News for Thursday, October 20, 2011


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Gadhafi killed in hometown battle

SIRTE, Libya -- Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war, was killed Thursday as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell.. Interim government officials said one

Dental care in big demand at free Los Angeles health clinic

LOS ANGELES -- Avery Shapiro has had tooth pain for several years. Pat Morris' dental insurance wouldn't cover the tab for a filling. Chenell Bass had to stop driving because her eyesight got so weak.. Such stories were typical among the first 1,200 people filing into a huge free medical

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Two Minn. women guilty of aiding Somali terror group

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minnesota women who claimed they were helping the poor in Somalia were convicted Thursday of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group as part of what prosecutors called a "deadly pipeline" sending funds and fighters to al-Shabab.. After the verdicts, one of the women, Amina

California Christian group now predicts end of world is today

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California ministry says the end of the world is nigh. Again.. The Oakland-based Family Radio International that stirred a global frenzy when it predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21, now says the cataclysmic event will destroy the globe

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Buford continues chase for state title No. 5

Wolves clinch trip to state finals with sweep of North Murray

Local group opposes SPLOST

A woman spoke at Thursday's board of education meeting, voicing opposition to the proposed 1-cent sales tax extension.

Snellville mayoral candidates square off over issues

SNELLVILLE -- The city's two mayoral candidates -- Barbara Bender and Kelly Kautz -- faced off Thursday evening in a debate sponsored by South Gwinnett High School's first period AP Government class. More than 300 people turned out to hear where each woman stands on the city's key issues.. During

Tigers bats go cold in two-game sweep by Milton

Archer's season falls a step short of AAAAA finals in Columbus

Mill Creek fights against Lassiter to force deciding game Friday

Mill Creek splits first two games with Lassiter in the second round

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Floor, Halstead, Roley lead Collins Hill to sweep of Etowah

Eagles' title defense to continue in Columbus

Top-ranked Spartans swept from playoffs by unranked LFO

GAC stunned in the second round

LETTERS: Thomas column wrong in characterization of black voters

Black voters support Obama for more than his race.

LETTERS: Explanation of Obama quote shows liberal bias

Another example of the media showing liberal bias.

ROBINSON: Republicans at a loss for a world view

Republicans. at a loss for a world view. This advice is aimed most urgently at Herman Cain, who wears his ignorance of international affairs as a badge of honor. "When they ask me who is the president of Uzbeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I'm going to say, you know

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HUCKABY: Chilly fall evenings call for good pot of chili

There's nothing better on a cool fall evening than a good pot of chilii.

MCCULLOUGH: Wild animals belong in the wild or in the zoo

Wild animals belong in the wild or in the zoo. A lady on our street when I was a little kid had a couple of them for a little while, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. It was like having a zoo in your backyard

LETTERS: Baseball fans not as avid as football ones

World Series doesn't compare to Super Bowl.

Gladiators set for home debut against Greenville

Gwinnett works out kinks with season-opening road trip, setting up Friday's home opener in the Arena at Gwinnett Center

All-Star Athletic Academy to host football event

Organization to celebrate homecoming Saturday at Meadowcreek

Georgia Junior Bowl will have Gwinnett-heavy roster

Showcase to feature 11 local players, 3 local coaches

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SMITH: A good day to visit with Larry Munson

A look at Loran Smith's recent visit with legendary Bulldog announcer Larry Munson

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Humble Gonzalez closes in on NFL history

Falcon tight end nearing the No. 2 spot on NFL career catches list

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Getting to Know ... Rick Emmett

A question-and-answer session with the Gwinnett Gladiators' new assistant coach

Gwinnett GOP Barbecue this weekend

Local party hosts event.

Gwinnett seniors could get trash discount

County working on tweaks to trash plan.

Gwinnett to appeal service delivery ruling

County to appeal service ruling.

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Kramer released in Conn. on $250k bond

DragonCon founder released in Connecticut on $250,000 bond.

North's Washington commits to Miss. St. football

North Gwinnett defensive lineman Jordan Washington committed to Mississippi State's football program on Thursday.

Man indicted for allegedly sexting 14-year-old girl

A Lawrenceville man was indicted this week for allegedly attempting to set up a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl near her Gwinnett middle school.

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Assistant coaches play major role in Gwinnett's football success

Football mirrors Gwinnett's growth not just in teams and players but in the size of the coaching staffs.

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No. 3 GAC faces major test against No. 1 Buford

No. 1 ranked Buford hosts No. 3 GAC in a Region 6-AA battle between undefeated teams.

