News for Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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Troy Davis denied clemency 1 day before execution

Troy Davis denied clemency 1 day before execution. AP Photo NY111, GASAV202, GASAV201. Associated PressATLANTA (AP) Georgia's board of pardons rejected a last-ditch clemency bid from Troy Davis on Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution, despite support from figures including

Ronald Reagan, I-85 study extended six months

County extends Ronald Reagan study again.

Alleged library peeping Tom on trial

Cumming man accused of peeping in women's restroom of Suwanee library is on trial this week.

PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth shuts out Peachtree Ridge 2-0

A look at Tuesday's Gwinnett prep action.

LETTER: Opposition spins airport debate

Let's set the record straight regarding Gail McNeil's allegations.

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THOMAS: If Israel disappears, shame on us

Israel -- like the Jewish people for centuries -- has become the fall guy for people who prefer their anti-Semitism cloaked in diplomatic niceties. The Palestinians could have peace any time they wish and probably a state, too, if they acknowledged Israel's right to exist and practiced verbal, religious

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CLINE: Vinegar fries hit the spot at Gwinnett fair

Vinegar fries bring back fair memories.

Scientists to satellite: When will you hit Earth -- and where?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA scientists are doing their best to tell us where a plummeting six-ton satellite will fall later this week. It's just that if they're off a little bit, it could mean the difference between hitting Florida or landing on New York. Or, say, Iran or

Siblings planned life in Mexico after cross-country crime spree

WALSENBURG, Colo. -- A sister and two brothers accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida planned to rob a bank in Georgia, take the money from the heist and flee to Mexico to obtain fraudulent documents and elude authorities, a detective said Tuesday.. One of the

Death toll rises to 11 in crash at Reno air races

RENO, Nev. -- When 50-year-old Craig Salerno went missing after attending the Reno air races with friends, his wife didn't need DNA testing to confirm her worst fears.. Her husband, the father of their two young children, was sitting in the VIP section where a fighter plane landed

Woman, daughter shot outside private school

CONYERS -- A woman and her daughter were shot outside a private school in Rockdale County, and the woman's husband has been arrested, authorities said.. The woman had just driven up to Little Mountain Christian Academy to drop off her daughter around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when gunshots rang out, sheriff's

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Obama: World will back post-Gadhafi Libya

NEW YORK -- Seeking to bolster a nation in transition, President Barack Obama is promising the Libyan people that the world will stand with them as they reshape their country following the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime.. In prepared remarks released ahead of Obama's speech at a high-level United

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Peachtree Ridge gets infusion of talent from Italian exchange student

Porazzi blends in well and propels Lions to new heights

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Collins Hill's Everett chooses Southern Miss

Versatile senior also had offers from Ball State, Massachusetts, Georgia State

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Collins Hill "Floors" North 11-3

Senior pitcher returns with a bang, hitters back her up

Brookwood Invitational draws big field

Local tourney to feature 43 softball teams

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Rookie Delgado helps Braves take down Marlins

MIAMI -- Rookie Randall Delgado pitched five innings for his first major-league win, and the Atlanta Braves put the brakes on their recent skid by beating the Florida Marlins 4-0 Tuesday night.

Body of Lawrenceville woman found during apartment fire

A Lawrenceville woman died in a fire at her apartment Tuesday evening.

Gladiators become Buffalo's ECHL affiliate

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators signed an affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, their second such deal in the last month. The Gladiators already contracted with Phoenix for the 2011-12 season and now add Buffalo to the mix.

Buford's Davis shines for USA Basketball

Junior shines with team down a player

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Georgia Tech AD makes plea for big crowd Saturday

Yellow Jackets hoping to fill stadium for UNC showdown

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Georgia entering stretch of five straight SEC games

Crucial stretch next for 1-2 Bulldogs

Prep Rally to feature football highlights

Local show highlights prep football

Local tennis standout Min featured in Sports Illustrated

Local teen honored for big victories

Broncos' Malanoski, Lions Kelly get running honors

Brookwood's Morgan Malanoski and Peachtree Ridge's Lauren Kelly were named runners of the week.

