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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Dads rock

Sunday is Father's Day, and I for one look forward to it. Fathers sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to parenting credit, but they affect sons and daughters just as much as moms do.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Beginners' finds joyous start amidst emotional ends

Over the last decade, writer/director Mike Mills has made some music videos, some documentary shorts and a really oddball feature starring Vincent D'Onofrio ("Thumbsucker"). Staying so far beneath the movie industry radar is never desirable, but in Mills' case, it might turn out to be a blessing. "Beginners" is a very impressive sophomore effort.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Popper's Penguins' waddles into audiences' heart

Hollywood doesn't make many movies like "Mr. Popper's Penguins" because it's smart, warm and teaches lessons without bludgeoning the audience over the head. It's cute but not cloying, funny without being high or low brow and features a family (make that a divorced family of four) that is not supremely affected or built on a foundation of ignorant cliches.

'Dream Coat' welcomes former 'Idol' finalist to stage

Former "American Idol" finalist Anthony Fedorov will star in the production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," playing at the Fox Theatre from Tuesday through Saturday.

1970s back in full swing with Aurora Theatre's groovy concert

The Aurora Theatre will host a flashback to the 1970s with its "Swing Night" concert at 8 p.m. June 25 and will feature music by The Metro Jazz Club.

'Color Purple' makes brief return to Fox

"The Color Purple" will be returning to Atlanta's Fox Theatre through Sunday.

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Duluth man wanted in fraud case in SC

On Thursday Gwinnett sheriff's deputies arrested a man wanted in South Carolina for allegedly selling millions of dollars in fraudulent investments.

College to host bioscience training

Gwinnett Technical College will host a weeklong workshop on genomics in bioscience for college and higher-level high school teachers, equipping these educators with the latest knowledge and techniques in the field.

Renovated sewage plant begins operation

An expanded and rebuilt sewage plant will allow the county to shut down six smaller, older plants.

Storms start fires, knock down trees, power lines in Barrow

Thunderstorms moving through Barrow County on Wednesday evening resulted in fallen trees and power lines, as well as three structures catching fire due to lightning.

BOE waives promotion requirements for 204 students

The Gwinnett County Board of Education waived local promotion requirements for 204 students who passed their classes but failed the district's Gateway tests.

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Man given life in jail in Walmart parking lot killing

A Braselton man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty of killing his estranged wife.

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Ivy Prep turns down GCPS OK

The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved a contract Thursday that would keep Ivy Preparatory Academy open for another year -- despite the objection of the school's founder.

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Selena Gomez visits county to promote movie

BUFORD -- Thousands of fans waited at the Mall of Georgia's Village Amphitheater, anxious to see Selena Gomez finally hit the stage. Video and photos inside

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Neighborhood swimmers pool resources to fight cancer

As they readied themselves for competition alongside a pool filled with pink water Thursday evening, the Wild Timber neighborhood swim team joined together in a synchronized cry.

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Weiner resigns in sex scandal

NEW YORK -- Defiant and combative no longer, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner soberly announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.

NATION: Earthquake hits Alaskan city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A powerful earthquake rocked Alaska's largest city and other parts of the state's most populated region on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

WORLD: Al-Zawahri becomes new al-Qaida leader

CAIRO -- Osama bin Laden's longtime second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, has taken control of al-Qaida, the group declared Thursday, marking the ascendancy of a man driven by hatred of the United States who helped plan the 9/11 attacks.

PEOPLE: La Toya writes of brother's death in book

NEW YORK -- La Toya Jackson writes in her new book ''Starting Over'' that the first question that ran through her mind after she learned of her brother's death was, ''Who killed Michael?''

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Braves beat Mets in 10th on balk

D.J. Carrasco's balk in the 10th inning gave the Atlanta Braves 9-8 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night. Diory Hernandez doubled with two outs in the 10th and took third after first baseman Lucas Duda mishandled Jordan Schafer's grounder.

Pentagon dreams of Star Trek interstellar space travel

WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department first proposed Star Wars. Now it wants Star Trek.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Rookie director barely gets by with coming-of-age film

Though certainly not intended, the title "The Art of Getting By" perfectly matches the content of this movie in more ways than one and all of them are bad. The studio would have been better off sticking with the original, far less fussy title: "Homework."

