News for Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Parkview, Mill Creek face Game 3 today

A recap of the first day of the state softball playoffs.

Brookwood escapes early trouble to sweep Peachtree Ridge

Peachtree Ridge travels to Brookwood in state softball action.

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Archer sweeps past North Gwinnett

North takes on Archer in Class AAAAA state softball.

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Man pleads guilty in bomb plot

DETROIT -- A Nigerian man pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to bring down a jetliner with a bomb in his underwear, defiantly telling a federal judge that he acted in retaliation for the killing of Muslims worldwide and referring to the failed explosive as a "blessed weapon.". Umar Farouk

Colo. mom accused of letting her 9-year-old daughter drive

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A Grand Junction woman was cited after witnesses reported seeing her 9-year-old daughter driving her across town at least twice last week with the mother and her 10-month-old child as passengers.. Police say Lori Ann Rogers, 36, faces multiple counts of allowing

VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: GAC takes care of Spencer

A look at Gwinnett's action in the volleyball playoffs.

THOMAS: Politics and religion, 2012 version

John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Kennedy said in part, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president -- should he be Catholic

CEPEDA: California (bad) dreaming leads to dead-end future for undocumented college grads

California Dream Act actually more like dead-end nightmare. Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act, which will allow illegal immigrant students to be eligible for state-funded financial aid at public universities and community colleges, celebratory email began circulating."Wow, this great and wonderful news

Gunfire at Loganville park under investigation

Police say gunfire at skatepark under investigation.

NCAA finds no major violations against Auburn

Nothing discovered in investigation of Newton, HBO reports

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Thrilling Newton prepares for return home to Atlanta

Rookie quarterback putting up huge numbers already

Falcons WR Julio Jones won't play against Panthers

Hamstring still ailing after injury suffered in loss to Green Bay

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Matty Ice off to slow start for struggling Falcons

QB rating puts Ryan near the bottom in the NFL

North's Jones makes college decision

Senior running back commits to UMass

Shiloh's Kamau, North's Czerniak get running honors

Shiloh's Bryan Kamau and North Gwinnett's Courtney Czerniak were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches on Wednesday.

Prep Rally to feature football highlights

Local TV show to feature prep football

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Archaeology work unearths Fort Daniel's history

Fort Daniel Faire planned for this weekend.

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Gladiators open ninth season with high-energy rookie head coach

The Gwinnett Gladiators open their season Friday under new head coach John Wroblewski. He's just the second head coach in team history, taking over for Jeff Pyle, who led the team to playoff appearances in the first six of his eight seasons. But the Gladiators missed out the past two years and Wroblewski has installed an up-tempo, detail-oriented systems with the hopes of ending that trend.

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HAMMOCK: Lanier-North football pits brother vs. brother

McCoy siblings face off Thursday night

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson's new role could help with jobs

Johnson gets new subcommittee position, Lawrenceville forum set.

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Lawrenceville woman arrested after claiming to be Obama's mother

A Lawrenceville woman was recently arrested for distrubing customers at a Zaxby's restaurant, reportedly claiming to be President Obama's mother.

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District celebrates week highlighting school lunch

It's National School Lunch Week, and Gwinnett County Public Schools are taking part in the celebration.

Judge rules against Barrow teacher

A judge has ruled against a former Barrow County Schools teacher who resigned in 2009 after a question over content on her Facebook page.

Public sex charge could get teen deported

Police: Teen, mentor caught having public sex in Suwanee

Brother, sister implicated in robbery

Brother, sister charged in home robbery.

County asks residents to conserve water

The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources urged residents to conserve water consumption due to drought conditions.

Formal request made for free tolls for carpoolers

State sends request to federal officials to allow carpoolers to use toll lanes for free.

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VOLLEYBALL: State preview capsules, first round

A look at Gwinnett's volleyball teams in this week's state playoffs

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SOFTBALL: State preview capsules, first round

A look at the Gwinnett's fastpitch softball teams in this week's state playoffs

GAB: Car show planned Oct. 22

A car show and fall festival is scheduled Oct. 22 at Grace Fellowship Church in Snellville.

Local school holds educational festival

The Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Techology will play host to the inaugural STEM Festival this weekend.

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Archaeology work unearths Fort Daniel's history

DACULA -- Six years ago, Jim D'Angelo stood on the crest of a hill and knew he had found a piece of Gwinnett's history.

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HAMMOCK: Lanier-North football pits brother vs. brother

At some point tonight, Lanier senior Kelley McCoy may find himself catching a pass. He may know the North Gwinnett junior varsity player trying to put a hit on him. He may know him very well.

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Husband, wife sentenced for animal neglect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville couple will serve five years probation and undergo mental health evaluations for keeping 13 malnourished dogs and cats in rancid conditions at their home, a Gwinnett County judge ruled last month.

