News for Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Police identify bodies found in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Wednesday identified a couple found dead near a dirt road last week, but exactly how they died remains to be seen, officials said.

Fire Department kept busy during thunderstorms

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A teenage girl injured after lightning struck just outside her doorway was one of nearly a dozen significant lightning-related incidents in Gwinnett County Tuesday night.

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Bullpen, long ball lift G-Braves

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Starter Julio Teheran only lasted five innings, but the rested Gwinnett Braves bullpen turned in four one-hit shutout innings to give Gwinnett a 4-1 win over Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Gwinnett gab: Norcross Welcome Center hosts cookbook signing 7/7/11

NORCROSS -- When it comes to making fried green tomatoes, mac 'n' cheese and other traditional Southern favorites, Billie Van Dyke, owner of the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, has recipes that have gained national fame.

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Stolen hot air balloon found

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The owners of a hot air balloon reported stolen in Lawrenceville said Wednesday that the aircraft was found in Winder.

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Yerkes Center inspection finds no violations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A recent inspection of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center's Lawrenceville field office resulted in no formal violations, but animal rights activists say information revealed in documents related to that inspection raised even more questions regarding the facility's operations.

Peachtree Corners, Norcross vying for businesses

NORCROSS -- The battle for business tax dollars is on in Peachtree Corners, four months before homeowners will consider forming a city in the northwestern corner of Gwinnett.

IN BRIEF: Fire damages home

NORCROSS -- A Wednesday afternoon fire caused moderate damage to a Norcross townhome, officials said.

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Officials mull cuts to library

With a sluggish economy leaving residents clamoring for a tax break and commissioners trying all they can to preserve public safety, library officials struggled Wednesday to figure out what they could do if they take another $1 million-plus hit to their subsidy.

ROBINSON: Calling the Republicans' bluff

Here's how to negotiate, GOP-style: Begin by making outrageous demands. Bully your opponents into giving you almost all of what you want. Rather than accept the deal, add a host of radical new demands. Observe casually that you wouldn't want anything bad to happen to the hostage you've taken -- the nation's well-being. To the extent possible, look and sound like Jack Nicholson in "The Shining."

THOMAS: Is shuttle's end the demise of 'Right Stuff?'

When Atlantis lifts off on its final mission scheduled for Friday, it will bring to an end an era of space exploration that began for the U.S. with the Soviet launch of the unmanned satellite Sputnik 1 in 1957 and the first man to fly in space, Russia's Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961.

Anthony now must rebuild

A big fat book deal? A life in hiding? Motherhood again? What could the future hold for Casey Anthony when she gets out of jail, perhaps as early as Thursday?

NATION IN BRIEF: Bulger pleads not guilty on 19 murder counts

BOSTON -- More than 16 years after he fled Boston, former crime boss James ''Whitey'' Bulger pleaded not guilty Wednesday to participating in 19 murders and committing a host of other crimes dating back to the 1970s.

Spacecraft eyes raging storm, lightning on Saturn's surface

The international Cassini spacecraft and ground telescopes have been tracking the turbulence since December, visible from Earth as a type of storm known as a ''Great White Spot.''

WORLD IN BRIEF: Libyan rebels seize two mountain towns

TRIPOLI, Libya -- Rebel fighters in western Libya seized two mountain towns from government troops Wednesday as their counterparts east of the capital Tripoli suffered heavy losses in intense fighting with government troops.

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Schools celebrate CRCT improvement

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With Wednesday's release of school-level CRCT results, Osborne Middle has something to celebrate.

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CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer's struggling prime-time program

NEW YORK -- Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN's prime-time lineup on Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor.

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Funny or Die produces 'Field of Dreams' sequel

NEW YORK -- Voices are still being heard in Iowa cornfields, only this time, they want Taylor Lautner to build a football field.

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Haas joins Atlanta Tennis Championships field

Tommy Haas, formerly ranked as high as No. 2 in the world, has accepted a wild card entry into the Atlanta Tennis Championships, the Olympus U.S. Open Series kickoff at Norcross' Racquet Club of the South.

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Valdosta State football camp coming to Collins Hill

The Valdosta State football traveling mini-camp will make an appearance July 23 at Collins Hill High School.

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Shiloh's Gordon signs with Chattahoochee Tech

The Chattahoochee Tech men's basketball program has signed recent Shiloh grad Tyler Gordon to a letter of intent.

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Lamb scores 25 points, but US falls to Croatia

A day after a 35-point showing in a U.S. victory, Norcross grad Jeremy Lamb scored 25 more Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as the Americans' Under-19 World Championship Team lost to Croatia, 87-85, in Riga, Latvia.

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Police ID bodies found Friday in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Wednesday identified a man and woman found dead beside a truck near a dirt road last week, but exactly how they died is still unclear, officials said.

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Punk rock band members arrested after graffiti spree

Officials say more charges could come for four Snellville men arrested in connection with a graffiti spree in downtown Lawrenceville.

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Atlanta mayor announces return of Music Midtown

ATLANTA -- The Music Midtown festival is returning to Atlanta with Coldplay set to headline, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday.

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Trapped father, son die in Dacula blaze

When they think of Leslie Cash, the deep-rooted families that occupy the cluster of six homes on Dacula's Crowe Road recall a devoted family man whose advancing age hardly diminished his energy for raising kids the right way. Video inside

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Hammock: Karen tough to replace

It’s probably an overused saying with departing employees that “it will take more than one person to replace you.”

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CNN cancels Eliot Spitzer's struggling prime-time program

NEW YORK — Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN’s prime-time lineup on Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: “Bella Vita” means something different to all of us

EDITOR’S NOTE: Carole Townsend, a correspondent for the Daily Post, is beginning a new blog called Food For Thought. It is available online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com/townsend.

