News for Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Three anti-express lanes groups join forces

Anti-HOT lanes groups ban together.

Occupy leaves home, family evicted, leaders say

Eviction carried out as Occupy pulls up stakes but vows to continue Gwinnett fight.

Grayson Tech honors veterans

Grayson Technical Program is honoring veterans this week by using students skilled in audio recording and photo restoration.

Freeze warning issued for Gwinnett

Authorities have issued a freeze warning for parts of central and eastern Georgia, where temperatures are expected to plunge into the upper 20s in some areas Friday morning.

Community lending support to injured couple

A community is helping out a couple who were both injured badly in an auto wreck on Saturday.

College fair scheduled for students with special needs

The Gwinnett County Public School system has scheduled a college fair Saturday for students with disabilities.

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Nazi labor camp survivor signing books in Gwinnett

Cecylia Ziobro Thibault comes to Gwinnett to discuss her book "Trapped in a Nightmare: The Story of an American Girl Growing Up in the Nazi Slave Labor Camps."

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Fatal stabbing trial slated next week

Jury selection in murder trial slated to begin Monday.

Goat spotted running along I-85

Goat spotted on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett Wednesday, possibly Thursday

Run For Shelter benefits homeless

Tomorrow the fourth annual Run for Shelter 5K and Fun Run will take place at Tribble Mill Park.

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Groups build new deck for Marine vet as thanks for service

Several local groups joined together to build a new deck for a Marine vet and his family

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Shumock is Buford Teacher of Year

Buford City Schools celebrated its top educators Wednesday, honoring the district's teachers of the year.

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GDOT: Toppled sign structure not vital to toll system

Interstate 85 northbound reopened Wednesday afternoon after lanes were blocked due to a fallen express lane sign.

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Penn State fires Paterno

College football’s all-time winningest head coach, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, is fired late Wednesday night by the school’s board of trustees just a few hours after he announces his plans to coach the rest of the year, then retire at the end of the season.

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Peachtree Corners community votes for cityhood

Residents vote to form 16th city.

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Pride is enough of a prize when Miami, FSU play

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) The Florida State fight song is playing on a continuous loop in the locker room. A flag bearing the Seminoles' logo sways over the practice field. After one workout this week, an equipment manager put on the distinctive gold FSU helmet and nearly got beaten by

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Momentum lifts Virginia Tech past Yellow Jackets 37-26

Georgia Tech falls in Thursday night ACC showdown in Atlanta

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HUCKABY: A true friend -- by any name -- is a true joy

We've all known a few "Bubbas," but Bubba Hendrickson is special.

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WOODALL: Remembering our veterans

Our veterans are a great inspiration to us all. Veterans Day brings home for me -- as it does for so many others -- the tremendous sacrifices made by our heroes and their families. America's veterans inspire me to be the best public servant I can be and protect the

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MCCULLOUGH: Find a way to support veterans

Today, serve those who served. By the time I was 18, however, college seemed like a much more realistic and opportune path for me, so that's what I did. It's not a decision I regret, but it is one I think about occasionally, wondering how life would be different had

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ROBINSON: The nonsense debate

No winners in this GOP debate but Obama. WASHINGTONDon't laugh too hard at Rick Perry for his mortifying episode of brain-lock at Wednesday's GOP presidential candidates' debate. His opponents managed to remember their lines, but didn't do any better at making sense.OK, I understand, the Perry Meltdown is hard

LETTERS: Shame on Cal Thomas

Columnist plays the blame game.

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Georgia Tech set to launch Brian Gregory era

Yellow Jacket men, women open season Friday at Arena at Gwinnett Center

Young signs free agent deal with Detroit

Popular outfielder won't return to Braves organization

Providence to honor college signees Friday

Stars' Loyd, Stewart, Charles headed to next level

Archer's Dyer gets TD Club award

Coach honored after leading Tigers to first playoff berth

Shiloh's Carter picks Tech

Big man transfer a consensus top 30 player nationally

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Getting to Know ... John April

A chat with the new Shiloh girls basketball coach.

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Groups build new deck for Marine vet as thanks for service

Several local groups joined together to build a new deck for a Marine vet and his family

Occupy leaves home, family evicted, leaders say

Eviction carried out as Occupy pulls up stakes but vows to continue Gwinnett fight.

Community lending support to injured couple

A community is helping out a couple who were both injured badly in an auto wreck on Saturday.

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North wary of newcomer Archer

On paper, tonight's first-round game of the Class AAAAA state playoffs between North Gwinnett and Archer would seem to be a mismatch.

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Rams, Eagles have different methods, same goal

There is a fairly stark contrast in the style of the offenses and defenses at Grayson and Collins Hill.

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Norcross faces improved Dacula squad second time around

Dacula seeks revenge against Norcross in first round of Class AAAAA state playoffs.

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Billy Crystal tweets that he's hosting the Oscars

Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards. The 63-year-old comedian and Oscar-hosting veteran said Thursday on Twitter that he is "doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions."

