News for Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Cultures collide in Norcross for Gateway International Food and Music Festival

The Gwinnett Village Community Alliance brings back the Gateway International Food and Music Festival.

Classic music meets modern at the Fall Fiesta Gala Concert

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents its "Fall Fiesta Gala Concert."

Daily Post's Carole Townsend to sign books

The local author will sign "Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear" at the Mall of Georgia's Books for Less.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Michael Clark spotlights "Safety Not Guaranteed" Blu-ray disc.

Movie trivia contest -- Nov. 2

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Performances in 'The Sessions' exceed sum of total film

This is a movie containing performances that exceeds the total sum of its film, and it will leave you feeling far better about your fellow man.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Wreck-It Ralph' suitable for all ages

Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to "Wreck-It Ralph," recruiting a top-notch cast and a diverse array of animation, visual effects and lighting artists to contribute to the distinct and caries vid-game styles.

Grayson City Park to hold chili cookoff

Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce hosts its 8th annual Hot Tamale Chili Cook Off.

FILM FANS: 'Chasing Mavericks' reminiscent of 'Karate Kid' of the sea

Local residents reviewed "Chasing Mavericks," the film of the week.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre invites community to 'Backstage Pass'

The event will have food, drinks and an auction.

THE DISH: Gulf Coast Grill

Gulf Coast Grill is located in the Main Street Common shopping center, next to Tangles Hair Salon, where Ale House was formerly located.

Competing cats return to Gwinnett Center

Cotton States Cat Show is back with more than 400 cats competing for prizes.

MOVIE REVIEW: Go see 'Flight' just for Denzel Washington's performance

The opening half-hour of director Robert Zemekis' first live-action movie in a dozen years goes places where neither he nor Washington have gone before.

By venue -- Nov. 2

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Spielberg, Day-Lewis unite for epic 'Lincoln' tale

LOS ANGELES -- The task of encapsulating the essence of Abraham Lincoln in a single film took Steven Spielberg roughly three times as long as it took the 16th president to win the Civil War, abolish slavery and put the country on the course to recovery.. Creating such a historical

New-look Hawks set to face Rockets

ATLANTA -- An offseason of change led to a preseason of experiments for the Atlanta Hawks.. Finally, coach Larry Drew must decide on a starting lineup.. The Hawks open their season tonight against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Drew hasn't announced a starting lineup from the long list of

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Grayson shows playoff readiness, batters Archer 48-0

Grayson's rout of South Gwinnett two weeks ago should have been enough of an indication of how dominating it is playing right now.

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Norcross's Nebel named Gwinnett Teacher of the Year

Jay Nebel was named the county's top educator during the Teacher of the Year banquet when GCPS formally honors and thanks its teachers.

Dacula to charge for sanitation on county tax bill

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to go ahead with plans to bill city property owners for garbage collection on their annual Gwinnett County property tax bills. "We've had two town hall meetings to discuss whether to (do this)," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.. The city has heretofore billed residents

GARRETT: Charter amendment as bad as T-SPLOST was

As I thought about how best to describe the upcoming vote on Amendment No. 1, the so-called "charter school amendment" that will appear on the Tuesday ballot, it occurred to me that it should be called the "T-SPLOST for Education" vote!

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MCCULLOUGH: The horror of Internet lies

I have been watching a lot of horror movies the past month leading up to Halloween -- so many that I'm kind of glad that October is over, so I can give my brain and nerves a rest.

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Annandale's 'Kiss A Pig' campaign raises $52K

Annandale Village's 'Kiss a Pig' fundraiser ended Thursday night with the unveiling of the person who earned the chance to kiss a pig.

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Gladiators explode past Orlando in third for 4-1 win

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators broke open a tight, tie game early in the third period and beat Orlando 4-1 on Thursday to take over sole possession of first place in the South Division.. Young Phoenix prospect Evan Bloodoff and Chris Clackson scored 3:31 apart and Doug Jones put the

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Cowboys' wideouts a bit shakier than Witten

IRVING, Texas -- Dez Bryant dazzles one play and drifts the next. Miles Austin piles up touchdowns when he's not hurt. Kevin Ogletree stars on a big stage then virtually disappears.. Tony Romo has one of the ugliest numbers in the NFL with 13 interceptions, easily the most even though

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Falcons' Weatherspoon to miss Dallas game

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, one of the leaders of the Atlanta Falcons' defense, will miss Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys with a right ankle injury.. Weatherspoon, second on the team in tackles and sacks, injured the ankle in Sunday's 30-17 win at Philadelphia.. Coach Mike

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FedEx Ground opens $43M facility

Officials from FedEx Ground held a ceremony on Thursday to open an automated distribution facility in Norcross.

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DALY: Fall leaf colors brighten the landscape

The intensity of fall leaf color and times of the change of color will vary each year due to the weather and growing conditions. Again, you can go to the mountains, but there are plenty of opportunities locally to enjoy one of nature's greatest shows of beauty.

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Mill Creek, Norcross boys to battle again for Region 7 title

Region 7-AAAAAA and 8-AAAAAA cross country championships are Saturday at River Green Park in Duluth.

Lanier teams qualify for cross county state meet

Lanier's cross country teams qualified for the state meet next week.

