News for Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Steroids a big deal at this year's Kentucky Derby

Steroids testing will once again be prevalent at this year's Kentucky Derby after more and more horse continue to break down earlier than they should.

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Shamed, former U.S. track star Gatlin vows comeback

In July, former one-time Golden Boy of U.S. track, Justin Gatlin, will be up for reinstatement after being banned for steroids he still says --- four years later --- he didn't knowingly take.

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U.S. soccer coach on injured star Davies as World Cup nears: I don't know if he'll be ready

Charlie Davies thinks he'll be ready for the Workd Cup in South Africa this summer. but coach Bob Bradley isn't convinced.

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Mosley to Mayweather: It's my time to shine

Shane Mosley knew what he was doing when he challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Saturday's fight: He planned to use Jr. to revive his career.

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It's official: Men's NCAA Tournament now 68 teams

In nothing more than a formality Thursday, the NCAA Tournament board of directors gives the OK to expand the field from 65 to 68 teams.

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Woods shoots 2-over in second tourney back; Van Pelt leads

In his second tournament back from rehab and an "indefinite" break from golf, Tiger Woods stinks it up by shooting 2-over and breaking his longstanding streak of shooting par or lower in first rounds.

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'April Shadows' departure of Virginia Andrews's style

Well, I have just finished my latest V.C. Andrews book, "April Shadows," and I am left wanting more.By more, I mean more to the story.I have been a fan of Andrews's books since I read the Casteel series as a teenager, but have only recently delved back into them again. "April Shadows" is the first book in the Shadows series, which was first published in 2005 and, I must say, is a marked difference from the books I have read before.

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Sherwood baseball closes out regular season with win

Zane Hood hits his fifth homer of the season Thursday as Sherwood crushes Crisp, 7-2.

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Trojans looking to avenge early exit from 2009

After bowing out early last year, redemption is on the minds of the No. 1-seeded Lee County baseball team as it opens the GHSA Region 1-AAAA playoffs today at home vs. Upson-Lee.

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Sherwood's Meagher 2nd in 1,600 final; Conway falls short of No. 10

SCA's Katie Meagher takes second place in the Class AA 1,600 on Thursday during the only final of the day at the GISA State Track & Field Championships, while Deerfield's nine-time state champ Kelly Conway finishes a disappointing seventh in Class AAA.

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Richt: Right now, QB Gray is unsure of future

During a national SEC teleconference with reporters Thursday, UGA football coach Mark Richt opens up about a number of issues surrounding the Bulldogs, including the not-so-certain future of QB Logan Gray.

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Down 2-0, Westover boys soccer rallies to win state playoff opener

Patriots star and reigning Herald Player of the Year, Danny Brown, lifts Westover past Mary Persons, 4-2, in its GHSA Class AAA state tournament opener Thursday.

Shooting leaves three wounded

A shooter strikes down three men in a Tift County trailer park.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Grand Jury indicts man on rape and murder charges

An Albany man faces trial after a Dougherty County grand jury hands down indictments in a rape and murder case.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Violent burglary under investigation

A victim returns home to find an armed burglar; and police surprise burglars at another location.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

APD: No cruelty evidence to hold dogs from owner

The Albany police Department releases dogs for lack of evidence.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Byrd eager to step into politics

Sherrell Byrd announced her intentions to run for incumbent Milton Griffin's District 2 seat for the Dougherty County School Board.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Police/Fire/EMS - Apr. 30, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 42 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Lee Authority OKs debt restructuring

A financial action by the Lee Utilities Authority will give it operating capital without a transfer from the county.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Lawmakers OK budget before session's end

Georgia legislators tackle tough issues just before the session's conclusion.

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Citizens express concerns at public forum for bridge

Construction of a replacement for the defunct Broad Avenue bridge is slated to begin in Fall 2011.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Cops collecting donations to benefit Special Olympics

Albany police officers will hang out at Krispy Kreme on North Slappey Boulevard starting today at 6 a.m. and collect donations for the Special Olympics.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Singer Mann closes in on her dream delayed

An Albany singer has scheduled a "coming-out" CD release party Saturday at the LeVee.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Lee approves development

The Lee County Commission paves the way for an affordable-housing senior development complex.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Albany High Class of 1960 gathers for 50th reunion

Official festivities begin tonight with pep rally at fairgrounds.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

Duffy gets challenger; Ealum qualifies

A flurry of activities highlights partisan election qualifying in Dougherty and Lee counties on the day before qualifying ends.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Board squabbles over request by ministers

A board briefing gets heated as debate escalates to let two ministers speak before the Dougherty County Board of Education.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Teacher happily pays up graduation pledge

A Monroe High assistant principal pays off a $100 bet to a former student graduating with a mathematics degree Saturday at ASU.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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IOC strips medals from China after it's learned gymnasts were underage

Former U.S. Olympic star Dominque Dawes will receive the medal that should've rightfully been hers after the IOC strips a bronze medalist Chinese gymnast, who was learned to be 14 at the time, which is two years below the age requirement.

Austin Scott running for Congress

State Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, says he's running for the U.S. House seat held by Democrat Jim Marshall.

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