News for Thursday, August 2, 2012


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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Albany’s Taylor set for first round of qualifying in 400 hurdles today

Albany native Angelo Taylor will begin qualifying in the men’s 400-meter hurdle event at 6:15 a.m. today in London, where he could win his record third gold.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: LSU No. 1 in first USA Today Top 25 poll, while ’Bama No. 2, UGA No. 6 and FSU No. 7; Ark. trooper fired over bizarre stop of ex-Auburb RB Dyer

LSU and Alabama top the first major preseason college football poll Thursday when the USA Today Coaches Poll annoints the Tigers No. 1 and Tide No. 2.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Phelps edges Lochte for gold in 200 IM; fellow Americans Soni and Clary also capture gold

On Thursday, the U.S. had its best day in swimming since the Games began as Rebecca Soni breaks the 200 breaststroke world record, Michael Phelps wins his third straight gold in the 200 IM and Tyler Clary pulls off a stunner by capturing first in the 200 backstroke title, beating Ryan Lochte.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Ex-Westover star WR Towns to walk on at Georgia; Deerfield athletic program second for GISA top honor

Westover’s Kenneth Towns was shunned by the new coaching staff at UAB, but now he is trying to walk on at UGA.

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Rams report to camp, amped to start 2012 season

The Albany State football team reports to campus for the first time this season, and players can’t wait to get the 2012 season going.

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Braves bounce back, smack Marlins, 6-1

One day after seeing their seven-game winning streak snapped, the Braves rebound and crush the Marlins, 6-1, to close out their four-game series.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Federer eliminates ex-UGA star Isner from tennis draw; men's, women's semis set

John Isner gives Roger Federer a run for his money in two close sets in the Olympics quarterfinals Thursday, but the former UGA star can't stop the Wimbledon champ.

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Albany not worried one bit about big offseason jump to 1-AAAA

Albany High makes a big leap from Region 1-AA to 1-AAAA this season, but it’s hard to find a single Indian who is concerned about such a big move up.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Harrison gives U.S. first gold in judo

Kayla Harrison overcomes loads of obstacles, including sexual abuse from a former coach, to win the U.S.A.’s first gold in judo.

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Arrested man already in Colquitt jail

Spotting a Colquitt County Jail inmate on television got Dougherty County jailers’ attention. According to a press release from the jail, Roderick Pride was reportedly arrested with his mother, Deborah Pride, in Doerun on July 28 for felony shoplifting.

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Second to none

American Gabby Douglas becomes the first African-American to win a gold medal in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition Thursday in London.

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Potential UGA starting lineman Houston dealing with bizarre eligibility issue

A steroid given to Kolton Houston two years ago following a shoulder surgery continues to show up in his system in drug tests, despite the fact Georgia claims there has been no re-use. (ADDS: notes about Branden Smith being placed on Hornung Watch List; Vasser being suspended)

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Grand jury indicts father, son for explosives

A Dougherty County grand jury indicts a father and son on unlawful handling of explosive devices charges.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for Aug, 3, 2012

APD responds to at least 53 incidents.

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ASU educated on healthy eating

Albany State University staff and faculty learn that one in three children born after the year 2000 is expected to develop diabetes.

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Finally, something both sides agree on

Looking back at Tuesday’s party primary elections, one aspect that flew under most people’s radar was an issue that got surprisingly strong bipartisan support from voters.

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Funding flows to Georgia reservoir, water projects

Gov. Nathan Deal announces a plan to address the water crisis Georgia is currently facing.

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National Night Out a success

The Albany version of the National Night Out attracts hundreds to Radium Springs Middle School.

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Crimestoppers - August 3, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has four 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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Time a challenge for visiting ministers

Being a pastor means one is never caught up with pastoral care. At least in the United Methodist Church, people place a fairly high priority on pastoral visitation, and Methodists can sometimes be heard yearning for a pastor who knocks on doors more frequently.

Squawk of the Day - August 3, 2012

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Looking Back -- Aug. 5, 2012

As students head back to school, here is a look back at school days on television, long before “90210” and “Glee.”

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Mural to grace side of building

Steel has been delivered and a rendering completed for a planned art park on Pine Avenue.

Joanne Wright

Mrs. Joanne Wright of Ashburn, Georgia, who departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Clifford Lee

Clifford Elton Lee, 83, of Camilla, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Elaine Conner

Mrs. Conner died Wednesday

Jack Kale

Jack W. Kale, Jr. died July 30th, 2012

Esther Thomson

Esther I. Thomson, 94, of Cotton died on August 1, 2012

Onieta Baker

Mrs. Onieta Louise Williams Baker, 64, of Albany died Thursday, August 2, 2012

Carolina Washington

Ms. Carolina Washington, 68, of Albany died Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lucile Reid

Mrs. Lucile Reid, 102, of Jacksonville, Florida formally of Albany died Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dana Moore

Mr. Dana (Shane) Moore, 41, of Albany died on August 2, 2012

Donnell Christian

Mr. Donnell Christian, 60, of Albany died Sunday, July 29, 2012

David Rivers, Sr.

Mr. David Rivers, Sr., 77, of Albany died Monday, July 30, 2012

Debbie Butts

Mrs. Debbie Levon George-Butts, 51, of Albany died Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ira Simpson

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

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City’s pension fund on ‘solid footing’

The total accrued liability for the city of Albany’s pension fund is $158 million.

Willie Thomas

Willie C. "Nuke" Thomas, 65, of Dawson died on August 2, 2012

Marvin Reynolds

Marvin D. Reynolds, 79, of Cordele, GA died Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ida Ranger

Mrs. Ida Mae Daniels Ranger, 73, formerly of Moultrie, died on July 27, 2012

Annie Dunlap

Mrs. Annie Lois Dunlap, 85, of Sumter, SC, formerly of Pelham, Ga., passed on July 26, 2012

Delphine Cooper

Delphine Cooper, 50, died on July 31, 2012

Fred Thomas

Mr. Fred S. Thomas, 66, of Bainbridge died on August 1, 2012

Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith, 39 died July 27, 2012

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Armed robbery suspects sought

The Albany Police department is looking for two suspects in connection with a predawn armed robbery of two people.

Kenyatta Washington

Mr. Kenyatta Washington of Albany died on August 1, 2012

Pauline Harper

Mrs. Pauline M. (Sister) Harper of Albany died on July 31, 2012

Dora Jones

Mrs. Dora West Jones, 62, of Albany died on July 31, 2012

Van Rogers

Mr. Van Rogers, 63, of Albany died on July 30, 2012

James McClain

Mr. James Robert McClain, 67, of Albany died on July 26, 2012

Johnnie Perry

Mr. Johnnie Lee Perry, 74, of Leesburg died on July 28, 2012

Nathaniel James

Dea. Nathaniel 'Red' James, 83 of Dawson, GA died on Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees named

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist Gary Rossington will be among those honored at the 34th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards in mid-October.

Felton Jackson

Felton L. Jackson, 52, of Camilla, died Saturday, July 28, 2012

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- NOTEBOOK: Cyclist dies after being struck by Olympic bus in London carrying media; black market ticket ring busted

A pedestrian was killed Wednesday when a double-decker bus carrying Olympic media struck and killed the 28-year-old man, who was riding a bike in a busy district of the city.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 5 ROUNDUP: Isner in, Venus out in Olympic tennis tournament; host country Great Britain finally wins first golds; U.S. women's hoops rolls again

Three-time gold medalist Venus Williams is eliminated from the Olympics in the third round Wednesday, while younger sister Serena and former University of Georgia star John Isner both advance.