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ROBINSON: A tale of two conventions

A tale of two political conventions. CHARLOTTE, N.C.Judging by the party conventions, you'd wonder why this election is even close.. In Tampa, despite some unexpectedly amateurish stagecraft, Republicans put on a credible display of unity and resolve. No one could come away doubting that the party very much wants to

Litumbe homers, sixth-inning rally lift Brookwood past Parkview

Brookwood-Parkview softball game story

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Wesleyan gets GAC's number again

Wolves top Spartans in matchup of state-ranked powers

PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan comes back to get 6-5 win over Westminster

A look at Thursday's Gwinnett prep action.

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MCCULLOUGH: Jumping off the political train

Time to give politics a rest.

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HUCKABY: Reverent Taps the least we can do for fallen soldiers

Taps. I don't know anyone who isn't affected emotionally by that haunting melody.

Dacula approves $24K sewer project

DACULA — City leaders gave the go-ahead Thursday night for Precision Planning Inc., to engineer a sanitary sewer system from the Stanley Road pump to Lakeside Drive in Dacula. The cost, $24,350, is “a pretty good deal for all that’s involved,” said city administrator Jim Osborn.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Words’ wimps out with lame ending

Having first made his mark as the bully jock in the 2005 “Wedding Crashers,” Bradley Cooper has since become the industry’s go-to guy for all titles Brad Pitt turns down. This is not to say that Cooper doesn’t have the goods. He’s got those deep-blue peepers, chiseled features, the all-important permanent facial stubble and he can act about as well as Pitt — which is pretty good but not great.

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Obama: Recovery path hard, but challenges ‘can be met’

The president's speech was the final act of a pair of highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks.

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Norcross shuts down Parkview in 20-0 win

NORCROSS -- Parkview started three drives on Norcross' side of the field.. In the three combined, the Panthers managed 27 total yards, zero points, a missed field goal and two failed fourth-down conversions. They only crossed the 50 once on their own and all that added up to a

DALY: Take action to keep mosquitoes at bay

Simple actions can help reduce the effects of mosquitoes and the chances of being exposed to the West Nile Virus. While they cannot be totally eradicated from an area, their impact can be minimized.

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Families brought together by Lilburn teen raise money in her memory

Brain Tumor Foundation for Children's "Tumor Trooper" 5K and 1-mile walk set for Saturday at Alpharetta's Mansell Crossing shopping center

North's Blackmon goes 4-for-4 vs. Braves

Outfielder had been struggling before Thursday's game

Victory comes, but Braves, McCann still struggle at the plate

Ailing catcher struggling at the plate

Dacula softball to host fundraisers Saturday

Events will be Saturday near Dacula High School

Former Ravens owner Art Modell dies at 87

Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell died early Thursday.

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Getting to Know ... Matt Raettig

Matt Raettig helped Parkview to two state baseball championships and was part of the national-title winning Team Georgia squad in 2002. He earned a scholarship to play at Columbus State, but his pitching career was derailed before his senior season due to injury. Raettig only recently got into teaching

Falcons bring back CB Franks

The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed cornerback Dominique Franks, less than a week after he was cut by the team.

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Chamber president announces plans to step down

Jim Maran has served as Gwinnett Chamber president and CEO since Sept. 2003

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Retiree sentenced to 5 years in Internet sting

South Carolina retiree sentenced to five years in Gwinnett Internet predator sting.

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Board of education thanks mentors

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently thanked more than 80 community members for volunteering to guide and support local middle school students through the community-based mentoring program.

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Cops: Thieves used electric drill to pilfer gas from vehicles

Snellville police decry actions of "gas tank bandits" accused of drilling holes in vehicles to pilfer gas.

Garbage plan appeal goes to Supreme Court

The Georgia Supreme Court could weigh in on Gwinnett's controversial trash plan, due to an appeal filed Tuesday.

District announces final enrollment count

The school district this week announced the numbers from its final enrollment count.

Warrant issued in shooting outside gas station

Jotavion Sims, believed to be a Norcross resident, suspected in Aug. 11 shooting at Texaco on Singleton Road

Fire department having trouble hitting optimum response times

Gwinnett fire chief asks for construction of new station to aid in response times.

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City demolishes 'eyesore' at Ennfield Lane

A fire-damaged home that a city of Duluth official said has been an eyesore for some time was recently demolished after much work by a bank and the local municipality.

