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Hot weather expected to continue

ATLANTA -- Forecasters are calling for more very hot weather across Georgia through the weekend and beyond.

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Kaiser Permanente expanding, bringing 100 new jobs to Duluth

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia is planning a major expansion of its current medical office in Duluth, which will bring about 100 new jobs to the county, the company announced Friday.

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TAYLOR MADE: Schick transforms from gymnast to star swimmer

Taylor Schick was in the stands at Georgia Tech for this year's state high school championships, rooting on some of her good friends from SwimAtlanta. She enjoyed the day as much as she could without actually being in the pool herself. A home-schooled student, she isn't eligible for the Georgia High School Association's meet.

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Getting to Know ... D.J. Shockley

In this latest installment of "Getting to Know ...," the Duluth resident talks to staff writer Brandon Brigman about playing football, his involvement with the UGA football program and his passion for bowling.

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Pierce takes over Collins Hill softball

Collins Hill turned to a proven commodity to lead its fastpitch softball program, hiring longtime head baseball coach Paul Pierce for the position.

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Tech hoping to avoid first-round collapse

Georgia Tech must avoid a collapse at home and win the Atlanta Regional.

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Sharapova's 10 double-faults help Li

Maria Sharapova's 10th double-fault of an error-filled afternoon, closing Li Na's 6-4, 7-5 victory

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Storm favorites to repeat as WNBA champs

The Seattle Storm had such a dominant run to the WNBA championship last year, they are the overwhelming favorites to win again as the league opens its 15th season this weekend.

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SEC hoops ready to scrap divisional format

The SEC's 12 basketball coaches proposed to athletic directors this week that the league scrap the divisional format and that the tournament be seeded 1 through 12. The top four teams would receive byes in the opening round.

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McIlroy gets back into the hunt in America

On a Muirfield Village course that already ranks among his favorites, Rory McIlroy had a birdie putt on his last eight holes and converted half of them on his way to a 6-under 66 to join Chris Riley in the lead after the first round.

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Tempers flare in Blago trial

The prosecution wasted no time grilling Rod Blagojevich as they began crossing examining the impeached Illinois governor Thursday at his corruption retrial, setting a highly combative tone from the very first question.

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CEPEDA: Lottery winners giving Latinos college hope

Most people fantasize about winning the lottery. And then there are those who don't hope and pray after buying their weekly round of tickets -- they plan.

MUST READ: Food pyramid out, 'My Plate' in for healthy eating

There's a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled ''My Plate'' on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others.

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DOT gives go-ahead for diverging diamond

DULUTH -- Diverging diamonds are bringing a sparkle to officials hoping to relieve traffic in Gwinnett. PDF of the planned diamond inside

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Death penalty possible in child killings

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter said he's still deciding whether or not to pursue capital punishment for Lawrenceville resident Elvis Garcia-Nelasco, indicted recently on charges he stabbed his three young sons, killing two.

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Deal delivers address as 95 graduate from GGC

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jonelle Faal said she could not be more proud to be a part of "the most inspiring group of students to ever graduate from GGC." Photo slide show inside

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Alumni say goodbye to old Lawrenceville High

LAWRENCEVILLE -- When Mary Frazier Long began school on Lawrenceville's Academy Hill, she wasn't interested in sitting still in class.

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Dacula to vote on Sunday sales

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday night to authorize a citywide election to decide whether retailers will be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

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Teen murder suspect still in Texas

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It could be weeks before a Tucker teen implicated in the slaying of Andrea Nassos is extradited to Georgia, where he'll face charges alongside his father in a case that's largely been transferred to DeKalb County, officials said Thursday.

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Report: Cyclist in fatal crash was carrying pot

NORCROSS -- An Atlanta man who was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday after evading police was carrying several small bags of what appeared to be marijuana, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Acting top notch in latest installment of 'X-Men'

We're a month into the summer movie season, and so far Hollywood is 0-for-4 with its high-profile sequels. If not outright lousy ("Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Fast Five"), they're recycled and unimaginative ("Kung Fu Panda 2," "The Hangover Part II").

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Tree of Life' not your typical mindless summer offering

In 38 years, Terrence Malick has made just five films, all considered masterpieces by his contemporaries.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: Stanley Kubrick Limited Edition Collection (Blu-ray) (NR)

This mammoth 10-disc box set includes Kubrick's entire Warner Bros. catalog ("Spartacus," "Lolita," "Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Barry Lyndon," "The Shining," "Full Metal Jacket" and "Eyes Wide Shut") and is indispensable to any serious film connoisseur.

MOVIE TRIVIA

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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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Tony-Award-winning 'Spamalot' returns to Fox

Monty Python's "Spamalot," the Tony-Award-Winning musical comedy spun off from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," returns to the Fox Theatre this weekend for five performances only.

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ART BEAT: Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus presents 'Love is in the Air' Saturday

The Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus will present its "Spring Concert 2011" by regaling the glories of romance. "Love is in the Air" is the theme for the event, which will be held in the sanctuary of Mountain Park United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Police seek knife-wielding KFC bandit

WINDER -- Police are searching for a knife-wielding robber who hit a KFC restaurant at 180 W. Athens St. in Winder last week.

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Traffic stop yields 5 kilos of cocaine

BUFORD -- A Wednesday evening traffic stop yielded five kilograms of cocaine and a pair of arrests, officials said.

