News for Tuesday, March 20, 2012


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Bulldogs use team effort to top Tech, stop streak

Georgia ends home losing streak in baseball to Tech

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Morche's stops give Lions PK win over Eagles

Peachtree Ridge girls defeated Collins Hill on penalty kicks.

PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth boys edge Mill Creek on penalty kicks

A look at Tuesday's prep sports action.

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Georgia Tech women beat Georgetown 76-64 in 2nd round of NCAA tourney

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Georgia Tech finally made it to the second weekend of the women's NCAA tournament, thanks largely to a freshman who isn't certainly playing like one.. Sydney Wallace continued her scoring tear with 23 points, and the Yellow Jackets claimed their first berth in the regional semifinals

Romney routs Santorum in GOP primary in Illinois

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Mitt Romney took a major stride toward the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, routing Rick Santorum in the Illinois primary for his third big-state win in a row and padding his already-formidable lead in the race for convention delegates.. "What a night," Romney exulted

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Redmond back in familiar role for G-Braves

Anchor of staff returning for 2012 season

Wesleyan moves quickly to tap Hodges as new boys hoops coach

Ryan Hodges replaces Skip Matherly at Wesleyan boys basketball coach

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Time spent with Bisher was well worth it

Time spent with Bisher was well worth it. When Furman Bisher began writing for the Daily Post early in 2010, I knew it would be a great addition to our paper. I just didn't realize how great.. Almost immediately, I began receiving calls and emails from readers expressing their gratitude

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THOMAS: 'Obamacare:' The main event

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the healthcare lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare."

Braves' Vizcaino has Tommy John surgery

Surgery to end prospect's season

WBA to host basketball tryout camp in Lawrenceville

Event will be April 29 at Rhodes Jordan Park

Brookwood's Douglas signs with Point University

Senior is a four-year runner for the Broncos

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GGC hires May as assistant men's soccer coach

New coach moves down from UConn

Jordan to sign copies of his children's books at Books For Less this weekend

Former Brave, Falcon to appear Saturday in Buford

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Tigers' Verlander shines in win over Braves

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander hardly needed to win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards to boost his confidence.. Verlander allowed two runs and four hits in five innings Tuesday, making his fourth exhibition start as the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2.. Verlander laughed

Strong, long 7.6 quake shakes Mexico City

MEXICO CITY -- A strong 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday, shaking central and southern parts of the country and swaying buildings in Mexico City. Plaster fell from ceilings and windows broke in the center of the capital, but the president said there were no immediate reports of major

NASA considering space station for Mars dry run in a few years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years.. NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars.. It

Charges filed in Tulsa courthouse shooting

TULSA, Okla. -- A Tulsa man accused of injuring two people in a shooting at a plaza outside Tulsa County District Court has been formally charged in the incident.. Online court records show a prosecutor on Tuesday filed two counts of shooting with intent to kill and two weapons charges

Worry about Chinese demand drives US stocks lower

Stocks sank Tuesday on Wall Street after two reports suggested an economic slowdown in China, where blistering growth over the past three years has helped sustain the global economic recovery.. Home prices dropped in 45 Chinese cities last month, a result of government policies designed to reduce property speculation. And

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Residents on Colorado plains assessing fire damage

WRAY, Colo. -- Residents on Colorado's eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage and the number of farm animals killed following a wildfire that charred more than 37 square miles.. One firefighter was critically injured and two others were treated and released for minor injuries while trying

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CLINE: Remembering the kindess of Furman Bisher

Furman Bisher won awards too numerous to name in his distinguised sports writing career, but my top memory of him is the way he treated his fellow writers no matter how large or small the paper.

Sugarloaf stretch to close for TV filming

Local road picked for television project, so stretch will be closed overnight next week.

Local company recognized in Top 40 list

The state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry recently named a Duluth-based business as a Top 40 company.

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Peachtree Ridge among robotic winners

Several Gwinnett County teams showed up Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a massive robotics event locally.

Local leaders divided on charter legislation

Louise Radloff, GCPS board chairwoman, said she was "extremely disappointed" that the Georgia Senate passed a constitutional amendment that would give the state power to establish charter schools over the objection of local school districts. Now, it's in the hands of voters.

Seven local schools on state's 'Focus' list

A report released Tuesday by the state department of education identified 156 educational facilities as Focus Schools under its new accountability system. Seven of the schools are in the Gwinnett County Public Schools district.

