News for Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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RAMS NOTEBOOK: White says Rams will pursue D-I castoffs

With stars Greg Reid and Tyrann Mathieu recently kicked off their teams, Albany State coach Mike White said he is always on the lookout for Division I talent. (ADDS: items on ASU's NCAA-mandated drug-testing policy; weather affecting practice)

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KICKOFF 2012: Randolph Southern ready to put two-win 2011 in rearview mirror

The Patriots had one of their worst seasons in recent history last year, but 11 returning starters believe that this season will be different.

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GSW men's basketball team adds Auburn, 2nd D-1 team to 2012 slate

For the second time in the past three years, the Georgia Southwestern men's basketball team will travel to Auburn to play in a preseason exhibition game.

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering the old days

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks ahead to college football season and all that’s in store with a playoff on the horizon, while also remembering how things used to be.

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Maholm solid again as Braves rout Padres, 6-1

Paul Maholm continues to be a great pickup for the Braves, who down the Padres, 6-1, behind 7 innings of work from the recently acquired starter.

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Runnin' Red Devils

Red Devils running backs Don Bolden and Cornelius Bennett combined for more than 2,500 rushing yards last season, but the dynamic duo is just the start of what Randolph-Clay has going for it this year.

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Falcons to have Ryan on snap-count heading into second preseason game vs. Bengals tonight

Matt Ryan will see slightly less action tonight in the Falcons' second preseason game vs. Cincy than he did last week in Atlanta's opener against Baltimore.

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Police/Fire/EMS - August 16, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 53 incidents Tuesday.

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VJ Day a day that should be remembered by all

Aug. 15, 1945 should be remembered by all. VJ Day means victory over Japan, for all of you young people.

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Loss of radio host Glenn Beck a habit changer

I have a wonderful job and I can listen to the radio as I work. I choose to listen to talk radio, therefore WALG is the station heard in my office.

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Biblical marriage rules are what they are

I read the article by Cynthia Tucker and it seems she was more interested in bringing up the subject of bigotry, segregation and civil rights than the subject of marriage.

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Recovery limps at record-slow pace

If you think this is the weakest recovery America has endured following a recession, you’re right — at least for recoveries since the Great Depression.

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Staff Council now a Regents advisory body

ASU Staff Council President Kim Douglas says recognition of the state group gives a new voice for staff and faculty.

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If you must drink too much, wear pants

There are many mysteries in the universe for which there seems to be no answer. How did they build the great pyramids and why?

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Georgia Lottery CEO retiring

Margaret DeFrancisco will stay in her post through the transition to a new lottery president, officials say.

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Good to be King: Hernandez perfect vs. Rays

Mariners ace "King" Felix Hernandez throws the 23rd perfect game in major league history Wednesday afternoon, striking out 12 Rays to etch his name in the baseball record books.

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Fun, philanthropy mix at festival

Nonprofits are being given an opportunity to make money and increase their visibility at a local music and arts festival.

Evidence testing approved in murder case

A convicted killer's attorneys win a ruling to preserve and test paper and hair samples for DNA evidence.

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Allen endorsed in congressional race

State Reps. Ed Rynders and Jay Powell endorse Republican Rick Allen for Georgia's 2nd Congressional District seat.

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Civic League receives financial gift

The East Towne Civic League receives a $5,000 gift from AT&T for their humanitarian work in the community and elsewhere.

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Squawk of the Day - August 16, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Elections Board denies candidacy

Officials are still certifying Lorenzo Heard’s petition signatures before ruling on his candidacy for the School Board at-large seat.

Annie Maude Hammock Sowell

Annie Maude Hammock Sowell, died August 14, 2012

Dorothy Lee Taylor Rodgers

Dorothy Lee Taylor Rodgers, 83, Tallahassee, died August 12, 2012

R. D. Boyd

R. D. Boyd, 85, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Frank Griffin, Sr.

Frank Griffin, Sr., 72, Albany, died August 14, 2012

Rebecca Diane McMillan Scott

Rebecca Diane McMillan Scott, 59, Bainbridge, died August 14, 2012

Phillip Morris Frix

hillip Morris Frix, 75, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Freddie Frazier

Freddie Frazier, 70, Albany, died August 14, 2012

William C. Banks, Jr.

William C. Banks, Jr., 87, Albany, died August 13, 2012

Terence Scott Brown

Terence Scott Brown, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Velma Johnson

Velma Johnson, 80, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Charlie Lee Cecil

Charlie Lee Cecil, 77, Leesburg, died August 9, 2012

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VIDEO of the DAY: The argument for banning treadmills

While guns receive the brunt of political attention, there are much more dangerous devices sitting in homes and businesses around the country.

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Gunman shoots security guard at Conservative lobbying group

An armed man walked into the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday morning and was confronted by a security guard, whom he shot in the arm before the guard and others wrestled him to the ground, authorities said.

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Suspected Pitt Stop gunman caught

Suspected gunman caught; others wanted in Pitt Stop armed robbery.

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Georgia State's Bill Curry to retire after season

Georgia State football coach Bill Curry announced Wednesday he will retire after the 2012 season.

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Social Security cheap compared with Europe's

Compared with most public pension systems in Europe, Social Security is downright frugal.

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Social Security surplus dwarfed by future deficit

As millions of baby boomers flood Social Security with applications for benefits, the program's $2.7 trillion surplus is starting to look small.

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FACT CHECK: Social Security adds to federal deficit

Now that Social Security is paying more in benefits than it collects in taxes, there is a fierce debate among politicians, academics and advocates about whether those shortfalls are adding to the federal budget deficit.

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US government launches new immigration program

Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits.

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Alabama judge issues incredibly long prison sentence for offender

Forget counting 25-year-old Mark Anthony Beecham's prison sentence on your fingers and toes, you'll need a calculator.

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Top young Scrabble player booted over cheating allegations

A promising young Scrabble player has been kicked out of a national tournament for what officials say was an illegal act.

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BP on Dawson Road robbed

APD reports an armed robbery at 2340 Dawson Road.