News for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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Couple held in copper thefts

A chatty Lawrenceville couple accused of thieving copper from an electrical company saw their charges bound to Gwinnett Superior Court.

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Buying boosts home prices

WASHINGTON -- Home prices in most major U.S. cities are rising for the first time in eight months, boosted by an annual wave of spring buying. Analysts cautioned that the increases may be temporary and don't signal a rebound for the depressed home market.

NATION: 'Make or break' in Los Alamos fire

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Fire managers say it's a ''make or break day'' for ensuring flames from a wildfire don't race into a northern New Mexico town that is home to a government nuclear laboratory.

WORLD: IMF to have 1st female head

WASHINGTON -- French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has been chosen to lead the International Monetary Fund. She will become the first female managing director of the global lending organization.

Global warming worsening as greenhouse gas grows

WASHINGTON -- The world's climate is not only continuing to warm, it's adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said Tuesday.

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'World class' baggers compete in championship

As emcee of Kroger's division "Bag-Off," it was Brown's job Tuesday morning at the Sugar Hill store to lay out rules for the nine district finalists vying for a spot at the state finals.

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Readiness Camp promotes graduation

Bryson is one of about 140 incoming Meadowcreek High School ninth-graders who is participating in the school's Readiness Camp this summer. In the six-week camp, the students are taking health and physical education, courses required for high school graduation.

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Police ID body found at park

The decomposed body found over the weekend at Little Mulberry Park is suspected to be the result of a suicide, officials said.

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Students visit PCOM for career exploration program

Holness was among a group of high school students interested pursuing a career in medicine who visited the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee on Tuesday. The students are participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.

Gwinnett, China sign agreement

Gwinnett's link to Chinese businesses got a boost Tuesday, when officials signed an agreement with the Wuhan National Bio-Industry Base, known as Biolake.

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Ivy Prep founder says funding conflict was resolved

The founder of Ivy Preparatory Academy said she's ready for the school's next chapter.

Duluth maintains millage rate

The city of Duluth's property tax rate will remain at 5.991 mills for the second consecutive year.

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Charges lessened in baseball bat melee

Two Gwinnett teens charged with trying to settle a squabble over drugs with a baseball bat caught a break Tuesday when a judge lessened their armed robbery charges, sparing them a mandatory 10 years if convicted.

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TWIN POWERS: Gouges fuel multiple Bronco programs

It was undoubtedly an odd question, one that begged for an interesting answer. If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be?

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Bolden transfers to North from Norcross

First-team All-County guard Chris Bolden has left defending Class AAAAA state champion Norcross and has enrolled at Region 7-AAAAA rival North Gwinnett.

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Bartley hired as new Hebron AD

Hebron Christian Academy is one of the up and coming athletic programs in Gwinnett County and Bryan Bartley plans to lead the charge.

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Locals in running for USA Baseball squads

Three Gwinnett products are in the pool for USA Baseball National Teams, including two players competing this week in Cary, N.C., at the organization's national complex.

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Winning start for US at World Cup

Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper.

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Suwanee's Dai qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

Rachel Dai of Suwanee shot 73 at White Columns Country Club on Tuesday, earning a spot in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship. Only seven players advanced from qualifying.

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Shim, Heyward make U.S. Junior Amateur field

Lawrenceville's Andy Shim was low medalist and Duluth's Preston Heyward also earned one of the five tournament slots into the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which held qualifying Monday at Marietta Country Club.

Peak lifters shine at nationals

Five lifters from Buford-based Peak Performance Weightlifting fared well at last weekend's National School-Age Olympic Weightlifting Championships in Flowery Branch.

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Stewart, Brown honored by ABCA

Rising Providence Christian senior Christin Stewart and Parkview head coach Chan Brown have received honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association recently completed 2011 season.

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County tax digest higher than projection

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's tax digest is higher than officials had projected, despite 30,000 appeals and more than $2 billion in decreased value.

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US court tosses water restriction on metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals panel handed Georgia a victory Tuesday by finding metro Atlanta can legally tap a reservoir that provides water to roughly 3 million of its residents and tossed aside a lower court order that would have severely restricted access to that water starting next summer.

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Testimony: Brother key in burned body murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Based on two taped interviews, Gwinnett detectives have no doubt that Boris Mejia murdered a college-bound Stone Mountain teen last month.

