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YARBROUGH: State representative defends current lobby laws

Wilkinson called after my column advocating limits on lobbying expenditures to say that he believes the current laws are working just fine. A member of the General Assembly since 2001, Wilkinson has served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the past eight.

Anti-Kony video campaign misrepresents conflict,Ugandans say

KAMPALA, Uganda -- The wildly successful viral video campaign to raise global awareness of a brutal Central Africa rebel leader is attracting criticism from Ugandans, some who said Friday that the 30-minute video misrepresents the complicated history of Africa's longest-running conflict.. The campaign by the advocacy group Invisible

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Missing hiker found with cat in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A woman who was missing for nearly a month in a New Mexico national forest was found emaciated Wednesday in a sleeping bag with her cat by her side, authorities said.. Authorities said Margaret Page, 41, took some food with her but ran out, and stayed alive

Lawsuit: US Cellular workers looked for nude pics on phones

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Employees at a U.S. Cellular store in Iowa routinely searched customers' phones for naked pictures without their knowledge and eagerly showed them to colleagues when found, according to a former worker's sexual harassment lawsuit.. Lisa Blazek, who worked as a retail consultant at a store in

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Hawaii apologizes to tourists booted from airport

HONOLULU -- Hawaii officials said Friday that a security guard's decision this week to kick a group of stranded tourists out of an airport and into the stormy night was an embarrassment to the state.. Parts of Hawaii have endured almost a weeks-worth of relentless rain that has closed

Police ID gunman in deadly Pittsburgh clinic shooting

PITTSBURGH -- Police on Friday identified a gunman who killed one person and shot several others at a University of Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic as a 30-year-old local man.. They said he was armed with two handguns traced to Texas, one of which had been reported stolen.. Police still

Parkview baseball to host 2002 championship reunion Saturday

Event is Saturday prior to afternoon home game with Marist

Prince, Pistons hold off Hawks

Tayshaun Prince made a driving left-handed shot with 24.3 seconds remaining, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-85 on Friday night.

Georgia Force home-school program to register football players, cheerleaders

Registration will be March 24 at Gary Pirkle Park

Watson shoots 62, takes the lead at Doral

DORAL, Fla. -- Bubba Watson and Justin Rose put on an amazing show of birdies in blustery conditions at Doral, making 17 between them while playing in the same group Friday at the Cadillac Championship.Their playful duel was decided by Watson's eagle, giving him a 10-under 62 and a

Wilson, Roberts spark McEachern to 1st girls title

Dominique Wilson scored 20 points and Pachiyaanna Roberts added 16 to help McEachern win its first state girls title with a 69-36 victory over Hillgrove in the Class AAAAA championship on Friday night.

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Then and Now: the 2011 Japan Tsunami

A series of photos provided by the Associated Press that show the destruction then and the same scenes nearly a year later.

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Norcross woman launching 'empowering' T-shirt project

Project aims to garner thousands of signatures and videos of people with scars

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Providence snaps losing skid to Wesleyan

Providence girls defeated Wesleyan 2-1 on penalty kicks.

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Nelson ready for title shot with Buford

GAC transfer chasing state title as Buford goes for fourth in a row

Wesleyan on brink of fifth straight state title

Wesleyan hasn't ever had a tougher schedule. Which is to say, no one in Class A has played in the kind of games the Wolves have this season.

ACC ROUNDUP: Henson hurt as Tar Heels advance to semis

North Carolina fans cheered when John Henson re-emerged from the locker room and louder when he re-entered the game in the first half with his left wrist taped.

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Recruits will join Tech basketball team in need of a spark

Bolden, Carter to join team in need of help

Braves' Teheran rebounds from 6-homer start

Julio Teheran kept the ball in the ballpark, and the result was a much better outing.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Healthy Mangimelli ready for NCAA swimming

Brookwood grad a qualifier in maximum three individual events

Free teen driving course offered in Suwanee

SUWANEE -- The Suwanee Police Department is offering a free program next month designed to make young drivers better drivers. The deadline for registration, which is mandatory, is March 23.. The two-hour program will be held the evening of April 12 at the Suwanee Police Department. It aims to

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Retail group makes home in Lawrenceville

Atlanta Retailers Association, which supports 1,000 businesses, relocates to Lawrenceville office.

