News for Saturday, July 9, 2011


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PEOPLE BRIEFS: Hines Ward arrested on DUI charge

Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday in Georgia on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.

MUST READ: Anger over Casey Anthony verdict pours out online

For nearly two months, the murder trial of Casey Anthony was a living entity. It breathed daily across national television airwaves, then was reinforced nightly on cable TV programs that dissected every word uttered in the courtroom and fueled speculation on her fate.

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SMITH: British Open brings age and tradition

SANDWICH, England -- There is little about the British Open not to like, the redundancy of it all bringing emotional elevation and heightened affection to the annual experience.

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NO REGRETS: Former running back making his baseball decision look good

ROME -- If Brandon Jacobs hadn't turned his back on football, he could have been celebrating a national championship with his Auburn teammates in January in Arizona.

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Zach Cone learns ups and downs of minors

Former Parkview and Georgia outfielder Zach Cone was still hitting .281 entering the weekend as he made his pro debut in the short-season Class A league and had 13 RBIs to go with six doubles, a triple and a home run.

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MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Injury keeps Sammons on DL

Clint Sammons, who signed with the Marlins as a minor league free agent over the winter, has been out since April after tearing his meniscus with New Orleans in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.

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Gonzalez, McCann lead Braves past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Alex Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single and Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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US trying to stave off elimination

DRESDEN, Germany -- The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist. However, the only number that matters right now is zero. As in, the number of World Cups the current team has won.

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Agassi: 'I fell in love with tennis far too late'

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The long hair is long gone, the denim shorts have faded to memory, and there was Andre Agassi accepting induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday with an overdue affection for the sport he once resented and a rejection of the ''Image is everything'' attitude that helped propel him to stardom.

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Steelers' Hines Ward arrested on DUI charge in Decatur

DECATUR -- Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday in Georgia on a drunken driving charge, sheriff's officials said.

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Steamy days affecting area air quality

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Today could be one of those awful days -- one where the heat doesn't just take your breath away but it also cooks up a concoction that makes the very air you breathe poison.

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Amputee killed in coaster fall

DARIEN, N.Y. — A U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in Iraq and had been trying to rebuild his life was killed after he was thrown from a roller coaster at an upstate New York amusement park.

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Helping hearts: Mother gets first heart stent at GMC

LAWRENCEVILLE — Unbeknownst to them, Leah Watkins spent years helping save her mother’s life.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall says borrowing should stop

Gwinnett’s Congressman Rob Woodall was part of the debate in Washington this week about the controversial raising of the debt ceiling.

Feeling blue: Norcross' BluesBerry Festival combines music, sweet treats

NORCROSS — Asked her opinion of the freshly scooped cone of blueberry ice cream in her hand, young Annalisa Allen gave a silent thumbs up and a grin, streaks of purple already running down her chin.

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Silverbacks hang on for second win of season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Atlanta Silverbacks held off a late surge from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Saturday night, earning a 3-2 win at Lockhart Stadium.

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Son of 'Real Housewives' star accused of allegedly shoplifting

DULUTH — Bryson Bryant, the son of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, is back in the Gwinnett County jail.

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Help keep Gwinnett Relay for Life No. 1

It’s not every day that a community comes together for a common cause, but in Gwinnett County, an incredible unity of community has occurred annually for the past 18 years.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Thunder win Smoltz/Grissom championship

The Gwinnett Thunder 8U baseball team playing out of Mountain Park in Lilburn won the Smoltz/Grissom Wood Bat regional championship.

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Smoothing job-seeking highway

About nine months ago I wrote an article on networking and using Linked In to assist one in finding a new job. I am happy to say I have been blessed and fortunate to have found a new job. Along the way I learned a few things and thought I would share them with you.

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Man to face trial for murder charge

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Stone Mountain man charged in connection with a fatal April drug deal is scheduled to face trial for felony murder this week.

Chamber director graduates leadership class

DULUTH — Alicia Krogh, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s senior director of board relations and programs, recently graduated from the Institute for Organizational Management, a leadership training program produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Duluth to host evening featuring local art

DULUTH— The Duluth Fine Arts League will sponsor an “Evening in the Tropics” on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Duluth Art Gallery in downtown Duluth to highlight local artwork.

WORLD BRIEFS: Libya: NATO hits missile launchers

Libya: NATO hits missile launchers

Gwinnett Tech opens registration for 'Green' courses

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College, recently honored with the county’s first Green Reach Award, is now registering for a range of courses, seminars and workshops on energy conservation, sustainability and green building practices for business professionals in construction and related fields.

Road closures 7/10/11

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

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G-Braves drop first game of doubleheader, bounce back in Game 2

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves didn’t have much luck with Charlotte right-hander Matt Zaleski or close calls around first base in the first game of Saturday night’s International League doubleheader.

