News for Thursday, July 15, 2010

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UNC facing possible sanctions by the NCAA

North Carolina's A.D. confirms Thursday night that the NCAA is looking into possible violations commited by his school.

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WSOP Main Event down to 78 players for $9 million first prize

The World Series of Poker's $10,000 buy-in Main Event is nearing close to the final table as play ended Thurday night with just 78 hopefuls left.

Pool shooting trial continues, but with limitations

Another co-defendant in the trial has entered a plea, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA set for 'Fan Day' on Saturday; Bulldogs' Jackson to transfer after arrest; Ga. Tech football tickets on sale today

Bulldogs fans will have a chance to meet former and current players at the annual "Fan Day" on Saturday.

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Bowden coming to Americus on Aug. 2

Now that he's retired from coaching football at FSU, Bobby Bowden is traveling the country for speaking engagements, and his next one brings him to Americus on Aug. 2.

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Hodges campaign denounces attack

The former prosecutor locked in a fierce race to become Georgia's top attorney on Thursday called for his Democratic opponent to take down an attack ad that claims he made a series of mistakes in a high-profile case.Ken Hodges said Thursday that the 30-second attack ad sponsored by state Rep. Rob Teilhet's campaign for attorney general exploited the victims of the case. He also unveiled letters from his supporters that condemned Teilhet for running the ad in the days before the July 20 primary.- Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press

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What a surprise: More cheating at the Tour de France

A WWE-like display broke out Thursday during the Tour de France's 11th stage when Mark Renshaw head-butts teammate Mark Cavendish's rival near the finish line to help Cavendish win the stage, leaving Renshaw kicked out.

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British Open: The Daly Show returns

Look who's just three shots off the British Open lead after the first round: Golf's most polarizing and colorful figure, 1995 champ John Daly.

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Fire blazes through wood-pallet plant

An early Thursday evening blaze claims a pallet manufaturing business in Albany.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Program an anchor for those it serves

Executive Director Kenny Phillips says clients just "want to be normal again."

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Woman, 103, celebrates birthday

Palmyra Nursing Home hosts Euna Bryant's 103rd birthday party on Thursday.- Haley Frakes, Herald intern

Police/Fire/EMS July 16, 2010

Crime, fire and EMS reports for July 16, 2010

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Lee Commission candidates differ on issues

A political newcomer is trying to unseat the chairman of the Lee County Commission.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Lowndes: Dougherty's frustrations not with us

Valdosta has a sheltered market program, not Lowndes County, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Water conservation talks frustrate RIverkeepers

On the anniversary of a court ruling on tri-state water useage, Georgia Riverkeepers issue a call to action.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

State's labor force drops

The state has had the largest month-to-month decline in the labor force since May 2001, officials say.

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DARTS seeking input for bike, walking plan

The Metropolitan Planning Organization includes Albany, Dougherty County and southern Lee County.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Ealum, Phinazee vie for Board seat

The Dougherty County School Board District 6 race pairs Dean Phinazee and Darrel Ealum.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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British Open: Rory of the crowd

In the year of the rising star on the PGA Tour, Ireland's Rory McIlory -- who is merely 21 years old -- fires a crowd-pleasing and record-tying 63 on Day 1 of the British Open for the early lead as stars like Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood lurk four shots back.

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New faces

With the Rebecca Fyock and Matt Ruta era officially over at Sherwood, Gavin Felix is ushered in as the Eagles' new boys hoops coach Thursday, while Mike Sons takes over the girls program.

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East Albany blaze destroys building

Flames reaching 50 feet high ripped through the stored wood and reduced the Albany Pallet Exchange to rubble at about 8:55 p.m. tonight.
Pete Skiba, public safety reporter

Judge Lockette decides to not declare a mistrial

Chief Judge Willie Lockette has decided that the trial of a gang shooting incident will continue Friday. The question of a mistrial emerged after a defense attorney may have violated a court order not to pursue an alibi argument.

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