News for Monday, March 12, 2012


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Force overcome sloppiness, open season with a win

Force win season opener 41-39 over Cleveland

PREP ROUNDUP: Blair, Bears open 7-AAAAA baseball slate with win over Duluth

A look at Monday's high school sports action

Girlfriend won't testify against Boston mobster

BOSTON (AP) -- The longtime girlfriend of reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger will plead guilty to helping him evade capture but won't testify against him at his trial, prosecutors and relatives of people he's accused of killing said Monday.. Catherine Greig, 60, was charged with conspiracy to harbor a fugitive

Boat sank so fast no time for distress call

Associated PressJason Bjaranson knew the perils of the life he had chosen as a commercial fisherman in the Pacific Ocean. He practiced the life-or-death task of getting into his survival suit so he could do it in 13 seconds. He was starting to think he should buy some

Police: Md. honor student threatened rampage

Associated Press. COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- A University of Maryland honor student who warned on websites he was going to "kill enough people to make it to national news" was arrested after several people reported the online messages to police, perhaps helping to thwart a threatened campus rampage, authorities

Afghan man recounts US soldier's shooting spree

Associated PressKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) An Afghan man recounted Monday the harrowing tale of how an American soldier on a killing spree burst into his home in the middle of the night, searched the rooms, then dropped to a knee and shot his father in the thigh as he emerged from

Snellville engages new city attorney

SNELLVILLE -- City council members voted unanimously Monday to engage the services of Cumming attorney Kevin Tallant to serve as the city's legal counsel. Tallant, founding partner of Miles, Patterson, Hansford and Tallant, was appointed by Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz following interim city attorney Stuart Oberman's recent resignation. The attorney

Sugar Hill honors volunteer

SUGAR HILL -- Marcus Ray credits growing up with mentors for his success in life.. Monday night, Sugar Hill credited Ray for success of its youth.. At its monthly meeting, the Sugar Hill City Council awarded him a plaque and proclaimed March 12, 2012, Marcus Ray Day.. "When I got

A relaxing region showdown for Gwinnett's golfers

8-AAAAA outlasts 7-AAAAA in team golf scramble

Lilburn views sketches of combined city hall/library branch project

LILBURN -- December 2013 is the proposed completion date for the new $10 million combined Lilburn City Hall/Gwinnett County Library project, according to Doug Stacks, director of planning and economic development for the city.. Stacks, who presented artist sketches of the project at Monday night's Lilburn City Council meeting

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Duluth first in Gwinnett to have tobacco-free parks

The city of Duluth is the first city in Gwinnett County, and 13th in the state of Georgia, to designate all city parks be tobacco free.

Report of grenade turns out to be false alarm

Reported explosive device turned out to be fake, 'does not appear to have been placed intentionally'

Right lane of I-85 South to be closed overnight Tuesday

I-85 South to be closed for about one mile near Ga. Highway 20 exit for new installation of new signage

GCPL now selling advertisements on bookmarks

Board chair: Days of libraries depending 100 percent on tax money "are over"

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Golden Girl Scouts share memories, photos

Women joined together at Bethesda Park Senior Center to celebrate the Girl Scout's 100th anniversary.

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Tilted Kilt in Suwanee opens to public

Tilted Kilt's Suwanee location opened to the public on Monday.

Gators limping into the NCAA tourney

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Having lost four of its last five games, No. 25 Florida is limping into the NCAA tournament.And it's not just because of the walking boot on Will Yeguete's left foot.. Leading scorer Kenny Boynton is shooting 29 percent and averaging 9 points in Florida's last five games

Senate OKs bill addressing foreclosure registries

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has approved a House proposal that would create a uniform process for cities and counties that establish foreclosure registries.. The Senate amendment to House Bill 110 passed by a vote of 33-15 as metro-Atlanta area and rural lawmakers debated for about two hours

Police: 14 Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police say 14 people were arrested during Occupy Atlanta protests of five Chase banks in the Atlanta area.. Atlanta police Sgt. Curtis Davenport says six people were arrested at a west Atlanta branch of the bank. DeKalb county police spokeswoman Mekka Parish says eight more protesters were

Ga. House rejects resolution praising Young Dems

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Georgia House on Monday rejected a resolution praising Democratic youth and gay rights groups, prompting a Democrat to complain that state lawmakers had "gone down the tube.". The resolution by Democratic Rep. Keisha Waites of Atlanta praised the Young Democrats at the University

MOVIE REVIEW: New ‘21 Jump Street’ full of sharp-witted laughs

According to Michael Clark, "'21 Jump Street' is vulgar, violent, mildly sexist and slightly homophobic, but (if this is at all possible) with a lot of heart."

