News for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Jury convicts gang members

Two of three Crips gang members were found guilty of street gang terrorism by a jury after eight hours of deliberation Thursday, said Matt Breedon, Dougherty County chief assistant district attorney. Sentencing will be at a later date.

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Komen caves, women pay the price

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has severed its ties with Planned Parenthood.

Two pit bulls menace man

In what is becoming a recurring problem in Albany, pit bulls go on the attack Thursday morning.

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J.C. Penney begins new ‘Fair and Square’ policy

With Apple’s former retail vice president at the helm, the retail chain reveals its new pricing and return policy.

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Leader in the making

Makeba West won January's "Youth of the Month" award.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 3, 2012

APD responds to at least 15 incidents.

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Lee Daddy-Daughter Dance set Feb. 11

Organizers have planned three sessions for area daddies and daughters to share a unique bonding moment.

City officials unveil 2012 priorities

City Manager James Taylor says that his staff will prepare detailed definitions, metrics and goals within 6-8 weeks.

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Phillips talks about experience on 'Idol'

The vocalist and musician from Leesburg talks about his plans for the future.

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Foundation board chair steps down

Henrietta Singletary served as the board chair for the Phoebe Foundation for 23 years.

Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - week of Feb. 3

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

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Fingerprinting goes high-tech at ATC

Albany Technical College keeps up with constantly improving methods of crime investigation as local law enforcement recommends.

Cancer charity confronts backlash over grant cuts

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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 3, 2012

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Chalk up another one for Islam

Even after all these years, journalist-socialite Sally Quinn still embodies a Washington way of thinking -- a heart-of-Georgetown, A-list set of salon-tested assumptions "everyone" knows that provides attitudes for any occasion.

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Armed robber escapes into woods off Holly Drive

A man tries to rob a 9-year-old boy and responds with gunfire when confronted by a mobile home park manager.

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No civility on Capitol Hill

Every election cycle produces heated rhetoric but some in our country think partisan bashing, hate-filled comments and bitterness have reached new lows. One political veteran observes that Congress hasn’t been this divided since the 1850s, a period marked by such inability to find common ground that we eventually made war on ourselves.

Freddie Temple, Sr.

Mr. Freddie L. Temple, Sr., of Ashburn, Ga, departed this life on Friday, January 27, 2012

James Moore

James Melvin Moore, affectionately called "Chin", departed this earthly life on January 27, 2012.

Kathy Bickers

Kathy Alene Riggs Bickers, 49, of Pelham passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2012

Andrew Paul, Jr.

Mr. Andrew Paul, Jr., 62, of Albany died Friday, January 27, 2012

Beth Ann Lindsay

Mrs. Beth Ann Lindsay, 42, of Albany died Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Emma R. Calhoun

Mrs. Emma Ruth Calhoun, 80, of Camilla died Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Geneva Wright

Mrs. Geneva Aaron Wright, 104, of Pelham, Ga passed on January 30, 2012

Joshaway Baylom, Jr.

Mr. Joshaway Baylom, Jr., 63, of Pelham, Ga passed on Janaury 27, 2012

Annie Barnes

Mrs. Annie Liza Barnes, 97, of Camilla, Ga passed on January 27, 2012

Judy Gleaton

Mrs. Judy Allen Gleaton died Wednesday February 1, 2012

James Bell

James Bell of Iron City passed away Thursday morning, February 2, 2012

Avo Crosson

Avo Williams Crosson, age 72, of Iron City, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tommy Davis

Mr. Tommy L. Davis of Ashburn, GA departed this life on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

David Turner

Derrell M. Turner, 72, of Fayetteville, GA passed January 31, 2012

Carolene Harrison

Carolene Harrison of Edison died on January 30, 2012

Dorothy Craddock

Dorothy Nichols Craddock, 79, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012

Roy Freeman

Roy Lee Freeman, 62, of Albany died on January 28, 2012

Amy Davidson

Amy D. Davidson, 46, of Cuthbert died on January 30, 2012

Nathaniel Harris

Nathaniel Harris, 48, of Americus died on January 30, 2012

Jeraldine Hicks

Jeraldine Hicks, 81, of Americus died on January 31, 2012

Mark Salter

Mr. Mark Salter, 61, of Sumner died Wednesday February 1, 2012

Willie Harris

Willie C. Harris, 84, of Camilla, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012

David McMiller

Commissioner David J. McMiller, 71, of Georgetown, GA died at his home on Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Broad Bridge decommissioning set for Feb. 11

The Broad Avenue Bridge was originally commissioned to the memory of World War I veterans.

The Broad Avenue Bridge was originally commissioned to the memory of World War I veterans.

Sonja Stidham

Sonja Louise Stidham, 46, of Albany, GA died Thursday, February 2, 2012

McArthur Rouse

Mr. McArthur Rouse, 77, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Albany, died on February 1, 2012

Chanteria Williams

Infant Chanteria Williams, 9 days old, died January 25, 2012

Waymon Johnson

Mr. Waymon T. Johnson, 87 of Cuthbert, GA died on Sat., January 28, 2012

Lucile Shedrick

Mrs. Lucile Key-Shedrick, 74, of Albany died on January 27, 2012

John Jackson

Mr. John Jackson, 66, of Albany died on January 30, 2012

Artamisha Butler

Mrs. Artamisha Garrett-Butler, 75, of Newton died on February 1, 2012

Sara Rief

Mrs. Sara Jane Rief died Thursday Feb 2, 2012

Mozelle Slappey

Ms. Mozelle Slappey of Plains died on January 29, 2012

Janie Hilton

Janie Dyous Hilton, 60, of Trenton, NJ died on January 25, 2012

Mavis Bolton

Mavis Stringfellow Bolton, age 98, of Donalsonville, GA passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Meerkat predicts short winter

Asante gives his professional predication on the upcoming spring.

