News for Thursday, August 16, 2012


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District voices opposition to constitutional amendment

Local education leaders adopted a resolution Thursday evening stating the school board's stance on a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the state's authority to charter independent public schools.

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Gwinnett fugitive apprehended after fleeing deputies

Gwinnett fugitive apprehended in Alpharetta after chase earlier this week, authorities say.

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Funeral set for Mill Creek grad, drowning victim

Funeral set for Mill Creek grad who drowned in Florida river.

Haynes assumes Silverbacks' head coaching role

Atlanta -- The Atlanta Silverbacks announced on Thursday that assistant coach Brian Haynes has assumed the team's head coaching position following the departure of Eric Wynalda, who was serving in an interim role.. "I already knew coming in that Brian was a very capable coach, and that is why I

MLB owners approve sale of Padres

DENVER (AP) Major League Baseball owners approved the sale of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to a group that includes the O'Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson.Commissioner Bud Selig announced the endorsement after the conclusion of the owners meetings in Denver.. Under the deal, the group will buy

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Gwinnett-based desert racing team keeps on rolling

Local racing team up for another challenge Friday

Nike-sponsored schools to meet in 2017 tourney

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says he expects 24 Nike-backed basketball teams to be in two tournaments in 2017 that will celebrate Phil Knight.Nike's billionaire co-founder turns 80 during that season on Feb. 24.. Hollis told The Associated Press on Thursday that athletic directors at 16 schools

Three Gwinnett junior golfers win AJGA titles

Bayer, Ulp and Lim earn victories in Grand Championship at Chateau Elan

PREP ROUNDUP: Sonnon's homer leads North past Brookwood 5-4

A look at Thursday's prep sports action.

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ROBINSON: Facts get in the way

WASHINGTON -- Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they're not being equally truthful. To cite one example, much of what the GOP is saying about Medicare simply isn't supported by the facts.

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MCCULLOUGH: Another tough lesson from war

I heard of Maj. Walter "David" Gray's death in Afghanistan not from any media source but from my wife, who went to high school with him and was friends with him on Facebook.

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Jones homers twice, Braves win 6-0 behind Medlen

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones homered twice on a night when a big crowd turned out to get his bobblehead, and the Atlanta Braves won their 15th straight game with Kris Medlen as a starter, beating the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Thursday.. Seizing the moment before a weeknight turnout of

NFL referees not close to ending lockout soon

NEW YORK -- Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.. As replacement officials work preseason games -- and generally get criticized for their performances -- the league and

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Supporters of ailing Snellville woman show up at BOE

Friends and family of ailing Snellville resident Hannah Rinehart came out to Thursday's board of education meeting to show support.

Magazine rates Eastside state's safest hospital

Consumer Reports rated 1,159 total hospitals in 44 states

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Getting To Know ... Todd Welborn

Todd Welborn is in his first year as a football assistant at Lanier after spending the last 11 years at Collins Hill.

Tides rally to clip G-Braves 7-5

NORFOLK, VA. -- The Norfolk Tides used timely hitting and took advantage of erratic pitching to rally for a 7-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves in game three of their four-game series Thursday afternoon at Harbor Park.. The G-Braves' early lead came via the long ball, as Ruben

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Already great, Hernandez joins pitching elite

SEATTLE -- Gloves went flying into the air. Players screamed and celebrated, bouncing around the grass with unabashed joy.. Even in Jackson, Tenn., Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday was reason for celebration.. Sure there was a bit more of a personal connection for the

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SUPER SIX: Mill Creek's Griffin brings talent without the hype

Big defensive lineman keeps team first, recruiting process in perspective

Tech's Postorino likes hoops talent from Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Based on the recent success on the recruiting trail in Gwinnett County, you can expect to see coaches from Georgia Tech's men's basketball program spending more time in the area.. That trend continued on Thursday as assistant coach Josh Postorino was the featured speaker at the Rotary Club

Group questions school board funding to Chamber

Government watchdog group asks the Gwinnett School Board to stop payments to the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