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McIlroy shows off his major form

Showing no linger effects from a Sunday collapse at the Masters, Rory McIlroy made the toughest test in golf look like child's play at Congressional with a 6-under 65 to build the biggest 18-hole lead at the U.S. Open in 35 years.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ayoade's first film can't surface from mediocrity

It's quite rare, but every once in a blue moon a filmmaker will feel compelled to include a text introduction to their movie. Not to be confused with the usually misleading "based on real events" disclaimer, these proclamations provide set up, or in the case of recent Terrence Malick and Coen Brothers efforts, biblical quotes.

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Locals playing in Georgia-Florida showcase

A large crop of local middle-school football players will represent Georgia in Saturday's 2011 Future Stars Game, which pits the top sixth- to eighth-graders from the state against Florida's top middle-schoolers.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: Kill the Irishman (Blu-ray) (R)

Close to a dozen supporting/character actors from other mob movies and TV shows show up on the margins doing what they do they best, but it is the relatively unknown Ray Stevenson as Danny Green who steals the show.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ryan Reynolds can't illuminate 'Green Lantern'

Remember when big, summer blockbusters were fun -- when they were a light and entertaining escape? That notion apparently eluded the makers of "Green Lantern," a joyless amalgamation of expository dialogue and special effects that aren't especially special.

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Parkview grad Geiger builds dynasty at St. Pius

Sara Geiger is no stranger to success. The Parkview grad scored the game-tying goal in the soccer state finals her senior year of high school that gave the Panthers a co-championship with Brookwood. She continued her success at the college level, playing in the NCAA tournament.

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McGarity has whirlwind first year

Athletics directors at major NCAA programs seldom have much down time. That was one of the first points University of Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity made when addressing the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett on Thursday.

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Getting to Know ... Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams, 38, is in his third-year as owner/general manager of the World Basketball Association's Gwinnett Majic, a minor league hoops team.

CEPEDA: Don't know much about our history

The nation's history report card is in, and the poor grades it contains may say more about needed changes in teacher recruitment and classroom assignment policy than they do about how students are performing.

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Nearly 150 hurt in Vancouver riots

Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following a Canucks loss to the Boston Bruins in the decisive Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

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Norcross' Webster named Mt. Pisgah coach

Norcross resident Michael Webster has been named the new head volleyball coach at Mt. Pisgah Christian School.

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Snellville's Pannell to head up Reinhardt lacrosse

Snellville resident Drew Pannell has been selected as the new head men's lacrosse coach at Reinhardt University.

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Rodriguez, Bayer advance in golf qualifier

Gwinnett junior golfers Jacob Bayer of Lawrenceville and Jordan Rodriguez of Buford both qualified Monday for the upcoming U.S. Kids Golf World Championships.

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Burton trying to get out of slump

Look at the stats and the numbers sure don't seem like they belong to Jeff Burton. No wins. No top-fives. No top-10s. Four finishes 25th or worse.

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J.K. Rowling has mysterious new Potter website

NEW YORK -- J.K. Rowling has a new website -- details to follow.The site, Pottermore.com, is a new project for the "Harry Potter" author, spokeswoman Rebecca Salt said Thursday.

Suwanee Town Center to broadcast Braves game

Suwanee's Town Center will turn into a version of Turner Field on Saturday when it hosts "Game on the Green" -- an outdoor telecast of the Atlanta Braves road game against the San Diego Padres.

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ART BEAT: Small cast puts on big performance with popular 'Driving Miss Daisy'

"Driving Miss Daisy" has the smallest cast of any show that New London Theatre has ever produced, but in the words of spokesman John Berlo, "This cast of three actors brings a whole world of experience to the table."

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THE DISH: Firesalt Tavern

The owners want the restaurant to have an upscale appearance, with a welcoming and familial atmosphere, but they also strive for an intimate setting for date nights during weekends.

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Weiner to resign over sexting scandal

WASHINGTON -- New York Rep. Anthony Weiner has decided to resign his seat in Congress after a two-week scandal.

