News for Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Famed former U.S. Olympic running star Hamilton admits to shocking double life as escort

Suzy Hamilton — the most decorated female college track star in NCAA history and a three-time U.S. Olympian — dropped a bombshell Thursday: Despite being married and living and working as a private business owner in Wisconsin, she's also been moonlighting for the last year as a prostitute in Las Vegas.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: FSU hires Alabama's Pruitt as new defensive coordinator

Alabama DBs coach Jeremy Pruitt is tapped to take over the defense in Tallahassee after Mark Stoops left to become the head coach at Kentucky. (ADDS: items on FSU-Oklahoma State opening season vs. one another in 2014; UGA, Georgia Tech and FSU baseball teams beginning season in preseason Top 40 Poll).

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The next LeBron? Nation's No. 1 prep basketball recruit Parker picks Duke

Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-8 basketball star from Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, announces in front of a national TV audience that he is taking his talented to Duke.

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Ex-Westover star Brown ready to continue career in Gainesville

Offensive lineman Trent Brown, a two-time Herald Dynamite Dozen selection while at Westover, changes his commitment from Georgia to Florida after he felt the Bulldogs were dishonest about his future in Athens.

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Defense says 'Bama fan accused of poisoning trees competent for trial

Harvey Updyke Jr., the Alabama fan accused of poisoning Auburn's famed oak trees, is fit to stand trial, his defense team says Thursday.

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THURSDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Monroe girls lose first game

The Herald No. 1 Lady Tornadoes stumble in the opening game of the Carrollton Christmas Tournament and lose their first game of the season in blowout fashion. (ADDS: items on Seminole-Early boys; Randolph-Clay boys, girls in Carrollton Christmas Tournament; and Pelham-Cairo girls)

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Atlanta seeks to keep Detroit's Suh away from Ryan

Atlanta's last meeting with Detroit ended with finger-pointing over the alleged dirty play of Lions DT Ndamukong Suh.

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Opening night

The Herald No. 1 Tornadoes beat Terrell County to improve to 8-0 and advance to the U Save It Tournament semifinals Thursday night, while Albany falls to Statesboro, Dougherty drubs Webster and Westover slips by previously unbeaten Manchester.

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Falcons determined to avoid letdown against Lions

Needing just one win to clinch the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC, the Falcons assure their fans they won't let their foot off the gas Saturday night in Detroit.

Let’s not dwell on the darkness, let us remember the joyfulness

Most of us crave the daylight, finding ourselves challenged during these long winter nights. In December and January one hardly arrives home before darkness sets in.

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Crime Stoppers for December 21, 2012

Local law enforcement officials are looking for 20-year-old Shacoby Montrez Seay.

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Cops know first hand the urgency of gun control

When members of the Newtown police force entered the school auditorium where President Obama was about to speak, the crowd rose and applauded. The officers' quick response to the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School had probably saved many young lives.

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Get ready for the costs and chaos of Obamacare

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely mocked when she said of Obamacare, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." At the time, March 2010, Pelosi's words accurately described the Democrats' just-get-it-done approach to passing a national health care bill. But now it turns out Pelosi was wrong. In fact, we have to implement Obamacare so that you can find out what is in it.

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Deerfield spreads Christmas cheer to St. Jude

More than 300 Christmas gifts were contributed by students at Deerfield-Windsor School for patients at St. Jude.

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Shop With a Cop brings Christmas smiles

An annual police program provides toys for underprivileged children.

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Calendar got one right today

In many places in recent weeks, there has been some great concern expressed as today approached. There are the doomsday preppers here, mass panic in a Russian prison and some folks looking for extraterrestrials to pluck them off the planet just in time to miss an Armageddon-type event that a lot of people think Mayans more than 5,000 years ago predicted for dawn today.

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Board interviews three interim superintendent candidates

The School Board must now wait 14 days before voting on the former superintendent’s temporary replacement.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 21,2012

APD responds to at least 46 incidents.

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Gaines named vice chair of ACCG policy committee

District 5 Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines was recently named vice chairwoman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's Federal Policy Committee, which studies policy issues at the federal level and develops a targeted advocacy strategy to position Georgia counties as a resource on local government issues nationally.

Amelia Helton Barclay

Amelia Helton Barclay, Stockbridge, died December 19, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 21, 2012

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

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Shots fired at two men Thursday

Shots fired inside a residence at 727 Andover Lane about 2:20 p.m. Thursday brought Albany Police Department officers to the street and surrounding area.

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Unattended stove causes mobile home fire

A stove left unattended sparked a fire inside a mobile home at the Loblolly Estates Thursday afternoon.

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Scott named chair of House subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott has been named chairman of House subcommittee for Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture.

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Governor taps Royal to head Jekyll Island Authority

The former state rep says they're doing everything possible to make sure Jekyll stays affordable for most Georgians.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Best of the Web 2012

Break out the Kleenex as we take a look at the world's triumphs and tragedies of 2012.

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Tornado sirens sound in southern Alabama; storm system headed for Georgia

Tornado sirens were blaring in parts of south Alabama as storms rumbled across the region.

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THURSDAY PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Seminole County boys avenge lone loss in rout of Lee County; Trojans get motivated

The Indians were unbeaten and rolling along before being stunned last week by Lee County, but Seminole got even Tuesday night in Donalsonville in a 38-point rout, while the Trojans got a teaching lesson. (ADDS: notebook items on Lee County's boys, Calhoun County's boys, Bainbridge's girls and Crisp Academy and Westwood's boys).

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