News for Friday, June 24, 2011


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NY Legislature legalizes gay marriage

ALBANY, New York -- New York lawmakers narrowly voted to legalize same-sex marriage Friday, handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the American gay rights movement was born.

Medical experts divided over execution

ATLANTA -- A day after a prisoner appeared to struggle as a lethal injection drug that had never before been used in Georgia pumped through his veins, medical experts were split about whether the execution went awry and defense attorneys called for an immediate investigation.

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EZ does it: Bosnian-born Shiloh grad earns spot on Silverbacks

The former Shiloh standout was in a large pool of soccer players at the Atlanta Silverbacks combines, a series of three tryouts for the North American Soccer League franchise that revived its professional men's soccer team this year after a brief hiatus.

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Porter to lead Parkview wrestling

Porter plans to return the Panthers to prominence after he was announced as the program's head coach on Monday.

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Hoops champs take same paths to title defense

There are plenty of games and plenty of tournament teams from Gwinnett County can schedule and yet the top three girls programs the past few years keep finding themselves in the same company.

Festival benefits kids with autism

A local charity that raises money for children with autism has scheduled an inaugural summer festival.

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Barrow officials find field of marijuana

WINDER -- Barrow County officials have seized 54 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near Ga. Highway 316.

Couple reports attempted 'grandparent scam'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An elderly Lawrenceville couple was recently targeted in what officials say is a tried-and-true scam aimed at the older public.

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After 70 years, Burnettes are remnants of a more devoted, less distracted age

Their initial wedding rings disappeared long ago. The wedding dress? Forget it. Gone. Even the particulars of the proposal are foggy, so deep now in the annals of time. This is what happened, back in 1941:

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Thieves targeting '80s-era pickups

Someone is stealing trucks in southeastern Gwinnett. Not just any trucks. This particular crew, according to police, fancies well-kept 1980s Chevys and GMCs, and is brazen about boosting them.

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Monkey business not the first of its kind

One man is calling officials' claims regarding a rhesus macaque that recently escaped from a Lawrenceville research center pure monkey business.

House rebukes Obama on Libya

Challenging presidential power, a defiant U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Friday to deny President Barack Obama the authority to wage war against Libya. But Republicans fell short in an effort to actually cut off funds for the operation in a constitutional showdown reflecting both political differences and unease over American involvement.

Bin Laden eyed name change to terror group al-Qaida

As Osama bin Laden watched his terrorist organization get picked apart, he lamented in his final writings that al-Qaida was suffering from a marketing problem.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Asteroid to zip past Earth

NASA says a newly discovered asteroid will have a close encounter with Earth on Monday, but there's no need to worry.

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MCLEOD: Is a lack of innovation keeping you stuck?

Do you ever find yourself trapped inside the same issue over and over again?

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RICH: Writers always have a story about a book that's special

You cannot be a writer without being a reader. It's a simple observation, but no wiser words have ever seen ink on paper. For writers are always drawn to and mesmerized by words. We drink up pretty syllables like drunks depend on cheap wine.

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Deal freezes Georgia gas tax

Gov. Nathan Deal has frozen Georgia's gas tax, preventing an increase that would have kicked in July 1.

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Police: Buford man battered grandma over cigarettes

An 86-year-old Buford retiree told police her grandson held her hostage in her own home and beat her up during a dispute over cigarettes.

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LARSON: Urban Baboon promotes philosophy of fitness

The Urban Baboon did not wander out of the jungle. The Urban Baboon does not amble along the streets of our cities. Actually, the Urban Baboon doesn’t even exist except as the name of a website.

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JENKINS: Bullies thrive because we've forgotten how to deal with them

One of the less attractive features of the nanny-state is its exaggerated hand-wringing over problems that didn’t even exist before the nanny moved in.

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Cordier OK, with team in Columbus

By Ben Beitzel

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RadKIDS show safety defense skills at school

NORCROSS — Olivia Fallica punched, kicked and wiggled her way out of the grasp of a man who grabbed her.

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Parkview, Mountain View students shine in economics education

Gwinnett County Public Schools students from Mountain View and Parkview high schools and their social studies teachers earned several awards throughout the 2010-11 school year after top finishes in several economics education competitions.

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Bright lights, big business: Football buddies team up for successful venture

It all comes back to football.

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Thieves targeting '80s-era pickups

SNELLVILLE — Someone is stealing trucks in southeastern Gwinnett.

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GWINNETT GAB: Local students attend CNN camp

Local students attend CNN camp

Chick-fil-A on Pike Street to celebrate 20th anniversary

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Chick-fil-A located on Pike Street in Lawrenceville is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Military News

Air Force Senior Airman TaRon O. Hodge is deployed to Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi, a humanitarian relief effort for those affected by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami that devastated the region. His mother and stepfather are Terri H. and Earl G. Guy of Snellville. Hodge graduated im 2000 from Stephenson High School.