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Battle of Five Forks Trickum still meaningful in the present

Brookwood-Parkview matchup enters year No. 30

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Archer, Dacula ride wild wins into rivalry game

Archer heads to Dacula with playoff hopes on the line.

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North, Mill Creek keeping eyes on the present

Bulldogs trying to keep from looking ahead; Hawks aiming to forget tough loss

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BREAKDOWN: Mountain View at Collins Hill

A look at Friday night's Mountain View-Collins Hill football game

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BREAKDOWN: Norcross at Meadowcreek

A look at Friday night's Norcross-Meadowcreek high school football game

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BREAKDOWN: Winder-Barrow at Salem

A look at Friday night's Winder-Barrow vs. Salem football game

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BREAKDOWN: Hebron Christian at North Cobb Christian

A look at Friday night's Hebron-North Cobb Christian football game

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BREAKDOWN: Duluth at Peachtree Ridge

A look at Friday night's Duluth-Peachtree Ridge football game

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BREAKDOWN: Shiloh at Berkmar

A look at Friday night's Shiloh-Berkmar football game

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BREAKDOWN: South Gwinnett at Grayson

A look at Friday night's South Gwinnett-Grayson football game

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BREAKDOWN: Lanier at River Ridge

A look at Friday's Lanier at River Ridge high school football game

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BREADOWN: Pinecrest Academy at Wesleyan

A look at Friday night's Wesleyan-Pinecrest Academy football game

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BREAKDOWN: Cedar Shoals at Apalachee

A look at Friday night's Apalachee-Cedar Shoals football game

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50 smartphones lifted in heist

Police say armed robbers lifted 50 smart phones from Duluth store.

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Hoops star A.J. Davis withdraws from GAC

Junior's twin sister Kaela plays for Buford

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times'

Michael Clark looks into "Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times" on Blu-ray.

Film Fans think 'The Big Year' is for the birds

Local film fans review the weekly movie, "The Big Year."

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Sugar Hill celebrates the onset of autumn

The 11th Annual Sugar Hill Fall Festival is Saturday at E.E. Robinson Park.

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Snellville kicks off 2nd annual fall fest

The Snellville Fall Festival will be held at the Snellville Town Green on Saturday.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Margin Call' worth your time, money

Michael Clark reviews the new thriller "Margin Call."

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Movie Trivia Contest 10/21

Test your movie knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

Swine and Dandy Charity Cook-off set for Saturday

The Swine and Dandy Charity Cook-Off will benefit four Gwinnett-based charities this Saturday in Duluth.

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

The Sugarloaf Ballet presents "The Sleeping Beauty" for three performances at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center on Oct. 22 and 23.

The Aurora Theatre presents 'Mixed Nuts' for Funny Fridays

The Aurora Theatre offers Funny Fridays with the female comedienne group "Mixed Nuts" featuring Sue Ryerson, Mia Jackson and Debra Cole.

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THE DISH: Pure Taqueria

Duluth's Pure Taqueria offers authentic Mexican cuisine and tasty margaritas.

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Contractor picked for 316, 20 work

Construction set to clear congested intersection.

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New pastor perfect match for Christ the King Lutheran Church

Rev. Brian N. Ballard was officially welcomed on Oct. 16 as the new senior pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church. He will lead them into a new decade of ministry.

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FBI seeks 'serial' bank robber

FBI seeks serial robber wanted in four heists.

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Alleged Vikings jersey bandit caught

NFL-jersey wearing bank robber tracked down, arrested in Clayton County, police say.

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Libyan Prime Minister says Gadhafi has been killed

Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed.

ROBINSON: Republicans at a loss for a world view

WASHINGTON — The demise of Moammar Gadhafi is big news around the world. Note to the Republican presidential candidates: This will come as a shock, but there are lots of other countries out there, and what happens in some of them is really important. Anyone who wants to serve as commander-in-chief should be paying attention.

Film Fans think 'The Big Year' is for the birds

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Big Year." Want to be a film fan? Email

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Ballet presents 'The Sleeping Beauty'

A new pre-professional ballet company was added to Gwinnett's impressive list of nonprofit arts organizations last year. Sugarloaf Ballet was launched in 2010 and consists of 65 dancers from the combined Sugarloaf Ballet and Sugarloaf Performing Arts dance companies.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times'

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times Blu-ray (R)

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John Wallis

John Pascal "J.P." Wallis

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Wheldon's death returns safety issue to NASCAR forefront

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The death of Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon has sparked safety discussions throughout motorsports just as NASCAR heads to one of the fastest tracks on its circuit.

