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TV, luck eased tornado risk

PIEDMONT, Okla. -- When three tornadoes marched toward Oklahoma City and its suburbs, thousands of people in the path benefited from good forecasts, luck and live television to avoid the kind of catastrophe that befell Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joplin, Mo.

NATION: Smart's kidnapper gets life in prison

SALT LAKE CITY -- Nearly nine years after she was abducted at knifepoint from her bed, Elizabeth Smart watched Wednesday without showing any emotion as a federal judge ordered a street preacher to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping her while holding her captive for months.

7 charged with manslaughter for failing to predict quake

ROME -- Seven scientists and other experts were indicted on manslaughter charges Wednesday for allegedly failing to sufficiently warn residents before a devastating earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy in 2009.

Winfrey finale devoted to fans

CHICAGO -- There were no free cars or vacations. No favorite things or makeovers. No celebrity guests on stage -- though there were plenty in the audience.

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Ex-county attorney to get $200K in severance, vacation, sick leave

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's former county attorney will rake in nearly $200,000 in severance and vacation and sick leave.

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Final goodbye? Future of Ivy Prep uncertain after court ruling

NORCROSS -- As Nina Gilbert sifted through a stack of hand-drawn messages of hope Wednesday afternoon, a shiny black SUV pulled through the nearby carpool line at Ivy Preparatory Academy.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall slammed for health care

Local activists challenged U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall last week during a town hall meeting in Dacula. Video inside article

GMC tirade lands patient in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An Atlanta man is charged with assaulting a pregnant nurse and making death threats at Gwinnett Medical Center this week.

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Parent booked into jail on criminal trespass charges

GRAYSON -- A parent of students at Starling Elementary School was arrested Wednesday in the school gymnasium on charges that she violated a criminal trespass warning.

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Gwinnett keeps baseball finals well-stocked

While Gwinnett County has always been very competitive in high school baseball, it’s doubtful there has ever been a season in which local schools have been as dominant as 2011.

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GARDENING: Pests are a fact in the home and garden

Pests, whether they are insects, weeds or plant diseases, are a fact of life in the home and garden. One of the most effective ways to control them is to practice “integrated pest management” or IPM, which anticipates problems and uses preventative measures. Integrated pest management does not eliminate chemical pesticides altogether.

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HAMMOCK: Brookwood's 'Coach Buffalo' riding off into retirement

Believe it or not, he has a name. It’s Leonard Howard, not that he frequently goes by Leonard or Coach Howard around the Brookwood High School campus.

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Parents upset over nonrenewal of teacher

SNELLVILLE — Some parents at Norton Elementary School said the unfair treatment of a fifth-grade teacher has ruined the end of the year for their children.

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Broncos' Higginbotham signs with West Georgia

Brookwood senior Thomas Higginbotham has signed a letter of intent with the West Georgia men’s basketball program.

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Stars' Ramsey gets prestigious Augusta St. honor

Providence Christian grad Stephen Ramsey received the Tommy Werrick Scholar-Athlete Award as Augusta State’s top student-athlete for the 2010-11 school year. Ramsey made 47 pitching appearances in three seasons at Augusta State after transferring from Toccoa Falls College.

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Garvin tops in SEC

Vanderbilt baseball’s last Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year was a tall left-hander, David Price, the eventual No. 1 pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.

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U.S. team chooses DeShields

Diamond DeShields’ youth hasn’t slowed her rapid rise within USA Basketball.

GWINNETT GAB: Veteran to sign book during Memorial Day celebration

Veteran to sign book during Memorial Day celebration

ROBINSON: A Medicare moment for GOP

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the architect of his party’s radical plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, gave a lesson Sunday in stating the obvious: “I don’t consult polls to tell me what my principles are or what our policies should be.” I’d suggest that Republicans with less disdain for public opinion might want to check out the height of the cliff from which Ryan would have them leap.

WORLD: Obama: Role of West remains in world events

Obama: Role of West remains in world events

THOMAS: A book for every home in America

Perhaps you’ve heard of him, perhaps not. Louis Zamperini has had fame, lost it and seen it restored more than once. That happens when you are 94 years old and must be re-introduced to succeeding generations.

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Busy Star: South's Pepe juggles hectic schedule

For his final week of high school, Emirami Pepe didn’t study, take an exam or worry a final grade.

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Loretta Roberts

Loretta Roberts, 97, of Suwanee, GA passed away on May 16, 2011. To fulfill her lifelong wish her body was donated to Emory Medical School for research. A Celebration of ...

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Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton, age 41, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on May 23, 2011. He is survived by his daughter, Devin Sutton, of Jefferson, GA, mother, Delores Bledsoe Greenwood, of Charleston ...

Carole Boyd

Carole Stephens Boyd, age 58 of Snellville, passed away May 22, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Hilda Downey

Hilda G. Downey of Snellville passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011. She is survived by her children, Gerald R. Downey, Jr., Keith L. Downey, and Vicki Thompson; siblings, Hubert Dampier ...

Milo Adams Hornsby

Milo Adams Hornsby, 86, of Snellville passed away Monday, May 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, James Russell (Jim) Hornsby, brothers, James Kelley ...

Matt Sell

Matt Sell, age 41 of Auburn, GA passed away May 23, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

William Jones

William Clarence Jones, age 91 of Statham, GA passed away May 23, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Terry Helms

Terry Shannon Helms, age 38, of Braselton, GA died Saturday, May 21, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

William Roy

William "Bill" D. Roy, age 68, of Atlanta, GA, died May 23, 2011. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726 ...

James Black

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. James Edward Black, 73 of Jefferson, Ga. who passed away Monday, May 23, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...