News for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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In wake of Castro comments, Marlins suspend Guillen

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen keeps his job Tuesday after apologizing for saying he respects former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and angering Miami.

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Trojan horse

Daniel Nichols, Lee County’s UGA signee who leads the Trojans’ baseball team in nearly every statistical category, is having a senior season to remember — and one that may just end with him owning some of the most coveted records in the program’s history.

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NHL PLAYOFFS: Penguins, Flyers promise ‘bloodbath’ as NHL playoffs open tonight

A couple of late-season cheap shots by both teams sets the stage for an already bitter rivalry to reach its boiling point tonight when instate foes Pittsburgh and Philadelphia kick off the 2012 NHL playoffs tonight.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL ROUNDUP: Americus’ Pope signs with Steelers

Americus native Leonard Pope, a former UGA star, signs a one-year contract with the Steelers (ADDS: Items on UGA's Richt and Fox visiting Albany and Parcells not coaching Saints)

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Bubba's got a major, but is he ready for the fame?

Former UGA star Bubba Watson, this year's Masters champ, is now tasked with mastering how to be the new face of American golf.

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Deerfield, Southland tennis teams win region

Deerfield’s girls win the GISA Region 3-AAA tennis tournament Tuesday, while Southland’s boys edge DWS, 28-27, for the team title.

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TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Paced by two-time Herald Player of the Year Smith, Westwood girls, boys win 3-A titles, head back to state; SGA, TAE qualify three for state in Region 3-AA tournament

Sydnee Smith, the three-time reigning GISA Class A state champ in tennis and two-time Herald Player of the Year, is headed back to Macon after breezing through the region tournament. (ADDS: roundup items on SGA, Terrell Academy tennis; Deerfield, Terrell Academy baseball; Deerfield boys soccer)

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP/NOTEBOOK: GSW golf finishes disappointing sixth at PBC Tournament; Darton's Mitchell named All-American; GSW tennis sweeps ASU; ASU track & field shines in Jacksonville

The Georgia Southwestern men's golf team shoots 17-over on the final day of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament and fails in its quest to capture the school's first championship in what's already been a record-setting season. (ADDS: items on Darton basketball, GSW-ASU tennis; ASU track & field)

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Richards leads Darton in win

David Richards hasn’t seen much playing time on the Darton baseball team since transferring in from Savannah State in January, but he shines in Tuesday’s victory.

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Return to the table and share your day

Do you remember those days of yesteryear when we all sat down for family meals lovingly prepared by your Mother or Grandmother?

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Manzarek-Rogers create 21st-century blues

Two music legends - Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers - mine their musical pasts to create an entirely new sound.

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The best flirt tells a good story

It’s a funny thing about us Southerners. If a Yankee criticizes us, we haughtily disregard it, muttering over their ignorance.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 11, 2012

Police respond to at least 58 incidents

Obama, Romney start new race

Now that it appears that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has survived a Republican presidential nomination race that was more like a battle of attrition, the real contest is set to begin.

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Traffic stop leads to counterfeit bills

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrest a passenger for forgery after stopping a motorist for traffic violations.

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Council moving on new center

Just over $6 million has been raised for the $7 million SOWEGA Council on Aging Senior Center slated to open next year.

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UBL looking for Bonnaroo votes

A popular local band is asking for fans' help in landing a gig playing at one of the nation's largest music festivals.

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Myrtle’s Good Life fine dining guide

Seeing as Albany diners-outers are currently (a) standing in long lines waiting to get into the new Buffalo Wild Wings or (b) starving themselves in anticipation of Olive Garden opening near the mall, I went to one of the Good Life City’s most

Group fights proposed Lee development

A planned development in south Lee County would include 46 townhomes and "mom-and-pop specialty" retail outlets.

Limb loss preventable in many cases

Officials say that the main causes are diabetes/vascular disease, trauma and cancer.

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Lee School Board OKs $81,000 for library

The funding allocation continues cooperation between the school system and library.

