News for Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Thursday morning crash kills Buford man

Police say alcohol may have contributed to an early morning crash Thursday that killed a 29-year-old Buford man.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Parents need to get a grip

There's something about seeing their kid out on a playing field that makes some parents lose their minds.

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Obama: 30,000-plus surge troops leaving Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- Beginning to wind down a long and devastating war, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night he was pulling home 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer, withdrawing the ''surge'' of forces he had sent to rescue a flailing effort.

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Troubles puzzle Bernanke

WASHINGTON -- The economy's continuing struggles aren't just confounding ordinary Americans. They've also stumped the head of the Federal Reserve.

NATION IN BRIEF: Congress warned of debt crisis

WASHINGTON -- The rapidly growing national debt could soon spark a European-style crisis unless Congress moves forcefully, the Congressional Budget Office warned Wednesday in a study that underscored the stakes for Vice President Joe Biden and negotiators working on a sweeping plan to reduce red ink.

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State director discusses Gwinnett's progress on employment program

Gwinnett Technical College is poised to help the county become the first Certified Work Ready Community in the metro Atlanta area, school officials told the director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Development on Wednesday.

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6 indicted in gang crimes

A Gwinnett man and five alleged cronies in a violent street gang called "Vatos Locos" were indicted this week in crimes that included a Gwinnett nightclub shooting in 2009.

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Judge rules trash plan constitutional

Even though many residents don't like it, a judge said Gwinnett County's decision to charge solid waste and stormwater fees on tax bills is constitutional.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Syrian regime lashes out at EU

BEIRUT -- The Syrian regime, besieged by street protests at home and condemnation abroad, on Wednesday lashed out at European governments for threatening a new round of sanctions and accused the West of trying to sow chaos and conflict in the Arab nation.

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CRCT results show students exceeding state average

Gwinnett students outperformed state averages this year in all content areas at all grade levels on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Self-help guru convicted of negligent deaths

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- A jury has convicted a self-help author who led a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona that left three people dead.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Henson named Senate minority caucus leader

Gwinnett's power in the General Assembly got another boost this week.

Pulitzer-winning journalist says he is illegal immigrant

WASHINGTON -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered the Virginia Tech massacre for the Washington Post went public Wednesday with a secret he says he has been keeping for nearly two decades: He is an illegal immigrant.

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Lightning damages Lawrenceville home

A Wednesday evening fire sparked by lightning caused extensive damage to a Lawrenceville home, displacing its resident and claiming the lives of two of her pets in the process.

Evermore begins search for new director

Board members of the Evermore Community Improvement District have begun interviews for a new executive director, nearly one year after a stalemate over the last permanent director caused a rift in the board.

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Price to be inducted into Atlanta Sports HOF

For a kid growing up in Oklahoma, Mark Price was enticed by the big city feel of Atlanta in the early 1980s. Price visited Atlanta when he went on a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech. He fell in love with the school and the city.

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Not many guarantees for Thompkins

With the NBA draft fast approaching, there are several questions for Trey Thompkins to ponder.

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NCAA champ brings talents to Meadowcreek

Bubba Jenkins knows a thing or two about working the cradle move. The Arizona State wrestler used the move earlier this year to pin his way to the NCAA championship.

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HAMMOCK: Eagles' camp at Mill Creek great idea

The Gwinnett County area doesn't lack for avid Georgia Southern football fans, something I'm reminded of when Daily Post subscribers send me messages for more coverage of their team.

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Falcons' Ryan, Jones become fast friends

The NFL lockout hasn't affected an emerging friendship between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and rookie receiver Julio Jones.

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Former Central hoops star picks UCLA

Former Central Gwinnett basketball player Jordan Adams committed to UCLA over the weekend.

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Silverbacks get Colombian defender

The Atlanta Silverbacks on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Colombian defender Cristian Quinones on a season-long loan from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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Moore one of 3 finalists for Honda Award

Connecticut basketball star Maya Moore, Penn State volleyball player Blair Brown and Villanova cross country and track standout Sheila Reid are the finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup.