New hospice to serve Gwinnett, metro Atlanta

A new hospice that will serve the greater Atlanta area -- including Gwinnett -- recently opened in Woodstock.

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Grizzly finds home among Mountain View Bears

Generally speaking, a school lobby is about the last place you'd pick to exhibit crime scene evidence. Unless that school is Mountain View High, and the evidence is a stuffed, seven-foot grizzly bear.

Winder-Barrow's Bernstein gets college tennis job

Winder-Barrow grad gets college job

Eastside to host prostate cancer screenings

Eastside Medical Center will host free prostate cancer screenings next week.

Flu shots being offered at local health departments

Flu shots are now being offered at the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments.

Special Olympics fundraiser planned

Those looking to raise money for the Gwinnett Masters Special Olympics can attend a special event aimed at helping the organization.

Gwinnett Great Days of Service in need of volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 12th Annual Gwinnett Great Days of Service.

Free fair offers guidance for high school students

A free college fair is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gwinnett Center.

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BOC will tackle privatization separately from commercialization at Briscoe

Commissioners hear from consultants on airport issue.

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Bank robber dies after wild chase, shootout with cops

Gwinnett police shot and injure suspect in bank robbery and car jacking.

Ga. fire officials probe 'rookie prank' video

MACON -- Macon-Bibb County fire officials say they've launched an investigation after a video posted online depicts a masked man bursting into a fire station and threatening firefighters with a gun.. The Telegraph of Macon reports that the video, posted Sunday on YouTube, is titled "Rookie prank.". Fire

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SWAT standoff closes Cruse Road

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett police SWAT team is negotiating with a barricaded man in the 800 block of Martin Heights Drive in Lawrenceville, police reported about 10 a.m today.. Gwinnett police responded to the address about 6:30 a.m. regarding a domestic situation between a husband and wife, officials said.. The

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Politics is a dirty business

You shouldn't have to get down and 'dirty" to be a politician.

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Defensive Player Of The Week: Mountain View's Tyler Bethune

Who: Mountain View's Tyler Bethune

Fire, Tourism Heads Team To Up Hotel Safety

LAWRENCEVILLE -- At any given time in Gwinnett, more than 6,000 people are staying in roughly 100 hotels and motels in the county.

Prep Roundup: Chambers K'S 12 In Parkview's Win

COVINGTON -- Parkview's Amanda Chambers struck out 12 batters to lead Parkview to an 11-1 win over Newton on Monday.

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Appeals Court Won't Rehear Water Ruling

ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court will not reconsider a ruling that gave metro Atlanta the right to tap a reservoir that provides water to roughly 3 million people, meaning Alabama and Florida must now decide whether to take their legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Grayson Residents To Vote On Sale Of Packaged Drinks

GRAYSON -- At the city election Tuesday, Nov. 8, registered voters will get a chance to say yes or no to the sale of packaged beverages.

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'Tough Irishman' Ryan Draws Praise From Smith

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mike Smith calls Matt Ryan a "tough Irishman."

Body Of Lawrenceville Woman Found During Apartment Fire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Tuesday evening fire may have taken the life of a Lawrenceville woman, officials said.

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Primerica Creates International Headquarters In Duluth

DULUTH -- One of Gwinnett's largest employers is opening a new international office.

Cops: Mother, Driver Could Share Fault In Toddler Death

SNELLVILLE -- Gwinnett police believe a driver and the mother of a 14-month-old Grayson girl could be "equally at fault" in a parking lot accident that killed the girl Saturday evening.

Wendy's Gives Its Burger A Remake

NEW YORK — When Wendy's decided to remake its 42-year-old hamburger, the chain agonized over every detail. A pickle chemist was consulted. Customers were quizzed on their lettuce knowledge. And executives went on a cross-country burger-eating tour.The result? Dave's Hot `N Juicy, named after late Wendy's founder Dave Thomas. The burger with extra cheese, a thicker beef patty, a buttered bun, and hold the mustard, among other changes will be served in restaurants starting Monday.

