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High temperatures greet the official start of summer

Flowery Branch resident Kyle Pattillo headed to Lake Lanier on Tuesday to enjoy the summer day. "It is hot. It's very hot," he said, adding, "I love it. It turned out to be a nice day, and I'm happy."

County police unveil license plate readers

Gwinnett County police revealed their newest toy Tuesday, a device meant to help catch suspects wanted for everything from suspended licenses to murder.

Train strikes car in Winder

One victim was transported to the hospital with injuries following an accident involving a train and car in Winder on Tuesday afternoon.

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CLINE: Bitterman has led Buford to excellence

Banks Bitterman took a half day off Tuesday, taking his family to Lake Lanier. It was a well-deserved break for the Buford High School principal after a school year that left him with plenty of reasons to be proud.

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McCann's bat backs up Minor's arm

Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, Jason Heyward had an RBI single and Mike Minor ended a nine-start winless streak in the Atlanta Braves' 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

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ArtWorks! Gwinnett names its executive director

The ArtWorks! Gwinnett board of directors has named Sally Corbett as the new executive director to help the nonprofit organization move forward with its mission.

Police looking for community volunteers

The Gwinnett County Police Department is looking for a few good men (and women) to serve as community volunteers.

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3 arrested on charges of selling fake meth

Three Buford residents were arrested last week in Hall County after attempting to sell three pounds of fake methamphetamine to an undercover agent for $55,000, according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

Suwanee City Council adopts 2012 budget

City leaders Tuesday adopted an $11.8 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. Council members also adopted a $24.9 million capital improvements budget for years 2012 through 2016.

NATION: Teacher accused of running online prostitution site

TEANECK, N.J. -- A New Jersey physics professor who dabbled in scuba diving and harbored dreams of working in the theater had another hobby, New Mexico police say: operating a sophisticated prostitution website that may have catered to as many as 200 prostitutes and 1,200 clients.

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Hawks' Ruechel flips intensity switch for football

The A.J. Ruechel most of the Region 7-AAAAA football coaches know is No. 55, the offensive guard on game tapes who racks up the pancake blocks.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Jackass' star died from impact, fire

PHILADELPHIA -- ''Jackass'' daredevil Ryan Dunn and his passenger died from the impact of the violent car crash and the resulting fire, according to a coroner's report Tuesday.

WORLD: 7 killed in Syria as protests turn violent

BEIRUT -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's effort to drown out pro-democracy protests exploded into clashes between government supporters and opponents Tuesday, and security forces opened fire and killed seven people, including a teenager, activists said.

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FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

Nine new warning labels featuring graphic images that convey the dangers of smoking will be required by the Food and Drug Administration to be on U.S. cigarette packs by 2012.

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Two Buford players make college choices

Two members of Buford's talented senior class made college football commitments Monday. Defensive back Paris Head chose Vanderbilt, while long snapper/offensive linemen Reid Ferguson selected LSU.

MUST READ: NY lawmakers weigh request for Niagara Falls stunt

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- A bill that would allow a member of the daredevil Wallenda family to attempt a tightrope walk across the Niagara Gorge at Niagara Falls is making its way through the New York Legislature.

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GAC, Norcross stock early-season hoops schedules

A month hadn't passed since the Greater Atlanta Christian boys basketball team celebrated another Class AA state title in Macon and Eddie Martin's focus completed shifted to next season.

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NHL board approves Thrashers sale

Don Waddell has been through it all with the Atlanta Thrashers since they entered the NHL in 1999. From general manager to coach to team president, Waddell endured the ups and downs -- mostly downs -- as the franchise struggled on and off the ice.

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McCoughtry leads Dream past Sky

Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points and newcomer Courtney Paris had nine points and eight rebounds to lead Atlanta past Chicago 71-68 on Tuesday afternoon.

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Serena gets emotional win in opener at Wimbledon

The 352 days Serena Williams lived through between Grand Slam appearances were filled with health problems and hospitalizations, doubts and depression.

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Earmark may signal end to service delivery dispute

An earmark in a proposed budget reconciliation could be an indication that a settlement is near in Gwinnett's yearslong service delivery dispute

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One dead in accident at Sugarloaf Parkway, Old Peachtree Road

One fatality was reported in a Tuesday afternoon accident at the intersection of two busy Lawrenceville roads.

