News for Monday, December 17, 2012

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Duke takes over top spot in AP poll

After Butler's upset against No. 1 Indiana on Saturday, Duke moves into the No. 1 spot in the AP's college men's basketball poll on Monday.

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Syracuse's Boeheim joins exclusive 900-win club

Jim Boeheim becomes the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins as No. 3 Syracuse beat Detroit 72-68 on Monday night in the Gotham Classic.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Herald 'Prep Peek'

Check out The Herald's weekly high school basketball "Prep Peek," which includes the latest girls and boys latest Fab 5 Poll, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers and the area's full schedule for this week.

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Vick returns, but will stay on sidelines

Eagles QB Michael Vick returns to the team after missing five games with a concussion, but will remain on the sideline for the remainder of the season.

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Monroe boys, girls reign with unbeaten records

Monroe’s boys and girls stay unbeaten and remain the top-ranked teams in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll.

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Statement makers

The Falcons’ 34-0 win against the Giants might have quieted Atlanta’s critics, but the team still isn’t losing focus on its ultimate goal — making a deep playoff run under coach Mike Smith.

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Mets trade Cy Young winner Dickey to Blue Jays

The Mets trade NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, sending the 38-year-old knuckleballer and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas north for top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and catcher John Buck, plus minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.

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COLUMN: Sports can help lead us down a better path

In wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., AP sports columnist Paul Newberry writes about sports and the comfort it can bring.

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Georgia Tech continues best start in 3 years

The Yellow Jackets rout lowly Alabama State, 75-41, for their largest win of the year and improve to 7-2 — their best start since beginning the 2009-10 season with a 13-2 record.

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Funerals begin a sad procession

Families and friends grieve as they bid they final goodbyes to loved ones lost in Friday’s shooting massacre.

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City to start eviction process against airport restaurant owner

Operators of the Cross Landing Eatery & Bar say dangerous mold forced them out of their restaurant.

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Phoebe considering applicants

Credentialing reports available from Phoebe Putney Hospital show new physicians with various specialties may be coming in.

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Commissioners bid farewell to Edwards

The Dougherty County Commission's final meeting of 2012 is the last for a veteran commissioner.

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Shooter sentenced to 30 years

Desmond Muff was sentenced to 30 years on Monday in connection to a shooting outside Monroe High School last year.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Dec. 18, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 59 incidents.

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What is the answer to unexpected evil?

Trying to explain an evil act like the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is on a par with explaining how the universe was formed.

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Brace yourself for battle, Michigan

It was Monday, after school. Toni Coral and four of her fellow high school teachers in Hamtramck, Mich. were finalizing plans for the next morning.

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NOTE TO ALBANYHERALD.COM USERS

Beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, we will be making improvements to our website. The process will necessitate the temporary suspension of features such as commenting. We expect the process to be completed by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Rentha Lee Wright

Rentha Lee Wright, 88, Shellman, GA died December 11, 2012

Leear Johnson

Leear Johnson, 45, died December 15, 2012

Henry Houser, Jr.

Henry Houser, Jr., 66, Perry, died December 12, 2012

Khiry Davis

Khirley Davis, 20, Cuthbert, died December 12, 2012

Connell A. "C.A." Simpson

Connell A. Simpson, 85, Camilla, died December 15, 2012

Joseph Myrick

Joseph Myrick, Smithville, died December 16, 2012

Linda P. Easom

Linda P. Easom, 67, died December 15, 2012

William E. Creveling

William E. Creveling, 90, S. Williamsport, died December 13, 2012

Richard Francis Hembree, Jr.

Richard Francis Hembree, Jr., 79, Doerun, died December 15, 2012

Eloise Sheffield Rushton

Eloise Sheffield Rushton, 95, Albany, died December 15, 2012

Rita Renee Hall

Rita Renee Hall, 33, Vienna, died December 13, 2012

Charles Henry Summerlin

Charles Henry Summerlin, 59, Leesburg, died December 16, 2012

Mary Frances Davis

Mary Frances Davis, 74, Albany, died December 14, 2012

Christopher Barry

Christopher Barry, 65, Dallas, TX, died December 13, 2012

Lillie Mae Price

Lillie Mae Price, 83, Albany, died December 17, 2012

James Ronnie Matthews, Jr.

James Ronnie Matthews, Jr., 41, Albany, died December 15, 2012

Gerald Williams

Gerald Williams, 61, Albany, died December 11, 2012

Maxine Horten Pate

Maxine Horten Pate, 72, Sylvester, died December 15, 2012

Jimmie Mae Wall

Jimmie Mae Wall, 94, Albany, died December 15, 2012

Mary Porter

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Eula Faye Sinquefield

Eula Faye Sinquefield, 87, Morgan, GA, died December 15, 2012

Antoinette M. Otto Gray

Antoinette M. Otto Gray, 87, Albany, died December 16, 2012

Bobby Norman Bowen

Bobby Norman Bowen, 78, Putney, died December 15, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 18, 2012

To view more squawks pick up a copy of today's Herald.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Best Bets 2

With the holiday party season now in full swing, here are a few tricks that you can use to befuddle your friends.

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School stumped by mail addressed to Indiana Jones

University of Chicago officials are puzzled by a mystery piece of mail seemingly linked to the Indiana Jones movie series.

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Police: Man held after LA schools threatened

A California man was arrested and nine guns were seized after threats were posted on Facebook against Los Angeles elementary schools, police said Monday.

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Finalists for interim school chief named

Interviews are set to begin Thursday in a special called board meeting to find an interim superintendent for the Dougherty County School System.

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Oh Tannenbaum: Friends decorate house with 65 Christmas trees.

Friends Carol Ray and Tammy Pate really like Christmas trees. That's likely why the two have put up more than 65 artificial trees in Ray's house.

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