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Braves pound Rockies 9-1

ATLANTA — Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer, Jair Jurrjens earned his NL-leading 12th win and the surging Atlanta Braves beat slumping Colorado 9-1 on Wednesday night.

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Shiloh's Gordon signs with Chattahoochee Tech

The Chattahoochee Tech men’s basketball program has signed recent Shiloh grad Tyler Gordon to a letter of intent. The two-year school plays its home games in Smyrna.

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Mill Creek welcomes national track qualifier

Mill Creek is regarded as having one of the best track and field facilities in the state.

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Wood a mainstay in Royals bullpen

ATLANTA — Blake Wood graduated from North Gwinnett a class ahead of Charlie Blackmon and made it to the major leagues last season, a year earlier than his teammate with the Bulldogs and Georgia Tech.

Spacecraft eyes raging storm, lightning on Saturn's surface

LOS ANGELES — It began as a bright white dot in Saturn’s northern hemisphere. Within days, the dot grew larger and stormier.

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Questions surround discovery of bodies

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett police on Tuesday could release few new details regarding the discovery of a dead man and woman found near a Lawrenceville dirt road four days prior.

THOMAS: Is shuttle's end the demise of 'Right Stuff?'

When Atlantis lifts off on its final mission scheduled for Friday, it will bring to an end an era of space exploration that began for the U.S. with the Soviet launch of the unmanned satellite Sputnik 1 in 1957 and the first man to fly in space, Russia’s Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961.

ROBINSON: Calling the Republicans' bluff

Here’s how to negotiate, GOP-style: Begin by making outrageous demands. Bully your opponents into giving you almost all of what you want. Rather than accept the deal, add a host of radical new demands. Observe casually that you wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to the hostage you’ve taken — the nation’s well-being. To the extent possible, look and sound like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”

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Early promotion: Blackmon making mark in bigs

ATLANTA — Charlie Blackmon admits that he looked at the Colorado schedule early this season while still in the minors, checking to see when the Rockies might be making their trip to Turner Field.

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Funny or Die produces 'Field of Dreams' sequel

NEW YORK — Voices are still being heard in Iowa cornfields, only this time, they want Taylor Lautner to build a football field.

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Baker enjoying first season with Silverbacks

After playing the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Hellenic, Ashley Baker May has spent the summer close to home as a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks' W-League women's soccer team.

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Lowe leads Braves past Rockies 5-3

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman's third homer in two games gave Atlanta the early lead, Derek Lowe hit a three-run double and the Braves beat the short-handed Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.

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Rain, Bulls ruin G-Braves game

The 3-1 loss put Gwinnett back into a tie for first place with the Bulls and ended Durham's trips to Gwinnett for the season. The G-Braves play seven games in Durham in the final three months of the season.

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BISHER: Uggla's fighting a puzzling slump

This is a slump that has acquired its own name -- an Uggla. But we shall not dwell upon the unfortunately barren season being endured by the Braves' $62 million second baseman, but rather just how cleverly it has been applied to their pennant thrust by their new manager.

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Lamb leads US U19 team to OT victory

RIGA, Latvia -- Norcross grad Jeremy Lamb of national champion Connecticut scored 35 points, including a baseline jumper with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, to lead the United States to a 107-105 victory over Lithuania on Tuesday in the second round of FIBA's Under 19 World Championship.

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Anita Murphy

Anita Greubel Murphy, age 74 of Stone Mountain, Georgia passed away July 4th at home with her daughter, Louise. Anita suffered numerous complications during the past sixteen months after a ...

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Ron Ito, Jr.

Dr. Ron S. Ito, Jr., age 47 of Snellville, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Memorial Services will be held at 3 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at ...

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Nancy Wren

Nancy A. Wren, with a song in her heart and always a joke to share, Nancy A. Wren, 84, passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday morning, June 15. She ...

Camden Vincent Trammell

Camden Vincent Trammell, age 1 month of Lawrenceville, GA died Sunday, July 3, 2011. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Prince of Peace ...

Hans Bauer

HANK" Mr. Hans "Hank" Bauer, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-nine years, Lelo ...

Charles Wall

Charles "Eddie" Wall, age 54 of Winder, GA passed away June 28, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Frank Pasquino

Mr. Frank C. Pasquino, age 65, of Hoschton, GA passed away with family by his side on Monday, July 4, 2011. He is survived by his wife of forty-two ...

Gloria Mclendon

Mrs. Gloria McLendon, age 87 of Atlanta, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Alice Braddock

Mrs. Alice Braddock, age 96 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Larry Salerno

Larry Salerno, age 45 of Snellville, GA, passed away July 2, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

William Hodgens

William L. "Corkey" Hodgens, age 82 of Snellville, GA, passed away July 2, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

John Beck

Mr. John Beck, age 72 of Hoschton, GA passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Sophie Clayville

Sophie Clayville, age 99 of Loganville, GA, passed away July 1, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Dolores Rodriguez

Dolores Rodriguez, age 97 of Atlanta, GA died Monday, July 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Sally Faye Latty

Sally Faye Latty, age 75 of Gainesville, GA died Saturday, July 2, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Horace Manders

Horace Manders, age 59 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, July 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Dale Little

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Dale Little of Jefferson, GA who passed away July 4, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhome.com

John Bullock

Mr. John Louis Bullock, age 84 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Anthony Devins

Anthony N. Devins, age 51 of Buford, GA died suddenly Saturday, July 2, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

William Dillon

William Russel Dillon, age 85 of Lilburn, GA, passed away July 3, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

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