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Brookwood escapes early trouble to sweep Peachtree Ridge

SNELLVILLE -- Any team that has played Brookwood's softball team this season knows that it must take care of any scoring opportunity it gets -- especially early -- to have any chance to knock off the top-ranked Broncos.

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Beverly Baker

Beverly Ann Baker, age 69, of Snellville, Georgia, entered into rest on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 46 years, Joe Baker; daughter & son-in-law, Angela & Roger Couch of Concord, GA; daughter, Donna Baker of Snellville, GA; and son, Andrew Baker of Los Alamos, NM; four grandchildren, Chris Couch, David Couch, Christopher Weir, and Alicia Stimson; two sisters & brothers-in-law, Mary Frances & Bud Beedlove of McDonough, GA, Judy & Reagon Hooper of Snellville, GA; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Lewis Andrew (Andy) Brownlee, Jr. A Service Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Baker will be held Friday, October 14, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Tommy Smith officiating, and Betty Knight, Speaker. Interment Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Flowers are accepted. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company," Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Shiloh's Kamau, North's Czerniak get running honors

Shiloh’s Bryan Kamau and North Gwinnett’s Courtney Czerniak were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches on Wednesday.---- Kamau placed seventh at the Asics Invitational championship race with a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds.---- Czerniak was sixth at the Asics race with a time of 19:03.

THOMAS: Politics and religion, 2012 version

It was said of Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, that if he won the 1928 presidential election he would take orders from the Vatican and not uphold the Constitution.

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Bill Brown

Air Personality at WCBS/FM Radio in NY from 1969 to 2005. Bill passed away after a long illness. Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Bill landed his first radio job at the age of 15 at WCLB in Camilla, GA. He then headed to California and was on the air at KICO, KAMP and KXO. He joined the Navy and served in Tokyo from 1960 - 1964. He was a photographer upon enlistment and worked on Project Mercury,

North's Jones makes college decision

North Gwinnett senior Joe Jones made a commitment Wednesday to the University of Massachusetts football program, an FCS school that was national champion in 1998 and national runner-up in 2006.

Falcons WR Julio Jones won't play against Panthers

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Julio Jones will miss Sunday's game against Carolina because of a hamstring injury.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson's new role could help with jobs

Local Congressman Hank Johnson hopes his new role on a House subcommittee can help in the creation of jobs.

SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Parkview, Mill Creek face Game 3 today

HOSCHTON -- Parkview pitcher Amanda Chambers went the distance and picked up the victory in Game 2 as the Panthers defeated Mill Creek 6-2 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state softball tournament to force a deciding Game 3 today at 6 p.m. Mill Creek had rallied to take Game 1 by a 4-3 score as the Hawks scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Patty Dennison led the way at the plate for Parkview (13-14) in Game 2 by going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs while Eryn Stepp and Ally Claytor each went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Claytor also had an RBI. Tori Mitchell (15-11) was the Game 1 winner for Mill Creek (25-9-1) -- allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out two. Morgan Robinson led Parkview in Game 1 with 2-for-3 night that included a double and a run scored while Stepp was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

NCAA finds no major violations against Auburn

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The NCAA says it found no major violations committed by Auburn regarding Cam Newton or other pay-for-play allegations.The NCAA released a statement Wednesday saying it has closed its 13-month investigation into Auburn's recruitment of the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, whose father shopped his services to another school for nearly $200,000.

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Rowena Varnadoe

Mrs. Rowena Braswell Varnadoe, age 67, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Varnadoe and former husband, Larry ...

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Opal Parks

Mrs. Opal Peevy Parks, age 82, of Hoschton, GA and the Duncan Creek Community passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, J ...

Tom Calvert

Mr. Tom Calvert, age 55, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2011. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Calvert. He is survived by his ...

Brian Yount

Brian Richard Yount, age 44 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away October 8, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South, Flowery Branch. *

Mary Knear

Mary Jones Knear, age 92 of Winder, GA passed away October 9, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553. *

Fred Hannah

Fred Hannah, age 84 of Tucker, GA passed away on October 10, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726. *

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel G. Sullivan, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA died on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2527. *

David Morris

Mr. David Wayne Morris, Sr., age 50 of Winder, GA passed away October, 8, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 706-654-0966. *

Buchanan Marshall

Buchanan Brietz Marshall, age 29, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away October 9, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch. *

Cecil Garmon

Cecil Garmon, age 85, of Norcross, GA, formerly of Lilburn, GA, died of Alzheimer's on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, October ...

Joseph Beaton

Joseph Leo Beaton, 52, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Saturday October 8, 2011 at Embracing Hospice of Snellville, GA. He was born in Everett, MA and was the son of Leo ...

Abigail Wigley

Abigail Godwin Wigley, age 56 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...