News for Thursday, August 23, 2012


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Some illegal immigrants can get driver's license

Illegal immigrants who are granted permission to stay in the country under an Obama administration policy announced in June will be eligible for driver's licenses in Georgia, the state's attorney general wrote in a letter to the governor.

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2008 Gwinnett murder to be on 'America's Most Wanted'

Eva "Kay" Wenal was found dead in her Lawrenceville home on May 1, 2008

G-Braves not fazed by loss of exhibition

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Everything started so well.. In the first-ever scrimmage between the major league team and a team of its top prospects, Coolray Field packed its stands with a record crowd to watch the big-league team slip past the prospects in a rain-shortened affair.. Perhaps the rain

PREP ROUNDUP: Oconee County rallies from 9-0 deficit to beat North 12-11

A look at Thursday's prep sports action.

Ryal's fourth hit give G-Braves 10-inning win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For Rusty Ryal to remember his last four-hit game, it wouldn't take too long.. The G-Braves third baseman strung together four hits on Sunday in the team's 13-10 win at Durham, part of Gwinnett's offensive explosion.. There was no offense explosion Thursday, but Ryal's bat heated

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REDDY: A reporter in the governor's mansion -- for a family reunion

A reporter visits the governor's mansion for a family reunion.

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MCCULLOUGH: Foul-ups, royal and otherwise

Famous folks are just standing in line to do dumb stuff lately.. It began with Vice President Joe Biden, who decided to channel his inner Kingfish while talking to a black audience in Virginia. While I don't think Biden necessarily meant anything racist by his

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ROBINSON: For GOP, storm has already gathered

WASHINGTON -- The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week's Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it's already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

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New era kicks off Friday for GAC football

Spartans to play first game under new coach Hardy

Broncos in underdog role this cross country season

Three-time defending state champion Brookwood is ranked No. 6 in the preseason boys cross country poll.

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Allen combines unique basketball perspectives into business venture

A look at Sam Allen's business, Blue Collar Basketball, which combines evaluation and training of players.

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Getting to Know ... Chase Hodges

Chase Hodges was hired in July to be Georgia Gwinnett College's first tennis coach. He left a highly successful team at Georgia State behind in order to build the Grizzlies program from the ground up. Hodges has been a college head coach for the last 11 years combined at GSU

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Legendary Norcross swimmer headed for another hall of fame

Warta part of Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame's Class of 2012

Tennessee suspends WR Da'Rick Rogers indefinitely

Add one more name to the star-studded list of SEC standouts sidelined by off-field issues: Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers

Falcons' Turner facing possible diminished role

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Michael Turner, who has the most carries in the NFL the last four seasons, is facing the possibility of a diminished role this season.. Turner has flourished in Atlanta's run-first offense, claiming the Falcons' career record for rushing touchdowns in only four seasons.. There are new

Berkmar basketball to host tennis tourney fundraiser

Mixed doubles event is Sept. 1 at the high school courts

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ has ending that falls flat

"Celeste and Jesse Forever" adheres strictly to the blueprint of those preciously twee indie flicks that came into vogue in the mid-'90s.

By venue -- Aug. 24

By venue -- Aug. 24

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cronenberg delivers uninteresting, unsatisfying movie in ‘Cosmopolis’

"Cosmopolis" is not violent or bloody or even intense and sad to say, not very interesting on almost every level.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' interesting look at Chinese artist, protester

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" is about an artist who is in constant trouble with the Chinese government.

Celebrate India's Independence Day at Gwinnett Center

India American Cultural Association hosts Festival of India 2012 on Aug. 25.

Movie trivia contest -- Aug. 24

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

Polish pierogies, paczki and polka at Lawrenceville church

St. Marguerite d'Youville Church of Lawrenceville hosts its fourth annual Polish Pierogi Festival.

FILM FANS: 'The Odd Life' is ... odd, yet sweet

Local residents reviewed "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," the movie of the week.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Hit & Run' mixes seriousness, comedy and cars

"Hit & Run" is a mash-up of romantic comedy and muscle car road flick.


Grayson's newest restaurant offers farm to table meals that are current with seasonal ingredients.

ART BEAT: Hudgens Center's fall classes include workshops

The nine workshops planned begin Saturday and run through Nov. 4.

Triathlon for kids comes to Norcross

Children ages 6 to 15 are allowed to enter the run, swim, bike competition.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Good Will Hunting'

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights "Good Will Hunting" on Blu-ray disc.

MOVIE REVIEW: '2 Days in New York' borrows greatly from Woody Allen

"2 Days in New York" is another take on the perpetual culture clash of continents from writer/director/leading lady Julie Delpy.

Woman admits setting shopping center fires in bizarre love triangle

Macon woman cops to setting shopping center fires in Norcross as payback in love triangle.

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Longtime Wesleyan leader retiring

Wesleyan School's assistant headmaster for academic affairs announced recently that the 2012-13 year will be her last at the learning institution.

Measures taken at South Gwinnett after threat

Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools beefed up security at South Gwinnett High School on Thursday after school staff discovered threatening graffiti in a restroom earlier in the week.