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Wolves host Temple as their chase for fifth straight title begins

Tigers making first playoff appearance since 2005.

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County goes head-to-head to open football state playoffs

Gwinnett County teams from Region 7-AAAAA and Region 8-AAAAA will meet in the first round of the state playoffs on Friday.

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Gut check time for Brookwood, Peachtree Ridge

Both programs had to bounce back from tough losses

Eagles wrestling to host charity poker tourney

Collins Hill's wrestling program will host the first annual Bazell Partridge Reverse Raffle Hold 'em on Saturday at Collins Hill Golf Club.

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Fatal stabbing trial slated next week

Jury selection in murder trial slated to begin Monday.

Three anti-express lanes groups join forces

Anti-HOT lanes groups ban together.

J. Griffin Doyle named a UGA vice president

University of Georgia president Michael Adams has named J. Griffin Doyle, the university's director of federal relations, as vice president for government relations.

College fair scheduled for students with special needs

The Gwinnett County Public School system has scheduled a college fair Saturday for students with disabilities.

Goat spotted running along I-85

Goat spotted on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett Wednesday, possibly Thursday

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Nazi labor camp survivor signing books in Gwinnett

Cecylia Ziobro Thibault comes to Gwinnett to discuss her book "Trapped in a Nightmare: The Story of an American Girl Growing Up in the Nazi Slave Labor Camps."

Grayson Tech honors veterans

Grayson Technical Program is honoring veterans this week by using students skilled in audio recording and photo restoration.

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Senate approves jobs benefits for veterans

A united Senate emphatically approved legislation Thursday intended to help unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, endorsing a measure that includes the first small slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.

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From start to end, meaningful hoops tournaments abound

Hoops tourney preview story/box

Prep basketball: Preseason all-county teams

A look at the top players heading into the 2011-12 high school season

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Basketball preview: Shiloh Generals

Shiloh basketball preview

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Basketball preview: GAC Spartans

GAC basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Buford Wolves

Buford basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Wesleyan Wolves

Wesleyan Wolves preview

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Basketball preview: Mountain View Bears

Mountain View basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Norcross Blue Devils

Norcross basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Dacula Falcons

Dacula basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Grayson Rams

Grayson basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Collins Hill Eagles

Collins Hill basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Duluth Wildcats

Duluth basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Parkview Panthers

Parkview basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Mill Creek Hawks

Mill Creek basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Central Gwinnett Black Knights

Central Gwinnett basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Hebron Lions

Hebron basketball preview

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Basketball preview: North Gwinnett Bulldogs

North Gwinnett basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Providence Stars

Providence basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Lanier Longhorns

Lanier basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Archer Tigers

Archer basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Peachtree Ridge

Peachtree Ridge basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Berkmar Patriots

Berkmar basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Brookwood Broncos

Brookwood basketball preview

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Basketball preview: Meadowcreek Mustangs

Meadowcreek basketball preview

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Basketball Preview: South Gwinnett Comets

South Gwinnett basketball preview

Run For Shelter benefits homeless

Tomorrow the fourth annual Run for Shelter 5K and Fun Run will take place at Tribble Mill Park.

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As Cain, Perry scramble, Gingrich seeks an opening

Mitt Romney chugged ahead Thursday as the conservative-fueled drive to deny him the Republican presidential nomination reached a difficult new phase: Once-surging rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain scrambled to control serious damage, while an old face sought new ways to exploit their problems.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Eastwood plays it safe with controversial Hoover in 'J. Edgar'

Michael Clark reviews Leonardo DiCaprio's new drama "J. Edgar."

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Music events happening around Gwinnett

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MOVIE REVIEW: Felicity Jones wins hearts in 'Crazy Love'

Michael Clark reviews the new flick, "Like Crazy."

Reba visits Gwinnett Arena Saturday

Tomorrow night Reba McEntire, acclaimed country music artist and actress, will hit the stage at the Arena at Gwinnett Center as part of her "ALL The WOMEN I AM" 31-city tour.

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THE DISH: Piazza Popolo

Gwinnett Daily Post takes a look at Duluth's Piazza Popolo.

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Stone Mountain's Christmas opens Nov. 12

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Thanksgiving hasn't been crossed off the calendar this year, but Christmas can never return too soon for some holiday enthusiasts. Case in point: Stone Mountain's Christmas, which kicks off the festive spirit on Saturday.. Since July, employees have been hanging and stapling two million Christmas lights throughout

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Little Big Man'

Michael Clark reviews the Blu-ray disc of "Little Big Man."

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Athens artist's exhibit opens at ART Station

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Let's face it. Sometimes life can feel routine, dull and, quite frankly, mundane. Athens artist Bob Davis does something a little different to brighten up each day. He brings boring daily chores to life with his ceramic sculptures and acrylic paintings -- and one of his exhibitions

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MOVIE REVIEW: Banderas brings his best in nearly flawless 'Skin'

Michael Clark reviewed "The Skin I Live In."

