News for Thursday, February 23, 2012


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DCPD responds to man with a gun call

Dougherty County Police Department officers arrested Michael Hill at his home on the 1100 block of Congressional Court around 4 p.m. Thursday

'An Affair of the Heart' luncheon set for Wednesday

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, according to the American Heart Association.

More than $350k spent on Multimodal center

A letter typed by city staffers shows the city is currently paying $90,000 for rent each year for the bus station on Oglethorpe.

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Globetrotter Smile Patrol visits Phoebe

“Buckets” Blakes, a member the world famous Harlem Globetrotters, does basketball tricks for the medically confined.

Police look for Nigel Devonte Shorter

Officers are searching for 19-year-old Nigel Devontae Shorter.

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Postell's 'Great wall' idea not a bad one

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell has asked Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to add an item to the City Commission's next work session to discuss the feasibility of erecting some sort of fence along Clark Avenue to shield the public from the remnants of Mimosa Trailer Park.

Two turn themselves in; one still wanted

The Albany Police Department is searching for an Albany brother for questioning in the Feb. 21 self-inflicted shooting death of Joshua Hayes, APD officials say.

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BamaJam slated to return

A number of big-name artists have performances scheduled at venues in the region.

Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted

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

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb 24, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 42 incidents

Responsible government would be nice

While President Obama's proposal -- dead on arrival in an election year -- to raise taxes on those making at least $1 million a year is an agreeable idea with many Americans, most still prefer that the federal budget get balanced through spending cuts.

A woman's womb America's new sports arena

In advance, I apologize to my grown kids for what might be, for them, an embarrassing discussion about their mother's sex life and contraception.

Gang Task Force ready for new year

Plans call for the 2011 accomplishments of the Albany Gang Unit to push through 2012 in the fight against gang crime.

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Marine Depot Maintenance Command activated

Maintenance Center Albany and Maintenance Center Barstow have been deactivated so that the two plants can operate under a single command.

Woman reported missing booked into jail

Scaring her family a woman takes off on a four-day drug binge, her relatives say.

AP Interview: Oscar nominee Demian Bichir

MEXICO CITY (AP) Demian Bichir learned an important lesson when he left his native Mexico to launch a U.S. acting career and ended up working in a Mexican restaurant in New York: How to live the invisible life of an illegal immigrant with dignity.It's a subtle quality he brings

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Deerfield announces scholarships

Honor and Cannon Family scholarships are awarded by the private school.

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ASU to host bridge battle

The event is geared toward increasing high schoolers’ participation in science and engineering.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 24, 2012

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 24, 2012

Ewell H. Temples

Ewell H. Temples, 89, Trussville, AL, died February 22, 2012

Oscar-nominated actors tell favorite movie moment

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Many of this year's Oscar-nominated actors first experienced the magic of movies as children.. When asked on to reflect on their favorite movie moments, nominees such as Jessica Chastain, Kenneth Branagh, Gary Oldman and Octavia Spencer immediately went back in time.. "My favorite was

Charlie Walker

Charlie Walker, 85, Pelham, died February 16, 2012

Farris Tennyson

Farris Tennyson, Buena Vista, GA, died February 16, 2012

Sharon Eaton Willis

Sharon Eaton Willis, 55, Cairo, died February 22, 2012

Sallie Will Strong

Sallie W. Strong, 88, Eufaula, AL, died February 17, 2012

Silas E. Mercer

Silas E. Mercer, Cordele died February 23, 2012

Ida Lee Stubbs Morgan

Ida Lee Stubbs Morgan, 82, died February 21, 2012

Ida Bell Harris

Ida Bell Harris, died February 19, 2012

Tyrone Henry

Tyrone Henry, 46, died February 22, 2012

Doris Lee West Williams

Doris Lee West Williams, 64, Leesburg, died February 19, 2012

Gladys Simmons Dixon

Gladys Simmons Dixon, 94, Winter Garden, FL, died February 16, 2012

Josephine Merritt

Josephine Merritt, Sumter County, died February 17, 2012

Princella Jones-Thurman

Princella Jones-Thurman, Bristol, CT, died February 18, 2012

Jesse Brock

Jesse Brock, 82, Waverly, FL, died February 21, 2012

Emma Lue Latimore Wheeler

Emma Lue Latimore Wheeler, 63, Miami, FL died February 16, 2012

Brechellia L. Sheppard

Brechellia L. Sheppard, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Madge Sanders Miller

Madge Sanders Miller, 77, Glen St. Mary, FL, died February 22, 2012

James Adkinson, Jr.

James Adkinson, Jr., Unadilla, died February 22, 2012

Steven Creg Murray

Steven Creg Murray, 57, Oakfield, died February 22, 2012

Mary Green-Greggs

Mary Green-Greggs, Albany, died February 19, 2012

Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson, 73, Leesburg, died February 23, 2012

Mary H. Gilbert

Mary H. Gilbert, 79, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Milton Wayne Merritt, Sr.

Milton Wayne Merritt, Sr.