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Force drops pivotal game

DULUTH — Coming off a bye week rested and ready to lock down a possible playoff berth in the Arena Football League, the Georgia Force picked a bad time to play poorly in a 51-41 loss to the Chicago Rush on Saturday night in front of 9,723 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

NATION BRIEFS: Ex-Mayor Nagin paints himself as hero in memoir

Ex-Mayor Nagin paints himself as hero in memoir

Moore Middle to hold open house

LAWRENCEVILLE — Parents looking to get a first glance at the district’s newest school can drop by the facility for a tour from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

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Cops say man tried to buy girl

NORCROSS -- A 33-year-old Norcross man faces federal charges after he allegedly attempted to purchase an underage girl to have in his possession for a year, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Funeral today for father, son killed in fire

DACULA -- The Dacula home where a father and son tragically died during a Wednesday morning fire may not have been equipped with working smoke detectors, officials said Friday.

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G-Braves' Cordier gets first home win

Erik Cordier walked off Coolray Field the right way Friday. And he left the home park a winner for the first time. The right-hander, who took a ball off the back of his head in his last start at home, pitched six solid innings for the G-Braves, allowing one run off four hits.

NATION IN BRIEF: Wyoming man charged with killing 3 sons, adult brother

WHEATLAND, Wyo. -- A Wyoming man has been charged with killing his three sons and adult brother and wounding his wife in a string of shootings in a small farming and ranching town.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Egyptians demand justice after Mubarak

CAIRO -- Tens of thousands of Egyptians braved scorching summer heat to hold one of their biggest protests in months Friday, filling streets in Cairo and other cities to demand trials for members of Hosni Mubarak's regime and express frustration with the slow pace of change.

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Man remembered for park volunteer work

AMERICUS -- A former Lawrenceville resident once honored as volunteer of the year for his work with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation died this week.

Traffic stop uncovers heroin stash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police conducting a traffic stop on a DUI suspect Wednesday uncovered more than they'd bargained for, including a sizable cache of heroin, officials said.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Royal couple lands in LA for California tour

LOS ANGELES -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have landed at Los Angeles International Airport to start their weekend trip to California.

Phonehenge West creator ordered jailed by Calif. judge

LANCASTER, Calif. -- The eccentric creator of a Mojave Desert compound of whimsical buildings known as Phonehenge West was jailed Friday for failing to obey an order to cut electricity and keep guests out of the illegal structures.

HUCKABY: I'm looking forward to our version of football

In most of the world they call it football -- which is quite reasonable, since there is so much emphasis on the participants' feet. If you want to actually touch the ball with your hand you have to wear a gaudy long-sleeved jersey that's nothing like the ones your teammates sport. Here in the American South only football is called football. To us, what the elite women athletes of the world are playing this month is soccer -- albeit soccer on a big stage.

YARBROUGH: If we can pay taxes on time, so can Ralston

I own a vacation home in Dawson County -- Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly. If it wasn't, I am afraid someone in the tax office would post my name on the courthouse door and that my neighbors in Big Canoe would be so horrified they wouldn't make eye contact when I waved at them.

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Prado still working way back

Martin Prado freely admits he is not ready to return to the Atlanta Braves yet.

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Force sell out home finale

Tonight's regular season home finale against the Chicago Rush figures to be one of the most eventful games of the season for the Georgia Force in many ways.

No foul play, cause found in fire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One week after fire ravaged a longstanding Hispanic supermarket and restaurant near downtown Lawrenceville, authorities are still trying to determine its cause.

Fire that destroyed home ruled arson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Thursday morning fire that destroyed a vacant Lawrenceville home has been ruled arson, officials said.

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UGA's King ruled ineligible for 2011

Georgia's depth chart at tailback took another hit Friday when senior Caleb King was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season.

Gwinnett Tech ranked seventh by magazine

Gwinnett Technical College recently was ranked seventh on Community College Week magazine's 2011 list of the Top 100 One-Year Certificate Producers.

GMA director addresses Dacula

DACULA -- Randy Meacham, managing director of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, visited Dacula on Thursday evening, sitting in on the City Council meeting and addressing Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members.

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Shiloh grad Gregory brings fishing tourney to Gwinnett

Drew Gregory grew up around creeks and rivers. As a child he waded in the waters at nearby No Business Creek and the Yellow River in Snellville.

Mizuno recalls baseball gloves

NORCROSS -- A metro Atlanta company is recalling more than 100,000 leather baseball and softball gloves over health concerns.

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Clifford Jackson

Clifford E. Jackson, age 74, of Buford, GA, died on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 2PM at Hamilton Mill Memorial ...

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Stella Bennett

Mrs. Stella Poole Bennett, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Bennett. She is survived by ...

Kenneth Taylor

Kenneth R. Taylor, age 79, of Snellville, GA entered into rest on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Southern Plantation in Loganville, GA. He was preceded in death by his loving ...

Barbara Oglesby

Barbara Little Oglesby, age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on July 8, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Retired Lt. Col. Bob P. Oglesby, son ...

James Gary

James I. "Jim" Gary, age 71 of Stone Mountain, GA, died July 7, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Robert Woods Turner

Robert Woods Turner, age 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Turner was born in Athens, Georgia. He was a member of ...

Sarah Thomas

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Sarah Marie Nix Thomas, age 78, of Pendergrass, who passed away on July 7, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of ...