News for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Subscribe

All Stories

Tease photo

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Hey, sleazy politicians: Enough already

It's been said that you can't legislate morality. I'll take that a step further; you can't even expect it from your legislators.

Tease photo

True colors: Walkable exhibit highlights local sculptures

Ten-year-old Kelly Quarez showed no fear standing next to a larger-than-life-sized tarantula.

Tease photo

District to install sidewalk

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District will soon extend a sidewalk along a heavily traveled thoroughfare.

Tease photo

Class of nurses graduate from GTC

Grace Pruitt Morgan will not be graduating with her Gwinnett Technical College classmates today. The former member of the school's inaugural class of associate degree nursing graduates was forced to take a break in her studies after being diagnosed with cancer.

Tease photo

Man, firefighter taken to hospital after blaze

A man was transported to a hospital Wednesday after he suffered burns in a blaze at a house where he was working, said Lt. Eric Eberly, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Tease photo

US suffering from heat wave

WASHINGTON -- The mercury climbed into the 90s across more than half the country Wednesday in an early-June blast of August-like heat, forcing schools with no air conditioning to let kids go home early and cities to open cooling centers. And scientists say we had better get used to it.

Tease photo

Man critical after three-car crash

A man is in critical condition after the jaws of life were used to extricate him from a three-car accident in Braselton on Wednesday morning.

NATION: Ariz. wildfire threatens lines

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. -- A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona that has forced thousands from their homes headed Wednesday for a pair of transmission lines that supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as far east as Texas.

GGC VP to serve as interim GCSU president

A top administrator at Georgia Gwinnett College has been tapped to serve as interim president of Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Tease photo

Freeman's RBI lifts Braves

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Wednesday night, and the Atlanta Braves extended the Florida Marlins' losing streak to seven games by winning 3-2.

Tease photo

Cops looking for two who stole credit card

Gwinnett County police are asking for help identifying a pair of suspects wanted for using a stolen credit card.

Tease photo

Silverbacks win 1st game of season

ATLANTA -- It took 10 games, but lightning finally struck for the Silverbacks.After struggling through its first nine games with seven losses and two ties, Atlanta broke into the win column by beating Montreal 2-1 on Wednesday in a game delayed a few minutes in the second half due to lightning in the area.

WORLD: Syrian unrest intensifies

BEIRUT -- Thousands of elite troops led by Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages warned that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said.

PEOPLE: Ja Rule sent to NY prison

NEW YORK -- Ja Rule headed to prison Tuesday for up to two years in a gun case, bidding a stoic but upbeat farewell-for-now to family and fans at a New York courthouse.

Scientists adding two new elements to periodic table

NEW YORK -- They exist for only seconds at most in real life, but they've gained immortality in chemistry: Two new elements have been added to the periodic table.

Tease photo

Feds: Cartel takedown had key Gwinnett ties

Roadside drug busts in Gwinnett proved key in building a case against a Mexican cartel acting as a cocaine and marijuana pipeline, federal officials said Wednesday.

SPCA to hold fundraiser to reduce euthanizations

The Georgia Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting its second annual "You Ain't Nothin' But a Pound Dog" fundraiser Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Gwinnett Center.

BOC OKs sidewalks, turn lanes

Lanier High School and the Mountain Park Aquatic Center will get new sidewalks this summer.

CID to celebrate bridge opening

The Evermore Community Improvement District will celebrate the grand opening of the Yellow River pedestrian bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

Tease photo

Lions' Tillman perseveres under scrutiny

But by the time the state meet rolled around last month, Tillman was the focus of the conversations for other reasons after he put together the best performance at the Class AAAAA meet.

Tease photo

Brickell's success continues on track

The pair of titles completed an impressive school year for the sophomore.

Tease photo

Underclassmen showcase talents at Dugout Club tryout

HOSCHTON -- The high school baseball season may be over and the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft may be complete, but there is still plenty of action involving elite players around Georgia.

Tease photo

12 Gwinnett products taken by MLB teams

Those final selections brought this year's local draft class up to 12, making it the largest Gwinnett class ever.

Tease photo

HAMMOCK: Future MLB drafts will be deep for Gwinnett

There have been some lean years for Gwinnett County in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. Take 2007, for example.Don't expect a year like that to happen in the near future.

Tease photo

Buford's Lee picked for prestigious Nike event

Buford standout linebacker Dillon Lee, a rising senior committed to Alabama, is one of 150 players nationwide picked for The Opening, a five-day training camp operated by Nike Football.

Tease photo

Gwinnett golfers win Georgia PGA Junior

Gwinnett area golfers Andy Shim and Sloan Shanahan swept the individual titles Tuesday at the Georgia PGA Junior Championship at Eagle's Landing Country Club.

Tease photo

Hewitt, Blake in for Atlanta Championships

Former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt has joined the upcoming Atlanta Tennis Championships, which released its field of players Wednesday afternoon.

Tease photo

Delta bag fees for soldiers ignites backlash

WASHINGTON -- Delta Air Lines hastily changed its baggage fees for troops Wednesday after a YouTube video showed soldiers complaining that they had to pay $200 apiece to check extra bags as they made their way home from Afghanistan.

Tease photo

Willie Nelson Country Throwdown comes to Coolray

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves won't be playing at Coolray Field this weekend, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time there on Sunday.

Tease photo

THE DISH: Sara Donuts

When you walk into Sara Donuts, you're instantly hit by the mouth-watering scents of freshly made doughnuts.

