News for Saturday, February 25, 2012


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Protein: Your Secret Weapon for Fitness

Two-thirds of the adult population in the United States is overweight, and 14 to 18 percent of our nation’s children are considered heavy or obese.

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Moms display super powers

Chinese food. It was a good choice for a Monday night, having just pulled back into town after a long day in Atlanta.

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Red carpet rolls out

There are nine movies nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Births Feb. 26 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Feb. 10-20.

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Looking Back Feb. 26 2012

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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The envelope please ...

Over the past few months, I’ve spent spent nearly 19 hours watching all nine of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees — spending a good deal of time at movie theaters in Albany and Tallahassee, as well as my neighborhood Redbox.

Crystal to the rescue for 84th Academy Awards show

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Oscar ceremony has much to prove Sunday, including whether a blockbuster-free field can draw a TV audience and if Billy Crystal's host routine remains a crowd-pleaser.Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, the show's producers, are laughing off the challenges: "Comedy is the direction we're going

Oscar foreign directors not daunted by kid actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) The director of "A Separation" dished that the biggest diva on the set of his Oscar-nominated film was none other than his daughter.Asghar Farhadi joked during a panel discussion with directors vying for the foreign-language film Oscar at Sunday's 84th annual Academy Awards that his

Oscar turns up the star power for final rehearsal

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Academy Awards are a big deal even to A-listers. That's why a parade of stars came through the theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center Saturday to run through their lines and prepare to address their peers in front of a worldwide audience of millions.MUPPET REHEARSAL

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Guests enjoy Sip & Safari

Guests enjoy a Sip & Safari Saturday at Chehaw.

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Blight fight declared

City and county officials took a bus tour of areas around the county where slum and blight conditions have taken hold.

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Crisp garbage boondoggle impacts Lee, other counties

Lee County and the city of Leesburg have 25-year contracts with the Crisp County Solid Waste Management Authority.

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Cold case not over for victim’s family, police

A murdered man’s daughter confronts nightmares as she waits for justice to follow her father’s death.

Georgia Meth Project bringing campaign to Albany

In 2010, 35 percent of teens in Georgia believed there was "little or no risk" to trying meth just once, Georgia Meth Project surveys show.

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St. Teresa's students get up close and personal with wildlife

Representatives from Georgia Southern University's Center for Wildlife Education visited the school.

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New food company finalist for gumbo creation

A former P&G employee and consulting firm owner begins "phase one" of a wholesale food company.

America is its own enemy concerning gas prices

In a letter to the editor, Bill Bates of Albany says that when concerning gas prices, America is its own enemy.

Candidates try to meet conservative checklist

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that candidates try to meet a conservative checklist.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Feb. 26, 2012

APD reposnds to at least 38 incidents.

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Bill aims to improve bike safety

Last week, an amendment to an existing law pertaining to “the riding of bicycles on roadways and bicycle paths” was filed in the Senate by Sen. Miller of the 49th (SB 468).

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On the Job with ... Mary Ligon

Jim West holds a question-and-answer session with Mary Ligon, a business consultant and director of Leadership Albany.

Kitchen inspections for Feb. 26, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections in Dougherty County.

Cancer's growing burden

Forty years after the National Cancer Act launched the "war on cancer," the battle is not just finding cures and better treatments but also being able to afford them.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 27, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

Thumbs Up! - Feb. 27, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Obama hasn't won it yet

If the election were held right now, President Obama would likely win by about the same margin that propelled him into office in 2008. But how fragile are his current advantages?

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Obama's getting his way out of GOP

Let me be blunt: If Republicans nominate Rick Santorum, they will lose.

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Drug unit chief outlines illegal drug use in area

Drugs in all shapes and sizes threaten people in the area, according to the commander of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.

DOT schedules sign work at S.R. 234 at Byron Ridge Road

Georgia DOT crews have rescheduled sign work at the intersection of S.R. 234 and Byron Ridge Road in Dougherty County.

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Why is the U.S. apologizing for Qurans?

After all these years of official stumbling over what to call the mission the United States has spearheaded in the Islamic world in response to the 9/11 attacks, I've come up with a name -- not to brag or anything -- that I believe brings much-needed clarity to our cause.

