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Police: Man charged with elderly cruelty 76-year-old woman found among feces, trash in home By Cailin O’Brien


Gwinnett County police arrested an elderly woman’s adult son after they found her living in a

release. The caller said the woman lived in “deplorable conditions” with a house full of dogs, which Dacula house littered with often escaped to run up and feces, urine and other trash. down the street. Police first became When officers got to her involved Monday morning home, they were “immeafter a 911 call reported diately overwhelmed with the 76-year-old woman the smell and odor of fewas wandering near her ces, urine, trash and filth,” home, according to a press according to the release.

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The woman told officers she lived with her son John Soper, 52, but that he often left her alone to go to work. Neighbors had reportedly tried to help clean up the house, but “had to leave after a few minutes due to the smell and the mess,” according to the release. Special Victims Unit de-

more inside Dogs rescued from same home of elderly woman, son, up for adoption..............2A

tectives executed a search warrant on the home and found about 25 medium to small dogs, which were removed by Animal Control Officers. Soper’s mother was

Court refuses to reconsider Kautz decision

City still has to pay ex-mayor’s legal fees By Curt Yeomans

Shoppers walk out of Gwinnett Place Mall in this file photo. The mall is at the center of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, which is gearing up for its 2017 expansion campaign. (File Photos)

Gwinnett Place CID launching new expansion campaign By Curt Yeomans

is to bring new properties in the Gwinnett Place Mall area The Gwinnett Place Cominto the district, munity Improvement District which was is looking to grow in 2017, and established 11 it’s opening its doors to property years ago and Joe owners interested in joining in has continually Allen that effort. expanded in Officials with the CID aneach of the past few years. nounced the launch of their 2017 CID officials said their 2016 expansion campaign on Wednes- expansion effort added up to $27 day. The goal of the campaign million in appraised property curt.yeomans

value to the district. “This is the GPCID’s fifth year expanding the district and we hope to get more property owners involved in these expansion projects to help the CID grow and complete its improvement initiatives,” CID Executive Director Joe Allen said in a statement. The CID includes 239 properties whose owners agree to tax themselves as members of the district in order to pay for a

range of community improvement projects in the area. Allen told the Daily Post on Wednesday that the expansion will be wrapped in the spring because of work with county officials that has to be done to finalize it. “We’re trying to get everything wrapped up by the end of March,” Allen said. Allen added that the CID is hoping to add more properties in See expanding, Page 6A

Annual can drive to kick off Duluth festivities By Erika Wells

Members of the community can help provide food for those in need while working on holiday shopping lists in Duluth this Friday. The Infinite Energy Center parking lot at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway will serve as a collection site for the 34th annual 11Alive Holiday Can-a-thon from 5 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday. The news station 11Alive and radio station Q100 will broadcast live from the

if you go What/When: 11Alive Holiday Can-a-thon, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; Gwinnett Daily Post’s Home for the Holiday Expo, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Infinite Energy Center More info:

event, which will include giveaways, mascot appearances, a visit from Santa and other special guests. Each car that drives through with a donation will receive free admission to the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Home

for the Holiday Expo at the center this weekend. “People can just drive on up and drop off their cans,” said Noreen Brantner, director of events for Southern Community Newspapers Inc., the Daily Post’s parent

taken to a Barrow County personal care home until Adult Protective Services can help her find a permanent place to stay. Soper was charged with cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older and arrested Monday. He bailed out of jail for $2,950 but could be facing additional charges, according to the release.

company. “The volunteers will be right there ready to help.” In its second year, the Home for the Holiday Expo will feature more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted and retail items. The show will include live entertainment, children’s activities, food and more. It will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. “This is basically a See can-a-thon, Page 6A

A bid by Snellville officials to have the Court of Appeals reconsider its recent decision in the continuing legal battle over legal fees for former Mayor Kelly Kautz came up short this week. The court denied the city’s motion for reconsideration in the case on Tuesday. It’s the latest development in an ongoing battle between Kautz and the city that dates back to when she was still mayor and sued the city over a disagreement with members of the City Council over her powers versus theirs. At the heart of this legal battle is whether the city should pay her $88,000 in attorney fees from that court battle. The Court of Appeals backed a Gwinnett County Superior Court ruling that said the city had to pay Kelly those fees. Kautz “It is our hope that the city attorney, as well as the mayor and City Council, will stop wasting money and stop filing appeals to drag this out,” Kautz’s attorney Phyllis Miller said. “All they are doing is continuing to waste taxpayers’ money.” Whether this marks the end of the battle remains to be seen. While the city could continue fighting the order to pay the fees, it’s unclear what step Snellville officials will take next. Snellville spokesman Brian Arrington said the city would not comment on litigation, “pending or otherwise.” Kautz and other Snellville officials often found themselves at odds with each other. Kautz lost her re-election bid in 2015 to former Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts. One point of contention between Kautz and the City Council was whether she had the authority to hire and fire city employees, such as the city clerk. The battle over the legal fees has been ongoing for well over a year, with the Gwinnett County judge awarding her the attorney fees. The city has argued, however, that Kautz didn’t win the case because it ended in a settlement. Snellville officials have therefore contended that they shouldn’t have to pay the fees. The Court of Appeals felt otherwise. “The city has not cited any applicable authority, nor have we found any on point, suggesting that Kautz was not successful in asserting her position because she obtained relief by virtue of a settlement agreement instead of from a jury or the court,” the appeals court judges wrote in their decision last month. “We note that, generally, one may be considered to have prevailed on a claim, even though a case has settled, when the court can deduce from the settlement agreement that the party obtained the relief sought.”

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Dacula police rescues 25 beagle mixes, puts them up for adoption By Cailin O’Brien

About 25 young beaglemix dogs rescued from a crime scene in Dacula are looking for forever homes. The dogs range from 7 weeks to 3 years old, according to a Gwinnett County Police Department press release. “Each of them appear to have (a) great temperament and would make a great addition to any family,” the release said. Animal Control removed the dogs from a house Monday after police found them living with a 76-year-old woman in a house littered with feces, urine and other trash, according to a press release. A 911 caller said the

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About 25 young beagle-mix dogs rescued from a crime scene in Dacula can be adopted from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. (Special Photo)


dogs often escaped to run up and down the street. The woman’s son was arrested Monday and charged with cruelty to a person who is 65 years or older. He bailed out of jail for $2,950. Despite the house’s conditions, each of the dogs were declared in good health by the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. Each can be adopted from the shelter for


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U.S. House passes Hice’s veterans education bill U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., won near unanimous support in the House of Representatives this week for legislation he sponsored to help veterans pursue higher education. The Protecting Veterans Educational Choice Act, also known more formally as H.R. 5047, passed in the House by a 411-3 vote on Jody Hice Wednesday. All three of Gwinnett’s congressmen — Hice and Reps. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., and Hank Johnson, D-Ga. — voted for passage of the bill. “Our warfighters are our nation’s most valuable assets, and this should remain the case when they step back into civilian life,” Hice said in a statement. “Unfortunately, simply due to a lack of information and counseling, many of

Political Notebook

the Protecting Veterans’ Educational Choice Act, we are working to address the flaws in the system to ensure that our veterans have the information they need to make the best decision possible for themselves and their families,” Hice said. Local church offering Curt Yeomans ‘Post-Election Discussion’ our heroes struggle with Pleasant Hill Presbyteeducational opportunities rian Church is offering Rewhen they return home. publicans and Democrats “By providing our stua chance to discuss their dent-veterans with the right feelings about the outcome resources, H.R. 5047 will of the recent presidential help them acquire the edu- election. cation and training needed The Post-Election to begin a new career after Discussion will take place leaving the military.” at noon on Dec. 10 in the Hice’s bill requires church’s education buildeducational and vocaing, and be led by the Rev. tional counselors at the Dave Fry. the church is Department of Veterans describing it as a way for Affairs provide informasupporters of all candidates tion about agreements to come together in unity about transferring college and reflect on Presidentcredits between colleges elect Donald Trump’s and universities to veterans victory. and active duty military Attendees will be broken personnel who request it. up into “hopeful” and “With the passage of “hurting” groups before

they are brought together to discuss the election and pray. The church is located at 3700 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. Congressmen, senators praise Tom Price’s Cabinet nomination Republicans in Georgia’s congressional delegation cheered the news that one of their own, Rep. Tom Price, will be President Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. Trump Tom announced Price the nomination earlier this week. If the appointment is confirmed, Price, a doctor by trade, will have the president-elect’s ear on health policy issues as a member of Trump’s Cabinet. Price also authored legislation that has been pointed to by other Republicans in Georgia’s

congressional delegation as a viable alternative to the Affordable Care Act. “Tom is a fellow Georgian who understands that we need to stop Washington’s takeover of our health care system,” Sen. David Perdue said in a statement. “As a doctor, he is seen as a leading voice on health care policy and has a commonDavid sense plan Perdue to replace Obamacare that will lower costs and put patients in charge of their health care choices.” Sen. Johnny Isakson said, “By nominating Tom to fill this post, Presidentelect Trump is signaling his commitment to repealing Obamacare. With Tom at the helm, we can begin implementing free-market principles that will increase choice and lower the cost

of health care for families and businesses.” Rep. Jody Hice echoed those sentiments that Price’s nomination may be a sign that President Barack Obama’s signature Johnny Isakson healthcare legislation could be dismantled after Trump takes office. “As a fellow Georgian and having served alongside Congressman Price,” Hice said in a statement, “I am confident that he will lead the way in the Trump administration to implement real, patient-centered healthcare solutions as Secretary of HHS. I look forward to working closely with him to bring our nation’s health care system into the 21st century.” Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Peachtree Corners eyeing Northeast Georgia Medical Technology Park for re-model to host tree lighting events Peachtree Corners officials are hoping to revamp Technology Park Atlanta as an innovation hub for the future. (Special Photo)