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Mountain View sophomore performing with Redcoat Band

A young woman from Mountain View High School will have the rare honor next month of performing with the UGA Redcoat Band at a home game.

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Providence's McHugh phenomenal in major-league debut

Rookie strikes out nine with just one walk in seven scoreless innings

Body found in Peachtree Corners ID'd, cause of death pending

"No signs of trauma on his body that were fatal," police say

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Man accused of stealing dead mother's teaching pension

Gwinnett man accused of bilking state's teacher retirement account of nearly $86,000, following the death of his mother.

Suspect in movie theater bomb threats found

Federal officials have identified the suspect believed responsible for last week's movie theater bomb threats across the Southeast, but are not releasing that identity or many other details.

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Job seekers hunt for potential careers at expo

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Expo and Job Fair at the Gwinnett Center.

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Deal supports charter school amendment

Gov. Nathan Deal headlines a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday.

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Rodney King death ruled accidental

Rodney King had been drinking and was on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and accidentally drowned.

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Wesleyan's Duley commits to UGA softball

Versatile outfielder also is a standout in track and field, basketball

Sneiderman freed from jail after posting bond

DECATUR (AP) -- The widow charged in her husband's slaying outside a suburban Atlanta preschool has been released from jail after posting bond, authorities said.. Andrea Sneiderman met the conditions of the $500,000 bond late Thursday morning, and was released from the DeKalb County Jail shortly after noon Thursday.. On

Foreclosure looming for Morris Brown College

One of the nation's oldest black colleges is facing foreclosure next month, and an auction of assets is set for Sept. 4.

Lockheed Martin to cut 550 jobs at Marietta plant

MARIETTA (AP) -- Officials say aerospace firm Lockheed Martin is cutting 550 jobs at its metro Atlanta plant as production of its C-130 aircraft slows.. The move was announced Wednesday but is already under way.. Lockheed spokesman Peter Simmons said the cuts at the Marietta plant were needed because

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Prince Harry photographed partying naked in Vegas

Celebrity gossip website TMZ on Tuesday posted photos of the 27-year-old royal cavorting nude with an unidentified woman in a VIP suite in Las Vegas.

Sneiderman remains jailed, despite bond decision

DECATUR (AP) -- The widow charged in her husband's slaying outside a suburban Atlanta preschool remains jailed two days after a judge allowed her release if she can post a $500,000 bond.. Andrea Sneiderman was being held in the DeKalb County Jail Thursday morning.. On Tuesday, DeKalb County Superior Court

Audit raises questions about Atlanta mail facility

ATLANTA (AP) -- An audit by the U.S. Postal Service is raising questions about the efficiency of a large Atlanta mail distribution center.. The audit found that truck drivers are not efficiently moving mail through the network distribution center on James Jackson Parkway. Postal officials say the facility is a

Zoo Atlanta gorilla Lulu pregnant, due in spring

ATLANTA (AP) -- A western lowland gorilla at Atlanta's zoo is pregnant.. Zoo Atlanta says Lulu, who turned 13 Wednesday, is expecting an infant in the spring. Lulu's infant would be the 19th gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta since the opening of its rainforest exhibit in 1988.. The news of

Virginia university sues to stop Ga. college name

AUGUSTA (AP) -- The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.. The private Regent University announced Wednesday it is filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Augusta. The school, based in

Man stumbling on road collapses, dies of gunshot

ATLANTA (AP) -- Homicide detectives in Atlanta are trying to find out what happened to a man found stumbling on a road before he collapsed and died.. Police Lt. Paul Guerrucci says that a passerby stopped to the help the man on Danforth Road, but he died on the street

Metro Atlanta jobless rate shows slight gain

ATLANTA (AP) -- State labor officials say the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Atlanta rose to 9.3 percent in July. That is up one-tenth of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in June.. The Georgia Department of Labor announced the figures Thursday morning.. Officials say the increase is a

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Collins Hill's Moore again tops WNBA jersey sales

Olympic gold medalist remains among league's most popular players; Dream ranks third in team merchandise sales

Harold Dwyer

Harold James Dwyer, age 74, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on August 22, 2012. 

Franklin Nuckles

Mr. Franklin D. Nuckles, age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 18, 2012. 

Ruth Camper

Mrs. Ruth Anna Camper of Norcross, GA, passed on Wednesday August 22, 2012.

Elease Daniel

Mrs. Elease Thornton Daniel, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away Monday, August 20, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sons, Bobby Ray Earls and Alfred Earls, Jr ...

Alice Granish

Alice Ada Granish, 88, died August 19, 2012.

Vera Ransom

Mrs. Vera M. Ransom, 77, died August 17, 2012.

Louise Ervay

Mrs. Louise Ervay, age 87, of Chestnut Mountain passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542..

George Patterson

George Patterson, 84, died August 20, 2012.

Brenda Taylor

Brenda Evans Taylor, age 67, of Loganville, GA, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Jean Upton

Jean Upton, 67, died August 17, 2012.

Patrick Munley

Patrick Munley, 90, died August 19, 2012.

Ronnie Parham

Ronnie Parham, age 70 of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM, Friday, August 24, 2012 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Genevieve Baker

Genevieve Baker, 87, died August 19, 2012.