News for Wednesday, August 1, 2012


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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: American fencing favorite upset in medal rounds, leaves London empty-handed

After dominating in Beijing, U.S.A.'s reigning gold medalist Mariel Zagunis was supposed to be a lock to win again in London --- instead she ended Wednesday's fencing competition with a pair of stunning meltdowns that resulted in no medals.

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Penske cuts Allmendinger loose after positive drug test debacle

Penske driver A.J. Allmendinger's season — and career — might be over after he was fired from his ride Wednesday for failing two drug tests.

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Maholm calls Braves ‘landing spot No. 1 for me’

Two days after being traded from the Cubs to the Braves, pitcher Paul Maholm says Atlanta was “landing spot No. 1."

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Braves see seven-game win streak snapped by lowly Marlins

Ben Sheets came into Wednesday’s start against 3-0 overall with a 0.50 ERA, but after he was rocked in the first inning for five hits and three runs by Miami, the Braves never recovered.

Phoebe hospital board approves FY 2013 budget

Hospital officials sign a lease finalizing the agreement joining Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe North.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Olympic officials ban eight badminton players after accusing them of trying to lose

The talk of Wednesday’s Olympics was the black eye given to all sports when it’s determined four badminton doubles teams intentionally tried to lose their matches in order to gain a better draw.

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Nolan's new style of defense turning heads at Falcons camp

Atlanta's defense allowed a third-down conversion rate of 44.1 percent last season, and that's an issue new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is making his top priority to change.

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Albany Chick-fil-A customers support restaurant’s CEO

Customers storm an Albany Chick-fil-A in support of the company CEO’s stand on “traditional” marriage.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Lowndes native, FSU star Reid booted from team; Wisconsin RB Ball attacked

Following his latest run-in with the law — and afoul of team rules — FSU kicks star punt returner and DB Greg Reid off the team Wednesday.

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Quite the splash

Led by former UGA stars Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland, the women’s 4x200 relay team picks up another U.S. gold, then Nathan Adrian pulls the upset win in the 100 free.

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School Board dynamics will change

At least two and possibly three new members will join the Dougherty County School Board in 2013.

Police/Fire/EMS - August 2, 2012

Police respond to at least 41 incidents

Charges pending in pickup crash

Joseph Mathis, 16, drove his 1992 blue Ford F-150 pickup south on North van Buren Street, stopped at the sign and then drove right in front of a 2012 red Dodge Ram 1500 at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Albany Police Department report.

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Bogus $20 bills popping up

With five forgery reports in Albany Tuesday, authorities warn citizens to check out the currency they receive.

Grand jury deals with robbery, violence

A Dougherty County grand jury adds a suspect to a group that includes a man indicted for murder of a 14 year old.

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Albany thief preys on 94-year-old woman

Dougherty County deputies want to talk to a woman photographed using a Regions Bank ATM.

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ASU kicks off faculty and staff conference

The president of Albany State University stresses that the college will continute to educate the disenfranchised.

Lee transition begins

The Lee County Commission will have at least two new members after the Nov. 6 general election.

Allen, House in GOP runoff for 2nd District

The Republican 2nd Congressional District goes to a runoff; results are updated for area counties in local races.

Squawk of the Day - August 2, 2012

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Women religious look to the past for inspiration

When Catholic women religious meet next week in St. Louis, they will try to solve a problem tougher than any they assigned to generations of schoolchildren. The nuns will decide how to respond to an edict from the Vatican ordering them to toe a doctrinal line and assigning three bishops to oversee their orthodoxy.

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Will Obama make dependent nation?

Conservatives worry that if Barack Obama is re-elected, today's trillion-plus federal deficits and ballooning national debt will continue to grow far into the future.

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Cussing works across the generations

As a general rule, I do not spend much time envying what someone else has. I must admit, however, I do envy those rare guys who keep all their tools neatly aligned in their shop.

Elizabeth West

Elizabeth Ann West, infant daughter of Jason and Lucy West of Camilla, died Monday, July 30, 2012

Raymon Apperson

Raymon Jean "R.J." Apperson, 77, of Albany, GA died Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Frances Chandler

Frances Garrett Chandler, 84, passed away Tuesday , July 31, 2012

Ira Simpson

Mr. Ira J Simpson, 79, of Doerun died Tuesday May 31, 2012

Collie Jones

Mr. Collie Jones, 95, passed away on August 1, 2012

Hattie King

Mrs. Hattie F. King of Ashburn, Georgia, departed this life on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ezra Sloan

Minister Ezra James Sloan, 61, of Albany died on August 1, 2012

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Deal: TSPLOST failure a "disappointment" (Update 3:14 p.m.)

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has released a statement saying that his office will be pursuing alternatives for transportation funding to deal with the vacuum left by decisions by most Georgian to vote down a controversial penny sales tax initiative Tuesday.

Flora Patillo

Mrs. Flora Bell Patillo of Plains died on July 28, 2012

Kendell Anthony

Infant Kendell Naomi Anthony of Sumter County died on July 28, 2012

Floria Britt

Mrs. Floria Acosta Britt, 93, of Gainesville, FL died on August 1, 2012

Lester Jackson

Mr. Lester Jackson, 81, of Albany died on July 28, 2012

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Morning update:T-SPLOST across the state (UPDATED WITH GRAPHIC)

Voters have rejected a penny sales tax referendum to pay for transportation projects in nine of 12 regions in Georgia.

Leland Johnson

Leland O. Johnson, 90, of the Faceville Community near Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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BRAVES ROUNDUP: Atlanta wins seventh straight; Hanson placed on DL

The Braves beat the Marlins for their seventh consecutive win Tuesday, but earlier in the day they get bad news when it's learned that starting pitcher Tommy Hanson is played on the 15-day DL.