News for Monday, March 5, 2012


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Another teen Tibetan immolates in China

BEIJING -- A Tibetan teenager in Sichuan province died after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese oppression in Tibet, the third such self-immolation in three days, a U.S.-based broadcaster said.. Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported that an 18-year-old identified only as Dorje set himself

Cost of open records would drop under Ga. bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- The cost of getting government documents would drop in Georgia, under legislation approved Monday by House lawmakers that would also increase the penalties for illegally withholding public information.. The House voted 154-5 to pass a major rewrite of Georgia's open government law, which requires that governments hold

House Republicans to unveil $19 billion budget plan

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia would spend $19.2 billion next year under a budget proposal adopted Monday by a House committee that slightly eases a few education funding cuts.. That plan would slightly increase spending above what Republican Gov. Nathan Deal first recommended earlier this year, though it still largely follows

Study: Calif. cellphone restrictions reduce deaths

Study shows cellphone ban saves lives

State Senate passes immigration colleges bill

Associated Press. ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate voted Monday to approve a bill aimed at barring illegal immigrant students from state colleges, universities and technical schools.. Senate Bill 458, approved by a 34-to-19 vote, also would tweak other state laws dealing with illegal immigration. During nearly two hours

Lawrenceville City Council mulling 'No Smoking' ordinance extension

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council is contemplating the extension of its No Smoking ordinance in city facilities.. The first reading of an amendment to the ordinance was heard Monday night.. The present ordinance includes the banning of smoking in city buildings and vehicles, but the new law also will

Sugar Hill hears building requests

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council discussed several things at its monthly work session Monday night.. It considered a request to enhance the sign and facade of a two-story, multi-tennant building at 4955 Alton Tucker Blvd., the site of North Gwinnett Dental Care and a Latin

Norcross leaders approve emergency demolition

Staff Correspondent. NORCROSS -- City Council members voted Monday to approve issuance of a permit for demolition of the building at 87 So. Peachtree St. in downtown Norcross.. According to Community Development Director Chris McCrary,the building's wood structure is structurally unsafe, and the brick facade is cracking and sagging

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Defending champion Hebron easily takes down Wesleyan

Defending state champion Hebron easily defeated Clas A power Wesleyan 11-1.

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Suspect strikes plea deal in beating

After more than a year in jail, suspect pleads guilty to beating man outside Norcross apartment complex in 2009.

336.4M Powerball winner to be revealed in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The winner of last month's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot is coming forward in Rhode Island.

Vermont tackles corporate personhood

People in at least 52 Vermont communities will use the bully pulpit of that New England institution, Town Meeting Day, to push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution declaring that corporations are not people.

Stocks lower on worries about China, Greece

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Two signs of trouble elsewhere in the world pushed U.S. stocks lower Monday: slowing economic growth in China and a possible hitch in a deal to get Greece the bailout money it needs to avoid a default.

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Maynard's journey on Kilimanjaro featured on ESPN

Collins Hill grad's Kilimanjaro trip featured on SportsCenter, Outside the Lines

Two Barrow fires caused by weekend's lightning

Two adults displaced due to fire caused by weather

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Gwinnett Heat back in state basketball title game

Adapted Sports team to play for state title Friday in the Arena at Gwinnett Center

Hawks' Johnson "probably not" playing again Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) Joe Johnson, recovering from left knee tendinitis, did not participate in the Hawks' practice on Monday and said he is "probably not" going to play at Indiana on Tuesday night.Johnson has missed four of Atlanta's last five games, plus the All-Star game. He will be with the

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Mock wreck evokes emotion

Administrators witnessed something unusual Monday morning: dead silence among more than 2,500 students in the stands. The young people at North Gwinnett High School watched as volunteers and safety officials put together a crash reenactment on the football field, an event designed to teach the importance of driver safety.

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Freeze Monday night could kill flowers planted early

A prediction of low overnight temperatures has gardeners working to cover their flower beds.

Bald eagles find a home on Georgia college campus

ROME, Ga. (AP) -- A pair of bald eagles has apparently found a home on the Berry College campus in Rome.. The Rome News-Tribune reports that the site is the first known bald eagle nest in Floyd County in recent years.

Ga. Senate passes bill to grade public schools

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that would give grades to schools based on how their students perform.. Senate Bill 410 passed 38-13 on Monday. It now goes to the House.. The legislation is modeled after a similar system in Florida created by former Gov. Jeb Bush

Moms gather in Savannah for breast-feeding protest

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Mothers from across Georgia are gathered in Savannah to breast-feed their babies in a demonstration aimed at changing state law.. WTOC-TV reports that the "nurse-in" was being held Monday afternoon at Savannah City Hall.. Demonstrators say they want Georgia law changed so that

Senate Oks bill expanding child abuse reporting

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Senate has approved legislation that would expand the requirements for most adults to report witnessing or receiving information about alleged child abuse in Georgia.. The Senate voted 49-2 to pass the bill. Clergy and attorneys would be exempt under certain circumstances.. Under the proposal, adults must

Man critical in overnight CVS shooting

One person critical afer being shot in the head Sunday night in the parking lot of a Lawrenceville CVS.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: GNLI applications being taken

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services is currently taking applications for its Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute.

Water heater blamed in Lilburn fire

Fire officials said a malfunctioning water heater was to blame in an early morning house fire Monday

Stove cited as cause in townhome fire

Officials say fire was caused by boxes atop a stove, displacing him from the Norcross townhouse he was moving into.

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CEPEDA: Just show us respect

Just show us respect. Time magazine's March 5 edition is barrier-breaking, according to Richard Stengel, the managing editor. In his "Editor's Desk" letter to readers he wrote, "For the first time in our history, we have a Spanish sentence as our cover line: Yo decido. I decide.". Ugh.

Early voting turnout lower for Ga. primary

ATLANTA (AP) -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.. Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots

Obama to deliver commencement address in Joplin

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will speak at the high school graduation ceremony in Joplin, the Missouri city slowly recovering after being struck by a devastating tornado a year ago.. Obama will deliver remarks at the May 21 commencement, according a White House official, who requested anonymity in order

Baby dropped in field by tornado dies; toll at 39

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Fifteen-month-old Angel Babcock seemed to be the miracle survivor of a deadly tornado that killed her parents and two siblings when she arrived Friday night at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Though critically injured, she was opening her eyes, and hospital workers said

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Mountain View football hires new head coach

Defensive coordinator gets promotion to top spot

Backstreet Boy reports $120,000 jewelry theft

A member of the Backstreet Boys pop music group tells police that $120,000 in jewelry was stolen from a Stone Mountain hotel where he and his wife were staying.

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Freeze warning issued before temperatures plunge

Forecasters say a freeze warning will soon be in effect as temperatures are expected to plunge into the mid-20s for much of Georgia

House Republicans to unveil Ga. budget plan

Republicans in Georgia's General Assembly will soon unveil their budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

Ga. Senate expected to take up immigration bill

The Georgia Senate is expected to take up legislation that would ban illegal immigrant students from state colleges and universities.

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Ga. Tech women fall to Maryland in ACC final

Tyaunna Marshall, who led Georgia Tech with 25 points, misses a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and No. 6 Maryland hangs on to edge the Lady Yellow Jackets in the ACC championship game, 68-65.