News for Monday, May 16, 2011


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Unease, shock after principal's departure

Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks met with teachers, staff, parents and community members Monday evening at Anderson-Livsey Elementary School to gather input on the school's direction.

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Rep. Giffords at husband's launch on Endeavour shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space shuttle took flight for the next-to-last time Monday as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from a gunshot wound and hidden from public view, watched her astronaut husband rocket through the clouds in a deafening roar.

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Homework meets home runs during G-Braves' Education Days game

Monday's game was different. The game was a classroom for Connor Sullivan on a field trip along with hundreds of other kids at Coolray Field's Belk Education Days.

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Sugar Hill mother to serve 25 years for death of 3-month-old

A 23-year-old Sugar Hill mother skirted a murder conviction Monday but was sentenced to serve the next 25 years in prison for a crime she vehemently denied committing.

Levee watch taking vigilance

NEW ORLEANS -- All along the swollen Mississippi River, hundreds of thousands of lives depend on a small army of engineers, deputies and even prison inmates keeping round-the-clock watch at the many floodwalls and earthen levees holding the water back.

NATION: Oil drops below $98; gas falls

Oil prices dropped Monday, a good sign for drivers who are finally seeing a little relief at the gas pump.

Residents to get say in Grayson millage rate

Residents of Grayson will be able to make their voices heard at any of three public hearings the City Council has scheduled to discuss the millage rate.

WORLD: War crimes warrant sought for Gadhafi

TRIPOLI, Libya -- The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor sought arrest warrants Monday for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son and the country's intelligence chief for authorizing the killing of civilians in a crackdown on anti-government rebels.

PEOPLE: Trial begins in Kerrigan death

WOBURN, Mass. -- The 70-year-old father of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan spent the final moments of his life defending himself as his drunken, angry son put his hands around his neck and pushed him to the floor, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.

No jail time for snake dealer, 2 others after fatal bite

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A snake dealer and two other men arrested in an investigation of a fatal copperhead bite took a plea deal Monday and avoided jail.

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Buford man charged with hit-and-run

A Buford man is in custody after police say his erratic driving produced at least three accidents and sent two other drivers to the hospital.

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Rape suspect nabbed at Dacula park

An accused rapist was arrested last week as he skateboarded at a local park, police said.

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Hawks' lacrosse players are college-bound

Mill Creek held a signing ceremony Monday to honor four seniors who will be playing lacrosse at the college level.

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Broncos, Stars make return to 3rd round

With the state high school baseball playoffs having reached the quarterfinal rounds, the six remaining Gwinnett County teams find themselves in a variety of situations.

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Providence begins football program

LILBURN — Six black blocking dummies lay stacked sideways. A green wagon next to them held two red buckets of water. Neon yellow cones were set up across one end of the field. And a steady rain dripped over all of it less than an hour before the start of Providence Christian’s first ever football practice Monday.

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Locals help Georgia State to NCAA Regional

Georgia State’s fastpitch softball team won its first Colonial Athletic Association championship last week, earning a spot in this weekend’s NCAA Athens Regional and a first-round matchup Friday with host Georgia.

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Wrestling camp to feature NCAA champ Jenkins

The second annual Hi-Impact Cradle and Granby Camp will be held June 20-23 at Meadowcreek High. The camp will feature Bubba Jenkins, a 2011 NCAA national champ from Arizona State along with teammate Joel Smith, a Collins Hill grad and two-time state champ.

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Homework meets home runs during G-Braves' Education Days game

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chuck Gork took his stepson to the Gwinnett Braves game Monday, the first of what he hopes to be many trips to the ballpark this summer.

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Meadowcreek looking for youth wrestling coach

Meadowcreek High School is looking for a youth coach for its middle school wrestling program. This will serve primarily the Lilburn and Radloff Middle School clusters. Inquiries may be made to Coach Richard Schumacher at 404-402-8974 or

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Marschke wins on Georgia PGA Junior Tour

Garrett Marschke of Suwanee won the boys 16- to 18-year-old division of the Columbus Junior Classic, a Georgia PGA Junior Tour golf tournament this past weekend. Marschke shot 74 for a one-shot win.