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Edwards, Falcons' D-Line picking up production

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Ray Edwards is finding his place in the Falcons' defense just in time for a visit to one of his favorite NFL settings.

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Frost advisory issued for much of Georgia

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Last weekend residents were out and about soaking up the sun's rays under a clear blue sky. This weekend? Not so much.

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SEC suspends 2 Georgia players, 1 Vandy player

ATLANTA -- The Southeastern Conference suspended two Georgia players and one Vanderbilt player on Wednesday for the first halves of their next games as punishment for incidents in the Bulldogs' 33-28 win on Saturday.

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Renovation complete at Bethesda Senior Center

LAWRENCEVILLE — When George Griffith entered the Bethesda Senior Center on Thursday, he felt like he was back at home.

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Enrique Iglesias at Arena at Gwinnett Center Thursday

DULUTH -- The Arena at Gwinnett Center will be filled to the brim with Latin music loving men and women eager to see Enrique Iglesias perform with Pitbull and Prince Royce on the Euphoria Tour on Thursday night.

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Wesleyan softball back in Elite Eight

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Assistant coaches play major role in Gwinnett's football success

At whatever game you attend Friday, take a quarter and watch the sidelines. Take in all the action away from the field. See how the efforts exerted on the field begin on the sidelines. The play on the field is the watch-face, what keeps it ticking are the gears of the coaches.

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50 smartphones lifted in heist

DULUTH -- Two robbers who held up a Duluth cell-phone store Thursday morning didn't get far with their loot, which included 50 pricey smart phones, police said.

SEC teams shuffling QBs with mixed results

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- SEC teams are getting pretty good at the quarterback shuffle, rotating between starting QBs because of injuries, suspensions and poor performances.

North's Washington commits to Miss. St. football

North Gwinnett defensive lineman Jordan Washington planned to visit Ohio State this weekend.

Tar Heels picked as preseason ACC basketball favorite

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina is the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Tar Heels sophomore Harrison Barnes is the league's preseason player of the year.

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Silverbacks, Irapuato give fans entertaining soccer on chilly night

ATLANTA -- Mexican soccer star Cuauthemoc Blanco and his Irapuato FC team brought some soccer talent to Georgia on Wednesday, but the Silverbacks showed they can play the game, too.

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FBI seeks 'serial' bank robber

STONE MOUNTAIN -- FBI Atlanta officals asked Thursday for public assistance in identifying a serial robber who's hit four metro banks, including a Wells Fargo branch in Stone Mountain.

The Aurora Theatre presents 'Mixed Nuts' for Funny Fridays

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After a long week, there is nothing better than to let out a few chuckles to release some stress. The Aurora Theatre offers Funny Fridays once a month and tonight it presents the female comedienne group "Mixed Nuts," featuring Sue Ryerson, Mia Jackson and Debra Cole.

J. P. Wallis

J. P. Wallis, age 90, of Grayson, GA passed away on October 19, 2011.

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Jimmy Mansour

Jimmy A. Mansour, of Duluth, GA, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away October 8, 2011. He was born September 15, 1929 in Quito, Ecuador. His family came to the ...

Bruce Turner

Bruce H. Turner, age 69, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. He is survived by his beloved partner Martha Seward, seven children and their spouses; Candy ...

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Lois Powell

Lois B. Powell, 87, passed away October 18th in Duluth, GA. A true Atlanta native, Lois was proud to be an independent woman of the South. She spent her early ...

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Phillip Lavender

Phillip Norman Lavender, 75, of Duluth, GA, died October 18, 2011. The funeral service will be Saturday, October 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in ...

Dorothy Gresham

Dorothy Stedham Gresham, age 81 of Buford, died Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Peachtree Christian Hospice following a sudden illness. A memorial service will be held 10:30 A.M. Friday, October ...

Rita King

Rita King, age 56, of Monroe, GA passed away October 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594. *

Viola Timms

Mrs. Viola Cleveland Timms, age 92, of Hoschton, GA died October 19, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. *

Barbara Bradberry

Barbara Adams Williams Bradberry, age 63, born on August 15, 1948, went to be with the her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 17, 2011. Barbara is healed ...

Marcelina Valenzuela

Marcelina M. Valenzuela, age 77 of Alpharetta, died October 18, 2011. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory 770-476-2535. *