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Lanier trio gets patent for eyeliner stamp Students believed to be first in state to hold patent BY KEITH FARNER


A trio of Lanier High School students not only found a niche in the makeup product market, they became pioneers using a school project

where they solved a daily problem faced by people of all ages. Led by Savannah Jones, and along with Macy Dykes and Lauren Eshelman, the students started by looking for some of the most difficult challenges throughout the day. They

settled on eyeliner. “Ironically, I don’t wear makeup,” Jones said. “But even I know how hard it is to put on eyeliner. Your hand shakes, the line gets uneven, and wings are impossible to perfect. It is a struggle for everyone, men included.”

That began a two-year process that included development of an eyeliner stamp prototype, patent, copyright, logo and slogan. The students are believed to be the first Georgia high school

A prototype of an eyeliner stamp to apply makeup easier developed by three Lanier High School students recently See PATENT, Page 7A received a patent. (Special Photo)

Teen facing trial as adult in strangling of mother BY CAILIN O’BRIEN

A judge refused Tuesday to lessen the charges against a 15-year-old accused of choking his mother to death last month, despite his attorney’s efforts. Norcross teen Patrick Gibson, who has mental health issues, allegedly killed his mother, Faith Haynes, 47, in their Oakwood Vista Apartment Jan. 31 at around 5 p.m. after he argued with her about taking his medication. Haynes’ nephew found her body when he returned home that night. Gibson had already fled the apartment. “A short time later, he was detained by police near the front of the apartment complex,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Deon Washington said. Gibson was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. Gibson’s attorney, Leanne Chancey, asked the court Tuesday to reduce those charges to involuntary manslaughter. She said the aggravated assault charge along with murder meant her client had intended to kill his mother. She said intent wasn’t there. See TRIAL, Page 7A

Woodall holds conference call, defends Trump BY CURT YEOMANS

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall defended President Donald Trump on questions about conflicts of interest and America’s relationship with Russia during a telephone town hall discussion Wednesday night. The 30-minute moderated call-in discussion gave some people who called in a chance to ask Woodall, R-Ga., Rob Woodall questions about a wide range of topics, from payroll taxes to Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and questions about Trump. Despite their interest in the ACA, it was Woodall’s responses to the Trump questions that had attendees at an Indivisible Georgia 7 call-in listening party in Peachtree Corners howling at times. “He represents us, not the Republican Party,” Indivisible Georgia 7 leader Ron Denham said. “He represents the constituents who voted him, but the only talking points we can get form him are party talking points.” At one point a caller identified only as “Nicholas from Suwanee” asked about Trump and his family, and conflicts of interest regarding business interests, along with queries about transportation and tax returns. See WOODALL, Page 3A

Kate Timms, left, and her husband Ryan, both of Bethlehem, shop for summer clothes for their children at the semi-annual Kidsignments children’s consignment sale at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. (Staff Photos: Erika Wells)

Shop ’til you drop

Massive children’s consignment sale running this week


Time is running out to find some the best bargains in the region on clothing, accessories, toys, furniture, equipment and more for babies and children at the Kidsignments sale event in Lawrenceville. The massive semiannual consignment sale offers new and gently used items from 1,500 sellers in one place at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, through Saturday. There also are items for teens and expectant mothers. Hundreds of shoppers already have stopped by the 30,000-square-foot space, which has one building containing clothing and another filled with toys. “We’ve had nice weather and happy shoppers finding a lot of bargains and having a lot of fun out here,” founder Jeri Lynn Cunningham said. “I love when I have the chance to help people shop, because it’s like a big treasure hunt. … It’s really important to walk up and down all of the aisles to see what’s there. Otherwise you’re going to miss something. You’ll see stuff that you didn’t know was there. And bring a list, as well.” This year, there’s been an abundance of girls clothing in sizes 10, 12 and 14 instead of the usual overflow of baby apparel. A lot of her longtime sellers have girls who have outgrown their wardrobe,

Children’s quality gently used clothing, toys, boutique items, baby equipment, teen and maternity wear and more is available at the Kidsignments sale at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville through Saturday.

IF YOU GO • What: Kidsignments • Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville • When: 9 a.m to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday • More information:

Cunningham said. “In the 20-plus years I’ve done the sale, I have seen trends when there were more baby girls born than boys at some point just by the volume of clothes,” she said. “I’ve seen the cycles in addition to the latest trends.” Various electronics, CDs,

first smiling faces to greet shoppers as they enter the venue. Her passion is obvious Visit for more photos from Kidsignments. as she tallies totals, catches up with regulars, monitors DVDs, toys and more are still activity and makes suggestions for newcomers. available. Toys range from “I’ve always prayed that the recently popular Shopkins God would allow me to do to old favorites like Thomas what I’m meant to do, and the Tank Engine, Teenage when it happens, it touches Mutant Ninja Turtles, Elmo you and you almost get emoand Curious George. Shoppers visit from Gwin- tional because you see it,” Cunningham said. “It’s really nett as well as from outside humbling for Him to allow of metro Atlanta and differthat.” ent states. Some visit family She especially enjoys seeand friends while making the trip to the fairgrounds, while ing other shoppers connect with each other through comothers make it destination shopping, spending hours go- mon interests. ing down the aisles. See SALE, Page 7A Cunningham is one of the MORE ONLINE

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Local dentist sentenced in Medicaid fraud through Care A Gwinnett-based denDental, tist will spend a year and the dental a half in federal prison pracafter she filed almost $1 tice she million in false Medicaid operated claims. in DuOluwatoyin “I’m proud of the colluth and Solarin laborative efforts that led Doraville, to this successful prosecu- U.S. Attorney John Horn tion,” Attorney General said. Chris Carr said. Her plea came after Dr. Oluwatoyin Solarin an investigation into her pled guilty in November practices by the special of filing the fake claims agents of the Department FROM STAFF REPORTS

of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service as well as investigators from the Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Georgia Department of Community Health. They found that from 2009 until 2013, Solarin filed false claims to the Georgia Medicaid Program and the Peach State Health Plan of Georgia Medicaid. Those claims racked up $996,862,

which Solarin mostly used to buy real estate around metro Atlanta, according to the jJstice Department. “Solarin cheated the Medicaid program by submitting fraudulent claims, even billing the government for the procedures she allegedly performed at the same time she was out of the country,” Horn said. He also said Solarin billed patients who were ineligible for Medicaid

services. When their eligibility expired, Solarin told an employee to backdate the claims so they would be paid. “Solarin abused her position of trust and stole money from the taxpayers for her own enrichment,” said Derrick L. Jackson, a special agent from the Office of Inspector General in Atlanta dedicated to investigations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of her plea agreement, Solarin agreed to repay the fraudulent money and pull out of more than a dozen real estate properties, Horn said. “The wealth she amassed through her scheme will now be forfeited and paid back to the government,” he said. Solarin will be on supervised release for three years after she gets out of prison.

Gwinnett Coalition accepting EFSP grant applications BY CURT YEOMANS

“It’s a program that helps people in need with emergency food and shelter,” Gwinnett CoaliCommunity assistance tion Executive Director groups that want to help Ellen Gerstein said. “It Gwinnett residents in need helps with things such as with help getting emerutilities, food and people’s gency food and shelter this rent.” year has a few weeks to The coalition is one submit their information. of a handful of groups, The Gwinnett Coalition along with the American for Health and Human Red Cross, Atlanta JewServices is taking applica- ish Federation, Catholic tions through March 15 for Social Services, Christian groups in the county that Council of Metro Atlanta, want to receive Emergency St. Vincent de Paul and the Food and Shelter Program United Way, whose repgrants. resentatives sit on a board curt.yeomans

that decide which metro area agencies receive funding through the program. The metro group has $393,898 for the Phase 34 of the EFSP program to distribute to local nonprofits. “Unfortunately, (that) is $8,000 less than we received last year,” Gerstein said. Groups picked to receive grants that will allow them to help residents in need must be a nonprofit, maintain a system for accounting, be non-discriminatory, show they are

able to provide emergency assistance and have a board of directors made up of volunteers, according to information released by the coalition. Applications for Gwinnett nonprofits are available at Gerstein said examples of groups in the county that typically receive the grants include local co-ops and the Salvation Army. Residents who are homeless or otherwise need emergency assistance go to those local nonprofits,

she said. “The Norcross Co-Op is the largest recipient of the funding,” Gerstein said. “Even though there is a need all over Gwinnett, they have the most need.” Gwinnett groups interested in receiving grant funding to participate in the program must submit copies of their organization’s 501(c)(3), their most recent annual audit, their most recent income and expense report and a list of the people on their board of directors with their typed application.

The application should be sent to the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, C/O Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, Ellen Gerstein, Gwinnett Local Board Co-Chair, 750 S. Perry St., Suite 312, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The coalition must receive applications by 4 p.m. on March 15. Any questions must be directed to Gerstein by calling 678376-7887 or by sending a message to

Stolen car recovered from lake BY CAILIN O’BRIEN

Pinckneyville Middle sixthgrader Matthew Follmer stacks cups during the Junior Olympics in Houston in July. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County police were at the scene, Cpl. Deon Washington confirmed, but he said the Dive teams reportedly investigation is being led recovered a stolen car from by DeKalb County. Norris Lake near Snellville “They’re checking to on Wednesday evening. see if there’s a vehicle in According to multiple the lake, but there’s no news reports, the car was a information as to how long 2013 Chrysler 300 report- the vehicle has been there,” ed stolen in 2015. said DeKalb police spokes-


woman Sheira Campbell Wednesday evening. DeKalb County Fire and Rescue tweeted they were preparing to make entry into the lake at about 4:30 p.m. Gwinnett firefighter Capt. Tommy Rutledge said his emergency units weren’t involved in the search.

Gwinnett schools gear up to State cheers, conservationists host sport stacking regional jeer over water wars decision BY KEITH FARNER

designed to allow for faster keith.farner times. Participants of sport stacking stack cups in pre-determined sequences, Sport stacking is by aligning the inside left building momentum in lateral adjunct of each cup Gwinnett, most notably with that of the next. at Peachtree Elementary, Sequences are usually where a club has grown pyramids of three, six or steadily in the last decade. 10 cups. Players compete Teacher Michael Senf against the clock or another has led the effort, which player. began with seven students Two students, sixthat Peachtree Elementary grader Matthew Follmer of and now has 20 students. Pinckneyville and fourthThere’s also a new club at grader Nicholas Follmer Pinckneyville Middle. of Peachtree, have made On Saturday, Peachtree Team USA for sport stackElementary is set to host ing. the second annual sport “They have such an instacking competition, terest and love for the sport also known as the World and their dedication, focus Sport Stacking Association and hard work throughout HOTlanta Regional Sport the years has led to their Championship, at 9:30 a.m. success,” Senf said. at Summerour Middle. This is the second Sport stacking is an indi- straight year Peachtree vidual and team sport that has hosted the tournament involves stacking plastic which will feature children, cups in specific sequences youth, and adult competiin as little time as possible. tors from U.S. and internaThe cups are specially tional clubs. World record

holders will be present alongside beginners and masters level stackers. Sport stacking helps students develop bilateral proficiency and equal performance on both sides of the body. By increasing bilateral proficiency, a student develops a greater percentage of the right side of the brain, which houses awareness, focus, creativity and rhythm. Stacking helps train the brain for sports and other activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer. Sequencing and patterning are also elements of sport stacking, which can help with reading and math skills. This tournament is a WSSA 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games qualifier. The sport will be one of 19 that will draw more than 15,000 total athletes.





