News for Saturday, July 23, 2011

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Standout Stars help teach soccer to refugees

Jennifer Garrett pulls up to a make-shift soccer field at Northlake Church of Christ and a group of kids pile out of her car. The 2003 Providence grad is immediately greeted by Khanh, a Vietnamese refugee.Photo slide show inside

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Calhoun's connection with Valdosta St. brings camp to Gwinnett

With the start of the regular season still a few weeks away, a large group of football players took advantage of a football camp on Saturday morning.Photo slide show inside

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Isner, Fish set up finals rematch

Third seeded John Isner's post-match comments on Friday following his quarterfinal win over Yen-Hsun Lu nearly proved prophetic when he said his semifinal matchup against Gilles Muller could come down to a tie break to decide it.

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Reds rally 'n' roll past Braves

Edgar Renteria wasn't feeling good on a hot afternoon, hoping he could just stay in the background while his stomach recovered from whatever was bothering it. No such luck.

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Douglas' 3-pointer leads East to All-Star win

There were the record number of first-time WNBA All-Stars, and a halftime ceremony honoring the best players in WNBA history. Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas didn't fit into either category. So she made her mark another way.

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Some still skeptical after new land policy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A new land purchase policy may not restore residents' trust in leaders, but officials say it should keep the process scrupulous.

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Beer enthusiasts descend on Suwanee for festival

SUWANEE -- Jared Burrell put on his beer goggles -- er, sunglasses -- a little early Saturday.

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Schools hire 541 teachers for new year

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has hired 541 teachers to kick off the school year Aug. 8, according to a recent report.

Development of Snellville's town center being lauded

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville's Downtown Development Authority members are looking forward to the development of Snellville's town center.

Mini-celebration held for Hot Dog Day

SUWANEE -- It may be the all-American entree, but at Suwanee's Chicago Red Hots, the hot dog has international allure.

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POLITICS: Mitchell legislation says cheating teachers must pay back bonuses

A Gwinnett legislator will play a role in the aftermath of Atlanta's cheating scandal.

Two authors coming to Norcross

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett County Public Library's Meet the Author series is welcoming two New York Times bestselling writers to visit the community.

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GCPS plans AYP info sessions

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County schools that are on the Needs Improvement list for state accountability goals may provide parents the chance to transfer students to another school, according to the No Child Left Behind Act.

OUR VIEW: Think it's HOT now? Wait until the lanes switch

The ongoing conversion of Gwinnett's HOV lanes on Interstate 85 is, well, a topic of HOT debate.

KING: Immigration reality is not a media priority

A major obstacle to average Americans' ability to gain a real understanding of the immigration issue is the policy of many in the media to offer "news" that mostly promotes and encourages the anti-enforcement agenda.

O'REILLY: Lying, cheating permeate our great society

So, I'm trying to channel Moses here to find out why so many Americans are bearing false witness against their neighbors. Ask any attorney or judge, and they will tell you that lying under oath is now the rule, not the exception, in the nation's courtrooms.

HALL: Justice needs some infrastructure work

We have all heard of the situation that we find ourselves in concerning our nation's infrastructural decay. There are roads with more potholes than pavement, bridges that literally have cement chunks falling from them, as well as water and sewer lines that are barely able to keep up with the demand. This situation is apparently a result of building one of the most impressive infrastructures in the world and then never doing anything to maintain it. We are now faced with a system in great stress due to long-term neglect.

LETTERS: Taxpayers footing too high a bill for county workers

I find it troubling that 5,000 Gwinnett County employees have more benefits than most of us who pay their salary.

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LARSON: Canoe enthusiast brings water safety to mainstream

For David Bolton, when it came to canoeing, one thing just seemed to flow into another.

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JENKINS: Disarray in Washington, D.C., may be symbolic

Our nation's capitol is a mess. I'm not talking about politics -- although, yeah, that too. I mean it's literally a mess.

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Police: Singer Amy Winehouse found dead

LONDON -- Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. Video, Link to guest book inside story

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MCLEOD: It's always personal: Why even men cry during work

She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone. Then the almost 70-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc. let loose with his tirade.

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RICH: Admiring, appreciating the kindness of risk-takers

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where this column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week's column for me to sign.

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Americans Fish, Isner advance to Atlanta semifinals

After Luxembourg's Gilles Muller qualified for today's semifinals with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) upset win over the second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, Mardy Fish and John Isner were on alert with their matches still to play.

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Braves win on Uggla's homer

Dan Uggla's first career pinch-hit home run lifted the Braves to a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

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Force fight for better matchup

Even with an Arena Football League playoff berth already secure, there is still plenty for the Georgia Force to play for as they conclude the regular season against the Iowa Barnstromers tonight at 8:05 in Des Moines.

