News for Wednesday, July 21, 2010


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Iranian ban an achy breaky heartbreaker

Over the years, I have often been reminded that no one or nothing is either all bad or all good. Even the worst person has some redeeming quality, although I am hard pressed to come up with one for Charles Manson at the moment. And, even the best person has at least something they need to work on.

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Lott out in July 2011

Mayor says he's thankful for City Manager Alfred Lott's work during his tenure in Albany.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Atlanta Dream lose fourth straight, slip to third in WNBA East standings

After a red-hot start that saw the Dream shoot to the top of the Eastern Division standings, Atlanta has been on a free-fall as of late as it loses its fourth game in a row Wednesday, this time to the Washington Mystics.

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U.S.A. softball in precarious position

With softball no longer supported by the Olympics, the U.S.A. team faces a reality check: They're broke.

Police/Fire/EMS - July 22, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 38 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Conn. judge: Cheerleading is NOT a sport

A Conn. judge says Wednesday that college cheerleading is not a sport and can't be used to meet gender-equity requirements.

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Ex-Seton Hall ex-coach Gonzalez pleads not guilty ... to stealing a purse?

In a most bizarre story, former Seton Hall men's hoops coach Bobby Gonzalez pleads not guilty Wednesday to stealing a pricey purse from an upscale store in the mall, saying the entire episode was a misunderstanding.

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Sherrod gets apology

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack publicly apologizes to Shirley Sherrod Wednesday after controversy over her ousting.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

Area Boy Scouts prepare for Jamboree trip

Local Boy Scouts will spend two weeks touring Washington D.C. and taking part in the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

ADDU busts marijuana distribution duo in Albany

Two men, including a local city commissioner's nephew, are under arrest for distribution of marijuana.Pete Skiba, staff writer

Brotherly love goes out the window when police show up

When police show up, family ties don't matter in hostage taking, Albany Police Department detective says.Pete Skiba, staff writer

Judge grants bond to man charged with statutory rape

District Attorney's Office faces unusual bail ruling on a man accused of statutory rape and child molestation.Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Events to raise money for ailing restaurant manager

Friends and co-workers have arranged a car wash and yard sale to benefit the hospitality manager of an Albany restaurant.Haley Frakes

Lead officer takes stand during trial

According to court officials, the Carver Pool shooting trial may continue into next week.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Lott out in July 2011

Mayor says he's thankful for City Manager Alfred Lott's work during his tenure in Albany.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Precinct-by-precinct look gives insight into primaries

The average voter turnout was around 25 percent, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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SEC MEDIA DAYS -- NOTEBOOK: Big surprise, but no one misses Kiffin

Lane Kiffin, who bolted Tennessee for USC after just one season, was still a topic of conversation Wednesday at SEC Media Days despite not being there, but it was mostly to point out that no one really missed his trouble-making presence.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Game times, TV stations set for UGA, Auburn openers, plus Iron Bowl

Georgia's opener Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette will be broadcast on the SEC Network, while Auburn's opener the same weekend against Arkansas State will be shown on Fox Sports South.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: NCAA makes mysterious 'inquiry' into Georgia

A slightly mysterious report emerges from the University of Georgia late Wednesday night that claims the NCAA has asked to come to campus and conduct an unexplained inquiry.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS: Saban says shady agents are basically 'pimps'

Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks out with a sharp tongue Wednesday about agents targeting college players -- especially in the SEC -- on Day 1 of SEC Media Days.

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White House issues apology to Sherrod

Washington, D.C. -- An embarrassed White House apologized on Wednesday to a black Agriculture Department employee who was ousted for her remarks about race, acknowledging that officials did not know all the facts when she was fired.

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Sherrod's family demands USDA, White House apologies

Members of Shirley Sherrod's family gathered in support of the family's embattled matriarch at a rally this afternoon at the Charles Sherrod Civil Rights Park in Albany.
Terry Lewis, staff writer

Coming Up

Events in metro Albany and surrounding areas for July 21 through July 27.

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Lots of hairy days in South

In looking back at photos, I am left to wonder if I have ever had a truly good hair day. I'm amazed because when I see the snapshots, I think, "Now, I'm sure that when I left home that day, I felt pretty good about my hair. How could it look like that?"
Ronda Rich, Features columnist

Stone appears to be on way to new term

While there may be enough votes to swing the Dougherty County Commission District 6 race to Richard Thomas, indications are incumbent Jack Stone has won a squeaker.