News for Thursday, July 22, 2010


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TOUR DE FRANCE: Title now Contador's to lose; Armstrong lawyers-up with another doping probe pending

It now seems like a foregone conclusion that Alberto Contador will win the Tour de France when it ends Sunday.

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Albany's Ruff Riders track club off to California for nationals

Twenty Albany track & field athletes -- ranging from as young as 9 to as old as 17 -- will load up two vans Saturday and travel across the country to compete in the U.S.A. Track and Field National Junior Olympics.

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Video shows suspects in shooting of store owner

A video from a clothing store in Lake Park south of Valdosta shows three men using a credit card stolen from Walter Phelps.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Town Hall to discuss SPLOST VI projects

Jon Howard's town hall meeting plans to cover the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects- Pete Skiba, staff writer

APD: Tip paid off; man located for questioning

Albany Police Department officers arrest a man after asking community for help in locating him.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Couple dies in murder-suicide

An Albany couple dies at a vacation home from gunshot wounds in a case of murder-suicide, authorities say.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Obama apologizes to ousted Agriculture official

President Obama apologized Thursday to former federal official Shirley Sherrod over her ouster in the midst of a racially tinged firestorm that enveloped the White House.- Mary Clare Jalonick & Ben Evans, The Associated Press

Police/Fire/EMS July 23, 2010

Crime, fire and EMS reports for July 23, 2010

LaMont levels new criticism

Mary LaMont resigned her position July 12, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Albany unemployment rate takes big jump

Georgia's job loss rate is currently the second highest in the nation.

Small business gathering held

A gathering is held to help small business owners network and find work.

Ex-Ford dealer dies

Bunny Pritchett was known for his extensive knowledge of local history and his impressive war memorabilia collection.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Finalists named for Grand Island post

A Lee County-owned golf/tennis facility will have a new general manager soon.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Father's death turning point in Sherrod's life

Friends of Albany's Shirley Sherrod say the agriculture bureaucrat has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination and helping those of all races.- Greg Bluestein, The Associated Press

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Underwood, aviation board member, dies

Former Dougherty County Commissioner Bill Underwood dies while on vacation in New Mexico.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Four local charities to benefit from golf tourney

The Anchorage, The Lily Pad Sane Center and Liberty House and the Children's Miracle Network will be the Birdies for Charity beneficiaries.

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SEC MEDIA DAYS NOTEBOOK: Richt, UGA players express confidence in new QB Murray

Georgia coach Mark Richt and his players feel good about the prospects of Aaron Murray taking over at quarterback this season, despite being untested.

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Brazil coach, players questioned by police after brawl with reporters

Three Brazilian soccer players and their coach are questioned about a brawl with reporters.

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Mum's the word

The Georgia Bulldogs tried to keep the focus on football during Day 2 of SEC Media Days on Thursday, while saying very little about an ongoing NCAA probe involving receiver A.J. Green. (EDITS: includes breakout with Green's comments to ESPN)

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South Africa may have to drop Bafana Bafana nickname

A dispute over the "Bafana Bafana" nickname may force South Africa's soccer team to drop it.

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About time: MLB to start testing for HGH in the minor leagues

Long criticized for not doing enough to eliminate steroids, Major League Baseball becomes the first pro sport in the U.S. to test for HGH.

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Braves pound NL West first-place Padres, 8-0

One night after squandering a late lead and losing to the Padres, the Braves bounce back in a big way Thursday with a shutout win.

Former HR director levels new criticisms against city

Albany, Ga. --- The former human resources director for the city of Albany has sent City Manager Alfred Lott a new letter leveling criticisms against the way the city handled various personnel matters.

Aviation board member dies while on vacation

Bill Underwood, a member of the Albany Aviation Commission and a former county commissioner, has died. He was 65.