Not-for-profit organization seeks creativity for tile project

AUBURN — The term “public art” may have never been so literal.

Survey: Locals learn about city programs through social media

SNELLVILLE — Snellville residents are hoping to learn about city programs through email and Facebook.

YARBROUGH: Take marriage advice from a great expert

Two of my favorite school teachers, grandson Nicholas Wansley and Mandy Bragg, were married last week. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. I pray their marriage will be as happy as they, their families and friends were on that special day.

Road closures - 6-26-2011

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

LETTERS: Don't let media make the choice on presidency

I would respectfully request that all Americans pay attention to what has happened to our country and our electoral process over the last few decades. We citizens have effectively abdicated our responsibility to elect the politicians that best reflect our morals and desires and have left the selection process in the hands of “the fourth estate” (the press). We seemingly wait until the press has decided who the final candidates will be well before we finally become interested in the elections.

Couple reports attempted 'grandparent scam'

LAWRENCEVILLE — An elderly Lawrenceville couple was recently targeted in what officials say is a tried-and-true scam aimed at the older public.

O'REILLY: 'Glee' some clean entertainment among a lot of garbage in media

Although they have not made it an especially big deal, some conservative Americans object to the Fox program ‘‘Glee’’ because it is a politically correct extravaganza that often deals with sexuality among teenagers. This season, actress Gwyneth Paltrow provided some sizzle that awakened any parent in the room, I’ll tell you that.

LETTERS: Have the courage to back opinions with your name

Why are so many posters of comments to this paper reluctant to use their name?

Charter 'Club 30024' to offer perks to fans of Suwanee Day

SUWANEE — If you love the city of Suwanee’s annual festival, now is your time to prove it.

Twelve Gwinnett Scouts earn top honors for projects

Of 79 young women honored statewide for Girl Scouting’s highest achievement, 12 hail from Gwinnett County.

Duluth to hold annual 'Brown Bag Lunch Series'

DULUTH — For five years, the city of Duluth has hosted the “Brown Bag Lunch Series” during the summer. This summer the tradition continues.

HUCKABY: People must be made to work for their living

The worst thing you can do to a person is to meet all their needs — without requiring participation from the person. This is a basic human truth.

Braselton's July 4th fireworks show moving to new location

BRASELTON — The Fourth of July fireworks in Braselton, one of the town’s most popular events, is changing venues this year.

LETTERS: A cement trail built in the woods is a waste of money

I agree with the letter printed June 18 (“Stop spending money on things we don’t need,” Page 8A) about tax dollars wasted on the pedestrian bridge on U.S. Highway 78.

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Redmond knocked around in 9-5 loss

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Todd Redmond’s home run ways returned Friday.

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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.

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Charles Bowman Smith

Charles Bowman Smith died Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Eastside Medical Center, Snellville, GA from causes incident to age. He lived the longest of any of his known Smith, Bowman ...

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Donald Swift

Donald L. Swift, age 74, from Loganville, Ga., passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011. Don drove for Trailways/Greyhound Bus Systems since 1961. He is survived by his wife of ...

Jack Pittard, Sr.

Jack Warren Pittard, Sr. Age 90 of Duluth, GA died Tuesday June 21, 2011. Funeral Services will be held, 11:00am Saturday, June 25, 2011 at DeFoor Baptist Church with Rev ...

Eula Bell Frasier

Eula Bell Frasier, age 95, of Buford, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11 AM, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel ...

Kenneth Kellem

Kenneth L. Kellem, age 45 of Snellville, GA died June 17, 2011. Arrangements by Meadows Mortuary Inc, 404-522-7478.

Rosemary Galloway

Rosemary Freant Galloway, age 90 of Lawrenceville, GA, died May 9, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Warren Williams

God's plan for Warren's life was completed on June 18, 2011. Warren lived 68 years. The last 15 years he struggled with congestive heart failure. He was often advised that ...

Royce Court

Royce Court, Sr., age 55, of Winder, Georgia died June 23, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Eileen (Miller) Smith, age 84 of Gainesville, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Virginia Bruce

Mrs. Virginia Jacks Bruce, age 89 of Stone Mountain, Ga. died Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Morris Ayres

Morris Edwin Ayres, age 72 of Flowery Branch, Ga. died Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Timothy B. Whyte

Timothy B. Whyte, 29, of Hebron, Ky, formerly of Atlanta, died of cancer Wednesday, June 22, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and son Blaise of Hebron, mother ...