Peachtree Corners officials hope a roughly 40--year-old office park that was an integral part of the city’s past will also be a key part of its future. The city is hoping to remodel Technology Park Atlanta as an innovation hub to attract businesses and professionals to Peachtree Corners for years to come. A master plan for the hub, which is expected to include research institutions, entrepreneurial training and mentoring, professional networks and multiuse trails, is being developed for the area. “Innovation is not accomplished in isolation but through collaboration and cooperation,” city consultant and Georgia Tech VicePresident Emeritus Wayne Hodges said in a statement. “The completion of the master plan will provide a road map for creating a true in-

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The Northeast Georgia Health System’s Medical Center Auxiliary will host its Love Light Tree Lighting Celebrations this month. The events will recognize contributions made throughout the year to Love Light. Donors give to Love Light in memory of their friends, novation hub that will make as outlined by Paul Duke family and loved ones. One Peachtree Corners an ecowhen he created it back in hundred percent of the donanomic development model the 1970s. City officials said tions benefit the Hospice of for others to emulate.” Duke created the 500-acre Northeast Georgia MediPeachtree Corners leaders office park with plans to atcal Center, which provides have hired MXD Developtract engineering firms to the in-home nursing care for ment Strategists to help it area so graduates of Georgia patients with a life-limiting come up with ways for plan- Tech wouldn’t leave Georgia illness. ning innovation amenities, for jobs in other states. NGMC Braselton with as well as rebranding and It is still a home for high- host its second-ever Love promoting the area. tech companies, according to Light Tree Lighting CelebraSome work is already un- Peachtree Corners officials. tion in the Auxiliary Love derway to develop the hub. “Paul Duke’s idea to Light Garden at 1400 River The Prototype Prime startup attract technology-driven Place at 7 p.m. tonight. incubator recently opened businesses was a groundNGMC Gainesville will and the multi-use trails are breaking notion and has been hold its 37th annual Love being developed. one of the driving forces in Light Tree Lighting CelebraIn some ways the vision the city’s economic develop- tion in Auxiliary Love Light for the hub may be a continu- ment,” Mayor Mike Mason Garden (near the entrance to ation of its original purpose said in a statement. the North Patient Tower) at 743 Spring St. at 7 p.m. on Monday. Event chairs BonnieLynne Wilson and her husband Dr. Ron Wilson were honored to support a meaningful cause. “The compassion and skill of the Hospice of NGMC team continues to inspire, and we are grateful for such a remarkable resource,”

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“Due to the late holiday schedule of our local schools, the department recognized There’s no need for parents in Duluth to the need to have a holiday program for the take their children from store to store while kids as well as a safe place for the parents holiday shopping this year. to bring their kids,” department head Kathy The city’s parks and recreation departMarelle said. ment will provide children ages 4 through The cost per child is $25 for 3 hours or 12 with safe activities through its “Drop $75 for the day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Your Child and Shop” service this DecemSpace is limited and early registration is ber. Children can make holiday crafts, play recommended. games and enjoy treats while their parents Registration is available online at www. finish their Christmas list., or in person and by mail at Parents can drop their child at Bunten 3180 Bunten Road, Duluth, GA 30096. For Road Park on Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 22. more information, call 770-814-6981.


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By Curt Yeomans

4A • Thursday, December 1, 2016 To Your Good Health

Auditory hallucinations can be treated DEAR DR. ROACH: Years ago, I went to a doctor for sinus problems. He needed to put a drainage hole in my ear. For a while, everything was fine. But now I hear people talking to me. They say they are hooked up to my head. They talk through my head day and night, and I can’t get any peaceful sleep or rest. Sometimes they talk very ugly and vulgar. They know everything I think, say or write, and they tell me about it. I seem to be losing my memory as well. Do you know what this is? I’m 78 years old, and I need my life back. — I.A. ANSWER: The voices are not real. They are called auditory hallucinations, and they are the hallmark of a general class of mental illnesses called psychoses. Schizophrenia is a common cause of auditory hallucination, but it is unusual to see someone at 78 years old with the first episode. In older adults, psychosis can be the result of a large number of medical conditions. The best thing for you to do is see both a psychiatrist and a medical doctor (that is, a doctor specializing in a field like internal medicine or family practice) so you can be evaluated. It’s very important that you go right away, as there is very effective treatment to stop the voices and get your life back. DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been reading about former President Ronald Reagan and the way he was treated for cancer. The reports say he was treated in Germany with oxygen therapy and was cured. Why aren’t more doctors using this treatment if it was so successful? Is it a money thing? — M.F.L. ANSWER: The historical record shows that President Reagan was treated in 1985 for a cancerous polyp at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. His cancer was found during a routine colonoscopy. It was successfully treated with surgery, requiring removal of a section of colon. He underwent another colonoscopy in 1987, and four polyps were removed, none of which was cancerous. Oxygen therapy is not an appropriate or effective treatment for colon (or other) cancer, which usually is curable if found early enough. This is why I agree with the recommendations for colon cancer screening, most commonly done via colonoscopy. I found on the Internet two separate versions of the story that President Reagan was treated in Germany. There is no evidence to support either of them. I agree that the story here is about money — but it’s about unscrupulous people preying on fears of cancer to promote an expensive and useless treatment. Very little makes me angrier than someone exploiting people with cancer (or those who fear they have cancer) with a useless (or worse) treatment that may prevent someone from getting possibly curative treatment through conventional means, as President Reagan did.


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Beneficiary says emphatic ‘no thanks!’ DEAR AMY: A man who I was romantically involved with many years ago announced to me that he is making me the beneficiary on his insurance policy. I am fond of him but could never spend my life with him because he constantly made bad decisions throughout the years. We went our separate ways but have remained friends. He has since had two children with two different women. These children are in addition to the daughter he and his wife had before I met him. He has a very contentious, messy family, including a sister who behaves like some evil instigator from a bad Lifetime movie. She has sued various family members. Pure lunacy. I told him that I did not want to be his beneficiary. He says that I am the only consistently responsible person he knows. He said he knows I would carry out his last wishes. I know that if he passed before me, these crazy people would make my life hell. I told him emphatically not to put my name on that policy. He says he doesn’t care what I say, he’s doing it anyway. Is there anything I can do, if he goes against my wishes and makes me a beneficiary? — Unwilling Beneficiary


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Storms cause some damage, no injuries From Staff Reports Storms ripped through Gwinnett on Wednesday afternoon causing some damage but no reported injuries. Gwinnett firefighters Gwinnett firefighters responded to a neighborhood in Du- responded to a neighborluth Wednesday where a tree fell on the corner of a house, hood in Duluth where a knocking down a live electrical service line. (Special photo)

tree fell on the corner of a house, knocking down a live electrical service line. Jackson EMC secured the line. The tree did not cause the house any major structural damage, but did cause significant damage to the roof and

cieiling over an upstairs bedroom, according to a Gwinnett Fire press release. All four residents who were home at the time escaped unharmed. “They were reportedly downstairs when the tree fell and were not inside

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GAC coach Kristy Shelton has written a third book, and plans to have a book signing on Friday. (File Photo)

GAC coach set for book signing By Keith Farner


Longtime Greater Atlanta Christian physical education teacher and coach Kristy Shelton has written a third book, and plans to have a book signing on Friday. The book is a departure from Shelton’s other books, which were historical fiction. This book is a thriller and it takes place 10 years in the future. Her first two books, “Blinders” (2011) and “Blind Hope” (2014), have been popular among Christian book clubs across the nation. The new book is called “Restitution” and it’s set in 2027 where Karissa Gale, a lawyer, is blinded by ambition while everything else in her life is relegated to the backseat, including her husband, Marc, of 16 years, Ally, her 13-year-old daughter, and her mother, the legendary Coach Kathleen Raines. Then Raines is involved in an accident that kills the deputy prime minister of Russia, and Gale and her family are put in the international spotlight. The book signing will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday at the GAC Spartan Store.