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Bobby Petrino out as Arkansas football coach

Arkansas has fired Bobby Petrino, saying he "knowingly misled" and engaged in reckless behavior in a relationship with a female football employee half his age.

Baconton holds store groundbreaking

Dr. Dinesh Patel and Baconton Mayor Annette Morman attend a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a convenience store/gas station Patel is building in the small Mitchell County community. "We haven't had a gas station here for the last seven or eight years," Morman said of the project's significance.

Woman’s threat to hurt herself sparks search

A woman’s call to the Georgia Crisis Hotline triggered a search for her, said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.

Squawk of the Day, April 11, 2012

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Anna Pejko

Anna Ruth Pejko, 80, of Albany, GA died Sunday, April 8, 2012

Margaret Lorenz

Margaret Branch Lorenz, 77, of Valdosta died Monday, April 9, 2012

Retha Barnes

Mrs. Retha Luke Barnes, 89, Leesburg died Monday, April 9, 2012

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Developer eyes WG&L building

New Start Community Development LLC will give a presentation of what can do with the site, officials say.

New Start Community Development LLC will talk Thursday about plans to turn the utility HQ into a residential building, officials say.

Rossie Batten, Jr.

Mr. Rossie Batten, Jr. of Albany died Monday, April 9, 2012

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Santorum suspends bid to be president; Romney likely GOP nominee

Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, clearing a path for Mitt Romney to become the nominee.

Franklin Faircloth

Mr. Franklin Bartow Faircloth, age 78, of Brinson, GA. passed away on April 10, 2012

Joseph McCarthy, Sr.

Joseph McCarthy, Sr., 89, of Richland died on April 7, 2012

George Grumbles

George Grumbles, 70, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Monday, April 10, 2012

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Graduation rates plummet under new formula

Westover had the highest percentage in the district with 65 percent, officials say.

The graduation rate for the Dougherty County high schools drops to 54 percent while Lee County High falls to 66 percent under the revamped formula.

Phil Mathis

Mr. Phil Mathis of Albany died on April 10, 2012

Eugene Burns

Mr. Eugene Ronald Burns of Albany died on April 9, 2012

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Zimmerman launches website, comments on Martin shooting

George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, started a website to raise money for his defense and living expenses, warning supporters about groups that falsely claim to do the same.

Lucile Price

Mrs. Lucile Jackson Price of Albany died April 8, 2012

Roy Harrison

Elder Roy Edward Harrison, 88, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012

Breezli Gibbs

Breezli Mackenna Gibbs died Sunday, April 8, 2012

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Georgia's lottery-funded Pre-K gets top rating in national report

Georgia’s lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program moved into the top echelon of the nation’s pre-k programs in terms of quality in 2011.

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Not good

Following an embarrassing start to the 2012 season over the weekend — during which Atlanta was swept by the lowly Mets — the Braves fail to improve their dismal early-season standing Monday after a 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros as they commit four errors in defeat

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Search for next Dougherty head football coach nearing its end

The search for a new head football coach at Dougherty High School is winding down, and school officials are hopeful a new coach can be in place before spring practice begins in three weeks. (CORRECTS: name of one of the candidates to Jim McFather)

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Stonebridge to host 'Play Day' for kids Saturday

The Stonebridge tennis center will host a "Play Day" on Saturday for $10 a child for kids 10-and-under.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: GSW golf closes in on first Peach Belt title; DWS, Southland to play region tennis finals today at SCA

The GSW men’s golf team is fourth overall after two rounds of the Peach Belt Tournament on Monday with one round left to play today. (ADDS: items on Deerfield tennis, soccer, golf; Southland tennis; and Lee County soccer).

Two cited after altercation at south Albany Easter event

A community Easter event on South Jackson Street erupted into a brawl, APD reports say.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 10, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 83 incidents.

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Consultant: One school could be ‘repurposed’

While one elementary school could be closed, there is no “fiscally responsible way” to close any of Dougherty County’s high schools, a consultant says.

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