News for Friday, December 21, 2012

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PREVIEW: Lions standing in Falcons' way of NFC's No. 1 seed

Atlanta needs to win one of its final two games to clinch the NFL's No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and the Falcons would like to take care of business tonight in Detroit, rather than next week in the team's regular-season finale against dangerous division rival Tampa Bay. (ADDS: item on Falcons safety Hope being fined $30K by NFL for hit on Giants WR Cruz)

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FRIDAY'S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Albany High boys trounce Terrell County, advance to face Manchester in U Save It Tournament consolation round

Albany holds off Terrell County on Friday in the U Save It Pharmacy Boys Basketball Tournament consolation round to advance to the fifth-place game today against Manchester. (ADDS: items on Sherwood, Randolph-Clay and Bainbridge boys; Randolph-Clay girls reaching championship game of Carrollton Christmas Tournament; and Monroe, Dougherty, Westover and Sherwood girls)

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MLB/COLLEGE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Braves' minor-leaguer suspended 50 games; SEC Tournament undergoes changes

Atlanta Braves minor-league pitcher Billy Bullock is suspended 50 games Friday by Major League Baseball for a second failed drug test. (ADDS: item on SEC baseball tournament expanding to 12 teams, five days)

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Psychologist: Hamilton turned to prostitution to explore bad girl side

In a word, "Why?" That was what the sports world was asking itself Friday just one day after former U.S. Olympic star Suzy Favor Hamilton admitted she turned to prostitution following her amazing athletic career, despite the fact she was married, owned her own business and was living comfortably in Wisconsin.

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Auburn freshman Price closes in on NCAA 3-point record

If Auburn fab freshman Jordan Price --who has hit 11 3-pointers in a row -- can make five triples in a row tonight against Winthrop, he will break a 22-year old record.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs' Garner bolts for Auburn; UGA closes out bowl practices in Athens in unqiue fashion

Rodney Garner, UGA’s defensive line coach and assistant head coach, leaves Athens after 12 years to accept the same job at Auburn, while the Bulldogs finish up their Capital One Bowl practices Friday with some flair.

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Religion Bulletin for Dec. 23, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School this Sunday at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

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The answer to gun carnage is not to arm teachers

Have you ever seen the holiday film classic “A Christmas Story?” Set in 1940s Indiana, it’s the charming tale of young Ralphie, whose only wish for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun. Poor Ralphie is constantly rebuffed by the adults in his life, who warn him, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

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Roots of mass murder run deep

Every mass shooting has three elements: the killer, the weapon and the cultural climate. As soon as the shooting stops, partisans immediately pick their preferred root cause with corresponding pet panacea. Names are hurled, scapegoats paraded, prejudices vented. The argument goes nowhere.

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Retailers wait for big rush

Forgive retailers if they’re a little nervous right now.

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Annual APD Christmas luncheon honors staff

Albany police pay respects to the innocents in Newtown, Conn., and honor their own.

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Church members find ‘fast’ way to get food

Youth members of the River Road Church of Christ volunteer to experience the hunger some endure every day.

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Daughter stabs father in back

A 16-year-old Dougherty County girl stabs her father in the back to protect her mother during a domestic dispute.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 22, 2012

APD responds tp at least 30 incidents.

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Gun, 100 rounds in rotary magazine seized

Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents seize cocaine and a gun with a massive bullet supply.

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Giving the gift of sight

Mobile equipment is brought bi-monthly to clinics in Albany and Tifton to provide vision care for the uninsured or underinsured.

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Presents for Paws helps pets in shelters

A private initiative does what it can to provide food and comfort for displaced pets.

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Big 10 for Dec. 14- 21, 2012

These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Dec. 14-21, 2012.

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Squawk of the day - Dec. 23, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Coral Phillips

Mrs. Coral Lou Varney Phillips, 57, of Sylvester, went to be with her Lord on Friday, December 21, 2012.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Cow crash

It would appear that not even cows are immune from the laws of physics.

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Turner municipalities win historic first arbitration ruling

A senior judge rules that Turner County’s municipalities should get 50 percent of the county’s local-option sales tax funds.

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Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.

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Gun control debate heating up in statehouses

As President Barack Obama urges tighter federal gun laws, state legislators around the country have responded to the Connecticut school shooting with a flurry of their own ideas that are likely to produce fights over gun control in their upcoming sessions.

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Bells toll for victims one week after shooting

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community — and the nation — to its core.

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