News for Thursday, November 15, 2012

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DeShields, Norcross beat Fayette County

Blue Devils cruise to lopsided victory in own tourney

Bad start spoils Richardson's return to Parkview

Steve Richardson's first game back on the Parkview bench didn't start the way he or any other coach would have wanted.

Tests await Parkview girls after rout

The host Panthers have won the girls championship at the Parkview Tip-Off Classic three of the past four years. If they are to going to do it again this year, though, the Panthers will really have to earn it.

Berkeley Lake approves permit for auto body repair shop

BERKELEY LAKE -- City leaders Thursday unanimously approved a special-use permit for an auto body repair shop located at 4540 S. Berkeley Lake Road. The applicant assured mayor Lois Salter and the council that the chemicals used in the course of performing the repair work will be monitored and

Fans vote to keep Silverbacks' name

ATLANTA -- After a couple of months of promotions and marketing for the Decision 2012 campaign, Atlanta-area soccer fans voted to keep the team's name Silverbacks over Chiefs and Atlanta FC.. "(The choice) did kind of surprise me a little bit," Silverbacks chairman and owner Boris Jerkunica

Dacula's McMillian signs with West Georgia softball

Senior was a four-year starter for the Falcons

GAC's Anderson signs with Mercer lacrosse

Senior to join improving college program in 2012-13

Rams' Nkemdiche up for national award

Star defensive lineman among nation's best high school football players

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Archer's Smith signs with Jacksonville

Point guard has led the Tigers' program for four seasons

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Turner believes Falcons can fix holes in run game

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner has heard the critics say that he's too slow and too old to convert short-yardage downs.

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School district gives workers one-time pay boost

Looking toward the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, leaders with the Gwinnett County BOE want teachers to hang in there despite possibilities of further increased class sizes and other measures to deal with projected shortfalls.

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GOP in Ga. Senate nominates Shafer as new leader

ATLANTA -- Republicans in the state Senate picked a new leadership team Thursday in a decision that may signal its members are tired of the intraparty strife that has gripped the chamber.

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New leader named at Mason Elementary

A Gwinnett educator with 15 years of service to elementary level students has been appointed to become the new principal of Mason Elementary.

Dog rescued from mobile home fire

An adult and several children were displaced by a house fire in Norcross on Thursday evening.

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Getting to Know ... Eric Nathan

Eric Nathan is in his second season as head boys basketball coach at Collins Hill after five years as an assistant for the Eagles.

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Vines Garden reopens after renovation

Officials and residents celebrated Thursday as the gardens at Vines Park reopened to the public after a $1.1 million renovation.

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MCCULLOUGH: Showing a lack of intelligence

Lax behavior by intelligence community a concern.

ROBINSON: The GOP's listening problem

WASHINGTON -- I know it's early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week's election. Short-term, that's a boon for Democrats. Long-term, it's a problem for the country.. The GOP should be listening to reasonable voices such as

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Wesleyan draws No. 1 Calhoun in first round

Wesleyan is working its way up to the top. The Wolves finished their regular season with a pair of top-10 teams in GAC and Lovett before enjoying their bye week.

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A 'new season' for GAC

Spartans look to overcome last week's loss

Less hyped Buford seeks title run

Buford hosts Cedar Grove in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.

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Norcross chases title week-to-week

Blue Devils start playoff run trying to improve

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North's Haynes flourishing in first year as starting QB

North Gwinnett's Michael Haynes has taken advantage of his only season as a starting quarterback.

QB play pivotal in playoffs

The importance of the quarterback position increases in the playoffs.

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Mill Creek not resting on past success against first-round foe

Hawks have handily defeated Alpharetta the past two seasons

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North ready for rising Johns Creek program

North Gwinnett hosts Johns Creek in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

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No. 4 seed Collins Hill likes its chances

Eagles hit the road to face 6-AAAAAA champ West Forsyth.

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Parkview, Walton both making adjustments for playoff matchup

Parkview, Walton square off with key pieces missing

Milton poses big challenge for South in playoff opener

Big task awaits South in playoff opener

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Broncos prepared to take on injuries, high-powered Lassiter offense

Broncos battle injuries, high-powered Lassiter offense

Grayson begins title defense against Wheeler

Grayson hosts Wheeler in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Funny Fridays back with all female crew

Karen Mills and "The Cougar Comedian" Tracy Tedesco take stage at the Aurora Theatre.

