News for Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Syracuse escapes hot-shooting Wisconsin in thriller

Game comes down to missed Badgers shot in the waning seconds

Top-seeded Michigan State falls to Louisville

Pitino tops Izzo in matchup of legendary coaches

County track meet good indicator for state

Brookwood boys and Peachtree Ridge girls seek to defend their country track titles.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hebron pitchers combine for no-hitter

A recap of Thursday's high school sports events

Senate passes tax break bill; goes to Deal

ATLANTA -- A plan that cuts taxes for Georgia's married couples, slowly repeals the property tax on motor vehicles and gives perks to businesses now awaits Gov. Nathan Deal's signature after the state Senate unanimously approved it Thursday.. The Republican-backed legislation zipped through the General Assembly in the last

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Duluth man looks back on 100 years

After living more than a century, Duluth resident Richard Wiggins has got some interesting stuff to say. He sat down this week with the Gwinnett Daily Post and shared some of the highlights, which included a brush with the family of an infamous crime boss.

Tech's Stanton undergoes season-ending Tommy John surgery

Wesleyan grad expected to make full recovery

North's Abakah commits to Northeastern basketball program

Senior big man helped Bulldogs to Elite Eight as a senior

Buford's Malone signs with Toccoa Falls College baseball

Senior has played third base, first base and DH for Wolves

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Wi opens with 66; Woods 3 behind at Bay Hill

Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round. So did Tiger Woods.

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Tech reaches goal, No. 1 Baylor is next

As soon as the NCAA women's bracket was announced, Sasha Goodlett started getting a flood of texts from her friends.

NOW WE'RE COOKING: Chicken fried steak with gravy

I know, I know. It's been pretty warm for chicken fried steak, but it is good followed with a nap — plus, my boyfriend totally digs it

Hot Rams to face defending state champ Parkview

Grayson's baseball team will host defending state champion Parkview on Friday

Parkview's Temple, Providence's Iverson step down as hoops coaches

Two Lilburn schools now seeking new head boys basketball coaches

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Getting To Know ... Richard Ramsey

In this latest installment of "Getting To Know ... ," Richard Ramsey talks to staff writer Brandon Brigman about the success of Collins Hill's track program and school, how he met his wife and his tattoos.

Cast of 'The Hunger Games' talk about movie

The GDP chats with some of the cast of new flick, "The Hunger Games."

Mayor of North Dakota tourist town has to wait to hang himself

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The mayor of the southwest North Dakota tourist town of Medora is seeking permission for a hanging, and he is sticking his neck out by volunteering to be the one to go to the gallows.. Mayor Doug Ellison wants to erect a gallows on his property to

THE DISH: Chicago Red Hots

This Suwanee spot offers traditional Chicago red hot dogs, plus other sandwiches.

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French terror suspect killed in standoff

TOULOUSE, France -- In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the apartment of an Islamist extremist Thursday, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being shot in the head.. Mohamed Merah, 23, was wanted in

Green has clinch hit as Marlins tie Braves

Tyler Pastornicky's four hits may eventually solidify his place as the Atlanta Braves shortstop.

G-BRAVES NOTES: Spring slump could cost Constanza job in Atlanta

Jose Constanza's first chance in the major leagues couldn't have started any better.

NCAA may not decide on APR changes before July

Connecticut may not find out before this summer whether the NCAA will adopt academic rules changes that would allow the Huskies men's basketball team to qualify for the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Some land disputes go to court for road widening project

While officials reached agreements with owners of more than 100 land parcels needed for the Ga. Highway 20 road widening project in northern Gwinnett, nine are headed to court.

FILM FANS: '21 Jump Street,' nothing like the original

Local residents reviewed the movie of the week, "21 Jump Street."

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Team Peeta or Team Gale? Hutcherson won't pick sides

LOS ANGELES -- Move over Edward Cullen and Jacob Black, there's a new love triangle causing spirited debate and girls to swoon.. In "The Hunger Games" movie out Friday, fans tend to have a strong opinion about whether the story's protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, should be paired with her best friend

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Movie trivia contest 3/23

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

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Lawrence relates to hype around 'Hunger Games'

NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lawrence was already on Hollywood's radar after earning rave reviews and an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2010 film "Winter's Bone." But the actress has become a veritable household name by getting cast as Katniss Everdeen in the "The Hunger Games.". In

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' doesn’t live up to its potential

According to movie critic Michael Clark, this film has failed "to capture the sardonic and acerbic wit of the Paul Torday novel on which it so very loosely based."

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘October Baby’ should leave comedy out of the message

Co-directors Andrew and Jon Irwin waste no time declaring their pro-life stance in "October Baby."

By Venue

Events going on at various venues throughout the area.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Michael Clark spotlights "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on Blu-ray.

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Atlanta Film Festival launches this spring

The event boasts more than 50 films with Georgia connections this year.

ART BEAT: Live Arts Theatre presents 'The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon'

"Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon," written by playwright Don Zolidis will be performed March 23 through 25 at New Dawn Theater.

Musical about motherhood returns

"Motherhood the Musical" brings laughter for those with and without children.

Joe Nichols comes to Wild Bill's with new album

The country singer is back in the Duluth venue to promote "It's All Good."

