News for Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Calendar sales to help support soldiers overseas

Pinups for Soldiers, a volunteer-led nonprofit organization, is producing its annual World War II-themed calendar to raise money in support of troops deployed overseas.

Wish you were here: Suwanee postcards available to public

Gwinnett County residents can now share the sights of Suwanee with their friends and family the old-fashioned way.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Two Gwinnett Tech students earn scholarships

Gwinnett Technical College air conditioning technology students Earle Lewis and Justin Vanover were recently honored with a scholarship from a local heating and air business.

Donate this week to help students in need

As the first day of school draws near for local students, it's a good time to donate school supplies for those in need.

GWINNETT GAB: Foundation awards $27K in grants

The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative's members through contributions to Operation Round Up, has awarded three agencies that provide services to Gwinnett County residents a total of $27,500.

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LARSON: Looking for some old memories of Gwinnett places

I really enjoyed Frank Reddy's story in Saturday's Daily Post about the campground at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. How nice to know that this structure, built in 1832 has lasted so long and has served to create memories for so many generations.

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JENKINS: K-12 education: Right crime, wrong culprits

A lot of people have become disillusioned with our public schools, and, to be honest, it's hard to blame them. These days, hardly any of the news about K-12 education seems to be good news.

Aurora Theatre to host free comedy night

Aurora Theatre is presenting a stand-up comedy show called "The Muslims Are Coming!" for free on at 8 p.m. Aug. 9.

Hyundai Construction begins working on new headquarters

Western Gwinnett officials are anticipating the new jobs and business that will come when Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas opens its new headquarters and warehouse in Norcross later this year.

'Harvest' art entries sought

Awash in the sweltering humidity of July, the word "harvest" can pang as a distant -- and unattainable -- promise associated with foreign concepts like chilly breezes and crisp leaves.

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Schools holding open houses this week

Longtime administrators with Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford City Schools said open house is an exciting event for educators.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Snellville candidate to participate in K-9 demonstration

This is one of the most, uh, gutsy campaign tactics I've ever heard of.

Snellville holding Night Out Against Crime

The city of Snellville is hosting the 38th annual National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Snellville's town green at 2342 Oak Road.

Car washes team up with group to 'Wash Away Thirst'

Several independent Atlanta car washes have partnered with Rotary clubs in efforts to provide clean drinking water for those in need throughout the world.

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LPD: Ex-cop flashed badge, had Ecstasy

A former College Park police officer held himself out as current cop and possessed the drug Ecstasy during a recent traffic stop on his Harley Davidson, police said Friday.

McGinnis work to close lanes on I-85

Gwinco Boulevard isn't just getting a new name. It's also getting a new entrance.

Winder names 2011 firefighter of the year

Lt. Randy Wells has been named the 2011 Winder Firefighter of the Year by the Winder Noon Lions Club.

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ARC PLAN 2040: Local road projects make cut

Many of Gwinnett's much anticipated road projects could come even without the billions expected to come through a regional sales tax up for a vote next year.

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Fuel speculation: County must watch budget after underestimating cost of gas

Gwinnett officials are once again looking to cut expenses since high tax prices are digging into the bottom line.

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Ag. commissioner visits Snellville market

Welton Bettis was a construction worker. He now owns a farm in Atlanta where he raises pigs and sells pork to the public.

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Late stab made at debt deal

WASHINGTON -- After weeks of intense partisanship, the White House and congressional leaders made a desperate, last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. ''There is very little time,'' declared President Barack Obama.

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400 attend funeral for victims of roller rink slaying

BARLING, Ark. -- Four siblings killed in a shooting rampage at a Texas roller rink were remembered Saturday as a part of a tight-knit family, even as the hundreds gathered in an Arkansas church to mourn them tried to make sense of the tragedy.

PEOPLE: El Bulli to shut down for now

ROSES, Spain -- El Bulli, one of the world's most acclaimed and award-winning eateries, was preparing to serve its last supper on Saturday.