Tease photo

The 'WOW Factor': Tannery Row artisits to open new exhibits

The artists at Tannery Row are hosting five visual arts exhibitions beginning June 18 and continuing through Oct. 8.

Tease photo

Charlie Daniels Band performing at Wild Bill's Friday

DULUTH -- The Charlie Daniels Band, one of the South's most popular and long-lived bands, will perform at Wild Bill's in Duluth on Friday.

Tease photo

Woody Allen delivers a gem in 'Midnight in Paris'

Whether hating or feeling indifferent about Woody Allen, even the most casual movie fan can't deny or marginalize his immense influence on his peers.

Tease photo

DISC SPOTLIGHT: True Grit

While immensely better and bearing in common with the 1969 original, this Coen Brothers adaptation of the Charles Portis novel still isn't the hands-down classic it could and should be.

Movie Trivia Contest 6/10

So, you think you're good at movie trivia?

Tease photo

Super Gr8: J.J. Abrams delivers high-octane crowd pleaser

If you exclude the four high-profile, overblown and underwhelming May sequels, Hollywood is doing something this summer season that is exceedingly rare: making entertaining popcorn movies with brawn, brains and wit.

Tease photo

No thrill points for you, 'Judy Moody'

Here's the kindest thing we can say about "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer": The kids sure do work awfully hard.

Tease photo

MLB teams take nine Gwinnett products in Day 2

Tuesday’s second day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was a busy one for several players with Gwinnett ties — one of the busiest for the county ever.

Tease photo

Film Fans agree new X-Men movie is first class

EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “X-Men: First Class.” Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Tease photo

Lions' Tillman perseveres under scrutiny

Torri Tillman could hear the whispers when he stepped on the track.

Tease photo

Bats keep G-Braves winning

TOLEDO, Ohio — A four-run first was just the beginning.

Tease photo

Charlie Daniels Band performing at Wild Bill's Friday

DULUTH — The Charlie Daniels Band, one of the South’s most popular and long-lived bands, will perform at Wild Bill’s in Duluth on Friday. The concert takes place on the eve of the kickoff the club’s Summer Rock series.

Tease photo

Girl rescued after arm caught in pool pipe

DORAVILLE — Childhood curiosity prompted a three-hour rescue to free an 8-year-old girl trapped Tuesday in an apartment complex pool in Doraville.

Tease photo

The 'WOW Factor': Tannery Row artisits to open new exhibits

The artists at Tannery Row are hosting five visual arts exhibitions beginning June 18 and continuing through Oct. 8. The first is titled “WOW Factor” and will open with a reception at Tannery Row from 6 to 9 p.m. June 18. Featured artists for the show are Jenny Bishop Heaton, Jim Klippel and Kristen Anderson.

ROBINSON: You're not entitled to your own facts, Sarah

Sarah Palin is a fraud with charisma — and enough political support to effectively hold the Republican Party hostage. She is ridiculous and dangerous in equal measure.

Metro Calendar

Saturday

GWINNETT GAB: Horticulturist to speak in Lilburn

Horticulturist to speak in Lilburn

Gwinnett Calendar

Today

By venue

37 Main

THOMAS: A time for sadness, not political wins

‘‘A member ... officer or employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.’’

Tease photo

Woody Allen delivers a gem in 'Midnight in Paris'

Midnight in Paris

Tease photo

Buford's Lee picked for prestigious Nike event

Buford standout linebacker Dillon Lee, a rising senior committed to Alabama, is one of 150 players nationwide picked for The Opening, a five-day training camp operated by Nike Football.

Tease photo

Brickell's success continues on track

Josh Brickell isn’t afraid to give away his secret to winning the mile and two mile in track and field this season.

Tease photo

Sandra Jones

Sandra "Sandy" Wilson Jones, age 70 of Duluth, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2011. She spent the later years of her life working daycare management positions at Howell Station ...

Tease photo

Gainer Bryan, Jr.

Gainer E Bryan, Jr. of Lawrenceville died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Gwinnett Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1922 in Riddleville to Gainer and Lila Smith Bryan. He ...

Edward Venable

Edward R. Venable, age 85, of Norcross, GA passed away June 6, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Joseph Bell

JOE" Joseph E. "Joe" Bell, age 81, of Snellville, Georgia, formerly of Gomer, Ohio entered into rest on June 3, 2011, after complications from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by ...

Ernest Harold Chatham, Jr.

Ernest Harold Chatham, Jr., age 60, of Oakwood, GA passed away June 6, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Larry K. Shriver

Larry K. Shriver, age 65 of Buford, GA passed away on June 5, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Edweaner Cheeley

Edweaner B. Cheeley, age 86 of Winder, GA passed away June 6, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Evelyn Edge

Edge, Evelyn Moon Edge, 90, of Sullivan, Missouri went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2011. A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held ...

Carlotta Shields

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Carlotta A. Shields, 39 of Jefferson, Ga. who passed away June 6, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements 706-367-5467 ...

Mona Browning

Mona Cherie Browning, age 57, of Lilburn, Ga., died suddenly Monday evening, June 6, 2011 in her home. Her funeral will be Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 2 pm in ...

Carolyn Echols

Carolyn Echols, age 48, of Duluth, GA, died June 7, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Russell Mckenzie

Russell "Russ" William McKenzie, age 61, died Sunday, June 5, 2011. The family will announce the Memorial Service at a later date.

Photos