News for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Prince’s Vegas ‘secret’ gets bared

It was some time ago when the 7-year-old hurricane boy was not quite yet six. We were visiting an old friend, both in his age and the years we’d shared together.

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Welfare queens and robber barons

Two buzzwords are dominating the presidential campaign: middle class. In speeches, ads and interviews, both parties are saying virtually the same thing to this key audience: We're your friends, and the other guys are not. The tagline for a commercial sponsored by a pro-Obama group could have been scripted by either party: "If they win, the middle class loses."

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Accused militia leader was still new to Army

Another odd twist is added to an unfolding legal case full of stunning allegations.

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GOP convention back on track

This is the first of a series of reports on the Republican National Convention based on phone interviews with a Southwest Georgia delegate, state Rep. Ed Rynders.

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Squawk of the Day - August 30, 2012

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Police/Fire/EMS - August 30, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 50 incidents.

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Officials may breach levee as Isaac storms inland

Newly downgraded Tropical Storm Isaac plodded its way across Louisiana on the seventh anniversary of Katrina, with officials weighing whether to bust a hole in a levee to relieve some of the water that was spilling over a wall in a rural part of the state Wednesday.

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NFL: Replacement refs will be used in Week 1

Despite heavy criticism about the replacement referees from NFL fans, players and coaches, commissioner Roger Goddell says Wednesday that without a deal getting done to end the current lockout on league officials, replacements will be used at least into Week 1 of the season, which opens next Wednesday.

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Experts back FTC in Phoebe court case

A group of experts in economics and health policy are stating that the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center will be harmful in the long run to the people of Southwest Georgia.

William L. Hatcher, Jr.

William L. Hatcher, Jr., 93, died August 29, 2012

Willie C. Henry

Willie C. Henry, 87, Bainbridge, died August 28, 2012

Howard Ward

Howard Ward, 73, Blakely, died August 27, 2012

Eddie Lee McNeal

Eddie Lee McNeal 80, Titfon, died August 24, 2012

Johnny K. Dawson

Johnny K. Dawson, Atlanta, died August 28, 2012

Victoria M. Frazier

Victoria M. Frazier, 85, Bainbridge, died August 29, 2012

Wynelle Hare

Wynelle Hare, 91, Boca Raton, FL, died July 15, 2012

Madison Stokes

Madison Stokes, 16, Lee County, died August 28, 2012

Elnita Temples

Elnita Temples, 74, Damascus, died August 26, 2012

Lee Dale

Lee Dale, 74, Dawson, died August 28, 2012

Charlie Arthur Blocker

Charlie Arthur Blocker, Arlington, August 23, 2012

Virginia Mae Nolan

Virginia Mae Nolan, 78, Albany, died August 27, 2012

Julian Ryan Reever

Julian Ryan Reever, 22, Lee County, died August 25, 2012

Susie Mae Cross

Susie Mae Cross, Vienna, died August 28, 2012

Edd Craft

Edd Craft, 61, died August 28, 2012

Calvin Wright, Jr.

Calvin Wright, Jr., 84, Albany, died August 25, 2012

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Yahoo fires bureau chief for Romney remark

Yahoo News has fired its Washington bureau chief after he was caught on a microphone saying Mitt Romney and his wife were "happy to have a party with black people drowning."

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VIDEO of the DAY: Extreme Earth

See incredible views of the globe from the international space station.

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Judges recuse themselves in Heard lawsuit

Heard places a classified advertisement saying he plans to run as a write-in candidate for the Dougherty School Board.

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Lee County teen killed in car crash

A Lee County teen is dead following a Tuesday-night car crash, officials say.

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Former ASU student pleads guilty to grade-changing

A former Albany State University student has pleaded guilty to four counts of computer trespass following an investigation in to grade-changing.

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Suspected killer appears in court

Danny “Young Killa” Wilkerson was paroled from prison in September 2011, records show.

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Deal rejects expansion of Medicaid

Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he will not expand the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Hurricane Isaac floods rural Louisiana levee

Some people may be trapped in rural parish.

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HERALD EXCLUSIVE: ASU names FAU transfer Kooi starting QB for Saturday's season opener

In an exclusive interview with The Herald on Tuesday, Albany State football coach Mike White says that Florida Atlantic transfer David Kooi will start Saturday’s game against North Greenville, ending weeks of speculation about who the Rams' top QB would be.

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Can Fisher, Seminoles finally live up to preseason hype?

After two straight seasons of high hopes that fell well short of expectations, Florida State enters 2012 ranked No. 6 and predicted to cruise to the ACC title — and beyond.

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Late Tuesday, Medlen shines in SoCal homecoming, pitches Braves past Padres

Pitching in front of nearly 30 of his family and friends, Kris Medlen leads the Braves to their 17th straight win when he starts on the mound as he shuts out the Padres, 2-0, late Tuesday night in San Diego.

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U.S. OPEN --- DAY 2: Roddick, Venus, Serena all win first-round matches at U.S. Open; Wozniacki stunned

Andy Roddick, Serena Williams and Venus Williams cruise in their opening-round matches of the U.S. Open, while former No. 1 player Caroline Wozniacki is ousted.

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Falcons cut backup quarterback Redman; OL Svitek lost for season

Chris Redman, who spent the past four seasons as the Falcons' backup QB, was released Tuesday and replaced by Luke McCown (ADDS: Note on OT Will Svitek out for season)

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With leading scorer McCoughtry suspended, head coach fired, Shock stun Dream, 84-80

Marynell Meadors, who coached the U.S. women's basketball team at the Olympics, was fired late Monday as head coach of the Dream, who lost star guard Angel McCoughtry at the same time to an indefinite suspension --- and then lost Tuesday's game to the lowly Tulsa Shock.

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Auburn names Frazier starting quarterback, star center suspended

Sophomore Kiehl Frazier will be under center for the Tigers when they open Saturday vs. Clemson, while center Reese Dismukes is suspended following his arrest on a public intoxication charge.

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Darton women’s soccer opens season today

The Darton State College women’s soccer team, which returns just five players from last year’s national runner-up team, opens its season today against South Georgia College at home.

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KICKOFF 2012: All eyes on Albany

The Indians not only make a big jump up in classification this season, but they return several key players with major-college potential on offense and defense who are ready to take their new region by storm.