News for Friday, December 14, 2012

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: TAE girls win 4th straight to start Coaches vs. Cancer Classic; Lee boys upset previous unbeaten Seminole

After starting the season 2-3, the Terrell Academy girls are red-hot, winning their fourth in a row Friday night in the opener of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, while Lee County's boys stun Seminole County at home. (ADDS: roundup items on Terrell Academy boys; Deerfield, Sherwood, Dougherty, Worth County, Americus-Sumter, Byne Christian, Life Christian Academy, Albany High, Randolph Southern, Crisp Academy, Bainbridge, SGA, Early County, Lee County and Seminole County)

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Hawks thriving without Joe Johnson

The Atlanta Hawks are tied with the defending NBA champion Miami Heat for first place in the Southeast Division with a 14-6 record — and they’ve done it without ex-star Joe Johnson, who was traded away this offseason to the Brooklyn Nets.

COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: SEC won’t punish Alabama DE for hit on UGA QB Murray; UNC RB Bernard, the No. 1-rated NFL prospect, declares for draft

Alabama DE Quinton Dial's vicious hit on Georgia QB Aaron Murray in the conference title game won't be penalized by the SEC, allowing him to play in the BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame. (ADDS: item on Georgia Tech top hoops recruit Poole being cleared by NCAA on Friday).

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Pelham upends Mitchell girls in Fab 5 showdown; Eagles soar past Hornets

Led by sophomore Briunna Freeman’s game-high 27 points, the Lady Hornets notch a big win against cross-county rival Mitchell County on Friday night at home.

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Price powers No. 1 Monroe girls past Westover

Key Key Price drops 29 — and nearly outscores Westover all by herself — to win Friday’s rivalry matchup, 45-32, and keep the Lady Tornadoes unbeaten.

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Not in their house!

No. 1 Monroe protects its home floor Friday with a 70-63 win against No. 2 Westover to remain unbeaten and atop The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll.

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PREVIEW: VSU looks to deny Winston-Salem history in title game

Unbeaten Winston-Salem enters today’s Division II national title game in Florence, Ala., against Valdosta State looking to become the first historically black college to win it all.

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Michigan work law accommodates reality

Opinion column

For all the fury and fistfights outside the Lansing Capitol, what happened in Michigan this week was a simple accommodation to reality. The most famously unionized state, birthplace of the United Auto Workers, royalty of the American working class, became right-to-work.

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Mass shootings are ‘normal’ in the U.S.

Letter to the editor

With the bowl games starting up soon, there is excitement in the air. News and currents events are the “same old same old.” The fiscal cliff talks, the Oscars award nominations, Christmas shopping and those normal mass shootings. I am so glad we in this country have a President, Congress and more importantly a public that can live with a few mass killings each year. The toleration for our mass shooting is simple, we must preserve our rights to own any gun that the manufacturers have on the market and (intend to invent in the future).

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System broken for domestic violence

Letter to the editor

I do not know the criteria with police and what the protocol is when they are called to someone's house for domestic violence. I had the chance to experience what happens when you call the police to your house when a family member is being unruly due to 27 1/2 generic Xanax in their system.

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UPDATE: In custody- fugitive in home invasion

Albany police are interested in questioning Gauffrey Alexander Hall.

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Students complete Darton State’s nursing program

Recent Darton State College graduates are eligible to take a state exam to become registered nurses.

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Lee renews alcohol licenses

A list of Lee businesses includes six organizations that pay for the right to sell beer, wine and liquor on the premises.

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Needy kids receive eye examinations

A handful of uninsured children at an Albany elementary school were able to get their eyes checked at no charge.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 15, 2012

APD responds to at least 46 incidents.

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School gunman was teacher's son

A man who killed 27 people Friday, including his mother and 20 young students, before committing suicide was an honors student who have have suffered from personality disorder.

GSP: Officers not at fault in fatal 2011 APD crash

The State Patrol Special Collision Reconstruction Team issues a report Friday on the October 2011 crash in which an Albany officer died.

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Gunman kills 26 at elementary school

Adam Lanza killed his mother at home, then took his life after the shooting spree at the school.

Twenty children ages 5-10 and his mother were among the victims of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who ended his rampage by killing himself. Authorities say the death total, including his, is 28.

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Albany Tech graduates more than 130

Dawson's mayor-elect and the college's first civil engineering tech graduate were among those receiving diplomas.

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Walmart plays Santa for Council on Aging

The Meals on Wheels program of the SOWEGA Council on Aging is one of 10 programs to get a $10,000 grant Friday.

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Boston Brass conducts class

The quintet will perform with the Albany Symphony and Albany Chorale today at the annual Peppermint Pops concerts.

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Senseless killings steal America's future, shatter lives

Editorial

Another bloody episode in a school has Americans shaking their heads in disbelief and has brought tears to many eyes.

Laura Bittinger

Laura Elizabeth Ivey Bittinger 92, of 901 Barbara Circle in Moultrie, GA died Thursday, December 14, 2012 at Colquitt Regional Medical Center

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No. 1 Monroe, No. 2 Westover clash tonight

Monroe and Westover meet tonight in another classic showdown between The Herald’s top two ranked boys teams at Monroe.

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Tickets for tonight's Monroe-Westover showdown to go on sale today at 4:30 p.m.

The Dougherty County School System says Friday morning that the only advanced tickets for tonight's first meeting between Monroe's and Westover's boys and girls basketball teams will go on sale today at 4:30 p.m. at Monroe.

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Squawk of the Day 15 Dec 2010

To see more Squawks pick up a copy of today's Herald.

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UPDATE: 28 dead in Conn. school shooting

A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.

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Teacher accused of taping students together

Authorities say an east Alabama teacher is accused of taping together two students who had not been getting along.

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Red-hot Hawks rout Bobcats, 113-90

The Hawks won for the fifth time in their last six games to pull even with the Miami Heat for first place in the divisional standings.

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