News for Thursday, January 28, 2010

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NASCAR NOTEBOOK: Danica says put her down for a dozen races; J.J. crashes in Rolex 24 practice

NASCAR newcomer Danica Patrick says she will race 12 times during the upcoming Nationwide season -- her first after crossing over from IRL.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Savannah State coach abruptly resigns; Texas Tech says James threatened lawsuit over son

Robby Wells walks out on Savannah State after two seasons Thursday, citing nothing more than personal reasons.

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NFL NOTES: Sanchez eyes surgery; Cribbs thinks Browns will make new, less insulting, offer

Mark Sanchez, who guided the Jets to the AFC title game, says he may already be facing offseason knee surgery following the team's loss last week to the Colts.

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Kerrigan's father remembered as family man; son still held as suspect in death

Danny Kerrigan, father of U.S. figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, is laid to rest Thursday after dying early this week following a violent struggle with his son, who was then arrested and is still be held while waiting the outcome of tests to determine the Danny's cause of death.

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Rockies bring back Giambi

Jason Giambi's MLB career apparently isn't over as the one-time MLB slugger returns to the Rockies on a one-year deal Thursday.

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Thrashers earn rare win vs. Flyers

Philadelphia was 22-0 vs. the Thrashers before Thursday night's 4-3 loss to Atlanta.

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AUSSIE OPEN: Set your alarm for Serena vs. Henin; Williams sisters win doubles title

With Serena Williams' Australian Open women's singles finals match against Justine Henin schedule for 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning live on ESPN, Serena and sister Venus win the women's double title early Friday morning in Melbourne.

Grisham's 'Ford County' characters believable

Short stories are weird. More often than not, I find myself questioning everything I've just read as I close the book and set it down. Mainly, I question why the story was written, what point was possibly trying to be made and why I should care.

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Westover's Cook staying close to home at Andrew

Westover's Alli Cook signs on the dotted line Thursday with nearby Andrew College, where she will continue her softball career.

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Young's jersey retirement at DWS tonight canceled

Clemson, which has lost its last three games, goes back on its word to allow point guard and former Deerfield star Andre Young to leave the team momentarily and return to Albany to have his jersey retired tonight.

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Zenon to make visit to Ga. Tech today -- but will Jackets offer?

The Herald's John Reynolds Player of the Year, DWS star Tony Zenon, will take his official visit to Georgia Tech today in hopes that the trip ends with a scholarship offer.

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NCAA grants ex-Westover star Savage 6th year

Former Westover star Aairon Savage, a defensive back at Auburn, found out from the NCAA on Thursday he can receive a sixth year of eligibility after missing the past two years due to injury.

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Georgia's new #1

With losses last week by Liberty County and South Atlanta -- and the fact Monroe remains unbeaten at 18-0 -- the Georgia Sportswriter's Association releases its latest state prep hoops poll Thursday with the Tornadoes officially taking over the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history.*** (Complete GSWA poll included)***

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Lost Trailers, Luke Bryan score ACM nominations

Southwest Georgia country artists Luke Bryan and The Lost Trailers are up for Academy of Country Music awards.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

H1N1 vaccine clinic set

In Georgia, there have been 760 hospitalizations and 42 fatalities from flu-like illness since April 2009.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

United Kennel Club opens event today

The Winter Classic in Albany is the 111-year-old United Kennel Club's longest-running single-location event.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Learn the law and good gun-ownership methods

The Albany State University Police Department plans a "Free Second Amendment Workshop" Saturday.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Murfree ranked low on criteria

Based on Dougherty School Board criteria, superintendent finalist Joshua Murfree ranked fourth lowest among the applicants.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Census block party kicks off on Saturday

Census officials will not ask for your Social Security number, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, staff writer

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Mountains sacrificed to burn coal in Georgia

The Mountaintop Removal Roadshow calls the environmental cost of coal-fuled power plants into question Thursday.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

State AG candidate appeals complaint

Attorney general candidate Ken Hodges has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.- Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press

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KADB honors volunteers

Englewood Health Systems and MillerCoors are among the 2009 honorees.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Albany jobless rate increases

In December 2008, there were 5,640 jobless workers in the Albany area.- Jennifer Maddox Parks

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United Way donations match 2009 numbers

A special "peach edition" of The Albany Herald last month generated $5,000 for United Way.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Hodges asks Court of Appeals to dismiss Rehberg suit

Former Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss Charles Rehberg's suit alleging abuse of power against him.

Officials investigating Lee County fire


Lee County fire officials are currently at the scene of an overnight fire that destroyed a home on Sandy Beach Road trying to determine what caused the blaze.

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