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one-stop shop for Christmas shopping and family fun,” Brantner said. “There’s something for everyone on your shopping list.” The first 50 cars to drop off canned food donations will receive a free pass to the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands in Buford. This will be the second year the Infinite Energy Arena has been chosen as a Gwinnett donation drop-off site for the annual effort to help the nonprofit Salvation Army feed the hungry. The other sites are in Cobb, Fulton and Floyd counties. Last year, the can drive resulted in enough food to stock the pantry for metro Atlanta and Floyd County for 10 months. This year’s goal is to collect enough to last a year, as more people seek help for the first time due to economic conditions. The Can-a-thon has collected millions of cans of food for the organization’s food pantry with help from individuals, businesses and schools. “On behalf of Infinite



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the Breckinridge Boulevard and Venture Drive areas this year. “We’d like to move further up Breckinridge since we added some properties along there earlier this year,” he said. “We’ve also been trying to move south on Venture Drive, past Steve Reynolds Boulevard for a few years but we’ve not been successful in the past.” Allen said some conversations have been taking place with Venture Drive property owners that are not already in the CID though. “They’ve been very interested in the daily security patrols that we do in the area, as well as the clean up projects that we do along the Noreen Brantner, event organizer for Gwinnett Daily Post’s Home for the Holiday Expo, helps collect canned goods at the 11Alive Holiday Can-a-thon collection drive at the right of ways,” he said. The projects underInfinite Energy Center in Duluth in 2015. (File Photo) taken by the CID have all been done in partnership Energy Center, we are Last year, more than “Last year, we collected with county officials, and honored to participate 220,000 donations were over 55,000 cans, just range from sidewalks and again this year in the collected across all four short of Rome,” Brantstreetscape improvements, Can-a-thon event,” said counties. ner said of the friendly to trash pickup and security Joseph Dennis, general Brantner, who will help competition. “So we’re patrols at CID properties. manager of Infinite Enat the Gwinnett collection really trying to ramp up Expansion campaign ergy Center. “The efforts site, hopes the county will our total this year.” materials released by the of our compassionate join together to gather For more information, CID pointed to work on past staff and our generous more cans than last year visit projects, such as the Pleasant venue partners provide and top Floyd. The Rome canathon or www.homeHill Road diverging diamond continued support to our site collected the most interchange at Interstate 85, growing community.” last year, she said. can-a-thon.html. as well as improvements at

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Henry Beard Henry Houston Beard, age 88, of Dacula, GA passed away Monday, November 28, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years, Anna Elizabeth Beard; and son-in-law, Don Bennett. He is survived by his children, Teresa Ridarick, Covington, GA, Janis Bennett, Walnut Cove, NC, Shawn and Sandee Beard, Sharpsburg, GA, Ricky Beard, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Heather Lester, Bryan Ridarick, Terri Neas, Katie Beard, Bryn Beard, Brandi Jones, John Holbrooks, Kyle Holbrooks, Alyx Kirk, Skylar Kirk; great grandchildren, Helena Eleftheratos, Caryn Neas, Adriahnna Prado, Ava Marlow, Nova Holbrooks; sister, Marceline Presson, Greenway, AR; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Beard was born February 15, 1928 in Greenway, Arkansas. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army who served in Korea as a corporal. He was a 1945 graduate of Greenway High School in Greenway, AR and attended Harding College, and Dekalb Technical Institute. He was retired from Channel 30 after thirty years as a Broadcast Engineer. He was a member of Buford Church of Christ, an avid bowler and participated in the Senior Olympics. He served in the 218th Med Ambulance CO (Sep) in Piggott, AR. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Gene Clore of Buford Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be at Melwood Cemetery, 5170 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Stone Mountain, GA 30083. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:00 noon until funeral hour at the funeral home. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: N.E. GA Hospice or American Heart Association in memory of Henry

H. Beard. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.


Raymond Cannon Raymond S. Cannon, age 72, of Monroe, passed away on November 29, 2016. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. 770-466-1544.


Timothy Clayton Timothy L. “Tim” Clayton, age 52, of Warrior, AL passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lambert Clayton and Peggy Clayton; and brother, Mike Clayton. He is survived by his children, Tiffany Clayton, Warrior, AL and Ryan Clayton, Warrior, AL; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Gail Clayton, Travelers Rest, SC; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynda and Mike Horwitz, Snellville, GA, Susan Beth Clayton, Johns Creek, GA, Marianne and Mike Gulbranson, Braselton, GA and Ellen Renee and Morten Rod, Buford, GA; aunts and uncle, Martha and Jim Sitton, Hendersonville, AL and Kay Gussman, Hendersonville, AL; uncles and aunts, Harold, Jr. and Joyce Whitesides, Brevard, NC and Ernest and Kay Whitesides, Mt. Pleasant, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Clayton was born May 15, 1964 in Hendersonville, NC. He was a 1982 graduate of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA. He was a store manager for Save-A-Lot Foods in Birmingham. He was a member of Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA where he enjoyed going with them on Mission Trips. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor John officiating. h f il ill i

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.


Craig Deal Craig S. Deal, age 55, of Buford, GA passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He was preceded in death by his sister, Melissa Kerlin. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Vickie Clyatt Deal, Buford, GA; children, Jennifer and Justin Briskey, Suwanee, GA, Jared Deal, Alpharetta, GA; grandson, Westin Briskey; parents, Bill and Jettie Deal, Bethlehem, GA; niece, Brandi Peal; nephew, Corbett Harrison; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Deal was born September 26, 1961 in Savannah, GA. He was a 1979 graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn. He was a Bank Analyst with Sun Trust Bank for fourteen years and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Buford. He loved his motorcycles and spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Newbern officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m. Flowers accepted or memorial donations may be made to: Zion Hill Baptist Church, 3390 South Puckett Road, Buford, GA 30519 in memory of Craig Deal. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.

intersections along Pleasant Hill at Gwinnett Place, Club and Venture Drives among other places. The district is also gearing up for big projects on the horizon, however, as it works to implement aspect of its ACTivate Gwinnett Place plan that is designed to transform the area with transportation, streetscaping, storm water and walking path projects. Expansion campaign materials released by the CID point to several transportation-related projects that are on the drawing board, including intersection improvements at Breckenridge Boulevard and Old Norcross Road, a connector between West Liddell Road to Club Drive across Interstate 85, widening of Venture Drive, more streetlights, transit center improvements and multiuse paths. “We have continued to take on bold and innovative ideas in order to improve the quality of life in the area,” Allen said in the CID’s announcement of expansion campaign. “Millions in transportation projects have been invested and we will continue to work to make significant improvements to Greater Gwinnett Place.”

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Mary L. Lavender Mary L. Lavender, age 79 of Duluth, GA, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Crowell Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, GA 30092. (770)448-5757. www.


Memphis Smith Mrs. Memphis Virginia Smith, age 90, of Snellville and formerly of Lithonia, passed away at her home on November 29, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Otis David Smith. Mrs. Smith is survived by her children, Daughter, Jane Smith, Snellville; Daughter, Janet Edge, Monroe; Son & Daughter-in-law, Jerry O. & June Smith, Greensboro; Daughter and Son-in-law, Joan & Lee Smith, Loganville; Son & Daughter-in-law, Jim & Olen Smith, Loganville; 13 Grandchildren, 24 Great-grandchildren, 14 Great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, December 2, 2016, in the Snellville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Services. Rev. Mickey Oliver will officiate. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, 3705 Hwy. 78 West, Snellville, GA Condolences may be sent or viewed at www. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company”, Snellville Chapel 770 979 3200 has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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recognized with several awards throughout his career. Mr. Taylor was also a member of the Buford Jaycees where he served as President, belonged to the American Legion Post 127, coached Little League Baseball for more than a decade, worked with the Annual Miss Georgia Beauty Pageant, and was voted one of Georgia’s Most Outstanding Men in 1971. Henry loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Oakwood First Baptist Church, Oakwood. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770945-6924 Share memories of Henry at www.

