News for Saturday, April 7, 2012


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Thousands gather in Holy Land for holiday

JERUSALEM -- Thousands of Christians gathered near Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Easter Saturday and marched in processions brimming with tradition, taking turns to pray in the site where they believe Jesus was slain and buried.. Easter Saturday is a day of reflection and waiting for many Christians

Popular painter Thomas Kinkade dies at age 54 in California

SAN FRANCISCO -- Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.. And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches -- highly popular works that became big sellers for

Durham rallies in ninth to clip G-Braves comeback

Durham rallied to defeat the Gwinnett Braves 6-5.

PREP ROUNDUP: Tokarz Ks six in Broncos' win over Dacula

A look at Saturday's prep sports action.

Silverbacks show signs of life in opening-game tie

Atlanta plays expansion squad San Antonio to 0-0 tie in opening game of NASL season.

Joe Johnson's 18 points lead Hawks over Bobcats 116-96

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Johnson scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and eight Atlanta players scored in double digits in the Hawks' 116-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.. The Hawks broke open the game in the third quarter by shooting 17 of 23 from the

State hoping second ban on synthetic marijuana sticks

GAINESVILLE -- Synthetic marijuana is illegal in Georgia -- again.. Recently, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a bill outlawing "all forms of synthetic marijuana.". Senate Bill 370 -- Chase's Law, in memory of Chase Burnett, a 16-year-old from Fayette County who drowned in a hot tub

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Turnovers hurt Force in loss to Soul

The Georgia Force lost to the Philadelphia Soul 92-42.

Local cardiologists question motives of Eastside's actions

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Last month, Eastside Medical Center announced plans to begin offering angioplasty and other cardiac services, an advancement made possible through a partnership with Atlanta's Piedmont Heart Institute.. On the surface, the deal seems like a positive one for Gwinnett -- but two local cardiologists don't see it that

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CID brought pride back to blighted community

Counting successes in the first six years of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, officials hope area business owners will continue the effort, with a renewal vote next week.

Firefighters respond to several incidents Saturday

House, lawn and apartment fires all reported between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday

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Kids enjoy twist on traditional Easter egg hunt

Bethesda Park hosts a different kind of egg hunt

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Gladiators seek to regoup after 4OT loss

DULUTH -- A perfect confluence of events allowed goaltender Rob Madore to suit up for the suddenly short-handed South Carolina Stingrays on Friday.. Madore, who arrived an hour before the game in Gwinnett, and the Stingrays prevailed in the fourth overtime of Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead

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Not even torn ACL can slow down Norcross' Maloof

Norcross' Tanner Maloof has overcome what is usually a season-ending injury to excell on the baseball diamond

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Braves still struggling to score, lose to Mets 4-2

NEW YORK -- Michael Bourn broke for the plate, determined to score Atlanta's first run of the season.. Not so fast, pal.. The three-time NL stolen base champ was tagged out on a quick toss from catcher Josh Thole to pitcher R.A. Dickey, and the Braves managed little else

Hanson has own 'Masters moment' with 65

Hanson, Mickelson both make big charges at the Masters on Saturday.

Gwinnett County road closures, April 8 through 14

Gwinnett County road closures, April 8 through 14

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local Dem blasts GOP official for comment

Local Democrat says GOP should worry about women voters after recent controversies; Whiteside to run for clerk of court.

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GEHC opens new rug hooking exhibit

The center opens "Off the Hook: Exploring Our Rug Hooking Heritage" until June 30.

Kuchar loving time off radar

Unbeknownst to most, Former Georgia Tech golfer four shots back

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Alabama's mantra: Don't 'settle' for 10 wins again

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's expectations have gotten so routinely lofty that "Remember 2010" has become something of a rallying cry this spring.. Ten wins, three losses? How depressing for a program that seems to be entering every season lately with national championship expectations -- not just aspirations -- among players

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Barner emerges from James' shadow as Oregon's running back

EUGENE, Ore. -- For the past two seasons, Oregon coach Chip Kelly always described Kenjon Barner as option "1A" behind starter LaMichael James because he felt both running backs were so equally talented and integral to the Ducks' success that it was unfair to differentiate them in any broader terms

Georgia's depleted secondary takes another hit

ATHENS -- Georgia's depleted secondary took another hit Saturday when strong safety Shawn Williams injured his knee.. Coach Mark Richt said after the team's scrimmage that Williams likely won't need surgery.. "We think it's a non-op situation," Richt told reporters. "He's in there doing fine right now."

