News for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Ball night!

Football season is all but over and it’s time for basketball to take center stage as the first big weekend of area action is here, including games between Monroe vs. Crisp County, Westover vs. Terrell County and Mitchell vs. Calhoun the next two days.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- AWARDS ROUNDUP: Manziel wins Davey O’Brien Award; Te'o takes Maxwell

The first of many major college football awards are handed out Thursday, and Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” is named the nation’s top QB.

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Rodgers could soon become Falcons’ next feature back

Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers are currently the Falcons’ two-headed monster in the backfield, but soon it could be Rodgers taking over the bulk of the carries with Turner ailing.

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HEISMAN PROFILE: Te’o hopes to make Heisman history as first defensive-only player to win

Notre Dame’s defense — led by linebacker Manti Te’o — is a big part of why the Irish are 12-0, and Te’o is poised to become the first all-defensive player in Heisman Trophy history to take home the award.

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Darton looks strong in dual match win

The Darton wrestling program notches a big win Wednesday against Brewton Parker College.

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Kobe hits rare milestone with 30,00th point

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant became just the fifth player in NBA history — and the youngest — to score 30,000 points in his career, joining Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Wilt Chamberlain and Karl Malone.

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Malzahn’s mission on The Plains is to reclaim winning culture; Tigers hire d-coordinator

Gus Malzahn knows what it takes to build a winning program — he’s done it at every stop — and now he’s taking aim at Auburn.

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Merry Acres defends Middle School Academic Bowl title

Dougherty International Middle shocks Robert Cross to finish third in an annual academic competition.

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Georgia economic growth will continue for 2013

Economic leaders say primary-grade education is the biggest challenge to competitiveness in Georgia.

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Pearl Harbor reminds us of freedom’s cost

Today at 12:55 p.m., a solemn ceremony, one attended by fewer and fewer of a select group each year, will take place five time zones away.

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Will GOP support another Bush?

In January 2008, at a John McCain rally in Columbia, S.C., I asked a number of local politicos to look back to the brutal 2000 Republican primary in their state, the one between McCain and George W. Bush. They had all supported Bush back then, and I asked whether, given the inconclusive wars, runaway federal spending and economic catastrophe of the next eight years, they felt they made the right choice.

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Georgia Guard has state and global roles

A National Guard spokesman says the organization protects the state and nation and provides a positive economic impact.

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ASU commencement set for Saturday

More than 360 Albany State University students are expected to be awarded degrees during fall commencement.

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Marine base to conduct blood drive

MCLB-Albany is trying to assist the Red Cross with a blood drive.

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Identity theft town hall topic

Albany City Commissioner Ivey Hines and Albany Police Chief John Proctor will hold a town hall meeting Saturday to tell people how to avoid identity theft.

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Middle District collects $2.45M

The Middle District of Georgia totaled $2,459,970 in criminal and civil actions.

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Deadly Winecoff Hotel fire led to improved safety

Guest commentary

In 1930, three girls were born: Phoebe “Ann” Walker, Marianne Scherle and Julia Ann “Judy” Hall. They were all born at the start of the Depression. Things were just starting to get better and then we were drawn into World War II on the day that will live in infamy, Dec. 7, 1941, and for the next four years they put up with our boys dying “over there.”

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Geeks Computer Store opens

An Albany IT professional who has served business customers since the mid-1980s opens her first storefront business.

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Crime Stoppers - Dec. 7, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has two Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Dec. 7, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 37 incidents.

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Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

One man's determination to remember fallen Americans helps bring closure to the families of those who died 71 years ago.

Monica M. Swan

Monica Michelle Swan, 39, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Eugene Mallard, Jr.

Eugene Mallard, Jr., 66, died December 1, 2012

Juanita Sanders Singleton

Juanita Sanders Singleton, 91, Cuthbert, died December 5, 2012

Steven Lyle Hracek

Steven Lyle Hracek, 58, Cuthbert, died December 1, 2012

Susie Lee Allen

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Claretha Pettigrew

Claretha Pettigrew, 77, Camilla, died December 4, 2012

Lillie Barfield Bess

Lillie Barfield Bess, 86, Irwinville, died December 5, 2012

Tommie Iona Williamson

Tommie Iona Williamson, 81, Houston County, died December 4, 2012

Richard C. Hodge

Richard C. Hodge, 77, Aberdeen, died December 3, 2012

Ruth Renee Geddis

Ruth Renee Geddis, 48, Columbus, died November 30, 2012

Jesse Allen Hathaway

Jesse Allen Hathaway, 71, Tifton, died December 5, 2012

Sallie Mae Silas

Sallie Mae Silas, 95, Camilla, died November 29, 2012

Pearlie Mae Wimberly

Pearlie Mae Wimberly, 67, Blakely, died December 3, 2012

Nora Mae Kelly

Nora Mae Kelly, 71, Tifton, died December 5, 2012

Fredric Harvey Greene

Fredric Harvey Greene, died December 4, 2012

Randy Phillips

Randy Phillips, 50, Donalsonville, died December 5, 2012

Mary D. Williams

Mary D. Williams, Sylvester, died December 2, 2012

Darrell Hollins

Darrell Hollins, 50, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Betty J. Covin

Betty Jean Covin, 71, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Bill Givens

Bill Givens, 61, Albany, died December 6, 2012

Rosie Geddis

Rosie Geddis, 82, died December 02, 2012

Brenda Marshall

Brenda Marshall, 64, Albany, died December 1, 2012

Lillie Belle McLemore

Lillie Belle McLemore, 102, Albany, died December 5, 2012

Inez Christopher Durden

Inez Christopher Durden, 96, Atlanta, died December 5, 2012

Tiana L. Pope

Tiana Lazette Pope, die December 5, 2012

Willie Carter

Willie Carter, 86, Dawson, died November 27, 2012

Curtis Davis

Curtis Davis, Ashburn, died November 28, 2012

Vanderbill Robinson

Vanderbill Robinson, 84, Albany, died December 1, 2012

Maude E. Battle

Maude E. Battle, Edison, died December 1, 2012

Odessa Mae Guthrie

Odessa Mae Guthrie, 88, Albany, died December 6, 2012

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Bulloch resigns; special election called

Sen. John Bulloch was hospitalized earlier this year with meningitis.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Sportsmanship

"This is the first wrestling match for Jared at Sunset Middle School in Brentwood, TN. Jared has severe cerebral palsy but loves to participate in all forms of sports...in any way possible. He played on the the football team last year and the coaches invited him to wrestle this year."

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Squawk of the Day - Dec. 7, 2012

To see more squawks of the day pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Female sailor makes history serving on submarine

Lt. j.g. Marquette Leveque looked to the sky when she graduated from the Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

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Too fat to execute? Condemned obese Ohio killer asks board for mercy

A condemned obese killer should be spared because of lingering doubts about his "legal and moral guilt" and the conduct of defense and prosecution lawyers at trial, his attorneys told the state Parole Board on Thursday in a bid for clemency focusing on his innocence, not his weight.

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Man robbed, beaten near Cromartie Beach

A man is being treated for injuries after being beaten during a robbery and attempted shooting on Beachview Drive.

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Grammy nominations

The nominees for this year's Grammy awards have been announced.

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THURSDAY PREP BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Monroe’s McGhee steals show in thrilling OT win vs. Albany

Monroe senior Jabari McGhee scores a career-high 33 points Tuesday and hits a buzzer-beating shot to send the game into OT. (ADDS: Notes on Monroe boys, girls ranked No. 1, Friday's Monroe-Crisp matchup, SGA, Bainbridge, Seminole and Westover)