News for Friday, April 6, 2012

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FIU fires NBA legend Thomas

Florida International University fires former NBA legend Isiah Thomas, who failed as the school's head basketball coach. Thomas had a three-year record of 26-65.

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One arrest in Thursday gunfight off Branch Road

Dougherty County Police arrest one man after a gunfight in the dirt lot near Kitty’s Flea Market north of Sylvester Road.

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MASTERS NOTEBOOK: Despite great position, Garcia not sure if he's 'ready to win'

Sergio Garcia has the reputation of being the best player to never win a major, but after two days at the Masters at 4-under, Garcia remains in position to finally do just that — although he’s the first to admit he may fall short again. (ADDS: items on Rory McIlroy; play of highest amateur finisher Hideki Matsuyama; Jason Day, last year's runner-up, withdrawing)

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Police: Coach Petrino didn't call 911, called personal police security

Even more damaging details emerge Friday about the Sunday motorcycle accident involving Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino and a young woman whom he was having an "inappropriate' relationship with, prompting Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long to put Petrino on leave and ponder his entire future with the program.

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ASU students conduct rally in support of Trayvon Martin

Albany State University students rally to add their voices to a demand for justice in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Squawk of the Day, April 7, 2012

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Sunrise service helps capture beauty of Easter

There is something quite egalitarian about a sunrise service. You might be an unemployed carpenter sitting right next to the CEO of a major bank. There might be people whose total repertoire of church music would be “Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace” standing right next to a person who knows their church hymnal frontward and backward.

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Darton beats ABAC, avenges 2nd region loss

Tyler Oglesby shuts down ABAC by giving up just three singles as Darton rebounds to avenge its second region loss of the season to the Stallions earlier this week with a 6-1 win at Darton on Friday night.

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Founder honored at ASU events

Speakers at Albany State's Founder's Day laud Joseph Holley's vision, determination and faith.

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Crop dusting -- not for the faint of heart

Aerial application from crop dusters is safer now and more efficient, but it still moves quickly and very close to the ground.

Health care law may be terminal

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court already know whether the health care reform act passed by Congress in 2010 can stand in total, in part or not at all as being constitutional.

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Obamacare a constitutional argument

“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” — Barack Obama, on the constitutional challenge to his health care law, April 2

Elonzo Blocker

Elonzo Blocker, 85, Baconton, died April 4, 2012

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Deceased man identified; Police find missing car

The man found dead in the woods off the 1800 block of Westtown Road is a 52-year-old Albany resident.

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Dougherty County Jail Report March 29-April 5, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail March 29-April 5, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Georgia unemployment benefits among briefest in nation

Georgia's payout period for unemployment benefits will soon be among the two shortest in the nation.

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Audio tape released of Saints’ Williams instructing to ‘kill’ opponents

As it turns out, Gregg Williams’ indefinite suspension from the NFL may stick forever after a recording is released Thursday of the former Saints defensive coordinator telling his players to intentionally injure opponents from the San Francisco 49ers — the team that the Saints last played in the NFC playoffs just a few months ago.

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Magic coach Van Gundy: Howard wants me fired

In one of the most bizarre media sessions ever caught on tape Thursday, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy tells reporters that star player Dwight Howard is trying to get him fired, which is followed by Howard walking up during the interview and joining the conversation.

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Arkansas head coach Petrino put on leave for lying about details of accident

Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino appears to have gone to great lengths to make sure it wasn’t known that he had a female passenger on the back of his motorcycle when it crashed this past Sunday, but Thursday it’s learned that Jessica Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser, was involved in the crash with the married father of four and now he's been put on paid leave while the school investigates.

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MASTERS NOTEBOOK: N.Y. Times female reporter reprimanded for saying she didn't want to cover Masters unless women were allowed to be members

New York Times reporter Karen Crouse gets herself in hot water for telling a website she doesn't want to cover the Masters any more because of Augusta National's policy of not allowing women members.

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MASTERS COLUMN: Floyd and the Masters have a little history

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith reflects on on the many Masters memories that Raymond Floyd has produced over the years.

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MASTERS --- DAY 1: Westwood holding slim lead after first round

Lee Westwood shoots a 5-under on Day 1 of the Masters for sole possession of the lead, while former Georgia star Bubba Watson is at 3-under and Tiger Woods finishes even after bogeying the final two holes of his first round.

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MLB OPENING DAY ROUNDUP: Blue Jays outduel Indians, 7-4, in record-setting opening day game

Toronto starts off the season with a 16-inning win Thursday against the Cleveland Indians, marking the longest opening-day game in major league history. (ADDS: roundup items on Tigers-Red Sox; Phillies-Pirates; Nationals-Cubs; Dodgers-Padres)

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Mets blank Braves in 2012 opener

New York ace Johan Santana looks sharp in his return from injury as he and the rest of the Mets’ pitching staff baffle the Braves on Thursday en route to a 1-0 win the 2012 season openers for both teams.

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Looking up

It’s been an up-and-down two seasons for Leesburg native Buster Posey, who went from breakout rookie star and World Series champ with the Giants in 2010 to breaking his leg and missing two-thirds of 2011. But after months of rehab and two new additions to the Posey family — twins Lee and Addison — he’s back, healthy and ready for whatever 2012 has in store.

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