News for Friday, February 24, 2012


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ASU Lyceum events slated for Albany

Distinguished violinist Gareth Johnson and instrumental group Vientos del Pueblo to give complimentary performances this month.

Store clerks charged with selling drugs

The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit arrested two clerks and another man at a convenience store for selling marijuana.

Religion Bulletin for Feb. 25, 2012

Former President Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday School this week.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 25, 2012

APD responds to at least 25 incidents

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Santorum should answer to ’06 loss

The reasons for Santorum’s defeat are too complicated for a 30-second ad or a brief answer at a debate. He can blame a lot of factors, but in the end he was most responsible for his own fate. Now, if Santorum’s presidential campaign continues to soar, he’ll likely have to discuss the ’06 defeat more. The Romney campaign will point to it as proof that Santorum can’t win the White House. Santorum’s job is to tell voters — and prove to them with his actions — that he has learned from his loss, and that he’s a better candidate for it.

Speed limit still enforced

In the meantime, no need to start drawing up plans for those interstellar warp engines just yet. Exceeding the speed of light, for now at least, seems to be running into some technical difficulties.

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Albany Marine Band deactivated

The U.S. Marine Corps announced late last year that two bands would be cut, including the one attached to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

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Deputies arrest man in Paradise Village shooting

Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrest a third man in connection with a Dec. 26 shooting at Paradise Village.

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: I'd like to thank the Academy

Corinne Nicholson makes her Oscar picks.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 26, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 25, 2012

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Oscar nominees dish on their red-carpet underwear

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Anyone who knows their Oscars knows that nominees' fashion plans are strictly top secret until the big day. They seem to be more revealing about their designer undergarments, though.. While it may fit into the too-much-information file, some of the year's most celebrated actors

Academy Awards suggest daylong celebration Sunday

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards are the film industry's biggest night of the year, and movie fans deserve their own Oscar celebrations.. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC, which broadcasts the Academy Awards, suggest Oscar Sunday ought to be like Super Bowl Sunday -- a

Willard Little

Willard Little, 62, Albany, died February 23, 2012

Catherine Mary Wade Croy

Catherine Mary Wade Croy, Albany, died February 23, 2012

Laura Ellen Jackson

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

Jane Marie Drake Gordon

Jane Marie Drake Gordon, 57, Donalsonville, died February 24, 2012

Pabla Hernandez

Pabla Hernandez, 75, Thomasville, died February 23, 2012

James A. Reed

James A. Reed, 83, died Febraury 22, 2012

Willie J. Wright

Willie J. Wright, 72, Meigs, died February 24, 2012

Tornado spotted in Mitchell County (UPDATED)


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Here are a few words of praise...

How many controversial topics can one list regarding faith and values right now? It’s enough to make one want to crawl in a cave until the presidential election is over.

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Dougherty County Jail Report Feb. 16-23, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Feb. 16-23, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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NBA ROUNDUP: Hawks snap three-game slide, upend division rival Magic at home; Heat cool down Knicks, Lin-sanity in rout

Atlanta picks up an important Southeasten Division win Thursday night, while Orlando looks terrible during a 83-78 loss to the Hawks --- scoring just 30 points by halftime --- as the Magic get set to host All-Star weekend.

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Duke downs FSU in rematch

After the Seminoles went into Durham, N.C., earlier this season and stunned the Dukies on a last-second shot, there would be no such miracle Thursday night as the ACC-leading Seminoles fall behind early and never recover en route to a 74-66 loss.

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New year, same old story: Struggling Tiger eliminated from Match Play Championships

In an event he once dominated, Tiger Woods is knocked out of the Accenture Match Play Championships in just the second round Thursday by Nick Watney to send Woods to another bitter defeat on his comeback trail that still hasn’t seen him win a major event in three years.

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DAYTONA 500: Kenseth, Stewart win Gatorade Duel races, secure spots for Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart both win the Gatorade Duels on Thursday during qualifying and will start near the front for Sunday's Daytona 500.

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2012 SPRING TRAINING: Hanson returns to Braves’ spring training after suffering concussion in car accident; Chipper quells talk that he's gotten fat

After getting into a car accident on his way to the Braves' spring training complex in Florida and suffering a mild concussion, starting pitcher Tommy Hanson returns to action on a limited basis Thursday.

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NL MVP Braun has 50-game ban overturned by MLB in historic ruling

In a landmark ruling in all of professional sports, NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has his suspension for failing a drug test overturned Thursday by Major League Baseball and won't be suspended 50 games to start the 2012 season.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW: Intrigue aplenty as Lee County baseball opens season tonight

Among the many interesting story lines heading into the Lee County baseball team’s 2012 season, none is bigger than the milestone that could be achieved tonight in Leesburg against Westover when the Trojans not only try to win their season opener, but give longtime head coach Rob Williams his 500th career victory.

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Daniel looks sharp, but Westover baseball falls in 2012 opener

Patriots ace Robert Daniel gives up just one hit, but Westover still loses its season opener Thursday against Schley County, 2-1.

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ASU’s bats come alive to beat local rival GSW

Despite both teams struggling to start the season, the Rams (4-8) get the better of the Hurricanes (1-10) on Thursday in Albany in a battle of neighboring D-II programs.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lady Rams get No. 7 seed heading into conference tourney, while Rams fall at the buzzer in regular-season finales; Darton, SGT Final 4 hoops games to be on radio

The Albany State women win their regular-season finale, while the men fall in the finals seconds to Stillman on Thursday night, while the Darton and South Georgia Tech women get ready for the Region XVII Final Four in Savannah, which can be heard on the radio.

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GSW women’s soccer coach leaves for Mercer

Tony Econompoulus resigns as head coach of the Georgia Southwestern women’s soccer program this week to take the same job at nearby D-I Mercer. (ADDS: items on GSW basketball, softball and golf)

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GHSA STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW/NOTEBOOK: Super 6er Gilbert out for Monroe’s state opener

Monroe’s Tornadoes hope they can beat Howard on Saturday without Super 6er Rantavious Gilbert, who is still out with an ankle injury, while the Westover girls try to rebound from a shocking Region 1-AAA title loss to Crisp County as 22 area girls and boys teams open the GHSA state tournament this weekend. (ADDS: Breakout with entire GHSA and GISA boys and girls schedule featuring area teams).

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Darton aims high as 6 wrestlers open NJCAA nationals today

Six Darton wrestlers — Terry Harris, Ryan DeVita, Dametres Ellis, Cole Claar, Raheem Hill and Trey Hicks — are five victories away from a national title and begin their journey today with opening-round matches in the NJCAA national championship in Rochester, Minn.

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COLUMN: I’m ready to be inspired in state basketball playoffs

Herald High School beat writer Mike Phillips gives his take on how he sees the first round, and beyond, of the GHSA boys and girls state playoffs going --- and he hopes they end with a trip to Macon for more than one of Southwest Georgia's talented teams.

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The Quad Squad

Terrell Academy’s girls basketball team, which has adopted the nickname “Quad Squad,” enters the GISA Class AA Final Four today with a chance to become the first girls team in GISA history to win four consecutive state titles. (ADDS: breakout on GISA Class A Final Four featuring Westwood and Crisp Academy)