News for Friday, July 29, 2011


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Senate rejects House debt bill

In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the House approved emergency legislation Friday night to avoid an unprecedented government default and the Senate scuttled it less than two hours later.

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Police find woman's body in well; husband may be charged

Police believe the body of 38-year-old Tonya Faye Lynn was found in an Auburn well Friday afternoon, and the husband of the Winder mother of four will face murder charges if an examination confirms the identity.

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Uggla homer carries Braves past Marlins

ATLANTA — Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the seventh inning, Brandon Beachy combined with two relievers on a three-hitter and the Atlanta Braves beat Florida 5-0 on Friday night to end the Marlins’ five-game winning streak.

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RICH: Here's to staying young at heart, young in looks

One morning, I received an email from a reader who began by explaining that her 81-year-old mother was a devoted reader of this column and my books.

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Gwinnett Diner reopens after three-week hiatus

LAWRENCEVILLE — Under new ownership and thanks to help from the community, the Gwinnett Diner will reopen next week.

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McLEOD: Seven ways to have a great life starting tomorrow

Long-term goals are important, but don’t make the mistake of putting your happiness on hold until you achieve them. Here are seven simple ways you can have a great life starting tomorrow morning:

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Dacula teenagers arrested in alleged car break-ins

DACULA — Four Dacula teenagers have been arrested for their alleged connection with at least four car break-ins, and police are investigating their possible involvement in a larger string of similar crimes in the Hamilton Mill area.

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Carter starting over in AA, again

A move to the bullpen last season with Birmingham vaulted Anthony Carter from marginal to prime prospect. Now the Parkview graduate is back in Class AA trying to regain some lost luster.

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Police arrest Macon woman on arson charges

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County fire investigators have arrested a Macon woman accused of setting fire to a pair of Norcross businesses.

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Cat on top: Stewart hopes to guide Duluth to playoffs

A big smile comes over Duluth coach Corey Jarvis’ face when he recalls the first time he saw Anfernee Stewart.

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Teens gain leadership skills in summer internship

ATLANTA — Gwinnett County residents Stacia Burke and Alexander Lopez recently completed the best summer job they say they ever had.

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G-Braves back in tie for first

GURHAM — In a return to the starting rotation, Gwinnett Braves pitcher Yohan Flande turned in his best performance of the season.

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Hawkins rising with Blue Jays at the plate

Chris Hawkins played shortstop in high school and started his professional career at third base before moving to the outfield. But one thing hasn’t changed.

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Duluth grad Green joins 11th team

Texas is Nick Green’s 11th organization. He hopes the Rangers will be his eighth major league team.

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Police find woman's body in well; husband may be charged

WINDER — Police believe the body of 38-year-old Tonya Faye Lynn was found in an Auburn well Friday afternoon, and the husband of the Winder mother of four will face murder charges if an examination confirms the identity.

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Walling named to USTA Southern Section post

Chris Walling of Atlanta was announced this week as the director of adult tennis and section league coordinator for the Norcross-based USTA Southern Section.

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Tides' Hanks to sit out first two games

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama receiver Darius Hanks will miss the first two games this season under the NCAA participation rule.

Buford Schools approve SPLOST agreement

BUFORD — Buford City Schools approved an agreement Friday with Gwinnett County Public Schools that called for an extension of the 1-cent sales tax.

WORLD IN BRIEF: James Murdoch asked to clarify testimony

James Murdoch asked to clarify testimony

YARBROUGH: Being PC is much harder than it looks

There is a fallacious, salacious and slightly audacious rumor afloat that I can be a tad politically incorrect at times. Moi? Knock me over with an (organically grown) goose feather. I’ll have you know that some of my best friends are (fill in the blank) and (fill in the blank), not to mention (fill in the blank.) On rare occasions, I have even been seen in public with (fill in the blank.)

Shanteau fourth in FINA World Championships

Parkview grad and 2008 Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau finished just a spot away from medaling in the 200-meter breaststroke Friday in the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Appeals court sides with J.Lo in video fight

Appeals court sides with J.Lo in video fight

Lottery ticket collectors seeking keepsakes, not money

PHILADELPHIA — Among the mountains of losing lottery tickets piled high in a hotel conference room, someone may yet hit a jackpot.

HUCKABY: Random encounters can sometimes change lives

Fate is a fickle dance partner and if you believe you can predict what life will bring your way when you wake up each morning, you just haven’t been paying attention. The nuances of everyday life seem so random at times. We never know when a chance encounter will develop into a long and lasting friendship, and since the world is so interconnected these days, we can seldom imagine how wide a network a relationship with a solitary person might eventually create.

NATION IN BRIEF: Man who fled from Dahmer charged in death

Man who fled from Dahmer charged in death

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Jam sessions: Music Barn gets 2nd chance with new owners

Legendary bluegrass landmark Everett's Music Barn proudly re-opened its doors under new management, but not much in the venue has changed.

