News for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 12 ROUNDUP: First Saudi woman competes in track & field; U.S. men's volleyball ousted

Sarah Attar -- covered from head to toe, except for her smiling face poking out from her headscarf -- becomes the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics. (ADDS: South Africa's Caster Semenya; Volleyball; BMX; Sailing; Olympic roundup)

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Darton soccer teams ranked second, third

The Darton women’s and men’s soccer teams begin the season ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the NJCAA polls. (ADDS: Lee County Dixie League loses; Randolph Southern softball; SGA softball; GSW cross country).

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Braves blast Phillies, 12-6

Dan Uggla (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Michael Bourn (3-for-5, 3 RBI) have huge games at the plate to help the Braves rout the Phillies.

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Top golfers fight through rain, race to get ready for PGA Championship

Thunderstorms suspend Wednesday’s final round of practice before today’s opening round of the PGA Championship, the final major of the season for the world’s top golfers.

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Falcons’ Smith to start ‘real evaluation process’ in tonight’s preseason opener

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of Atlanta’s starters might play just one quarter tonight as Falcons coach Mike Smith will use the preseason game to evaluate his depth chart.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Felix wins 200M gold in big day on track for U.S.A.

Allyson Felix stuns Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 200, while Americans Aries Merritt (110 hurdles) and Brittney Reese (long jump) also win gold. (ADDS: Ashton Eaton leads decathlon; Bolt qualifies for 200M finals)

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: May-Treanor, Walsh win another beach volleyball gold

In an All-American gold medal match, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings win their third Olympic title in beach volleyball.

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Water is our nation’s greatest natural resource

When I was younger, I did a lot of fishing and enjoyed the outdoors a lot.

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Youth must carry torch for America

Great, fantastic results from London festivities. The young generation has more skills.

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Another school year, another round of lockdown drills

The new school year is about to begin, so principals around the country are planning the first of many lockdown drills for their students and staff.

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DCSS finance committee moves items to full board

The Dougherty County School Board personnel committee discusses teacher recruiting.

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Wholesome TV just a pipe dream now

Recently I read where Don Grady, the actor who played the character Robbie on the long-running TV series “My Three Sons,” died.

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July goes down as record-setting month

If you thought July was the hottest month you’ve ever seen in your life, you had good reason to think that. Scientists say it was

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Terrell County to host workshop

Officials in Southwest Georgia are continuing the effort to educate its citizens on cancer and its impacts.

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Another arrested in Bar-B-Q burglary

Responding to a tip, officers arrested 36-year-old Jomokenyette Tipton in connection with the Sunday break-in at Riverfront Bar-B-Q.

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Police say death probable suicide

The man found hanging from a tree near 2301 Radium Springs Road Monday near Radium Landing.

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No U.S. base closures for FY 2013

Roughly $500 billion is expected to be cut from the nation's defense budget in the coming years.

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House presses on in District 2 GOP runoff

Retired Army colonel John House and Rick Allen are vying for right to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.

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'Rainbow' show to benefit Alzheimer's center

Tickets are going fast for those who want to spend "An Evening in the Rainbow Room."

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Police/Fire/EMS - August 9, 2012

Albany Police respond to at least 42 incidents

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Squawk of the day - August 9, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown, 91, Blakely, GA died August 4, 2012

Jerry Williams Hobbs, Sr.

Jerry Williams Hobbs, Sr., 79, Tifton died August 8, 2012

Patricia Ann Pendley Ellis

Patricia Ann Pendley Ellis, 56, Fitzgerald, died August 7, 2012

Clara Thomas Mitchell

Clara Thomas Mitchell, 98, Tampa, FL, died August 5, 2012

Fred Harvey Ward, Jr.

Fred Harvey Ward, Jr., 81, Albany, died August 6, 2012

Ezra James Sloan, Sr.

Erza James Sloan Sr. died August 1, 2012

Frances DuPriest Park Alford

Frances DuPriest Park Alford, 97, Sylvester, died August 8, 2012

Claude Morton

Claude Morton, 57, Albany, died August 5, 2012

Alice Graper Porter

Alice Graper Porter, 97, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Kelvin Morris

Kelvin Morris, 7 months old, Albany, died August 6, 2012

Sara Janelle Delphia

Sara Janelle Delphia, 70, of Albany died July 31, 2012

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Southwest Georgia town near top of 'Worst Named Cities' list

A tiny Southwest Georgia town now has the designation of having one of the most unfortunate names in the nation, according to a recent survey.

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Around the web: Country star charged with DUI

Country music icon Randy Travis was arrested overnight and charged with driving under the influence, officials say.

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Video of the day: The worst Olympic Dive ever

When German Diver Stephan Feck took to the platform at the Olympics, he likely had no idea how badly his performance would end up.

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DOJ grants awarded to Albany, Columbus

Albany and Columbus will receive more than $170,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop announced this morning.

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U.S. 82 East in Tifton partially reopened

The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed a large section of U.S. Highway 82 East in Tifton due to flooding, officials say.

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Marshals shoot man at Atlanta hotel

Authorities say U.S. marshals shot and wounded a man while executing an arrest warrant at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Policy could defer deportation of illegal immigrants

About 350,000 more illegal immigrants than previously thought could earn an extra two years in the U.S. when President Barack Obama's new policy takes effect next week, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

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New info on missing investment banker

The owner of a ferry that carried a missing investment adviser the day he vanished off Florida's coast told investigators that anyone jumping into the ocean would have been seen.

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NASCAR NOTEBOOK: Allmendinger says he tested positive for AHDH drug Adderall; race officials plan to work on new weather warning system after lightning strike kills spectator at Pocono

A.J. Allmendinger finally comes clean about why he failed his drug test last month, derailing his NASCAR career.

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Hamels five-hits Braves, pitches Phillies to 3-0 win in complete-game shutout

The Phillies had lost seven straight to the Braves coming into Tuesday, but they snapped that streak thanks to $144M man Cole Hamels, who goes nine innings and shuts out Atlanta, 3-0.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Algerian runner banned Monday, allowed back Tuesday --- then wins gold

Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi, the top qualifier in the 1,500, was told to go home after he quit due to injury during his 800 heat Monday, then he appealed --- and won --- and was allowed back Tuesday, winning the 1,500 gold medal and capping one of the more bizarre stories of the entire 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Back again

The U.S. women's basketball team reached its eighth straight Olympic semifinal Tuesday with a 91-48 rout of Canada and is now two wins from another gold medal.