News for Thursday, November 4, 2010


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Find out which teams The Herald's sports staff, and Week 1 Guest Picker Laura Williams of Americus, have chosen in this week's edition of "Guessperts."

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Dogs QB Murray tries to shale four-turnover game

Georgia freshman starter Aaron Murray has shown poise and flashes of brilliance in his first season, but now comes the hard part: learning from his mistakes after that four-turnover game vs. Florida.

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Nesbitt breaks arm as Jackets blow lead vs. Hokies, lose, 28-21

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt is injured just before halftime Thursday during a 28-21 loss to Virginia Tech, and never returns.

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Thrashers get shut out by Columbus

The smallest home crowd in franchise history watches the Thrashers fall to Columbus, 3-0, on Thursday night.

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Albany Sports Hall of Fame looking for new inductees

The Albany Sports Hall of Fame needs the community's help to find its 2001 induction class.

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Red Sox pick up Ortiz's option for $ 12.5M

Boston's David Ortiz re-signs with the Red Sox, who pick up his option for $12.5 million.

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Steelers' Harrison fined again for hard hit

Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who seems to be at the heart of the NFL's stance against hard hits, is fined $20,000, marking the third time he has been fined this season.

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State cross country: Can Westover's Taylor be first Lady Pats champ in 18 years?

Westover cross country star Ericka Taylor -- who broke the school record with a time of 18:59 earlier this year -- could just become the Lady Patriots' first girls state champ this weekend since Regina Spahn did back in 1992. (ADDS: names of all teams, runners from Southwest Georgia competing in Saturday's state meet in Carrollton).

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THURSDAY NIGHT PREP FOOTBALL: Lee County loses finale on road, despite 591 passing yards from QB Walker

Despite 591 passing yards from Trojans star QB Justin Walker, Lee County falls in its regular-season finale Thursday night to Warner Robins.

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Sherwood will be short-handed tonight in season finale

A handful of players were ruled academically ineligible this week for Sherwood's regular-season finale tonight at Westfield.

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Herald high school beat writer Mike Phillips makes his weekly predictions of tonight's marquee high school football games around Southwest Georgia.

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Hodges ready to spend time with family

After losing the attorney general race, the former Dougherty prosecutor says he's unlikely to again run for public office.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

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AFD honors former firefighter

Albany Fire Department is flying its battalion flag at half staff in respect for Robert E. Lee, a former batallion chief, who died this week.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Lee students invited to purchase bricks

An ongoing fundraiser will allow past and present students at a Lee County school to reconnect with its historic campus.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Police/Fire/EMS Nov. 6, 2010

Crime, fire and EMS reports for Nov. 6, 2010.

Change clocks, batteries

Change the batteries on smoke alarms as you change clocks to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, Albany Fire Department officials say.

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All the marbles

It all comes down to tonight for the 1-AAA crown as unbeaten Class AAA No. 3 Cairo invades Americus to take on the Panthers, who come into the game also perfect in the region.

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Write-ins reflect angst, humor among voters

Giants catcher Buster Posey and the Daily Show's Jon Stewart each received votes for the Senate 12 race.- J.D. Sumner, government writer