News for Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Hawks beat Celtics in playoff opener

The Hawks control the postseason opener with the Celtics from start to finish — and then watch as Boston’s Rajon Rondo is ejected in the final seconds for bumping an official.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU baseball, Darton softball ousted from tournaments

Both the Darton softball team and the Albany State baseball team were eliminated from their respective conference tournaments Sunday.

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Hudson leads Braves past Pirates in season debut

In his return from offseason back surgery, Tim Hudson gets the win for the Braves, who are now tied atop the NL East standings.

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Dufner holds off Els in Zurich Classic playoff for first PGA Tour win

Jason Dufner had to play the 18th hole three times in a row, but he outlasts Ernie Els Sunday in the Zurich Classic in a sudden death playoff for his first PGA victory.

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Romney's magical capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

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Applebee's preps for facelift

An albany restaurant is set for a makeover both inside and out, as well as a recertification for all of its employees.

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Chambliss says he would replace income tax, IRS

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss sponsors a bill that would dramatically overhaul the nation's tax system.

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Study: Economy impacts health

Lee County ranks highest among counties in Southwest Georgia with a health outcome ranking of 19.

Doerun to host festival, barbecue competition

Teams will compete in a barbecue contest taking place as part of the May Day Festival in downtown Doerun.

Foreign aid, entitlements become a way of life

Foreign aid and unearned entitlement are nothing more than paying tribute to modern-day pirates.

Motorist deigns to follow traffic laws

I witnessed driver rage and stress yesterday, and it was I who was full of rage and stress.

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Obama situation recalls story of Icarus

Either President Obama has wings of Kevlar -- or he has the most incompetent scheduling staff in White House history.

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Squawk of the Day - April 30, 2012

Squawk of the Day - April 30, 2012

Willa Pearson

Mrs. Willa Dean Kicklighter Pearson, 84, of Albany died Friday April 27, 2012

Jackie Pate

Jackie Lamar Pate, 72, of Moultrie died on April 28, 2012

Larry Braun

Larry F. Braun, 74, of Albany, GA died April 28, 2012

Barney Phillips

Barney Phillips, 79, of Leesburg, GA, died Friday, April 27, 2012

Narindra Lakhanpal

Narindra Nath Lakhanpal, known to almost everyone as "Paul", passed away in peace on April 28, 2012

Barbara Nix

Barbara 'Bobbie' Nix, 61, of Albany, GA, died Saturday April 28, 2012

Mamie Chester

Mamie H. Chester, 83, of Camilla, died Saturday, April 28, 2012

Macrean Napper

Mrs. Macrean Napper, 98, of Byromville died on April 29, 2012

Celeste Phillips McClung and James Charles Salter

Mr. and Mrs. David P. McClung

Brittany Danielle Layton and Michael Charles Rooks

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Layton

Haley Laura Breedlove and Andrew Jeffery Mock

Ken and Sandra Breedlove

Mr. and Mrs. Cambell Warren Kirbo

Sarah Elizabeth Thompson

Billy Stewart, Sr.

Billy Kemp Stewart, Sr., of 5304 Doles Rd., Albany, GA, died Saturday, April 28, 2012

Darrell McDonald

Darrell R. McDonald, 62, of Fitzgerald, died Saturday, April 28, 2012

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State champions!

Deerfield’s girls win their first Class AAA state title and Westwood’s girls win their fifth title in six years at the GISA state track & field meet.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Albany State baseball, Darton softball lose tourney games; DC baseball splits

Albany State's baseball team and Darton's softball team both lose and are forced to have to come back in the loser's brackets of their respective conference tournaments, while Darton's baseball team splits a doubleheader against Middle Georgia.

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NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP: Bulls lose Rose to torn ACL in win over 76ers

Bulls star Derrick Rose went down with an injury late in Saturday’s playoff game, and the news isn’t good for Chicago: Rose will miss the rest of the postseason with a torn ACL. (ADDS: Heat vs. Knicks, Pacers vs. Magic)

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Kyle Busch wins fourth in a row at Richmond

Kyle Busch, who celebrated brother Kurt Busch's Nationwide win on Friday, holds off Tony Stewart to win for the fourth time in a row at Richmond late Saturday night.

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Area track athletes qualify for GHSA state

GHSA track & field teams had to go an extra round to qualify for the state meet this year, and Monroe, Westover and Albany High all had solid days on the road in the sectionals on Saturday to get their kids to state.

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OUTDOORS FEATURE: Be wary, but don’t fear the harmless

There are a number of things outdoor enthusiasts regularly encounter that are dangerous and deserving of the utmost caution. However, there are also quite a few wild things encountered by outdoorsmen that strike fear into their hearts for no good reason. These creatures incite terror, panic, and sometimes even self-inflicted injury, all of which, in the end, are unnecessary.

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NFL DRAFT ROUNDUP: Falcons GM comfortable with low profile in draft

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff's approach to this year's draft was to "get some solid football players who can fit into roster spots of need." (ADDS: Colts pick Mr. Irrelevant -- NIU's Chandler Harnish)

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OUTDOORS COLUMN: Fish bait off the beaten path

Fishing with unconventional bait may prove to be the answer.

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Hawks open playoffs against aging Celtics

The Celtics' Big Three are on their last legs and the Hawks are looking to jump on Boston early in the first round series, which tips off tonight.

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