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Silverbacks top Tampa Bay, extend unbeaten streak

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Silverbacks defeated FC Tampa Bay 2-1 Saturday night in front of a crowd of 3,515 fans at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The win extended Atlanta’s unbeaten streak to three games and snapped Tampa Bay’s five-game unbeaten streak.

OUR VIEW: Think it's HOT now? Wait until the lanes switch

The ongoing conversion of Gwinnett’s HOV lanes on Interstate 85 is, well, a topic of HOT debate.

Development of Snellville's town center being lauded

SNELLVILLE — Snellville’s Downtown Development Authority members are looking forward to the development of Snellville’s town center.

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Calhoun's connection with Valdosta St. brings camp to Gwinnett

SUWANEE — With the start of the regular season still a few weeks away, a large group of football players took advantage of a football camp on Saturday morning.

O'REILLY: Lying, cheating permeate our great society

So, I’m trying to channel Moses here to find out why so many Americans are bearing false witness against their neighbors. Ask any attorney or judge, and they will tell you that lying under oath is now the rule, not the exception, in the nation’s courtrooms.

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NFL players study deal OK'd by owners

The NFL is stuck in a holding pattern, with work still to be done to end the lockout. Heck, the players haven't even scheduled a vote.

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DeShields leads US rout of Russia

Norcross' Diamond DeShields scored 16 points and Breanna Stewart added 14 to help the U.S. under-19 women's basketball team beat Russia 76-53 in the opening round of the World Championship on Friday.

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'She is at peace' -- Family holds vigil for mom

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On that day, the rain came down softly at first. As friends, neighbors and family members gathered at Lawrenceville's Oak Village subdivision to look for Nique Leili, it started pouring.Video and photo slide show inside

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Campmeeting draws hundreds for fellowship

LAWRENCEVILLE -- If you wander the campgrounds of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, it may feel like you stepped back in time.Photo slide show inside

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Gwinnett Center will temporarily host mega-church

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Church, a new North Point Ministries satellite church campus, announced this week that it will begin holding services at Gwinnett Center beginning Oct. 2.

BOE sets millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Board members voted unanimously to not increase property taxes Thursday during the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting.

Seniors cool off with ice cream social

SUWANEE -- Nan Wade of Suwanee scooped herself a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, added caramel syrup and topped it off with a cherry while she chatted leisurely with her friends, both new and old.

Group files complaint against IE2 school program

SUWANEE -- A group of parents in Gwinnett County filed a civil rights complaint this week against Gwinnett County Schools, according to a news release from the organization.

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G-Braves off to quick start in win

Newest offensive lynchpin Tyler Pastornicky had three hits and starter Todd Redmond did enough for his seventh win as the Gwinnett Braves opened their series in Norfolk with a 5-2 victory Friday.

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Bomb, shootings rip Norway

OSLO, Norway -- A bomb ripped open buildings in the heart of Norway's government Friday, and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at an island youth camp connected to the ruling party. At least seven people were killed in the blast and nine more in the camp shootings, the peaceful nation's worst violence since World War II.

NATION: Heat wave grips Northeast states

NEW YORK -- The urban Northeast baked like a potato wrapped in foil Friday as record-breaking, 100-degree temperatures and steambath humidity combined with the heat-trapping effects of asphalt and concrete to make millions of people miserable.

PEOPLE: Beavis and Butthead to return to MTV

SAN DIEGO -- Nearly two decades after their heyday, Beavis and Butthead are coming back.

Ex-DeKalb cop sentenced on federal charges

ATLANTA -- A Lilburn resident and former DeKalb County police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges stemming from assisting alleged criminals and lying to federal agents, officials said.

Gas leak shuts down Ga. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A natural gas leak shut down several lanes of a major Gwinnett thoroughfare Friday morning.

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Shawn Gharineh

Shawn "Shahriar" Gharineh, age 51 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on July 21, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Wayne Caudell

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Wayne Stanley Caudell, age 81, of Jefferson, who passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences ...

Harve Rawson

Dr. Harve E. Rawson, age 76 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on July 20, 2011. He was born in Webb City, MO on July 25, 1934, to Paul C. and ...

Anthony Herring, Sr.

Anthony Herring, Sr., age 87 of Norcross, GA passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Genevieve Gillam

GEN" Genevieve Katherine "Gen" Oakley Gillam, age 91, of Snellville, Georgia (formerly of Marion and Cedar Rapids, Iowa) entered into rest on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Ashton Hall with ...

Alice Matulich

Alice Matulich, age 81, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, entered into rest on Friday, July 22, 2011 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years ...

Arnold R. Williams

Arnold R. Williams, age 77 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Stephanie Hogewood

Stephanie DeThomas Eardley Hogewood, age 52 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Saturday July 23, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Yvette Hammond

Yvette Hammond, age 49, of Stone Mountain, GA, died, July 21, 2011. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, an Authorized Remembrance Provider ...

Lester Magness

Lester A. Magness, age 83 of Winder, GA passed away July 21, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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