Jobs report leaves Obama, Romney campaigns wary

WASHINGTON -- The nation's steady-but-modest job growth presents political challenges for both of November's all-but-certain presidential rivals.

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GEORGE WILL: Romney veep pick? A heavy hitter

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama's intellectual sociopathy -- his often breezy and sometimes loutish indifference to truth -- should no longer startle. It should, however, influence Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate.

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Bill O'Reilly: Please pass the shrimp

The Obama administration is the biggest spending outfit in the history of the country.

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Suwanee orthodonist credits mentors with career path

Oral Francis has operated Suwanee Orthodontics for nearly five years. Growing up in Florida, Francis' career dream was to work in medicine, and he had his first thoughts of dentistry at 13.

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Suwanee woman creates public art memorial fund for sister

Laura Sanders-Neidlinger didn't want a traditional funeral or memorial. So when she passed away last month after a battle with cervical cancer, her sister organized a fund to purchase a piece of artwork to donate to Suwanee in her honor.

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Milestone latest accomplishment for Vashaw

North baseball coach Frank Vashaw notches 400th career win

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North's Smith quick to learn on the lacrosse field

Feature on North Gwinnett girls LAX player Erica Smith

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City pursuing national register district status in Old Town

City officials in Suwanee along with Old Town residents and business owners are exploring ways to make the area in and around Main Street a historic district.

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Woman named bus manager of year

A bus manager with Gwinnett County Public Schools whose route includes the Collins Hill Cluster was recently honored by the district for a job well done.

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Cover band to get Suwanee Town Center rocking to '70s and '80s

Radio station 106.7 FM will have a birthday bash at Suwanee's Town Center to celebrate its fourth birthday. The band Yacht Rock Revue will perform cover songs.

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Post-spring break is busy time for students, parents

Spring break offered parents, students and teachers a chance to recharge before the stretch run of the school year.

North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge to play at Coolray

North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge High School baseball teams will square off at Coolray Field on April 14 in a doubleheader in which the G-Braves will play the nightcap.

Cries of “Kuch” and here comes Phil

Kuchar goes out 3-under, tied for Masters lead with charging Phil Mickelson.

Cink sunk by Day 3 struggles

Cink plays way out of contention with troubled round.

Woods withers while Rose blooms

Rose goes out 3-under to climb two strokes back of leaders. Woods' struggles continue.

Woods club-kicking does not go unnoticed

Tiger Woods is subject to discipline by the PGA Tour for kicking his golf club after a poor shot at the Masters.

VIDEO: Tiger Woods kicks club during 'Masters Meltdown'

Watch as Tiger Woods kicks his club after a poor tee shot on the par 3 16th.

Another fast start for Woods, another slip

Tiger's 2-under early again as he still looks to capitalize on par 5s

James Nixon

James Daniel Nixon, age 70, of Loganville, GA, passed away on March 28, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

William Waggoner

William C. Waggoner, age 80, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on April 6, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Ken Savage

Mr. Ken Savage, Sr., age 65, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Governale Savage; and parents, W ...

Sandra Terilli

Sandra Terilli, age 52, of Dacula, GA, passed away on April 3, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

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Fill-in goalie saves S.C. against Gladiators

South Carolina goalie Daren Machesney handed Gwinnett its first shutout loss of the season in the playoff opener and nearly helped the Stingrays steal the second game as well.

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Gladiators fall to Stingrays in fourth overtime

The second longest playoff game in ECHL history ended in painful fashion for the Gwinnett Gladiators.

G-Braves Outlast Durham 3-0 in 11 Innings

The Gwinnett Braves defeated Durham in extra innings 3-0.

Teague, Smith pace Hawks' win over Detroit

ATLANTA -- Jeff Teague tied a career high with 24 points and had a season-high 11 assists, and Josh Smith added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks held off the Detroit Pistons for a 101-96 victory on Friday night.. The Hawks have won two straight

Force hope to regain momentum vs. Philadelphia after bye

Preview of the Georgia Force's home game against the Philadelphia Soul on Saturday at The Arena at Gwinnett Center

PREP ROUNDUP: Hawks' Hernandez drives in winning run

A look at Friday's prep sports action.

Oldest Masters rookie, all 54 years of him, enjoying tourney

Mid-Am champ living the dream for a week