News for Wednesday, August 1, 2012


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Adrian, Schmitt dole out more heartache to Aussies

Schmitt follows up individual gold with clutch anchor leg on first-place relay

Douglas, Raisman aim for all-around gold

Gymnasts helped lead U.S. to first team gold since 1996 earlier this week

Legendary U.S. beach volleyball team loses first Olympic set, but still wins

Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor rebound from first set woes to beat Austria

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THOMAS: President Obama: You're no Bill Clinton

The Obama re-election team must be in panic mode. The president is stuck in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in some polls and behind him in others, so in desperation it has reached out to the Big Dog, Bill Clinton, for help.. Clinton will speak next month at

LETTERS: T-SPLOST campaign shows Gwinnett leaders out of touch

Of the failed T-SPLOST campaign, Gwinnett Chamber President Jim Maran said, "We're so pleased with the collaboration demonstrated by business and community leadership, leading up to this vote -- it sets a wonderful tone for working together in the future.". He's pleased; We're not. The collaboration that so

LETTERS: Morin's letters are missed

George Morin's views on life and politics will be greatly missed ("Remembering ol' 'Georgie Boy," Aug. 1, 5A). Although I rarely agreed with him, I enjoyed the controversy he stirred -- as did he.. George was just an old liberal hippie from Connecticut who spoke his mind. I knew

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CEPEDA: Wired, but not for learning

CHICAGO -- As America moves toward closing the digital divide by helping equip even the most impoverished schools with laptops, PCs, tablet computers and iPods, let us ponder the dawning of a new kind of gulf that's not based on lack of technology but the inability to use it meaningfully

Marlins score 3 in 1st, beat Braves 4-2

ATLANTA -- Miami broke out for three runs in the first inning against Ben Sheets after scoring just three total in two losses to Atlanta, and the Marlins ended the Braves' seven-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Wednesday night.. Carlos Lee, Greg Dobbs and Bryan Petersen had consecutive

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HAMMOCK: Falcons continue to show love to Gwinnett

NFL team brings Friday Night Lights to Gwinnett again this week

Penske dumps Allmendinger after drug test

A.J. Allmendinger's failed drug test has cost him his job at Penske Racing.Team owner Roger Penske released Allmendinger on Wednesday, three weeks after he tested positive for a banned amphetamine.. Team officials said they were disappointed with the test results that left them with no choice.. "AJ is a terrific

Shiloh hires Cammack as new athletic director

Generals will have a revamped athletic department in 2012-13

US women beat Turkey 89-58 in Olympic basketball

LONDON -- Angel McCoughtry and the U.S. Olympic women's team's depth wore down Turkey.. McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to help the Americans beat the Turks 89-58 Wednesday night.. Turkey entered the game undefeated and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the

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Kinney ready to get back on field with Fire after 21 months of rehab

In the midst of an unbelievable, and easily disheartening, string of injuries, Steven Kinney played bingo with kids at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.. In the morning, Kinney showed up before practice at the MLS Chicago Fire's facility. He went through his rehab and then stayed to watch the rest

US men's basketball set for familiar Nigerian team

As always, the Americans will try to use their swarming defensive pressure to force mistakes that lead to easy baskets against Nigeria.

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Police: Body of man found in Chattahoochee River

Police say two fishermen found the body of a man in the Chattahoochee River.

Leaders to 'reprioritize' after failure of transportation tax

Governor says transportation projects must be reprioritized since voters rejected a sales tax to fund improvements.

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Gang member charged with opening fire on teen gathering

Alleged gang member opened fire on gathering of teens at Snellville home, police say.

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Lilburn man charged with posing as cop in robbery attempt

Face dotted in tattooes, Lilburn man posed as law enforcement in failed robbery attempt to gain money and drugs, police said.

Voter turnout could go down in runoff

A quarter of Gwinnett's electorate participated in Tuesday's primary, but the turnout is expected to be lower for the runoff in a month.

Cyclist gives British a gold medal

Tour de France champion cements his status as one of England's greats

Eyes on London, Aug. 1 edition

A view of various Olympic happenings from Associated Press reporters

From star to sub: UK's Davis, Duke's Laettner share common roles

Elite college players, both turned into the 12th man on loaded U.S. Olympic basketball teams

Is Phelps the greatest Olympian ever?

With a record 19 medals and counting, swimmer makes a pretty good case

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson proposes bill to protect elections

Fresh off his victory in the Democratic primary, Hank Johnson drops a bill focused on election accuracy; Democrats take credit for defeating Rep. Doug McKillip, who switched parties, in the GOP primary.

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Officials ride train to learn railroad dangers

At least 28 law enforcement officials converged on Duluth Wednesday to board a train. Their objective: to witness firsthand the risks that drivers and pedestrians take when crossing the train tracks.

U.S. swimmer Adrian nabs 100 free gold

American just 0.01 seconds ahead of world champion

Venus Williams ousted from Olympic singles

Isner, Federer, Serena Williams among those moving on in tennis at Wimbledon

Spain rallies to tie U.S. in women's water polo

Garcia's late goal turn game into a 9-9 draw

Soni sets world record in swimming semis

American tops 200 breaststroke mark set back in 2009

American Leyva takes bronze in the all-around

Legandary Uchimura, three-time reigning world champion, takes home the gold

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Michael Clark spotlights "Marley" on Blu-ray disc.

