News for Friday, June 10, 2011

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Braves win fourth in a row

HOUSTON -- Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez homered on back-to-back pitches during Atlanta's four-run third inning and the Braves pounded the Houston Astros 11-4 on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

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Wildfire expected to hit NM

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- A massive wildfire in eastern Arizona that has claimed more than 30 homes and cabins and forced nearly than 10,000 people to flee was poised to move into New Mexico on Friday, threatening more towns and possibly endangering two major power lines that bring electricity from Arizona to West Texas.

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Pedestrian bridge opens across Yellow River in Lilburn

LILBURN -- Beth Hines, who lives on Lake Lucerne, is glad to see pedestrians have a safe way to cross the Yellow River at U.S. Highway 78.

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Families of teens who drowned file lawsuit

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The families of two Dacula teens who drowned after falling through an iced-over subdivision pond last year are suing for millions, claiming Fire Department rescuers and neighborhood leaders were negligent in preventing the deaths.

NATION: Flood overwhelms Montana, supplies brought in by ferry

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Emergency workers ferried supplies to more than 300 people cut off Friday by flooding that has overwhelmed Montana towns and caused an estimated $8.6 million in damages to date.

WORLD: Amnesty Intl. condemns rise in Saudi beheadings

CAIRO -- Amnesty International is condemning what it says is a sharp rise in beheadings in Saudi Arabia and is urging authorities in the kingdom to halt executions.

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S.C. men charged with meth trafficking

BUFORD -- Gwinnett police arrested two suspected meth traffickers from South Carolina this week after they cut off a semi driver on Interstate 85 near Buford, officials said.

PEOPLE: Gomez sent to hospital after 'Tonight Show' appearance

LOS ANGELES -- Selena Gomez was admitted to a hospital following an appearance on ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.''

New York tells pet cemeteries to stop taking in humans

HARTSDALE, N.Y. -- A state agency has told New York's animal cemeteries to stop burying the ashes of pet owners alongside their beloved cats, dogs and parakeets.

Officials urge residents to conserve water

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With hot weather ensconced across Georgia, Gwinnett County officials have issued a refresher on outdoor watering rules and a reminder to not be wasteful.

Wesleyan receives grant for scholarships

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan School in Norcross has received a $50,000 grant to provide tuition assistance to students recruited through A Better Chance, an organization that helps talented minority students access rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities.

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GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Groth anchors one of state's best defenses

North Gwinnett's Abby Groth is the Daily Post's girls soccer player of the year.

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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bonilla's skills fueled great run by Eagles

Collins Hill's Dominic Bonilla is the Daily Post's boys soccer player of the year.

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Rams win passing tourney

The Rams took away the most despite being forced by the Blue Devils into the "if necessary" game of the double elimination tournament by coming up with a 23-14 victory to take home the title.

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Bucs DB brings camp to Gwinnett

Larry Asante has found Gwinnett County to be an ideal base for his inaugural Faith and Football Camp, a three-day event that offers young players guidance from NFL players in both football and Christianity.

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Evans eyeing 2012 Olympics in swimming comeback

The 39-year-old Janet Evans revealed that she's been training hard for the past six months with an eye on qualifying for next year's Olympic trials.

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Karlsson grabs lead in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

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Silverbacks add attacker, possibly lose MF Perez

On the heels of the team's first win, the Atlanta Silverbacks added forward Conor Chinn on Friday, but may lose midfielder Mario Perez to the Mexican Primera Division.

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Junior back in the high life again

LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. needed an extreme makeover to shake up his sagging career. New shop. New crew chief. New team. Now comes the best part for NASCAR's most popular driver. Better results.

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Off track fights, fines hit NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. -- Richard Childress refuses to talk about what he did to Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya won't talk about secret fines or threatened lawsuits.

Belmont may decide true champ

The final leg of the Triple Crown features not only the rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford today, but the top seven finishers from the Derby for the first time as well.

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Back in Miami, Heat hope to force Mavs to Game 7

The Dallas Mavericks have a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals and can win their first championship Sunday night. Less than a year after the Heat's free agent victory celebration, the real party might belong to Dirk Nowitzki.

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Cattle roundup commences after single-vehicle accident on I-85

A tractor-trailer hauling some "30 or 40" cows tipped over in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon, officials said, leaving its bovine passengers to wander Interstate 85 northbound near Spout Springs Road.

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Suwanee city official says lawsuit is 'factually inaccurate'

SUWANEE -- Suwanee's city manager said Friday the claims laid out in a lawsuit accusing former Mayor Nick Masino of sabotaging a land deal were "factually inaccurate."

Car, bike and truck show comes to courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Start you engines, bring your "tricked-out" ride and cruise over to the Gwinnett County Beat the Heat Car, Bike and Truck show.

Dacula grads make tax documentary

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A documentary on income tax produced by two Dacula High School graduates was released earlier this month.