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Construction company to bring HQ to Norcross

A construction giant will open its headquarters and warehouse facility in Norcross, creating about 100 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday.

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HERO worker hurt at I-85 accident site

A HERO worker was injured after being struck by a vehicle along Interstate 85 in Gwinnett on Tuesday afternoon.

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Emerson's killer charged with killing NC hikers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A drifter already sentenced to death for killing a hiker in Florida and serving a life sentence for killing Buford resident Meredith Emerson is now facing murder charges for the slaying of a North Carolina couple who prosecutors said were kidnapped from a mountain trail.

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Savannah congressman says he has early prostate cancer

SAVANNAH -- A Georgia congressman says he'll undergo treatment for prostate cancer after being diagnosed at an early stage of the disease.

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Hawks' Ruechel flips intensity switch for football

HOSCHTON — The A.J. Ruechel most of the Region 7-AAAAA football coaches know is No. 55, the offensive guard on game tapes who racks up the pancake blocks.

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Gartrell hits two homers in G-Braves win

LAWRENCEVILLE — It didn’t matter who was pitching. It didn’t matter how fast the runner was. Stefan Gartrell won the battle.

THOMAS: How many lies will we allow to be told?

In the aftermath of the exposure and resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., from Congress, his colleagues, some journalists, ethicists and pundits are trying to sort out what it means. Has a new standard been created in Washington? How can Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., remain in office under an ethical cloud about money and Weiner be forced to resign because he had fantasy sex? It wasn’t even ‘‘real’’ sex, like Bill Clinton had. Clinton also lied about sex and was impeached for lying (but not for the sex because as actress Janeane Garofalo told Bill Maher recently, ‘‘everyone lies about sex’’). Some wondered then if standards had fallen for occupants of the Oval Office, or whether the behavior of Clinton and some Republicans mirrors a national moral decline?

Community center to host screenings

SNELLVILLE — The Centerville Community Center will host preventative screenings this weekend.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Jackass' star died from impact, fire

‘Jackass’ star died from impact, fire

LETTERS: We don't need to repeat mistakes of Vietnam

Shades of Vietnam, here we go again. Some 27 U.S. Senate military geniuses have sent the president a letter recommending an immediate drawdown of 15,000 to 20,000 troops in Afghanistan. The thrust of their argument is that the death of Osama bin Laden has left al-Qaida leadership in disarray, thus justifying a major drawdown. The president has earlier announced a drawdown would begin this summer ending in complete withdrawal by 2014.

Northeast Georgia Medical names CEO

GAINESVILLE — Northeast Georgia Medical Center promoted within to find its new president and CEO.

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Transportation tax could see a bumpy ride

LAWRENCEVILLE — The economy and distrust in governmental leaders could come into play in the upcoming referendum on a regional transportation sales tax, if questions during a telephone town hall meeting Monday are any indication.

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Frances Sandra Greer Christensen

Frances Sandra Greer Christensen, Pittsburg, Kansas, 73, died at 4:20 p.m., June 17, 2011, at her home surrounded by family. She died from complications of metastatic melanoma first diagnosed in ...

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Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly, age 51 of Lawrenceville, passed away on June 18, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Suwanee First Baptist Church. Pastor Gerald ...

Daniel Johnson

DANNY" Daniel M. "Danny" Johnson, age 56, of Buford, Georgia, entered into rest on Sunday, June 19, 2011. He is survived by his devoted mother, Robbie Brown Johnson of Buford ...

Ina Shelley

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Ina Delores Shelley, age 77 of Jefferson, Ga. who passed away June 20, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements 706-367-5467 ...

Perry Randol Britt

Mr. Perry Randol Britt of Snellville passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omar and Jane Britt; brothers, Albert, Harold, Jim and Lester ...

Otha Maddox

Otha "Odie" Junior Maddox, age 69, of Winder, Georgia died June 19, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Paul Wells, Jr.

Mr. Paul L. Wells, Jr., age 81 of Alpharetta, GA passed away on Friday, June 17, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Charlie Barfield, Jr.

Charlie Lewis "Buddy" Barfield, Jr., of Atlanta, GA, died June 19, 2011. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Robert Carroll

Mr. Robert "Bob" Carroll, age 82 of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

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