News for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Silent assassin

Unlike some diva wideouts in the NFL, the Falcons’ Julio Jones prefers to keep a low profile — and let his play on the field do all the talking.

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Counting down Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories of 2012 --- #6: Area GHSA, GISA programs celebrate state championships

The Herald’s sports staff has chosen, in our eyes, Southwest Georgia’s Top 10 sports stories from 2012. Today marks the fifth of 10 we’ve picked as having a significant impact as we count down to No. 1, which will appear in the Jan. 1 edition. Look for No. 5 in Friday’s edition of The Herald.

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Ego fragile, Vick eager to start Eagles’ 2012 finale

After being benched, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will get the final start Sunday in what’s basically an audition for the rest of the NFL.

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Ugly details of Andruw Jones’ arrest emerge

Police reports released Wednesday say that on Christmas Day, former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones threatened to kill his wife after dragging her down the staircase of their Atlanta home.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: It's time for some Bulldog Bowl History

Herald Guest Columnist and former UGA sidelines reporter Loran Smith relives one of the more memorable Bulldog bowl games in history.

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UGA lands in Orlando for Capital One Bowl; star NT Jenkins left home

With the holiday break over, the Bulldogs head south to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to prepare for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl, but they will be missing star nose tackle John Jenkins for the game after he's declared academically ineligible.

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Three Falcons, six ex-UGA, Tech stars named to NFL Pro Bowl

Peyton Manning, RG3 and Adrian Peterson headlined the NFL Pro Bowl rosters Wednesday evening, while also heading to Miami will be the Falcons' Matt Ryan, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones, as well as a combined six former Georgia Tech and Georgia stars. (ADDS: breakout of complete AFC, NFC Pro Bowl rosters)

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Obamacare flaws soon to be evident

Opinion column

This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans’ lives. That’s the way President Obama and the law’s Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health care well past their re-election campaigns.

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U.S. soldiers did not die in vain in Vietnam

Opinion column

It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. “advisers” to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North and 37 years since the end of that divisive war and the country’s unification under Communism. Today, Vietnam is fighting a war with itself.

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Motivational speaker tells of Vegas secret

Features column

Well, the holidays always bring a surprise or two but thankfully not nearly as large a surprise as Suzy Favor Hamilton revealed.

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Police, fire and EMS reports for Dec. 26, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 23 incidents Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday.

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Wife's name disclosed in Worth County slaying

Jannie Mae Tweedy, of Sylvester, has been arrested after her husband, Carl, was found fatally shot Monday night.

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Retailers offer deals as year ends

Prices plummet as retailers try to make the best of sagging holiday season.

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Opening nears for Camilla Walmart

The brand-new store will allow for 65 new employees, officials say.

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Local governments opt to keep energy sales tax

Dougherty County and other local governments in Georgia are continuing a tax that is being phased out by the state of Georgia.

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Blood supply running strong through holidays

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the Albany Mall are among the venues set to host upcoming blood drives.

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 27, 2012

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

Juanita C. Hall

Juanita C. Hall, 85, Conyers, GA, died December 25, 2012

Sara Ann Chitty Neal

Sara Ann Chitty Neal, 79, Leesburg, died December 20, 2012

Jessie Mildred Barbee

Jessie Mildred Barbee, 92, Clarksville, TN, died December 24, 2012

Danny McKenzie

Danny McKenzie, Sylvester, died December 25, 2012

Dolly Dorothy Monfort Timmons

Dolly Dorothy Monfort Timmons, 78, died December 25, 2012

Jimmie M. Nash

Jimmie M. Nash 88, Colquitt, GA died December 26, 2012

Bertha G. McDearmid

Bertha G. McDearmid, 89, Leesburg, died December 24, 2012

Terah Williams

Terah Williams, 48, Fitzgerald, died December 23, 2012

M. J. Branch

M. J. Branch, Ashburn, died December 25, 2012

Sidney James Clark

Sidney James Clark, 67, Albany, died December 20, 2012

Billie Allan Murry

Billie Allan Murry, 79, Albany, died December 24, 2012

Donell Walker

Donell Walker, Lilvurn, GA died December 22, 2012

Emma Jewel Baker

Emma Jewel Baker, 86, Albany, died December 25, 2012

Billy Joe Brannon

Billy Joe Brannon, 75, Albany, died December 24, 2012

Max Griffin

Max Griffin, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Edgar Thomas Lewis

Edgar Thomas Lewis, 70, died December 26, 2012

Wesley Lee Champion

Wesley Lee Champion, 46, Albany, died December 25, 2012

Mr. Willie Lee Andrews

Willie L. Andrews, 82, Albany, died December 18, 2012

Johnnie Clyde Funchess

Johnnie Clyde Funchess, 71, Lithonia

Fannie Hill

Fannie Hill Sumter County, GA died December 23, 2012

Harold Douglas Burris

Harold Douglas Burris, 69, Baconton, GA died December 20, 2012

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Man shoots at Ga. utility workers

Police in Gainesville say shots were fired at two utility workers early Wednesday morning and a 62-year-old man has been arrested on two charges of aggravated assault.

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Cliff looms: Kicking the Can, Washington-style

When it comes to the nation's budget challenges, congressional leaders are fond of saying dismissively they don't want to kick the can down the road.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Awesome pet tricks

Whether its a x-games bound skater-monkey, an out-of-tune dingo playing the piano or spider-cat, these animals have accumulated an impressive array of skills.

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Starbucks cups to come with a political message

Starbucks is using its coffee cups to jump into the political fray in Washington.

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Lost, blind dog finds way back to Alaska owners

Blind and alone in Alaska winter temperatures that dipped 40 degrees below zero, a lost 8-year-old Fairbanks dog wasn't given much of a chance to make it home.

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Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge.

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NY firemen's killer mapped out plan for slayings

The ex-con turned sniper who killed two firefighters wanted to make sure his goodbye note was legible, typing out his desire to "do what I like doing best, killing people" before setting the house where he lived with his sister ablaze, police said.

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Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect

Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve.

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