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NASA confirms July 8 for last shuttle launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The last space shuttle launch ever is set for July 8.NASA managers met at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday and confirmed Friday, July 8, as the launch date for Atlantis. The 12-day mission will close out the 30-year shuttle program.

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Police investigate homicide at Lilburn apartment complex

LILBURN -- A Gwinnett County police officer patrolling a Lilburn apartment complex Tuesday afternoon discovered the recently-deceased body of a 19-year-old man, officials said.

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REVIEW: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" not any better than last sequel

To say that "Dark of the Moon" is better than the first "Transformers" sequel ("Revenge of the Fallen") is misleading. If one thing stinks less than another, it still stinks.

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Storm with strong winds expected this afternoon

The National Weather Service is expecting a storm that could produce damaging winds to move into the Atlanta area this afternoon.

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Two bodies turn up near Dacula

DACULA — That two decomposing bodies turned up in a single weekend in the otherwise tranquil environs of greater Dacula appears to be a coincidence, officials said Monday, but the macabre findings were enough to make some residents uneasy.

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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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G-Braves blast Bats, extend win streak

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Gwinnett Braves extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-4 victory over Louisville on Tuesday.

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BISHER: Sometimes scouts find great diamonds in the rough

This is the way it used to be, you might say. A scout walked into town — a small town in a quiet valley or a mill town — to watch a baseball game. The Braves scout, of course, was what we used to call a “bird dog,” meaning he was just sort of “sniffing out” the territory.

G-Braves' Paint the Park Purple to recognize Relay

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to celebrate survivors and raise more money for cancer research.

LifeSouth new blood supplier for GMC

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center has a new primary supplier of blood.

PEOPLE: Judge orders Sheen's wages garnished

Judge orders Sheen’s wages garnished

NATION: 'Make or break' in Los Alamos fire

‘Make or break’ in Los Alamos fire

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'World class' baggers compete in championship

SUGAR HILL — Johnny Brown’s voice boomed out above the screaming crowd.

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Suwanee's Dai qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

Rachel Dai of Suwanee shot 73 at White Columns Country Club on Tuesday, earning a spot in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Championship. Only seven players advanced from qualifying.

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REVIEW: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" not any better than last sequel

TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON

Marion Haskins

Marion Haskins, age 91, of Snellville, GA and formerly of Oxford, NC passed away June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 26, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, John H. Barnard; son, Tom Barnard and wife, Marsha ...

Derrick Durham

Derrick Ray Durham, age 19 of Hoschton, GA died Saturday, June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Jerrie L. Moon

Jerrie Lanford Moon, age 82, of Snellville, Georgia, entered into rest on Saturday, June 25, 2011. She is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Mark & Marsha (Sikes ...

Ella Leaphart

Mrs. Ella Graham Leaphart, age 88 of Atlanta, GA passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Willie Harbin

Willie Garfield Harbin, age 70 of Buford, died June 27, 2011. Funeral services will be held 3:30 PM Wednesday June 29, 2011 at Buford First United Methodist Church, with Rev ...

Martha Powell Pate

Martha Pate, 98, widow of The Rev. W. Arnold Pate, died June 25 on her 75th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Pate is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Emily ...

Richard Swan

Richard Alan Swan, age 69 of Snellville, GA passed away Monday, May 2, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Hugh Jones

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Hugh Jones, age 82 of Jefferson, GA who passed away June 25, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements 706-367-5467 ...

Virginia Bruce

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Virginia Jacks Bruce, age 89 of Stone Mountain, Ga. died Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...

Henry Rawls

Henry J. Rawls, age 79, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

William Youngblood

Mr. William Barry Youngblood age 59 of Braselton, Ga., passed away Monday, June 27, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Elsie Bosche

Elsie Bosche, age 93, of Lilburn, GA, passed away June 22, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Kathleen Roth

Kathleen May Roth, age 93 died June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Mable Poetter

Mable Reece Poetter, age 91, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

John J. Rolader

Beloved father, brother, uncle, father-in-law, pastor, friend, Reverend John J. Rolader age 83 of Loganville, GA passed away Sunday June 26, 2011. Johnny Rolader led a blessed life ...

Alan P. Bangs

Alan P. Bangs, age 58, of Dacula, GA passed away June 26, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest C. Bangs. He is survived by his wife ...

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