News for Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Washington doing just enough for Tech

Four games into his first full season as Georgia Tech's starting quarterback, Tevin Washington wears a big smile.. The No. 21 Yellow Jackets lead the nation in total offense, rushing, scoring and -- surprisingly -- pass efficiency.

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Rinehart helps Broncos to second regular season title

Brookwood hosts Archer for the Region 8-AAAAA regular season championship. The winner will host the region tournament beginning Thursday.

PREP ROUNDUP: Bell's double lifts Mill Creek over Peachtree Ridge 7-6

Mill Creek pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to come away with a 7-6 win over Peachtree Ridge in Region 7-AAAAA action Tuesday. The winning run came on a double by Morgan Bell that scored Chandler Griffin.

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Lowe pounded again, Braves routed by Phillies

The Atlanta Braves are doing their best to give away what looked like a certain playoff berth just a few weeks ago. Derek Lowe had another miserable outing, surrendering five runs in four-plus innings, and the Phillies romped to a 7-1 victory Tuesday.

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Petit Le Mans features wide variety of racing

Annual endurance race coming to Road Atlanta

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Postal workers rally in Gwinnett, across country

Postal employees rallied at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, petitioning for a bill they say will prevent proposed federal service cuts.

Walmart to redevelop shopping center in Norcross

Greens Corners shopping center to be redeveloped as Walmart shopping center.

Fire ravages Buford dentist's office

Fire ravaged a Buford business late Tuesday evening.

Suwanee recognizes outstanding residents, employees

City leaders took the opportunity Tuesday evening to shine the spotlight on city businesses, citizens and employees for their contributions to Suwanee.

LETTERS: Privatizing Briscoe would harm homes

People in favor of privatizing Briscoe don't consider homeowners.

John Steele Gordon: Five myths about millionaires

John Gordon Steele: It's time to dispel myths about millionaires.

THOMAS: Government waste reaches 'new' low -- six feet deeper

According to a report by the Office of Personnel Management and reported in Ed O'Keefe's "The Federal Eye" column in the Washington Post, our government has been sending checks to dead people. "In the last five years," O'Keefe writes, "the Office of Personnel Management has made more than $601

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HUCKABY: Happy birthday to the legendary Larry Munson

Larry Munson -- still the best of the best.

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CLINE: Great Days promotes volunteer spirit

Some groups are still in need of help for this weekend's Great Days of Service event

LETTERS: Yarbrough gets it right with 9/11 column

Yabrough makes good points with 9/11 column.

NASA says satellite fell in south Pacific, not Canada

That dead NASA satellite fell into what might be the ideal spot -- part of the south Pacific Ocean about as far from large land masses as you can get, U.S. space officials said Tuesday.

Troy Davis execution fuels eyewitness ID debate

When Georgia executed Troy Davis last week after four years of appeals ended with the courts upholding his death sentence, thousands still protested that Davis' guilt remained uncertain because witnesses who identified him as a police officer's killer in 1989 simply couldn't be trusted.

Hearing under way for proposed nuclear plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began hearing testimony Tuesday that will help it decide in coming months whether to allow the Atlanta-based Southern Co. to build a $14 billion nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia.

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Tape of Michael Jackson shown at trial

LOS ANGELES -- Jurors at the trial of the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson on Tuesday heard the pop star's slurred words while he was on a powerful anesthetic, caught on tape weeks before his death. They also saw a photo of his pale body lying on a gurney

Broncos' Carr commits to Valdosta State baseball

Bronco catcher makes college choice

Cool Classic golf tourney coming to Gwinnett

Non-profit to host tourney at The River Club

Grayson grad Strong out for season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt starting linebacker Tristan Strong, a Grayson grad, will miss the rest of the season after hurting his leg covering a punt in the Commodores' loss at then-No. 12 South Carolina.. The redshirt junior was hurt just before halftime, and this is his second season-ending

XTerra running event in Buford this Saturday

Trail running event is at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

Wesleyan's Frazier commits to Wofford basketball

Senior to join former teammate at college level

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Bulldogs' defense bolstered by two straight wins

Georgia's defense has allowed only one touchdown in two straight wins, giving Mark Richt confidence the unit is better prepared than last year to face Mississippi State's physical running game.

No. 12 Gators have chance to turn Tide in series

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida was essentially noncompetitive in its last two games against Alabama.. There was the debacle in Atlanta in the 2009 Southeastern Conference title game, then the drubbing in Tuscaloosa last season. The Gators were outplayed, outcoached and outscored by a combined 44 points in those lopsided losses

Girlfriend granted bond in murder case

Bond granted for girlfriend in murder case.

Falcons kicker burglarized for golf clubs

Braselton PD: Falcons' kicker victim of burglary; 2 arrested.

Duluth to break ground for new dog park

The City of Duluth host groundbreaking for the new Chattapoochee Dog Park this Thursday.