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State officials are celebrating a win in the ongoing water wars with Florida after a special master appointed to review the case sided with Georgia’s argument in the case. The special master’s decision, which is a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court, has significant local importance because it affects access to water in Lake Lanier among other issues. Florida has asserted that Georgia’s growing water consumption — as the population grows — threatens economic interests along the Apalachicola River in northern Florida. “We are incredibly pleased with the special master’s recommendation to the Supreme Court of the U.S.” Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement. “Georgia remains committed to the conservation efforts that make us amicable stewards of our water. We are encouraged Nathan Deal by this outcome which puts us closer to finding a resolution to a decades-long dispute over the use and management of the waters of the basin.” For officials at the conservationist group Americans Rivers, however, the decision by attorney Ralph Lancaster is more of a cause for concern. The group named the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River, as the most endangered river in America last year in part because of upstream consumption of water. The group said there is some good news to be found

Political Notebook

and Training Center, $36.5 million for the OneGeorgia Authority budget and the Regional Economic Business Assistance program and $27.3 million to cover a 20 percent pay increase for state law enforcement officers. “With this amended budget, we are investing in Curt Yeomans Georgia’s top priorities and addressing the most critical issues facing our state,” Deal in the decision, despite the said. “This budget reflects win for Georgia. They said the solid economic growth Lancaster said water management changes needed to that Georgia continues to be made by the Army Corps enjoy and ensures that our communities will be safer of Engineers. tomorrow than they were “Though we’re disapyesterday. pointed that the special “As we look to maintain master did not recommend Georgia as the No. 1 place specific changes to water in which to do business management, he did rectoday, we are also looking ognize the need for action to the future so that Georgia to stop the damage to the will lead the way in job rivers and communities of the basin,”American Rivers creation and cybersecurity. I President Bob Irvin said in a want to thank the members of the General Assembly statement. who made this amended “The debate over water budget possible, as their management in the ACF quick and unified action Basin is far from over. The will have a significant and states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama must come to- lasting impact in the lives of Georgians.” gether to create a workable Upcoming water-sharing agreement. • State Sen. Curt ThompAnd, it’s more important than ever that the U.S. Army son, D-Tucker, will host his Corps of Engineers improve monthly Citizens’ Advisory management of its facilities Forum from 10:30 a.m. to support healthy rivers and to noon on Saturday at 45 communities throughout the South Cafe, 45 S. Peachtree St. in Norcross. basin.” • The Conservative ReDeal signs mid-year publican Women of North budget into law Atlanta will host state Sen. Gov. Nathan Deal made Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, the state’s amended fiscal and Georgia state Republiyear 2017 budget official can Party chairman candiWednesday, signing it into date Michael McNeely at its law during a ceremony in next meeting. The meeting Augusta. will be held at 7 p.m. on The budget greenlights state officials to spend $24.3 Monday at Magnolia Bakbillion, reflecting a 3 percent ery Cafe, 5175 South Old growth in revenues, accord- Peachtree Road in Norcross. Political Notebook aping to Deal’s office. pears in the Thursday and It includes a $50 million Sunday editions of the allocation to establish the Gwinnett Daily Post. Georgia Cyber Innovation

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Roses worth the time, challenge to grow Roses are one of the most popular garden flowers. Their beauty has been the subject of many poems and songs. Roses come in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes with over 6,000 cultivated varieties. Every year new ones are introduced with improved flower color, fragrance and adaptability. Roses require a higher level of care than most other garden plants, but the results are worth the extra effort. The classification of roses is based on their growth habit and flower form. The hybrid tea roses have a strong upright growth habit and produce single large flowers at the end of their long stems. They are frequently used in floral arrangements. These roses are somewhat challenging to grow since they have greater

Gardening in Gwinnett

flowers borne in clusters. Climbing roses have a vine-like growth habit and form dense clusters of flowers. They require support, such as a trellis or fence. Shrub roses are smaller in size and have a denser growth habit than other types. They are valued for their season-long Tim Daly production of flowers and their dense foliage. Shrub maintenance requireroses are easier to mainments and are more tain since they require susceptible to pests than less pruning and have other types. Floribunda greater resistance to pests roses produce abundant than many other types. flowers throughout the An example of a shrubgrowing season. Although type rose is the popular they have smaller flowKnockoutTM Rose. ers than the hybrid tea Roses require full sun roses, they produce more and well-drained fertile flowers that are borne in soils. The fall and winlarge clusters along their ter months are the best stems. Grandiflora roses time for planting. Roses have the attributes of both should be planted in the hybrid tea and floriholes that are twice the bunda roses in that they size of the root ball and have long stems and large no deeper than the top of

it. Then apply a two to four-inch layer of mulch to the ground beneath the plants. They should be thoroughly watered once a week with the water penetrating deeply into the root zone. Once established, apply three tablespoons of an allpurpose fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, to each plant monthly during the growing season. Broadcast it in a circular pattern on the ground around the plants. In general, roses should be pruned in late winter before new growth appears in spring since this will help promote increased blooming. Climbing roses are the exception. They should be pruned in the spring after the first flowers begin to fade. Use sharp pruning tools and make the cuts just above the buds.

Several pests trouble roses. Aphids and spider mites are frequently a problem. Avoid applying excessive amounts of fertilizer since this will encourage the production of lush, new growth that is attractive to these insects. Black spot fungal disease causes discoloration and leaf drop. To reduce the likelihood of infection, make sure the roses are planted three to five feet apart to allow for adequate air circulation. Apply supplemental water before noon and keep the foliage dry. Clean up and dispose of leaves, branches and old flowers that fall to the ground. Use pesticides labeled for controlling these pests. Make sure you follow all label directions and safety precautions when using pesticides. If you are willing to do

a little extra work in your garden, roses will produce attractive, colorful blooms throughout the growing season. Their display of beauty is why roses are among the most favorite of garden plants. The 2017 Annual Gwinnett County Extension Plant Sale offers several plants, including blueberries, apples, figs, native azaleas and other plants at affordable prices. To download an order form, go to the Extension website at You can also contact the Gwinnett County Extension office for one to be mailed to you. Timothy Daly is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent with Gwinnett County Extension. He can be reached at 678-377-4010 or

Last day of daytime closures Gov. hails passing ‘provider fee’ for I-85 along south toll lane to bolster budget for Medicaid By Curt yeomans


Gwinnett County drivers heading south from Suwanee to Duluth on Interstate 85 can expect to have one fewer lane available to them during mid-day hours today. Today is the final day that the Georgia

Department of Transportation will close the southbound Express Lane between McGinnis Ferry Road and Sugarloaf Parkway. The lane closure is similar to ones done on Tuesday and Wednesday in that it will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday. Officials said the lane

is being closed off so crews can conduct surveying work in it. “This work will be done weather-permitting,” GDOT’s Northeast Region office said in the statement. “The lane will be barreled off to any traffic, motorists need to pay attention and stay alert while traveling through this work zone.”

N. Clayton Street in downtown Lawrenceville closed for repair

From staFF reports

depot in downtown Lawrenceville this week, the CSX Railroad will do city announced Monday. repair work on North That area at the railroad Clayton Street by the train crossing will be closed to

traffic Friday. Motorists should plan to take an alternate route and allow for additional travel time.

Director of Secret Service retires By mary Kay mallonee, to employees obtained Jim aCosta and by CNN. “Please accept Kevin liptaK my sincere and heartfelt CNN thanks for your dedication to our mission. You United States Secret have inspired me. My Service director Joseph hope was that I could reClancy announced his turn your gifts of inspiraretirement to the staff tion with some measure Tuesday, a spokesperson of good for the Secret tells CNN. Service.” “The success of the Clancy took over as Secret Service is achieved acting director of the with great sacrifice by all agency in October 2014 of you and your families,” and later was sworn in Clancy wrote in a letter as permanent director in

February 2015. “My love for this agency has only complicated the decision further, but for personal reasons it is time. I look forward to spending time with my family,” Clancy wrote. He said his retirement was effective March 4. Clancy is a 27-year veteran of the Secret Service who ran the presidential protection division during the first years of Barack Obama’s presidency.

million in federal funds. The Georgia lawmakers passed funding major health care legislation is then Friday, including a bill to returned to plug a $900 million hole in the hospithe state Medicaid budget. tals through Nathan Deal The Georgia House reimbursevoted 152-14 to approve the ments. renewal of the hospital “pro- Individual hospitals are revider fee” for another three imbursed differing amounts, years. Senate Bill 70, which based on how much Medicpassed the Senate last week, aid business they do. will now go to Gov. Nathan “Because of the courage Deal for his signature. of the General Assembly, Deal said he will sign the Georgia now has $900 millegislation Tuesday. lion available to us for the And the two houses Medicaid program,’’ Deal, passed separate but very who urged the bill’s passage, similar bills Friday to allow said in a statement Friday. dental hygienists to practice “Further, because of their in safety-net locations, nurs- leadership and quick action ing homes and school clinics on this matter, we will not without a dentist being have to take away resources present. Currently, Georgia from other portions of the is one of just three states that budget.” prohibit hygienists from this The dental hygienist leg“general supervision.” islation still needs agreement The provider fee is a way between the two chambers to help fund the Medicaid on the language that would program by drawing extra govern monitoring of the federal funding to the state. new policy. Critics, including tax The Friday passage activists who sought to of House Bill 154 by the block the measure, call it a House, and Senate Bill 12 in “bed tax.’’ But in fact, the the Senate, came a year after fee currently is not levied the abrupt collapse of similar on individual patients or on legislation in the 2016 Genhospital beds, but is based on eral Assembly session. hospital patient revenue. Last year, the Georgia The state collects about Dental Association signaled $310 million from hospitals support for the proposal, through the fee, and that but it later died in the House money is matched with $600 Rules Committee after lob-

bying by dentists. But this year, the executive director of the Georgia Dental Association said the organization supported a House compromise bill. The legislation would allow dental hygienists to practice in schools, safety-net clinics, nursing homes, and in private dentists’ practices under general supervision. That means a dentist would not have to be present in these settings for the hygienists to clean teeth and apply sealants and fluoride there, as long as the dentist had given approval for the hygienists to do the work. Currently, hygienists aren’t allowed to practice in those settings without a dentist present. Last year, a Georgia Tech study reported that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Suzanne Newkirk, president of the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association, said Friday that her organization “is very pleased that the House and Senate passed companion bills to increase access to preventive dental care for underserved children adults and seniors. We would like thank Senator Renee Unterman and Representatives Sharon Cooper and Matt Hatchett for their leadership and vision in sponsoring these bills.”


