News for Friday, March 23, 2012


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Smith scores 30 as Hawks hold off Nets

Josh Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 93-84 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Haddad, Gladiators rally to beat Greenville in shootout

The Gwinnett Gladiators tied the game with nine seconds left in regulation on a power-play goal and then beat rival Greenville in the sixth round of the shootout to get a huge 3-2 win Friday at the Bi-Lo Center.

PREP ROUNDUP: Dacula outlasts Archer for first region win

A recap of Friday's high school sports events

Berrett homer, Clay's Ks key Buford win over GAC

It's tough to overshadow a 16 strikeout, three hit, one run complete game, but Kyler Berrett did his best.

RICH: The glamour of grammar, Southern style

When it comes to grammar, I know the rules better than I follow them.

MCLEOD: Why people fail and how to stop it

You can't succeed without some failures along the way. So why waste your time on the bad stuff when you can benefit by looking ahead.

DALY: In spite of the warm temperatures, winter may not be over yet

When it comes to planting cold sensitive plants, waiting until mid-April is your best bet.

Baylor builds big lead, holds off Xavier

Acy has huge game with 20 points, 15 boards

UNC escapes Ohio's upset bid in OT

Tar Heels get major scare from No. 13 seed

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YARBROUGH: 'Mfmwgmfwff.' Legislators brief public on upcoming issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby and I have been asked by House Speaker Dennis Ralston -- he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie -- along with Senators Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall.

Coroner says smoke killed Arkansas family of 5

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Pulaski County coroner says a family of five found dead in central Arkansas duplex all died accidentally from smoke and soot inhalation.

Police: 5 people found dead in San Francisco house

SAN FRANCISCO — Five members of a family were found dead inside a home near San Francisco's City College in a possible murder-suicide, police said Friday.

Tens of thousands in Syria call for fall of regime

BEIRUT — Tens of thousands of Syrians braved tear gas and gunfire to protest across the country Friday, vowing to storm the capital Damascus to oust President Bashar Assad as the European Union ramped up pressure on the regime by imposing sanctions on his wife and other close relatives.

Honolulu hiker drank sweat to survive in mountains

HONOLULU — A Honolulu hiker says he drank sweat wrung from his clothes to survive during seven days lost in the mountains.

Calif. woman gets life term for killing ill husband

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A woman was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for having her ailing husband murdered to avoid paying for his cancer treatment and to collect his insurance.

US soldier charged in Afghan shooting rampage

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged on Friday with 17 counts of premeditated murder, a capital offense that could lead to the death penalty in the massacre of Afghan civilians, the U.S. military said.

African Union force to step up hunt for Kony

ENTEBBE, Uganda — The African Union said Friday it will send 5,000 soldiers to join the hunt for notorious rebel leader Joseph Kony, a new mission that comes amid a wildly popular Internet campaign targeting the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Obama taps Kim for World Bank

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank, an unconventional pick that could help to quell criticism in the developing world of the U.S. stranglehold on the international organization's top post.

Don't forget: Memory competition being held in New York City

About two dozen individuals are also competing in the USA Memory Championship in New York, now in its 15th year.

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Slain Fla. teen's friends say he never picked a fight

MIAMI -- Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that's how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

County names planning, transportation directors

Bryan Lackey given permanent job as planning and development director, while Kim Conroy named head of transportation for Gwinnett County.

G-Braves' bullpen gets a boost from Russell, Hughes

Team gets nice additions to the bullpen

Atlanta Junior Golf Association plans local stops

Organization plans numerous stops in Gwinnett, neighboring areas

Uggla homers as Braves beat Mets

Mike Minor struggled against the New York Mets on Friday. And that was OK with him.

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Tech tries to topple No. 1 Baylor women

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey insists the Bears aren't focused on the pressure that comes with being unbeaten.

Woods shares lead with Wi at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods is in a place he hasn't been in 30 months — atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour going into the weekend.

Sports Champions of Greater Atlanta to honor local athletes

Dacula, Meadowcreek, North, Parkview and Wesleyan students among the award winners

Norcross football program adds four more college signees

Blue Devils now have nine seniors headed to college programs

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GWINNETT GRADS: Berkmar's Halim shines at Virginia Tech

A look at Gwinnett products excelling at the next level

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'Knight Under the Stars' pageant crowns queen

Nettie Hicks takes home the crown at "A Knight Under the Stars" pageant.