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Carl Pettersson takes 1-shot lead at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If any member's bounces went Carl Pettersson's way Thursday at Sedgefield Country Club, well, there's a good reason for that.. "That's right -- I am a member," Pettersson said, laughing. "I forgot.". Pettersson shot an 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead in

NHL negotiations hit a critical fork in road

TORONTO -- The first truly tense moments of the NHL's collective bargaining negotiations have arrived.. With NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association head Donald Fehr not scheduled to sit across from one another until the middle of next week and the sides unable to even agree on the

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Inmate charged in double-stabbing

Prisoner booked in Gwinnett jail in double-stabbing, marking at least the third stabbing incident at Buford prison since last year.

Huge biker gang bust has ties to Gwinnett

Hoodlums Motorcycle Club headquartered on South Waterworks Road in Buford

New gown boutique to open in Lawrenceville

RSVP Prom & Pageant hosts a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Aug. 18.

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GGC comes to life

The campus of Georgia Gwinnett College came to life this week as students moved into their dorms and walked the grounds, getting ready for the first day of classes on Monday.

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Snellville hires city manager

James C. (Butch) Sanders was named city manager of Snellville.

THE DISH: Southern's Best Cafe

Southern's Best Cafe specializes in Southern cuisine, including baked turkey wings.

Folk Fest brings raw, untrained art to Norcross

Artists and galleries from across the U.S. join together to display folk art this weekend.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Blue Like Jazz'

Michael Clark spotlights "Blue Like Jazz" on Blu-ray disc.


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

By venue — Aug. 17

By venue -- Aug. 17

MOVIE REVIEW: Animation quality a fright to ‘ParaNorman’ audiences

Deemed not good enough for early summer or the fall, "ParaNorman" still might do marginal business with adults who dig Tim Burton's animated stuff.

FILM FANS: 'The Campaign' is a crude and crass comedy

Local residents review the movie of the week, "The Campaign."

MOVIE REVIEW: Star-studded ‘360’ can’t put the pieces together just right

"360" is based loosely on the 1897 play "Reigen" (better known as "La Ronde") by the Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzler.

New Dawn presents comedy 'You Can't Take it With You'

The new play runs through Sept. 2.

ART BEAT: Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir warms up with weekend camp

The local choir is hosting a music camp Aug. 17 and 18 for children.

Harris headlines comedy nights at Aurora Theatre

Funny Fridays returns with Jarrod Harris taking stage along with two other comedians.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Easy Money’ proves Swedish crime does pay

Far from the typical mob flick, "Easy Money" should be used by each and every criminal justice system in the country as a crime deterrent, according to Michael Clark.

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Ex-UGA coach Jim Donnan charged in Ponzi scheme

Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan is accused of orchestrating an $80 million Ponzi scheme, using his influence to get high-profile college coaches and former players to invest, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

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Balfour to pay $5,000 to settle ethics case

State Sen. Don Balfour must pay a $5,000 fine to settle accusations that he illegally accepted pay for in-state work on days that lobbyist reports show he was away from Georgia.

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Biden vs Ryan: No. 2s key in White House campaign

Paul Ryan likes exercise, budget charts and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Biden likes train rides, foreign policy and talking — a lot.

Gwinnett keeps top credit score

Three major agencies -- Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch -- reaffirmed Gwinnett County's AAA credit rating during a recent review.

Buford gas policy debated

Buford gas customers take complaints about a deposit policy to the Public Service Commission Thursday.

