News for Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Independence Day more than barbecues,fireworks

Independence Day -- July 4 -- is one of my favorite holidays. Oh, I know some of you are already rolling your eyes and thinking, "Here we go on another Republican rant." But no, if I'm going to rant at all, it's going to be about being an American.

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County cheers water ruling

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett leaders and locals are raising their glasses to cheer an appellate decision that ensures the county's drinking water supply.

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Bayne returns to Daytona wondering about future

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Despite the sudden stardom that came with his wild victory in NASCAR's biggest race, Trevor Bayne's future is anything but settled.

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Students show troops gratitude with baked goods

Students at Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett roamed the campus this week in search of sticks, rocks and pine cones.

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Police: Suicidal mom tried to kill son

DULUTH -- A Duluth mother has been charged with trying to strangle her 3-year-old son as part of a botched but bloody suicide attempt.

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Cops: Woman fled hospital after bar fight

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Stitches or no stitches, Hillary Ott was determined not to go to jail. She did anyway.

Officials: SWAT call uneventful

BUFORD -- A Wednesday morning SWAT call proved to be uneventful, officials said.

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Missing Yerkes monkey prompts visit by feds

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources met with staff at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center on Wednesday regarding the monkey that went missing from its Lawrenceville field office earlier this month.

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Federer knocked out in quarters at Wimbledon

Facing a younger, quicker and better-serving opponent, Federer failed to make his big lead stand up and lost 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarterfinals.

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On 3rd heart, Compton on verge of fulfilling dream

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Erik Compton is among the elite on the PGA Tour this week at the AT&T National, even though he has been in a league of his own for about as long as he's been playing golf.

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Obama challenges GOP on debt

In a blunt challenge to Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama insisted Wednesday that elimination of selected tax breaks for oil companies and the super-wealthy must be included in any deficit reduction plan.

MUST READ: Kennedy airport invaded by turtles, delaying flights

About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York's Kennedy airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.

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Fun for the Fourth: What to see and do for holiday weekend

This year's Fourth of July weekend will be loaded with Independence Day celebrations from movies and concerts to highly anticipated fireworks displays.

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THE SHOE FITS: Track star Wanliss finds niche in helping kids

O'Neal Wanliss, who is a state champion track runner, started the program Spikes 4 Tykes to collect track shoes for underprivileged kids in Jamaica.

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HAMMOCK: Exciting season ahead for Gwinnett linemen

When high school football kicks off this fall, several players will be part of possibly Gwinnett's best group of linemen ever.

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Norred takes over Central wrestling

Central Gwinnett hasn't had a lot of stability at the head wrestling coach position in recent years. Kyle Norred is hoping to stop that trend. Norred became Central's third head coach in four years when he was officially hired last week.

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Braves complete sweep of Mariners

SEATTLE -- Freddie Freeman knocked around Felix Hernandez for three hits and two RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves beat Seattle 5-3 on Wednesday to complete an impressive three-game sweep that included victories over the Mariners' best starting pitchers.

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Deputy charged with driving under influence

A Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was charged with driving under the influence over the weekend, after reportedly driving in "a circle" on the interstate and registering a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

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Police say boyfriend robbed pregnant lover

Police have charged a Lawrenceville man with robbing his pregnant girlfriend at knife-point and thieving computer equipment from her.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall happy about Lake Lanier ruling

Georgia's good news was heard up in Washington, where U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall congratulated the state and Gwinnett on the federal court of appeals ruling on Lake Lanier.

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GGC vice president to retire

An administrator who helped open Georgia Gwinnett College will retire from his job on Friday.

BOE OKs principals' appointments

The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the appointment of two new elementary school principals during a called meeting Monday.

Auto repair shop opens in Grayson

Christian Brothers Automotive recently announced the opening of its newest location at 2547 Loganville Highway in Grayson.

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US appeals court upholds Obama health care law

CINCINNATI -- In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati affirmed Wednesday that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.

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CLINE: Peddling peanuts off the beaten path

SUGAR HILL -- Situated on Suwanee Dam Road hard by Cumming Highway, the stand sits in the northwest corner of the county. But it seems to be located in another era, when roadside stands were the norm and national chains weren't so prevalent.

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Five local players headed to GCSU soccer program

The Georgia College and State University women’s soccer program announced its 15-player signing class Wednesday, and five of the signees are local players.