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Debt limit vote postponed

WASHINGTON -- The endgame at hand, House Republicans struggled Thursday to pass legislation to prevent a looming government default while slicing nearly $1 trillion from federal spending. Senate Democrats pledged to scuttle the bill -- if it got to them -- in hopes of forcing a final compromise.

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Voters to decide on SPLOST

Come November, education officials will ask voters for an extension of the one-cent sales tax in a measure the Gwinnett County Public Schools chief of staff said "is critical to the school system's continued ability to provide a quality educational program."

NATION IN BRIEF: Trustee: Nearly half of Madoff losses recovered

NEW YORK -- Nearly half the money invested by thousands of people in Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff's multi-decade fraud has been recovered, a court-appointed trustee announced Thursday as he revealed a settlement that adds more than a billion dollars to the total.

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Family suing Gwinnett PD

The family of a suicidal Duluth woman and her elderly mother shot dead by a Gwinnett police officer two years ago is suing the police department and 911 call center.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Egypt lays plans for venue of Mubarak trial

CAIRO -- Hosni Mubarak's trial will be set in a huge Cairo convention center with hundreds of seats for an audience, heavy security and a metal defendants' cage large enough to hold the man who ruled Egypt unchallenged for three decades, his two sons and seven associates, judicial officials said Thursday.

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Former publisher joins SCNI as VP of advertising

Newspaper advertising veteran Bob McCray has joined Southern Community Newspapers Inc., parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post, as vice president of advertising.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lady Gaga to release book of photographs

NEW YORK -- Lady Gaga will release a book of photographs with fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

Officials to hold informational meetings

NORCROSS -- Commissioner Lynette Howard was surprised earlier this summer when others told her that constituents wouldn't understand talks about the county millage rate.

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BOE names Welch interim principal at Meadowcreek

Gwinnett County Public School officials voted Thursday night to name an interim leader for Meadowcreek High School.

Bridge honors Mass., R.I. couple killed on 9/11

ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- Before the politicians and the cameras showed up, Ellen and Bill Goodchild took an unhurried stroll on the bridge that now bears their daughter's name. There were no tears; just smiles for the child they lost on 9/11.

Cops: Staffer accused of bilking clients

A former staffer at a Norcross payroll company is accused of defrauding her employer's clients out of almost $70,000.

Safety at heart of Lilburn's 'Night Out'

LILBURN -- For the second year running, Lilburn police and city officials are teaming up to raise safety awareness by bringing neighbors together.

Georgia soldier who used diet defense convicted of murder, gets life

SAVANNAH -- A Georgia soldier who argued he shot a superior to death because a crash diet drove him to a violent state of delirium was convicted of premeditated murder Thursday by a court-martial.

Paint the Park Purple event set for Coolray

LAWRENCEVILLE --The deadline is today for Gwinnett Braves fans and those looking to do their part in the fight against cancer.

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Armed robbery suspect caught after chase

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sheriff's deputies apprehended a Suwanee man wanted for armed robbery Wednesday, but not without a foot chase.

Theft suspect finally in Gwinnett jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A northeast Georgia man is finally in Gwinnett County jail on theft charges after a pair of other arrests landed him in Madison County jail and a Florida penitentiary, where he reportedly sent letters to his estranged ex-girlfriend threatening her if she didn't drop charges here.

McCULLOUGH: Debt deal will get done

Here's what you need to know about this debt ceiling crisis: a deal will get done. It may already be done by the time you read this.

CEPEDA: Summer a time when many teachers learn

An elite group of teachers across the country is finishing the last grueling days of a hard-core, brain-splitting, tear-inducing boot camp in science, technology, engineering and math.

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G-Braves return shutout favor

DURHAM, N.C. -- A night after pitching prospect Matt Moore muffled the Gwinnett Braves' bats in a 4-0 loss, the G-Braves answered with a shutout of their own.

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Frances Williams

Frances Compton Williams, 89, of Dalton and formerly of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Born in Ranger, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Ruth Wilkes Compton and ...

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Delphia Dean Hewatt

December 31, 1928 - July 28, 2011 Dean Hewatt, age 82 of Loganville, formerly of Snellville and Stone Mountain, entered into eternal rest on July 28, 2011. She was proceeded in ...

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John Mooney

Mr. John H. Mooney, age 70, of Duluth, GA passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in ...

Mary Mitchell

Mary A. Mitchell age 89, of Snellville, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544.

Starkesha Magee

Starkesha Raquel Magee, age 24 of Lawrenceville, GA died Thursday, July 21, 2011. Arrangements by Wimberly & Jackson Funeral Home, Gainesville, Ga 770-536-3251

Cindy Henley

Cindy Ann Henley, age 55, of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 26, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Herbert Davis

HERB" Herbert "Herb" Grant Davis, 64, an entrepreneur, devoted follower of Christ and faithful servant went home to be with the Lord on July 25th, 2011. He leaves behind his ...