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O'REILLY: Are you a bad citizen?

Bill O'Reilly takes a page from Jeff Foxworthy and says, "You might be a bad citizen if ..."

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CEPEDA: An argument rendered silly

Not everyone speaking same language on English push. In a recent news story about the GOP's accelerating conservative turn, a reporter compared the current party platform plank supporting "English as the nation's official language" to its view, back in the gentler 1980s, that Hispanics and others should not "be barred

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PARKER: The elephant in the room

GOP must deal with elephant in room. TAMPA, Fla. -- Gazing out on the pale continent of the Republican National Convention, it was interesting to ponder: What if Barack Obama had been a Republican?. Most likely, the masses teeming on the convention floor would have been of a significantly different

G-Braves can't hold back Tides in 4-3 loss

Norfolk broke up a tie game in the eighth inning and made that 4-3 lead stand up against the slumping Gwinnett Braves on Saturday.

Grizzlies battle Emmanuel to 1-1 tie

Senior Tom Butler scored his sixth goal of the season and the Georgia Gwinnett College men's soccer team earned a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Emmanuel College on Saturday.

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Ellington, Hopkins lead No. 14 Clemson past Auburn

Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions and No. 14 Clemson opened the season with a 26-19 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.

Wesleyan volleyball goes 4-1 in Savannah

Kendra Koetter had 94 assists and 25 digs in a long and successful day for Wesleyan's volleyball team at the Labor Day play date on Saturday in Savannah.

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Sins of the father: The life and troubled times of Nick Jackson

Three consistent themes have marked the adult life of grieving father and cocaine-trafficking suspect Nick Jackson -- family, hard work and allegations of felonious crime.

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Nine years after hunting accident, book recounts family's faith and friends

Just three weeks after sending their oldest son off to college, Beth and Richard Gayle received the call no parent ever wants to get. Their son, 19-year-old Gip, had been accidentally shot.

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Buford Corn Maze opens its gates, corn to the public

Sept. 1 was the Buford attraction's opening day.

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North crushes A.C. Flora on both sides of ball

The Bulldogs have allowed just 14 points in their first two games. But on Saturday night, the offense got in on the act -- netting almost 500 total yards on offense.

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Gladiators re-sign big blueliner Brookwell

The Gwinnett Gladiators bolstered their defense with the re-signing of Cody Brookwell on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound blueliner is returning for his third season with the team.

Serena, Federer ease into US Open's 4th round

Serena Williams does not enjoy viewing videos of her losses. Not one bit.

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Lee pitches Phillies past slumping Braves

Cliff Lee got some rare run support. That's all he needed. Lee threw five-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Saturday.

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Gurley, Georgia wing by Buffalo

Mark Richt tried to treat Todd Gurley's three-touchdown debut with a casual attitude. Gurley, the freshman playing in his first college game, ran for 100 yards and returned a kickoff 100 yards for score, and No. 6 Georgia overcame a sloppy first half to beat Buffalo 45-23.

Less-heralded players come up big in Grayson win

Prep football notebook from Friday

After long wait, Jackets, Hokies ready to rumble

Advance of Monday night's Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game

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Gordon has fond memories of racing in Atlanta

News and notes from Saturday's events in Hampton

Next NASCAR tantrum is usually just around the turn

Emotions will be running high again Sunday in Atlanta race

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Buford's Getz runs wild in Air Force win

Speedy back is first Falcon to top 200 yards since Wesleyan's Chad Hall

Local foundation to support new GGC building

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has contributed a grant to Georgia Gwinnett College's new Allied Health and Science building.

Gwinnett County road closures, Sept. 2 through 8

Gwinnett County road closures, Sept. 2 through 8

Celebrate grandparents at McDaniel Farm

Families can tour the farm and explore other tools in celebration of grandparents.

Local Democrats to blog at convention

Local delegates head to the Democratic National Convention, and plan to blog about the experience.

GCPL hosts countywide art contest

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to design chairs or benches for the "Chair-ish the Arts @ Your Library" contest.

