News for Friday, January 8, 2010

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USF to Leavitt: Hurt a player and lie about it? You're done

South Florida, like Texas Tech and Kansas did in the last month, the Knights fire their coach, Jim Leavitt, on Friday, accusing him of slapping and choking a player, then lying about it.

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Day of change for Georgia Tech football: Thomas to draftl Wommack fired

Georigia Tech defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is let go Friday, while the Yellow Jackets get more bad news when top receiver Demaryius Thomas announces he is entering the upcoming NFL Draft.

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HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Lee County's Polk signs with ABAC; Westover wrestling wins Area Duals

Lee County soccer star Kelly Polk locks up her future Friday by signing with ABAC.

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Leach blasts Texas Tech in court filing

Mike Leach accuses Texas Tech of " slanderous and libelous" actions.

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Alabama assistant, Bainbridge native Smart eying Georgia or Texas Tech?

Bainbridge native and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is a hot commodity in the coaching world right now as several reports have surfaced since the Tide's BCS title win Thursday that Georgia is interested in him for its D-coordinator spot, while Texas Tech for its head coach.

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Terrell Academy boys rout rival Randolph Southern, improve to new school record 10-0

The Eagles set a new school record by improving to 10-0 with a rout of rival Randolph Southern on Friday, surpassing the best start in history for the program, which was 9-0.

News from '09 includes defining holidays and Jews

WHAT COUNTS AS A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL HOLIDAY?The Wall Street Journal reports (Sept. 15) that schools around the nation are studying how to approach the religious holidays of their students.

'Nine' gives insight into the entertainment industry

The movie/musical, "Nine," directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), follows the life of the promiscuous, yet troubled, Italian film director, Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis), and the many women who play integral roles in both his personal and professional lives.

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DWS boys down Westfield, moves to perfect 11-0; girls win, too

Friday's win against Westfield was huge because it was the Knights' region opener and it kept them perfect on the season, but it sets the stage for a showdown today against one-loss First Presbyterian Christian.

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Herald No. 5 Lady Indians rout rival Lady Pirates

Carrie Washington posts a double-double as Seminole County whips up on Miller County on Friday night.

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MONROE-WESTOVER NOTEBOOK: Patriots' Ochie 'OK' after scary fall vs. Tornadoes

Herald Super 6 selection Onochie Ochie of Westover is taken to the hospital after falling hard to the court during the first quarter of Friday's game against Monroe, but Patriots coach Dallis Smith said his senior star would be "OK."

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Donalson's big shot for Seminole shocks rival Miller

Seminole County forward Taiwan Donalson's steal and layup during the final seconds give the Indians a 50-49 victory against rival Miller County.

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Monroe girls stun Herald No. 3 Westover

Down by 16 points, Monroe comes from behind to stun Herald No. 3 Westover, 61-56, on Friday night.

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Kings of the hill

Monroe predicted this was the year it would take down mighty city rival Westover, and the Tornadoes were right in Round 1, winning, 61-58, on Friday night in a historic clash of The Herald's No. 1 and No. 2 teams.

Christmas tree-cycling program kicks off, but not in Albany

Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful says they suspended the Christmas tree chipping program because it was no longer needed.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Area leaders considered among '100 Most Influential Georgians'

Joel Wernick, CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, was among those that made the list.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

New year, new attorney for ADICA

Officials with the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority say their decision to drop their attorney is a financial one.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Patron shot at Triple Diamond Lounge

Albany police are asking for the public's help in finding lounge owner Tony Reid, who officials say shot a patron.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Family thankful for community support in search of boy

There's still no reason given for Jyquez's disappearance, but police say foul play is not suspected. - Ricki Barker, staff writer

Committee recommends tougher school hiring screening

Dougherty County's human resources director proposes changes to the school system's personnel policy for new hires.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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White to receive warm welcome, fine for event

A renowned comedian has sold out his Friday-night show at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Recovered boy's family thanks community

The family of Jyquez Miller, the 9-year-old boy who disappeared Tuesday night and was found Wednesday morning after a night of 16-degree weather, thanked the community this morning for efforts in finding the child. There's still no reason given for Jyquez's disappearance, but police say foul play is not suspected.
UPDATED 11:40 a.m.
Ricki Barker, staff writer

Club patron shot; club owner sought

Albany police are asking for the public's help in finding lounge owner Tony Reed, who officials say shot a patron, Johnny Holman, late Thursday or early today. Updates with description of Reed.
UPDATED 11:45 a.m.
-- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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