Henry Mitchell Taylor, Jr., age 76 of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Chris Holland will officiate. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford with Military Honors. The Family will receive friends Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 at the funeral home. Mr. Taylor was born in Wilcox County, GA, on December 24, 1939 to the late Mr. Henry GREENSBORO Mitchell Taylor and the late Mrs. Velma McRuth Underwood Call Taylor. Besides his Ruth Kent Underwood, parents, he was preceded 90, who passed away on in death by a daughter, Connie Jo Taylor Fancher November 23, 2016. in 2010. SNELLVILLE Henry is survived by his Kathleen Whitley loving wife, Joyce GilKathleen G. Whitley, liland Taylor of the home; age 88, of Snellville, GA, two sons and daughter passed away on November in-law: Mitch and Patti 29, 2016. Tom M. Wages Taylor, and Michael TayFuneral Service, LLC, “A lor, all of Buford; two granddaughters, Erica and Family Company”, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 Bailey Fancher of Lawhas been entrusted with renceville, and grandson, the arrangements. Joey Howell of Buford; brother Bill Taylor and wife Harriette of Gainesville, and sister Betty Bagwell and husband Harold LAWRENCEVILLE of Buford. Mr. Taylor was a 1960 graduate of Buford Sarah Woolsey High School and later Mrs. Sarah Fontaine joined the U.S. Air Force Woolsey, age 91 of Lawwhere he served with renceville, GA passed the 6th Combat Defense away Tuesday, November Squadron, Strategic Air 29, 2016. Arrangements Command and was a life by Tim Stewart Funeral member of the Disabled Home: 2246 Wisteria American Veterans. Mr. Drive, Snellville, Georgia Taylor worked several 30078. 770-979-5010. years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both as an employee and a volunteer. His many accomplishments were r

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world&nation world Giant shield covers reactor in Chernobyl It can withstand a tornado and is so massive it could house Paris’ famed Notre Dame Cathedral. A giant shield designed to protect the nuclear reactor damaged 30 years ago at Chernobyl has reached its final resting place, completing an unprecedented engineering feat. Known as the New Safe Confinement, the shield will seal off an aging shelter — built hastily after the disaster in 1986 in what is now northern Ukraine — that is leaking radioactive material. A first for modern engineering, the Chernobyl shield is the largest moveable, land-based structure ever built, according the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which manages funding for the international project. The arch-shaped steel structure was assembled nearby and moved more than 1,000 feet into position with the help of a special skidding system of hydraulic jacks that pushed the mammoth shield one stroke at a time.

U.N. toughens sanctions over nuclear test The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to tighten sanctions against North Korea nearly three months after the secretive nation carried out its fifth nuclear test. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move, saying the Security Council had “taken strong action on one of the most enduring and pressing peace and security challenges of our time.” Negotiations on the draft UN resolution began shortly after North Korea carried out what it said was a successful test of a nuclear warhead on Sept. 9. State media said the warhead could be mounted on ballistic rockets and would enable North Korea to produce “a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power.” The resolution toughens sanctions on exports used by North Korea to raise hard currency to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, particularly coal. — From wire reports

nation DA: No charges against officer who shot Scott The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott won’t face charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, closing a two-month investigation into the killing that led to heated protests and divided the city of Charlotte. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said he didn’t reach the decision alone; a total of 15 prosecutors unanimously agreed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in shooting Scott on Sept. 20 in an apartment complex parking lot. In his hourlong announcement, Murray disputed a series of claims made shortly after the shooting. Among them: • Scott’s relatives said he didn’t have a gun, but “all the credible evidence” led to the conclusion that Scott was armed, Murray said. He said Scott’s DNA was on the grip of a gun found at the scene. • One woman initially said a white officer killed Scott at the apartment


4 dead; crews search for missing By Jason Hanna, Artemis Moshtaghian and Max Blau

people Canadian cops to punish DUIs with Nickelback

Talk about cruel and unusual punishment! The Canadian town of James Wood’s mother Kensington has hit upon was telling him on the a genius plan to detract its phone that the wildfire that residents from drinking and had roared into Gatlinburg driving this holiday season. had ignited her home. Not only will the cops charge you, they’ll also blast Then he lost the connecNickelback while they haul tion. He hasn’t heard from you to jail. his mom, Alice Hagler, The Kensington Police since that Monday night. Service laid down the law Hagler is one of several in a Facebook post over the people said to be missing weekend for those “dumb after wildfires scorched enough to feel they can roughly 15,000 acres in drink and drive.” a resort-heavy area of Constable Robb Hartlen East Tennessee, showered told CNN the department residents with embers and doesn’t actually hate the forced tourists to evacuate band — Canada’s most from their accommodations. questionable gift to the The fires, which spread Wildfires burn near a hotel in Sevier County, Tenn., on Monday night. At least four world. with little warning Monpeople have died and 45 others were injured when fires in the Great Smoky Mountains “We are just using a difday from the Great Smoky spread into the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. (CNN) ferent approach to get an Mountains into inhabited areas in and near the resort disconnected, and I have finishing those up today. Lightning strikes and winds age-old message communitowns of Gatlinburg and not been able to get in touch “Right now, search and — gusts up to 30 mph were cated,” he said. “As long as it starts the ‘don’t drink and Pigeon Forge, have left with her since,” Wood said. rescue is our main chalpossible Wednesday — at least four people dead Hagler’s relatives say lenge.” could spark more fires, and drive’ dialogue, we’re happy and 45 others injured, they hope she might be Of the four dead, the the downpour could prompt with that.” The department said it officials said. More than taking shelter with someone latest body was found flash flooding. hasn’t had to unleash Chad 250 buildings in the county and just hasn’t been able to Wednesday in a burned The fires that reached are said to be damaged or make contact. It’s a hope motel, officials said. The Gatlinburg began days ear- Kroeger and the boys on anyone yet. And it hopes it destroyed. echoed by several other names of those who died lier on a trail in the mounstays that way. “We had been talking for families who say their loved were not released. tains 10 miles south of the several hours on and off,” ones in the Gatlinburg area Some fires continued to city, National Park Service Wood told CNN affiliate are missing. burn Wednesday morning, spokeswoman Dana Soehn Seyfried debuts WATE on Tuesday night. “Our search-and-rescue and authorities continued to said. But strong winds that her baby bump He had been living with teams are going out house block off Gatlinburg, from began Sunday helped the “Mama Mia!” Amanda his mother at her Gatlinby house,” Sevier County which about 14,000 resifire spread into the GatlinSeyfried is having a baby. burg house for the past five Mayor Larry Waters told dents and tourists had been burg area on Monday. The star of “Mean Girls” months but wasn’t home CNN on Wednesday. evacuated Monday. Investigators believe and “Big Love” debuted her Monday night. “There are a few areas that The area could be helped the trail fire was “humanbaby bump Tuesday at the “She called me at 8:30 we were unable to get to by up to 2 inches of rain ex- caused,” Soehn said, launch of Givenchy’s new (p.m.) and said the house on Monday night because pected Wednesday into towithout offering further Live Irrésistible fragrance. was on fire. I told her to get of the swift nature of the day, but the stormy weather information, but it’s still It was announced in out immediately. We got firestorm, … and we’re could also cause problems: under investigation. September that Seyfried was engaged to actor Thomas Sadoski. The pair performed By Doug Criss and Alison Daye together last year in the offCNN Broadway show “The Way In times of great tragedy, people We Get.” They will also be of the field.” seen in the forthcoming film often look for signs of light in the dark“It was one of the most surreal mo“The Last Word.” ness. ments of my life, both emotionally and It’s the first child for They looked for it after the Orlando, spiritually,” McCord told CNN. “I was Seyfried and Sadoski. Fla., nightclub shooting. They looked in utter shock when I read what I found. for it after the horrific flooding earlier At first I just thought it was maybe a this year in Louisiana. piece of newspaper or maybe a magaActors Sedgwick, And now they’re looking for it after zine but I was curious to see if I could Broderick dated this week’s deadly wildfires around find out where it came from, or how far Gatlinburg, Tenn. And some found it in it traveled… so I got down on my knees in high school a burned Bible page that an amusement to get a better look and realized it was a Hollywood really is a park employee says he picked up. page from the Bible.” small town. Isaac McCord, an employee at DolMcCord immediately took a picture It turns out that actors lywood, and a co-worker were helping of what he’d found and posted it to Kyra Sedgwick and Matclean up the theme park, which had to Facebook, where it’s been shared tens thew Broderick not only be evacuated when flames neared its of thousands of times. Dollywood employee Isaac McCord attended the same private gates. Under a bench, McCord said he Many commenters took it as a sign said he found this partially burned school, but the pair also found a partially burned page from the from God. page from the Bible as he was leavdated. Bible. “This is a fall on your knees moing the park Monday night. (CNN) During an appearance What’s readable is part of the first ment,” one woman wrote. “Prayers for chapter of the book of Joel: “O LORD, Gatlinburg and all of us.” sparked a feeling that speaks to a lot of Tuesday on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” they to thee will I cry: for the fire hath “I have goosebumps. Makes you people. devoured the pastures of the wilderness, wonder,” another woman wrote. “It provides hope and faith,” he said. revealed to host Andy Cohen that they once were a and the flame hath burned all the trees McCord said the burned page “That’s why I shared it.” couple. “I didn’t know if it was OK to say that,” Broderick wants them set free. Court wrestles Protests erupted said. He told Fox Business with status of in North Caro“Me either, but we’re News on Wednesday that lina after an ofheld immigrants married so long,” Sedgwick “we’ve got to get them out ficer fatally shot A divided Supreme Court of government control” said. 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Ross & Co. firm on their devices to access to Invesco in 2006 for stakes in Fannie finally let them go. the new “download” button. $375 million, has his own To that end, shares of Trump taps ‘King Mae, Freddie Mac You’ll find “Orange Is the history with the federal Fannie and Freddie — of Bankruptcy’ for government. In 2009, the Mortgage giants Fannie whose official names are the New Black,” “Narcos” and Mae and Freddie Mac were Federal National Mortgage “The Crown” available, but commerce post FDIC agreed to sell you can’t download everyBankUnited, a failed bank placed under federal govAssociation and FedThe self-proclaimed thing. Shows like the new ernment control in Septem- eral Home Loan Mortgage in Florida to an investor “King of Debt” has chosen group that included W.L. ber 2008, during the global Corp. — each soared more season of “Gilmore Girls,” someone that Wall Street Ross & Co and investment financial crisis. But Donald than 30 percent Wednesday “Friends” and “New Girl” has dubbed the “King of Trump’s treasury secretary firms Carlyle Group and after Mnuchin’s comments. are restricted for now. — From wire reports Bankruptcy” to be his pick, Steven Mnuchin, Blackstone. — From wire reports CNN