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BISHER: Passion for John Deere leads to pre-British Open trip

After Louis Oosthuizen had won the British Open last year, he was asked what he planned to do with his earnings. “Buy myself a nice John Deere 6000 Series tractor,” he said, and you could have said a prayer in the sudden silence that fell over the media center at St. Andrews.

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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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G-Braves pitcher Teheran selected for Futures Game

Major League Baseball has released the rosters for the XM All-Star Futures Game, the 13th annual Minor League showcase portion of MLB All-Star Weekend, and Gwinnett Braves RHP Julio Teheran has been selected to the World Team.

LETTERS: Costs for rail are too much for us to bear

As a concerned citizen I would like to make a comment and plant some doubt regarding the metro area T-SPLOST movement and help enlighten the populace to this albatross.

Georgia's Gold Medal plants are proven winners

Each year, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, an organization composed of plant professionals throughout the state, choose certain plants to label as Gold Medal Winners. The goal of the committee is “to promote the production, sale and use of superior ornamental plants.”

THOMAS: Tough changes can be made to all budgets

Something astonishing happened in New Jersey last week. A majority Democratic legislature and a Republican governor agreed on a measure that will cut benefits for the state’s 750,000 employees and retirees.

GWINNETT GAB: Murphy re-elected as GSBA director

LAWRENCEVILLE — Mary Kay Murphy was recently re-elected for a three-year term as the District 5 director to the Georgia School Boards Association Board of Directors.

BOE OKs principals' appointments

The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the appointment of two new elementary school principals during a called meeting Monday.

THOMAS: Game ruling shows court out of touch

Intellectually, I understand the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that the First Amendment protects the most violent of video games. Experientially, I don’t.

LETTERS: Does bankruptcy not make America fear entitlements?

Darrell Huckaby wrote one of the best articles about what our society needs (“People must be made to work for their living,” June 25, Page 8A).

WORLD IN BRIEF: Greece passes cuts as riots seize capital

Greece passes cuts as riots seize capital

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan off house arrest after 35 days

Lohan off house arrest after 35 days

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Auburn's Czuchry transfers to Georgia Tech

Auburn native Drew Czuchry, who played as a freshman at Akron, has transferred into the Georgia Tech men’s golf program.

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Gwinnett wins 5th in a row

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Gwinnett Braves edged the Louisville Bats 3-1 at Louisville Slugger Field. The G-Braves have now won five games in a row and five out of six on their current 10-game road trip. With the G-Braves (43-36) victory and the Durham Bulls (43-35) win, the Braves remain only a half game back from first place in the International League South division.

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Sugar Hill's Wright 2nd at Top 60 Women's Classic

MACON — First-round leader Katie Burnett of Brunswick fought off a charge from Kendall Wright of Sugar Hill, posting a birdie on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff, then birdied the second playoff hole to capture the 30th annual Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic at The Brickyard at Riverside.

ROBINSON: Time for reality check on debt, spending

There is no good reason for negotiations on the budget and the debt ceiling to be deadlocked, because the solution is obvious: First, do no harm.

Opal Baker

Opal Baker, age 89 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Mary Smith

Mary Huff Smith, age 90 of Athens, GA passed away June 26, 2011. Arrangements by Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811

Lois Gomez

Lois Elizabeth Gomez, age 96, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 27, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Morris Ayres

Morris Edwin Ayres, age 72, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at his residence. He was born to the late Edwin Ayres and Sarah Hetrick Ayres ...

Jerrie Moon

Jerrie Lanford Moon, age 82 of Snellville, GA, passed away June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Olga Yebra

Mrs. Olga Yebra, age 86 of Auburn, GA passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 26, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

William Carroll

Mr. William "Bill" Carroll, age 82 of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, June 27, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Gilbert Kerr

Gilbert Arnold Kerr, age 75 of Monroe, GA passed away June 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Leida Finch

Leida W. Finch., age 68, of Winder, Georgia died June 27, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Daniel Clippinger, Sr.

Daniel R. Clippinger., Sr, age 82 of Ooltewah, TN, passed away June 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Lisa Eubanks

Ms. Lisa Lynn Eubanks, age 49 of Bowdon, GA passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Sarah Wingo

Sarah Elizabeth Wingo, age 64 of Bethlehem, GA, passed away June 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Diane White

Diane White, age 61 of Winder, GA passed away Monday, June 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

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