News for Thursday, April 26, 2012


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By Venue — April 27

By Venue — April 27

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Buford's Dillard to play for USC, not Yale

Buford's Ryan Dillard will be a preferred walk-on for USC next season.

Parraz shines in field, at plate in G-Braves win

Before he got a chance to show off his red-hot bat, Jordan Parraz flashed his arm.

PREP ROUNDUP: Double steal gives Buford big win over Lovett

Recap of Thursday's high school sports events

Hawks clinch home court, beat Mavs

Josh Smith scored 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, racing to a 23-point lead in the opening quarter on the way to a 106-89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the regular-season finale.

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Brookwood has 12 sets of twins in senior class

Brookwood High School's Class of 2012 boasts 12 sets of twins: nine fraternal and three identical.

Sinnott resigns as Peachtree Ridge wrestling coach

Peachtree Ridge wrestling coach Danny Sinnott resigned to take the head coaching job at South Forsyth.

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Lippitt focused on leading Peachtree Ridge to success

Motivated by loss of her good friend, senior defender is appreciative of Lions' special season

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Martin's 71 helps Mill Creek to first Region 7-AAAAA boys title

Martin's 71 lifts Mill Creek to Region 7-AAAAA boys title

AP sources: Suspending Pro Bowl an option

Have NFL fans seen the last of the Pro Bowl? The game could be suspended next year, two people familiar with discussions said Thursday.

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X Games star ready for Nationwide Series debut

Travis Pastrana insists he's not in this on a lark. The X Games and motocross star is set to make his Nationwide Series debut tonight at Richmond International Raceway.

Parkview's Jefferson signs with Union College

Senior played key role in 8-AAAAA championship season

GAC girls win 6-AA golf championship

Tardy takes low medalist honors as Spartan clinch state berth

Three Mill Creek boys soccer players sign

Hawks honor Baza, Arroyave and Muntean with signing ceremony

Archer's Harris signs with Reinhardt football

Senior was a three-year starter for Tigers on the defensive line

Parkview's Pardus signs with Young Harris lacrosse

Senior has helped build the Panthers' lacrosse program

Collins Hill lacrosse players sign with colleges

Seniors Marksberry, Axley, Williams and Vasquez headed to next level

Coaches announces All-7-AAAAA soccer honors

Collins Hill boys sweep top awards; Lions get two top girls honors

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Getting To Know ... Gerald Williams

In this latest installment of "Getting To Know ... ," staff writer Brandon Brigman talks to Berkmar track coach Gerald Williams about the Berkmar track program, beating a future Olympian in high school and his playing days in the NFL.

Police forced to shoot suicidal man, 2 relatives arrested

Gwinnett police said they were "forced to shoot" a Lawrenceville man who allegedly attempted to commit suicide Thursday evening.

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EUGENE ROBINSON: What immigration 'crisis'?

WASHINGTON -- Now that the immigration "crisis" has solved itself, this is the perfect time for Congress and the president to agree on a package of sensible, real-world reforms. Yeah, right, and it's also the perfect time for pigs to grow wings and take flight.

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MCCULLOUGH: Muslims must help in fight against terror

Muslims must help fight enemy within their religion to win the war on terror.

One on one with R.E.M. manager Bertis E. Downs, IV

Spanning a career of over three decades, R.E.M. achieved what few bands ever do: become one of the biggest names in the music industry without faltering or losing control over their content. The local Athens group formed in 1981 and recorded 15 studio albums inviting critical acclaim many times over

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DNR urges caution on Lake Lanier

Three deaths this year on Lake Lanier have prompted a word of caution from the DNR.

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Brady joins Partnership Gwinnett team

Former pharmaceutical sales rep Lauren Brady joins the Chamber of Commerce staff.

Nash 'excited' about hotel possibility

Commission chairwoman is happy that Gwinnett Center hotel proposal asks for no money from government.

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Motive for driver's exit at 45 mph still unclear, police say

Motive for Lawrenceville woman who lept from car, causing crash and widespread power outage, is still unclear, police say Thursday.

Duluth to cut ribbon at dog park

Festivities will mark the opening of Duluth's new Chattapoochee Dog Park, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Cubism? Rubik helps with toy's anniversary exhibit

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey -- It's a puzzle, a metaphor and a hit toy -- and in a couple of years, the Rubik's Cube will be a museum exhibition in celebration of its 40th anniversary.. The toy's creator, Erno Rubik, 67, is being honored today at a gala at the

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Damsels in Distress' packed with girl power

Whit Stillman's "Damels in Distress" receives two out of four stars from GDP movie critic, Michael Clark.

THE DISH: El Real Mexican Grill

Lawrenceville's El Real Mexican Grill serves up authentic Mexican as well as Tex-Mex dishes.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ feels about as long

"Like virtually every other film ever produced by Judd Apatow, ('The Five-Year Engagement') takes a wafer-thin premise, bleeds it dry of all its appeal and overstays its welcome," Michael Clark said.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol'

Michael Clark spotlights "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" on Blu-ray disc.

