News for Thursday, August 30, 2012

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DALY: Palm trees are not just for the tropics

Palm trees are not limited to regions with tropical climates. If given proper care, they will thrive and will add interest to the home landscape.

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Romney makes his case: 'Need jobs, lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney proclaimed that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and promising to create 12 million of them in perilous economic times. (VIDEO INSIDE)

Mejia leads G-Braves postseason awards

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A day after being named the International League's rookie of the year, Ernesto Mejia found himself with another honor Thursday.. The Gwinnett Braves slugger was named the team's most valuable player in the annual team awards announced before the final home game of the G-Braves season. With

DeSouza leads Dream over Mystics 82-59

ATLANTA -- Erika DeSouza had 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Atlanta Dream dominated the second half and defeated the Washington Mystics 82-59 on Thursday night to give coach Fred Williams his first victory.. Lindsay Hardin added 16 points and Tiffany Hayes scored 15 for the Dream (13-13), who were

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Roddick announces he's retiring after US Open

Andy Roddick let the tennis world in on a little secret he kept for a couple of days: This U.S. Open will be the last tournament of his career. Roddick made the surprising announcement on his 30th birthday.

G-Braves swept to end home season

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran both capped disappointing 2012 seasons with solid back-to-back outings in their final starts for the Gwinnett Braves Thursday night.. But on a night when the pitching came through, the G-Braves bats faltered in a doubleheader sweep by the playoff chasing

PREP ROUNDUP: Bush strikes out career-high 10 in Buford's 9-0 win

A look at Thursday's Gwinnett prep action.

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Elliott goes deep as Jaguars beat Falcons 24-14

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When undrafted receiver Kevin Elliott arrived in Jacksonville, he had as much confidence as a seasoned veteran.. It raised eyebrows then.. It seems justified now.. Elliott had a 77-yard touchdown reception, likely solidifying his spot on the regular-season roster, and the Jaguars beat the Atlanta

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GSU struggles in 33-6 loss to S.C. State

Game story for Georgia State-SC State football

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Getting to Know ... Elizabeth Clarkson

A question-and-answer session with Chateau Elan's new golf pro, who was formerly a standout golfer at Dacula High School

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MCCULLOUGH: SEAL account of bin Laden raid raises more questions

SEAL's account of bin Laden raid raises more questions. In the Vince Flynn novel "The Third Option," covert agent Mitch Rapp is sent to assassinate a European official who is secretly aiding Saddam Hussein. The title comes from the explanation of Rapp being the third option for the government

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HUCKABY: Remembering one of the great ones

Darrell Huckaby remembers a great writer, the likes of which hasn't been seen lately.

Duluth's Huarte qualifies for Mid-Am

Huarte is a former golfer at Jacksonville State

Mountain View baseball to host Pro-Day Showcase

Event will be Sept. 15 at the high school

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NC State's plans for big year start with Tennessee

ATLANTA -- North Carolina State is looking to move to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.. For Tennessee, the first goal for 2012 is to move out of the basement in the Southeastern Conference.. Each team hopes to use tonight's Chick-fil-A Kickoff at the Georgia Dome to

Date changed for golf tourney to honor Markham

Cancer fundraiser is now set for Nov. 6 at Chateau Elan

Canongate clubs to host junior league golf teams

Registration is open until Sept. 3

Mejia leads G-Braves team awards

Mejia, Gearrin, Contanza and Gartrell honored by G-Braves before final game

G-Braves drop Game 1 of doubleheader

Delgado allows one run in seven innings in 1-0 G-Braves loss

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Georgia Force home-school team off to strong start

Local team plays again Friday night

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Running backs return to forefront of Gwinnett offenses

Gwinnett's crop of running backs is the deepest its been in recent years.

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Mill Creek, Dacula rivalry quickly rising in stature

Mill Creek-Dacula advance for Kickoff

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North riding big win into out-of-state matchup

North Gwinnett will host South Carolina's A.C. Flora in the National High School Gridiron Challenge on Saturday.

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PREVIEW: Peachtree Ridge at Parkview

Parkview hosts Peachtree Ridge.

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PREVIEW: Shiloh at Meadowcreek

Shiloh opens the season at Meadowcreek.

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PREVIEW: Winder-Barrow at Jackson Co.

Winder-Barrow-Jackson Co. kickoff capsule

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PREVIEW: Apalachee at Lanier

Lanier-Appalachee kickoff capsule

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PREVIEW: Norcross at South Gwinnett

South Gwinnett opens the season by hosting Norcross.

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PREVIEW: Savannah at GAC

Breaking down Friday's game between GAC and Savannah

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PREVIEW: Wesleyan vs. Holy Innocents'

A breakdown of Friday night's football game between the Wolves and Golden Bears

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PREVIEW: Buford at Elbert County

A breakdown of Friday night's Buford vs. Elbert County game

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PREVIEW: Duluth at Berkmar

A glance at Friday night's Berkmar-Duluth football game

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PREVIEW: Mountain View at Archer

A look at the Friday night game between rivals Archer and Mountain View

Wrong-way driver believed on stolen "heavy narcotic"

At least one victim remains hospitalized with critical head injury

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Cops: Lawrenceville man had no attacks planned with explosives

Spencer Allen Braswell, 53, arrested Wednesday in possession of several homemade explosive devices

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National title hopes on the line for Grayson

Grayson, the No. 1 team in the country by ESPN, will host Mimai Central, the No. 1 according to USA Today.

