News for Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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Final witness testifies in trial of murdered football coach

Mark Becker's trial for shooting a local high school football coaching legend to death is nearing its end.

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NCAA to Michigan coach Rich Rod: You messed up, buddy

Rich Rodriguez's somewhat ugly -- and likely short -- stay at Michigan took a turn for the worse Tuesday when the NCAA accused the football program of five major violations.

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Even after 30 years, Camacho still 'Macho'

Hector "Macho" Camacho is being relegated to fighting at smaller venues these days, but the key word there after a 30-year boxing career is that Camacho is stll "fighting."

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ESPN suspendeds PTI host Kornheiser two weeks over Hannah Storm comments

Fans of the ESPN afternoon talk show, "Pardon the Interruption," will be without full-time co-host Tony Kornheisher after ESPN suspends him for two weeks over comments he made about fellow ESPN personality, Hannah Storm.

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Ole Miss finished with Rebel mascot

A vote puts an end to the controversial Rebel mascot at Ole Miss on Tuesday.

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TUESDAY'S OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Dutch speedskater Kramer irate after mistake by coach costs him gold; Bode bombs on giant slalom

Dutch speedskating star Sven Kramer goes nuts on his coach after an epic mistake --- switching lanes when he wasn't supposed to --- cost Kramer a gold medal in the 10,000 meters, which he was leading at a record pace when he was disqualified.

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STATE PLAYOFF HOOPS SCHEDULE: GHSA, GISA (UPDATES: Monroe, Westover, Dougherty opponents, times; fixes start time for DWS boys game)

Check our where Southwest Georgia's state playoff girls and boys GHSA and GISA teams are playing this week.

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REGION XVII TOURNAMENT: Darton, SGT win Region XVII tourney openers; Albany Tech's season comes to end

The Lady Cavaliers pull away in the second half from Atlanta Metro for a 93-83 win, but that still doesn't sit well with Darton coach Laura Blackwell heading into a showdown with No. 1 Middle Georgia today.

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STATE PLAYOFF HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Westover boys, girls may play DH in state playoffs (UPDATE: fixes Monroe's playoff path)

If both of Westover's first-round state tournament opponents agree, the Patriots and Lady Patriots could host a doubleheader Friday or Saturday night.

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Fender throws no-no as Worth wins opener, celebrates 100th season at school's Pope Park

Darton signee Allen Fender throws a no-hitter to beat Turner County in Worth's season opener Tuesday that marked Pope Park's record 100th season in Sylvester,

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Buster: I'm ready

Entering his second spring training since being drafted No. 5 overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2008, Leesburg's own Buster Posey says of all the uncertainty surrounding his future coming into this season, there is one thing he's very certain of: He's ready to play in the major leagues.

Newspapers need us, and we need them to survive

In the home in which I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible.

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Clem to commisson: EDC moving forward

Dougherty County Commissioners are given an update on landfill fees.J.D. Sumner

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City works to repair sink hole

A water main broke after a limesink forming in the middle of the road caused asphalt to fall on top of the water line.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 24, 2010

Albany Police respond to at least 15 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Deputy chief gives lowdown on gangs

Out of 750,000 gangs in the United States, about 37 are active in the Albany area, police officials say.Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Finalist has 37 years in K-12

A review of Roy G. Brooks' resume shows he has 37 years of experience in teaching and administration of public schools.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Missing grandmother returns home to family

A 51-year-old woman who had been missing since Friday returns home Tuesday.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Reports: Few taking advantage of tax exemptions

Dougherty County's tax director says some property tax exemptions are too cumbersome with very little benefit.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Officials unveil new GIS tool

Albany city commissioners may consider adding a public safety component to the city's GIS mapping system.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Lee commissioners criticized for retreat costs

A public forum turns testy when a citizen challenges Lee County Commissioners' use of funds.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Lee, Dougherty counties share emergency personnel

Firefighters and EMTs in Dougherty and Lee counties pull back-to-back 24-hour shifts in both counties.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Marietta to hold community forum

City Commissioner Roger Marietta will host a community forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for residents of Ward 4 in room 101-B at Darton College.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Fans flock to see Madea

Fans pour into the Albany Civic Center for the Tyler Perry show Tuesday.-Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Group hosts anti-violence hoop fest

A Stop the Violence "Hoop Fest Extravaganza" is set to kick off April 15 at the Albany State University stadium.-Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

City OKs incentives, airport funding

City officials will have to reschedule a public hearing after it was scheduled on the wrong night, officials say.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Missing grandmother found

A grandmother reported missing when she and her 3-year-old granddaughter failed to make contact with relatives, has been found, police say.

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