Felton Hicks

Felton Hicks, Albany, died February 17, 2012

Daisy Marie Sketo Edwards

Daisy Marie Sketo Edwards, 87, Georgetown, GA, died February 22, 2012

Edward Adams

Edward Adams, Smithville, died February 16, 2012

Juanita Spence-Mendez

Mrs. Juanita Spence-Mendez, Camilla, died February 16, 2012

William R. Coley, Sr.

William R. Coley, Sr., 90, or Albany, died February 22, 2012

A nun, football coach and Marine going to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At least one person on the Oscars red carpet won't have to worry about what to wear: Mother Dolores Hart.. The 73-year-old nun, who left Hollywood in 1963 to join a monastery after starring in films with the likes of Elvis Presley and George

Firth, Portman, Bale, Leo to present at Oscars

The Associated Press. LOS ANGELES -- All four acting winners from last year's Academy Awards are returning to this weekend's Oscars as presenters.. Organizers say Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo will be there to hand out awards Sunday.. Last year's lead-acting prizes went to Firth

Movie critic Michael Clark makes his Oscar predictions for 2012

In far more ways than one, the Oscar ceremony this coming Sunday will be a grand celebration of the past and should provide more competitive drama than the last ten telecasts combined. In all six major categories there is not a single clear-cut, runaway favorite and it's unlikely even

AP critics pick 'The Artist' for top Oscar wins

LOS ANGELES -- Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire are boringly in lockstep on their picks for this season's top Academy Awards categories, depriving them of their usual snide debate over who's going to win.. Both predict the silent film "The Artist" will win for best-picture

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FTC considering challenging Phoebe merger to Supreme Court

In an interview with the Huffington Post Thursday, the head of the Federal Trade Commission says the organization is considering challenging Phoebe Putney Health System's merger with Palmyra Medical Centers to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oscars to drop Kodak name from awards show

Oscar organizers have agreed to drop mentions of the Kodak Theatre from Sunday's broadcast.

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WG&L to boost electric rates by 10 percent March 1

Mild weather, fees from the Muncipal Electric Authority of Georgia are to blame, officials say.

Facing a loss of $2 million in revenues thanks to a mild winter, and a $16 million increase in fees its charged by the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia over the last two years, board members of the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission voted Thursday to raise electric rates by 10 percent effective March 1.

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Helicopter collision kills 7 Marines in Calif. desert

Seven Marines were killed in a collision of two helicopters in the California desert during night training exercises.

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USPS to close Albany processing center

United States Postal Service officials announced that they will close the Albany Mail Processing Facility on Slappey Boulevard and consolidate it with the facility in Tallahassee.

Joseph Bush

Joseph Edward Bush, 54, died February 14, 2012

Rapid-fire attacks across Iraq kill 50 people

A series of attacks in Iraq territory killed at least 50 people on Thursday.

Atlanta educators to learn their fate

Educators implicated in the Atlanta school cheating investigation have been ordered to attend a meeting today to discuss employment.

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Georgia Tech stinks it up again, routed by Clemson in Atlanta, 56-37

Deerfield-Windsor grad Andre Young scores nine points to help Clemson rip Georgia Tech, which has its lowest offensive night in the series since 1936 in a 56-37 loss on Tuesday.

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Knicks, Lin, hammer Hawks, 99-82

Jeremy Lin keeps Lin-sanity alive by scoring 17 points and handing out nine assists as the Knicks destroy Atlanta, 99-82, in New York on Wednesday. (ADDS: items on Hawks' Joe Johnson missing All-Star game; ex-Georgia Tech star Shumpert pulls out of dunk contest)

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Woods slips by in Match Play opener; Haas, Donald out

Tiger Woods struggles with a meager opponent in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championships on Wednesday, beating Spain’s little-known Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano by just one hole, while last year’s PGA Tour FedEx Cup champ Bill Haas is stunned in his opener against Japanese teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa, and defending champ Luke Donald is out.

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LSU drops Georgia, 63-51, in Baton Rouge

LSU sinks four free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to put Georgia away, 61-53, on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge.

LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton baseball comes off biggest win of season, downs Wallace Dothan at home; ASU softball swept

The Darton baseball team wins its second game in a row Wednesday, while the ASU softball team is swept in a doubleheader against Columbus State, falling to 2-10 on the season.

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2012 PREP BASEBALL PREVIEW: Pats open 2012 looking to rebound from rough 2011

Westover baseball will open its 2012 season today in Lee County’s inaugural “Greatest Show on Dirt” invitational against Schley County.

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DAYTONA 500: Hamlin says pity party over, ready to return to form at Daytona

After his crushing loss to Jimmie Johnson in the 2010 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Denny Hamlin fell apart emotionally and on the race track in 2011, posting his worst season ever, but now he claims he’s gotten past that defeat and is ready to once again compete for a title.

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Indians arrive in style

Herald No. 1 and state No. 3-ranked Albany High enters the GHSA Class AA State Tournament against Appling County at home Saturday night after putting together the best regular-season record in the school’s history.