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Hawks at Rams deserves a crowd

Will Hammock Yes, the couch is an option this Friday night for high school football. It’s warm and cozy, right on the 50-yard line. Georgia Public Broadcasting will air this week’s highly anticipated, Class AAAAAAA semifinal between host Grayson and Mill Creek live from Loganville. It’s worth watching on TV, too. Mark Harmon, Jon Nelson, Jackie Brittain and the gang do a great job with Georgia high school sports. If you’re a fan of another team, it’s probably best to watch the matchup of teams ranked in the top 20 nationally from your living room. But if you have any ties to the football programs at Mill Creek or Grayson, just record the game on your DVR. You should be there in person for this one. Gwinnett’s game of the year varies each season — some live up to the hype, some don’t — and some of those games don’t even fill the stands. That shouldn’t be the case Friday at Grayson Community Stadium, which boasts a seating capacity of 8,521. If there aren’t people in every available seat, it’s a travesty. There better be folks standing around the fences and sitting on the end zone hill opposite the Rams’ fieldhouse. This should be a spillover crowd to rival the 10,000plus fans that crammed in for some of the most memorable games in the Battle of Five Forks-Trickum between Brookwood and Parkview. The two high schools meeting Friday night don’t have the long traditions of the Brookwood-Parkview series — both were winning state titles before Grayson or Mill Creek opened — but they represent a power shift in Gwinnett. Both teams were in last year’s semifinals, both feature high-powered offenses and both have stingy defenses. Grayson is 12-1, losing only to national power IMG Academy (Fla.) in the opener, and Mill Creek is 13-0 for the second straight season. Talented players abound on both sides. Up for grabs is a spot in the state championship game against the Roswell-Westlake winner. It will be the last high school football title game played in the Georgia Dome, but the atmosphere likely won’t match what the players and fans will encounter this Friday at Grayson. It’s going to be a really special scene for Gwinnett high school football. And if you’re from Mill Creek or Grayson, be there in person to make it even more special for the players and coaches you’ll be surrounding at Britt-Moody Field. Save the couch for the rest of the weekend. Will Hammock can be reached via email at will. His column appears on Thursdays.

Greater Atlanta Christian Harrison Sloan (17) tries to score after a catch and run as St. Pius defender Jason Jones (23) takes him out of bounds during Friday’s game. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

Smart, hard-working Sloan has become go-to WR By Christine Troyke christine.troyke@

The football players at Greater Atlanta Christian fill out a blank spot next to their name for what they want to work on each week. Senior receiver Harrison Sloan wrote, “Come out of the break faster and once I catch the ball, make sure to turn up field as quick as possible.” Did he do those things? “I think so,” he said. Sloan had eight catches for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a wild, triple-overtime victory at Liberty County in last Friday’s Class AAA quarterfinals. “We’re trying to develop our young men to be intentional in their actions,” head coach Tim Hardy said. “If they want to improve in the game of football, inhaling and exhaling isn’t going to do it. They need to be intentional in the things they’re going to work on. To have enough self-awareness to think about going from point A to B or C or beyond, is important. In turn, that’s a transferable life skill. “The motivated individuals, like him, thrive with that kind of direction. Harrison has continued to improve because he works

“I mean, he’s good,” Sloan chuckled. “But he handles himself really GHSA football state semifinals Friday schedule: well. He’ll take the blame when it’s his fault. I think Class AAAAAAA 7:30 p.m. — Mill Creek at Grayson he, more than anyone else, Class AAAAA takes it upon himself to fix 7:30 p.m. — Kell at Buford what he did and be outClass AAA standing the next time.” 7:30 p.m. — GAC at Peach County Sloan and Mills are friends off the field and hard.” es me about Harrison is he spent a lot time this sumLast year, Sloan made just continues to improve,” mer working on their con31 catches for 472 yards Hardy said. “That happens nection. They also spend and four touchdowns. The because he is an excellent an extra 20 minutes every Spartans had a committee practice player.” day on individual drills, of receivers, led by Liam Hardy puts a strong timing and routes. Sullivan and Malcolm emphasis on the word “He’s an excellent route Cunningham, who both excellent. runner,” Hardy said. “It rolled up more than 800 “Really,” Hardy said. could be a generic kind yards before graduating. “Every time he lines up to of response, but he’s so “Being in this program run a route, he gives 100 consistent. If it’s 15 yards, for four years, I definitely percent — whether it’s he’s at 15 yards. If it’s 10 know my way around it drill work, one-on-one, a yards from the hash, he’s now,” Sloan said. “Last team segment. Because of 10 yards from the hash. year I was just starting that, he sees gains. “He’s also an intelligent to understand it because “As you practice, so player in that he underit was my first year as a shall you play. He’s betstands how he needs to set starter. Especially over the ter now than he was four a route up so he can be in summer, we worked really weeks ago. He was better the right location. How he hard. four weeks ago than he needs to adjust a release, “Confidence has been a was at the beginning of the how he needs to adapt. He key factor for me this year. year. He’s better this year takes the data that comes in You have to think you’re than he was last year.” and adjusts as needed.” better than everyone else Hardy, Mills and Sloan No one explicitly said to that you’re going against are often in conference Sloan he would be the goand that you’re going to over an iPad during games, to guy before the season get open.” continuing to refine an started, but it has worked Sloan is within sight of already dynamic relationout that way. 1,000 yards receiving as ship. “Mills just really throws Stanford commit Davis “Hardy coaches me up it to whoever is open,” Mills’ favorite target this pretty well on how to fix Sloan said. “Coming season. He has 922 yards what I’m doing or maybe a back as the only returnand 17 touchdowns on 55 different route,” Sloan said. ing receiver we had a little catches. So it’s never Mills’ bit of a connection. We “The thing that impress- mistake? knew speed, timing, a little


bit better than the new guys. Obviously Mills can adjust, but he knows me a little better.” Mills suffered a knee injury right before the season started and missed the first two games. In his return, Sloan had just two receptions. “We just had to get back into a rhythm again,” Sloan said. “It’s all about repetition and practice.” He felt like he really found a groove in the region opener against Union County. “I was kind of disappointed in my play the first couple of games and after the game I really felt good,” Sloan said. He has some offers to play college football, but is looking to add to that with the Spartans among those left standing in December. “The fewer teams left, the bigger the stage,” Sloan said. “I just want to do my best on every play and hopefully that will get me noticed.” Primarily, though, Sloan is focused on getting better each day and helping earn his team a chance at a title. “We’ve grown so much,” Sloan said. “We’re not the same team we were the first week. We’re not even the same team we were last week, even after one practice. We learn from our mistakes.”

