News for Tuesday, March 30, 2010


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Gender-tested South African track star ready to return to competition

Caster Semenya, who dominated at last year's world championships, is still awaiting the decision on gender test ordered after her breakout, but in the meantime she is ready to begin running again -- that is, if any meet will have her.

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Oddsmakers taking bets on Woods' first swing -- and many other things --- at Masters

British oddsmakers continue to take bets on all sorts of things involving Tiger Woods' first appearance on a golf course since his car crash, indefinite break from golf and admission of infidelity.

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Kiffin, Trojans open practice in Southern California

The Lane Kiffin era officially gets under way Tuesday when the Trojans enter spring practice.

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Thrashers keep playoff hopes alive with win vs. Maple Leafs

Nik Antropov scores the game winner Tuesday as Atlanta beats, Toronto, 3-2, to keep their NHL playoff hopes alive.

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Vegas speaks: Duke a favorite to win it all

Las Vegas oddsmakers install Duke as a 7-to-5 favorite to win the NCAA Tournanent, while making Michigan State the longest shot.

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UConn women destroy FSU's title hopes, 90-50, in the NCAA Tournament's Elite 8

Florida State loses in a rout, 90-50, to UConn in the NCAA Tournament's Elite 8 on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Aiken an overlooked vacation treasure

Most people probably never think of coming to Aiken, S.C., for a long weekend, but those who do would be smitten by the easy living options available in this laid-back community, which has been hosting visitors since old-fashioned pantaloons were in style.

Poet born a ramblin' man

Poet, my friend who reigns supremely in the Mississippi Delta, has few complaints so when he voiced one the other day, I was not only surprised, I was astounded. Particularly when I heard what was troubling him.

Sky's the limit

The artists in bluegrass quintet Cadillac Sky bring a fresh approach to a traditional style of music.

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Reports: Five-star Auburn football recruit Coleman battling cancer

According to multiple reports Tuesday, one of the prized recruits from Auburn's most recent signing class -- 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Shon Coleman -- has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

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TUESDAY'S LOCAL PREP ROUNDUP: Early beats Thomasville, wins back turkey fan (UPDATES: corrects Early County player's name to "Van" Harrell)

The Bobcats' third win of the season Tuesday is a special one as Early County beats rival Thomasville to return the rivalry's newly founded trophy -- a turkey fan -- back to Blakely.

Senate bill 'no party' for merger

The first in a series of stories examines some of the major issues and concepts in Senate Bill 538.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Back on track

Traditional Southwest Georgia prep baseball powerhouse Lee County wins its third game in a row after a rough patch a couple weeks ago, taking down Bainbridge on Tuesday.

County: Drainage improvements continuing

This week marks one year since parts of the county were flooded following more than 22 inches of rain.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Suspicious package destroyed at airport

A rental car customer left the bag at the airport overnight, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Merger bill to remain same

S.B. 538 calls for a referendum on the consolidation of Albany and Dougherty County.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Woman offers reward for answers

Angela Law's home in south Albany was broken into on March 24.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Police/Fire/EMS - March 31, 2010

APD responds to at least 44 incidents

911 call provokes policy discussion

Local restaurant owner Bo Henry says communication between 911 dispatchers and officers needs improvement.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Monday wreck sends family to hospital

Officers say three children were injured during the wreck and were not wearing safety belts.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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Secretary of State visits Albany

Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January after replacing Karen Handel, who is running for governor.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Crosby vs. Ovechkin in next Winter Classic?

The NHL likely is putting together a doozie of a Winter Classic this year, pitting the league's two biggest stars -- Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby -- against one another Jan. 1.

Congress approves Airport funding

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today announced that Southwest Georgia Regional airport in Albany, Ga., will receive a $620,806 grant for needed improvements, a press release issued Tuesday states.

Home Day Care law passes Senate

A bill named in honor of a four-month-old Albany child who died in February 2008 after being found unresponsive at home day care site has passed the Georgia Senate, officials say.