•From Page 1A “With this particular administration, I do feel that accountability for what their conflicts of interest may be is something that we deserve the right to know,” the caller said. “A lot of people don’t realize, but there are no conflict of interest laws for the president,” Woodall said at one point. “It’s emoluments and yes there is one,” one woman at the listening party, who declined to be indentified, shouted at her phone in response. Woodall then said, “Because we have a

Members of Indivisible Georgia 7 listen during a call-in party in Peachtree Corners for U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s telephone town hall on Wednesday night. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

team of outsiders there at the White House, what seemed perfectly normal and appropriate if you

did it as a private citizen, I don’t think folks have fully gotten their arms around that it’s not appro-

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priate to do it as someone in the White House.” Moments later, the congressman defended Trump’s approach to handling Russia, which is opposite of the strained relationship former President Barack Obama’s strained relationship with that country and its leader, Vladimir Putin. “What I love about the outsiders that have taken over the White House is that it gives us the ability to look at the world through new eyes,” Woodall said. “I think one of the ways President Trump looks at the world through different eyes is ‘Why are we still fighting with Russia 40 years later?’”

That prompted the crowd shout in response to the congressman, including one person shouting out that he was a “stooge.” Attendees then quieted down just as Woodall said, “Why is it that we have an adversarial relationship with Russia where we don’t have one with other nations?” The congressman also said he was “not naive” about the situation between the U.S. and Russia, and that he wanted to know what happened in conversations between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and a Russian ambassador in December. Allegations that Flynn, who was not yet the national security advisor when the conversation took place, discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with the ambassador and then misled administration officials about the calls led to his resignation on Monday. “We are getting to the bottom of this,” Woodall said. The part about Russia particularly struck Denham, who called Putin a “war criminal.” “When so many in the

U.S. have sacrificed to protect us from the KGB and the Soviet Union, to have Rob Woodall say that is disgraceful,” Denham said. “Vladimir Putin is a murderer and a thug.” Long before the call-in began, the moderated 30-minute telephone town hall meeting looked like it might be filled with lively questions for the Republican congressman. Indivisible Georgia 7’s call-in party came complete with a hot pink silhouette cutout of a person’s upper torso and head placed in a chair to represent Woodall. The group has been circulating a petition to get Woodall to hold an in-person town hall meeting and the cutout, with “#WhereIsWoodall” written across its chest area as a silent protest against the congressman. Meanwhile, the Gwinnett Democratic Party urged its members on Tuesday night to call in with questions. That, in turn, prompted the United Tea Party of Georgia, which holds two of its three monthly meetings in Gwinnett, to urge its own members just after midnight on Wednesday to call in as well.

4A • ThursdAy, FebruAry 16, 2017 To Your Good Health



Keith Roach

Previous infections likely not influencing new illness Dear Dr. roaCH: In 1973, I was hospitalized for three days in an Air Force hospital in Thailand with an unknown viral illness. I quickly recovered and went back to my duties. In 1992, I started having one problem after another for about six months, culminating in losing my ability to walk in about 10 minutes. My bowels and bladder were paralyzed also. A doctor at the VA hospital connected the dots with my 1973 illness. The viral illness I had, which was never precisely diagnosed, destroyed the myelin sheath on my nerves, causing me to “short out.” I was given a guess diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. I recovered enough to be able to stand after pushing up with my arms, but that is about all. What is being done with stem cell research in this or any spinal area? I have heard nothing positive. — A.M. ansWer: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis is an autoimmune disease of the brain and spinal cord. It can be triggered by infections and sometimes by immunizations (the rabies vaccine was the first to be associated, but the smallpox vaccine and other vaccines also have been implicated). However, symptoms usually begin eight to 21 days after the infection or immunization, with the longest reported time between infection and onset being 45 days. It is hard for me to believe that the infection nearly 20 years earlier could have been the only trigger for this condition. The symptoms of the disease are very similar to multiple sclerosis, another demyelinating disease of the brain. (The word “demyelinating” refers to the destruction of the myelin sheath, a wrapping around the nerve that insulates the axon, the part of the nerve down which impulses travel. The insulation is essential for proper functioning of the nerve.) In both MS and ADEM, the body’s immune cells see the myelin as an invader and destroy it. It can be difficult to distinguish between ADEM and an initial bout of MS. About 35 percent of people initially diagnosed with ADEM will be diagnosed with MS, usually within the first year. Unfortunately, only 10 to 46 percent of those affected will completely recover from ADEM. I do not know of any effective treatment for people with long-term symptoms of ADEM, but treatment during the initial phase of the disease (with steroids, plasma exchange or immune globulin) improves the likelihood of a good outcome. I could not find any evidence of benefit from stem cells, although in theory they may help, and I understand studies are ongoing.


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TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1923, archaeologist Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of the recently discovered tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. In 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba. In 1968, the United States’ first 911 emergency phone system went into service in Haleyville, Ala. In 2005, the Kyoto Protocol for the reduction of greenhouse gases took effect for 141 ratifying nations. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Henry M. Leland (1843-1932), Cadillac and Lincoln Motor Co. founder; Edgar Bergen (1903-1978), ventriloquist; Vera-Ellen (1921-1981), actress/dancer; Sonny Bono (1935-1998), singer/politician; Richard Ford (1944- ), author; LeVar Burton (1957- ), actor; Ice-T (1958- ), actor/rapper; John McEnroe (1959- ),

tennis player; Christopher Eccleston (1964- ), actor; Jerome Bettis (1972- ), football player; Elizabeth Olsen (1989- ), actress; The Weeknd (1990- ), singersongwriter. TODAY’S FACT: Hundreds of millions of 911 emergency calls are made in the United States each year. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that 76 percent are wireless calls. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2005, the National Hockey League canceled its 2004-05 regular season and playoffs due to a labor dispute. TODAY’S QUOTE: “Things you did. Things you never did. Things you dreamed. After a long time they run together.” — Richard Ford, “Canada” TODAY’S NUMBER: 30 — broadcast radio stations in the United States in 1922. Today there are more than 15,000.

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Daughter juggles ties with two mothers Dear amy: I am a 37-year-old woman who was adopted at the age of 6. My adoptive mother, “Jane,” encouraged me to find my biological mom, “Kate,” after Jane had recently connected with her biological family (she was also adopted). I reconnected with Kate four years ago. Mom quickly became very upset about the developing relationship between Kate and my brother and me. She would cry and drill me for information about Kate. I reassured her that she was my mother and, even though I wanted a relationship with Kate, it didn’t mean I loved her any less. My relationship with mom has always been fragile. There was some sexual and physical abuse that happened by the hands of my father. I told her when I was 12. She did report it, but she asked me to lie about the severity of the abuse, and I did. She made me feel guilty because she had also adopted my brother. I didn’t want him to lose his family. I have forgiven her, but this has left a mark on my heart. Now she is interfering with my relationship with Kate. She will go weeks without speaking to me. She tells me I’m a horrible daughter and that I don’t love her. She threatens to quit talking to me. I only talk to Kate (mainly texting) a couple of times a week. I talk

Your background is complex and challenging. All of your choices now should foster your own emotional health and growth. You can’t grow if your mother is constantly forcing you to serve her own needs. You would greatly benefit from talking with Amy Dickinson a therapist, who could continue to coach you as to my mom at least four you sort out these reladays a week. I’m trying tionships. I’m rooting for my hardest to keep our you. relationship solid. Dear amy: I appreMy question is, am I ciate your straightforward correct in standing my advice. For years I’ve had ground and not choosing a good, respectful relabetween the two? tionship with my in-laws. — Worried We see each other reguDear WorrieD: larly, despite being on You should continue to the opposite ends of the stand your ground, but political spectrum. don’t be afraid to also However, this election make a choice. Realize changed all of that. I can’t that you will never be get over that they supable to balance these two ported a candidate whose relationships, because actions directly impact me your mother, “Jane,” (and hence my family) in won’t let you. So stop a negative way. trying. Your relationThey have not acknowlship with your biological edged how drastically mother is your business. things changed for me If Jane wants to quit talk- since the election, yet ing to you because of this, they continue to carry on then let her. like nothing happened. You should never have How do I move past this? to prove to your mother — Disappointed how much you love her. Dear DisapYou are already worthy. pointeD: Did you The person who conoffer an acknowledgtinually demands such ment to your in-laws proof does not deserve to when your candidate won receive it. the election eight years Your mother is being ago? You can assume cruel, manipulative and that they were probably emotionally abusive. She pretty disappointed, but has put you on an emo(I assume) you expected tional roller coaster, and them to cope with their her behavior is designed disappointment without a to keep you permanently special acknowledgment off-balance. from you.

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We are currently experiencing a period of extreme political and cultural challenges. But the way for you to move past this is to buck up, get busy, let your anger turn toward advocacy and simply stop expecting people on the other side of the political spectrum to ever feel sorry for you. My theory is that when you understand and accept this about your in-laws, you will be able to peacefully and respectfully wave at them from across the divide. Remember this feeling, and … come the revolution, be kind. Dear amy: I can’t believe you pressured “At a Loss” to invite her selfish and disruptive mother to her wedding. The worst day to try to deal with this nightmare would be on your own wedding day. The wedding day should be about the bride and groom. — Upset Dear Upset: Public weddings are in essence family and community events. If a bride wants to ensure that her wedding day is all about her, then she probably shouldn’t invite guests. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: askamy@amydickinson. com. Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

If you keep your emotions under control, everything else will fall into place this year. Carefully choose your targets as you navigate your way through business and personal situations. Make it your quest to come up with ideas and to bring about positive change. Romance is highlighted. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 19) — A chance to make a financial move is best thought through carefully. Don’t let your emotions or romantic partner influence an important decision. You cannot buy love. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Your luck is changing, and good fortune is heading in your direction. Reconnect with someone you have enjoyed working or playing with in the past and see what happens. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Express your thoughts and offer suggestions. You will capture interest and impress someone who can influence your future. Partnerships and contracts look promising, and can be formulated and signed. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — A business meeting or personal discussion will go well if you listen to what’s being said. Once you grasp the magnitude of the conversation, add positive, unique suggestions. Your candor will be appreciated. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Put everything you’ve got into getting ahead. Use your intellect to draw attention to what you want to see unfold and you will have a captive audience. Romance looks inviting. CANCER (June 21July 22) — You’ll be torn between professional and personal responsibilities. Look for a unique way to satisfy both yourself and the people counting on you. Honesty and understanding will help you overcome challenges. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Stop contemplating and start engaging in the ventures that excite you. Personal gains, travel and physical indulgence look appealing as well as rewarding. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Try to stay on course. Falling behind will result in complaints from someone who can be demanding. Put your money in a safe place to avoid overspending. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Look for changes that will make your life better. Evaluate your current situation as well as your relationships. Size things up, and figure out how you can attain the happiness you desire. SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) — Problems with communication can be expected if you have revealed too much information to someone you thought you could trust. Damage control will be necessary and should be implemented in a candid manner. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Get out there and have fun today. Participate in any activity that will align you with like-minded people or valuable colleagues. Be a team player. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Stop in your tracks before you make a mistake. Don’t follow the leader when you should be the leader. Making impulsive decisions or letting someone coerce you into an argument will set you back.

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world Woman arrested in death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother A woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Malaysian police said. She was detained Wednesday at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport carrying a Vietnamese travel document. Earlier, South Korea’s intelligence committee said two Asian women were suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam, who died soon after being attacked Monday at the same airport. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy on his body. Kim is believed to have been poisoned, South Korea’s National Assembly Intelligence Committee Chairman Lee Cheol Woo told a press briefing Wednesday.