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Counselor raps, rhymes about life lessons

An elementary school counselor in Lilburn has an unusual approach for teaching kids. It involves drum circles and rapping.

78 repaired after water main break

Lanes reopened Monday evening.

Local students make national merit semifinals

More than 40 Gwinnett County Public Schools students have been selected as semifinalists for the 2012 National Merit List.

Homemade explosives prompt police response, 4 arrests

Homemade explosives prompt police response, 4 arrests in Snellville neighborhood.

Buford school officials talk AYP, footbal scoreboard

City of Buford officials met Monday night. They talked about athletics as well as academics as the school year proceeds.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Since when did Hollywood become a hotbed of morality and social conscience?

Hollywood needs to stay out of politics.

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Collins Hill's Austin Lewis

Who: Collins Hill's Austin Lewis

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Braves' wild-card hopes suffer another blow

ATLANTA -- The absence of Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens from the rotation has drawn most of the attention and concern. But if the Braves miss the playoffs, the team's recent swoon at the plate may be just as much the culprit.

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Archer

Moore leads Lynx to WNBA Finals

Collins Hill grad Maya Moore's history of success with her teams, both in high school and in college at Connecticut, has continued at the pro level.

THOMAS: Government waste reaches 'new' low -- six feet deeper

There isn’t much about dysfunctional government that shocks me anymore, but this story did.

Eagles' England, Bulldogs' Rider make college choices

Two Gwinnett seniors made their college football decisions over the past few days, with Collins Hill's Nick England committing to Florida International and North Gwinnett's Carl Rider committing to Furman.

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Gladiators sign pair of young forwards

With less than a week until training camp starts, the Gwinnett Gladiators added two more players to the roster Monday.

Mountain View's Hardy named Falcons' coach of the week

Mountain View's Tim Hardy was announced Monday as the Atlanta Falcons high school coach of the week after his young program's recent strong showings in an upset of Mill Creek and a close loss to Peachtree Ridge.

Broncos' Gomez, Wolves' Reed get running honors

Brookwood's Gabe Gomez and Wesleyan's Caroline Reed were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches on Monday.

Archer athletic program gets sportsmanship award

Archer's high school athletics program has been selected for the Region 8-AAAAA Sportsmanship Award for its actions during the 2010-11 school year. The Tigers will receive the region's honor during the Oct. 14 football game with Central Gwinnett.

Fire ravages Buford dentist's office

BUFORD -- A fire caused heavy damage to a Buford dentist's office Tuesday evening.

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North receiver Chad Scott works way to senior successes

SUWANEE -- During his seventh-grade season in the Gwinnett Football League, Chad Scott first demonstrated his ability to catch passes from Scotty Hosch.

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Force re-sign eight for 2012

DULUTH --The Georgia Force announced the re-signing of eight players from the 2011 American Conference finalist team as the Arena Football League's unrestricted free agency period began Monday.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Archer's Sean Fowler

Who: Archer's Sean Fowler

Smith puts Falcons' offensive line on notice

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mike Smith, alarmed by the beating quarterback Matt Ryan has taken in the Falcons' first three games, may make changes on his offensive line this week.Smith said Monday he is looking first at the Falcons' scheme and then at the players following Atlanta's 16-13 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. He said it is the continuation of his trend of "competition on all positions."

Dwayne Turner

Mr. Dwayne Turner, age 52, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Sai Qiu Zhang; parents, Robert L. and Era ...

Mac Mcbroom

Mac McBroom, age 57 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Judy Johnson

Mrs. Judy J. Johnson, age 89, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Memorial Park South Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 770-967-5555. www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com

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Larry Chandler

Larry V. Chandler, 67, of Duluth, GA, died September 21, 2011. The memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, September 29th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...

Minnie Rogers

Mrs. Minnie Rogers, age 100 of Suwanee, GA passed away September 25, 2011. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com

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John Pierce

Mr. John Calvin Pierce, age 92, of Dacula, GA passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Fannie Swansey Pierce ...

Richard Meier, Sr.

Richard W. (Dick) Meier, Sr., age 74, of Stone Mountain, Ga., died September 20, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chape. 770-564-2726.

Dean Bailey

Dean Bailey, age 42 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Glenn Helms

Glenn R. Helms, age 82 of Lilburn, GA passed away on September 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010.

Terry Huskins

Terry G. Huskins, age 57 of Jefferson, GA passed away on September 25, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

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Reuben Price

Mr. Reuben W. Price, age 61, of Buford, GA passed away after a long courageous battle on Saturday, September 24, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cabot ...

Myrtle Capps Moody

Myrtle "Haywood" Capps Moody, age 83, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, September 26, 2011. She is preceded in death by her sister, Margaret; brothers, Neil and J.L. Capps. Myrtle ...

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Roger Shafer

Roger Eugene Shafer, 66, of Buford, GA, was taken suddenly in a construction accident on September 17, 2011, while in Wills Creek, West Virginia. A memorial service will be held ...