News for Thursday, August 16, 2012


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Police/Fire/EMS - August 17, 2012

APD responds to armed robbery on Wednesday

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Public health: Get your shots

So far this year, three cases of pertussis — or whooping cough — have been reported in Southwest Georgia, public health officials say.

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School gets into full swing

Dougherty County School System attendance is estimated at 15,000 students with the numbers climbing daily.

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Romney’s budget posturing fails the truth test

Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, have been far franker than the Democrats about the need to rein in runaway federal spending. Team Obama’s core argument — that raising taxes on the rich can avert “economic calamity” without cutting popular benefit programs such as Medicare — is simply false. But on an absolutely critical point, the Republican candidates are not telling the truth; they’re avoiding it. They will not admit an undeniable fact: Increased revenue has to be part of any serious attempt to deal with the nation’s looming fiscal crisis.

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Church must resist temptation of power

What would you do if a group of punk musicians rushed to the altar area or claimed the pulpit in your church and began singing protest songs in the middle of a Sunday morning worship service?

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Brown leaves a legacy of damage

When women complain about men who can’t commit, they can thank — or blame — two people: Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner and the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, who died this week at age 90.

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Shooting suspects arrested

An Albany elementary school was placed on lockdown while police caught two shooting suspects.

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Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Aug. 17, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has eight Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Mattress store set for weekend opening

Mattress Firm, a national discount mattress retailer, is set to open at the former Moe’s location.

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Burglary suspect surrenders at Herald offices

Stephen Wayne Chapman was wanted for burglary and contempt of court.

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Squawk of the Day - August 17, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Victory denied

See why teams should always wait to let the clock run out before celebrating.

Dorothy Ann Foister Shiver

Dorothy Ann Foister Shiver, 79, Camilla, died August 15, 2012

Juliet M. Coleman Montford

Juliet M. Coleman Montford, Cordele, died August 15, 2012

Willie Monroe Fair

Willie Monroe Fair, 61, died August 12, 2012

Margaret Hughes Watkins

Margaret Hughes Watkins, 93, Ben Hill County, died August 14, 2012

Ludie Seay McNeal

Ludie Seay McNeal, 94, Richland, died August 11, 2012

Eva Grace Hunt

Eva Grace Hunt, 83, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Ada E. Smith

Ada Ethel Smith, 67, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Larry Wallace

Larry Wallace, 55, Albany, died August 10, 2012

Joe Ponder

Joe Ponder, Albany, died August 16, 2012

Terence Scott Brown

Terence Scott Brown, 38, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Will Arthur Rudolph

Will Arthur Rudolph, 94, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Latisha Renee Simms

Latisha Renee Simms, 31, Vineland, NJ, died August 9, 2012

Debra Bush

Debra Bush, 44, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Moses Walton, Sr.

Moses Walton, Sr., 86, Dawson, died August 7, 2012

Alarie Holmes

Alarie Holmes, 82, Colquitt, GA died August 9, 2012

Joseph Joe Grace

Joseph Joe Grace, died August 12, 2012

Esther Mae Everson

Esther Mae Houston Everson, 83, Colquitt, died August 15, 2012

Frank Griffin, Sr.

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

Velma Johnson

Velma Johnson, 85, Albany, died August 15, 2012

Etris Lee Smith

Etris Lee Smith, Sr., 68, Albany, died August 12, 2012

Helen Anderson-Opoku

Helen Anderson-Opoku, 67, Belleville, NJ died August 12, 2012

Annie Mae Severson

Annie Mae Severson, Edison, died August 8, 2012

Victoria Ann Doolittle

Victoria Ann Doolittle, 21, Leesburg, died August 11, 2012

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Former bulldogs coach charged in ponzi scheme

Officials say that a former University of Georgia head football coach helped orchestrate an $80 million ponzi scheme.

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Ex-UGA coach Jim Donnan charged in Ponzi scheme

Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan is accused of orchestrating an $80 million Ponzi scheme, using his influence to get high-profile college coaches and former players to invest, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

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Seven American troops die in Afghan helicopter crash

Seven American troops and four Afghans died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on Thursday in southern Afghanistan.

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CEO's raking in giant salaries, while companies pay little taxes, study finds.

Twenty-six big U.S. companies paid their CEOs more last year than they paid the federal government in tax, according to a study released Thursday by a liberal-leaning think tank.

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2 sheriff's deputies dead, 2 hurt in La. shootout (Update)

Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana have been shot to death and two other deputies were wounded in an early morning shootout in St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans.

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Mitchell County administrator terminated

Mitchell County commissioners say their newly hired administrator was "not a good match" for the county.

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State unemployment is up; a newspaper walkout; and prison cell phone scandal top the Morning Minute

A newspaper walkout, crime by cellphone, and new unemployment numbers top the morning minute throughout the state.

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Giants leading hitter, All-Star game MVP Cabrera suspended 50 games for failed drug test

Leesburg's Buster Posey and the Giants see their push for a return to the World Series take a massive hit Wednesday afternoon when leading slugger and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera is suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for testosterone. (UPDATES: with Posey quote)

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Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open with knee injury

Rafael Nadal, the third-ranked tennis player in the world, drops out of the U.S. Open with the same knee injury that forced him to miss the recent London Olympics.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Banned ex-FSU star, Valdosta native Reid lands on feet with hometown Blazers; Richt peeved at team's performance after second scrimmage

Greg Reid officially joins Valdosta State on Wednesday after being kicked out of Florida State.