News for Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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Hornets win draft lottery, will pick No. 1

New owner, and now a new star player is coming to New Orleans. And yet another loss -- in a historic season full of them -- for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gladiators' 10th anniversary schedule released

The Gwinnett Gladiators will open their 10th anniversary season on the road, but play the vast majority of their 36 home games on weekend dates.

Hughes struggles as G-Braves win streak ends at 5

Gwinnett fell behind and recovered twice Wednesday against Lehigh Valley, but the third time, the hole sank too deep.

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Freeman's homer helps Braves beat Cards

Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, wearing his new glasses, to help the Atlanta Braves recover after blowing a five-run lead and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Wednesday night.

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DALY: Crape myrtles color the summer landscape

Trees are easy to maintain and an assett to any yard.

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Neighbors cheer demolition of infamous Lilburn meth house

Demolition of former meth house where three children died is cheered in Lilburn.

SEC football coaches differ on scheduling

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the Southeastern Conference is tweaking its football and basketball schedules. Football coaches are having a tougher time deciding on what changes to make than their basketball counterparts.

Brookwood, Wesleyan repeat as Directors Cup champions

Brookwood won the Class AAAAA Directors Cup and Wesleyan won it in Class A.

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HAMMOCK: Providence, Charlton must deal with tough delay in baseball finals

Adjustment of GHSA calendar would alleviate situations like this

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East tops West in Gwinnett senior all-star game

Brandon Griffin didn't end his season hitting the ball the way he wanted. But the Mountain View senior, still hoping to play baseball in college got one more chance Wednesday.

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ESTHER CEPEDA: Step up, Gov. Romney, and stand up to far-right immigration ire

CHICAGO -- Mitt Romney passed up a golden opportunity last week to take a meaningful step toward making inroads with the Latino community by proving he's not harshly anti-immigrant. He blew it.

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BUFFETT: Community newspapers have a good future

In a letter to publishers of his daily newspapers, business titan Warren Buffett spellis out why he believes in newspapers and what they do best.

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BOONE: Honoring, walking for our fallen heroes

Volunteering at the Dacula Memorial Day parade was a life-changing event and something I will never forget.

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THOMAS: America and future wars

Gen. Douglas MacArthur spoke for a world weary of war and hoping for peace: "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always." That prayer was not answered as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and a host of regional and tribal conflicts have preserved war, not peace, as the means by which too many attempt to settle their differences.

Medlen buildup begins Saturday

Conversion begins with four inning/60-pitch outing.

Cops say battery suspect caused coma with one punch

Police searching for suspect who punched teen hard enough to land him in coma.

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Duluth Barnes & Noble closing after 15 years

The Barnes and Noble on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth will close at the end of June, a manager confirmed on Wednesday.

Five Below store coming to Buford

Five Below is opening seven Atlanta locations, one of which is in Buford, on June 1.

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Teen inspired foundation to support kids with cancer

Four years after the death of Taylor Brooks, her life continues to inspire people to support kids facing cancer.

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GAB: School donates cans, gets funding

Cornerstone Christian Academy recently collected 227 pounds of cans, earning the school a $1,500 check from Novelis to be used for math and science education.

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Lilburn, Gwinnett partner for 911 calls

The city of Lilburn and Gwinnett County have entered into an intergovernmental agreement allowing the Gwinnett County Police Department to provide police radio dispatch service and emergency call taking for the citizens of Lilburn.

Historic building at UGA to be renovated

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- An iconic building on the University of Georgia's campus is getting a facelift.. The Holmes-Hunter Academic Building will get a new paint scheme and upgrades involving its columns.. Workmen this week were dismantling the exterior of the building's tall columns.. Tom Satterly, assistant vice president

Alumni groups to collect blood for Aimee Copeland

Blood drives will be held June 11 in Columbia, S.C., and June 13 in Athens.