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USDA unveils My Plate to replace food pyramid

WASHINGTON -- There's a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled "My Plate" on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others.

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DOT mower propels rock into car, kills woman

LAGRANGE -- Authorities say a woman who had come to Georgia to make a new life after Hurricane Katrina was killed by a rock slung through the windshield of a car.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The apple and the aging tree

I suspect that many of you out there are members of the sandwich generation, that group of adults still raising their own children but now in the position of also caring for elderly parents.

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Heffley named a first-team All-American

Brookwood’s Ross Heffley, a junior at Western Carolina, was a first-team selection Thursday to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball team.

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Heat cools Gwinnett Braves' bats

LAWRENCEVILLE — Early June heat once again stymied the G-Braves offense.

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MCCULLOUGH: The top of the food chain

It’s late at night and you’re driving home on a lonely road far from town. You notice a house sitting off by itself, smoke pouring through an open window and flames are visible. No one else is around.

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Sharapova's 10 double-faults help Li

PARIS — As Maria Sharapova prepared to serve while only a point from defeat in the French Open semifinals, Li Na was thinking what any opponent would at that precise moment.

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INSIDE THE PERIMETER: Tony-Award-winning 'Spamalot' returns to Fox

ATLANTA — Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” the Tony-Award-Winning musical comedy spun off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” returns to the Fox Theatre this weekend for five performances only. This weekend from Friday through Sunday audiences will be treated to the legendary (and in this case, silly) tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Registration ends this weekend for North Metro flag football

North Metro First Baptist Church’s inaugural summer flag football season will accept registration through Saturday, although online registration ends today. Boys and girls ages 5-17 can still sign up in person Saturday at the evaluation scrimmage/draft.

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Indictment alleges $8K eBay theft

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Gwinnett grand jury has indicted a Loganville woman for allegedly manipulating eBay to the tune of $8,000 while working for a Suwanee auctioning company last year.

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THOMAS: Arab spring not bearing healthy fruit

The upheaval in Yemen and the possibility that al-Qaida might take over, turning that country into a stronger terrorist base than it already is, should give pause to American and European policy in the Arab world.

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WORLD IN BRIEF: WHO: Europe E. coli killed 18 people

WHO: Europe E. coli killed 18 people

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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Glee' star Jane Lynch to host Emmys

‘Glee’ star Jane Lynch to host Emmys

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FILM FANS: 'Hangover' delivers more of the same from first film

EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “The Hangover Part II.” Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Meadowcreek's Hall completes stellar career

Meadowcreek grad Brittany Hall fell short of reaching nationals at last weekend’s NCAA East Regional track and field meet, but she still had a stellar career at LSU.

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BISHER: What's on my mind right now

Now, you as well as I, have been reading that no major league second baseman has ever had five break-in major league seasons such as Dan Uggla’s, and you can confirm that, if you’ll check the Baseball Encyclopedia.

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Georgia Dugout Club's local showcases are next week

Registration is still available for baseball players who are interested in the Georgia Dugout Club’s Georgia Underclassman Top 100 Showcase regionals at Parkview and Mill Creek.

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Tech finishes second, UGA fifth at NCAA men's golf tourney

STILLWATER, Okla. — LSU senior John Peterson won the individual title Thursday in the NCAA Golf Championships, and UCLA topped the eight qualifiers for the team match-play competition.

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Felt chooses Oregon St.

Fresh off helping his team to a Class A state championship to close out his junior season, Hebron Christian pitcher Mason Felt has selected a path for the next level of baseball by giving a verbal commitment to attend Oregon State University beginning in the fall of 2012.

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Archer cross country to host fundraiser run

The Archer cross country teams will host their third annual Measuring Stick 5K/Fun Run at Tribble Mill Park on July 30. The event is a fundraiser for the Tigers’ running programs.

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Maebelle Bryant

Maebelle Lewis Bryant, 91, of Lilburn, GA, died May 27, 2011. Arrangements by Dillards Funeral Home in Pickens, SC. www.dillardfunerals.com.

Barney B. Roberts

Barney B. Roberts, age 92 of Marietta and formerly of Monroe, GA, passed away May 21, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Rajesh Persaud

Rajesh Persaud, age 20, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away May 30, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Bogdan Dawidowicz

Bogdan Dawidowicz, age 53 of Sugar Hill, GA, died May 31, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Jacob Reagan

Jacob Walter Reagan, 22, of Lawrenceville passed away Monday, May 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, William Reagan, Jeff Griffin and Phillip Bush. He is survived ...

William Welch

William John "Bill" Welch, age 73 of Covington, GA died May 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

A. Wallace Odum, Jr.

A. WALLACE A. Wallace Odum, Jr. of Duluth, GA died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Wally was born in Waycross, GA on July 6, 1933 to Sam and Juanita Odum. He ...

Josephine Stancil

Josephine "Jo" Stancil, age 60 of Loganville, GA, passed away May 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Eldon Boles

Mr. Eldon L. Boles, age 89 of Barnesville, GA passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Malcolm Mcginnis

Malcolm Buckley McGinnis, age 22 of Locust Grove, GA passed away May 28, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Doris Charlton

Doris "Dory" Charlton, age 85 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

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