Norcross boys hold off Berkmar rally for 75-67 win By David Friedlander david.friedlander@

What looked like it would be an easy win for Norcross in its Region 7-AAAAAAA opener against Berkmar turned into a major battle down the stretch. But the Blue Devils kept their poise enough to turn the game into a free-throw shooting contest, then knocked down 9 of 11 shots from the line in the final 1:29 to thrwart the host Patriots’ rally and pull away for a 75-67 win Wednesday night at Berkmar. Jordan Goldwire scored 21 points, includ-

ing three of those key free throws on the night, while Lance Thomas added four more clutch free throws as part of his 17-point, 10-rebound performance to help keep Norcross (5-0, 1-0) undefeated on the season. However, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded, as the Blue Devils led by as many as 20 points twice in the second half, only to see Berkmar (1-2, 0-1) make it a two-possession game three times in the final two minutes. “We had four games prior to this one, and they were all really, really tight games,” Norcross coach Jesse McMillan said. “Part of that

is just that experience of it’s early in the year, and when you kind of get a lead, understanding how to maintain it. We didn’t execute the same way (in the second half). We kind of almost started celebrating in that third quarter, and maybe myself included. But to (the players’) credit, we kind of made some free throws down the stretch. Jordan Goldwire stepped up and played a tremendous game, probably his the best one of his career.” Goldwire had plenty of help, as he, Thomas, Rayshaun Hammonds and Dalvin White came out flying in the second

half to lead a 15-4 run in the first 3:39 of the third quarter to turn what had been a nine-point lead at halftime in to a 53-33 advantage following White’s 3-pointer with 4:21 left in the period. The Blue Devils then weathered one Berkmar run to build the lead back up to 60-40 with 50.8 seconds left in the quarter, and still led 62-43 early in the fourth before the Patriots finally began to make their move behind their talented trio of Al Durham, Jay Estime and Zach Cooks. Estime and Durham each tallied eight points during an 18-4 run, which Cooks finished with a

steal and a layup to pull Berkmar to within 66-61 with 1:48 remaining. The Patriots then pulled as close as 7066 following Durham’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 34 seconds left, but they could get no closer, as Thomas and Goldwire each hit key free throws in the final seconds to help the Blue Devils finally put away their scrappy opponent. “We did a good job for about a three- or fourminute stretch,” Berkmar coach Greg Phillips said. “But three- or fourminute stretches don’t win basketball games. … We’ve got to fight the whole game.”

ondeck Prep Schedule



6 p.m. — North at Mountain View Friday


• Hebron at Prince Avenue Christian 6 p.m. — Berkmar at Parkview 6 p.m. — Brookwood at Norcross 6 p.m. — Discovery at Duluth 6 p.m. — Jefferson at Central 6 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge at Collins Hill 6 p.m. — Shiloh at Marist 6 p.m. — South Forsyth at Lanier 6 p.m. — Wesleyan girls at Mill Creek 6 p.m. — West Forsyth at Meadowcreek 6:30 p.m. — North Oconee at Archer 7 p.m. — Marist boys at GAC 7 p.m. — Towns Co. at Providence 7 p.m. — Wesleyan boys at Galloway


5 p.m. — Wesleyan Invitational 7:20 p.m. — Archer, Shiloh and South at Mountain Park 7:20 p.m. — Norcross, Duluth and Meadowcreek at West Gwinnett


• Buford, Archer, Collins Hill in Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside (SC) • Lambert at Mountain View 5 p.m. — Central in Wolverine Classic at Woodstock 5 p.m. — Dacula in King of the Mountain at Towns Co. 5 p.m. — Lanier in Panther Invitational at Jackson Co. 5 p.m. — Meadowcreek at Ola 5 p.m. — Parkview in South Walton (Fla.) Border Wars

The Home Teams








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Detroit at Toronto Fri, 8 p.m. Sat, 7:30 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM FSSE/92.9-FM

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7 p.m. — Columbia at Seton Hall FS1 9 p.m. — Cincinnati at Iowa State ESPN GWINNETT GRADS

Dacula’s Cox breaks rushing record BASKETBALL

By Will Hammock

Fast break Norcross grad Allison Dacula product Marcus Johnson helped give Cox made history recently Agnus Berenato her first at Appalachian State. victory as Kennesaw State The senior became the women’s coach, scoring school’s all-time leading 15 points and grabbing a rusher, quite an accomcareer-high 16 rebounds in plishment for a football last Saturday’s 72-60 win program known for its over Savannah State. She decades of success. also had three assists and Cox, who missed a three blocked shots. Teamconsiderable portion of mate and Mountain View this season with an injury, Appalachian State Mountaineers running back and Dac- grad Iceis Walker had a rushed for a season-high ula grad Marcus Cox (14) runs the ball against the Miami season-high 11 points with 153 yards and three touch- Hurricanes in the first quarter at Kidd Brewer Stadium four rebounds, three assists downs in a 42-17 win over this season. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard-USA Today Sports) and three steals. … Duluth Louisiana-Monroe to reach grad Alyah McGriff had the milestone. He was the ished with 47 tackles and Tyler Miller, a sophomore career highs of 26 points Sun Belt Conference Of20 tackles for losses, which linebacker at Bridgewater and 14 rebounds Monday fensive Player of the Week ranked 10th nationally. He College (Va.), was on the in Georgia College’s 79-53 and Student-Athlete of the forced five fumbles (fourth All-ODAC third team. He win over Clark Atlanta. Week following the game. nationally) and recovered had 52 tackles with a teamThe 5-foot-10, four (second nationally). high 10 for losses and SOCCER 205-pounder followed that Teammate and felthree sacks this season. game up with 140 yards low Berkmar grad Kevin Coxhead earns on 16 carries last weekend Grier was on the All-SAA Big South honors Sam team honor in a 37-7 win over New second team. The sophoLanier grad Izzy Sam, a Wesleyan grad Cort Mexico State, pushing his more had a career-high 38 junior at Kennesaw State, Coxhead, a junior at career rushing yardage to- tackles and two intercepwas on the All-Big South Davidson College (N.C.), tal to 4,960 yards. The old tions this year. Covenant Conference second team earned the school’s CharApp State rushing record Christian grad Tristen this season. lie Slagle Coaches Award was 4,804, held by Kevin Cline, a Snellville resident, Sam was second on the after this past season. The Richardson. also made the second team Owls with 65 tackles this award goes to a player who Cox has 872 rushand Collins Hill’s Mitchell season. makes “important, indelible ing yards and eight TDs Blanchard made honorable contributions on and off the this season, giving him mention. VOLLEYBALL field.” a chance to reach 1,000 Coxhead played in 16 yards rushing for a fourth Ziah, Miller named Munlyn named All-SEC matches, starting six, this straight season. Appaall-conference North Gwinnett’s season. His season highlachian State (9-3) has Guilford College (Va.) Alyssa Munlyn made the lights included scoring finished its regular season, junior Gibson Ziah, a All-Southeastern Confera goal against nationally but he can hit the 1,000South Gwinnett grad, was ence Volleyball Team this ranked Wake Forest. yard mark in its bowl named first-team All-Old season. “Cort’s work ethic shows game. Dominion Athletic ConferThe sophomore enup in staying after practice ence after a huge season. tered last week leading for extra conditioning, his FOOTBALL The 6-2, 220-pound Missouri, which is 25-5 selfless attitude faithfully defensive end, honored for entering today’s NCAA supports his teammates Soumahoro picked as the third straight year on Regional vs. Northern and he’s great with kids player of the year the all-conference team, Illinois, in overall hitting in youth soccer clinics,” Berkmar grad Mamawas second in the ODAC percentage (.412), solo Davidson coach Matt Spear dou Soumahoro, a junior with 11 sacks (the most blocks (33), block assists said in a school release. defensive lineman at Berry by a Quaker player since (106), total blocks (139) Gwinnett Grads is a colCollege, was voted the 1991) and 18 1/2 tackles and blocks per set (1.32). umn that runs on Thursdays Southern Athletic Associa- for losses. He ranks in She ranks 11th nationally spotlighting achievements tion’s Defensive Player of the top 15 nationally in in hitting and ranks in the of past Gwinnett standouts. the Year by the league’s NCAA Division III in both top 35 nationally in both Coaches and parents are coaches. categories. He finished blocks and blocks per set. urged to send suggestions Soumahoro led NCAA the season with 61 total Munlyn was the SEC via email to will.hamDivision III with a school- tackles. Freshman of the Year last mock@gwinnettdailypost. record 15 sacks, and finCentral Gwinnett grad season. com.




