News for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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School district announces 2013 budget numbers

Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools released numbers Tuesday for the projected FY 2013 budget.

County gives two-year contract to water resources director

Management hired for water resources, planning and development and transportation departments in county government.

Suwanee officer cleared in ongoing probe of gun found at jail

Suwanee officer cleared in jail gun incident, which Sheriff's Department officials continue to investigate.

Elementary students disciplined over nasal spray

Two students at Sycamore Elementary School were disciplined last week after the district said they brought presciption nasal medication into the classroom--a violation of policy.

Suwanee police report 9 break-ins at George Pierce Park

Suwanee Police reported nine break-ins at George Pierce Park on Sunday. Mostly purses and wallets stolen.

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2 booked in gang graffiti case

Two teens booked in connection with gang graffiti at Gwinnett high school.

Suwanee City Council recognizes art teacher, city employee

The Suwanee City Council approved two alcohol licenses and recognized a city employee and art teacher at its March meeting.

GMC named one of America's top 100 hospitals

GMC only hospital system in Atlanta area to make the list, comprised of facilities with "risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates in the top 5 percent in the nation"

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GA lawmakers pass $39B budget for coming year

Georgia lawmakers have approved a $39.5 billion budget plan for the coming financial year that earmarks roughly $100 million in last-minute money for infrastructure.

Northside opens Buford imaging center

Facility located on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard began seeing patients last month

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Valor Awards honor bravery, selflessness

Annual Valor Awards ceremony honors bravery, selflessness among Gwinnett public safety officials.

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PREP ROUNDUP: North girls top Norcross 2-1 in overtime

Recap of Tuesday's prep action

Ellis scores 33 as Milwaukee beats Hawks 108-101

MILWAUKEE -- Monta Ellis scored 33 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 on Tuesday night.. Brandon Jennings added 18 points for the Bucks, who moved to within two games of the idle New York Knicks for the eighth and

Mill Creek boys, girls take important area victories over Peachtree Ridge

Mill Creek-Peachtree Ridge soccer doubleheader

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Twins release Brookwood grad Bulger

The Twins released Brookwood grad Jason Bulger.

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No. 1 GAC gets boys soccer road win over No. 3 Buford

Spartan girls pick up 5-2 win in the opener

Parkview's Gonzalez reaches goal with goal

LILBURN -- Iris Gonzalez woke up Tuesday morning with a goal in mind.. "I was not going to lose to Grayson my senior year," she said. "Not after four years.". The Parkview senior made sure it didn't happen.. Gonzalez fired a corner kick in the first minute right

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Rookies Pastornicky, Simmons battle for job with Braves

The Atlanta Braves are searching for their shortstop during spring training.

Davis savoring, surprised at attention at Kentucky

"She got on her knees and bowed down to me like I was a king and said, `Bow to the Brow.' She was like 5 or 6," Davis said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I just started laughing. Man, fans of all ages, Kentucky is crazy

County gives two-year contract to water resources director

Management hired for water resources, planning and development and transportation departments in county government.

Wilbanks speaks out against November referendum

The school district's highest ranked appointed official spoke out Tuesday evening to a local crowd, encouraging them to "consider the future of public education" and vote against November legislation.

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THOMAS: What's different about Trayvon Martin?

If you watch the news in any large city you are probably desensitized to stories about crime involving young black men.

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CLINE: Going to the dogs not a bad thing

SUWANEE -- We all know that every dog has its day. But this past weekend I was reminded they get some mornings, too, as the Georgia SPCA hosted its Run for the Rescues 5K.

Suwanee City Council recognizes art teacher, city employee

The Suwanee City Council approved two alcohol licenses and recognized a city employee and art teacher at its March meeting.

Panthers, Broncos prepare to take national stage

Parkview/Brookwood head to North Carolina for national baseball showcase

Gwinnett's all-star basketball games slated for Wednesday at Grayson

Event will showcase county's senior basketball talent

Peachtree Ridge's Mills commits to Tusculum tennis

Senior is a four-year varsity player for the Lions

Central girls basketball players commit to colleges

Black Knights' Hardy, Glover make college decisions

GAC wrestling hires Petty as assistant

GAC's wrestling program announced John Petty as its assistant wrestling coach.

GMC named one of America's top 100 hospitals

GMC only hospital system in Atlanta area to make the list, comprised of facilities with "risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates in the top 5 percent in the nation"

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Syria accepts peace plan; clashes continue

QAA, Lebanon -- Syria accepted a cease-fire drawn up by U.N. envoy Kofi Annan on Tuesday, but the diplomatic breakthrough was swiftly overshadowed by intense clashes between government soldiers and rebels that sent bullets flying into Lebanon.. Opposition members accuse President Bashar Assad of agreeing to the plan to

Taiwan police say woman killed herself while chatting on Facebook

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A woman in Taiwan killed herself by inhaling poisonous fumes while chatting with friends on Facebook and none of them alerted authorities, police said Tuesday.. Claire Lin killed herself on her 31st birthday, March 18, and family members who reported her suicide were unaware of the Facebook

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2 booked in gang graffiti case

Two teens booked in connection with gang graffiti at Gwinnett high school.

