News for Friday, March 16, 2012


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Paramedic named Gwinnett’s EMT of the Year

Fire Medic Cevan Hokett was recently named the county’s EMT of the Year.

Grayson defense hands Brookwood loss

For the first time in five years, the Grayson girls’ soccer team beat Brookwood.

Norfolk State's huge upset sends second-seeded Mizzou packing

MEAC champions pull off NCAA shocker

Mahdi to speak at Norcross mosque

Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s Georgia chapter is hosting the Islamic organization’s vice president Naseem Mahdi at 2:30 p.m. today.

Johnson, Hawks beat Wizards

Joe Johnson matched his season high with 34 points, including the first two baskets of a decisive 11-0 run in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 102-88 on Friday night.

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Sirens spare Mich. village from tornado injuries

DEXTER, Mich. — The twister that took aim at this Michigan village unleashed winds of 135 mph and lingered on the ground for a full half-hour, plowing a path of destruction that stretched for 10 miles. But not a single person was seriously hurt.

Chambliss warns state farmers to brace for big cuts

JESUP — Sen. Saxby Chambliss warned Georgia growers Friday to brace for major cuts in crop subsidy programs as lawmakers fight to pass a new five-year farm bill through a Congress focused on shedding debt.

Braves win on Heyward's grand slam

Jason Heyward appears to be regaining his power stroke, and that’s good news for the Braves.

Hi-Hope holding annual fundraiser

Dust off your tuxedo or evening gown and get ready to throw some dice because Hi-Hope Service Center is holding its annual fundraising gala tonight — the theme is “A Night in Las Vegas.”

Georgetown returns to tourney with mission, beats Belmont

Hoyas roll to 74-59 win a year after disappointing early-round exit

Obama arrives in Atlanta for one-day fundraiser

President Barack Obama arrived in Atlanta on Friday.

Falcons agree to terms with Abraham

Atlanta's top pass rusher gets three-year deal

Creighton takes out Alabama in one-point thriller

Tide's 3-point attempt blocked at the buzzer

GWINNETT GRADS: Locals open women’s tourney this weekend

Howard, Armstrong among area grads playing when first-round women's NCAA action begins

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MCLEOD: Why profit should not be the primary purpose of business

Many people believe that the sole purpose of business is to make money. They’re wrong.

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YARBROUGH: Why isn’t anyone talking about for-profit charter schools?

I don't have a problem with charter schools. But you have to wonder about all the enthusiasm from legislators to promote them lately. A look at Florida's charter schools may shed light.

Tarheels have no trouble dispatching Vermont

Zeller has 17 points, 15 boards in UNC victory

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RICH: Reflecting on what makes an obituary writer a great one

A friend of mine who has a penchant for sending along lovely, thoughtful gifts out did himself a while back.

FSU survives scare from St. Bonaventure

Seminoles hang on for 66-63 victory

Saint Louis' gritty defense bounces Memphis

Mitchell scores 22 for Billikens

Ohio notches upset over Michigan

Fourth-seeded Wolverines bounced in opening game

Duke stunned in upset by 15th-seeded Lehigh

Patriot League champions shock ACC power

Purdue fends off feisty Saint Mary's

Boilermakers win 72-69 in Midwest Regional

Gators rout Virginia in Midwest Regional

Florida shakes off slow start for 71-45 victory

N.C. State rolls past San Diego State

Howell scores 22 to lead Wolfpack

Bearcats hold off Texas to win opener

Longhorns' comeback falls short

Bearcats hold off Texas comeback to win opener

Longhorns storm back after slow start, but fall just short

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Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy (With Video)

Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

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Car crashes into Norcross business

Driver extricated from car that crashed into business near Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross.

Police: Fla. couple kept boy in cage inside closet

Police say a Florida couple is accused of locking an extremely malnourished boy inside a cage in a closet as punishment.

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Apple fans snap up new iPad on 1st day

Apple's latest iPad drew die-hard fans to stores in the U.S. and nine other countries Friday, many of whom lined up for hours to be among the first to buy one.

Sixth-seeded UNLV falls to No. 11 Colorado

Freshman reserve keys opening win

Meadowcreek's Allen, Iowa State bounce defending champ UConn, Lamb

Allen scores 20 in 77-64 win, Norcross' Lamb scores 19 in loss

Thomas, Ohio State rout Loyola

Inside dominance leads Buckeyes to opening victory

Indiana returns to tourney with win over Aggies

VCU up next for Hoosiers

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Lawyers say Ga. murder suspect should get bond

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Lawyers for the Macon law student accused in the killing and dismemberment of Lauren Giddings say he is entitled to a bond because a grand jury didn't indict him within 90 days of his arrest.. Stephen McDaniel's attorneys say in a new court motion their client

Police: Tourist dies from fall near Savannah River

Police say a 57-year-old tourist has died in Savannah after he fell over a handrail onto the old stones paving the pedestrian walkways near the city's historic riverfront.

Google introduces first reuse water system in Ga.

Google has announced the first reuse water system at one of its U.S. data centers, pairing with a local water and sewer authority on the venture involving its Douglas County center.

Some citrus farmers turn to peach trees

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) -- Move over, Georgia: Florida's getting into the peach farming business.. According to The Ledger, the uncertainty caused by citrus diseases and freezes is causing some to turn to peach farming.. The University of Florida is now producing peach varieties that can grow in Florida's sub-tropical

Benson "Benny" Smith

Benson “Benny” Smith, age 61, of Buford, GA, passed away on March 15, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

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Mary Sapp

Mrs. Mary Julia “Judy” Sapp, age 85, of Dacula, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four ...

Laurie Witty

Laurie Mangano Witty, age 45 of Lawrenceville, GA. passed into the Lord’s hands on March 13, 2012 after a courageous battle with diabetes. Laurie attended local schools in ...

Daniel Lee

Daniel “Dan” William Lee, age 67, of Clarkesville, Georgia, entered into rest after a courageous fight to throat cancer. He is survived by three daughters, Daphne Deese of ...

Pauline Harrison

Pauline Bowman Harrison, age 86, of Stockbridge, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770 962-3100.

Millie Boswell

Millie E. Boswell, 56, of Suwanee, GA, died March 14, 2012. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...