Facebook tip leads to arrests in Ga. mill fire

DOUGLASVILLE (AP) -- Authorities say a Facebook tip and an incriminating video led them to four suspects after an arson fire at a historic cotton mill in Douglasville.. The four suspects, who range in age from 17 to 20, face charges including arson and burglary in connection with the May

Civil rights icon Lewis honored by 5 colleges

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Congressman John Lewis has picked up the last of his prestigious honorary degrees for this year from Brown University.. Lewis received the degree from the Providence, R.I., school on Sunday. Last week, he was honored by Harvard University. Earlier this month, the 72-year-old Troy

Man found in Gainesville apartment fire dies at hospital

GAINESVILLE (AP) -- Authorities say a man pulled from an apartment complex that caught fire in Gainesville has died.. Gainesville Fire Chief Jon Canada says that firefighters found the 65-year-old man unconscious inside the apartments around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.. Fire officials say he was taken to Northeast Georgia

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President Obama back in Atlanta for fundraiser

President Barack Obama will return to Georgia next month for a fundraiser at a downtown Atlanta hotel.

Tropical system lifts water level in Ga. swamp

FOLKSTON (AP) -- Tropical Depression Beryl was raising hopes in the Okefenokee Swamp that boat and canoe traffic could get back to normal with higher water levels.. Within the past three days, three rain gauges in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had recorded rainfall totals of 3.75 inches to nearly

Board decides to save science center for now

DECATUR (AP) -- DeKalb County's school board has decided, for now, to spare the Fernbank Science Center from closing.. Closing the center would have saved nearly $5 million, but hundreds of people signed an online petition in hopes of keeping it open.. Board members meeting Tuesday night decided to look

Tom Kolb

Tom Kolb, 68, of Norcross, GA, passed away May 29, 2012. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 1st, at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody ...

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Henry Whitley

Henry B. Whitley, age 83 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, May 28, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, May 31, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Johanna Strickland

Johanna Kirven (Ankermiller) Strickland, age 40, of Monroe, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 26, 2012 after a gallant fight against breast cancer ...

Judy Dodd

Mrs. Judy Ann Dodd, age 63, of Braselton, passed away Friday, May 25, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Marvin Richards

Marvin S. “Steve” Richards, age 59, of Dacula, GA, passed away after he lost his hard fought battle with cancer on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:15 p.m ...

Ben Fitzpatrick

Ben Fitzpatrick, age 31, of Winder, GA passed away May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Philip Hampton

Philip Seymore Hampton, age 80, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2012. He is survived by his daughter and son in law, Susan and Sammy Baker of ...

Marion Harrison

Mrs. Marion E. Harrison, age 53, of Winder passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Doris Thomas

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Doris Velma Helton Thomas, age 84, of Pendergrass, who passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

David Jones

David W. Jones, age 46, of Douglasville, GA, passed away May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

Louise Sewell

Louise Adams Sewell, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away peacefully on Monday, May 28, 2012. She was one of five children and grew up in the Red Hill community ...

Joel Moore

Joel Carl (J.C.) Moore, age 84 of Duluth, died May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Linda Rentz

Linda Jean Otten Rentz, age 68, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Joe Robertson

Mr. Joe Daniel Robertson, age 78 of Bethlehem, Ga. passed away, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Charles Winsell

Charles Thomas Winsell Sr., 66 of Snellville, Ga., passed away Monday, May 28, 2012. He is survived by wife; Thelma Winsell, children; Lynn Winsell, Tommy Winsell; stepsons; Brian Winters, Darren ...

Scott Law

Mr. Scott W. Law, age 53, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 28, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

William Cooper

William “Billy” Earl Cooper, age 50, of Commerce passed away Monday, May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, ...

Janice Cronic

Mrs. Janice Geraldine Cronic, age 66, of Statham, passed away Monday, May 28, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Jackie Sapp

Mrs. Jackie W. Sapp, age 78, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Milton Dove, Jr.

Mr. Milton Dove, Jr., age 51, of Calhoun, GA passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his father, Norris M. Dove, Sr. He is ...