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Father's Day invasion suspects still loose

Every time the doorbell rings at his home, the 2-year-old son of Josh Evans now shouts "bad guy, bad guy," looking for somewhere to hide.

Bank of North Georgia announces new branch

Bank of North Georgia announced this week that the Hamilton Mill Athens First Bank & Trust will become a branch of Bank of North Georgia effective Monday.

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Beachy superb in return for Braves

Returning from the disabled list with a flourish, Brandon Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his first start in nearly six weeks, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 victory that completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

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Driver who struck HERO worker receives multiple citations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The tractor-trailer that struck a HERO worker in Gwinnett Tuesday afternoon was unfit for the road, officials said.

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Deadly accident caused by driver running red light

DULUTH -- A Duluth woman died from injuries sustained during a six-vehicle accident Tuesday morning after running a red light at a busy intersection, officials said.

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Falcons' Owens cleared in domestic case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A restraining order against Atlanta Falcon and Buford resident Christopher Owens was lifted Wednesday when his ex-girlfriend dismissed the case in court.

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I-85 semi fire doused

No injuries were reported in a tractor-trailer fire that closed three lanes of Interstate 85 near Duluth for a short time Wednesday, officials said.

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Father's Day invasion suspects still loose

LAWRENCEVILLE — Every time the doorbell rings at his home, the 2-year-old son of Josh Evans now shouts “bad guy, bad guy,” looking for somewhere to hide.

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BISHER: Marlins make call to farm for McKeon

Let’s clear the air: Jack McKeon didn’t just get hired again by the Florida Marlins. He has been there all along. Nearly every Major League Baseball boss has a supporting cast registered as “special assistant to the owner.” Jeffrey Loria, who owns the Marlins, has five — most of them player antiques who don’t do much of anything but go to the ballpark on game day.

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G-Braves' pitchers allow record 19 hits as streak stalls

LAWRENCEVILLE — From the first batter of the game, Yohan Flande struggled to get outs.

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HAMMOCK: Eagles' camp at Mill Creek great idea

The Gwinnett County area doesn’t lack for avid Georgia Southern football fans, something I’m reminded of when Daily Post subscribers send me messages for more coverage of their team.

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Falcons' Owens cleared in domestic case

LAWRENCEVILLE — A restraining order against Atlanta Falcon and Buford resident Christopher Owens was lifted Wednesday when his ex-girlfriend dismissed the case in court.

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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.

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State director discusses Gwinnett's progress on employment program

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College is poised to help the county become the first Certified Work Ready Community in the metro Atlanta area, school officials told the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development on Wednesday.

THOMAS: Some media not catering to the masses

Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?

ROBINSON: Obama wrong on war powers

Let’s be honest: President Barack Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

GWINNETT GAB: Mullins returns for concert

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville will host Shawn Mullins on Friday for his seventh return to the 2011 Hayes Family Dealerships Moonlight and Music Concert Series, the Lawrenceville Tourism and Trade Association announced.

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Brenda Camp

Brenda Harrison Camp, age 64, of Snellville, Georgia entered into rest on Monday, June 20, 2011. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 47 years, Donald Camp ...

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Diane Parker

Mrs. Diane Jackson Parker, age 70, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Monday, June 20, 2011. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Billy A. Parker, Flowery Branch ...

Jack Jordan

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Jack Harold Jordan, age 77 of Winder, GA who passed away June 20, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...

William Freeman

William Jerry Freeman, 83, of Buford, GA, died June 20, 2011. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday June 23, 2011 at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral ...

Chloe Huff

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Chloe Williamson Huff of Jefferson, GA who passed away June 20, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhome.com ...

Tina Popovich

Tina Popovich, age 71 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on June 21, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Corrine Ballard

Corrine Mae Ballard, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011. She was preceded in death by her son, James Ballard. She is survived by her ...

Zachery Speight

Zachery Speight, age 55of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Ronald Hamilton

Ronald Fred Hamilton, age 59 of Bethlehem, GA passed away June 20, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Sylvia Hurley

Sylvia "Jean" Hurley, age 73, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

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