News for Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Djokovic, Federer close to French Open showdown

Two of the world's top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, are still alive in the French Open and are a pair of wins away from a meeting in the semifinal round of men's singles.

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Heat coach Spoelstra is team's calming influence

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who still hangs onto his champagne-soaked T-shirt from Miami's 2006 NBA championship when he was an assistant coach, is looking to add another soaked shirt to his collection.

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Harvick wins when Earnhardt runs out of gas

In a finish nearly as crazy as the Indy 500's improbable ending, Dale Earnhardt Jr. runs out of gas in the final turn of Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600, allowing Kevin Harvick to win the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte.

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Obama visits ravaged Joplin

President Obama visits ravaged areas in Joplin, Mo., a week after the worst tornado in decades devastated the town.- Erica Werner, The Associated Press

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Raid on bin Laden compound avenged CIA deaths

A group of former CIA workers view Osama bin Laden's death as retribution for a pair of deaths in 1998, including a Valdosta woman.- Adam Goldman & Matt Apuzzo The Associated Press

City amends HPC ordinance

City Manager James Taylor says the change to the historic preservation ordinance could shave up to five weeks off the process.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Camp Good Grief set for this week

A set of summer camps being offered Wednesday and Thursday will allow children a chance to discuss their grief in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Prado, Jurrjens lead Braves past Reds, 2-1

Paced by Martin Prado's two-run home run, the host Atlanta Braves win Game 3 in their series against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday night, 2-1.

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Posey out for season after surgery on ankle

Leesburg's Buster Posey has two screws inserted into his lower leg to stabilize the ankle over a 90-minute surgery that was caused by an injury from a home-plate collision.

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Wheldon wins stunning Indy 500 when leader crashes

JR Hildebrand, a 23-year-old rookie from California, slams into the wall in the final turn of the Indy 500 as Dan Wheldon drives past to win in front of a stunned 250,000 fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Skinner finishes as top club pro in Senior PGA

Albany golf pro Sonny Skinner shoots a final-round 73 in the Senior PGA Championship and calls it a "dream come true" as he finishes as the top club pro and is honored alongside tournament-winner Tom Watson.

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Life can be aggabating

There are two kinds of people when it comes to being irritating -- the ones who irritate you and have no clue, and the ones who irritate you on purpose.- Mandy Flynn, Herald columnist

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Lest we forget

Memorial Day on Monday recognizes those sacrifices. And if you display an American flag Monday in honor of the fallen, there are some aspects of the raising and lowering of the flag that are specific to Memorial Day you should keep in mind.\- The Associated Press

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Looking Back - Civil War

Just how much do you know about the events and people involved in the Civil War? Here is a trivia quiz to enjoy on your day off.- Mary Braswell, Herald librarian

Community Calendar - May 30, 2011

This is a list of event happening in the Albany Area this week.

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