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Police uncover pot growing operation in Norcross man's home

Gwinnett police uncover nearly 1/2 million worth of pot plants in Norcross man's bedroom after receiving a tip about a drug operation last week.

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After split decisions, Wesleyan, Buford girls eye move up in classes

A look back on Wesleyan's win and Buford's loss in Saturday's state high school girls basketball championship games

UGA, Richt agree to new five-year contract

Georgia coach Mark Richt has agreed to a new five-year contract that will carry him through the 2016 season

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Hero pit bull from Lawrenceville takes third in national contest

5-year-old pit bull Titan didn't let John Benton to leave for work, allowing him to discover she had suffered an aneurysm

Wife arrested in alleged machete attack

Wife arrested in alleged machete attack at Duluth home on Sunday.

Officials stress local efforts to 'clean up' foreclosures

Visitors' perceptions of Gwinnett "being formed by the increasing number of foreclosed properties"

Crowds protest Ga. abortion, birth control bills

ATLANTA (AP) -- Hundreds of people marched around the Georgia Capitol Monday protesting two pieces of legislation they say are unfair to women.. The rally comes after the Senate last week passed measures banning abortion coverage under state employees' health care plans and exempting religious health care providers from having

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Cadet makes history at GGC

A 26-year-old exercise science major from Puerto Rico became Georgia Gwinnett College's first cadet to sign a commissioned officer contract with the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Brookwood boys, Peachtree Ridge girls win at Jerry Arnold Challenge

Broncos, Lions claim team titles in meet at Mill Creek

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Located in Duluth, Telemundo Atlanta launches nightly newscast

The Spanish speaking community welcomes fresh newscast, which airs Mondays through Fridays at 6 and 11 p.m.

Team of burglars plunge truck into Snellville Best Buy

Burglars use large truck to smash bay door at Snellville Best Buy and pilfer electronics in overnight burglary.

UGA's Smith arrested, charged with marijuana possession

Georgia cornerback Branden Smith has been arrested and charged with marijuana possession in Alabama.

Kentucky is oddsmaker's pick for NCAA title

Wildcats get 7-2 odds; UNC next at 9-1

FSU gets reward for first ACC title with No. 3 seed

ATLANTA (AP) The NCAA selection committee took note when Florida State won its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship.The Seminoles were rewarded with a No. 3 seed after beating fourth-ranked North Carolina 85-82 Sunday in the ACC championship game, setting up a meeting with St. Bonaventure in the NCAAs.. Florida

In for fifth time in seven years, Belmont aiming for first tourney win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Belmont Bruins are tired of waiting and feel ready for the challenge of winning the program's first NCAA tournament game in their fifth trip overall.Belmont will play No. 3 seed Georgetown on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. This is Belmont's fifth NCAA tournament berth in seven years

Saint Mary's earns a No. 7 seed after 27-win season

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) With an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament already assured, Saint Mary's could remain relaxed even as 62 teams were called ahead of them in the 68-team field.The Gaels (27-5) were given a seventh seed in the Midwest Region and will open the tournament on Friday

Defending champ UConn fights its way back to tourney

Connecticut will defend its national championship as a No. 9 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament.UConn (20-13) will play Iowa State Thursday in a first-round game in Louisville. The winner faces a possible matchup with the overall top seed, Kentucky.

Location good, even if seed isn't for No. 2 Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas will be able to enjoy some home cooking on its path through the NCAA tournament.Tyshawn Taylor would rather be enjoying a No. 1 seed.. The Big 12 regular-season champions wound up falling off the first line of the bracket after losing to Baylor in the

Baylor entering tourney as No. 3 seed

The Baylor Bears are starting the NCAA tournament the same way they did two years ago, as the No. 3 seed in the South Region."There are a lot of teams that would love to be in our position," coach Scott Drew said Sunday. "We are playing better on offense

Harvard opens tourney with 'Harvard of the South'

Kyle Casey remembers hearing Vanderbilt called "The Harvard of the South" when he was recruited by both coming out of high school.