A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts on TV in this week’s college football action:

9 p.m. — Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) at Memphis East (Tenn.) ESPN2 8 p.m. — Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland TNT 10:30 p.m. — Houston at Golden State TNT


8:20 p.m. — Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota NBC

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — South Carolina at Texas ESPN2

Sports Calendar


Jan. 28: The seventh annual Norcross Blue Devils Run, a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, will feature a 5K and 1-mile fun run at Pinckneyville Middle School in Peachtree Corners. 5K starts at 8 a.m. and fun run starts when 5K finishes. Pre-

registration is $25 and raceday registration is $30. Proceeds from the student-led event will benefit the high school’s cross country and track and field programs. For more information or to register, go to bluedevilsrun. or run


• Will Hammock, Sports Editor: • Christine Troyke, Staff Writer: • David Friedlander, Staff Writer: • Paul Thomas, Staff Writer: • Scott Smith, Senior Correspondent: • To report scores, call 770-339-5850


FRIDAY 7 p.m. — Western Michigan vs. Ohio, ESPN2 Parkview’s Jordan Reid (No. 12) is a wide receiver and Peachtree Ridge’s Tony Porter (No. 54) is a defensive lineman for Ohio. 9 p.m. — Colorado vs. Washington, Fox Brookwood’s Afolabi Laguda (No. 1) is a defensive back and Collins Hill’s Casey Marksberry (No. 17) is a quarterback for Colorado. SATURDAY Noon — Kansas State at TCU, Fox Sports 1 Norcross’ Jordan Noil (No. 4) is a defensive back, Buford’s Ryan Mack (No. 13) is a defensive back and Central Gwinnett’s Tyler White

(No. 37) is a linebacker for Kansas State. Norcross’ Ridwan Issahaku (No. 31) is a safety for TCU. Noon — Troy at Georgia Southern, ESPN2 Central Gwinnett’s Josh Marshall (No. 25) is a defensive back, North Gwinnett’s Kyler Knudsen (No. 40) is a defensive back and Collins Hill’s Justin Wyatt (No. 86) is a wide receiver for Troy. For Georgia Southern, Peachtree Ridge’s R.J. Murray (No. 2) is a safety, Duluth’s Myles Campbell (No. 6) is a wide receiver, Meadowcreek’s Rayquan Sam (No. 39) is a cornerback, Norcross’ J.B. Kouassi (No. 44) is a defensive end, Mill Creek’s Brandon Holley (No. 53) is a linebacker, Parkview’s Tra Malloy (No. 54) is an offensive lineman, North Gwinnett’s Andy Kwon (No. 60) is an offensive lineman, Norcross’ Ryan Northrup (No. 62) is an offensive

lineman, Parkview’s Jakob Cooper (No. 64) is an offensive lineman, Shiloh’s John Freeman (No. 78) is an offensive lineman and South Gwinnett’s Colby Ransom (No. 87) is a wide receiver. Noon — Temple at Navy, ABC Archer’s John Gillis (No. 4) is a cornerback, Brookwood’s Josh Brown (No. 42) is a running back, GAC’s Ford Higgins (No. 75) is an offensive lineman, Mountain View’s Kendel Wright (No. 76) is an offensive lineman and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Paul Carothers (No. 87) is a linebacker for Navy. Noon — Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, ESPN Peachtree Ridge’s Miles Pate (No. 63) is an offensive lineman, South Gwinnett’s Dennis Edwards (No. 64) is an offensive lineman and Buford’s Hunter Holland (No. 77) is an offensive lineman for Western Kentucky.

12:30 p.m. — Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, Fox Parkview’s Chris Carson (No. 32) is a running back for Oklahoma State. Peachtree Ridge’s Orlando Brown (No. 78) is an offensive tackle for Oklahoma. 4 p.m. — Alabama vs. Florida, CBS Archer’s Antonio Riles (No. 51) is an offensive lineman for Florida. 8 p.m. — Clemson at Virginia Tech, ABC Grayson’s Wayne Gallman (No. 9) is a running back, Grayson’s Nick Schuessler (No. 12) is a quarterback, Brookwood’s Jack Swinney (No. 20) is a wide receiver, Grayson’s Ryan Carter (No. 31) is a defensive back and North Gwinnett’s Mitch Hyatt (No. 75) is an offensive tackle for Clemson. Collins Hill’s Emmanuel Belmar (No. 40) is a linebacker and Norcross’ D’Andre Plantin (No. 62) is an offensive lineman for Virginia Tech.

Gladiators’ scoring woes continue in 4-1 loss to Greenville

By Christine Troyke


DULUTH — The league’s most prolific offense snapped a 116-minute scoreless drought, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Greenville on Wednesday. Brock Higgs lit the lamp with 3:41 left in the third period to keep the Atlanta Gladiators from being shut out for a second straight game. The Swamp Rabbits were too far ahead by then, though. Greenville rode a 40-save performance from goalie Jeff Malcolm to a 4-1 victory. The Swamp Rabbits have now won four straight and five of their last six, all on the road. “Malcolm played well, but if you look at the one goal we did score, it was because Higgie stood in front, took his eyes away

Greenville goaltender Jeff Malcolm (33) makes a save with Atlanta forward Daniel Bahntge (27) on the doorstep Wednesday at Infinite Energy Arena. Bahntge was making his return from a Nov. 8 injury. (Photo: Amanda Hertel)

and got a deflection,” head coach Andy Brandt said. “It’s hard to say we didn’t throw enough rubber at him, but again, we did pass up chances. “A lot of our issues start off the line rush. We just

want to be too cute. We want to try to make the seam pass all the time instead of putting it on net and letting guys go get rebounds.” The Gladiators (10-10-21, 23 points) again failed to take advantage of a start in

net by Zane McIntyre, who was assigned by Boston for a short stint and now returns to the AHL. Rookie Dan Vladar will be returned to Atlanta in a goalie exchange this week. Atlanta now has a very rare nine days off, in part due to Sunday’s game in Greenville having to be rescheduled for January. “It’s good we have a little bit of time for a several reasons,” Brandt said. “We’ve played the most games in the league and these guys need a rest. But it’s also good for us to have a chance to teach and make sure our details are where they need to be going forward.” McIntyre and Malcolm traded highlight-worthy saves in the scoreless first period. The patient McIntyre stayed with Greenville’s Tommy Thompson one-onone and robbed him of a sure

goal halfway through the period. Not to be outdone, Malcolm tracked a bomb from the point by Colin Jacobs through heavy traffic and flashed the glove at 14:13. Hardly 90 seconds later, Jacobs was on the ice in agony after getting slashed by Bretton Cameron. Jacobs rolled into the zone on an odd-man rush and left the ice trying to support an injured right arm. “I don’t know yet what that holds,” Brandt said. Greenville (8-5-2-0, 18 points) scored on a rebound 5:04 into the second for a 1-0 lead. McIntyre made the initial save but was on his stomach, and the Gladiators left Michael Joly uncovered at the post. Joly went backhand-to-forehand to tuck the puck home. Atlanta pounded away at Malcolm on two power play chances in the second and

couldn’t solve the former Yale netminder. Malcolm, on contract with AHL Hartford, made 16 saves in the period. “It was great to get all those shots, but did we get in front of Malcolm and make his life hard? I don’t think we made it hard enough,” Brandt said. Greenville shut the door on any comeback potential with goals 44 seconds apart late in the third period. Matt Johnson rolled into the zone on his horse and slipped a backhanded try through McIntyre’s legs at 12:59. Moments later, Adam Chapie shut the door on Atlanta with just his second goal of the season. “These (two) games, we lack emotion and we lack energy,” Brandt said. “Our scoring woes are because we’re hoping that pucks get through to the high slot instead of bringing them to the hard areas.”


