News for Wednesday, July 20, 2011


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Chamber hosts tech speaker

An official with the state technical college system spoke Wednesday to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce regarding some of the challenges on the horizon for businesses and education.

Water and sewer lines to be replaced

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Twelve miles of aging water mains and more than a mile of old, frequently clogged sewer lines will be replaced under contracts approved this week by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

Official: Winder house fire caused by electrical problem

WINDER -- A Winder house fire early Wednesday morning was caused by an electrical problem, officials said.

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G-Braves super comeback falls short

The Bats had more punch than Batman by pounding out 15 hits and three pitchers provided just enough Kryptonite for the G-Braves' bats in a 9-6 victory before 4,519 fans on Wednesday.

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A decade abroad: Missionaries still adjusting to being back

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Ed and Linda Baker spent the last decade abroad, living in a tent in third-world countries, digging wells and spreading the gospel.

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Ginepri falls in three sets

NORCROSS -- American Robby Ginepri stuck around for three sets but the tall left-hander from Luxembourg was eventually too tough to handle in a 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-2 win.

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Gwinnett to install more traffic cameras, fiber-optic cables

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett transportation officials will install more traffic cameras and fiber-optic cables to monitor traffic flow in two congested areas.

GWINNETT GAB: Students awarded shopping spree

On Tuesday, more than 100 local students will have the chance to visit an Atlanta area Target store to buy school supplies, clothing and other items in time for school, thanks to Target and Salvation Army.

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GARDENING: St. Augustine grass can make an attractive lawn

St. Augustine grass is an attractive turfgrass that has large flat stems and broad coarse blue-green leaves.

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Authorities: Inmate sent threatening letters to witness

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man originally charged with robbery is now facing additional felony charges after officials said he mailed threatening letters to a witness from Gwinnett County Jail, demanding the victim send money to his wife.

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Heat 'dome' steaming US

CHICAGO -- If the extreme heat and humidity lingering over much of the nation feels like a steam bath, it's because the same principles are at work in the atmosphere.

NATION: Man indicted on murder charge in child's death

NEW YORK -- A man was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on murder and kidnapping charges in the killing and dismemberment of an 8-year-old boy who was abducted off a Brooklyn street last week.

WORLD: Demjanjuk appeals his deportation

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Attorneys for John Demjanjuk want an American court in Cleveland to set aside the ruling that led to his deportation to Germany and his conviction on Nazi war crimes charges.

PEOPLE: Baldwin's wife gets 10 days

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- A contrite former model married to actor Daniel Baldwin promised a judge on Wednesday that she would begin Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as soon as she finishes a 10-day sentence for violating probation on a drunken driving conviction.

Al-Qaida allies plan cartoon recruiting film for kids

LONDON -- An al-Qaida affiliate says it plans to roll out what some have called a Disney-like animated cartoon aimed at recruiting children to the terror network.

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Team chemistry: Mill Creek players stock Atlanta Crackers

The Atlanta Crackers, who play out of Norcross High School in the Sunbelt Baseball League, should have plenty of team chemistry.

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Gladiators re-sign Cameron, Jackson

Forward Dustin Cameron and defenseman Dallas Jackson are both under contract with Gwinnett for the 2011-12 season.

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HAMMOCK: Creel takes risk and finds new home at Cornerstone

But the simple decision isn't always the right one. He passed on signing the contract.

WOODALL: The real 'big deal'

Last week, the news churned out story after story about the "big deal" President Barack Obama says he is pursuing with congressional leadership. This week, a re-formed Senate "Gang of Six" dominates the headlines, trying to arrive at its own "big deal."

ROBINSON: Herman Cain's major misplaced priorities

It is time to stop giving Herman Cain's unapologetic bigotry a free pass. The man and his poison need to be seen clearly and taken seriously.

THOMAS: Glee over the troubles of Murdoch

PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland -- Glee is not just an American TV show; it is also the emotion many people feel and express toward the trouble Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is having, since they consider Murdoch's properties a blight on their formerly pristine media landscape.

