News for Tuesday, April 3, 2012


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Tornadoes rake Dallas area, more than a dozen hurt

DALLAS -- Tornadoes raked the Dallas area Tuesday, crumbling a wing of a nursing home, peeling roofs from dozens of homes and spiraling big-rig trailers into the air like footballs. More than a dozen injuries were reported.. Overturned cars left streets unnavigable and flattened trucks clogged highway shoulders. Preliminary

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Fans excited to see Atlanta Braves in Gwinnett

Rain dampens otherwise festive move as big leaguers take on future stars

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Peachtree Corners council decided

Final four members of Peachtree Corners' inaugural city council were decided in a runoff Tuesday, which resulted in two elections with wide margins of victory and two close contests.

Questions over boundaries of new city could end up in court

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Since legislators couldn't agree on a way to settle a border dispute with Gwinnett's newest city, the issue could wind up in court.. Mike Mason, the mayor-elect of Peachtree Corners, said he will discuss the matter with his city council, a part of which was determined

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Braves beat Future Stars in weather-shortened showcase

Just like the end of 2011, rain shortened the first professional game at Coolray Field in 2012. But unlike the unsatisfactory end to last season, Tuesday's showcase left a sweeter taste.

McIlroy is past his Masters meltdown

In the aftermath of his Masters meltdown, one phone call that meant the most to Rory McIlroy was from Greg Norman, the master of the Sunday collapse at Augusta National.

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Gladiators shut out by Stingrays in playoff opener

Greg Stewart is just making up for lost time. Stewart scored two goals and Daren Machesney stopped all 20 shots he faced to lead South Carolina past Gwinnett, 3-0, in Game 1 of the ECHL Eastern Conference Kelly Cup quarterfinals Tuesday night.

PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan girls get big win over No. 4 Whitefield Academy

Tuesday's high school sports recap

Traffic accidents in Winder cut in half

WINDER -- According to Winder police chief Dennis Dorsey, the number of traffic accidents in Winder has dropped from 826 in 2007 to 445 last year.

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CAL THOMAS: Care or cure?

Suppose the conversation switched from a health care system devoted primarily to caring for the sick to one that gives top priority to finding cures for disease?

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LITKE: 'Student-athletes' in name only

It's time to bury the term "student-athlete." It died at 11:42 p.m. Monday, just about the time the confetti falling from the roof of the Superdome landed on coach John Calipari's hair and the players from Kentucky's NBA development academy gathered at a far corner of the court.

Lawrenceville's Bayer wins junior golf title

Local takes first in Junior Masters Golf Championship last weekend

First Baptist Snellville to host breakfast

Event will feature UGA football chaplain Kevin Hynes as guest speaker

Lilburn's Rochefort commits to Southern Connecticut State gymnastics

Standout athlete attends St. Pius

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NFL unveils new Nike uniforms for Falcons, rest of league

Nike takes over league's apparel from Reebok

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CLINE: Always good to get off the beaten path

Familiarity is fine, but sometimes it's much more fun to not know where you're going.

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Police call man 'prime suspect' in two rape cases, but not attempted child abductions

Investigators believe man arrested in SWAT incident has ties to two recent rape cases, but not string of attempted child abductions.

GMC critical care nurses get national recognition

Award aimed at spotlighting "units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care"

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Snellville man accused of series of AC thefts

Cops: Suspect arrested for similar crimes last summer

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GGC charters criminal justice honor society

Alpha Phi Sigma, the nationally recognized honor society for criminal justice students, welcomed its first chapter at Georgia Gwinnett College during induction ceremonies held in the student center.

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Man charged with 29 counts of forgery in BMW, Porsche theft

Police charge man with 29 counts of forgery for allegedly ripping off dealership of BMW and Porsche.

Eastside to host plastic surgeon speaker

Dr. Earl Stephenson to speak in event titled "Through the Looking Glass: Age with Beauty"

Woman, 80, lands plane low on fuel; husband dies

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- An airport director says an 80-year-old woman who took control of a small plane from her unconscious husband was dangerously low on fuel when she landed on the runway at his small northeastern Wisconsin facility.. Helen Collins landed the Cessna twin-engine plane

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Cheney out of hospital after getting new heart

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after getting a new heart, his office said.. Cheney, 71, received the organ from an unknown donor on March 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.. "As he leaves the hospital, the

Woman who became world's oldest doctor dies at 114

ATLANTA (AP) -- Family members say Dr. Leila Denmark, who was the world's oldest practicing physician when she retired at age 103, has died in Georgia. She was 114.. Denmark died Sunday in Athens. A funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Athens.. Her

Heat brings early start for Georgia strawberries

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia strawberry growers say the warm winter and hot spring has caused fields across the state to be in full bloom.. Cottle Strawberry Farms in Stockbridge has six acres of strawberry fields that desperately need to be picked.. Sandy Roberts, the farm manager, says this is

Man found guilty in Atlanta of killing boxer

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Fulton County jury has found a man guilty of murder in the death of former professional boxing champion Vernon Forrest.. The jury on Monday convicted 28-year-old Jquante Crews, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole plus 10 years. Forrest was

Hearing set for suspect in law school grad's death

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A hearing is set for the Lilburn man accused of killing a Mercer University law school graduate.. Stephen McDaniel is expected to enter a plea of not guilty at the Tuesday hearing. A bond hearing is expected immediately afterward.. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against

MARTA warns of potential for deep cuts

ATLANTA (AP) -- An executive with Atlanta's public transit agency says it needs to start preparing for deep service cuts partly because the Georgia Legislature decided not to lift regulations on how much it can spend on operations.. MARTA General Manager Beverly Scott said Monday the agency will have to

Betty Hope

Betty R. Hope, age 92, of Atlanta, GA passed away on April 2, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

Pat Bibb

Pat Bibb age 63 of Lawrenceville passed away, Thursday, March 29, 2012. Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Saturday, April 7, 2012 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

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Edward Trusty

In Loving Memory from his wife, children, friends and relatives.

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Ralph Maynard

Mr. Ralph Maynard, age 91, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-seven years, Lois Moon Maynard ...

Laura Belle Spriggs

Laura Belle Spriggs, age 89, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away April 1, 2012. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Virginia and Wayne Cook of Lawrenceville, GA ...

Ray Bridger

Mr. Ray E. Bridger, age 80, of Gainesville entered his Heavenly Home on Sunday, April 1, 2012. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is ...

Claude Lynn

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Claude Wesley Lynn, 65, of Commerce, Ga. who passed away Saturday March 31, 2012 at his residence. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Emery Tackett

Emery Earl Tackett, Sr., age 86, of Monroe, GA passed away April 2, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Katherine Pattillo

Katherine Pattillo, age 65, of Norcross, GA, passed away April 1, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811.

Ellie Meek

Ellie Adam Meek, age 96, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away April 1, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811.

Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell, age 75, of Lawrenceville died Sunday, April 1, 2012. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Luxomni Baptist Church Cemetery, Lilburn ...

Lisa Saxon

Lisa Dawn Saxon, age 49, of Dacula, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, April 2, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband, David, and daughter, Jessica. Lisa ...

Beverly Witherell

Beverly Witherell, age 75, of Snellville, GA passed away March 31, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.