Police kill suspect after 2 bodies found on boat

ST. MARYS, Ga. (AP) -- Police shot and killed a man they described as a suspect after earlier finding two charred bodies on a sailboat near Georgia's coast.. St. Marys police said 67-year-old David Jerome Trauger was confronted by officers at an apartment complex Wednesday night and ordered

Police dog outfitted with camera

WARNER ROBINS (AP) -- A central Georgia police department is hoping a new camera attached to its police dog will allow them to see crime from the animal's vantage point.. Warner Robins police say the K-9 mounted video camera is mounted on a vest the dog wears. It is

3rd victim dies in Chattahoochee River drownings

COLUMBUS (AP) -- A child who wandered into the Chattahoochee River in Columbus has died at a hospital, three days after his mother and her 11-month-old son both drowned while trying to save the boy.. Muscogee Coroner Bill Thrower says 3-year-old David Brown died Wednesday.. Police

Georgia Power starts consumer site on solar energy

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Power has launched a new consumer website as part of the company's solar energy initiatives. The site, found at, is intended to help business and residential consumers decide whether solar energy is "right for them," according to the company's Wednesday announcement.. The site

Georgia lottery chief stepping down

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Lottery Corp. president and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco announced her retirement Wednesday.. DeFrancisco told Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News that it was a "wrenching decision.". She did not set a departure date, though a statement from the Lottery Corp. said DeFrancisco would stay on the job

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Student newspaper employees walk out in protest

Students who work for a University of Georgia newspaper are protesting a decision they say gives control over stories to non-students.

Police: Inmate coordinated robberies from prison

Police say a man convicted in metro Atlanta jewelry store robberies coordinated the crimes from a prison about 250 miles miles away by using a contraband cell phone.

Ga. college president to face critics of new name

AUGUSTA (AP) -- Augusta residents upset at the name chosen for the city's new university are getting a chance to face the school's president.. Georgia Regents University is the name the state Board of Regents chose last week for the school that will result from merging Augusta State University with

Georgia's jobless rate rises to 9.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate rose to 9.3 percent in July, which is up from 9 percent in June.. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says a main reason for the increase is a large number of temporary layoffs in manufacturing. However, Butler says many of

Restaurant owner shot to death in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say a woman has been found dead after a shooting at a restaurant in northwest Atlanta.. Atlanta police Capt. Adam Lee III tells CBS Atlanta the woman's body was found at OT's Lounge and Soul Food Grill by an officer patrolling the area shortly after 2

Atlanta schools to add more bus routes, stops

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Public Schools officials say they will add more bus routes and stops after criticism by parents that students had to walk too far, which could put them at risk.. School system spokesman Keith Bromery said the district will add 49 buses and 850 additional bus stops

Elmer Kelley

Mr. Elmer Lee Kelley, age 68, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 11, 2012. 

Frankie Beard

Miss Frankie Jane Beard, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 12, 2012. 

Adam Paulding

Adam J. Paulding, age 33, of Buford, GA passed away on August 11, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC “A FAMILY COMPANY”, 770-963-2411. ...

Lannie "June Bug" Sanders, Jr.

Lannie “June Bug” Howard Sanders, Jr., age 42, of Winder passed away, Monday, August 13, 2012.

Curtis "Cuz" Cousins

Curtis “Cuz” Cousins, age 85 of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 18, 2012 in the Snellville Chapel ...

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Arthur Martin

Mr. Arthur Ray Martin, age 66, of Jefferson, GA, formerly of Buford, GA passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012. He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Huelon E ...

Joan Flanagan

Mrs. Joan Thelma Flanagan, age 81, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 14, 2012. 

Mildred Hix

Mildred Proffitt Hix, age 81 of Duluth, died August 14, 2012. Mrs. Hix was born in Columbia, VA and lived there until she left to attend Mary Washington College in ...

Kathy Yearwood

Mrs. Kathy Brooks Yearwood, age 33, of Jefferson, who passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Michael Testa

Michael Testa, age 61 of Sugar Hill, went to heaven early Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Mike was an avid baker, golfer and barbershop singer. He is survived by his mother ...

Rolinda Gober

Rolinda Gay Gober, age 71, of Winder, GA passed away August 15, 2012.

A. Warren Swanson

A. Warren Swanson, age 78 of Lawrenceville passed away on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Warren was a lifetime member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville. He was a ...

Richard Craig

Richard M. “Bud” Craig, native of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Richard was a World War II veteran of the United ...

Charlene Kerry

Mrs. Charlene Bantis Kerry, age 54, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on August 13, 2012.