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PREVIEW: Lanier at Oconee County

A breakdown of Friday's Lanier-Oconee County high school football game

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PREVIEW: Pebblebrook at Mountain View

Preview of Friday night's Mountain View-Pebblebrook football game

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PREVIEW: Redan at Shiloh

A breakdown of the Redan at Shiloh football game

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Duluth looks to build off big win as South rebounds

Wildcats to face Comets in Friday night non-region matchup

Chief asks for raises to retain police officers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In Gwinnett's 2013 budget, police department officials are hoping to add an intersection to its red-light camera program, a truck for code enforcement and another specialist in emergency management.. But the big need, Chief Charlie Walters told budget reviewers Thursday, is for a boost in pay to

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Speeding tickets spike after settlement

Speeding tickets surge, now that Gwinnett police officers can use radar guns to clock drivers.

PREVIEW: Winder-Barrow at Monroe Area

Kickoff capsule for Winder-Barrow-Monroe Area game

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PREVIEW: GAC at Apalachee

Kickoff capsule for GAC-Apalachee game

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PREVIEW: Lakeview Academy at Hebron Christian

Kickoff capsule for Hebron-Lakeview Academy game

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PREVIEW: Salem at Wesleyan

A breakdown of the Salem at Wesleyan high school football game

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PREVIEW: Gainesville at Buford

Buford will host Gainesville in the home opener.

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PREVIEW: Archer at East Coweta

A breakdown of the Archer-East Coweta high school football game

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PREVIEW: Clarke Central at Central Gwinnett

A breakdown of the Clarke Central at Central Gwinnett football game

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Brookwood, Mill Creek meet for first time

Mill Creek and Brookwood to meet in hyped non-region matchup

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Collins Hill, Dacula aim to bounce back after openers

Eagles, Falcons had less than ideal showings last Friday

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Berkmar, Meadowcreek continue stepping stones

Berkmar will host Meadowcreek in a non-region game.

Guide to 2012 fall festivals around Gwinnett

Here's a roundup of Gwinnett's fall festivals.

By venue -- Sept. 7

By venue -- Sept. 7

Movie Trivia Contest -- Sept. 7

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

MOVIE REVIEW: 'For a Good Time, Call ...' proves short, sweet

This is a chick bonding flick steeped heavily in raunchy profanity.

New London opens new season with 'The Odd Couple'

The comedy follows two roommates who have nothing in common, besides where they work.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle'

Michael Clark spotlights "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" on Blu-ray disc.

Comedy troupe to perform at Lionheart

The OTC Comedy Troupe brings its improv act to Norcross.

British automobiles to invade Norcross

The 12th annual Atlanta British Car Fayre returns to Norcross with more than 150 automobiles on display.

MOVIE REVIEW: '2016: Obama's America' informs viewers

"2016" co-writer/co-director Dines D'Souza's documentary comes off as comparatively hum-drum.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Last Ride' disappoints

The entire plot of "The Last Ride" is to chronicle Williams last days, most of which is well-known and beyond refute.

ART BEAT: Lionheart presents Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

The production opens Sept. 14.

FILM FANS: 'Lawless' a good summer movie

Local residents review the movie of the week, "Lawless."

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Emerson killer appealing Florida decapitation murder

A drifter convicted of killing two Georgia and Florida women and an elderly North Carolina couple is appealing his conviction and death sentence in one of the cases.

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Fans Choice Player of the Week: Duluth's Will DeLorenzo

Senior quarterback wins fan voting after his Aug. 31 performance vs. Berkmar

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NBC's Tom Brokaw hospitalized, says he's doing OK

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital Thursday morning after appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He later tweeted that he was doing OK.. The network says Brokaw felt "light-headed" on the set of the news-talk program, which

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US hiring outlook improves as jobless claims drop

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, and a private survey showed businesses stepped up hiring in August.

Man who drowned in Chattahoochee is identified

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say the latest person who drowned in the Chattahoochee River was a 54-year-old man from Greencastle, Ind.. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Harold Brock's wife told police she saw her husband disappear under the water around 6 p.m. Tuesday in Columbus.. Police

Macon considers new rules for video gambling

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- The city council in Macon is considering new regulations aimed at cracking down on video gambling.. Officials say the regulations would restrict "coin-operated amusement machines" including video poker.. The ordinance was approved by a Macon City Council committee, and could come before the full council

Mich. lovebirds rescued after elaborate proposal

Two Michigan sheriff's deputies can expect wedding invitations in their future for rescuing a couple who became stranded on an island during a meticulously planned, elaborate marriage proposal that apparently accounted for everything but bad weather.

Olive Garden, LongHorn workers sue company

MIAMI (AP) -- Darden Restaurants violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of the workers.. The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks to collectively represent current

Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

A new report says the U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar.

