News for Monday, April 9, 2012


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Police respond to stabbing, armed robbery in Albany

No charges have been filed in an incident in which a man says his wife stabbed him in the leg, officials say.

DCPD officer shoots attacking pit bull

A pit bull was shot while reportedly attempting to charge a police officer, reports say.

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Naturalist celebrates 82nd birthday

Nationally known wildlife expert Jim Fowler celebrates his 82nd birthday in downtown Albany.

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MLB NOTEBOOK: Giants rest Buster, begin ‘Posey strategy’; Marlins' Guillen under heavy fire for Castro comments; Rangers Japanese phenom Darvish rocked in debut

It seemed odd Monday when — just three games into the regular season — the Giants were sitting starting catcher Buster Posey, but it turns out that it’s all part of a strategy that will be implemented throughout this season to ensure the face of the franchise remains healthy as he battles back from an injury that cost him most of last year.

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Chipper works out, to be taken off Braves’ DL today

The Braves may be off to a bad start to the 2012 season, but Monday they got some good news when they learned veteran leader and starting third baseman Chipper Jones would be back from his injury by today.

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Georgia State moves up to FBS, Sun Belt

After just two seasons playing in the Football Championship Subdivision, Georgia State feels it’s ready to play with the big boys, announcing Monday that starting in 2013, the Panthers will play in the Football Bowl Subdivision and officially join the Sun Belt Conference.

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Petrino’s private police security under fire

Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King placed a call to Hogs head football coach Bobby Petrino to warn him about the potentially damaging report he had to file concerning the recent motorcycle accident that involved Petrino and a young woman he was having an inappropriate relationship.

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Goodell upholds penalties in Saints bounty case

After an unsuccessful appeal, the NFL rules Monday that Saints head coach Sean Payton’s one-year suspension, GM Mickey Loomis’ 8-game ban and assistant coach Joe Vitt’s 6-game suspension will stick for their roles in the team’s illegal bounty program.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Bubba’s the pride of Georgia

Herald Guest Columnist and longtime University of Georgia supporter Loran Smith looks back on the Bulldogs’ own Bubba Watson capturing the Masters on Sunday at Augusta.

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Find your purpose and make some sparks

So often too many of us spend our lives being an iron that makes grilled cheese sandwiches. I know, just stay with me.

Identity theft is big business

The report Monday of an identity theft scheme that has been used to generate $1.1 million in fraudulent federal income tax refunds is a reminder of just how valuable an asset our personal information is and why it is so important to protect it.

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Police make arrest in fleeing motorist case

Jamarious Wright, 20, is arrested after being on the run for a week, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office officials say.

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America's love affair with firearms is national insanity

It has been 46 years -- nearly a half-century -- since Charles Whitman, a troubled ex-Marine, climbed atop the iconic University of Texas Tower to use it as a staging zone for a shooting spree. He killed 16 people on and around the campus, including his wife and mother.

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To Obama, legal precedents are all about politics

In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act by huge bipartisan votes -- 342-67 in the House and 85-14 in the Senate. President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law. Now, the Obama administration says DOMA, which permits states to refuse to recognize gay marriages from other states and creates a federal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

Arrests made in aggravated assault

Patricia Ann Ousley and Nakeshia Keith are in the Dougherty County Jail as a result of their suspected involvement in a South Davis Street stabbing.

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Albany nurse accused in $1.1 million bogus tax refund scheme

Federal agents say that stolen personal information and an online tax preparation service were used to file bogus income tax returns.

Janis Jones

Janis Gayle Cox Jones, 71, of Dawson, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012

Retha Barnes

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

Roosevelt Porter

Mr. Roosevelt Porter 72, of Albany died Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Johnny F. Austin

Mr. Johnny F. Austin 66, of Albany died Monday, April 9, 2012

Elaine B. Cutley

Ms. Elaine B. Cutley 56, of Albany died Monday, April 9, 2012

Anna Pejko

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

Willie King, Jr.

Mr. Willie J. King, Jr., 56, of Bainbridge died on April 7, 2012

Robert Thompson

Mr. Robert Thompson of Bainbridge died on April 8, 2012

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Edwards to enter state House race

Muarlean Edwards and state Rep. Carol Fullerton are the first to declare in the District 153 race.

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Stop the Violence asks for county commission support

Anti-violence march is planned for April 21.

James Byrd

Mr. James Byrd, formerly of Atlanta, died on Monday

John Harris

Mr. John Harris, 76, of Baconton died on April 4, 2012

Lucile J. Price

Mrs. Lucile J. Price, 84 of Albany, died Sunday, April 8, 2012