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NATION: Anthony judge wants records law changed

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The judge in the Casey Anthony case has urged the Florida Legislature to change the state's laws to keep jurors' names secret in high-profile cases, especially when they might receive threats because of a verdict.

WORLD: Strauss-Kahn accuser, DA hold meeting

NEW YORK -- The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sex assault spent nearly eight hours with prosecutors Wednesday in the first meeting since the district attorney's office publicly announced it had doubts about her credibility.

PEOPLE: Cage to star in film about serial killer

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The story of the police investigation of infamous Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen is headed to the big screen.

Knights Templar says there is no tie to Norway shooter

LONDON -- Before he carried out the attacks that killed scores of people in Norway, Anders Behring Breivik wrote of his allegiance to the Knights Templar, which he described as a secret society created to carry out a crusade against Islam in Europe.

ROBINSON: The influence industry of rage

The monster who slaughtered at least 76 innocent victims in Norway was animated by the same blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation that fuels anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. Yes, it could happen here.

THOMAS: Praying for the right, or left, result

Texas Republican governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will headline a ''Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis'' on Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

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Hasselbeck headed to Titans

Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands.

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Panthers' Olson makes Under Armour All-American roster

Parkview rising senior Matt Olson was selected to the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game roster this week. The game will be Aug. 13 at Wrigley Field.

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Force's Kennedy, McDowell get AFL honors

Georgia Force teammates Darnell Kennedy and Benji McDowell received two of the top three weekly awards Tuesday from the Arena Football League.

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Roberts finishes second at Clemson

Gwinnett junior golfer Ari Roberts had a rough first round that put her 16 strokes off the lead, but surged back with a 7-under-par 65 on Tuesday and finished second overall in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Clemson University Junior Shootout.

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Hall of Famer Waltrip loved dominating at Bristol

Of his 84 career victories, Darrel Waltrip won seven straight and 12 overall at Bristol, the most by any driver at the bullring of a track in upper East Tennessee.

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Services planned for Meadowcreek principal

NORCROSS -- Arrangements have been announced to honor the life of Meadowcreek High School's principal, who died at the school Monday after suffering a ruptured heart.

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Braves win controversial game in 19th

The Braves won a marathon, 19-inning game over Pittsburgh that went into Wednesday morning thanks to a controversial call. Video of the controversial call inside

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Fisherman sees bubbles, finds SUV in Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE -- Authorities say a fisherman found a sport utility vehicle, which had been reported stolen last year, submerged in Lake Lanier.

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McCann headed to DL with oblique injury

ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Brian McCann strained his left oblique, forcing him out of Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

Key tests haven't started in mother's death

LAWRENCEVILLE — Key toxicology tests that could provide investigators a glimpse at how a Lawrenceville mother of three died have yet to begin, nearly two weeks since her decomposed body turned up in her neighborhood woods.

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Herbstreit: Richt under most pressure

ATLANTA — Perhaps the silence backed up the statement.

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Cops: Family ran phony recycling biz

LAWRENCEVILLE — Three members of a Lawrenceville family purporting themselves as operators of a recycling business are in jail for allegedly scamming jewelers across the country out of depleted watch batteries, a valuable source of silver.

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BISHER: Tiger's firing, trade bait and other musings

Cruel as it might seem in one way or another, Tiger Woods has found a way to win back a portion of his critics, if only a few: When he fired his caddie, Steve Williams, he rid himself of a most irksome presence.

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Man charged in theft from church

LAWRENCEVILLE — An Austell man has been arrested after police say he stole almost $1,000 worth of audio equipment from a Lawrenceville church.

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Porterfield transforms into college post player

Even the most devout Brookwood basketball fans may have missed Chad Porterfield’s varsity action his junior season.

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Panthers' Olson makes Under Armour All-American roster

Parkview rising senior Matt Olson was selected to the Under Armour All-American Baseball Game roster this week. The game will be Aug. 13 at Wrigley Field.

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Snellville salon owner charged with bilking distributor

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Snellville salon owner is facing multiple felony charges after police say he wrote a series of bad checks to a distributor, bilking the company out of about $11,000.

