that burned the chestnut mare over two-thirds of her body.

LETTERS: Woodall helping to restore some of our fiscal sanity

Many thanks to U.S. Rep. Robert Woodall for introducing an amendment to save $5.1 million in redundant spending for a climate change study in a water and energy bill!

Duluth to hold open house to discuss road projects

The City of Duluth is playing host to a public information open house in August to discuss McClure Bridge Road improvements and the Irvindale Roundabout.

Special education staffers learn skills at conference

LAWRENCEVILLE — There are still a couple of weeks before kids have to be back in the classroom, but some teachers are in school this week.

Pediatric group issues sexual abuse policy

CHICAGO — The nation’s largest pediatricians’ group has issued its first policy on protecting children from sexual abuse by doctors, citing a recent Delaware case and urging medical facilities to screen employees for previous abuse.

THOMAS: Will Americans again reject addiction to big government?

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. vote Republican in 2012.

Piedmont gets first national ranking

ATLANTA — Piedmont Hospital recently received its first-ever national ranking and was named metro Atlanta’s top acute care hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

BOC briefed on 2012 housing plan

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett commissioners were briefed Tuesday on a recommendation for how to use federal housing dollars next year.

Red Cross calling for blood donations

LAWRENCEVILLE — Blood donations have dropped drastically this summer, officials said, and the Red Cross needs support “more than ever.”

LETTERS: Trash plan made more recyclers

While the change to a single hauler trash service was difficult for some — including this reader — in Gwinnett County, I am happy to say a year later that it has in my opinion been worthwhile. Our neighborhoods are cleaner and I am pleased to see not only more neighbors recycling but am very pleased that we can recycle more items, too.

Rotary to host fundraiser for Rainbow Village

The Rotary Club of Gwinnett County is hosting a comedy night at the Gwinnett Civic Center’s grand ballroom Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to raise funds for Rainbow Village, a local homeless ministry.

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Area school superintendent retiring

One of the Gwinnett County School System’s three area superintendents has retired.

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Blake wins rain delayed match

James Blake knows about perseverance.

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Lawrenceville man is G-Braves' 1M fan

That "thing' was becoming the one millionth fan in the G-Braves' brief history, and it was a distinction that soon belonged to Zolecki.

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Benchmark night for G-Braves

On the night in which the Atlanta Braves' AAA affiliate welcomed its one millionth fan and honored legendary Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, the G-Braves gave their own manager, Dave Brundage, his 1,000th career victory.

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A fan favorite: Coolray Field honors legend Bobby Cox

Julie Weaver has absolutely no clue what she said to Bobby Cox on Monday.

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Cops ID body as mom of 3

Police on Monday confirmed a body found near Lawrenceville is a mother of three who'd been missing a week, calling her husband of 12 years a suspect.

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Court mulls doctor's role in '02 slaying

Georgia's highest court will decide whether a doctor should stand trial for discontinuing medication to a psychotic Gwinnett man who brutally knifed his mother to death in 2002, officials said.

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Duluth man bikes across nation for charity

Twenty-three-year-old Parker Smith wanted to do "something epic."

Grayson residents won't see increase in ad valorem taxes

For the fifth straight year, residents of Grayson will not see an increase in their ad valorem taxes.

Betty R. Burns

Betty R. Burns, age 85, of Norcross, Ga., died suddenly Saturday afternoon, July 16, 2011. Her memorial service will be Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 2 pm in the Bill ...

John Davis

Mr. John M. Davis, age 78, Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Paula Shaffer Davis, Buford, GA; daughter ...

Nathaniel Whited

Mr. Nathaniel Whited, age 29 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on July 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Jackie Pitt

Jackie Pitt, age 60 of Monroe, formerly of Duluth, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at Duluth Church ...

Gladys Brannon

Gladys Green Brannon, age 95, of Norcross, GA, died, July 17, 2011. Arrangements by The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Betty Sue Benson

Betty Sue Gillespie Benson, age 83 of Commerce, GA formerly of Buford died Saturday, July 16, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Ann Antoci

Ann Antoci, age 78 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Lindenhurst, New York, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011. Funeral Mass will be held 11 AM Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at St ...

Dora Medley

Dora Lee Sharpton Medley, age 87 of Winder, GA passed away July 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Eva Mae Moore

Eva Mae Smith Moore, age 82, of Snellville, GA passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, and son-in-law. She is ...

Twanda Negley

Twanda Sloan Negley, age 75 of Suwanee, GA passed away on July 17, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Dennis Ward

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Dennis Roger Ward, age 66, of Jefferson, who passed away on July 17, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences at ...

John Bruns

John Erroll "Jeb" Bruns, age 49, of Duluth, GA died July 13, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Robert Peevy

Robert D. Peevy, 84 of Hoschton passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011 after a prolonged illness. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth Chatham Peevy; sons and ...

Roger Goldman Carthern

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Roger Goldman Carthern, age 64, of Jefferson, who passed away on July 16, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences at ...

Pauline Jones

Pauline Doris Stukey Jones, age 94 of Ohio City, OH died Friday, July 15, 2011. Arrangements by Cowan & Son Funeral Home 419-238-6385,

Majid Tafazoli

Majid Tafazoli age 53 of Loganville passed away July 16, 2011 after a short illness. He was a devoted husband and loving father who lived a selfless life for his ...