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To secretary of state Bolton President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly seriously considering at least two men for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney’s severe criticism of Trump during the campaign disqualifies him. The other is retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. A major problem for Petraeus is his mishandling of classified documents, which he reportedly leaked to his biographermistress, Paula Broadwell. After Trump hammered Hillary Clinton for her “extremely careless” handling of classified material when she was secretary of state, it would be hypocritical Cal of Trump Thomas to name Petraeus. Though also in the running, former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani is thought to be running a distant third, if the number of visits in and out of Trump Tower are any indication. So, of the top two contenders, who? How about someone with experience as a diplomat, including within the State Department and as a former U.N. ambassador? John Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a regular commentator on cable news, does not engage in wishful thinking, or project American morals on those who don’t share them in the vain hope they might be contagious. Here is Bolton on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism: “When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence.” In his book “Surrendering is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations,” Bolton is unrelenting in his criticism of the toothless UN and of many U.S. policies that have not produced results in America’s best interests — precisely the attitude of President-elect Trump, who wants to look out for America and its interests first. In this pursuit he is not unlike one of his predecessors, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, who said, “What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.” It is a mugging, and too often it is the United States and Israel who get mugged. Here’s another Bolton quote: “Negotiation is not a policy. It’s a technique. It’s something you use when it’s to your advantage, and something that you don’t use when it’s not to your advantage.” That is the opposite of wishful thinking. In a July 2015 column for the Dallas Morning News, Bolton wrote that it is a fiction to believe Iran won’t violate terms of the nuclear weapons deal it made with the Obama administration. He argues that “snapback” sanctions won’t work because sanctions failed before. He thinks the only option for keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs is Israel. “However, Iran may well retaliate,” Bolton acknowledges. “At that point, Washington must be ready to immediately resupply Israel for losses incurred by its armed forces in the initial attack, so that Israel will still be able to effectively counter Tehran’s proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, which will be its vehicles for retaliation. The United States must also provide muscular political support, explaining that Israel legitimately exercised its inherent right of self-defense. Whatever Obama’s view, public and congressional support for Israel will be overwhelming.” Who is to blame for this situation? Bolton writes: “American weakness has brought us to this difficult moment. While we obsessed about its economic discomfort, Iran wore its duress with pride. It was never an even match. We now have to rely on a tiny ally to do the job for us. But unless we are ready to accept a nuclear Iran (and, in relatively short order, several other nuclear Middle Eastern states), get ready. The easy ways out disappeared long ago. This is sober reality and precisely the worldview that is needed at the Department of State. Readers may email Cal Thomas at

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Fake news is a cancer on education CHICAGO — Fake news is on people’s radar like never before due to speculation about what role it may have played in the past election. And not a moment too soon. The lack of media literacy in this country is becoming an epidemic — one that, like so many other public health threats, is particularly harmful to children. Recently, researchers at Stanford University’s History Education Group began to measure what they call “civic online reasoning,” which they define as the ability to judge the credibility of information viewed while on electronic devices. The group administered 56 tasks designed to evaluate understanding of the reliability of news sources to middle school, high school and college students — in both well-resourced and under-resourced schools — across 12 states. What the researchers found comes as no surprise to anyone who spends time with young adults who have had digital devices in their hands since toddlerhood: “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the internet can be summed up in one word: bleak,” reads the study’s executive summary. “We would hope that middle school students could distinguish an ad from a news story. By high school, we would hope that students reading about gun laws would notice that a

dently reported news without a hidden agenda if the parents themselves don’t understand that there is a distinction. And expecting the educational system to craft a response to this major blind spot in current education curricula for tomorrow’s voters and citizens is Esther practically out of the question. Cepeda A 2015 study on the necessity of media literacy for teachers chart came from a gun owners’ found that “media literacy repolitical action committee. And mains perhaps the most imporin 2016, we would hope college tant addition to current teacher students, who spend hours each education, even if it must be day online, would look beyond ‘slipped in’ with the rest of the a .org URL and ask who’s curriculum (because) requirbehind a site that presents only ing an entire course in media one side of a contentious issue. literacy in undergraduate teacher But in every case and at every education may not be feasible level, we were taken aback by at many colleges and universistudents’ lack of preparation.” ties with teacher preparation The authors conclude that our programs.” ability to harness the power of As a teacher, I have seen the free flow of information is countless students who could threatened by media illiteracy not spot the differences beand “will depend on our aware- tween reliable sources and ness of this problem and our plain propaganda. But, worse, educational response to it. At I’ve seen numerous examples present, we worry that democof teaching materials that have racy is threatened by the ease included outdated (and thereat which disinformation about fore incorrect) news articles, civic issues is allowed to spread handouts produced by for-profit and flourish.” organizations looking for future Unfortunately, the skill of customers, and untold numbers media literacy is a narrow one of videos from sources that that is possessed mostly by were clearly produced by orgapeople in the media. We cannot nizations with strong political expect parents to teach their agendas. children skills like understandThese things jump out at ing that “native advertising” and trained journalists, but it’s sort “sponsored content” on a legiti- of unfair to bash teachers for mate news site are not indepen- presenting such materials to

their students as trustworthy and factual when teachers can’t spot the inconsistencies and were never taught how to do so. “When we began our work, we had little sense of the depth of the problem. We even found ourselves rejecting ideas for tasks because we thought they would be too easy. Our first round of piloting shocked us into reality,” the Stanford History Education Group study declares. “Many assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally savvy about what they find there. Our work shows the opposite.” The group believes that awareness is the first step in demonstrating the link between digital literacy and citizenship in order to “mobilize educators, policymakers and others to address this threat to democracy.” But public education institutions move glacially, while those who use technology to push their agendas evolve quickly to disguise their bias by making it look like impartial content. Realistically, today’s citizens are on their own in learning how to spot fake news, but there is a way to start: Study the URL to see if you recognize it or if it has other letters after the dot-com. Then take a quick look at some of the headlines. This can tell you a lot. Esther Cepeda’s email address is estherjcepeda@

No tears in wake of Fidel Castro’s death WASHINGTON — Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge — and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either. With news of Fidel Castro’s death Friday — finalmente — world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might have written them himself. It would appear in any case that the 20th century’s quintessential “Big Brother” managed to infect a few world leaders with an Orwellian strain of mushy-mouthed aphasia. Apparently bereft of the right words, they treated Castro’s brutality as polite unmentionables, serving up platitudes as though just another important figure had passed on to his maker. Did they miss the screams? Growing up in Florida during the Cuban missile crisis, running bomb shelter drills and hearing the stories of refugees who became lifelong friends, I somehow managed to evade the charms of the revolutionary rogue, who merely replaced one dictatorship with another far worse. There’s nothing sentimental about a ruthless dictator who once held the world hostage to a possible nuclear Armageddon. It’s one thing to be respectful of the Cuban people — and I’m not suggesting we celebrate anyone’s death — but it is another to sidestep the historical horrors of a murderous, 60-year

inmates as well as other lesser desirables to our shores. As a younger reporter, I spent a week in Miami’s “Tent City,” where local and state officials tried to figure out where to put hundreds of criminals and the mentally challenged. This was thanks to Carter’s telling Castro Kathleen that countless Cubans wished to Parker leave Cuba. Although many have lauded military regime and strike a Castro’s political acumen, I’ve pose of diplomatic equanimity yet to read about his flair for irothat assuages only gluttons of ny. Carter, for whom irony apinsincerity. parently is what the maid does No wonder so many of them to his dress shirts, remembered chose to express themselves Castro “fondly.” Perhaps as one through Twitter — a commureaches the age of wisdom, one nication format well-suited to leans toward greater charity. the small and shallow. Nancy President Obama’s remarks, Pelosi tweeted that Castro’s though eloquent, were carefully death “marks the end of an meaningless. Steering clear of era.” Stalin’s death did, too, but specifics, he noted that Cubans who’s judging? Justin Trudeau, are filled with emotions, “recallCanada’s happy-boy prime ing the countless ways in which minister, called Castro a “reFidel Castro altered the course markable leader,” who “made of individual lives, families and significant improvements” to of the Cuban nation.” Cuba, presumably by taking Yes, death, torture, oppresover all private possessions and sion, imprisonment, a state-conculling the island of the middle trolled media and a miserable, class. Atta boy. state-run economy will flat-out It’s true that Cuba boasts alter a person’s course. Obama a high level of literacy and a then grabbed history’s tail and health care system free to all. gave it a yank, saying, “History Then again, you don’t see many will record and judge the enorpeople from industrialized namous impact of this singular tions lining up for heart surgery figure on the people and world in Havana. around him.” And then there’s Jimmy CartAw, come on, let’s beat er, under whose watch Castro history to it. One of the worst emptied his prisons and mental dictators in modern history has institutions, sending 125,000 mercifully died. It doesn’t mat-

ter that in 2008 he ceded control of the government to his brother Raul. Symbolically, his death liberates the psyches of at least three generations of Cubans and Cuban-Americans. History will strain little in judging Castro or in sorting out his effect on the world. Now that Obama has eased the decadeslong U.S. embargo, wisely in my view, as well as restrictions on travel, the tiny nation has a shot at reinvention. Already, Raul has made changes allowing for limited market socialism, meaning that small businesses and individuals may conduct commerce for profit. The once subterranean “dollar economy” that has kept many Cubans financially afloat thanks to Cuban-American relatives sending money, is now being openly encouraged by Raul. President-elect Donald Trump would do well to stay in this lane rather than threaten to reinstate the embargo. He should understand that Castro loved the embargo more than anyone because, as ever, he could blame the U.S. for his failures. For Trump to fall into this same trap would be a post-mortem gift to Castro and breathe new life into cruel legacy — the dictator’s final triumph over America and the several U.S. presidents who could never quite bury him. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@

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