Puzder withdraws name Fast food exec no longer up for labor head By Manu Raju, Dan Merica and Julia Horowitz CNN

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary. Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper. “After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “I am honored to have EU issues final air been considered by President Donald Trump to lead pollution warnings the Department of Labor and put America’s workers and to five countries businesses back on a path to The European Commis- sustainable prosperity. sion has issued “final warn“I also thank my family ings” to Germany, France, and my many supporters Spain, Italy and Britain for — employees, businesses, failing to address repeated friends and people who have breaches of air pollution voiced their praise and hopelimits for nitrogen dioxide, ful optimism for the policies it said Wednesday. and new thinking I would Nitrogen dioxide polluhave brought to America as tion, much of it caused by Secretary of Labor. While I road traffic, represents a won’t be serving in the adserious health risk. In a statement, the Commission said EU rules set clear pollution limits and obliged member countries Democrats gird to protect citizens from harmful air pollutants. for battle on If Germany, France, Trump-Russia Spain, Italy and Britain fail connections to respond satisfactorily Senate Democrats on to the warning within two Wednesday sought to ride months, the Commission the latest revelations of coorcould take the matter to dination between President the Court of Justice of the Donald Trump’s campaign European Union. “While it is up to the and Russian officials, while Member State authorities Senate Republicans — even to choose the approprisome of the most hawkish ate measures to address on Russia — sought to hold exceeding NO2 limits, the line against new investimuch more effort is neces- gations. sary at local, regional and Democrats called an national levels to meet the “emergency” caucus meetobligations of EU rules and ing at the Capitol to discuss safeguard public health,” their options roughly 12 the Commission said. hours after new reports that the FBI is investigating UAE ambassador extensive communications between the Trump camdies of wounds paign and Russian intelligence officers. from bombing Senate Minority Leader The United Arab EmirChuck Schumer called ates’ ambassador to for Attorney General Jeff Afghanistan, injured last Sessions to recuse himself month in a bombing while from the investigation into on a humanitarian mission, Russia’s connections to the has died from his wounds, Trump campaign and other the UAE Ministry of Presi- facets, including the phone dential Affairs said Wednes- calls that led to the resigday, according to the official nation of former National Emirati news agency WAM. Security Adviser Michael “(The Ministry) of Presi- Flynn this week. dential Affairs mourns the “We need to get all the righteous son of the nation, facts, so in the days and Juma Mohammed Abdulweeks ahead, the Trump adlah al-Kaabi, who was ministration needs to answer martyred following injuries some serious questions,” the he sustained in a terrorist New York Democrat said explosion in Kandahar,” a Wednesday morning. “These statement said. questions must be asked by The Jan. 10 blast erupted an independent and unbiased at a guesthouse on Kandalaw enforcement authority.” har Gov. Humayun Azizi’s As he headed to the meetcompound, said Samim ing, Sen. Chris Murphy, a Khpalwak, Azizi’s spokesConnecticut Democrat, said man. anything less than a comAt the time, reports plete investigation would suggested Kaabi and Azizi amount to a “cover-up.” were only lightly wounded. “We’ve got to look at — From wire reports what our options are to send


Fast food executive Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as President Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary. (CNN)

ministration, I fully support the president and his highly qualified team.” The decision came as Senate Republicans told the White House he was losing support, a senior GOP source said, adding there were four firm Republican no votes and possibly up to 12. His team subsequently began to pull back from all their plans regarding the confirmation process. Puzder was scheduled to do extensive preparation on Wednesday afternoon for his confirmation hearing before the Senate today, but canceled the so-called “murder board” after top Republicans spoke to the White House, a source close to Puzder told CNN. Around the same time, sources on Capitol Hill were told Puzder was expected to cancel his confirmation hearing. And Puzder’s team told the White House that he

did not want to go forward with the nomination if there was no clear path forward. White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Puzder’s decision, telling reporters simply, “he withdrew.” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer fanned the flames behind the opposition to Puzder in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “No matter how you cut it, there is no worse pick for labor secretary than Andrew Puzder, and I’m encouraged my Republican colleagues are starting to agree,” the New York Democrat said. “He does not belong anywhere near the Labor Department, let alone at the head of it. Puzder’s disdain for the American worker, the very people he would be responsible for protecting, is second to none.” GOP sources are pri-

vately pointing the finger at business groups for not giving political cover to Republicans. They say that they were swamped by labor groups and progressive forces looking to derail Puzder, while the business community sat on the sidelines. A source said the unions have eaten “their lunch.” “They literally were raising money in like $5,000 increments when millions were being spent against them,” one top GOP source says. “His entire support network made one TV ad that looked like a welcome video for new Hardee’s employees, which referred to “her” and “she” while praising the boss who hired them. Everyone knew he was in trouble weeks ago, and even his strongest supporters and biggest beneficiaries of his point of view as labor nominee would not open their wallets.”

people Little Caesars founder quietly paid Rosa Parks’ rent for years Those who knew Mike Ilitch, the Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers owner who died last Friday, have spent the past few days fondly remembering his impact on friends, on Detroit residents, and on the sports community. Ilitch also had an impact on the daily life of one of the most iconic figures from the civil rights movement. For more than a decade, Ilitch had quietly paid for Rosa Parks’ apartment in downtown Detroit, according to CNN affiliate WXYZ. That story came to light thanks to Damon Keith, a Detroit native and federal judge. “They don’t go around saying it, but I want to, at this point, let them know, how much the Ilitches not only meant to the city, but they meant so much for Rosa Parks, who was the mother of the civil rights movement,” Keith told WXYZ.

There’s no ‘race problem’, says Grammy president

Recording Academy President Neil Portnow is aware of the discussion about whether race played a role in Adele winning the album of the year Grammy on Sunday over Beyoncé. And he dismisses it. groups across the country “No, I don’t think there’s increased in 2016 to 917, a race problem at all,” Portup from 892 in 2015. In now said in an interview 2011, SPLC recorded 1,018 active organizations, with Pitchfork. Beyoncé’s loss has been the highest tally it found questioned not only by fans in more than 30 years of of her album “Lemonade,” tracking hate groups. That number had fallen to 784 in but also by the woman who won album of the year. 2014. Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Adele, one of 14,000 The largest jump last Flynn resigned Monday, marking an abrupt end to a brief year occurred in the number members of the Recordtenure. (CNN) of anti-Muslim hate groups, ing Academy who select the Grammy winners, said the person who asked Flynn which tripled from 34 in a message that a cover-up “Lemonade” got her vote. to resign or explain why he 2015 to 101. is not OK,” Murphy said. Portnow said it’s would have asked a “won“By stopping a bipartisan, “always hard to create obderful man” to leave his independent investigation Police: Toddler jectivity out of something White House. from moving forward, we dies after being that’s inherently subjecwill continue to incentivtive.” shot while in car ize the separation of the Presence of hate “We don’t, as musicians, intelligence forces from the in my humble opinion, A toddler and a 26-yearexecutive. That’s terrible for groups in U.S. old man riding in a car were listen to music based on spiked in 2016 this country.” shot and killed in Chicago on gender or race or ethnicAcross the country, flyers Tuesday, the police departity,” Portnow said. “When Trump: Flynn is ‘a are showing up on college ment said, marking the you go to vote on a piece campuses. of music — at least the second fatal shooting of a wonderful man’ Some promote blatant child in the city in a four-day way that I approach it — is President Donald Trump, neo-Nazi rhetoric, others you almost put a blindfold period. who asked for and received are much more subtle. The 2-year-old was sitting on and you listen.” then-national security advis“Protect your heritage.” in a car driven by the child’s er Michael Flynn’s resigna- “Let’s become great again.” aunt and was shot in the Pa. firefighters tion Monday, on Wednesday “Our future belongs to us.” head, Chicago police spokeshand out flowers defended the fired aide as “a “White people, do someman Anthony Guglielmi wonderful man.” thing.” “Serve your people.” said. The child was profor Valentine’s Day Flynn, who had deep They represent a less nounced dead at a hospital. A fire department in Coconnections with Trump extreme white supremacist The man, who was in the fostered throughout the movement targeting the passenger seat in front of the lumbia County, Pa. handed out carnations to show they 2016 campaign, was asked young and educated. child, died at the scene and care this Valentine’s Day. to resign after it became “They’re racist, but they the woman was wounded. Members of the Relipublic that he had misled have fancy new packaging,” The shooting was captured ance Fire Company visited Vice President Mike Pence said Brian Levin, director in a social media video that on conversations he had be- for the Center of Hate and shows the three in a vehicle, the Berwick Retirement Village on Tuesday and fore moving into the White Extremism at Cal State San listening to music, when passed out dozens of red House regarding sanctions Bernardino. “They learn to 16 gunshots are heard. The on Russia with Sergey downplay the swastikas and woman runs from the vehicle carnations to nurses and Kislyak, the Kremlin’s man get a thesaurus, so instead screaming and yells that she residents. Fire officials say the in Washington. of white supremacy they has been shot in the stomach. “Gen. Flynn is a wonder- use words like identitarian. The woman, who is preg- department wanted to do something special for ful man. I think he has been It’s just a repackaged vernant, was taken to Mount people there this Valentreated very, very unfairly sion of white nationalism.” Sinai Hospital, and she and by the media, as I call it, the On Wednesday, the her unborn child are in stable tine’s Day. All the firefighters made sure to visit every fake media in many cases,” Southern Poverty Law Cen- condition, Guglielmi said. room. They handed each Trump said. “And I think it ter, an Alabama-based orga- The 26-year-old man who person a flower and hoped is really a sad thing that he nization that monitors hate died was a known gang for a smile. was treated so badly.” crimes across the country, member, he said. Police The fire company At no point during his released its annual report on believe the man and woman handed out 150 flowers. answer, however, did Trump extremism in America. The were dating. — From wire reports acknowledge that he was report says the number of — From wire reports

Autism predicted by infant brain changes, study says By Susan Scutti CNN

It may be possible to predict whether an infant will go on to develop autism, researchers say. Overgrowth in brain volume during the first year of life forecasts whether a child at high risk of developing autism spectrum disorder is likely to receive a diagnosis at age 2, according to a small study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Must read This new diagnostic method requires MRI brain scans to look for the features of autism, a developmental disability with behavioral symptoms that usually become obvious between ages 2 and 4. Further research is needed before it can be developed into a tool for diagnosing infants at high risk of developing autism, said

Heather Cody Hazlett, lead author of the study and a psychologist at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Common symptoms of autism include difficulty with communication and repetitive behaviors. In the United States, about one in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet,

for infants who have an autistic sibling, the risk of developing the disorder may be as high as one in five. The risk is only one in 100 for infants without an affected sibling. Measuring the brain Hazlett and her colleagues studied two groups of infants: a high-risk group of 106 infants who had an older sibling with autism and a low-risk group of 42 infants with no immediate family history of autism.

The research team used MRI technology to measure brain development for each infant at set time points between 6 months and 24 months of age. Specifically, the research team measured overall volume, surface area and thickness of the cerebral cortex in particular regions. Hazlett and her colleagues discovered an overgrowth of cortical surface area in infants later diagnosed with autism, compared with the typically developing infants.