NCAA drought over for N.C. State after ACC Tourney run

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State's players waited so long to hear their name called on Selection Sunday that senior C.J. Williams started praying. First-year coach Mark Gottfried and athletic director Debbie Yow started considering what to say if the Wolfpack didn't get an NCAA bid.It came down to

Marquette, Wisconsin hope to regain steam in tourney

MILWAUKEE (AP) Now that their NCAA tournament seeds are set, Marquette and Wisconsin both hope relatively early exits from their conference tournaments aren't an indication of how they'll fare the rest of this month.The Golden Eagles are a No. 3 seed in the West Region and will face the winner

Cincy teams, three months after embarrassing melee, are both in field

CINCINNATI (AP) Three months after they traded punches and sullied reputations, the city's two Division I teams had reason to be proud.Cincinnati and Xavier overcame a scarring December day in their own way and at their own pace, fending up in the same place. They're both going to the NCAA

Iona picks up surprising at-large bid after conference tourney stumble

Iona, which won the MAAC regular-season title but stumbled in the conference tournament, was given a bid into the NCAA tournament

Gonzaga facing familiar feel in tourney

Gonzaga knows this drill quite well: Head east as a No. 7 seed to play a 10th-seeded team playing just a short trip from its home campus.The Bulldogs just hope for a better result than four years ago.. Gonzaga (25-6) was given a No. 7 seed in the East

Crimson Tide's name finally called again for NCAAs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) JaMychal Green kept flashing back to this time last season as he and his Alabama teammates watched the NCAA tournament bracket filling up.The big difference is the Crimson Tide's name was finally called Sunday, for the first time since 2006.. "All I could think of was last

Tar Heels don't have to leave home state in NCAA's early rounds

North Carolina won't have to leave its home state to begin its pursuit of another national championship.The Tar Heels earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and will begin play in the Midwest Region on Friday in Greensboro, about an hour west of the Chapel Hill campus. North

Notre Dame hopes to keep late-season momentum going

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey likes the loose approach. That's how he prefers to coach and it's also the way he wants and expects his team to play Friday when it opens NCAA tournament play against Xavier."I think it's kind of ingrained in then. We got nothing to lose

Tough schedule helps Michigan State earn No. 1 seed

Michigan State started the season unranked, looking like a rebuilding team in losses to North Carolina on an aircraft carrier and on the other side of the country against Duke in New York.The Spartans will end it as a No. 1 seed in the West Region after Tom Izzo made

NCAA tourney committee seeks more transparency

The NCAA's attempt to be more transparent about its tournament selection process proved one thing Sunday: It's still subjective.Some schools, such as Iona, apparently met the eye test this season. Others, such as Washington and Seton Hall, did not.

San Diego State in tourney for school-best third straight season

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego State Aztecs had to wait until the last pairing was announced to find out for sure they're headed to the NCAA tournament for the school-record third straight year."I got nervous when we were the last line and we still haven't popped up

Missouri falls short of No. 1 seed, but ready for run as a No. 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Winning the Big 12 tournament was not enough to earn a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed for Missouri.Coach Frank Haith seemed quite satisfied with a second seed in the West.. "Whereas being No. 1 would have been a prestigious thing, it really didn't matter," the Tigers' first

Calipari says Kentucky's in 'stacked' bracket

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) John Calipari says while Kentucky is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament the NCAA selection committee "stacked the region" the Wildcats will be playing in.The Kentucky coach says that's OK.. "I keep getting everybody saying, `We're the toughest region.' But that's to be expected," Calipari

Vandy on a great run entering NCAAs after winning SEC title

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Vanderbilt Commodores have a new NCAA tournament challenge: shake their first-round woes and avoid a championship hangover.Beating the nation's top-ranked team for the Southeastern Conference tournament title has given them a confidence boost that just might be their antidote.. "We have a really good

Colorado's run through Pac-12 tourney eliminates selection show worry

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) The NCAA selection show couldn't spoil Tad Boyle's party this time.A year ago, the Colorado coach hosted a gathering at his house to celebrate what he thought would be a spot in the tournament. Only, the festivities quickly turned sullen when the Buffs were snubbed by the

Temple happy with seed in fifth straight tourney trip

Temple knows its seed and site. The Owls are just waiting for an opponent in the NCAA tournament. Temple (24-7) earned a No. 5 seed in the tournament.

