News for Saturday, February 4, 2012


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Obama’s pipeline decision politics as usual

President Obama was hailed by environmentalists last month when he rejected Canadian company TransCanada’s plan to build a 1,700-mile pipeline that would carry oil extracted from tar sands in Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast to be refined. And while the move may indeed have helped head off a potential environmental disaster that some experts say could have left parts of the nation’s breadbasket without drinking water, Obama doesn’t deserve the accolades. Essentially, the president was forced into taking one tough election-year choice over the other, and he took the path of least resistance.

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Komen backlash is wrongheaded

To hear much of the American media tell it, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast-cancer charity that recently cut its ties with Planned Parenthood before (sort of) backing down, should simply be no more: It has gone from being a women’s health charity to becoming anti-woman, as the National Organization for Women’s president, Terry O’Neill, explained. She predicted to MSNBC host Ed Schultz that within five years or so it will cease to exist, and good riddance.

Florida boosts Romney’s cause

Florida seems to have impact every presidential cycle. Last week’s presidential preference primary may be the latest example.

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A fitting final farewell

Dedicated City of Albany staff help the families of deceased citizens deal with the loss of their loved ones.

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Ware steps into county clerk’s seat

Jawahn Ware is a South Carolina native who moved to Albany eight years ago with her husband.

Driver flees, hits officer

Fleeing the scene a driver runs into a police officer and crashes his vehicle before he is caught and sent to jail.

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Team concept helps keep you moving

The first step on the road to a healthy lifestyle is making up your mind to take that journey. Getting started is actually the easy part.

Births Feb. 5 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Jan. 23-30.

Police/Fire/EMS - Feb. 5, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 45 incidents

Special night shows survivors the light

The event at Albany State University raised money to assist domestic abuse survivors in education, housing and emergency services.

Troteks gear up for FIRST competition

The Dougherty High School robotics team is taking aim at the regional competition in Duluth next month.

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 6, 2012

Squawk of the Day - Feb. 6, 2012

Kitchen inspections for Feb. 5, 2012

Here is a list of recent kitchen inspections from Dougherty and Worth counties

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On the Job with Dr. Joe Harris Morgan III

Managing Editor Danny Carter holds a Q&A with vascular surgeon Joe Harris Morgan, M.D.

Judy Allen Gleaton

Judy Allen Gleaton, 64, Albany, died February 1, 2012

Hilda Castillo Harvard

Hilda Castillo Harvard, 54, Thomasville, died February 3, 2012

Rebecca Dickens

Rebecca Lott Dickens, 76, Ocilla, died February 3, 2012

Mary Louise Blalock

Mary Louise Blalock, 90, Glen St. Mary, FL, died February 3, 2012

Na'Taylah Urich Jackson

Na'Taylah Urich Jackson, Sylvester, died February 1, 2012

Lucille Key Shedrick

Lucille Key Shedrick, Albany, died Friday, January 27, 2012

Sara Jane Rief

Sara Jane Rief, 76, Albany, died February 2, 2012

Melissa Luke

Melissa Luke 39, Albany, died February 2, 2012

Joel C. Williams

Joel C. Williams 89, Albany, died January 30, 2012

Samuel L. Lawton

Samuel L. Lawton, 51, Hanahan, SC, died January 30, 2012

Helen Vrackas Katsekis

Helen Vrackas Katsekis, 79, Tampa, FL, died February 2, 2012

Herbert Hall

Herbert Hall of Doerun, died January 4, 2012

Two-month-old girl found dead in Dougherty County

Baby found dead, investigation under way

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17 walks later, Rams lose 2012 opener

Albany State starting pitcher Ken Nesbitt and the rest of the Rams staff combine to throw 17 walks in Friday's loss.

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2010 AL MVP Hamilton confirms relapse

Texas Rangers outfielder and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug addict, apologizes about having a relapse.

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Branch: Time to ‘finish the job’

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, Albany native Deion Branch is confident that come Sunday night, he and the Patriots will all be wearing rings — and in Branch’s case, possibly his third in what’s become a remarkable NFL career.

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GSW baseball team opens 2012 season today

The Hurricanes won at least 25 wins the last two seasons, including a 27-21 record in 2011, and have high expectations for the 2012 season, which opens tonight.

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PREP ROUNDUP: DWS boys, girls win region

Sam Shellhaas scores 15 and Miranda Phillips has 14 points to lead the Deerfield teams to a pair of wins against Westfield. (ADDS: items on Terrell Academy girls, SGA girls, Pelham girls, Miller County girls, Bainbridge boys, Bainbridge girls, Seminole County girls, Baker girls, Westwood boys, Westwood girls, Calhoun County boys, SGA boys, Terrell Academy boys and Sherwood boys and girls)

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Lady Cavs softball sweeps both games of home tourney

Darton College’s softball team got a pair of dominating pitching performances from Amanda Cook and Katy Jordan on Friday to stay unbeaten.

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Ex-Lee County star Seay, two others dismissed from UGA football team

The inaugural Albany Herald People's Choice Player of the Year, Sanford Seay of Lee County, is booted off the football team early Friday morning by coach Mark Richt, along with two other freshman, Nick Marshall of Rochelle and Chris Sanders of Tucker.

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Cavs edged by P-Cola in 2012 home opener

Darton pitchers Matthew Aldrich and Tyler Oglesby were nearly unhittable Friday, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Pensacola ace Danny Davis, who showed the Cavs why he has already committed to Central Florida.

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Westover girls cruise past Crisp, improve to perfect 23-0

The Herald No. 1 Lady Patriots are now just two wins away from the first perfect season in Westover history after dismantling arguably its biggest threat, Crisp County, 57-42, on Friday.

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Take that, Thomasville!

Tim Pierce scores 27 points and Herald No. 1 Albany High avenges a tough loss to Thomasville and takes over the top seed in the Region 1-AA race with a 56-48 win on the road.