News for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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NASCAR adds mandatory four-tire pit-stop to All-Star race

Changes happen to the annual NASCAR All-Star race Wednesday.

Dancing thoughts tempt a little angel

I took the little 6-year-old princess to church Saturday for acolyte training.

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Phoebe Network of Trust hosts teen maze

An interactive simulated event is the second put together by an Albany organization for middle school students in the area.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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ITF says it's done with Agassi drug probe

The ITF says it will drop an inquiry into ex-star Andre Agassi's past admitted drug use.

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The Miller twins -- both former UGA women's hoops stars -- sign with WNBA's Atlanta Dream

Coco and Kelly Miller each sign two-year deals to play for the Atlanta Dream a decade after starring at Georgia.

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UGA tack star Lawrence becomes Bulldogs' first ever "National Athlete of the Year" winner (UPDATES: adds quotes, details)

Torrin Lawrence, who turned heads around the world when he shattered the school record in the 400-meter dash -- and ran the fastest time in the world so far this year --- is honored as the men's National Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

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New pawn shop to open

A city of Albany business license has been issued for a pawn shop that is expected to open in May.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Gang members guilty in beating

An Albany jury finds three men guilty, another pleads guilty and one is set to plead to aggravated assault and street gang terrorism.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Commission denies ban on chicken-wire fences

An existing city of Albany fencing ordinance bans chain-link fences in front yards.J.D. Sumner, government writer

EDC considers military subcommittee

The workload for MCLB-Albany's Maintenance Center is expected to increase.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Police/Fire/Ems - March 18, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 54 incidents

Commission to review animal ordinance

A change ending an exception to cats under Albany's animal control ordinance has raised the ire of some citizens.J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Deerfield awards four scholarships

Two students will receive full academic scholarships and two high school seniors are awarded partial tuition at Deerfield-Windsor School.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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APD arrest man in January hit-and-run case

Albany Police Department officers announce the arrest of a man in a vehicular homicide case.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Meyer returns to Florida full-time; Tebow debuts new throwing motion for scouts

On the same day Florida coach Urban Meyer ends his shorter-than-planned leave of absence, his former star QB, Tim Tebow, shows off his new throwing motion for NFL scouts.

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'Rusty' Bulldogs back at it for spring practice

Georgia's football team went back to practice this week as the Bulldogs focus on getting ready for the April 10 G-Day game at Sanford Stadium.

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Georgia Tech players give up their cells in favor of bonding, focus

It wasn't a popular choice at first, but the second time it was unanimous, so as a way to motivate his team -- and stay focused -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt did away with cell phones prior to the team's run to the ACC title game -- and now the players have voted to do the same going into the NCAA tourney.

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Hewitt lashes out at critics as Georgia Tech's NCAA tourney opener looms Friday

Responding to an AP story last week that said Georgia Tech A.D. Dan Radakovich was weighing the program's future, Yellow Jackets men's hoops coach Paul Hewitt calls talk like that "cheap" and completely unnecessary.

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Change is comin': Get ready for a 96-team field

Albany Herald sportswriter Terry Lewis thinks the NCAA Tournament field won't ever be 64 teams again after this season, instead moving to 96 teams and doing away with the NIT Tournament.

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Forgive & Forget

Miller County native Valorie Brabazon still feels the pain nearly seven years after her son and former Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot and killed by a teammate. The Bears' program -- which hasn't been the same since -- is back in the NCAA Tournament this season for only the second time since Dennehy's death in 2003, looking to turn over a new leaf. But for Brabazon, the loss of her son is still something she wrestles with every day.

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TUESDAY'S COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Tech topples UGA; UF downs FSU

The No. 3-ranked Yellow Jackets edge Georgia on Tuesday, while Florida takes down Florida State in rivalry week.

Man arrested on vehicular homicide

Albany Police arrested a man in connection with a January hit and run killing.

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City leaders to work with community to refine animal ordinance


Commissioner Roger Marietta will work with community members and city staff to develop a proposal for changes to the city's animal control ordinance, following a discussion Tuesday by the city commission.

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EDC votes to study possible creation of military support subcommittee


The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission voted unanimously to ask staff to research the possibility of reinvigorating a group that helped keep MCLB- Albany off the BRAC closure list as a permanent subcommittee.
--J.D. Sumner, Herald Government Reporter

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