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Norcross' Webster named Mt. Pisgah coach

Norcross resident Michael Webster has been named the new head volleyball coach at Mt. Pisgah Christian School.

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Produce stands bring bountiful choices to Gwinnett plates

Eleven-year-old Ryan O’Neill carefully arranges jars of jelly on the table in his booth at the Snellville Farmers Market. The young man proudly explains how, on a hot June morning in Snellville, he ended up selling gourmet wine jelly.

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G-Braves take over first place

LAWRENCEVILLE — In his first start since injuring himself May 13, Brandon Beachy went a solid five innings, but it was fellow rehabbing Atlanta Brave Nate McLouth and the Gwinnett Braves’ offense that gave Beachy his first win as a G-Brave since Aug. 13, 2010, against the same Durham Bulls.

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Graus an All-Star

Mike Graus is the first Gwinnett Brave headed to Salt Lake City.

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Snellville's Pannell to head up Reinhardt lacrosse

Snellville resident Drew Pannell has been selected as the new head men’s lacrosse coach at Reinhardt University.

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Man given life in jail in stabbing

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Braselton man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after a jury found him guilty of killing his estranged wife.

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Tech camp a hit with boys, woos more girls

LAWRENCEVILLE — Longtime friends Gaelle Teyssier and Alex Dean usually attend an overnight summer camp together.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Popper's Penguins' waddles into audiences' heart

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG)

CEPEDA: Don't know much about our history

The nation’s history report card is in, and the poor grades it contains may say more about needed changes in teacher recruitment and classroom assignment policy than they do about how students are performing.

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McCULLOUGH: Follow our laws if you want to live here

This is how preposterous the illegal immigration issue has gotten: Mexico and a host of other Latin American countries joined a lawsuit Thursday trying to prevent Georgia’s House Bill 87 from taking effect.

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PEOPLE: La Toya writes of brother's death in book

La Toya writes of brother’s death in book

'Color Purple' makes brief return to Fox

“The Color Purple” will be returning to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre through Sunday.

1970s back in full swing with Aurora Theatre's groovy concert

The Aurora Theatre will host a flashback to the 1970s with its “Swing Night” concert at 8 p.m. June 25 and will feature music by The Metro Jazz Club.

Parkview High's Patrick named top Latin teacher

The Georgia Classical Association selected a Gwinnett County Public Schools educator as its teacher of the year.

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'Dream Coat' welcomes former 'Idol' finalist to stage

Former “American Idol” finalist Anthony Fedorov will star in the production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” playing at the Fox Theatre from Tuesday through Saturday.

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Hurricane dangers real, Barrow officials warn

WINDER — While landlocked and buffered from the eastern seaboard by dozens of counties, Barrow officials are fully aware of the potential danger inherent in June 1, the start of hurricane season.

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GWINNETT GAB: Force players to promote reading

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Force will be at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on Wednesday as part of the team’s work to promote children’s interest in reading through the 2011 Summer Reading Program.

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Suwanee PD hosts teen driving class

SUWANEE — The Suwanee Police Department will host a class aimed at helping parents help their teen drivers.

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Lucile Paschal

Lucile Paschal, 78, of Doraville, GA died June 14, 2011. The funeral service will be held Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel. Burial will ...

Harry Brown

Mr. Harry Brown, age 66, of Winder, Georgia died June 10, 2011. A native of Winder, he was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Louise Johnson Brown and ...

Willene Royal

Willene D. Royal age 74 of Snellville went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, June 18, 2011 ...

Allene Shirah

Allene Shirah, age 71 of Lawrenceville passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM Friday, June 17, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Doris Tweedell

Doris Louise Tweedell, age 82 of Buckhead, GA passed away June 15, 2011. Arrangements by Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811

Mary Grizzle

Mary Rylee Grizzle, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on June 14, 2011 She is survived by her Son & Daughter-in-law, Kenneth & Maria Grizzle, of Baldwin ...

Geneva Strickland

Geneva Strickland, 82, of Flowery Branch, GA died June 14, 2011. The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel. Burial ...

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