Sheriff, BOC seats up for grabs in Barrow

A longtime veteran of the sheriff's office is vying for his boss' job and a former commissioner is going up against an incumbent in two high-profile Barrow County races Tuesday.

Clerk of court race a muddy one

Gwinnett County clerk of court isn't the most glamorous of elected positions -- but, at least this election cycle, it may be the most divisively run.

Norcross council has Gwinnett's only contested city races

A pair of challengers with very different backgrounds will take on incumbent Norcross city councilmen Tuesday, marking Gwinnett's only contested municipal elections.

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Gwinnett soccer coach charged with robbery

Following a coach's arrest on robbery charges, a prominent Gwinnett soccer club is reconsidering its policies on background checks.

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Darrell Huckaby: Search for Soap Sally turns up rich memories

I got an unusual call a couple of weeks ago, from a reporter from the big city newspaper in Atlanta.

G-Braves manager Brundage leaving team

Brundage is the only skipper in Gwinnett Braves history

Gwinnett immigrant challenging driver's license laws as unfair

A Gwinnett immigrant is taking his challenge of Georgia's no license laws to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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PREVIEW: Buford at East Hall

A breakdown of Friday night's Buford at East Hall high school football game

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PREVIEW: Winder-Barrow at Clarke Central

A breakdown of Friday night's Winder-Barrow-Clarke Central high school football game

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PREVIEW: Collins Hill at Duluth

A breakdown of Friday night's Collins Hill-Duluth high school football game

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PREVIEW: Peachtree Ridge at Meadowcreek

A breakdown of Friday night's Meadowcreek-Peachtree Ridge high school football game

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PREVIEW: Habersham Central at Mill Creek

A breakdown of Friday night's Habersham Central at Mill Creek high school football game

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Dacula, Central want to build on wins

Teams with big wins last week, face the end of momentum against each other

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PREVIEW: Heritage at Apalachee

A breakdown of Friday night's Apalachee-Heritage high school football game

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PREVIEW: Athens Academy at Hebron Christian

A breakdown of Friday night's Hebron Christian-Athens Academy high school football game

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GAC vs. Wesleyan rivalry renewed

GAC will host Wesleyan in a key Region 6-AA matchup.

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Comets seek rare win over Broncos

Brookwood will host South Gwinnett in a key Region 8-AAAAAA matchup.

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PREVIEW: Lumpkin County at Lanier

A breakdown of Friday night's Lumpkin County at Lanier high school football game

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PREVIEW: Mountain View at North Gwinnett

A breakdown of Friday night's Mountain View-North Gwinnett high school football game

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PREVIEW: Berkmar at Parkview

A breakdown of Friday night's Berkmar-Parkview high school football game

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Officials gather to promote mortgage assistance program

Local officials gathered on Thursday morning in Lawrenceville in promote a temporary mortgage assistance program for people who are unemployed or underemployed.

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Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

Former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier was charged Thursday with hushing up child sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky.

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Former Braves pitcher killed in home invasion

Police in the Dominican Republic say former major league pitcher Pascual Perez has been killed in his home during an apparent robbery.

'The Walking Dead' comes to Netherworld

Sonya Thompson and Larry Mainland stop by the haunted house.

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Fans Choice Player of the Week: GAC's Peter Whiteneck

Senior wide receiver continued his impressive season in last week's win over Hapeville Charter

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Asian American group raises election concerns

Georgia election officials say they've been asked to look into concerns by a group representing Asian Americans that hundreds of new voters are facing obstacles that could keep them from voting.

All 3 of NYC's major airports back in operation

All three major New York airports are open again after Superstorm Sandy shut them down.

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Storm washes away much of 'Jersey Shore' town

The barrier island home to Seaside Heights and other communities where legions of vacationers from New Jersey and beyond made summer memories is a scene of devastation days after superstorm Sandy's surge enveloped it.

Arguments set in challenge to FL drug testing law

A federal appeals court in Atlanta is set to hear arguments in a legal challenge to a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test.

Body found in Miss. could be missing Ga. man

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove says dental records of a man reported missing from Georgia could help identify remains of a man found floating in the Mississippi Sound.

Georgia students head home from New York on bus

Members of a high school mock trial team are on their way back to Georgia after being stranded in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.

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Atlanta's airport to offer free Wi-Fi

Officials at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Panel recommends pay raises for Atlanta officials

An Atlanta city advisory committee is recommending pay hikes for elected officials.

Atlanta police warn residents of movie gun battle

Atlanta police are warning residents that gunfire at Underground Atlanta is part of a simulated gun battle being filmed for a movie.

Frances Johnson

Frances L. Johnson, age 84 of Buford, died October 31, 2012. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Corey Goodwin

Mr. Corey Goodwin of Atlanta, Ga. passed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Dorothy Minschwaner

Dorothy Ormon Minschwaner of Suwanee, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, October 28. She was born on November 29, 1930, in Trenton, New Jersey. She was predeceased by her husband of ...

Harvey Chandler

Mr. Harvey H. Chandler, age 83, of Statham, GA passed away October 30, 2012.

Betty Douglas

Betty Goff Douglas, age 69, of Doraville, GA, passed away October 31, 2012. Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757.

Christine Drake

Christine Williams Drake, age 93, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. She is survived by her son, Stanly Drake ...