OUR VIEW: Penny tax for schools benefits all

In November, Gwinnett residents will vote on a penny sales tax to help fund ongoing capital projects in the schools systems in Gwinnett County.

WOODALL: We have to fight for every inch of reform

A Buck Belue pass to Lindsay Scott for 92 yards, and a Georgia win over Florida; the famed play that paved the way to the Georgia Bulldog's 1980 national championship. Any Georgia fan worth his salt has heard Larry Munson give his play-by-play for that legendary throw and catch. Most football fans are fans to see those types of plays. Something great could happen at any moment, and any great moment could lead to victory.

WORLD: Norway suspect was mulling other targets

OSLO, Norway -- The anti-Muslim extremist who confessed to a bombing and youth camp massacre that killed 77 people in Norway has told investigators he also considered attacking other targets linked to the government or the prime minister's Labor Party, police said Saturday.

O'REILLY: Demonizing Christianity

The front-page headline in The New York Times last Sunday was stunning: ''As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist.''

United Kingdom watches year's second royal wedding

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby star Mike Tindall on Saturday -- but Britain's second royal wedding of the year was largely a low-key affair, with only a hint of the glamour and excitement of Prince William's showstopping nuptials.

PARKER: Washington's tea becoming old and stale

Take names. Remember them. The behavior of certain Republicans who call themselves tea party conservatives makes them the most destructive posse of misguided "patriots" we've seen in recent memory.

LETTERS: Congress belongs on comedy TV

Based on the recent "fire drills" regarding the debt ceiling and unemployment and everything else, I recommend moving the congressional telecasts from C-SPAN to Comedy Central. What a bunch of clowns.

LETTERS: Studies on I-85 stacking up deep

Wow, another study on Interstate 85 traffic, a $1.1 million dollar study. Wasn't the HOT lane supposed to solve our traffic problems or at least improve them significantly? You know, the HOT lane that all Georgians have already paid for through gas tax that only the rich and car poolers will be allowed to use now?

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Edwards believes he's Atlanta's 'missing piece'

Ray Edwards should be a major upgrade, totaling 16.5 sacks the last two years with the Minnesota Vikings. He agreed to a five-year, $30-million contract with the Falcons that includes a guarantee of $11 million.

CEPEDA: Call a timeout on immigration reform

In the absence of a meaningful, substantive bipartisan immigration reform that will satisfy both polar opposites of the debate, our legislators should admit that there is no political will or capital to address the issue honestly and, therefore, our immigration laws will remain as is until further notice.

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House rejects Senate Democrats' debt-limit bill

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House on Saturday rejected a Senate Democratic bill to raise the nation's debt limit just three days before the deadline to avert an unprecedented U.S. financial default. President Barack Obama and lawmakers remained at loggerheads on any possible compromise.

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Husband charged with murder after positive ID

Barrow County authorities on Saturday charged a Winder man with murder after discovering his wife's body at the bottom of a well near the Gwinnett County line.

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Tiny treasure hunters: Camp helps kids explore archaeology

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Kids playfully fought over shoebox-sized containers filled with sand and hidden artifacts before settling down to examine their treasures at the Archaeology and Ancient World day camp's Mystery Dig Friday.

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Family: Slain mother buried

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An intimate gathering of family and friends laid the cremated remains of Nique Leili to rest during a private Thursday ceremony at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens. She occupies a plot next to her grandfather, Harold Lay, an integral figure in the lives of Leili and her sisters.

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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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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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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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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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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:

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.

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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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Porterdale OKs 2 mill tax increase

The City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance Thursday night that sets the city's property tax millage rate at 19.892 mills, a 2-mill increase over the previous year.

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Students cannot transfer

For the second consecutive year, no students in Rockdale County Public Schools will be able to transfer to an unassigned school based on enrollment projections.