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Husband suspected in slaying breaks silence

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville resident Matt Leili, the only suspect police have singled out in his wife's homicide, broke his silence Wednesday by issuing a press release through his attorney proclaiming his innocence and downplaying media reports that he hasn't cooperated with investigators.

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Lawrenceville company recalls chicken products

ATLANTA -- Authorities say a Lawrenceville company is recalling some ready-to-eat chicken products over concerns about possible Listeria contamination.

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Hotter weather returns to Georgia

ATLANTA -- More hot weather is forecast for Georgia, and Atlanta's air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

WOODALL: The real 'big deal'

Last week, the news churned out story after story about the “big deal” President Barack Obama says he is pursuing with congressional leadership. This week, a re-formed Senate “Gang of Six” dominates the headlines, trying to arrive at its own “big deal.”

NATION: Man indicted on murder charge in child's death

Man indicted on murder charge in child’s death

ROBINSON: Herman Cain's major misplaced priorities

It is time to stop giving Herman Cain’s unapologetic bigotry a free pass. The man and his poison need to be seen clearly and taken seriously.

PEOPLE: Baldwin's wife gets 10 days

Baldwin’s wife gets 10 days

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Marietta's Ginepri tops Haas in first round

A wild-card entry into this year's Atlanta Tennis Championships at Racquet Club of the South, Marietta resident Robby Ginepri took care of business in the first round with a strong showing in his 6-4, 7-5 victory over Tommy Haas of Germany.

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

For nearly 10 days Mauro Gomez was stuck on career homer No. 99. He hit the 99th against Charlotte on July 10, the day before the All-Star break.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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Level Creek 11-year-old climbs for U.S. team

SUWANEE -- To master a climbing wall, athletes must bend and twist their way to the top using hand and foot holds.

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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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Questions loom in homicide

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Nique Leili met her husband online, in an AOL chatroom, about 15 years ago, and technology became a running theme in the relationship.

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.

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.

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!

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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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Area school superintendent retiring

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

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.

BOC briefed on 2012 housing plan

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

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.

Lanell Hearrean

LaNell Toler Hearrean, age 81 of Buford, GA died Monday, July 18, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Ralph Guldenschuh

On Monday, July 4, 2011 God called his faithful servant and devoted father, Ralph W. Guldenschuh to heaven to again be with his wife of 54 years, Virginia Guldenschuh, who ...

Charlotte Hendrix

Charlotte L. Hendrix, age 92 of Lawrenceville, GA, and formerly of Cocoa Beach, FL passed away July 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 ...

Kathy Sharp

Kathy Bradford Sharp, age 52, of Dahlonega, GA died July 17, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Dora Lee Sharpton Medley

Dora Lee Sharpton Medley, age 87 of Winder, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dacula ...

Isabell Mcneal

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Isabell Marie McNeal, age 81, of Braselton, who passed away on July 18, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences at ...

Robert Peevy

Rev. Robert D. Peevy, age 84 of Hoschton, GA passed away on July 17, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

James Mcadams

James Allen McAdams, age 63, of Loganville, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, July 21, 2011 at Bill Head Funeral ...

Jane Gilreath

Jane Burton Edwards Gilreath, age 71 of ODawsonville, GA died Sunday, July 17, 2011. Arrangements by Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, GA

Sidney Cahoon

Sidney Lamar Cahoon, 67, of Norcross, GA, died July 18, 2011. The funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 22nd, in the chapel of Norcross First United Methodist ...

Albertine Beacham

Albertine Dolores Beacham, age 84 of Columbus, GA, passed away July 19, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Doris Wilson

Doris Anne Wilson, 94, of Loganville passed away Monday, July 18, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Wilson, daughter, Wendie Scott, and grandson, Randy Scott. She ...

Thomas Dinardo

Thomas James (Tom) DiNardo, age 60 of Snellville, GA passed away July 19, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Suzette DiNardo; sons, Anthony DiNardo, Michael DiNardo; daughters, Ashlyn DiNardo ...

Charles Taylor, Jr.

Ret. Maj. Charles O. Taylor, Jr., age 91 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on July 18, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...