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Gwinnett wheelchair basketball team wins first state championship

The Gwinnett Heat won the state wheelchair championship Friday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Heat beat the West Georgia Wolverines 22-18 in overtime after rallying from an 18-10 deficit.

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Duluth man with schizophrenia still missing, family asks for help

Jeffrey Robertson, 44, last seen at Duluth apartment on Feb. 22

DALY: Blueberries are care-free and fun to grow

Homeowners often inquire about what kinds of fruiting plants they can grow that require minimal care yet produce an abundant harvest. Blueberries are frequently recommended because they are easy to grow, require minimal maintenance, and are relatively free of any major pests. They are one of the few fruit crops

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MCLEOD: Why comparing yourself to other people is a good thing

Your mom might have told you otherwise, but comparing yourself to others is OK. It helps show you what's possible and can make you competitive in a good way.

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RICH: Getting through by helping others

When times get tough, we all need help from each other.

Official: Teacher stabbed in Lawrenceville school bathroom

School officials say teacher was stabbed, hospitalized today by student at Lawrenceville school.

Chrysler donates 6 vehicles to Gwinnett Tech's training program

Vehicles, all with less than 1,000 miles, valued at nearly $200,000

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Another take on 'John Carter'

Geoff Smith gives "John Carter" two and a half out of four stars.

Va man sentenced for 25 DUIs in Va., Ala., and Ga.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Beach man will spend the next seven years in prison and be banned from driving for 20 years after racking up at least 25 DUI arrests in Virginia, Alabama and Georgia.

Early morning fire destroys Lilburn home

Early morning fire destroys Lilburn home on Indian Way.

Rush wreaks the s-word, but why are people so mad?

NEW YORK (AP) It isn't what you say that counts, but who you say it about.That's a lesson from the firestorm set off last week by Rush Limbaugh when he called a Georgetown University student a "slut" and "prostitute."

Economy adds 227K jobs, jobless rate unchanged

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.

Miami ends Ga. Tech's woeful season at ACC tourney

Georgia Tech ends disappointing season with 11-20 record and mark for lowest scoring game in ACC tourney history.

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Georgia beats Mississippi State, 71-61

No. 11 seed Georgia opens the SEC Tournament with a 71-61 win against Mississippi State, and the Bulldogs, who have won three of their past four games, will face Vanderbilt in today's quarterfinals.

John "Bill" Click

John William “Bill” Click, age 62 of Buford, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 4 PM Sunday, March 11, 2012 in the Lawrenceville ...

Vickie Bowles

Vickie Lynn Puckett Bowles, age 54, of Buford, GA passed away on March 7, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Lyman Cleghorn

Lyman G. Cleghorn, age 68, of Cumming, GA died suddenly Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Andrew "Jack" Watson, Sr.

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Watson, Sr., age 84 of Snellville, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Sunday, March 11, 2012 in the ...

Jeffery Robinson

Jeffery H. Robinson, age 55, of Atlanta, GA, passed away March 8, 2012. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

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Garye Vial

Garye R. Vial, age 69 of Dacula, passed away Thursday March 8, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 12:30 PM Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Stateroom of Tim Stewart ...

William McDaniel

Bg. Ret. William Kenneth (Coach Mac) McDaniel, age 80, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on March 7, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan ...

Michael Wilson

Mr. Michael George Wilson, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on March 6, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Phyllis Cunningham

Mrs. Phyllis J. Cunningham, age 54, of Buford, GA passed away March 4, 2012. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999.

Robert Armstrong

Robert H. Armstrong, age 90 of Jefferson, died March 7, 2012. Arrangements are pending with by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Alex Delgado

Alex S. Delgado, age 28, of Dacula, GA, passed away on March 5, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.