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Lack of game regulation borders on neglect

The words of Lewis Lamb, the chief assistant district attorney from the Southwest Judicial Circuit, were ominous.

Education key to job survival

More than ever before, higher education is a key ingredient in success, according to a report last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Catherine Croy

Catherine Mary Wade Croy, 86,Albany, GA, died Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rheudene Hall

Mrs. Rheudene Spillers Hall, 92, of Sylvester died on Saturday February 25, 2012

Inez Hawthorne

Mrs. Inez Driver Hawthorne, 86, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

Sharon Felch

Sharon Ann Dery Felch, 76, of Blakely died on February 24, 2012

Lee Miller

Mr. Lee Miller of Poulan, GA. died on February 25, 2012

Gladys Dukes

Mrs. Gladys Dukes, 79, of Albany died Friday, February 25, 2012

Pabla Hernandez

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

Lillian Sullivan

Lillian Lackland Sullivan, died Saturday February 25, 2012

James Wortman

Mr. James Wilbur Wortman, 81 of Albany died February 25, 2012

Jane Gordon

Mrs. Gordon passed away Friday, February 24, 2012

Freddrick Daniels

Mr. Freddrick B. Daniels, 28, of Thomasville died on February 24, 2012

Joshua Hayes

Joshua Demario Hayes, 22, of Albany died on February 21, 2012

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GHSA BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Dougherty upsets top seed Mary Persons

The Dougherty girls get a huge win in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA State Tournament. (ADDS: Items on Mitchell girls, Albany girls, Bainbridge girls, Pelham girls, Crisp County girls, Crisp County boys, Seminole County girls, Randolph-Clay girls, Randolph-Clay boys and Lee County girls)

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Randolph-Clay boys’ first-round state playoff game canceled after Wilcox County forfeits

The Wilcox County boys basketball team forfeits its first-round state tournament game against Randolph-Clay on Friday after nine players are suspended for an off-campus incident.

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GHSA CLASS AAA STATE TOURNAMENT: Monroe freshman leads Lady Tornadoes in upset in state opener of No. 2 seed Rutland

Herald Super 6er Sheniqua Young struggles some Friday, but Lady Tornadoes freshman KeyKey Price gets her back, scoring 18 points in a first-round upset win in the AAA state tourney.

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GISA CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT --- FINAL FOUR: TAE girls roll, will play for history, fourth straight

Terrell Academy's Quad Squad, which is trying to become the first girls team in GISA history to win four consecutive state titles, didn't celebrate after ripping Briarwood, 56-27, in the Class A state semifinals on Friday --- because they're pointing to today's title game against Gatewood.

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Uggla arrives in Fla. on mission for Braves

Dan Uggla arrived at spring training out to prove to Braves fans, management, any doubters — and himself — that he was worth every penny of the $62 million contract the team gave him last season.

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Braun: ‘Truth prevailed’

Speaking to reporters Friday for the first time since his positive drug test was revealed in October — and since his 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday — Brewers slugger and reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun is defiant about MLB’s failed process that nearly ruined his good name and thankful he was exonerated.

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GISA CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT -- FINAL FOUR: Crisp, Westwood win, set to rematch for championship today

Westwood and Crisp Academy’s girls both win in romps in the Final Four on Friday to force a rematch in today’s GISA Class A state title game as the two will meet for the eighth time in two years.

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Deuces wild!

No. 2 seed Westover gets a 48-42 win in the opening-round game of the Class AAA State Tourney after Herald Super 6er DyTiesha Dunson is clutch, hitting 8-of-8 free throws in the final 3:18.

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Lee whips Westover, 15-0, as Williams gets 500th win

After 23 years as the head coach of the Lee County baseball program, Rob Williams reaches a milestone Friday some only dream of when he wins his 500th career game during the Trojans’ 2012 season opener.

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SGT women reach conference title game; Darton dropped by GPC

Shontae McCall scores 36 points to lead the Lady Jets to a Region XVII semifinal win against Middle Georgia on Friday, while Darton scores just 34 points in a 22-point loss to Georgia Perimeter to end its season.