Amazon expected to unveil new Kindle Fire

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Amazon.com is expected to update its Kindle Fire tablet computer on Thursday.. It will be an effort to take a larger share of a tablet computer market dominated by Apple's iPad. It could help Amazon.com Inc. boost sales of digital goods such as e-books

Sex researcher's son charged with exposing self

DETROIT (AP) -- A pioneering sex researcher's son who was cited for masturbating in New York's Central Park earlier this year was arrested in a rural Michigan sting operation for allegedly exposing himself to two female undercover investigators.. A completely nude William H. Masters III yelled for the attention of

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Joe South, singer-songwriter from 70s, dies at Buford home

Singer-songwriter Joe South, who performed hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s such as "Games People Play" and "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" and also penned songs including "Down in the Boondocks" for other artists, died.

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Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell dies at 87

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has died. He was 87.. The team said Modell died of natural causes early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been admitted Wednesday.. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns

Man gets 80 years for human trafficking in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say a judge has sentenced a man to 80 years in prison for trafficking victims as young as 15 years old for prostitution.. Reports say that 37-year-old Steven Donald Lemery was also sentenced Wednesday to the rest of his life on probation.. Lemery was

Boy, 4, found dead after search in southwest Ga.

DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a young boy who had gone missing in Seminole County in southwest Georgia.. Authorities say that 4-year-old Brayton Roland was found dead at his residence after a search for him.. Brayton was last

Nearly half of Ga. school districts tobacco-free

ATLANTA (AP) -- State health officials say nearly half of Georgia's school districts have implemented a 100 percent tobacco-free policy.. The Georgia Department of Public Health says 87 of the state's 181 school districts, or 48 percent, including Gwinnett, are on board. Under the policy, no student, staff member

Georgia among 8 states to get clean-gas waiver

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday granted Georgia and seven other states permission to bypass environmental standards for gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.. Usual EPA guidelines require that Georgia use cleaner burning fuel in summer months, with even stricter standards for the 45-county region

Atlanta police probe rash of carjackings in city

ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say they're stepping up patrols after a rash of carjackings in the city.. Police say that an investigation of the crimes leads investigators to believe at least three carjackings are connected.. Police say the suspects used a gun to carjack a woman on Memorial Drive

Symphony locks out musicians amid labor dispute

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season could be in jeopardy amid an ongoing labor conflict between the organization and its musicians.. The symphony has now stopped paying its musicians and the Woodruff Arts Center has locked them out of the symphony facilities.. Representatives from both sides said

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Cowboys romp past Giants, 24-17, to open season

The Cowboys open the 2012 NFL season with a 24-17 victory against the Giants, thanks to QB Tony Romo, who threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Margaret Conine

Margaret Conine, age 95 of Snellville, GA passed away September 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward Bryan and Edwin Conine and grandson, Lanny W. Bryan ...

Adolph Winschel

Adolph A. Winschel, age 95, died Sunday, September 2nd, 2012. Born to Hugo & Caroline Winschel on May 30, 1917 in Perryville, Mo. After serving in the United States Army ...

Tonnie Satterfield

Mr. Tonnie Satterfield, age 83, of Lithonia, GA, passed away on September 5, 2012. 

David Cooper

Mr. David Eugene Cooper, 57,of Braselton, GA., who passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

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Bonnie Oliver

Mrs. Bonnie McFarlin Oliver, age 94, of Buford, GA passed away Wednesday, September 05, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Oliver; and son, Dr. Steven J ...

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Lawrence McFall, Sr.

Lawrence Irvin McFall, Sr., age 75 of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held from 1PM on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Grayson United ...

David Berrier

David H. Berrier, age 67, of Lilburn, Georgia, entered into rest on Sunday, September 2, 2012 after a gallant fight against cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife of ...

Don Hedges

Don F. Hedges, age 59, of Snellville, GA passed away on September 4, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-979-5010.

Kevin Young

Mr. Kevin Young, age 44, of Buford, GA, passed away on September 3, 2012. 

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Mary D'Anna

Mrs. Mary Stewart Bennett D’Anna, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, W. T. and Dora ...

William "B.J." Delay

William “B.J.” Jackson Delay, age 81, of Statham, GA passed away September 4, 2012.

Helen Stocking

Helen Stocking, 92, of Ball Ground, GA., died Wednesday, August 29, 2012. The memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory ...

Cindy M. Moore

Cindy M. Moore, age 52, of Oxford, GA, passed away September 4, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Richard McLaulin, Jr.

Mr. Richard McLaulin, Jr., age 74, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on September 5, 2012. 

NASL switching to split-season format for 2013

NASL will play two mini-seasons, hold championship game between two winners in November starting in 2013.