News for Thursday, August 9, 2012


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Sales tax holiday mixed bag for consumers

While some look forward to saving 7 percent on some purchases today and Saturday, other say it’s too little or too late.

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Pettersson leads year's final major; Tiger three back

Relative unknown Carl Pettersson finds himself on top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship after Day 1 following his first-round 66, while Tiger Woods is in contention at 3-under.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 13 ROUNDUP: U.S.A.’s Eaton, Hardee finish 1-2 in decathlon; Shields, 17, wins gold medal in women’s boxing Olympic debut

Ashton Eaton earns the moniker of "The World's Greatest Athlete" by winning gold in the Olympic decathlon Thursday in London, while teammate Trey Hardee takes silver.

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Education briefs for Aug. 10, 2012

Here is how some local people are faring.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Albany’s Taylor gets nod to run for 4x400 team in final after teammate breaks leg

After Angelo Taylor watches his teammate Manteo Mitchell break his leg Thursday in qyalifying, the Albany native replaces him in the 4x400 final today, but not before calling Mitchell a "hero" for still finishing the race.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Bolt makes history, repeats as 200M champ as Jamacians go 1-2-3

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt repeats as 200-meter champ Thursday just five days after returning to the top of the podium as the World’s Fastest Man --- becoming the first man to ever win the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Olympics --- while his two teammates win silver and bronze.

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Curiosity Rover stretches human imagination

One of the most remarkable attributes of humans is our curiosity.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers: Most Wanted - August 10, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has five 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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Police/Fire/EMS - August 10, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 51 incidents

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We must celebrate our immigrant Olympians

Leo Manzano is the son of an undocumented farmworker from Mexico. Meb Keflezighi and his family fled civil war in Eritrea. Danell Leyva's stepfather defected from Cuba's gymnastics team during a meet in Mexico and swam across the Rio Grande River to reach America.

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Law's contraception mandate could have dire consequences

What does back-to-school season have to do with the recent "contraception rule" from the White House?

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Misinformation hurts recycling bottom line

Inaccurate information broadcast on TV chops into area metal recycling business, business managers say.

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Red Cross still needs blood

Even though an emergency appeal for blood donations has helped, more donations are still needed to help get through the summer.

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Squawk of the Day - August 10, 2012

Make your comment about today's Squawk of the Day!

Ada Smith

Ada Smith, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Douglas Edward Owens

Douglas Edward Owens, 50, Pelham, died August 3, 2012

Leola J. Mott

Leola J. Mott, 68, Newton, died August 7, 2012

Willie Lee Stokes

Willie Lee Stokes, 63, Omega, GA died August 4, 2012

Henry Allen Houston

Henry Allen Houston 75, Destin, FL died August 7, 2012

Linda Grace Parker

Linda Grace Parker, 66, Putney, died August 8, 2012

Catherine Thornton

Catherine Thornton, 53, died July 31, 2012

Mable Walker

Mable Walker, 86, Tifton died August 2, 2012

Harry E. Posey

Harry E. Posey, 86, Sylvester, died August 8, 2012

Annie Severson

Annie Severson of Edison, GA died August 8, 2012

Steve Sikes

Steve Sikes, 67, Ty Ty, died August 9, 2012

Ezra James Sloan, Sr.

Ezra James Sloan, Sr., 61, Albany, died August 01, 2012

Master Kelvin Morris

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

Mildred Reynolds Pickron

Mildred Reynolds Pickron, 97, Albany, died August 6, 2012

Clara Thomas Mitchell

Clara Thomas Mitchell, 98, Tampa, FL died August 05, 2012

Ruby Mae Crimley

Ruby Mae Crimley, 93, Pelham, died August 4, 2012

Susye Hodge Smith

Susye Hodge Smith, 94, died August 4, 2012

Claude Morton

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

Bobby Wayne Merritt

Bobby Wayne Merritt, 51, Rebecca, GA died August 8, 2012

Jean Pipkin Settles

Jean Pipkin Settles, 83, Albany, Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lucile Reid

Lucile Reid, 102, Jacksonville, FL, died August 2, 2012

Carolina Washington

Carolina Washington, 68, Albany, died August 2, 2012

Willie C. Thomas

Willie C. "Nute" Thomas, died Thursday, August 2, 2012

Frances DuPriest Park Alford

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

George H. Lutz, Jr.

George H. Lutz, Jr., Palm Coast, FL, died August 8, 2012

David K. Elliott

David K. Elliott, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Joyce Ann McDowell

Joyce Ann McDowell, 46, Albany died August 8, 2012

Robert Mays

Robert Mays, Leesburg, died August 9, 2012

Bobby W. Locklear, Sr.

Bobby Windell Locklear, Sr., 68, Pelham, died August 7, 2012

Kenny Dale Ashby

Kenny Dale Ashby, 49, Baconton, GA died August 7, 2012

Constance Etheridge Dorough

Constance Etheridge Dorough, 62, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Hilda Ragan Engram

Hilda Ragan Engram, 98, Dawson, died August 1, 2012

Ruth Richardson Houston

Ruth Richardson Houston, 95, Sylvester died August 8, 2012

Mary M. Jones

Mary Mosley Jones, 68, Albany, died August 3, 2012

Geraldine B. Corbett

Geraldine Benbow Corbett, 70, Albany, died August 3, 2012

Charlie Lee Cecil

Charlie Lee Cecil, Leesburg, died August 9, 2012

Annie Lee Turner Davis

Annie Lee Turner Davis, Albany, died August 3, 2012

Alarie Holmes

Alarie Holmes, 82, Newton, died August 9, 2012

Oneita Louise Williams Baker

Oneita Louise Williams Baker, 64, Albany died August 2, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: A bear takes a romp through a NM resort

Bearing all at this resort has a totally different meaning.

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Tribunals set for two more teachers accused of cheating

Administrative tribunals will be held Friday morning for two more Dougherty County School System teachers named in the governor's CRCT cheating report.

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Just too good

The U.S. men’s basketball team overwhelms Australia in the fourth quarter to pull away in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round of the Olympics and advance to play Argentina.

William Nathaniel Williams

William Nathaniel Williams, 64, Albany, died August 6, 2012

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Pine Avenue traffic rerouted after one-car wreck (updated with photo)

Traffic on a section of Pine Avenue is being rerouted after a car slams into a utility pole.

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Florida 'face-chewing' victim speaks out in interview with police

A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre assault alongside a busy South Florida highway told police that his attacker "just ripped me to ribbons."

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Study: Georgia not as fiscally restrained as many states

Georgia government doesn't save as much as many other states, while recent state spending increases outpaced the national average. Those are conclusions from a new nonpartisan analysis of all 50 states.

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Morning Jolt!: Georgia man fears dog ate false teeth

A Georgia man told police he fears a dog ate his false teeth after a fight with his roommate.

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New this morning: Mexican drug operation smashed in metro Atlanta

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Wednesday the dismantling of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Mexico.