News for Thursday, March 29, 2012


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PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan duo shuts down St. Francis for 5-A win

A look at Thursday's Gwinnett prep action.

Collins Hill strikes early, often in 5-0 win over Meadowcreek

SUWANEE -- In a game as important as Collins Hill's Region 7-AAAAA boys soccer match with Meadowcreek, how a team starts can be just as important as how it finishes.. The No. 8 state-ranked Eagles handled both ends of the first half well against the Mustangs, jumping in

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Darrell Huckaby: Holding out for another chance at 'Jeopardy'

My tryout for 'Jeopardy' a few years ago was a disaster.

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ROBINSON: The price if health care is overturned

WASHINGTON -- In arguments before the Supreme Court this week, the Obama administration might have done just enough to keep the Affordable Care Act from being ruled unconstitutional. Those who believe in limited government had better hope so, at least.

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MCCULLOUGH: Don't have to hit lottery to do some good

Five hundred and 40 million dollars -- I wonder if any of us who are dreaming about winning the Mega Millions tonight really comprehends how much money that is.

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Peachtree Ridge girls beats North to jam up Region 7 standings

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett had a chance to lock up another region championship on Thursday.. The Bulldogs' girls soccer team led 2-0 at halftime. Then visiting Peachtree Ridge scored three second-half goals, including two from more than 45 yards away.. That pushed the game to overtime and eventually to

Braves announce prospect team for showcase at Coolray

Some of Atlanta's best will be in Gwinnett on Tuesday

Gladiators Jakaitis named to All-ECHL first team

Despite missing the last two months after sustaining a season-ending knee injury, Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named to the All-ECHL first team Thursday.. Jakaitis had a 17-6-2 record in 26 games this season with Gwinnett. He set a new team record for most shutouts in one

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Hebron seniors Higgins, Railey honored with signing ceremony

Seniors bound for college athletic programs

Brookwood wrestling hosting golf tourney

Brookwood's wrestling program will host its annual golf tournament on April 21.

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Final Four brings big hoops programs to Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS -- Looking for those charming underdog stories? Go find the DVD from last year.. This year's Final Four brings together an ensemble of big-name schools, all saddled with their typically big-time issues -- a reminder that everything in college sports is not as pure as the

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Why 'trust' and 'Calipari' rarely share a sentence

NEW ORLEANS -- The words "trust" and "John Calipari" rarely turn up in the same sentence for a very good reason.. Here's why, beginning with the most recent examples and working backward.. The Kentucky coach took a seat in the interview room Thursday at the Final Four and was asked

Marlins option Gwinnett's Green to the minors

Duluth grad still aiming for return to majors

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Getting To Know ... Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson

In this latest installment of "Getting To Know ... ," staff writer Brandon Brigman talks to Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson about his involvement with Peachtree Ridge, how he got his nickname and end zone dances.

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Braves find another team for Asencio

Braves send hurler to the Indians for cash

Officials: SWAT suspect was Ohio sex offender on lam

SWAT suspect had absconded from Ohio, where he was on sex offender list, officials say.

Ga. 324 work hits milestone

Traffic shifts to both sides of median, in widening project along Ga. 324.

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Gwinnettians want the Mega Millions jackpot

Millions of people are vying for the Mega Millions jackpot.

Animal shelter manager under internal investigation

Major Dan Bruno has taken over operations of animal shelter

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Georgia United Credit Union's CEO to retire

Warren Butler steps down after 29 years with the company.

$540M lottery has states anticipating tax jackpot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- People queuing up for Mega Millions tickets aren't the only ones salivating over the record $540 million jackpot that could be won Friday -- some state governments struggling through lean times know a hometown winner would bring a tax bonanza.. Taxes on a lump-sum payment

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What to do after you hit the Mega Millions jackpot

With a half-billion-dollar multistate lottery jackpot up for grabs, plenty of folks are fantasizing about how to spend the money. But doing it the right way -- protecting your riches, your identity and your sanity -- takes some thought and planning.. Making sure you don't blow the nation's

Official: Burglary at women's clinic linked to two others

OB/GYN clinic official in Suwanee reports burglaries at two similar facilities in metro Atlanta.