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RICH: Ladies, wait for the man to ask you for a date

One day, I realized that a guy friend had mentioned a woman several times over a couple of weeks, saying in casual conversation that she had called and invited him to various places.

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MCLEOD: How to keep emotional vampires from leeching your ambition

She was my boss' secretary, back in those days when there was such a thing as personal secretaries.

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Police: Woman intentionally drives car into Suwanee Walmart

SUWANEE -- A Walmart employee was arrested Friday after police said she intentionally drove her car into the entrance of the Suwanee store.

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Selena Gomez to visit Mall of Georgia on movie tour

BUFORD -- Actress and singer Selena Gomez will visit The Mall of Georgia Village Amphitheater on Thursday to promote her new movie "Monte Carlo" as part of her 10-City Tour.

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LARSON: There is plenty of free fun to be had in Gwinnett

I really love writing about all the free things there are to do in Gwinnett County.

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JENKINS: College sports' 'worst year ever' actually typical

A recent headline proclaimed the past 12 months "The Worst Year Ever" in college sports -- referring, of course, to the myriad scandals involving high profile figures like Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Winder chats latest in effort to capture WWII stories

WINDER -- Get a three-time Purple Heart recipient, a B-24 Bomber pilot who executed 60 missions over World War II Germany, and several of their pushing-age-90 counterparts under one roof.

Suwanee to begin open house series

SUWANEE -- The city of Suwanee will soon begin an ambitious five-week "community conversation" aimed at helping shape the city's vision for the next decade.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: 14 receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Fourteen students who recently graduated from schools in Gwinnett County are among more than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

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SC officials: Atlanta to seek Savannah River water

ANDERSON, S.C. -- More interstate water disputes and damaged waterways could be on the horizon as states and communities scramble to get their hands on a dwindling supply of water, officials say.

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Alleged CVS robber quickly arrested

A Conyers man who allegedly held up a Norcross CVS Pharmacy on Thursday afternoon didn't get far.

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Suwanee city official says lawsuit is 'factually inaccurate'

SUWANEE — Suwanee’s city manager said Friday the claims laid out in a lawsuit accusing the city’s former mayor of sabotaging a land deal were “factually inaccurate.”

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Archer football still accepting kids for next week's camp

The Archer High School football program will host its annual youth camp next week and it will accept walk-up registration beginning Monday at 4:45 p.m.

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GWINNETT GAB: Tennis tourney raises money for hemophilia

Tennis tourney raises money for hemophilia

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BOYS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bonilla's skills fueled great run by Eagles

His high school career had finished, with a disappointing state championship game loss to Walton, just seconds earlier when Collins Hill’s Dominic Bonilla got a special handshake.

FIRE BRIEF: House fire displaces family of 7

SNELLVILLE — A Thursday evening fire caused extensive damage to a Snellville home, displacing a large family, officials said.

PEOPLE: Gomez sent to hospital after 'Tonight Show' appearance

Gomez sent to hospital after ‘Tonight Show’ appearance

LETTERS: Crime or not, illegals still spend our tax dollars

After reading Esther Cepeda’s column (“The truth is that illegals are not criminals,” June 10, Page 6A), I can only assume she would be perfectly OK if I “illegally” entered her home, required her to pay for my schooling, feed me and take care of my health care. What a sweetheart.

LETTERS: Laws are what civilized nations depend upon

Esther Cepeda’s column continues her illogical support for illegal aliens. This time, she is encouraging us to believe they are not criminals. Cepeda can write all the columns she wants, but it doesn't change the facts.

YARBROUGH: I guess God is on the side of private schools

Well, it looks like I am another theological pickle.

HUCKABY: The boys of summer on my small screen

I have spent a lot of time at home alone over the past few days. Desperate to pass the time I turned to a tried and true pastime — one that I have embraced since childhood. I watched a lot of baseball movies.

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JENKINS: College sports' 'worst year ever' actually typical

A recent headline proclaimed the past 12 months “The Worst Year Ever” in college sports — referring, of course, to the myriad scandals involving high profile figures like Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, and Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Marvin Mullinax

Marvin L. Mullinax, age 77 of Atlanta, GA passed away June 8 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Nichalos Kennemore

Nichalos Blaine Kennemore, age 27 of Snellville, GA, died Thursday, June 9, 2011. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Julia Mae Burel

Mrs. Julia Mae Harrison Buice Burel, age 96, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2011. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Heard Buice; second ...

Johnnie Wilkerson

Johnnie Carol Wilkerson, age 68 of Buford, GA passed away on June 9, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Tina Alvis

Tina L. Alvis, age 46 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Martha Bailey

Martha "Sue" Bailey, age 87 of Winder, GA passed away June 8, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Robert Cline, Sr.

Robert D. Cline, Sr., age 83, of Grayson, GA, passed away June 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

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