Gwinnett manufacturers honored at inaugural award ceremony

Partnership Gwinnett officials honor manufacturers and supply chain companies for economic impact to the community.

Jury awards $2 million to widow of man killed by speeding cop

Jurors award $2 million to widow of man killed by speeding Gwinnett police officer -- a ruling the county plans to appeal.

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GUCU needs canned goods

Georgia United Credit Union is holding a food drive until April 30.

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ROBINSON: To be black in America ...

For every black man in America, from the millionaire in the corner office to the mechanic in the local garage, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal. It could have been me or one of my sons. It could have been any of us.

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MCCULLOUGH: Officiate weddings? I do

Officiate weddings? I do. This past weekend, I married two people.. OK, I didn't marry two people. No, I'm already married myself, and I didn't test the limits of any laws. I officiated a wedding ceremony.. Let me explain.. It all started innocently enough with a trip to a bar

Lawrenceville teen vies for pageant title

Destiny Wright competes against other girls for Miss Jr. Teen title.

New stores coming to Mall of Georgia

The Mall of Georgia has announced it will add six new stores, and two others will have renovations by June.

Ga. lawmakers try reconciling drug testing bills

Georgia lawmakers are debating whether some people should be exempt from a proposal that would force those applying for welfare to take drug tests.

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Barrow officials searching for missing man

Barrow County officials are searching for a 51-year-old man who was last seen Monday.

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Students conduct phonetic wedding

Kindergarten students at Woodward Mill Elementary School donned tuxedos and veils Thursday morning, each child holding a letter aloft as they marched down the aisle to wedding music.

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Unhappy public not sure who to blame for high gas

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Families canceling vacations. Fishermen watching their profits burn up along with their boats' gasoline. Drivers buying only a few gallons of gas at a time because they can't afford to fill the tank.. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record

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Chipper Jones says this will be his final season

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones says this will be his final season (With Video)

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Fire again ravages Norcross apartment complex

Soaring flames could be seen by metro Atlanta commuters heading to work on Interstate 85 after a building caught fire.

High to offer "Pay As You Wish" admission Saturday

ATLANTA (AP) -- Visitors to Atlanta's High Museum of Art will have a chance this weekend to pay whatever they wish to enter.. The High is holding a "Pay As You Wish" event Saturday. During normal museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can pay whatever they like for

Georgia jobless rate drops to 3-year low

Georgia's jobless rate has dropped to a three-year low, state labor officials said Thursday.

Trucks repeatedly stuck on rail tracks in Statham

STATHAM -- Heavy trucks are repeatedly getting stuck on the steep grade of a busy railroad intersection in downtown Statham.. A truck hauling seven vehicles became stuck on the tracks Tuesday, the latest in a series of such incidents in the northeast Georgia town.. Statham Police Chief Steve Martin says

World's busiest airport seeks volunteers for test

ATLANTA (AP) -- The world's busiest airport is holding a casting call of sorts.. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is seeking volunteers who can play the role of travelers. The goal is to test how a new international terminal will perform when it opens for real passengers.. Airport officials say

Georgia Republicans report threats from GOP rivals

ATHENS (AP) -- Two local Republican Party leaders have told police they've been threatened by supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul.. A police report says the GOP leaders received harassing and potentially threatening messages after a contentious meeting on March 10. They told police that rowdy Paul supporters attended the

Yo Sook McGirt

Yo Sook McGirt, age 58, of Warner Robins, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Marie Wilson

Marie “Bootee” Coleman Wilson, age 86, of Lilburn, GA passed away March 16, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Catherine Sims

Catherine House Sims, age 77, of Dacula, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Otto Sims of Dacula, Children: Greg ...

Fred Free

Fred Martin Free, age 86, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Tuesday evening, March 20, 2012. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 23, 2012 at Locust ...

Phyllis Cline

Phyllis Carol Cox Cline 84, of Buford, GA, died on March 20, 2012 from long-term complications of a stroke. Mrs. Cline was born January 26, 1928 in Hardy, KY ...

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Elizabeth Spivey Cooper , age 87, of Lawrenceville died on March 19, 2012. Sarah was born in 1924 in Atlanta, the daughter of Oscar and Jennie Spivey. She graduated West ...

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Hazel Maddox

Mrs. Hazel Holland Maddox, age 83, of Dacula, GA and the Hog Mountain Community passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Russell ...

R.D. Crook

R. D. Crook, age 101, of Winder, GA passed away March 20, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

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John Holman

Mr. John Junior Holman, age 82, of Auburn, GA passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford ...

Donald Wynn

Donald Wynn, age 72, of Lilburn, GA passed away on March 19, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. www.stewartfh.com

Jimmy Whitner

Jimmy Ray Whitner, age 66, of Grayson, GA passed away on March 13, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. www.stewartfh.com

Euell Lancaster

Mrs. Euell Boggs Lancaster, age 93, of Buford, GA, passed away on March 21, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Jay Nickelson

The Rev. Jay Victor Nickelson, 88, of Atlanta passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, in the company of family members, at VistaCare Hospice at Emory University Hospital. He was ...

Violet Clark

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Violet Gregory Clark, age 90, of Braselton, Ga. who passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...