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Tickets left for Tebow's Gwinnett event after all

Glitch on ticketing website declared tickets "no longer available via phone or web"

Ga. lawmakers approve charter school funding bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- The state Legislature has approved a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.. House Bill 797 gained final passage Thursday in the waning hours of the legislative session. It now goes to the governor's desk for approval.. Voters will decide in November whether to

Dacula's Malizia signs with Reinhardt football

Dacula football player Ryan Malizia has signed with Reinhardt University.

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PETA alleges abuse at Yellow River Game Ranch

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has challenged the Yellow River Game Ranch's permit, citing animal abuse at the popular tourist attraction.

Obama: End tax breaks for big oil

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's plea to Congress to end $4 billion in tax subsidies to oil companies was rebuffed Thursday as the Senate turned back a Democratic bill to repeal the tax breaks.. Moments after Obama made his election-year appeal in the White House Rose Garden, the

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Judge ends Lohan's probation, gives back freedom

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge ended Lindsay Lohan's supervised probation on Thursday, giving the actress her freedom after nearly two years of constant court hearings and threats of jail.. Lohan thanked Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner for her patience and let out a sigh of relief as she exited

Atlanta airport still busiest, but Beijing gaining

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new report on airport traffic shows that Atlanta's airport remains the world's busiest, but Beijing's airport is gaining ground.. Figures from Airports Council International show that Atlanta's airport handled 92.4 million passengers in 2011.. Beijing Capital International Airport saw a 4.7 percent increase to 77.4 million

Bill changing criminal system heads to governor

ATLANTA (AP) -- A bill meant to overhaul Georgia's criminal justice system and cut costs now heads to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.. The House voted 162-0 to approve the legislation, which was slightly modified by the state Senate.. The new rules are supposed to emphasize the rehabilitation of nonviolent offenders

Ga. Aquarium announces hatching of 2 penguins

Two South African penguins have been hatched at the world's largest aquarium.

Legislature brings end to session in election year

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia lawmakers are bringing a quick end to this year's legislative session, as they wrap up an agenda focused on job creation and social issues.. With the end in sight, the General Assembly is settling in for a marathon day that will likely stretch long into the

Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 9 percent

ATLANTA (AP) -- State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has declined to 9 percent in February.. The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.. The jobless rate in metro

Crawford Riemenschneider

Crawford Aldo Riemenschneider, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 28, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

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Peggy Henderson

Mrs. Peggy Woods Henderson, age 57, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Linnie B. Woods; and ...

Marie Jones

Marie Smith Jones, age 57, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012. She is survived by her former husband, Daniel Jones; three daughters and sons-in-law ...

Helen Mcdaniel

Helen P. McDaniel, age 73, of Auburn, GA, passed away on March 28, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411

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Geraldine Murphy

Mrs. Geraldine Murphy, age 84, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael Murphy and Donnie Murphy. She is ...

Leon Johnson

Mr. Leon Clifton Johnson of Atlanta, GA passed on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home Inc., 201 Morningside Dr., Buford, GA 30518, 770-945-9999.

Kathleen Jones

Mrs. Kathleen Jones, age 89, of Bethlehem, Georgia died March 28, 2012. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Winford Page

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Rev. Winford Franklin Page, age 75, of Jefferson, who passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467 ...

Ray Bates

Mr. Ray Bates, 79, of Hoschton, Georgia died March 28, 2012. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Nathanael Thomas

Nathanael Ellis Thomas, age 86, of Loganville, GA passed away March 27, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.

Roy Parks

Roy E. Parks, age 90, of Auburn, GA passed away March 27, 2012. Mr. Parks served in the US Army and was a retired restaurant owner. He is preceded in ...

Mary Ruth Anderson

Mary Ruth “Betty” Anderson, age 71, of Stockbridge, GA passed away March 27, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.