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

MILWAUKEE -- The man who led Milwaukee police to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer 20 years ago is charged with recklessly endangering safety in the death of a homeless man who drowned after he was thrown off a bridge.

WORLD IN BRIEF: James Murdoch asked to clarify testimony

LONDON -- British lawmakers on Friday demanded that James Murdoch clarify why testimony he gave to a parliamentary committee probing the phone hacking scandal conflicted with a statement from two former executives.

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House rejects Senate Democrats' debt-limit bill

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House on Saturday rejected a Senate Democratic bill to raise the nation's debt limit just three days before the deadline to avert an unprecedented U.S. financial default. President Barack Obama and lawmakers remained at loggerheads on any possible compromise.

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G-Braves allow eight runs in first two innings in 10-5 loss

LAWRENCEVILLE — Things went downhill after Erik Cordier hit the first batter of the game.

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Ramsey earns MVP honors in Cape Cod all-star game

BOSTON — James Ramsey only had one hit in the Cape Cod Summer League All-Star game on Friday, but it was a powerful one.

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Foreign studies: Sugar Hill man founds school in Rwanda

SUGAR HILL — On his first trip to Africa, Phillip Haynes said he was shocked by what the people of the Rwandan village of Gihara asked for.

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Prospect Pastornicky doesn't miss beat joining G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — It didn’t take long for Tyler Pastornicky to find some action at the Class AAA level.

O'REILLY: Demonizing Christianity

The front-page headline in The New York Times last Sunday was stunning: ‘‘As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist.’’

'Harvest' art entries sought

AUBURN — Awash in the sweltering humidity of July, the word “harvest” can pang as a distant — and unattainable — promise associated with foreign concepts like chilly breezes and crisp leaves.

Car washes team up with group to 'Wash Away Thirst'

ATLANTA — Several independent Atlanta car washes have partnered with Rotary clubs in efforts to provide clean drinking water for those in need throughout the world.

United Kingdom watches year's second royal wedding

EDINBURGH, Scotland — Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Phillips married England rugby star Mike Tindall on Saturday — but Britain’s second royal wedding of the year was largely a low-key affair, with only a hint of the glamour and excitement of Prince William’s showstopping nuptials.

PARKER: Washington's tea becoming old and stale

Fragging: “To intentionally kill or wound (one’s superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade.”

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Force go with hot hand in playoff game vs. Cleveland

SUWANEE — After scoring just a field goal in the first quarter two weeks ago, Dean Cokinos decided to make a change at quarterback.

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

LOS ANGELES -- An appeals court sided Friday with Jennifer Lopez and ordered that an invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against her first husband be handled in arbitration rather than through a public court case.

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.

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.)

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Cat on top: Stewart hopes to guide Duluth to playoffs

At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and the build of a middle linebacker, Jarvis knew Stewart would be the centerpiece in rebuilding the Wildcats' football program.

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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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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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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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G-Braves back in tie for first

The right-hander, who has bounced between starter and long reliever this season, pitched a season high 62/3 innings, allowed just three hits and struck out another season-best eight batters in the G-Braves 5-0 win over Durham.

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.

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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.

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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.

Delphia Hewatt

Delphia Dean Hewatt, age 82 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 28, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Susan Hollifield Daugherty

Susan Hollifield Daugherty, age 69 of Chamblee, GA passed away July 28, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Camden Neal Mccown

Infant, Camden Neal McCown of Loganville, died Thursday, July 28, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

John H. Mooney

John H. Mooney, age 70 of Duluth, GA passed away on July 27, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Benjamin Jeffcoat

Benjamin Jeffcoat, age 43 of Buford, GA passed away on July 29, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

John Lutterodt

John Nicholas Lutterodt, age 40, of Atlanta, Ga., died, July 28, 2011. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

David King

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. David Richard "Dave" King, age 53, of Jefferson, who passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online ...

Millie Bramlett

Millie Ann Bramlett, age 51 of Helen, GA passed away July 28, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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