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G-Braves blanked by Bulls, Moore

DURHAM, N.C. — The Gwinnett Braves were shut out by the Durham Bulls 4-0 Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Matt Moore was brilliant for the Bulls on the night, striking out 13 to get his first win. With the loss, Gwinnett (57-47) remains in second place in the International League South Division standings, but are now two games behind the Durham Bulls (59-45) for the lead.

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HAMMOCK: Dacula's Brodie answers doubters

Getting to the next level has never been a breeze for Cole Brodie, dating back to high school.

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Force's Kennedy, McDowell get AFL honors

Georgia Force teammates Darnell Kennedy and Benji McDowell received two of the top three weekly awards Tuesday from the Arena Football League.

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Suwanee recognizes Right to Hike for emergency phone donation

SUWANEE — Brent Seyler, vice president of Right to Hike, was on hand Tuesday at the Suwanee City Council meeting to receive a “thank you” from Mayor Dave Williams and City Council members.

GCPS may ask to extend SPLOST to fund capital projects

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials may go back to the voters in November for an extension of the 1-cent sales tax to fund the system’s ongoing capital projects.

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FairTax goes before Ways and Means committee

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall was excited this week to showcase his FairTax plan before a congressional subcommittee.

FAA shutter having little effect on Briscoe Field

LAWRENCEVILLE — Air traffic controllers are still on duty at Lawrenceville’s Briscoe Field, despite a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration during a congressional battle.

County seeks grant for lab

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Police Department is hoping to receive a federal grant that would enable it to create a dedicated marijuana testing lab, officials said.

Gwinnett Gab 7/28/11

Back-to-school bash planned

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How on earth did we raise our children?

I have been invited to a baby shower. I haven’t figured out yet whether I’m excited or dreading it. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to one and even then, I felt so out of touch with what’s going in the baby world these days. Truth: I felt like a dinosaur. How on earth did I raise my children without all the gadgets and contraptions on the market today?

BOC OKs churches, street lights

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners had a light evening Tuesday, approving churches and street lights instead of the controversial zonings that filled meetings a few years ago.

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Bids unveiled for Ga. 316 project

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Bids have been unveiled for the upcoming transformation of Ga. Highway 316 in Lawrenceville.

Official: Clothes dryer sparks house fire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Tuesday evening fire that damaged a Lawrenceville home originated in a clothes dryer, officials said.

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G-Braves blow past Durham 9-3

After the three-run first, the G-Braves added one in the fifth, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth to take a 9-3 win over the Durham Bulls and close within one game of the International League South Division leader.

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Fan favorites: 'American Idol' mania takes over Gwinnett

DULUTH -- The "American Idol" Live! Tour stopped at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday night with a swarm of "Idol" aficionados who almost sold out the venue. Photos and video inside

Danese Smith

Danese Smith, age 60 of Scottdale, GA passed away July 26, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Marcia Abernathy

Marcia Abernathy, age 62 of Gainesville, GA passed away on July 26, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Harve Rawson

Harve Rawson, age 76, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Beverly Hughes

Beverly Dawn Hughes, 43, of Loganville passed away Monday, July 25, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Barry Hughes, sister and brother-in-law, Melody and James Burgess, mother ...

Dorothy Mae Wall

Dorothy Mae Wall, age 87 of Auburn, GA passed away July 24, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Michael Price

Mr. Michael Daivd Price, age 48 of Dacula, GA passed away on July 23, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Milton Hewatt

Milton B. Hewatt, age 84 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 26, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

William Roberts

Mr. William Allen Roberts, age 71 of Lula, Ga. died Monday, July 25, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Viola Bennett

Miss Viola Bennett, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, July 25, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, W. M. and Maude Cash Bennett; and ...

James Lockhart

James Hamilton Lockhart, age 91 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Roy Lewis Lacy

Roy Lewis Lacy, age 62 of Clarkesville, formerly of Loganville passed away, Monday, July 25, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Chestnut Grove ...

Shirley Coggins

Shirley Faye (Roebuck) Coggins, age 62 of Dacula, GA passed away July 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

James Boney, Jr.

James W. Boney, Jr. (Bill), 86, of Buford, Georgia, died suddenly at his home on Monday, July 25, 2011. Mr. Boney retired from the Jacksonville Electric Authority, Jacksonville, Florida, in ...

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