News for Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Temperatures soar into 90s ahead of summer

Summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but someone forgot to tell the thermometer.

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Gwinnett claims three baseball crowns

Titles by Parkview (in Class AAAAA), Buford (AA) and Hebron Christian (A) represents the most state championship won by local teams in a single season, and only the second time more than one has won in a single season.

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Davis makes under-16 national team

A large pool of the nation's best girls prep basketball players tried for a roster spot on the U.S. Women's Under-16 National Team over the weekend, and Kaela Davis was one of the last ones standing.

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Former Serbian police officer pleads to immigration fraud

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville resident Zeljko Zekic, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to lying to federal immigration officials about his place of residence and employment during the Bosnian War of 1992 to 1995.

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Fatal Loganville crash among 15 in state over holiday

LOGANVILLE — The two people killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday evening in Loganville were among 17 traffic fatalities recorded in the state during the 78-hour holiday weekend, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

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G-Braves end skid with 7-2 win over Lehigh Valley

LAWRENCEVILLE —Wilkin Ramirez got the scoring started and Wilkin Castillo kept the innings ending for the G-Braves on Tuesday.

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CLINE: The ups and downs of students being out for summer vacation

Local students celebrating their first week of summer vacation brings to mind many things:

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Meadowcreek's Williams signs with Clayton St.

After playing the bulk of his college basketball career far from Atlanta, former Meadowcreek standout Teondre Williams will be much closer for the 2011-12 season.

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Dacula holds Memorial Day parade

DACULA — For about five years, retired veteran Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wilczek fought to help keep this country safe.

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17 Gwinnett schools make best list

LAWRENCEVILLE — An annual ranking of America’s high schools includes 17 schools from Gwinnett County, two more than the year before.

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Heddinger, Hampton guide Buford to first state championship since 1977

BUFORD — In a championship series that had 31 runs scored in the first two games, Buford turned to dominant starting pitching and timely hitting to knock off Pike County 5-1 in the winner-take-all Game 3 and capture the Class AA state baseball title at Gerald McQuaig Field.

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Georgia Force welcome new team president

ATLANTA — The Georgia Force announced the hiring of new team president Cory Howerton. Howerton will be responsible for all business activities of the club including ticket and sponsorship sales, game operations, media relations and community relations.

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Parkview scores 13 in seventh to secure state title

LILBURN — A half-inning. One incredible half-inning.

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GCPS, Ivy Prep discuss keeping all-girls school open

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County Public Schools officials have been meeting with representatives of Ivy Preparatory Academy to discuss options for keeping the all-girls charter school open in the upcoming school year, the district announced Tuesday.

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2 killed, 5 hurt in crash

LOGANVILLE — Two people died and five others were injured in a crash Monday evening on Ozora Church Road near Ga. Highway 81, the Georgia State Patrol said.

NATION IN BRIEF: 10 still missing in Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Less than a dozen people remain unaccounted for after the tornado that hit Joplin last week.

Local lifters shine at meets

This past month there were two national level powerlifting championships held in Atlanta.

LETTER: Some Americans don't want jobs

In response to Darrell Huckaby’s viewpoint (If you need a job, farmers are hiring, May 28): Maybe, just maybe, if our politicians weren’t doling out so much of our tax money in the form of welfare, food stamps and government housing to able-bodied folks who could do a little work, the farmers might be able to find some good old American help. Maybe it’s just too easy to meet the mailman once a month instead of going out and serving the community by working. Oh, I forgot, those welfare checks just might be direct deposit now, so lets not support the mailman either!

WORLD IN BRIEF: Mladic extradited to UN court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ratko Mladic has been placed in U.N. custody at a detention unit to await trial for genocide, 16 years after he was charged by the court for the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the worst massacre of civilians in Europe since World War II.

Northern Ireland marks 100th anniversary of Titanic launch

DUBLIN — A century ago, the people of Belfast celebrated one of their proudest days — the launching of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic. The Northern Ireland capital commemorated that bittersweet anniversary Tuesday with cheers from schoolchildren in Edwardian period costumes, the tooting of foghorns, and a hymn-singing dockside choir.

GOP rejects debt limit hike

WASHINGTON — House Republicans dealt defeat to their own proposal for a $2.4 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit Tuesday, a political gambit designed to reinforce a demand for spending cuts to accompany any increase in government borrowing.

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Gladiators' home opener set for Oct. 21

The Gwinnett Gladiators regular season home opener for their ninth season in the ECHL is set for October 21 at the Gwinnett Arena at 7:35 p.m. against the Greenville Road Warriors.

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THOMAS: Press fawns over Obama like 'Idol'

DUBLIN, Ireland

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Inmates handled LPD evidence

LAWRENCEVILLE — When Lawrenceville police transferred evidence that’s crucial in hundreds of pending cases from their former headquarters to an upgraded facility last year, they brought in Gwinnett County Jail inmates to do the heavy lifting.

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Former police officer accused of abusing position

LILBURN — Lilburn resident Donald Bristol, a former DeKalb County police officer, was arraigned Tuesday on federal charges of aiding others to possess and conceal a stolen vehicle, failing to report a federal felony, unlawfully accessing government computer systems and making false statements.

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Hailey Gill

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Hailey Rochelle Gill, 32, of Jefferson, Ga. who passed away Saturday May 28, 2011at Athens Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle ...

Robert Wayne Musgrave

Mr. Robert "Bob" Wayne Musgrave, age 74 of Hoschton, Ga., passed away Thursday May 26, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Sandra Jones

Sandra Wilson Jones, age 70, of Duluth, GA, died Saturday May 28, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

William Fitzgerald, Jr.

William Thomas Fitzgerald, Jr. "BIG Bill", age 48, died peacefully Saturday morning May 28, 2011 at the Embracing Hospice Eastside Heritage Hospital after a six-month hard fought battle with ...

Donald Jones

Mr. Donald L. Jones, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel T. and Violet Jones ...

Dick Tromp

Dick Johannes Tromp, age 68 of Grayson, GA passed away May 30, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Natale Simeone

Natale Joseph "Nat" Simeone, age 82 of Buford, GA died Sunday, May 29, 2011. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Hazel Carroll

Hazel Pruitt Carroll, age 91 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Friday, May 30, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

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