NBC's 'Revolution' snares Led Zeppelin songs

LOS ANGELES -- What tunes fit a post-apocalyptic society? For NBC's freshman drama "Revolution," the answer is Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and "Since I've Been Loving You.". The songs will be featured in next week's episode of "Revolution," on the same day that Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day"

Christina Aguilera's 'Lotus' is good, but not great

Christina Aguilera, "Lotus" (RCA Records). Christina Aguilera is easily one of contemporary music's best voices. She's got pipes that music-lovers need to hear at a time when Top 40 radio features studio-enhanced vocals and award shows are full of lip syncing. That's why her fifth album, "Lotus,"

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Man indicted in vicious child abuse case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man has been indicted for his alleged role in a heinous case of child abuse.. A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted on Wednesday Nevins Brooks McFadden on two counts of first-degree cruelty to children, two counts of aggravated battery and a single count of aggravated

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Man wearing body armor goes on high speed chase

An Auburn man wearing body armor took state police on a high speed chase through Norcross on Friday.

Lilburn extends baseball park contract

Lilburn City Council agrees to an extension to an agreement with Big League Dreams for the development of a tournament baseball complex.

Family displaced by Buford house fire

No injuries reported, but heavy damage to one room and attic

Duluth movie theater to open

After a two week delay, the theater opens Nov. 19.

FILM FANS: 'Skyfall' has plenty of action, but nothing new

Local residents reviewed the movie of the week, "Skyfall."

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Lawrence of Arabia'

Michael Clark spotlights "Lawrence of Arabia" on Blu-ray disc.

ART BEAT: Southern Ballet Theatre gets 'Grinchy' for the holidays

The arts are busy Nov. 17 in Gwinnett County.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2' the best installment of franchise

After close to 600 minutes worth of soap opera-grade preamble containing some of the most insipid, chaste, timid and inert content imaginable spread out over 4.5 films, the last half of the last act of "Breaking Dawn 2" finally does something that resembles authentic vampire-based horror.

By Venue - Nov. 16

By venue -- Nov. 16

Movie Trivia Contest - Nov. 16

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

Auburn welcomes the holidays early

The city "sounds off the season" this Saturday in downtown.

THE DISH: Rudy's New York Pizza

This Duluth eatery serves pizza, sandwiches, salads and more.

Magical Nights of Lights adds new activities

Lake Lanier Islands Resort celebrates the show's 20th anniversary with new sights and activities.

MOVIE REVIEW: Daniel Day-Lewis shines as legendary president in 'Lincoln'

This "Lincoln" flick focuses on just the last four months of his life and contains little in the way of what we've already seen ad infinitum.

Vintage comes to Buford in pop-up market

The Revival opens its vintage shop at Tannery Row Artist Colony for two days.

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Fans Choice Player of the Week: Berkmar's Rashad Hall

Versatile junior sparked comeback win over Dacula with long kickoff return touchdown

North Gwinnett Arts creates new scholarship, hosts fundraiser

The nonprofit is hosting its first Fall Fundraiser to benefit the Rosemary Benavides-Williams Scholarship Fund.

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Post office reports record loss of $15.9B for year

The struggling U.S. Postal Service is reporting a record annual loss of $15.9 billion.

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BP to pay US billions for Gulf spill

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

Georgia unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent

Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in October, down from 9 percent in September

Lanier level will drop to ease drought downstream

Federal officials say they're lowering Lake Lanier's water level and increasing the flow of water downstream to ease drought conditions in parts of Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

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MLB ROUNDUP: R.A. Dickey, David Price win Cy Young awards; Marlins-Blue Jays pull off massive trade; Braves lose catcher Ross

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball’s Cy Young awards on Wednesday. (ADDS: Marlins trade stars, Ross leaves Braves for BoSox)

Charles Garrett

Charles Stephen Garrett, age 88 of Buford, GA, died Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Funeral service will be held at Buford First Methodist Church on Saturday, November, 17, 2012 at 11:00 ...

Manuel Herrera

Manuel Martin Herrera, age 25 of Duluth, died November 13, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Ruby Little

Ruby Mae Little, age 75 of Lawrenceville, died November 13, 2012. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday November 17, 2012 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment ...

Ron Mccord

Mr. Ron McCord, 68, of Canton, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. Memorial services will be held at 1 pm on Monday, November 19 ...

Karl Supchak

Mr. Karl Henry Supchak, age 72, of Blairsville, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen ...

Cecil Hagood, Sr.

Cecil Glenn Hagood, Sr., age 91 of Lilburn, GA passed away on October 29, 2012. He is survived by his son, Glenn Hagood, Jr. and wife Debbie of Lilburn, GA ...

Billy Joe Knight

Billy Joe Knight, age 74, of Dacula, GA, passed away on November 13, 2012.