Ippolito's Dacula location closes

Hamilton Mill branch of Italian restaurant closes.

Husband arrested in slaying of wife

Alex Blatt, 70, was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail Friday on a murder charge.

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Author signing children's books at LifeWay Buford

Katie Grant visits Christian store to sign her book, "Haven's Heaven."

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Alcova students study Titanic's artifacts

Fifth grade students at Alcova Elementary have recently been studying the tragic story of the Titanic, so it was with much excitement that they listened to a historian on the subject speak to them about the ocean liner's history.

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HALL: When red tape becomes duct tape

When it comes to our judicial system, red tape generally trumps a speedy trial.

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Former superior court clerk mourned

Friends and family will gather Saturday to mourn the loss of Odus Millard Peevy, a former clerk of superior court in Gwinnet County, who died Thursday.

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Probation officer charged with theft, bribery

Former probation officer charged by Lawrenceville police with felony theft and bribery.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Hunger Games'

The third hugely popular young adult book series of late (arriving in the wake of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight") to be adapted for the big screen, "The Hunger Games" finally arrives with a high level of buzz and anticipation that is practically off the charts.

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Gun intercepted at Gwinnett jail

Gun found in holding cell at Gwinnett County Jail, officials say.

Feds: Ga. illegal immigrant population 6th largest

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal report shows Georgia had the sixth-largest number of illegal immigrants in the country in January 2011, months before lawmakers passed a tough law targeting illegal immigration.. The Department of Homeland Security report released Friday shows that about 440,000 illegal immigrants lived in Georgia. Only

Gang graffiti uncovered at Gwinnett high school

Three teens charged with tagging Berkmar High School with gang-related graffiti, officials say.

Fire claims Loganville mobile home

Crews tackle fires at Loganville mobile home and Norcross apartment complex. Both are under investigation.

Student sues Ga. school over proposed prom changes

ATLANTA (AP) -- A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.. Reuben Lack, an 18-year-old senior at Alpharetta High School, filed the lawsuit

VIDEO: 'Cuse, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida Advance

Associated Press video following the East and West regional sweet sixteen games.

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Millard Peevy

Odus Millard Peevy, who was Clerk of Superior Court in Gwinnett County from 1961 to 1984, died March 22, 2012, at his home in Buford, following an extended illness at ...

Euell Lancaster

Mrs. Euell “Sis” Boggs Lancaster, age 93, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert D. Lancaster ...

Gerry Driver

Ms. Gerry L. Driver, age 72, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. She is survived by her son, Joe Driver of Suwanee, GA; cousin, Albert Januska ...

Harriet Beckham

Harriet Moon Beckham of Snellville passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012. A memorial service will be held 2 PM Sunday, March 25, 2012 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Lurene Denton

Mrs. Lurene G. Denton, age 89, of Oakwood, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of ...

John Mobley

John Henry Mobley, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on March 13, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411

W. Lee Hughey

W. Lee Hughey, age 75, of Grayson, GA passed away March 22, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Karen Finch-Geer

Karen Finch-Geer, age 68, of Duluth, GA, passed away February 18, 2012. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Georgia, 404-355-7627.

Sarah Bell

Sarah Hackett Bell, 92, of Hoschton died Thursday March 22, 2012. The funeral will be 2:00 PM Sunday March 25, 2012 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel with Rev ...

Milagros De Garcia

Mrs. Milagross Soto De Garcia, age 84, of Atlanta, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Wayne Hamilton Jr

Wayne Michael Hamilton, Jr., age 28, of Duluth, GA, passed away March 21, 2012. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

Ventura Armstrong

Ventura Armstong, age 85, of Snellville, GA passed away March 21, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

John Perry

John Fincher Perry, age 80 of Duluth, went home to be with the Lord on March 19, 2012. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday March 24, 2012 at ...

Louise Herring

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Louise C. Herring, age 94, of Jefferson, Ga. who passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Ruth Giudice

Ruth Giudice, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 22, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

James Daniel

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. James Hiram Daniel, age 78, of Watkinsville, Ga. who passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Gators knock off Marquette to reach Elite Eight

Beal leads seventh-seeded Florida to 68-58 win

Ohio State beats Cincy in Buckeye State battle

Thomas, Sullinger lead Big Ten power to 30th win