FILM FANS: 'Think Like a Man' good for laughs, date night

Local residents reviewed "Think Like a Man," Steve Harvery's new movie.

Grayson celebrates traditional festival

Grayson Day Festival takes place April 28 in the city's community park.

Cities across the county raise funds for charities

Suwanee, Lilburn and Norcross host different events to raise money for several charities.


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

ART BEAT: Kathy Thomas and En Pointe School of Dance celebrate a year of significant milestones

In celebration of its 20 year history, Praise in Motion will present their anniversary concert on Saturday at Southern Polytechnic University.

MOVIE REVIEW: '96 Minutes' worth every second

Set and completely shot in Atlanta, "96 Minutes" is an urban crime thriller presented in much the same manner as "Short Cuts" and "Crash."

MOVIE REVIEW: Dafoe on the prowl in 'The Hunter'

Michael Clark reviews writer/director Daniel Nettheim's new film "The Hunter."

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Arizona immigration case could lead to sweeping changes

PHOENIX -- The United States could see an official about-face in the coming months in how it confronts illegal immigration.. Supreme Court justices, weighing arguments over Arizona's tough immigration law, seemed to find little problem Wednesday with provisions that require police to check the legal status of people they

Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts' hands

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Steve Wohlen lay on his front lawn, blue, unconscious and barely breathing, overdosing on heroin.. His mother ran outside, frantically assembling a pen-like canister. Her heart pounding, she dropped to her knees and used the device to deliver two squirts up her son's nostrils.. Within

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BCS takes big step toward football Final Four

College football has taken a big step toward having a final four.

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Fugitive caught in Krystal shooting near Norcross

Fugitive unit tracks down, Tasers and arrests suspect in March shooting at a Krystal restaurant, officials say.

Ex-tour saxophonist for The Killers found dead

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A saxophone player who toured with The Killers has been found dead in Las Vegas in an apparent suicide.. The Clark County coroner's office confirmed Thursday that 33-year-old Thomas Christian Marth was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Monday. He

Secret Service investigating another trip

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Secret Service acknowledged Thursday it is investigating whether its employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama's visit last year to El Salvador. The disclosure came hours after the Homeland Security secretary assured skeptical senators that a separate prostitution scandal in Colombia appeared

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Political battle over student loans heating up

The House Democratic leader accused Republicans Thursday of raiding women's programs to pay for a bill keeping student loan interest rates low in an election-year battle over college aid.

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Surgery successful on Brookwood grad injured in Afghanistan

A Thursday morning surgery on injured soldier Justin Lansford went well and the Brookwood grad is still on track for a Friday return to the U.S.

Security checks eased for Atlanta airport hires

Employers at Atlanta's airport have been allowed to hire workers without completing background security checks because of a backlog in the process, federal officials said.

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 8.7 percent

State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 8.7 percent in March.

Wrong-way driver collides with Greyhound bus

Police say a driver was heading the wrong way on a metro Atlanta interstate when it rammed into a Greyhound bus northeast of the city.

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Chipper's RBI single in 9th helps Braves beat Dodgers

Chipper Jones singled home the go-ahead run in his final regular season at-bat at Dodger Stadium after Dan Uggla tied it with his second RBI single earlier in the ninth inning to lead Atlanta.

E. Jerry Whitlow

Mr. E. Jerry Whitlow, age 53, of Gainesville passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30504 is in charge of arrangements ...

Cecilia Castillo

Cecilia Castillo, age 80, of Snellville, GA passed away on April 24, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

Charlene Davis

Charlene Smith Davis, age 63, of Buford, GA, passed away on April 25, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

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Ruthie Davis

Ms. Ruthie Davis, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012. She is survived by her son, Joseph Pesca, Dalton, GA; sister and brother-in-law ...

Tony Bowen

Mr. Tony Michael Bowen, age 48 of Braselton, passed away,Sunday, April 22, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

William Bender

William Joel Bender, age 69, of Auburn, GA, passed away on April 20, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Tommy Casper

Tommy Steve Casper, age 53, of Auburn, GA, passed away on April 25, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Wesley Dove

Wesley Dove, age 21, of Sierra Vista, AZ and formerly of Winder, GA passed away April 18, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Olia Brown

Mr. Olia Phillip Brown, age 66, of Hoschton, passed away, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Jack Heard

Jack V. Heard, age 76, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on April 23, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Robert Wall

Robert W. Wall, Jr., age 55, of Gainesville, GA, passed away on April 19, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Shirley Deaton

Shirley Clark Deaton, age 72, of Winder, GA passed away April 24, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Denice Harmon

Denice Harmon, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away April 24, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Bahamonde of Lawrenceville; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark Harmon of ...

Kay Grooms

Kay Gilbert Grooms, age 67, of Buford, GA, passed away on April 25, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Marie Gisonde

Marie Sarah Trulio Gisonde, age 100, of Decatur, Ga., died Sunday evening, April 22, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Dottie Kelly

Mrs. Dottie Renne Kelly, age 21, of Monroe, passed away, Sunday, April 22, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

The Daily "Post" - April 26, 2012

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