New store at the Mall of Georgia holds sale

Fresh Produce Sportswear's sale lasts through September.

Obama to try to make case for sticking with him

Don't expect President Barack Obama to try to reinvent himself next week at the Democratic Party's national convention.

ICE chief of staff resigns amid misconduct claims

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

Ga. coast prepares for shrimp and grits festival

Jekyll Island is getting ready for its annual weekend of foodie fun — the Wild Georgia Shrimp and Grits Festival.

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Nation's 'carpet capital' struggles to recover

The city has lost more jobs per capita in the past year than any other in the U.S.

DeKalb morgue manager suspended over photo

A DeKalb County morgue employee has been suspended without pay for five days over a picture taken inside the facility.

Betty Jane Ball

Betty Jane Ball, age 85 of of Duluth, died August 29, 2012. A Graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon, VA. Mrs. Ball ...

Kenny Mason

Kenny Mason, age 53, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 31, 2012. 

Scott Battle

Mr. Scott P. Battle, age 55, of Hoschton, GA, passed away on August 30, 2012. 

Thelma Erwin

Mrs. Thelma Suttles Erwin, 84, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012. She was a resident of Suwanee, Georgia. Mrs. Erwin was born in Elberton, Georgia, on April 27, 1928. She is ...

Heather Smith

Mrs. Heather Smith, age 31, of Oakwood, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

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Grover Chester

Grover Carmie Chester died Thursday, August 30, 2012, one day after his 83rd birthday at his home in Dacula, Georgia, with his wife and family at his bedside. Carmie was ...

Gwendolyn Johnson

Mrs. Gwendolyn Minish Johnson, 88, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Jack Mcgaughey

Jack Ray McGaughey, age 59, of Dacula, GA, passed away August 31, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Ezra Vinson

Ezra E. Vinson, age 64 of Duluth, died August 31, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Michael Page

Mr. Michael Eugene Page, age 58, of Braselton passed away Thursday, August 30, 2012 at his residence, surrounded by family. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA ...

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Earl Sturm

Colonel Earl Claude Sturm, U.S. Army, Infantry, Retired, passed away on August 28, 2012. He was 88 and died in the hospital following surgery. Col. and Mrs. Sturm resided in ...


Where to catch Gwinnett standouts on TV in college football on Saturday

G-Braves blanked again as skid continues

NORFOLK, Va. -- A strong outing from Gwinnett Braves' starter Yohan Flande was overshadowed by a great pitching performance by the Norfolk Tides righty Zach Clark, as Norfolk defeated the G-Braves 4-0 Friday night at Harbor Park.

Patterson, Vols beat N.C. State 35-21

ATLANTA -- Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns -- one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run -- and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams.. Patterson, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who transferred from Hutchinson

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Late homers sink Braves

ATLANTA -- Erik Kratz homered in the ninth inning off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run shot off Cristhian Martinez in the 10th to help the Philadelphia Phillies rally for an 8-5 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.. Josh Lindblom (3-3) pitched a scoreless

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Archer cruises by rival Mountain View

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View may have had the early edge in the series, but Friday night's results show that Archer may have the upper hand.

Apalachee holds off Lanier comeback

Lanier's season opener in its first full varsity schedule became a story of missed opportunities as the hosts fell to Apalachee 21-11 Friday night.

Turnovers doom Winder-Barrow in loss to Jackson County

Bulldogs' losing streak continues with 21-10 loss

Duluth rallies past Berkmar in a close game

After falling behind by a touchdown in the third quarter on Friday, Duluth stormed back in the fourth with a pair of touchdowns to beat Berkmar 22-15.

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Kamara sparks Norcross past South Gwinnett

SNELLVILLE -- It took two plays.. In two plays, Norcross erased a first-half of stalled drives.

Parkview beats Peachtree Ridge in defensive showdown

LILBURN -- In a battle of defenses, Parkview ended up the victor as it opened its season with a 3-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.

Miscues cost Wesleyan in loss to Holy Innocents'

Wolves' defense plays well, but doesn't get much help from the offense