News for Thursday, April 22, 2010


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MLS headed to Canada next ---- then maybe Atlanta?

Don't look now, but it appears as if Major League Soccer will expand into Canada, and possibly even a Southeast U.S. city, like Atlanta or somewhere in South Florida.

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U.S. soccer star Davies not giving up on World Cup dream

U.S. soccer star Charlie Davies isn't giving up on the World Cup after his near fatal car accident.

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NCAA tourney balks at 96 teams, opts for 68; new Auburn coach Barbee lands first recruit

After much talk about expanding the men's NCAA Tournament to 96 teams, the NCAA decides instead to push a new measure that would take the field from 65 to 68.

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NCAA gymnastics nationals begin -- minus the Gym Dogs

For the first time in 26 years, the Gym Dogs won't be in the running for the NCAA National Championship after they failed to qualify.

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Book has last word on Southern weeds

It is often said that a weed is just a flower in the wrong place. With the current interest in flower lawns and wildflower gardens, this has never been truer.

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Sherwood's Daniel, Howard headed to Fort Valley State

Eagle football stars Derinique Daniel and Jawroski Howard will be taking their talent to Albany State's SIAC rival, Fort Valley State.

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Georgia's Murray named No. 1 QB heading into fall

Aaron Murray is atop the depth chart at QB for Georgia, coach Mark Richt announces Thursday, while three former Southwest Georgia stars also are named potential starters heading into the fall.

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39th annual Georgia Four-Ball begins today in Albany (UPDATES: corrects GSGA Web site for scores in 'Want To Go' to

The Georgia State Golf Association picks Doublegate Country Club in Albany to host the prestigious men's Georgia Four-Ball Championship for a record fifth time

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Quails may be flying soon in Albany

In what was described as a productive meeting that went "very well" on Thursday, Bill Larsen -- one of the owners of the Peach State League -- says he feels it's not a matter of if, but when a deal will be finalized with the city to bring minor league baseball back to Southwest Georgia

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As its coach deals with death of father, Lee County girls tennis reaches Sweet 16 of state tourney

The Lady Trojans' tennis team played with heavy hearts late Wednesday when they opened the state tournament without their head coach, Jill Addison, who was at the funeral of her father, local Southwest Georgia coaching legend Ronnie McNease.

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Great start

The Monroe and Bainbridge girls stand out Thursday during the GHSA region track prelims at Hugh Mills Stadium as most of the championship races loom next week.

Metro Albany jobless rate drops

Labor officials say the latest figures are a cause for optimism.Terry Lewis, staff writer

Police/Fire/EMS - April 23, 2010

Police respond to at least 31 incidents

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Lee leaders mull senior village

Allowing a proposed affordable-housing development would be a reversal from previous Lee County Commission decisions.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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WW II veterans depart for D.C.

The West Georgia Honor Flight program is an all-expenses-paid trip for World War II veterans to Washington.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Reproductive experts plan Albany seminars

Specialists in the field from Atlanta will conduct monthly symposiums in Albany.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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MCLB celebrates Earth Day

There were 15 Marines picking up trash along Mock Road Thursday morning.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Bishop: Inaction won't stop violence

The founder of the Albany-Dougherty County Stop the Violence organization says he group needs more volunteers to help this summer.Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Iconic 'Mr. Builder' has new home

The neon Albany landmark joins The Arctic Bear at the Thronateeska museum.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

Officials weigh impact of tax law

A Senate bill requiring yearly property assessments passes the House with small changes Wednesday.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Robber sentenced in Camilla to 25 years

The last of a trio of robbers heads to prison for 25 years after sentencing in Camilla.Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Chief seeks to burnish APD's image

Police Chief John Proctor says his goal is to bring credibility to Albany's police force.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

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Really, Reggie?

Not wanting the details of whatever happened at USC to leak out, Reggie Busch settled confidentally with a sports marketing agent out of court on Wednesday.

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The Ken Green story: Tragedy, to triumph and back again

In one of the most amazing tales in all of pro sports, Ken Green went from superstar golfer, to losing his leg, his son, his girlfriend and best friend -- and now he's back.

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Trouble for Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd Mayweather's close friend is indicted in a skating rink shooting that involved a man who was arguing with Mayweather just before he was shot.

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Tractor trailer, car collide near Expressway

ALBANY, Ga. -- Public safety crews are on the scene of a car crash near the Liberty Expressway where a tractor trailer has collided with a Chevy Impala.