Widow seeking $5 million in police-involved crash testifies

Faustina Sargent recalls December night in 2006 when she was informed of her husband's death in a traffic accident.

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Woman alleges rape after local concert

Alleged crime occured early on March 3 between "acquaintances"

Commission makes decision on water contract controversy

Competing bidder objects to county's decision to award water contract to company despite proposal going over budget.

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Greene part of Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame's third class

Group includes two football stars, a trio of Parkview legends and an accomplished Wesleyan coach

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Lilburn DDA wins approval for land for baseball venture

Commissioners approve sale of sewage plant land to Lilburn for proposed Big League Dreams location.

Eastside urges colorectal cancer awareness

According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancer diagnoses occur in people 50 or older.

Police ID elderly couple in murder, attempted suicide

Police believe a 70-year-old husband strangled his wife before tying to kill himself in their home near Lawrenceville this week.

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Officials celebrate park renovation

Officials cut ribbon at revamped Rhodes Jordan Park, celebrating an expansion that includes soccer fields and trails.

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Can 'Hunger Games' do 'Twilight'-type $140M debut?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fans are so hungry for "The Hunger Games" that Hollywood's buzzing about an opening weekend to rival the $140 million debuts of some of the "Twilight" movies.. Early tracking pegged "The Hunger Games" at only about half that much. But box-office forecasters have been continually

Area board meetings schedule announced

Area board meetings for Gwinnett County Public Schools will be organized this year by the schools in each board member's new electoral district. As a result of the 2012 U.S. Census, new electoral district lines were drawn for the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

`Real Housewife' Kim Zolciak expecting baby No. 2

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bravo reality star Kim Zolciak and husband Kroy Biermann are expecting their second child.. The 33-year-old "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star and the Atlanta Falcons defensive end have a 9 month-old son, KJ.. Zolciak tells Life & Style that she is now four

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Employers ask job seekers for Facebook passwords

SEATTLE (AP) -- When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.. Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions

Ga. Senate panel OKs $19.2B budget for FY2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the proposed $19.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.. The fiscal year 2013 budget cleared the House earlier this month. The full Senate is expected to vote on the budget on Wednesday. Per the state Constitution, the General Assembly must

US builders start fewer homes but permits jump

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. builders started work on slightly fewer homes in February. But they began laying the ground work for a turnaround later this year by requesting the most building permits in any month since October 2008.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that builders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted

High school basketball playoff changes announced

Quarterfinals will now be at higher-seeded teams' home gyms; plans for semis and finals also unveiled

Football finals back in Dome, playoff admission increases

Atlanta venue will host three title games Friday, four on Saturday

State high school soccer finals to be at Kennesaw, Silverbacks stadiums

GHSA upgrades soccer championships at Monday meeting

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Duluth man accused of slapping police horse in Savannah

SAVANNAH (AP) -- Police say a 24-year-old Duluth man is facing charges that include striking a police animal after authorities say he slapped a police horse during the St. Patrick's Day festival in Savannah.. The Savannah Morning News reports that Sebastian Konrad Laski is accused of slapping the

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Skydivers: Hot-air balloon pilot saved their lives

ATLANTA (AP) -- As the hot-air balloon rose into the Georgia sky, skydiver Dennis Valdez remembers seeing a thunderstorm brewing in the distance. North Carolina-based pilot Edward Ristaino seemed concerned but not panicked as he maneuvered the balloon above a field and told the five skydivers to jump

Donnie Hursts

Donnie Hurst, Jr., age 41, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Can Huynh

Can Khac Huynh, age 44, of Duluth, GA, passed away March 16, 2012. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

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Suzanne Compton

Mrs. Suzanne Crow Compton, age 80, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-seven years, William Ira ...

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J. Louis Markham

J. Louis Markham, age 91 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 10 AM Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Mary Hollandsworth

Mary Elizabeth Hollandsworth, age 66, of Monroe, GA passed away March 17, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594.

Ellen Doerr

Mrs. Ellen Doerr, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-one years, Vince Doerr; son ...

David Hardiman

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. David Brent Hardiman, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Robert "Lee" Pugh

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Lee “Butch” Pugh Jr., age 63, of Jefferson, who passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Arrangements by Evans ...

Ana Hardt

Ana J. Hardt, age 9, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel. (770) 476-2535.

Wojciech Grochowski

Mr. Wojciech Adam Growchowski, age 64, of Roswell, GA, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Jean Hancock

Jean Deadwyler Hancock, age 80, of Cleveland, GA passed away March 18, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.