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Trump confirms Romney endorsement

Donald Trump has confirmed that he will endorse Mitt Romney.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Mitchell's Stewart signs with ASU, Burns with Newberry

Eagles WR Yancey Burns is taking his talents to Division II Newberry College in South Carolina, while teammate Grover Stewart, a bruising offensive/defensive lineman is staying close to home with plans to attend Albany State.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Miller sends Barber, Hayes off to college

Miller County LB T.T. Barber, who was rushed with interest from Georgia Tech and North Carolina State after two MVP performances in postseason all-star games, stays loyal to Middle Tennessee State and signs with the Blue Raiders on Wednesday, while teammate Adrian Hayes inks with Reinhardt.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Seminole's Virgin headed to Tennessee, says ‘229 boys are going to own Chattanooga’

Seminole County’s Dee Virgin, one of the most talented defensive backs in the state, signs with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Wednesday.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Albany’s finest

The linemen who helped lay a strong foundation at Albany with hard work and dedication have “set the bar really high,” Albany High coach Felton Williams said Wednesday as he watched Jontavious Morris and Roscoe Byrd commit to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, while across town at Monroe, defensive end Vantrel McMillian inks with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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ALBANY STATE NOTEBOOK: Baseball star Smalls, softball star Marks earn preseason conference honors

Albany State slugger Williams Smalls, the reigning conference Player of the Year, earns First-Team preseason conference honors Wednesday, while teammate Rickey Harris is named to the Second-Team and Lady Rams softball player Chaconna Marks is named to the All-Conference preseason softball team.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton softball opens 2012 with sweep of Andrew; GSW men's, women's hoops win

Freshman Chelsea Showers has a monster day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two triples, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI of Game 1 of the Lady Cavs' season opener Wednesday against Andrew, then 2-for-2 with a double, triple, three runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 to lift Darton to a sweep of the Lady Tigers.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Lee LB Wright headed to Valdosta State

Lee County sends two players to Valdosta State, including Dynamite Dozen and All-Region linebacker Thomas Wright, who made his decision with his family — his whole family — while also joining Wright in a Blazer uniform next year will be Lee receiver Brandon Paden.

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Mayweather to fight May 5 — but not against Pacquiao

The Fight of the Century looks like it may never happen after Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again talks a big game about squaring off against Manny Pacquiao but then does an about-face and changes his mind just when it looks like the negotiations could be finalized, deciding instead Wednesday to schedule a May 5 bout in Las Vegas against journeyman Miguel Cotto.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Albany State signs nine in first wave of 2012 class, plans for more

Coming off a season during which they finished 8-4 and reached the Division II playoffs, the Rams sign nine players Wednesday, including two local standouts in Bainbridge’s Quincy Fortson and Mitchell County’s Grover Stewart.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Herald POY Brown gives surprise commitment to Middle Tennessee State

In a surprise announcement late Wednesday night, 2011 Albany Herald John Reynolds Player of the Year Chris Brown of Seminole County decides to go ahead and sign with Middle Tennessee State, rather than waiting on offers from schools such as Auburn and Georgia Tech who started to show serious interest late in the recruitment process.

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Florida State lands nation’s No. 2 recruiting class

Florida State and head coach Jimbo Fisher ends National Signing Day with the nation's No. 2-rated signing class, marking one of the best offseason in Seminoles history. (ADDS: Florida State's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Auburn lands solid 2012 class

Lineman Avery Young highlights the Tigers' 2012 signing class Wednesday. (ADDS: Auburn's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Georgia Tech lands 6-6, 255-pound DE Kallon from across the pond

England native Francis Kallon is the prized recruit Wednesday of Georgia Tech's signing class, which experts don't rate very high. (ADDS: Georgia Tech's complete 2012 signing class at end of story)

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Bulldogs snag Top 5 class

ESPN ranks Georgia’s 2012 signing class as No. 5 in the nation Wednesday, but it could’ve been even better had top prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes followed up on his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs by making it official and faxing his paperwork in, which — as of late Wednesday — he still had not. (ADDS: complete UGA signing list at end of story)

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Branch: I owe a lot of my success to Albany days

Albany's Deion Branch may be on the big stage this week at Lucas Oil Stadium preparing for Super Bowl XLVI with the Patriots, but long before this week --- or the playoffs --- ever started, he made sure to call all his old coaches back in Albany and from his college days and tell them how much he appreciated them.

Theatre Albany sets ‘Harvey’ auditions

Theatre Albany’s Artistic Director Mark Costello has announced that he will conduct auditions for the comedy “Harvey” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 514 Pine Ave.

Chehaw meerkat ready for prediction

Chehaw today is getting back in the business of predicting the start of spring weather.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 2, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 31 incidents.

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