Suwanee officer cleared in ongoing probe of gun found at jail

Suwanee officer cleared in jail gun incident, which Sheriff's Department officials continue to investigate.

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Valor Awards honor bravery, selflessness

Annual Valor Awards ceremony honors bravery, selflessness among Gwinnett public safety officials.

Northside opens Buford imaging center

Facility located on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard began seeing patients last month

Elementary students disciplined over nasal spray

Two students at Sycamore Elementary School were disciplined last week after the district said they brought presciption nasal medication into the classroom--a violation of policy.

Plant sale scheduled for April 17

Gwinnett Tech's horticulture program and the Gwinnett County Public Library are holding an annual spring plant sale that includes annuals, perennials, herbs and house plants. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at the Gwinnett Technical College Greenhouse.

Ga. bill ending $1 charge for car decals passes

ATLANTA (AP) -- State lawmakers have approved a bill that would eliminate a $1 charge for the optional "In God We Trust" decals for car license plates.. Senate Bill 293 passed the House on Tuesday 157-6. It also makes displaying a county decal optional.. The license plate bill comes after

House rejects Senate changes to Ga. abortion bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- House lawmakers have rejected an attempt by Georgia's Senate to loosen the restrictions on a bill that would generally ban abortions five months after conception.. House Speaker David Ralston said Tuesday that the Senate changes to a bill from Rep. Doug McKillip were automatically rejected under House

Deal signs law banning synthetic marijuana

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that outlaws all forms of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.. Deal signed Senate Bill 370 on Tuesday, which was named Chase's Law after 16-year-old Chase Corbitt Burnett who was found dead in his Fayette County home after smoking the substance

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Drifter pleads guilty to killing NC hikers in 2007

A man convicted of murder in Florida and Georgia is accepting a life prison sentence without parole after pleading guilty in North Carolina to ambushing and killing an elderly couple hiking in a national forest.

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Conservative justices question health care law

Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court's conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.

Final Four: Team-by-team capsules

Glances at the remaining four teams — Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Kansas

Kentucky, Ohio State remain matchmakers' favorites for title

Wildcats remain the top choice by Nevada casinos

Smith an offensive catalyst for Louisville

Sophomore is averaging 13.3 points in NCAA Tourney

Suwanee police report 9 break-ins at George Pierce Park

Suwanee Police reported nine break-ins at George Pierce Park on Sunday. Mostly purses and wallets stolen.

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School district announces 2013 budget numbers

Officials with Gwinnett County Public Schools released numbers Tuesday for the projected FY 2013 budget.

Ohio State wasn't a slam dunk for this kind of success

Unknowns stepping up for Buckeyes during tourney run

Top talent defines this year's Final Four

Lottery picks and first-rounders abound in this weekend's matchups

Guide to the Final Four

Numbers, news and notes on the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Community leaders oppose plan to close Ga. courthouses

ATLANTA (AP) -- Several judicial officials and community leaders are opposing plans that could result in the closure of federal courthouses in Georgia.. Sixty federal court facilities in 29 states are being considered for closure, including federal buildings in Athens, Dublin, Statesboro, Valdosta and Waycross.. In central Georgia, judges say

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GA lawmakers pass $39B budget for coming year

Georgia lawmakers have approved a $39.5 billion budget plan for the coming financial year that earmarks roughly $100 million in last-minute money for infrastructure.

Home prices fell in January in most US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index released Tuesday showed that prices dropped in January from December in 16 of 19 cities tracked.. The

Ga. Tech assistant tennis coach charged with rape

ATLANTA (AP) -- An assistant men's tennis coach at Georgia Tech is jailed without bond on a rape charge.. Fulton County Jail records show that Conor Pollock also faces charges of cocaine and marijuana possession after his arrest Saturday. The records do not list an attorney, and no one answered

Ga. Senate passes changed anti-abortion bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- Senate lawmakers eased a major restriction Monday on a bill that would ban women from getting abortions five months into a pregnancy, opening a rift with House lawmakers who backed a more stringent proposal.. The original legislation from Rep. Doug McKillip is part of a national campaign

Patricia Crittenden

Ms. Patricia Thompson Crittenden, age 71, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John Amick and ...

Emma Baughcum

Emma Jade Baughcum, age 3 months, of Bethlehem, GA passed away March 22, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Eugene Britt

Eugene Britt, age 87, of Grayson, Georgia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 24, 2012. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 ...

James Gunter

Mr. James “Jimmy” Clyde Gunter, age 51, of Hoschton, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Leola Mull

Leola Mae Mull, age 89, of Loganville, GA, passed away March 26, 2012. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.