News for Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Sony CEO apologizes for massive data breach

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer apologized for "inconvenience and concern" caused by the security breach.

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Sherwood hires new A.D.; loses boys hoops coach

Two days after seeing its head football coach leave for another job, the personnel shake-ups continue at Sherwood as the Eagles tap Lee County Parks and Recreation Director Eddie Dixon to take over as baseball coach and A.D. for Alan McWilliams, who is leaving at the end of the school year, while boys basketball coach Gavin Felix takes a new job in South Florida after just one season.

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Darton softball team heads to World Series

Darton defeats Georgia Perimeter to win the Region XVII title and advance to the softball World Series in Utah.

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GHSA/GISA STATE BASEBALL PLAYOFF CAPSULES: Breaking down the first round

Check out The Herald's 2011 state playoff baseball preview that breaks down the first-round matches of area Southwest Georgia GHSA and GISA programs.

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AHS, Westover, Bainbridge stars win individual state track titles; all three in hunt for team crowns

Albany High leads Class AA, Bainbridge is tied for first in Class AAAA and Westover is in a dogfight for first with track powerhouse Carrollton in Class AAA after the first day of the GHSA state track & field meet that sees athletes from all three schools also win individual state titles Thursday.

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Stomach ailment may knock Uncle Mo out of Derby

Uncle Mo, the escond favorite in the Kentucky Derby, is suffering a stomach ailment and his owner and trainer aren's saying if he will make the Run for the Roses on Saturday.

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No. 1 seed Seminole looks to continue amazing 2011 season

The Seminole baseball team has run opponents ragged all season, and now that they're in the playoffs the Indians' run-and-fun group are going to try to make a run at the first state title in more than 40 years.

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Leap of faith

The Trojans have had an up-and-down season, but the slate is wiped clean today when Lee County opens the Class AAAA state playoffs as a No. 1 seed at home.

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Coroner protests proposal

The Lee County Commission's Finance Committee continues to try to trim budget requests to balance the county's FY 2012 budget.

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Darton students graduate

Roughly 340 graduates were deemed eligible to receive an associate's degree or certificate at Darton College's spring commencement.

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Area leaders among state's most influential

The respected Georgia political publication James magazine recognizes the influence of some of the region's officials.

DNA sends man to prison for rape

Four years after a reported rape, a DNA match is made that puts a man in prison for at least 10 years.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Keller urges business leaders to face new reality

The keynote speaker at a Chamber of commerce-hosted poverty summit says we can change our communities.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

Chickenpox outbreak confirmed

Cases of chickenpox have been confirmed at a child care facility and at three schools in Mitchell County.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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AFD shaves $387,000 off budget

Albany's finance department predicts the city's Fire Department will have an end-of-year surplus for the current fiscal year.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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U.S. had no proof bin Laden was at compound

So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan's dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall after wall, exchanged gunfire and confronted "Geronimo" face to face. The vital things went right.

Details leak about raid preparation

Late last week, CIA Director Leon Panetta got the word from the White House that President Obama was giving the green light for the raid. Other options, including the idea of "just blowing the place up" from a B-2 bomber, had been discarded, he said. The president's order soon followed.

Cordele death probable suicide

CORDELE, GA-- The body of David "Shine" Redding, 59, was found Wednesday in his residence at 109 E. 13th Avenue. Preliminary reports state that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Scott Farrow, of the Cordele Police Department.

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Osama bin Laden image shown to senators was not likely authentic

U.S. Senators, including Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), were shown an image of a supposedly dead bin Laden on Wednesday.

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