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Selfies with the nuclear football guy By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Mar-a-Lago terrace among assorted high-dollar patrons, felt like touring comedy director Adam McKay’s imagination. World leaders huddling over documents, reading by the light of an aide’s cellphone; a Hugh Hefneresque character Kathleen played by the president Parker receiving news about a North Korean missile launch; and a Palm Beach fat cat snapping a picture of the nuclear satchel and posing with Rick. Love the trailer; when’s the movie? Kidding aside, we who worry, worry. Shouldn’t the football be sitting quietly in a discreet corner, minding its own business? Things have gotten so wacky in Week Four of the Reality Presidency, even Vladimir Putin must be wondering: Is anybody in charge over there? To calm my nerves, I called a former nuclearfootball minder, now a happily anonymous civilian family man, about the photo and other concerns. “Jack,” I’ll call him, is beyond careful with his words. Ever faithful to mission, he’s a patriot who follows the rules and stays in his own lane. He’s so cautious, every other answer is “I can’t tell you that.” But he did tell me enough to ease my mind, so I thought I’d share. First, Jack says he wouldn’t have posed for the photograph, but doesn’t think it was a breach of any sort, nor did it pose a security risk. Jack still doesn’t have a Facebook account as it was a firing offense when he was “in.” Everything on the nonpolitical side of things in Washington is governed by rules, and there was zero tolerance for mistakes. The president may goof around, but the people in charge of keeping him alive and the continuity on course are deadly serious. The satchel also has strict rules. It must always be within a specified number of feet to the president. It is essentially a portable command center, not a nuclear launch pad per se. When the president activates the satchel, he is sending a message to the Pentagon rather than firing off missiles at his whim, as some would have you believe. The case, as others have described it, contains a book of retaliatory options, another of classified site locations, a manila folder containing procedures for the Emergency Alert System and, of course, the essential 3x5-inch card with the authentication codes. Yes, it’s a little chilling to imagine Trump trying to read the codes with a flashlight app while the Palm Beach set posts videos to Instagram. One may find comfort, however, in being reminded that the military aide holding the bag, so to speak, isn’t the only one with eyes on the suitcase. “There are a million things going on behind the scenes that people don’t understand,” Jack says, reassuringly. Standing close by are at least two others locked, loaded and poised to act to protect the football if necessary. “The point always is continuity of the presidency,” says Jack. “The country should never be without the ability to use the nuclear arsenal for more than a minute.” Continuity was interrupted once when President Clinton misplaced his “biscuit,” his personal identifier code, as related in the autobiography of Gen. Hugh Shelton, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Clinton’s second term. The vice president has the same satchel and biscuit, by the way, but they’re inoperable until and unless the president is confirmed dead or is otherwise unable to perform his duties. This would include being under sedation during surgery. The transfer of power and the making operable of those alternate instruments are executed immediately. Those worried that Trump might get his nose out of joint and start Armageddon should probably relax. There’s no red “launch” button in the bag. Once the president sorts through his options and decides on a course of action, he launches a process — have you ever loved that word more? — including discussions with key military and civilian advisers who may talk him out of the attack. In the end, the president has sole authority and the Pentagon has to follow orders. But “there are checks and balances everywhere and they’re extremely classified,” says Jack. “The most important thing is for you to make people feel safe and stop with the frickin’ … ” He stops himself and just says, “I’m not fretful.” If Jack’s not worried, I’m not worried. Sort of. Not. Worried. Kathleen Parker’s email address is

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Meaningful work need not be ‘fun’ CHICAGO — My students know I care deeply about them. They know I love to joke around and keep things interesting as we investigate topics they might find dry. But they also know I am waging a one-woman crusade against “fun.” It’s not that I don’t like to have fun, it’s just that young people moving from high school to college and, ultimately, into adult life have to understand that achievement — be it academic or careerrelated — is hard work. And hard work is many things, like character building, but rarely is it giggles-all-day fun. All year I’ve been going on about how, despite the socalled information economy’s promise of fun workplaces that ensconce computer scientists and coders in the Silicon Valley ethos of foosball tables and beer on tap in the company kitchenette, most jobs are just work. I have to reinforce this idea because, contrary to what you’ll read in the business press, it’s not all drone piloting, start-up IPO-ing and app development. Snagging a decent paying job as an accountant, lawyer, engineer, doctor or any sort of analyst takes an awful lot of time and intellectual effort, none of which could accurately be described as “fun.” Yet we, as a society, keep pushing this idea of enjoyment

Esther Cepeda as the be-all, end-all of both education and work. Ayelet Fishbach, a professor of behavioral science and marketing at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, recently wrote in The New York Times: “To identify a satisfying job, people should be thinking about office morale and doing work that is interesting and fun. … Add present benefits to your working hours. Listen to music, make friends and break the routine with social activities. Do whatever makes you happy at work; you can stick to your career goals longer if your work is enjoyable in the moment.” We have got to get over this idea that work must be entertaining in order for it to have meaning. As author and computer scientist Cal Newport writes in his book “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World,” the winners in our new knowledge economy will be the workers who can learn complex systems quickly

and then make smart decisions as those systems change rapidly. The winners will be those who can perform professional activities in a state of sustained, distraction-free concentration that pushes cognitive capabilities to their limit, creating new value that is hard to replicate. And yet, Newport says that in an age of “network tools” (which he describes as a broad category that includes email, texts, social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, and infotainment sites like BuzzFeed and Reddit), “knowledge workers increasingly replace deep work with the shallow alternative — constantly sending and receiving email messages like human network routers, with frequent breaks for quick hits of distraction. … It’s as if our species has evolved into one that flourishes in depth and wallows in shallowness.” Newport notes that society has sold us on the flawed idea that what matters most for career satisfaction is the specifics of the jobs we choose. “In this way of thinking, there are some rarified jobs that can be a source of satisfaction — perhaps working in a nonprofit or starting a software company — while all others are soulless and bland.” But, he concludes, treating even non-rarified work as an exercise of craftsmanship can yield a sense of accomplish-

ment and personal and professional satisfaction. “Whether you’re a writer, marketer, consultant or lawyer: Your work is craft, and if you hone your ability and apply it with respect and care, then like the skilled wheelwright you can generate meaning in the daily efforts of your professional life.” To extract such meaning from what would otherwise be drudgery, however, you need the ability to do hard things consistently — which calls for sacrifice, focus and determination. The challenge here, really, is not to make the sustained effort somehow palatable with beanbag chairs, free snacks and high-speed Wi-Fi, but rather to find joy in accomplishing something. “A commitment to deep work is not a moral stance and it’s not a philosophical statement — it is instead a pragmatic recognition that the ability to concentrate is a skill that gets valuable things done,” Newport concludes. “Deep work is important, in other words, not because distraction is evil, but because it enabled Bill Gates to start a billiondollar industry in less than a semester.” You can call that satisfying, rewarding or fulfilling. Just don’t call it “fun.” Esther Cepeda’s email address is estherjcepeda@

The presidency cannot thrive in chaos WASHINGTON — In early January, Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Conway and future senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. As the meeting began, Ryan pointedly asked, “Who’s in charge?” Silence. It is still the right question. Former officials with deep knowledge of the presidency describe Donald Trump’s White House staff as topheavy, with five or six power centers and little vertical structure. “The desire to be a big shot is overrunning any sense of team,” says one experienced Republican. “This will cause terrible dysfunction, distraction, disloyalty and leaks.” Trump has run a family business, but never a large organization. Nor has he seen such an organization as an employee. “Trump,” says another former official, “is ill-suited to appreciate the importance of a coherent chain of command and decision-making process. On the contrary, his instincts run instead toward multiple mini power centers, which rewards competing aggressively for Trump’s favor.” This seems to be the dynamic unfolding on the

Michael Gerson weekend political talk shows. These have traditionally been venues for an administration to communicate with media and political elites (whose religion dedicates Sunday morning to the gods of policy, scandal and pith). But Trump surrogates are clearly appealing to a different audience: An audience of one, who may well tweet them a nice pat on the back. The goal — as Miller demonstrated last weekend — is not to persuade or even explain. It is to confidently repeat Trump’s most absurd or unsubstantiated claims from the previous week. This time it was electorally decisive voter fraud in New Hampshire (for which there is no evidence). Next weekend it could be the harm done by vaccination, or the possible murder of Justice Scalia (both of which Trump has raised in the past). It is the main function of Trump surrogates to restate Trump’s “alternative facts” in a steady voice. It is hard for me (or anyone outside the White House) to

know exactly what is going on in the West Wing. Leaks may provide a distorted picture. But, in this case, there have been an awful lot of them, clearly from the highest levels. And they uniformly reveal a management structure and culture in which the highest goal is not to display competence or to display creativity but to display loyalty, defined as sucking up. The philosophy of competing power centers has, indeed, produced terrible dysfunction, distraction, disloyalty and leaks. Trump’s failed and frightening executive order on immigration is exhibit A. But now the National Security Council (NSC) seems to be in a full-scale crisis of purpose, thoroughly demoralized and trying to discern American policy from presidential tweets. With the real NSC badly weakened by the travails of the national security adviser, it seems that Bannon is developing a shadow NSC to serve his well-developed nationalist agenda. The president may thrive in chaos, but the presidency does not. A president needs aides who will give him honest information and analysis, not compete for his favor. This may even involve checking a president’s mistaken instincts. There will always be competing power centers in the West Wing. But the White House runs best when there is, according to a former White House

official, “a strong chief of staff, empowered by the president to exercise absolute control over all logistics, decision-making processes and execution. He can have as many advisers as he wants, but until one person has full control over the process, chaos will persist.” What does it mean to have a president who seems so hungry for affirmation and so influenced by slights? I recall (from working in George W. Bush’s White House) the briefing material that senior staff received before international visits. It always included detailed personality profiles of foreign leaders. Surely other intelligence services prepare the same way. Might Trump’s impulsive (and perhaps compulsive) reactions be manipulated by enemies and allies, either to allay or enrage? For whatever reason, Trump sees benefits in surrounding himself with a swarm of disorder and disruption. So far that has helped produce relatively small, self-made crises. But what about the big ones caused by the relentless flow of events? The president will face challenges of amazing complexity that must be addressed in real time, without do-overs. Will the president be able to act swiftly on the best information and the best advice? Silence. Michael Gerson’s email address is michaelgerson@

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Local DAR chapter attends Kettle Creek re-enactment By Curt yeomans


It’s been 238 years since colonial troops and militia defeated British sympathizers, known as Tories, at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, but the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution haven’t forgotten. They gathered in the town of Washington, Ga., on Feb. 11 for a reenactment of the battle, which provided the colonists with their only

major victory over the British in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. The re-enactment and accompanying memorial ceremony was presented by the Georgia Sons of the American Revolution. Among the groups gathered for the event were members of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “The ceremony is dedicated to patriot soldiers who participated in the Battle of Kettle

Creek, which occurred on Feb. 14, 1779, and was the only major victory enjoyed by patriots in Georgia during the Revolutionary War,” Philadelphia Winn Chapter Regent Kitty Watters said in a statement. “Col. Andrew Pickens of South Carolina, who led a group of militia from Pendleton District, South Carolina, stated that ‘The Battle of Kettle Creek was the severest check and chastisement the Tories ever received in South Carolina and Georgia.’”

Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution past regent Peggy Freeman, Regent Kitty Watters, Past Regent Lydia McGill and member Tiffany Rainey lay a wreath in honor of the colonial soldiers and militia who fought in the Revolutionary War during a re-enactment of the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County on Feb. 11. (Special Photo)

said. “You pray for each other, you care for each “A parent of a specialother, you celebrate with needs child may share each other and you cry about her child, and some- with each other. And the body else may say my sellers become part of the child has that (condition) family, too.” or my neighbor’s child Married couple Ryan does,” Cunningham said. and Kate Timms of “They build that network Bethlehem have attended to be able to support difthe event for the last six ference types of circumyears for the deals. The stances.” couple shop for their Over the years, the three children for every event’s volunteers have season. Equipped with formed a special bond, their wagon for storage, watching over each they planned to designate other’s children during two and a half hours for the event and seeing them shopping. grow. They like saving “They’ve become money, but they also enlifelong friends; we pretty joy each other’s company much call each other the on the shopping excursion Kidsignments family, without their little ones, because that’s what we’ve said Ryan Timms, one of become,” Cunningham the few dads picking out


to exceed in order to be issued a patent. Hughes students to receive a patadded that the students had ent. They credited teacher to line up a draftsman, a Mike Reilly and retired patent attorney, a sponsor teacher Clyde Wylie, who to pay for those things and steered them to Dave then the application. Hughes, who works in the “I think the ensemble patent industry, for helping of those tasks was a pretty them along the process. good learning experience,” The project began about he said. “I thought they two years ago, and they were great. Very easy to filed for the patent in May work with. Very bright, that year. The patent was very attentive, very easy to issued last month and is coach.” valid for 15 years. Wylie deflected any There are also plans for credit for pulling the a permanent display at the pieces together, but said school to encourage future he was excited to see the students. energy and altruism for Hughes served as a others. mentor consultant on the “We’re here to celebrate project, and referred them them because it’s such a to a patent attorney who neat and special thing,” he filed the paperwork. said. “It was strictly seeing When Hughes was (Principal) Dr. (Reuben) introduced to the students, Gresham’s enthusiasm and he figured their “patentdesire to help young peoable idea” could at least ple do good things. And I be a learning experience. knew that Dave had that There’s never a guarantee same agenda, and Mike is that an idea would make such an important part of it through all the steps to what all goes on here. receive a patent. “It’s just a matter of Hughes said there are them getting together and metrics that the U.S. the young ladies that did Patent and Trademark this having what they had, Office sets for applicants and they worked on mak-

Students from Lanier High School who developed an eyeliner stamp that landed a patent pose for a picture with teachers, a mentor and Principal Reuben Gresham, third from right. From left, teacher Mike Reilly, students Savannah Jones and Macy Dykes, mentor consultant Dave Hughes and retired teacher Clyde Wylie. Not pictured is Lauren Eshelman, who also contributed to the patent. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

ing it all work.” Hughes suggested that most people do not know, or do not acknowledge the thing that’s holding them back in life is themselves. Most of the time, he said, people listen to outside influences that create excuses for why something can’t be done.

“These people were able to set all that aside, and I think that just sets a fabulous example,” Hughes said. “They show that you’re actually the master of your own destiny. And hopefully that’s a message that other people in Gwinnett County can learn.” The students divided up

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responsibilities once they passed the school project phase. Eshelman created the web site and most of the writing on it, while Dykes handled cosmetic updates and editing and Jones wrote directions that are now copyrighted. Dykes also created a logo, while Jones worked on the prototype and public relations. Along the way, they learned about intellectual property, and how a design patent specifically refers to the design and not the function. “It essentially covers us from anything that looks like ours, but not anything that does the same thing,” Jones said. As part of the development process, Dykes said the group took a survey of their peers to gauge styles and interest in the product. “Everybody we asked, they said they would love to have something like this,” she said. The students are now faced with a new set of questions about the future, starting with competitors

who have joined the market since the patent was filed, and college plans. Jones plans to study business at Mercer University, while Dukes is considering Kennesaw State University and Auburn University. The patent was the latest example of Lanier’s ground-breaking work in the area of academies within schools because this was launched from an “innovation in action” school project in the Center for Design and Technology. “This is the cherry on top,” Gresham said. “All of what we have established here as a school with the mindset of being the lead innovative organization here in Gwinnett County Public Schools. “This is what we do. This is why we are an academy school. This is why we really push having relationships with business owners and entrepreneurs and really just trying to open the door for more opportunities for all of our students. This is the single best honor we’ve received as an academy school.”

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items. “It’s usually women that are here, but I like coming with her,” he said as he looked at his wife. “It’s a good time for us to spend some time together, so we get a baby sitter.” As the sale concludes, shoppers are reminded to bring something large enough to hold their merchandise while shopping, pack a snack and invite a friend. Cash, local checks and Visa and MasterCard are accepted. A photo ID is required if paying with a check or credit card. The event will continue from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Shoppers wait in line to make their purchases Wednesday at the Kidsignments sale For more information, for children, teens and expecting mothers at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawvisit renceville. (Staff Photo: Erika Wells)

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Rachel Whitman Rachel Inez Whitman, age 87, of Lawrenceville, GA went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Galilean Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Rex McPherson will officiate. Burial will be held at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker, GA. Mrs. Rachel Whitman was a member of Galilean Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for many years. She loved children and leading people to the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband; Cliff Whitman. Mrs. Whitman is survived by; 2 sons, Larry Whitman & wife Josie of Oxford, GA and Terry Whitman & wife Deborah of Lawrenceville, GA; Her two grandchildren, Bryan Whitman, A

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New den gives Wolves another edge By David Friedlander

Norcross’ Rayshaun Hammonds (0) shoots over Berkmar defenders Jay Estime (12) and Ben Soumahoro (24) during their game earlier this season. (Photo: Craig Cappy)


Perennial contenders Norcross boys, girls on common ground as state tournament tips off this weekend

By David Friedlander


The boys and girls basketball teams at Norcross have had quite a bit in common over the last decade or so, especially with each team’s respective success on the court. And the Blue Devils girls and boys will continue to share a lot of common ground when each teams hosts West Forsyth in a first-round Class AAAAAAA state tournament doubleheader Saturday at the House of Blue. Both teams carry lengthy winning streaks — seven straight for the girls (252), six straight for the boys (22-5) — and momentum from their respective Region 7-AAAAAAA tournament championships into Saturday’s doubleheader. But mostly, they bring a similar sense of urgency into their respective postseason runs. It’s been five years since the two teams celebrated their last state championships together in back-to-back games on the same floor at the Macon Centreplex. And both are hungry for the taste that comes from another title run, especially the seniors on each team.

(then senior) Vash Perry because it was her last chance. First-round matchups in the So they’ve thought about it. state high school basketball “They’ve won four straight playoffs: region titles and played in the Friday’s games (state) finals just two years Class AAAAAAA ago. So they’ve had an incred6 p.m. — Central Gwinnett ible run at it.” girls at Lambert Indeed, the Blue Devils 6 p.m. — Duluth girls at have been one of the state’s Newton top programs over the last 6 p.m. — Grayson girls at Collins Hill four seasons despite not hav6:30 p.m. — Mountain View ing a title to add to the trophy girls at Archer case. 7 p.m. — Parkview girls at And if they are going to North Forsyth reach the ultimate goal again 7 p.m. — Rockdale girls at this year, they will look to Mill Creek seniors like guards Taylor Ma7 p.m. — South Forsyth son and Vanessa Blagmon and girls at Brookwood 7:30 p.m. — Grayson boys forward Starr Herndon, who at Collins Hill is just now inching closer to 7:30 p.m. — Meadowcreek full strength after recovering boys at Lambert from offseason knee surgery, 7:30 p.m. — Peachtree for leadership. Ridge boys at Newton But that road to that goal Class AAAAAA will have to start with a single 6:30 p.m. — Lanier boys at step, and while they appear to South Cobb 7 p.m. — Dacula girls at be facing an outmatched West Harrison Forsyth team, Hembree says Class AAA the Blue Devils can’t afford to 6 p.m. — Cedar Grove girls take any opponent lightly this at GAC team of year. “They lost one of the best “It’s something they’ve players in the state (Jenna talked about since they were Staiti) from last year, and it upset by Westlake in the sec- takes time to adjust to that,” ond round last year,” Norcross Hembree said of the Wolvergirls coach Angie Hembree ines, who are 13-13 this year said. “(The feeling) is someafter advancing to the state thing that hasn’t passed them semifinals last year. “But by. They just felt so bad for they’re a good, young team.


It’ll be a decent matchup. I hope we play well, but we’ll take nothing for granted.” Likewise, the Norcross boys won’t be taking anything for granted when they host West Forsyth (5-23) at approximately 5:30 p.m., following the completion of the 4 p.m. girls game. And like the girls, the Blue Devils will look to their five-man senior class — led by low post stalwarts Rayshaun Hammonds and Lance Thomas and guard Jordan Goldwire — to maintain the team’s hunger and focus. Coach Jesse McMillan doesn’t think either will be a problem. “(The postseason) means a lot to them,” McMillan said. “They’re focused and they want to cap off their senior years with a championship. We’re trying to find that balance of having big aspirations, but maintaining our focus of what it take to do that.” Both Blue Devils teams also figure to benefit from playing a doubleheader on the same day, which should create a larger crowd and better tournament atmosphere. “It’s nice in terms of the energy (in the gym),” McMillan said. “And it’ll make the day more like a normal game scenario, which will be nice.”

Sellers resigns as North girls hoops coach department chair for health and physical education. “My family (is the reason),” Sellers said. “I have North Gwinnett girls basthree kids. My son’s 8 and he ketball coach Bryan Sellers, played basketball for the first citing family reasons, retime this year and I didn’t get signed Wednesday morning. to see any of his games. You Sellers wants to spend more can only go home to a crying time with his wife and his 8-year-old so many times three young children, who wondering why I can’t come range in age from 8 to 1. He to his games. Being a coach plans to remain at North as of a major sport is tough. My golf coach and also as the wife is a single mom for three

By Will Hammock


kids for six months of the year. Having her do that and missing out on so much with my kids was tough.” Sellers coached North girls basketball for 11 seasons, the past seven as head coach. He previously was an assistant for one season with Kevin Jacobs and for three seasons with Tony Watkins. North finished as state runner-up in 2013 under Sellers, reaching the state finals

for the first time in program history. That team also won the region tournament. The Bulldogs also reached the 2012 Final Four. Sellers didn’t rule out coaching basketball in the future, but plans to spend the coming years coaching his own children in recreational sports. “I still have the desire to coach basketball,” Sellers said. “I’m not burned out. I still enjoy it.”

Homecourt advantage could be more tangible than usual for both the Buford basketball teams thanks to the brand new 5,500-seat arena and its spacious confines which create an atmosphere few opponents have dealt with this season. The girls (24-2) open the state tournament Saturday at 5 p.m. against Decatur and the boys follow at approximately 6:30 p.m. against Lithia Springs. “I really feel like playing high school basketball in an arena like this does give us a big advantage,” Buford girls coach Gene Durden said. “It’s just a situation where we’ve played and practiced in it for a while now, and people will come in and look around in awe of playing a high school game in a place like this. “Just the ability to shoot with the (different) depth perception will help us if we go to a bigger facility (later in the tourney).” Buford boys coach Eddie Martin sounds a note of caution when it comes to just how much of an advantage the cavernous arena can be. Still, he agrees with Durden that his Wolves can reap benefits from it even beyond Saturday’s first-round game. “I go back to the old ‘Hoosiers’ thing,” Martin said, referring as scene from the famous motion picture starring Gene Hackman. “The basket’s still only 10 feet high and 15 feet from the baseline (for both teams). The tangible advantage for us comes from being at home and playing in front of our crowd. Now I can’t speak for other teams, but our kids are used to playing in there and they won’t be. “And if we’re able to get to the Final Four or a state championship game and playing in an even bigger arena, we will have already been playing in an arena atmosphere since January. It’s not something new.” Of course, to take advantage of those later benefits, the Wolves will have to get past their respective first-round games Saturday. Both teams will face a challenge from their respective opponents. “They’re very well coached,” Martin said of Lithia Springs (15-11). “Coach (J.W.) Cantrell always does a great job. They’re very athletic and they have good size. They’re going to be a quality team, so we have to play good game to win.” Likewise, Durden says he has a healthy respect for the Decatur girls (16-10), through he has confidence his Wolves have been hitting their stride in recent games, especially in winning the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament last week. “We’re not looking past (Decatur) because we’ve seen people get upset in the first round before,” Durden said. “I feel like we’re in a pretty good spot at this point in the season. But we’re in the tournament now. Somebody’s going home.”