Cubs' GM: Dempster had right to block trade to Braves

CHICAGO -- Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Ryan Dempster had a right to block a trade to Atlanta and does not deserve criticism for it.. Epstein says they were on "great terms throughout the entire process.". The Cubs wound up trading their ace to Texas for

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Small margin of victory equals big win on gambling question, developer says

Developer of proposed Norcross project says casino question results Tuesday were a victory.

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GAB: Local extension agent gets award

Gwinnett County Extension Agent Timothy Daly has received the achievement award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents.

Peachtree Corners seeking volunteers for planning, zoning appeal boards

Residents wanted for volunteer spots on planning commission, zoning board of appeals

Norcross' DeShields makes USA Basketball 3-on-3 National Team

Senior headed to Spain next month for FIBA World Championships

After 4 years, accused child killer found in Mexico

Accused of murdering child and stashing her body in an attic, former Lawrenceville resident is apprehended this week in Mexico after a four-year search.

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Chick-fil-A supporters recognize appreciation day

Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at the chicken chain's restaurants as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage.

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Arrest made, no explosives found in SWAT situation

Gwinnett Police had a Lawrenceville intersection blocked off for several hours on Wednesday while they searched a car for explosives.

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Braves pick up seventh straight win

Medlen's return to the rotation a success as Atlanta closes the gap in NL East

Tight race for State House District 117; matchup set in 105

Challenger Regina Quick may have ousted Republican incumbent Doug McKillip by the narrowest of margins for a seat in State House District 117.

Barrow County election results

A roundup of the primary races for Barrow County.

Big wins in State House districts 81, 93, 94, 96

Candidates in State House districts 81, 93, 94 and 96 — two Republican, two Democrat — claimed major margins of victory in their respective races Tuesday.

Runoffs for Superior, State Court judges; decisive win in Probate Court

Despite more than doubling the vote tally of her nearest competitor, Kathy Schrader is headed to a runoff.

Results nearly 50-50 on casino ballot question

When asked if they support casinos funding education in Georgia, Gwinnett there was no resounding answer from voters in Gwinnett or at the state level.

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Brooks narrowly defeats McClain in BOC District 1

Jace Brooks defeated Laurie McClain in the Gwinnett Board of Commission District 1 race.

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CLINE: Remembering ol' 'Georgie Boy'

As a letter writer to the Daily Post, George Morin was a lighting rod for criticism of his liberal view. But good friend Kurt Schwaneman will tell you he was much more than that.

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THOMAS: Eat more chicken

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders wish to do.. In an interview with the Baptist Press and later

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District 3 commission race headed to runoff

Mike Beaudreau's hopes for an outright win in the Republican primary were dashed late Tuesday, sending the incumbent District 3 commissioner to a runoff to decide if he gets a third term.

Debora Cooper

Mrs. Debora L. Cooper, 60, died July 26, 2012.

Stephon Alston

Stephon Tyrique Alston, age 7, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012. He is survived by his mother, Erica Harrison Alston, Sugar Hill, GA; father, Stephen Alston ...

Mary Brown

Mary Virgie Brown, age 83, of Loganville, GA, passed away July 29, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544. 

William Hubbard

William Charles Hubbard, age 52, of Auburn, GA passed away on July 28, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. 

Chester Mulcahy

Chester Raymond Mulcahy, age 77 died on July 24, 2012.

Carol Lesker

Mrs. Carol Lesker, 75, died July 23, 2012.

Doris Puckett

Mrs. Doris “June” Puckett, age 59, of Snellville, GA passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. She was born December 9, 1952 in Atlanta, GA. A funeral service will ...

William Shrake

Mr. William Shrake, 44, died July 18, 2012.

Helen Michaud

Helen L. Michaud, age 94 of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Michaud and her brother, Henry Lau ...

Samuel "Clyde" Roberts

Samuel “Clyde” Roberts, age 86, of Monroe, GA passed away July 28, 2012.

Charles Whittle

Charles David Whittle, age 81, of Milledgeville passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Whittle. He is survived by his daughter, Susan ...

Fairst Spicer

Fairst Spicer, age 66, of Winder passed away Monday, July 30, 2012.

Stephanie Barry

Stephanie Barry, 35, of Norcross, died Sunday, July 29, 2012.

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Deborah Hyden

Beloved Gwinnett attorney Deborah Hyden passed away early Tuesday morning in Duluth. Deborah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Baldwin Wallace College, and ...

Lowell "Robbie" Robinson

Lowell C. ‘Robbie’ Robinson, Jr. of Buford, formerly of Bremen, passed away Friday, July 27, 2012 at his residence. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, February 18 ...

Earline Schell

Earline C. Schell, age 80 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 after a long battle with lung cancer. Funeral Services celebrating Earline Schells’s life will be ...

Mary Lou Jones

Mary Lou Jones, age 83, of Loganville, GA, passed away July 30, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544. 

Joyce Johnson

Joyce B. Johnson, age 66, of Statham, GA passed away July 30, 2012.

Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor, age 27, of Grayson, GA passed away on July 27, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-979-5010.

W. Howard Jones

W. Howard Jones, age 85, of Lilburn, Ga., died Saturday evening, July 28, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

Martha Gamble

Ms. Martha Gamble, 49, died July 27, 2012.

Cris Black

Cris Black age 56, of Tucker died July 28, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

Officials find ballot error in early voting

Elections officials discovered a ballot error late last week impacting the House District 103 race.

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Balfour, other incumbents roll in state Senate races

Balfour, other incumbents win handily in Senate races.