Iowa State, back for first time since 2005, gets defending champs in opener

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State's first NCAA tournament game in seven years will be against the defending national champions. Should the Cyclones win, they'll probably have to face the top overall seed, Kentucky, in the Wildcats' home state.If the Cyclones can make it out of Louisville, they'll certainly have earned

Creighton coach feels story line led to disappointing seed

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton coach Greg McDermott believes the NCAA tournament selection committee let the potential for an intriguing story line trump a fair seeding for the Bluejays.Creighton (28-5) is No. 8 in the Midwest Regional for its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007 and will play No. 9 Alabama

Southern Miss back in tourney for first time since 1991

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy was so nervous halfway through the NCAA tournament selection show that he had to step outside and stand in the parking lot, leaning against a truck while he regrouped.Turns out there wasn't anything to worry about.. The Golden Eagles (25-8) are headed

VCU back in field after shocking Final Four run in 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Commonwealth is heading west in hopes of getting another run going in the NCAA tournament, and the Rams finally will play a fellow mid-major level school.VCU (28-6) is a No. 12 seed and will play fifth-seeded Wichita State (27-5) in the second round in

Hoosiers' NCAA berth continues return to hoops prominence

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Verdell Jones pumped his fist, Jordan Hulls kept slapping teammates' hands and Tom Crean walked through two rows of players congratulating each one.No, the Hoosiers may not be all the way back to their lofty perch yet, but Sunday's celebration was one more giant step in that direction

Syracuse hopes to put exclamation point on season marked by success, controversy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse is ready to put an exclamation point on a season that won't soon be forgotten on and off the court.The sting of just their second loss of the season fully behind them after two hard practices, the Orange (31-2), the Big East regular-season champions, were

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Gasoline prices jump a nickel over the weekend

NEW YORK (AP) -- The average price of gasoline has reached $3.80 per gallon after jumping by nearly a nickel over the weekend.. Experts say pump prices are rising on the expectation that supplies will dip next month while refineries switch from winter to summer gasoline blends. Forecasts see gas

Michelle Obama to appear on Letterman show

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama is returning to the late-night stage.. The first lady will appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on March 19. Mrs. Obama will discuss her Joining Forces initiative, which supports military families, and her plans for the program's one-year anniversary.. CBS, which

Boston-Chicago flight lands in NY over threat call

BUFFALO, N.Y (AP) -- A Boston-to-Chicago JetBlue Airways flight has landed in Buffalo after the airline received a phone call about a passenger who may have posed a bomb threat.. A spokesman for Buffalo Niagara International Airport says a female passenger was detained by the FBI after Flight

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Apple's market clout likely to draw more scrutiny

In everything it does, from product design to business deals, Apple strives for as much control as possible.

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PSU: Paterno's firing over 'failure of leadership'

Penn State's trustees say late coach Joe Paterno's failure to follow up on a sexual abuse allegation against former assistant Jerry Sandusky "constituted a failure of leadership" that ultimately led to his firing in November.

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Romney: Obama wrongly content with US job growth

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is telling Alabama voters that President Barack Obama wrongly thinks the country is doing better because of recent job increases.. Romney told a rain-soaked crowd in Mobile on Monday that Obama should talk to the millions of people who remain unemployed or have

Ga. school system considers privatizing some jobs

SAVANNAH (AP) -- The Savannah-Chatham school board is exploring the idea of privatizing services from nurses to custodians in an effort to cut costs.. The Savannah Morning News reports that finance director Rebecca McClain recently answered board questions about the possibility of hiring a private company to handle the

Nearly 20 Ga. students facing charges after vandalism

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) -- Nineteen students of a metro Atlanta high school are facing charges after police say their campus was covered with graffiti.. Authorities said the students are accused of spray-painting "Seniors 2012" in more than 100 locations near East Paulding High School in Dallas.. Authorities say the

Woman freed after head-first fall into trash chute

DUNWOODY (AP) -- A woman was rescued from a trash chute after she became stuck between the first and second floors of her suburban Atlanta apartment complex.. Crews were called to the Gables Metropolitan Apartments in Dunwoody shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, when the woman became trapped inside the garbage

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Rose wins at Doral; Tiger withdraws early

Justin Rose wins at Doral on a day when Bubba Watson comes up just short and Tiger Woods leaves the course with an Achilles injury.