News for Saturday, August 4, 2012

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Maholm gets no help from Braves’ offense, loses Atlanta debut to the lowly Astros, 3-2

Somehow the Braves manage to score just two runs and manage only four hits against the lowly Astros and lose to the worst team in baseball, 3-2, Saturday in Atlanta.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 8 ROUNDUP: U.S. men’s basketball team rallies to avoid upset vs. Lithuania

LeBron James scores nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes of Saturday’s game vs. Lithuania to help the Americans avoid a stunning upset in the London Olympics.

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YOUTH BASEBALL: Lee County’s Dixie League team wins opener at Dixie League World Series

The Lee County 12-year-old Dixie League team opens up the Dixie League World Series on Saturday with a 4-2 win against Team Arkansas.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Jamaican Fraser-Pryce edges U.S.A.'s Jeter for women's 100-meter gold

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crosses the finish line .03 seconds ahead of American Carmelita Jeter during the women’s 100-meter final Saturday in London. (ADDS: Amputee finishes second in 400 heat, Bolt advances to semis in 100)

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Richt: No suspension for Georgia CB Smith

Georgia cornerback Branden Smith won’t be suspended after his March arrest on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. (ADDS: Saturday practice for Georgia football team)

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Ga. Tech opens with media day, looks ahead to tough Sept. stretch

The Georgia Tech football team held its media day on Saturday, and the main topic of discussion was September’s tough schedule, which includes games against No. 20 Virginia Tech, Virginia and Miami.

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Falcons QB Ryan not concerned about perception around NFL

Matt Ryan was recently left off an NFL Network list that ranked the league’s top 100 players. Atlanta’s quarterback, however, is concerned only about winning. (ADDS: Falcons' scrimmage late Friday)

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Down House maintains the spirit of Darwin

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It took an effort, but the conclusion was that it was worth it to find my way to both Charles Darwin's home and his birthplace, which are approximately 150 miles apart.

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My heart will get stronger

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No matter how many years you prepare for it, it's an emotional event when your child goes off to college.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Serena routs Sharapova for Olympic gold, career Golden Slam

Serena Williams, who lost just 17 games in six matches, wins her first singles gold medal with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Maria Sharapova. (ADDS: Bryan brothers win gold; Williams sisters reach finals)

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New Lee County training center redefines the term ‘workout’

A new and innovative athletic facility opens in Lee County that offers performance training in speed, agility and explosiveness for sports specific athletes.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Phelps collects 18th gold medal in final race

Michael Phelps swims into retirement with a record 18th gold medal after he gave the Americans the lead with his iconic butterfly stroke in the 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday in London.

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One to go

Albany native Angelo Taylor advances to Monday’s final in the 400-meter hurdles and gets one step closer to his dream of winning an Olympic-record three gold medals in the event. (UPDATED; 11:08 p.m.)

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Lunch with Sheriff Kevin Sproul

A Table With a View

This is the first installment in a new series called "A Table With a View." Each will include a casual lunchtime conversation with someone in the community. In this installment, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul talks about getting into law enforcement, the importance of listening, the pain he felt in the pit of his stomach over the Aurora, Colo., shootings and the story behind that trademark white hat.

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Make a healthy transition back to school

Wow! Where did the summer go? It seems that each year May rolls around, school is out and our schedules go by the wayside. Then all of a sudden (much too fast for many and not fast enough for others), we turn around and it is time to go back to school and attempt to get the kids back on schedule

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Police: School starts Monday; traffic rules will be enforced

Children return to school Monday, and police expect to come down heavy on drivers not slowing down in school zones.

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Drop Back In Academy aims to trim dropout rate

A new program in Albany aims to show troubled students there are other options available.

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New camera signs go up downtown

The city of Albany has a network of cameras that covers much of downtown.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for Aug. 5, 2012

APD responds to at least 57 incidents.

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Community calendar for Aug. 5, 2012

Here is a list of coming events in Southwest Georgia.

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Albany Police issue invitation: C’mon out

It’s a party. A going-away party for crime and drugs sponsored by the Albany Police Department.

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Filmmaker’s new work to premier on Aug. 18

A 22-year-old filmmaker will showcase his first commercial effort at a Douglas theater.

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Cross-country bike ride helps disabled

Members of a collegiate fraternity bike from San Francisco to Washington to raise money and awareness for the disabled.

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Romney has excellent trip

At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London’s preparations.

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On the Job with Pamela Jackson

Staff writer Jim West held a Q&A with Pamela Jackson, a public affairs/community relations specialist at MCLB-Albany.

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For Williams, politics doesn’t make the man

Driving west on Philema Road Friday, the 15 — yes, I counted — stark blue signs with white letters demand my attention.

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Politics trumps worries over cuts and taxes

Initially, the thought that America is headed off a financial cliff — a wreck that can be avoided — seems fundamentally absurd.

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Squawk of the Day - August 5, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

Imogene Vorse

Imogene Franklin Vorse, departed for her heavenly home on Friday night, August 3, 2012

Geneva Griffin

Geneva Irvin Griffin of Albany, GA, passed away on August 3, 2012

Jimmie Ragan

Jimmie Hume Ragan, 76, of Coleman died August 3, 2012

Rena Thomas

Mrs. Rena F. Thomas, 93, of Ashburn,Ga departed this life Friday Aug 3, 2012

Betty Crapps

Betty Jean Crapps, 77, of Ft. Gaines died August 3, 2012

John Wimberley

Mr. John Wiley "Big John" Wimberley, 68, of Ashburn died Friday

Theresa Moore

Theresa Franck Moore, 56, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ruby Crimley

Mrs. Ruby Mae Crimley, 93, of Pelham, Ga. passed on August 4, 2012

Geraldine Corbett

Mrs. Geraldine B. Corbett, 70, of Albany died Friday, August 3, 2012

Mary Jones

Mrs. Mary Mosley Jones, 68, of Albany died Friday, August 3, 2012

Margaret Holt

Mrs. Margaret E. Holt, 84, of Warwick died Friday August 3, 2012

Collie Jones

Mr. Collie Robert Jones, 95, died on August 1, 2012

Annie Davis

Mrs. Annie L. Davis of Albany died on August 3, 2012

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Albany's Taylor wins 400M qualifying heat, continues quest for history in semis at 2 p.m. today

Albany native and former Georgia Tech track star Angelo Taylor runs a 49.29 in qualifying Friday morning for the men's 400-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympics in London, advancing the two-time gold medalist to Saturday's semifinals. (UPDATED: 5:50 p.m. with quotes, addition detail from race)

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Roger vs. Andy, Maria vs. Serena for Olympic gold in tennis

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova both won easily Friday to set up a gold-medal showdown Saturday in London, while Roger Federer outlasted Juan Martin del Potro, 19-17, in the third set to clinch the Swiss’ first medal and set up a championship match Sunday with hometown favorite Andy Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic in the other semifinal Friday.

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Braves whip Astros, close to 2 games on Nats

Thanks to another stellar start from the Braves’ Tim Hudson, Atlanta whips up on Houston on Friday night at home, 4-1, while also moving to within two games of the NL East-leading Nationals.

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