Broncos' Malanoski, Lions Kelly Get Running Honors

Brookwood's Morgan Malanoski and Peachtree Ridge's Lauren Kelly were selected as Runners of the Week by the Gwinnett County Cross Country Coaches on Monday.

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Ggc Opens Intramural Fields, Looks Toward Future

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It was, after all, just an intramural soccer game. But to the students and administration at Georgia Gwinnett College, the focus rested primarily on what it signified -- a major first step in the mission to bring varsity-level athletics to the school.

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Bears Enjoy Confidence-Building Upset Of Mill Creek

Way before Mountain View's football game with Mill Creek last Friday, Bears head coach Tim Hardy was clear with his expectations for this season.

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Offensive Player Of The Week: Parkview's Chris Carson

Who: Parkview's Chris Carson

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Bank Robber Dies After Wild Chase, Shootout With Cops

DULUTH — An alleged bank robber died from gunshot wounds he sustained in a shootout with police around lunchtime Tuesday, the culmination of a wild chase throughout unincorporated Duluth.

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Artworks! Gwinnett Hosts Open Arts Forum

DULUTH -- Monday night, ArtWorks! Gwinnett hosted a forum for elected officials, artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations to come together in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce to discuss ideas for the future of arts and cultural institutions of Gwinnett County. The forum was led by Executive Director of ArtWorks! Gwinnett Sally Corbett, County Chairman Charlotte Nash, and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition Flora Maria Garcia.

Ga. Fire Officials Probe 'Rookie Prank' Video

MACON — Fire officials in central Georgia say they've begun an investigation after a video posted online shows a purported prank in which a masked man bursts into a fire station and threatens firefighters with a gun.

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Winder-Barrow's Bernstein Gets College Tennis Job

Winder-Barrow grad Drake Bernstein, who graduated from the University of Georgia in May, has been named as an assistant women's tennis coach at the University of Alabama.

Man Dies After One-Vehicle Crash In Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A unidentified man died early Sunday morning after a single-vehicle accident on Ga. Highway 316, police said.

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Arrest Made In Waffle House Vehicle Arson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Salt Lake City man was booked Sunday in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges he stole a vehicle and set it ablaze in a Waffle House parking lot six months ago, authorities said.

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South, Central Still Talking About Wild Game At The Dome

The South Gwinnett-Central Gwinnett football rivalry is the county's oldest, dating back more than 50 years.

Braves lose heartbreaker against Marlins 6-5

MIAMI — Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves are looking forward to playing in the Florida Marlins' new ballpark next year, especially after this difficult loss.

Mazie Garren

Mrs. Mazie Whitley Garren, age 90, of Winder, GA died September 19, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Len Prevatt

Len Prevatt, age 67 of Buford, Ga. passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Mattie Ramsey

Mattie Ruth Ramsey, age 96 of Buford, GA passed away on September 19, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

James O'conner

James "Jim" O'Conner, age 53, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 17, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Melba Doyle

Melba D. Doyle, age 76 of Snellville, GA, passed away September 16, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Gregory Watkins

Gregory Austin Watkins, age 46, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Renee Strickland Watkins, daughters; Rachael Watkins ...

Claire Green

Claire Boner Green, age 71, of Duluth, GA died September 17, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Kenneth Gilliland

Kenneth Welton Gilliland, age 57 of Winder, GA passed away September 17, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

John Duchman

John Hughes Duchman, age 68 of Gainesville, GA passed away on September 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Dorothy Patrick

Dorothy "Dot" Carolyn Patrick, age 87 of Winder, GA passed away September 18, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

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Tim W. Arnold

Mr. Tim W. Arnold, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2011. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Homer Bush ...

Everett Dunham

Everett R. Dunham, age 91, of Doraville, Ga., died September 18, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chape. 770-564-2726.

Inez Baccus

Inez Baccus, age 94 of Monroe, Ga. passed away September 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.