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Central, Collins Hill ready to renew old rivalry

A look at Friday night's showdown between the Eagles and Black Knights

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Russ promoted as Georgia Bulldogs' new mascot

University of Georgia officials say Russ the bulldog has been promoted as the school's new mascot.

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Family once again at odds with district

A family at odds with the school district over its refusal to bend sick leave policy feels slighted once again.

Roads to be busy, even without construction, over holiday weekend

Construction work put off for Labor Day weekend.

Concert to benefit canines at Stone Mountain Park

The Urban Pet Project hosts Music at the Mountain to benefit its educational and outreach programs.

MOVIE REVIEW: Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy make rooting for the bad guy easy with ‘Lawless’

"Lawless" is based on the non-fiction novel "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant.

ART BEAT: Visual arts take center stage in Norcross and Suwanee

Both cities display new works of art in September.

Fox Theatre presents classic musical, 'The King and I'

The play opens Aug. 5 with Victoria Mallory as Anna Leonowens.

Local corn maze opens for the season

Buford Corn Maze opens its gates Sept. 1.

2012 Fall Movie Preview

Movie critic Michael Clark gives a run-down on fall's movie line-up.

MOVIE REVIEW: Bendjelloul hits a high note with ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

This documentary takes a look at the career of Sixto Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from the 1960s.

By venue -- Aug. 31

By venue -- Aug. 31

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Robot & Frank’ examines mechanics of love and aging

This movie offers up an interesting scenario of what might happen to many of us in our later years if we don't want to live with our adult children or in a nursing home.

Movie trivia contest -- Aug. 31

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

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Quadrophenia'

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights "Quadrophenia" on Blu-ray disc.

THE DISH: Dagwood's Pizza

This Norcross institution has been serving the neighborhood since 1982.

FILM FANS: 'Hit & Run' is mindless fun for adults

Local residents reviewed "Hit & Run," the movie of the week.

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Duluth resident releases new sci-fi novel

Jonathan C. Gillespie released the first book from his new sci-fi series "The Tyrant Strategy."

Soapy chemical spill shuts I-85 off-ramp

Chemical spill near Norcross shuts down I-85 northbound on-ramp, police say.

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Medicaid decision could put Ga. hospitals at risk

Hospital officials and advocates for patients say Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured.

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Fan's Choice Player of the Week: North's Michael D'Angola

Kicker booted game-winning field goal in Bulldogs' last-second, Corky Kell Classic win over Colquitt County

Pedestrian killed near row of Norcross furniture stores

Man in his 60s struck and killed by vehicle this morning in parking lot near Norcross.

School system defends coach after prayer complaint

Officials at a northwest Georgia high school are defending its football team's practice of having student-led prayers and church-held meals before games.

Police investigate 4th wrong-way wreck in 2 weeks

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police are investigating the fourth serious wreck involving a wrong-way driver in the past two weeks in metro Atlanta.. In the latest accident, two people were killed when a pickup truck heading the wrong way on Interstate 85 slammed into another pickup just south of Atlanta

Report: College hasn't paid employees for months

ATLANTA (AP) -- Court records show that Morris Brown College, which faces possible foreclosure, has not paid some of its employees for three months.. The historically black Atlanta college owes workers hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay from an even longer period.. The school filed for bankruptcy protection

Experts project more Hispanic votes in 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- The national Center for Immigration Studies says Hispanics will cast about 9 percent of the votes this November, up from 7.8 percent in 2008. The projection for Georgia is 4.4 percent.. The center's experts predict that 53 percent of eligible Hispanics will vote. That's less than the

US consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July

Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in July after earning a little more. The increase in income and consumer spending could help boost an economy mired in subpar growth.

US unemployment applications flat at 374,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 374,000, suggesting slow improvement in the job market.

Betty Ball

Betty Jane Ball, age 85, of Duluth, died August 29, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Geneva O'Neil

Geneva Maxine Bye O’Neil, age 88, of Loganville, GA, passed away August 28, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544. 

Joseph Romero

Joseph Albert Romero entered into rest with his Heavenly Father on August 27, 2012. Joseph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather known for his quick wit and gentle spirit ...

Arthur Lippert

Arthur Ernst Lippert, age 83, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

Amber Stark

Amber Stark, age 18, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on August 28, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. 

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Mardell Nix

Ms. Mardell Green Nix, age 87, of Jefferson, GA passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Sandra Nix and Brenda Nix; and son ...

William Sligh

William Jerry Sligh, age 80, of Atlanta, died Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

Carl "Buster" Wilder, Jr.

Carl Milton “Buster” Wilder, Jr. age 56, passed away July 30, 2012. He was preceded in death by his brother, James M. “Mike” Wilder, Sr. and ...

Glinda Streetmon

Glinda Gail Streetmon, age 62, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

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Margie Lindsay

Margie Louise Lindsay, 86, Dacula, died August 29, 2012. She was born November 10th, 1925, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Harold Edward Stephens, Sr., and Helen Louise Williams Stephens. In addition ...

William "Felton" Scogin

William “Felton” Scogin, age 63, of Hull, GA passed away August 27, 2012.