News for Friday, August 24, 2012


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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnettians headed to GOP convention

Nine Gwinnettians are among the Georgia delegation to the GOP convention; Unterman receives high marks on education reform.

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Marching bands anxious to play in Dome

Marching bands from four Gwinnett schools are excited about playing in the Georgia Dome during the Corky Kell Classic.

Five years probation, reparations in welfare fraud case

Lindsay Dawn Small sentences to five yeras of probation with 11 months to be serve in a work release program

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GAC withstands late charge by Stone Mountain

Tim Hardy's first game as head coach of Greater Atlanta Christian may not have been the prettiest game he has ever seen, but the end result had him all smiles.

PREP ROUNDUP: Norcross sweeps Forsyth Challenge

A look at Friday's Gwinnett prep action

G-Braves give their all in 6-0 win over Syracuse

The Gwinnett Braves' outing against the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night was truly a total team effort.

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Murray, Bulldogs have big plans for no-huddle attack

ATHENS -- Georgia's first season pushing the pace with its no-huddle offense created more than 200 additional opportunities for Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs than in 2010.. Murray says he can't wait to see what a second season in the no-huddle attack can do for No. 6 Georgia

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Gwinnett teams hope to make Corky Kell Classic a launching pad

Advance of the Corky Kell Classic

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US doping agency strips Armstrong's wins

The champagne toasts on the Champs-Elysees and the two-fingered "V" for victory signs he flashed while pedaling to the finish line. The excruciating mountain climbs and the explosions of power that pushed him past other heaving cyclists on narrow Alpine roads. The legions of fans wearing yellow Livestrong bracelets. Faded images are all that remain of the unprecedented cycling career of Lance Armstrong. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased the rest of it on Friday.

Illinois police chief says imprisoned teen knew captor socially

WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. -- A teenager held captive in a house for more than three years before escaping with a relative's help initially went there voluntarily but wasn't allowed to leave when she wanted to go home, an Illinois police chief said Friday.. Washington Park Police Chief David Clark said

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YARBROUGH: Charter school amendment debate gets ugly

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended

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Outstanding women celebrated by United Way

Four Gwinnett women are honored by the United Way Women's Leadership Council at the annual Legacy Awards for their time, commitment and volunteerism in the community.

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Probe: Guard, inmate fled state to 'cop some girls and get some drugs'

A Phillips State Prison corrections officer drove an inmate to Chattanooga to party, and left him there, an investigator testified Friday.

Tour taken to find redevelopment ideas

Gwinnett leaders participate in revitalization tour.

Student-athletes, employees bilked in Duluth scholarship scam

Cops: Adrian Davis charged between $300 and $3,000 for student-athlete marketing services that were never delivered

Buford woman charged with biting, blowing smoke at daughters

Cops: Woman bit one daughter, blew cigarette smoke in another's face

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11 charged in metals theft ring at historic Buford tannery

11 people have been charged in a metals theft racket involving a historic Buford tannery, police say.

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Brooks to take over Lasseter's term

Only one candidate qualified for the upcoming special election to fill the unexpired District 1 term.

Student outburst led to lockdown Friday morning

Administrators placed Berkmar High School on lockdown as a precaution Friday morning after a student at the facility "had an outburst," district officials said. As of 11:45 a.m., the lockdown procedure had ended, and everyone was reported as being safe.

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GGC soccer teams ready for historic debuts Saturday

Men's and women's teams play college's first-ever intercollegiate games this weekend.

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NYC Officials: Gunman opens fire outside of Empire State Building (updated)

Shooting stemmed from workplace dispute

Fire officials say several people have been shot outside the Empire State Building.

Deadly wreck shuts down southbound Georgia 400

SANDY SPRINGS (AP) -- Authorities say the southbound lanes of a major thoroughfare through metro Atlanta reopened just before rush hour as police continue to investigate a deadly accident.. Sandy Springs Lt. Steve Rose says that the accident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Georgia 400, closing the southbound lanes just

Trial set for winner of Clayton Co. sheriff's race

JONESBORO (AP) -- A trial date has been set for a sheriff's candidate who won his election despite facing a 37-count indictment.. Challenger Victor Hill defeated incumbent Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough in Tuesday's primary election. Hill got about 53.7 percent of the vote.. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports

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Giants blast Hanson, beat Braves, 5-2

Braves starter Tommy Hanson is knocked out of Thursday's game against the Giants in the fifth inning after giving up five hits and five runs -- including four runs in the fifth.

Kent Nicholls

Kent Nicholls age 46 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by his mother Karen R. Nemetz. Kent was born in ...

Ruth Cortiss

Mrs. Ruth Cortiss, age 84, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 20, 2012. 

Florence Howard

Florence Elizabeth Howard, age 79 of Lilburn, GA passed away August 22, 2012. She is survived by her children, Frankie Howard and his wife, Rena, Michael Howard, Lynda Howard and ...

Johnny "Connie" Moore

Johnny McConnell “Connie” Moore, age 84, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife Patricia Moore, daughter, Lynne Holbert of Monroe ...

Douglas Walker

Mr. Douglas D. Walker, age 91, of Oakwood, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542

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Franklin Nuckles

Mr. Franklin D. Nuckles, age 76, of Lawrenceville GA went to heaven Saturday, August 18, 2012. He leaves behind son, Casey Simmons of Covington GA; daughter, Nina Nuckles of Buford ...

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Lance Armstrong loses Tour de France titles, banned from cycling

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announces it will strip Lance Armstrong of his record seven Tour de France titles and ban him from cycling for life.