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett teen creates unique fashions from paper

A Gwinnett teen was included in "Papers, Fashion for a Cause" at Morris Brown College on Oct. 23 for her hand-crafted tutus.

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Film Fans like robbery comedy 'Tower Heist'

Local Film Fans reviewed the weekly movie, "Tower Heist."

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark and his weekly movie trivia contest.

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'Blues for an Alabama Sky' opens at Lionheart Theatre Company

Set in 1930s Harlem, four friends and an Alabama stranger explore politics, art and love in "Blues for an Alabama Sky," which opens at Lionheart Theatre Company tonight.

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Rick Perry says his campaign won't end

Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" when he couldn't remember the third federal department he would abolish if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn't force him out of the Republican presidential field.

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Penn State fires Paterno

College football’s all-time winningest head coach, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, is fired late Wednesday night by the school’s board of trustees just a few hours after he announces his plans to coach the rest of the year, then retire at the end of the season.

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Marines celebrate 236th birthday

The passing of another year has allowed those in the U.S. Marine Corps to reflect on how far it has come. Marines and civilians from both Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command celebrated the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps with a cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday in front of the installation’s headquarters.

Food service firm to open Ga. distribution center

Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that a North Carolina-based food service company will open a distribution center southwest of Atlanta, creating 108 jobs.

Freeze warning issued for Gwinnett

Authorities have issued a freeze warning for parts of central and eastern Georgia, where temperatures are expected to plunge into the upper 20s in some areas Friday morning.

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Applications for unemployment aid drop to 390,000

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level since April, a sign that employers could be stepping up hiring.

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As Cain, Perry scramble, Gingrich seeks an opening

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney chugged ahead Thursday as the conservative-fueled drive to deny him the Republican presidential nomination reached a difficult new phase: Once-surging rivals Rick Perry and Herman Cain scrambled to control serious damage, while an old face sought new ways to exploit their problems.

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From start to end, meaningful hoops tournaments abound

The Deep South Classic is keeping its traditional dates after Christmas, but that isn't the case for North Gwinnett's holiday tournament this season.

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Basketball preview: GAC Spartans

GAC SPARTANS

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Basketball preview: Shiloh Generals

SHILOH GENERALS

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Lions' Atwater, Buchanan, Horn living up to NFL dads' names

When Di Andre Atwater came to Peachtree Ridge, he didn't want to tell anyone his last name. He just wanted to be known as Di Andre.

Wrestling preview: Team-by-team capsules

Area 8-AAAAA

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Penn State fires Paterno

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — In a massive shakeup, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired Wednesday night by the board of trustees amid the growing furor over how the school handled child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

Applications for unemployment aid drop to 390,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level since April, a sign that employers could be stepping up hiring.

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Billy Crystal tweets that he's hosting the Oscars

LOS ANGELES — Billy Crystal says he is hosting the Academy Awards.

Community lending support to Injured couple

DULUTH -- The community is rallying behind a family that was involved in a serious auto wreck on Saturday.

Reba visits Gwinnett Arena Saturday

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Patrick Acree

Rev. Patrick Timothy Acree, age 53, of Loganville, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at The ...

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David Glynn Scruggs

July 3, 1966 - November 10, 2010 You never said "I'm leaving" You never said "Goodbye" You were gone before we knew it and only God knows why A million times ...

Carlon Shockley

Carlon E. Shockley, age 81, of Snellville passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Annette Shockley. He is survived ...

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Eva Hawkins

Eva Mae Hawkins, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA went to be with her Lord on November 9, 2011. She was the daughter of Louis and Annie Mae Wright of Central ...

Martha Juarez-Martinez

Martha A. Juarez-Martinez, age 63 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company" Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411.

Robert Wade

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Brian Wade, age 41, of Jefferson, who passed away on November 8, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Gracie Jones

Mrs. Gracie Jones, age 88, of Winder, GA passed away November 8, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

Linda Podolsky

Linda M. Podolsky, age 60 of Snellville, GA passed away on November 3, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

Robert Skinner

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Nelson "Robbie" Skinner, age 62, of Jefferson, who passed away on November 8, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com ...

Charles Rittenberry

Charles E. "Trae" Rittenberry, III, age 51 of Hoschton, GA passed away November 8, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Marie Davis

Marie Williams Davis, age 55 of Buford, GA passed away November 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Shirley Pegues

Shirley Ann Pegues, age 65 of Norcross, GA passed away November 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company" Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411.

Shirley Force

Shirley Jean Force, age 61, of Buford, GA passed away November 8, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

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Shumock is Buford Teacher of Year

BUFORD -- For Lynn Shumock, teaching math isn't rocket science.

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Rick Perry says his campaign won't end

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Rick Perry says he "stepped in it" when he couldn't remember the third federal department he would abolish if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn't force him out of the Republican presidential field.