Buford’s Marissa Bruce (14) tries to make a pass as Dacula’s Helena Lee (5) defends during a game earlier this season. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

Wesleyan teams earn playoff spots From Staff Reports The Wesleyan boys and girls basketball teams earned state tournament berths Wednesday when the final Class A power ratings were released by the Georgia High School Association. The Wesleyan boys finished 15th in the power points at 11.12, earning a firstround game Saturday at home against Savannah Christian. Greenforest (16.42) and Lakeview (16.39) earned the top two boys spots in Class A Private. Wesleyan’s girls team gets this weekend off because of their No. 3 finish in the power ratings at 16.79. After a first-round bye, the Wolves host the George WaltonSavannah Christian winner in next week’s second round.


ondeck Prep Schedule



5:30 p.m. — North at Wesleyan 6 p.m. — Lassiter at Mill Creek


5 p.m. — Kennesaw Mountain girls at Wesleyan 5:30 p.m. — Lanier girls at Buford 5:30 p.m. — North Cobb boys at Duluth 5:30 p.m. — Whitefield Academy boys at Mountain View 6:30 p.m. — Brookwood girls at Archer 7:15 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge girls at Johns Creek 7:30 p.m. — Wesleyan boys at West Forsyth 8 p.m. — Mill Creek boys at South Forsyth


5 p.m. — Lumpkin Co. at Wesleyan 5:30 p.m. — Archer at Meadowcreek 6 p.m. — Parkview girls at Walton


• Central at Mountain View • Dacula at Apalachee • Johns Creek and North at Rivermoore • Meadowcreek and North Hall 3 p.m. — Duluth and Lanier at Suwanee Station 3:30 p.m. — Discovery and Archer at Rhodes Jordan 3:30 p.m. — Providence at Buford 4 p.m. — Collins Hill and West Hall at Alberta Banks Park 4 p.m. — Mill Creek at Westminster 4 p.m. — Pace girls at Wesleyan 4 p.m. — Wesleyan boys at Pace


4 p.m. — Apalachee, Gainesville at Dacula 4 p.m. — Parkview FAT I

The Home Teams




Adirondack Adirondack Fri, 7:35 p.m. Sat, 7:05 p.m. 102.9-FM 102.9-FM


Miami at Orlando Fri, 8 p.m. Sat, 7 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM FSSE/92.9-FM


at Toronto Fri, 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Feb. 19, 6 p.m.

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7 p.m. — Wisconsin at Michigan ESPN 7 p.m. — Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN2 9 p.m. — Utah at Oregon ESPN 9 p.m. — Memphis at Connecticut ESPN2 11 p.m. — Arizona State at Washington FS1


8 p.m. — Boston at Chicago TNT


7:30 p.m. — Colorado at Buffalo NBCSP


6:30 a.m. — FIS Alpine Skiing Audi World Championships, Ladies, Giant Slalom, First Run. NBCSP


1 p.m. — UEFA Europa League KAA Gent vs Tottenham Hotspur FC FS1

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. — Florida State at Virginia FSSO

Sports Calendar BASKETBALL

Ongoing through Feb. 28: I9 Sports of Northern and Central Gwinnett County will host spring programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Games and practices on the same day will be held at the Bogan Park Gym. Season begins in early March. Register at or call 678-472-2142.


Ongoing through May 31: Multi-County Football Officials Association has openings to officiate high school football games. Training is provided and no experience is necessary. For information, go to www. or text to 404-376-5957. Ongoing through June 1: The Georgia Force high school home-school football program is looking for players for its varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams. The program is based out of Sugar Hill with home games and practices at Gary Pirkle Park. It is designed for student-athletes who are home-schooled or attend private, Christian or charter schools without a football program. Winter conditioning has started for the Force, and spring practice will begin in late April. For more information or to register, email or go to



Ongoing through Feb. 28: I9 Sports of Northern and Central Gwinnett County will host spring programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Games and practices on the same day will be held at Gary Pirkle Park, Rhodes Jordan Park and Discovery High School. Season begins in early March. Register at www. or call 678472-2142.


Ongoing through Feb. 28: I9 Sports of Northern and Central Gwinnett County will host spring outdoor soccer programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Games and practices on the same day will be held at Gary Pirkle Park, Rhodes Jordan Park and Discovery High School. Season begins in early March. Register at www. or call 678472-2142.


Ongoing through Feb. 28: I9 Sports of Northern and Central Gwinnett County will host spring programs for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Games and practices on the same day will be held at Atlanta Volleyball Academy. Season begins in early March. Register at or call 678-472-2142.

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Hawks riding high after title win Phillips said of Collins Hill. “So we knew it was going to be tough.” Mill Creek had a chance Just getting to the to win late in regulation, championship game in but a late 3-pointer by Collins Hill’s Bria Harmon one of the state’s toughest sent the game to overtime. girls basketball regions is Harmon continued her a challenge, one that Mill stellar play and built a Creek knows well. quick five-point lead in the The Hawks finally made extra period, but the Eagles it back to the title game couldn’t hold off a rally. last Saturday, stunning The Hawks trailed by Collins Hill 57-56 in four with under a minute overtime. It was their first left, but Bridget Mukasa region tourney championmade a 3-pointer with 23 ship since winning three seconds left to get within straight from 2008-10. 56-55 and with 15.3 sec“We’ve been to the onds left drew a charge on region finals five times and Collins Hill. Mukasa then we’ve won four,” said Mill made the game-winning Creek girls head coach shot after a drive to the Ashley Phillips, the only basket, pump-faking to get coach in program history. a shot off over Nicholson. “The one (final) we lost It was a satisfying finish was to (current WNBA star Mill Creek, as well as a and Olympic gold medalmajor confidence boost ist) Maya Moore (and Colheading into this week’s lins Hill). So we’ve hung tough when we’ve made it Collins Hill’s Jada Rice (23) tries stopping Mill Creek’s Class AAAAAAA state Wynter Webb (23) from scoring in last Saturday’s Region tournament. Its opener to the final.” 6-AAAAAAA championship game. (Photo: Craig Cappy) is Friday night at home Hanging tough was imagainst Rockdale County. portant in this year’s title “(Beating Collins Hill) game. they could win, though, defense and gutsy play definitely gives us more Collins Hill had defeated having already posted a inside from Kim Forbes, confidence going forward,” Mill Creek by 22 and 12 victory this season over who had nine rebounds. points in the regular season. Archer and its talented Morgan Simmons also had Mukasa said. “Collins The Eagles also caused interior players, Vanderbilt nine rebounds and Wynter Hill’s a really good team matchup problems for the signee Autumn Newby Webb had 18 points on six and to beat them in overtime by one point, it gives height-challenged Hawks and Indiana signee Linsey 3-pointers. us really good motivawith 6-foot-3 posts Javyn Marchese. Against Collins “We felt like we had a tion going into the state Nicholson and Jada Rice. Hill, the Hawks fared well shot coming in, but obviThe underdogs believed on the interior with a zone ously they’re a great team,” playoffs.”

By Will Hammock


Success, networking lead to NFL job Those who read my latest Jess Simpson story probably had the same feeling I had when I wrote it — it seemed implausible. Less than two months removed from coaching high school football at Buford, Simpson had been hired as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Falcons shortly after leaving Buford for Georgia State’s staff in December. “I’m Jess just so Simpson excited for him,” Buford athletic director Dexter Wood said after he found out the news. “The remarkable story of going from a high school coach to coach in the NFL. Then to go from a high school coach to the Super Bowl runner-up. Then to go from a high school coach to a franchise only 15 minutes away from where you live, so you

state titles (10 as head coach) at Buford. He held out for an on-field position and got it back in December as Georgia State’s defensive line coach. It was an ideal time to shift away from high school coaching, because his youngest son Will Jake is a Buford senior. Hammock While moving from high school coaching to the don’t have to move. What college level has become are the odds of that?” more commonplace, jumpThe opportunity for high ing from high school to school coaches to move up the NFL is still a rarity. the ranks is better than ever It’s safe to say Simpson these days, particularly was shocked himself when with colleges bulking up Falcons head coach Dan their staffs with off-theQuinn called last Friday, field analysts. Grayson’s setting off a whirlwind few Mickey Conn turned one days that led to Simpson of those analyst roles into becoming a defensive line an on-field position next assistant to new Falcons season with Clemson’s de- defensive line coach Bryfensive backs. Former high ant Young. school coaches like Gus The news may seem Malzahn at Auburn and unbelievable, but it says Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss plenty about Simpson. His have rocketed to successsuccess as a football coach ful stints in charge of SEC played a big part in his hire programs. (a 164-12 record doesn’t Simpson was a regular hurt), as did his networking target of college programs in the coaching industry. while he was winning 11 He has known Quinn and

Young since they worked at Florida, a relationship that grew when two Buford players, Omar Hunter and T.J. Pridemore, signed with the Gators. Buford’s high-level talent over the years has put Simpson face to face with most of the country’s top football coaches at one point or another — he calls Quinn “Dan” and South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp “Will” in casual conversations. He has developed relationships with countless other college coaches over the years. Then one of his college coaching friends became the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. That coach moved up to be the Falcons head coach. Now Jess Simpson is an NFL assistant coach, a revelation that’s crazy, but true. Will Hammock can be reached via email at will. His column appears on Thursdays.


Kamau racing up UGA record book By Will Hammock


anou said in a release. Georgia heads to the SEC meet Feb. 24-25 in Nashville. Fellow Bulldog Jeramey Hampton, a sophomore from North Gwinnett, placed fourth in the 800-meter run in 1:49.34, a personal best. He also ran on a second-place 1,600 relay. Fellow North grad Andres Littig, a Georgia tech junior, was sixth in the 800 at 1:50.05. Two other locals now at UGA placed high at the meet. Freshman Yanely Gomez of Grayson was eighth in the 5,000 (17:05.38), while Collins Hill’s Jon Moses was seventh in the men’s 5,000 (14:30.50).

Shiloh’s Bryan Kamau tuned up for the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with a victory over the weekend at the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tenn. The Georgia Bryan Bulldogs Kamau junior won the mile run in 4 minutes, 3.73 seconds, dropping three seconds off his personal best. His time also was the No. 3 time in UGA history and the school’s best clocking in the event TRACK AND FIELD since 2004. “I am really pleased with Camp excels in Bryan going 4:03, because indoor debut I think he is capable of Archer grad Ryan great things at SECs,” Camp, a freshman at Texas UGA coach Petros Kypri- Christian, already has the

Horned Frogs’ No. 2 alltime performance in the weight throw. Camp reached the mark with a toss of 60 feet, 1.25 inches at the Aggie Invite. TCU returns to action Feb. 24-25 for the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa.

which came on the heels of last Wednesday’s dominating game — she had 28 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in a 71-43 win at Montevallo. BASEBALL

Benson earns school honor Brandon Benson, a BASKETBALL Georgia College senior McGriff on a hot streak from Grayson, was named Bobcat Athlete of the Week Duluth grad Alyah McGriff has posted three huge after his team’s seasonopening series against games in a row for the Georgia College women’s Ohio Valley. Benson went 5-for-16 basketball team. with three home runs and Her most recent outing nine RBIs in the threeMonday was a 19-point, game sweep. 11-rebound effort in a Gwinnett Grads is a 68-56 win over North column that runs on ThursGeorgia, which was led days spotlighting achieveby Mountain View grad Kelsey Hutchins’ 17 points ments of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and and 11 boards. parents are urged to send McGriff had 18 points and six rebounds this past suggestions via email to will.hammock@gwinSaturday in a 68-54 tory over Young Harris,

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Gladiators, Bruins extend affiliation Takedown Club to developing their prospects.� DULUTH — The AtThe Bruins became the lanta Gladiators extended sixth NHL team to affiliate their affiliation with the with the Gladiators on Aug. Boston Bruins for another 6, 2015. Over the course of two years, head coach and the past two seasons, the general manager of hockey Gladiators have received 10 operations Andy Brandt players from the affiliation, announced Wednesday. including three directly “We began discussions from Boston. Goaltender on extending the affiliation Zane McIntyre, who was with (Boston general man- assigned to Atlanta earlier ager) Don Sweeney and this season and played in (Providence Bruins general two games, has appeared in manager) John Ferguson eight NHL games with the back in September,� Brandt Bruins this year. said. “The Gladiators are “The Boston Bruins excited, and honored, to and Providence Bruins continue our relationship are excited to renew our with the Bruins organizaaffiliation with the Atlanta tion and remain committed Gladiators,� Sweeney said. From Staff Reports

“Since entering into our partnership with the Gladiators two years ago, we have established a strong working relationship with the club. “We have been impressed by the support system, led by their owner Mr. (Toby) Jeffreys and their VP Joe Gelderman, along with the individual development attention that head coach Andy Brandt and his staff has shown each one of our players. We look forward to the continued success of the franchise and thank the Atlanta Gladiators ownership group and the Duluth community for their stead-

fast support.� Since signing the original agreement, Providence has also signed three Atlanta-contracted players to standard PTO contracts — Shane Bakker, Garry Nunn and Brock Higgs. “The most beneficial part of this relationship has been the communication between all three organizations,� Brandt said. “We know that the players we receive via assignment are quality individuals. We’ve also been able to provide Providence with players of our own who can contribute to their roster. These experiences are critical in the development of our men.�

honors month’s best From Staff Reports

The Gwinnett Takedown Club recently selected its wrestlers of the month for January. Each Gwinnett school had three athletes who received the honor. Those award-winners are: Archer: Garrett Hipp, Aaron Hunt, Will Choloh Berkmar: Christian Cruz, Terrence Lewis, Bader Arman Brookwood: Andrew Funston, Chase Hornsby, Guillermo Luna Buford: Blaine Bergey, Charlie Darracott, Jack Ness Central Gwinnett: Keshawn Laws, Jorge Cambron, Joel Linares Collins Hill: Ryan Hurd, Cody Hutchison, Nathaniel Wellington Dacula: Noah Bullock, Andrew

Lele, Anderson Bailey Discovery: Sean Donaldson, Godson Osele, Elijah Taylor Duluth: Ian McGhee, Logan Chanthavong, Alex Cruz Greater Atlanta Christian: Ben Cheatham, Jon Stuckey, Ian Politz Grayson: Austin Muir, Daniel Steele, Tyler Allen Lanier: Jadin Lawrence, Cade Coen, Ethan Wilson Meadowcreek: Joelliuis Rodriguez, John Nguyen, Qu’vella Calhoun Mill Creek: Chandler Miele, Dorian Piekarz, Justin Speregen Mountain View: Logan Burroughs, Drew Risley, Garrett Spikes North Gwinnett: Justin Lewis, Keison Forte, Sean Maginn Parkview: Nhome Wondafresh, Reese Dalton, Zechariah Hamilton Peachtree Ridge: Connor Bradley, Tyler Copeland, Isaiah Chapman Shiloh: Isaiah Thomas, Caleb Walker, Colby Troupe South Gwinnett: Christian Torres, William Sams, Vonnie Austin Wesleyan: William Delk, George Bielan, Ben Connor

GGC dominates top-ranked Emory Wesleyan blanks Lovett in opener PREP ROUNDUP

From Staff Reports LAWRENCEVILLE — The NAIA’s topranked Georgia Gwinnett women’s tennis team dominated Division III No. 1 Emory 6-3 on Wednesday. The Grizzlies (5-0) are now 2-4 all-time against Emory (0-1), winning the last two meetings. “Today was a great and dominant win for our women’s team against Emory,� GGC head coach Chase Hodges said. “The Eagles won the NCAA Division III title last season, so we knew we were in for a fight. Our women’s program is starting to turn a corner on the national level and has steadily improved the last couple of years. I’m proud of everyone’s effort and was extremely

impressed with Margarida Abreu’s performance today in singles and doubles.� At the break, the Grizzlies led Emory 2-1 with doubles victories from Valeria Podda/Klara Dohnalova (8-3) and Margarida Abreu/Emerald Able (8-0). In singles play, the Grizzlies pushed their advantage to 5-1, winning the first three matches. Abreu made it 3-1 in GGC’s favor with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. Podda defeated D-III’s top-ranked Bridget Harding 6-2, 6-4. Senior Alyona Vasilyeva clinched GGC’s fifth win of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win. Georgia Gwinnett’s final victory of the evening came at No. 4 singles as Able defeated No. 27 Katarina Su 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (2).

From Staff Reports

ATLANTA — Colin Hall earned the save and went 3-for-3 as Wesleyan defeated Lovett 2-0 in a rematch of last year’s state finals Wednesday. Hall struck out three in his one inning of work. He had a double and an RBI at the plate in the Wolves’ season opener. Starter Jordan Ward picked up the win with four innings of work and Drake Bursa had a double. BASEBALL BASEBALL Alpharetta 6, Peachtree Ridge 5 ALPHARETTA — Mac Ruendt was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, but Peachtree Ridge was edged 6-5 by Alpharetta on Wednesday. Jack Briggette was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and was also hit by a pitch. Starter Grayson Duffy allowed two earned runs in three innings of work and freshman Thomas LeMaster suffered the loss. He had one unearned run in the

sixth inning.

four groundballs.

Callahan/William Chan.

Cambridge 5, Norcross 2 MILTON — Starter Cooper Stinson struck out 10 in 3 2/3 innings, but Norcross fell 5-2 to Cambridge in its season opener Wednesday. Killian Scourdis was 1-for-3 at the plate for the Blue Devils.

Mill Creek 21, Duluth 1 HOSCHTON — Sara Grieco led Mill Creek with four goals and four assists in a seasonopening 21-1 victory over Duluth on Wednesday. Brooke Beverly (four assists), Meredith Roper and Lyndsey Lewis all had hat tricks for the Hawks.

Hebron 3, Winder-Barrow 2 DACULA — A win at No. 1 singles from Bryce Coleman helped Hebron Christian edge Winder-Barrow 3-2 in the season opener Wednesday. The Lions also had doubles wins from the teams of Michael Cartnell/Preston McClung and Garrett Perry/Grant Miller.

North Hall 9, Buford 3 GAINESVILLE — Buford dropped its season opener to North Hall 9-3 on Wednesday. Austin Turner was 2-for-2, Akira Mitchell was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Tyler Perkins was 1-for-2 for the Wolves. GIRLS LACROSSE GIRLS LACROSSE North 19, St. Pius 10 SUWANEE — Shannon Costelloe and Haley Gorke each scored five goals to lead North Gwinnett (2-0) to a 19-10 victory over St. Pius on Wednesday. Mountain View 13, Norcross 1 LAWRENCEVILLE —Led by four goals and two assists from Tabi Galvin, Mountain View opened the season with a 13-1 win over Norcross on Wednesday. Reagan Utley, Katie Carvalho and Courtney Roley all scored twice for the Bears. Nia Moore led the defensive effort and had

BOYS TENNIS BOYS TENNIS Norcross 4, Providence 1 NORCROSS — Norcross boys tennis defeated Providence Christian 4-1 at Norcross High School on Wednesday. The Blue Devils (3-0) got singles wins at No. 1 from Tyler Kane and No. 3 from James Swope. They swept the doubles points with the tandems of Alex Karwisch and Garrett Bruce, and Will Volino and Jacob Kula. Providence’s win came from Chris Elem at No. 2 singles. Dacula 5, Central 0 DACULA — Chase Hamilton, Daniel Mocanu and Lyon Ngo won their singles matches in Dacula’s 5-0 win over Central Gwinnett on Wednesday. The Falcons (3-1) completed the sweep with doubles wins from the teams of Mateo Gomez/Siso Johnson and Michael

GIRLS TENNIS GIRLS TENNIS North 5, Buford 0 BUFORD — North Gwinnett defeated Buford for a 5-0 win Wednesday. Winning singles matches for the Bulldogs (2-0) were Bri Olps, Maya Diaz and Cristina Shields. The doubles teams of Lily Zhang/Chanel Kim and Sarah Cagle/Jolie Roberge completed the sweep. Norcross 4, Providence 1 NORCROSS — Alexis Trammell won at No. 2 singles, but it was the lone point for Providence Christian in a 4-1 loss to Norcross on Wednesday. Winder-Barrow 4, Hebron 1 DACULA — Madison McClung won at No. 1 singles in Hebron Christian’s season-opening 4-1 loss to Winder-Barrow on Wednesday.

Reed steals show as Miami tops Tech The Sports Xchange

Senior Alyona Vasilyeva clinched a win over Emory, the top ranked team in Division III, for Georgia Gwinnett College on Wednesday in Lawrenceville. (Photo: Rod Reilly)

The Hurricanes (17-8, 7-6 ACC) also got help CORAL GABLES, from a pair of freshmen Fla. — Guard Davon Reed as guard D.J. Vasiljevic scored 21 points and came and forward Dewan Huell up with a big steal in the fi- scored 13 points apiece. nal minute as short-handed They were much needed Miami held on for a 70-61 as the Hurricanes were victory over Georgia Tech without starting point on Wednesday night in guard Ja’Quan Newton, Coral Gables, Fla. who was serving the first

contest of a three-game suspension announced before the game, and lost starting center Ebuku Izundu to an apparent leg injury early in the second half. Guard Josh Okogie, a Shiloh grad, led the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 6-7 ACC) with 18 points.

Center Ben Lammers added 15 points and four blocks. The Hurricanes led for most of the second half after going to the halftime locker room up 38-32 as an 8-0 spurt helped them overcome a 19-16 deficit midway through the first period.








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